Netanyahu’s Speech Explained in Charts
On the 3rd of March, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, gave a speech in the American Congress. This is his 3rd speech there, after the one in 1996 and that in 2011. The Israeli prime minister was invited this time by John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, to address Iran’s nuclear [threat], and the deal being negotiated between the United States and Iran.
I seldom have enough patience to listen to politicians speeches, and Mr. Netanyahu isn’t an exception here. Thus, I preferred to write a small software scripts to summarise the speech for me.
Normally, when we (humans) speak, the words that occur the most in our speeches are functional words, like “the”, “is”, “for”, “to”, “and”, etc. These words occur more than anything else, and have little lexical meaning, thus they are usually removed. But this time, Mr. Netanyahu scored a new record by using the term “Iran” more often than any other functional word, except for “the”. In computational linguistics we also call those frequent words stop-words.
Now, to understand the focus of the speech, I listed the top 10 words used in it, excluding stop words.
It is clear now that the speech is about “Iran nuclear deal”, given by the prime minster of “Israel” and it took place in “America”. Obviously, the term “Iran” had the lion’s share of the top 10 words.
We still haven’t seen yet whether the deal is good or bad? What’s the Israeli prime minister’s opinion of the deal, Iran and the Iranian regime? Thus, let’s see which words occurred near to each other.
Voilá! The “deal” is “bad”, it will lead to a “bomb”, it needs to “change”, into a “better” “alternative”. “Iran” is “radical”, it does “insist” on the “program”, and maybe linked to “ISIS”. “Israel” “stand” close to “America” and it does “know” something. “America” is to be “thanked”, and “Islam” and “militant” come together.
How does this year’s speech compare to his previous two speeches in the congress then?
I selected some words to compare their occurrences in the three speeches.
Iran and nuclear program are trendy now, while peace and democracy are so two-thousand-and-late. America is always there, and it is as big as the whole world. Egypt was mentioned in 2011, yay! Arab spring and stuff. Yet, it was even overshadowed by those Palestinians then. Nobody likes war, yet nuclear threat gets bigger year after year.
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