Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's arrived in the United States this week to address Congress as the Obama administration "continues to try to negotiate an agreement with Iran to stop its nuclear program, and that effort has been criticized by many who say it’s doomed to fail, and will only give Iran more time to advance its research."
Prior to Netanyahu's arrival, reporter's asked our Secretary of State, John Kerry, what he felt about Netanyahu's trip and current U.S.- Israeli relations. According to Kerry, our current relationship with Israel is better now than it was in any other time in history. Pat and Stu took the opportunity to weigh in on Kerry's words and take the time to provide their opinion on our relationship with Israel at this time, including use of the word "flora."
Rough Transcript Below:
Stu: The truth that we actually love Israel? What's the truth?
Pat: Yeah, the truth is that, well, he's gonna tell us the truth, I'm gonna let Secretary Kerry tell us.
Reporter: While you're gone, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be addressing Congress. Susan Rice said it was destructive to US-Israeli relations. Do you recall with that?
Kerry: Well, look, we're not--the prime minister of Israel is welcome to speak in the United States, obviously, and we have a closer relationship with Israel right now in terms of security than at any time in history. I was--
Pat: What a statement.
Pat: Of course, we have a closer relationship with Israel than we've had at any other time in history, we--we're shooting down more Israeli planes than we've ever shot down. We're ignoring more prime ministers are from Israel than we've ever ignored. We're treating them more poorly than we've ever treated them in history.
Stu: That's correct.
Pat: It's a great relationship right now.
Stu: What does that even mean? We have a close relationship, in terms of security?
Pat: I like the addendum there. Listen to that again, because it's kind of important.
Reporter: While you're gone, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be addressing Congress. Susan Rice said it was destructive to US-Israeli relations. Do you agree with that?
Kerry: Well, look, we're not--the prime minister of Israel is welcome to speak in the United States, obviously, and we have a closer relationship with Israel right now in terms of security than at any time in history. I was reviewing the record the other day. We have intervened on Israel's behalf in the last two years.
Pat: Okay, so that's what he's setting up now. We've got a closer relationship, security-wise, with Israel than any time in history. We're all using the same passwords on our computers. We have the same ATM PIN codes.
Stu: That's the close relationship, I think you'll agree. All of our virus scans are up to date.
Pat: So now he's going to tell us all the times they've intervened, I guess on behalf of Israel? Here it comes!
Kerry: More than several hundred--a couple of hundred times in over 75 different fora in order to protect Israel. I talk to the prime minister regularly, including yesterday.
Pat: Over 75 different fora. Love it when they use these words that have never circulated in the English language. Can you look up fora real quick? More fora. Is that like the plural of forum or something?
Stu: It is the plural of forum.
Pat: Plural of forum. That's what I figured. Okay. More flora and fauna, we've done more flora and fauna with Israel than more garden shops do in a lifetime.
Kerry: We are not--you know, you don't want to see this turned into some great political football. Obviously it was odd, if not unique that we learned of it from the Speaker of the House and that the administration was not included in this process.
Pat: Okay, so he was looking into it, and he discovered that we've done 75 different fora on behalf of Israel over the last few years, but he details none of them.
Stu: I mean, couldn't detail all 75 so I decided to do none.
Stu: None was a good number for him to detail. Could have done 75, would have been there together. Only other option was none.
Pat: None. None. He couldn't give us one. Give me one example of the fora you've done, or the flora and fauna, any of 'em. I'd like to hear one of 'em, but we heard none of them. I'm legitimately trying to think of a time we've intervened on behalf of Israel.
Stu: Well, I bet they would count.
Pat: Are you talking about the UN blocking resolutions?
Stu: Possibly that. Probably count Libya.
Pat: Libya doesn't count.
Reporter: I don't think it counts but I think they would say it counts.
Pat: I bet they would.
Stu: They're gonna say anything they've done in that region. It's--because they would say the Iraq war deestablished the region. Howeber, they would also say that their efforts in the Iraq war were intervention on behalf of Israel, which if it deestablished the region, it wouldn't be on behalf of Israel. The same thing, I'm sure they count ISIS, I'm sure they count Syria, I'm sure they count--
Stu: Any meetings Iran, any of that.
Stu: Any drone attack, look, we are active in the region and we are taking out terrorists there's no questions.
Pat: But seriously can you think of anything we have specifically done on behalf of Israel? Can't think of a single thing.
Stu: And they would in every other circumstance, it would benefit them to talk to their base, they would say, be a terrible idea for us to act on behalf of Israel. They would say it was--it's not something we should be doing, and we need to stop doing this all the time, and protecting these people. Yet, today, it makes sense for them to look pro-Israel to the country, so today this is what they're saying.