We can't get over the exciting impression that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made on the United States Congress during his recent speech to a joint session of the House and Senate. The American legislators gave him 29 standing ovations and interrupted him with applause some 50 times. Commentators said that he got more applause than did U.S. President Barack Obama during his State of the Union speech earlier this year.
Nationally respected talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, went a step further. He said that Netanyahu ought to run for president of the United States. "I would vote for him," Limbaugh stressed.
Why? Limbaugh said that Netanyahu extolled America more than the present U.S. president has done in the last two years. He praised the U.S. for the ideals for which it stands. He stated that America represents the best that the world has ever seen. He spoke of the pride that his country, Israel, has in America, and that Israel strives to mirror the idealism and nobility of America. He stressed that he believes in American exceptionalism.
This was talk that the American public, including the Congress, has not heard from the White House for a while. The enthusiasm of the members of the House and Senate obviously reflected their admiration for Netanyahu as a leader, but also their love and support for the state of Israel. They loved the prime minister and they loved his speech, because he showed his love for America. It was certainly an unusual and an historic occasion in Washington.
When speaking of justice and liberty, Netanyahu spoke about them as enduring principles of America, as opposed to the current president, who speaks of them in terms of class warfare, citing those whom he claims have not yet received justice or liberty and those who have prevented them from receiving them.
He spoke with awe, referring to our founders and their inscriptions on the monuments in Washington. Not only did he praise those men for their wisdom and leadership, he also reminded that most of their inscriptions were derived from the Jewish Scriptures, and thus were linked to Israel.
He declared that Israel had no better model than the United States of America. The Congressmen cheered, obviously because they heard him revere what they revere and express his deep appreciation for the country they represent. One commentator stated that Netanyahu spoke as a statesman with unusual wisdom.
The Prime Minister went on to specify Iran as the foremost threat to civilization today. He spoke of a world divided between liberty and tyranny. What the U.S. public has heard from its president for the past two years is diiplomatic, United Nations language that speaks about Iran as if it is simply a problem in need of a solution, as opposed to the cataclysmic challenge that it really is. Netanyahu spoke of ultimate victory, intoning the righteousness of our cause, whereas the president continually dodges the ideological threat of Islam and the danger it poses.
Limbaugh stated that Netanyahu did not speak like a community organizer, not did he speak to appease the diplomats of the United Nations. He spoke as a confident world class statesman and leader. The talk show host said that he sounded like Reagan or Churchill.
One commentator cited the exciting body language and the unbounded enthusiasm of the U.S. Congressmen. Netanyah helped them to feel America's majesty. He reinforced their understanding of America's greatness. He extolled the justice and the positive values of America. It was evident that he not only loves America, but he also loves and respects Americans.
Over the past two years, the American people have heard how they "cling to their religion and their guns." They have been told that their police are "stupid." They have been humiliated by a leader who has gone around the world apologizing for America and its precipitation of so many of the world's ills. They have heard their nation called "arrogant." They have heard a startling revision of history, extolling the great contributions that Islam has made in the development of the country.
Prime Minister Netanyahu did not apologize for America. Far from it. He praised America to the highest.. One commentator declared, "It seemed like the United States Congress had an American President for a day!"
Dr. Al Snyder is a former professor of Communications at Liberty University in Virginia and North Greenville University. He has done extensive missionary work in Israel and Africa.