How Netanyahu received his “speech of a lifetime” ovations

"I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election....It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!" -- George W. Malone, U.S. Senator (Nevada), speaking before Congress in 1957.
Benjamin Netanyahu is a disciple of the Zionist terrorist Menachem Begin  (and Ze'ev Jabotinsky).
How Netanyahu received his “speech of a lifetime” ovations

Two staffers who work with the House Foreign Affairs Committee and  who know the issue of Palestine very well and also how AIPAC operates on  the Hill explained to this observer how Netanyahu’s “speech of a  lifetime” was organized by AIPAC.

Firstly, orders were issued that nothing was to be left to chance and  they essentially succeeded, but for the protesting slogans shouted by  Rae Abileah before AIPAC undercover security tackled her and she ended  up in the hospital, groped, injured and under arrest.

“Here is how Bibi got his “spontaneous” applause”, one and then the  other explained.  “AIPAC, as usual with visiting Israeli officials,  edited his speech for most favorable local consumption.  Marks were made  at the end of intended applause lines for Bibi to highlight them  verbally.  Key Members such as Eric Cantor (R-VA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD),  Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Harry Reid (D-NV) were designated as  floor leaders and were seated in strategic locations in the Chamber.   Once Bibi began his speech the floor leaders would leap up at the  indicated cue phases and begin to applaud enthusiastically. Quite  naturally, others would follow either not wanting to appear impolite or  to stand out and be noticed as not showing proper support for Israel and  its Prime Minister.

“In addition, AIPAC staffers who prowl congressional offices daily,  let it be known that videos of the Members listening to Bibi would be  kept on file and insinuated that how the Member’s performed during his  speech to Congress would be taken into consideration when planning this  summer’s Jewish fundraising events.
One aide, who supports his boss’s “moderately pro-Palestinian  positions”, defended his applause for Netanyahu with these words:   “Look, my guy could not just sit there and be conspicuous. Of course he  resents being forced to fake support for Israel’s insane policies that  he believes harms our country. Believe me, many Members  feel like him and many Hill staffers are disgusted by what we see.  But  the guy needs to keep his job to work on other issues like protecting  Medicare and stopping home foreclosures.  Plus not many of our  constituents probably even watched him grovel on TV so it was kind of a  freebie for us.  What would you have done?”

A surprising number of Congressional staffers explain that they feel  they are stigmatized abroad and particularly in the Middle East as being  part of the Israel lobby when they are not.  One staffer explained:  “This sounds arrogant but we who work in Congress know this subject much  better than the general American public and when you understand the  history of Palestine and its takeover by Europeans and the continuing  ethnic cleansing of the rightful owners of the land, how do you think we  feel?  We feel the same as the Palestinians refugees spread all around  the World feel.  We are human beings too. Arab and  foreign media often lump us with the Members of Congress, whereas in  reality many of us are working for change.”

One lady, whose job it is to summarize and update Arab-Israeli  conflict developments for her boss who is a Senator from the Midwest  explained that “sometimes AIPAC sees what I write and will contact and  challenge me on my work that should be between me and my boss. Everyone  knows that Members of Congress are regularly pressured and targeted by  AIPAC.  You should know that dozens of staffers have been fired from  their jobs on the Hill during the 15 years I have been here.  I may be  next.”  And then she added, “But until that day comes I will continue to  support the Palestinian cause and work to change our foreign policy and  see that it’s made in the USA and not in Tel Aviv.”

27 05 2011
Franklin Lamb
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  1. Hey Genie,...Excellent Post! Their excuses are just....EXCUSES! If you don't want to be a shill or a patsy - walk away; I was a journalist for many years, I worked hard to do a good job, eventually it just became intolerable because of the sell-outs (mostly the untalented losers and bum relatives) - I have no tolerance, nor do I care about their excuses - it is a time of absolutes - you either care about the suffering of innocents, or you will perish for your complicity along with those to whom you kow-tow.



  2. Claque
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    Claque (French for "slap") is an organized body of professional applauders in French theatres and opera houses. Members of a claque are called claqueurs.

    Hiring people to applaud dramatic performances was common in classical times. For example, when the emperor Nero acted, he had his performance greeted by an encomium chanted by five thousand of his soldiers.

    This inspired the 16th-century French poet Jean Daurat to develop the modern claque. Buying a number of tickets for a performance of one of his plays, he gave them away in return for a promise of applause. In 1820 claques underwent serious systematization when an agency in Paris opened to manage and supply claqueurs.

    By 1830 the claque had become an institution. The manager of a theatre or opera house was able to send an order for any number of claqueurs. These were usually under a chef de claque (leader of applause), who judged where the efforts of the claqueurs were needed and to initiate the demonstration of approval. This could take several forms. There would be commissaires ("officers/commissioner") who learned the piece by heart and called the attention of their neighbors to its good points between the acts. Rieurs (laughers) laughed loudly at the jokes. Pleureurs (criers), generally women, feigned tears, by holding their handkerchiefs to their eyes. Chatouilleurs (ticklers) kept the audience in a good humor, while bisseurs (encore-ers) simply clapped and cried "Bis! Bis!" to request encores.

    The practice spread to Italy (famously at La Scala, Milan), Vienna, London (Covent Garden) and New York (the Metropolitan Opera). Claques were also used as a form of extortion, as singers were commonly contacted by the chef de claque before their debut and forced to pay a fee, in order not to get booed.

    The staging of the opera Tannhäuser was withdrawn by its composer, Richard Wagner, from the Parisian operatic repertory after the claque of the Jockey Club derisively interrupted its initial performances.

    Later Toscanini and Mahler discouraged claques, as a part of the development of concert etiquette.

  3. illusions illusions. Interesting, thanks anon.

  4. Hi Genie, I don't have a blog. Thank-you for yours!
    This article got me thinking that the obnoxious TV 'laugh track' evolved from the claque


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