When Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke before a joint session of Congress he received numerous standing ovations. This is what he had to say about America. He opened his speech with:
Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace. We stand together to fight terrorism. Congratulations America, Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance.
And he closed with these sincere remarks:
My friends, the momentous trials of the last century, and the unfolding events of this century, attest to the decisive role of the United States in advancing peace and defending freedom. Providence entrusted the United States to be the guardian of liberty. All peoples who cherish freedom owe a profound debt of gratitude to your great nation. Among the most grateful nations is my nation, the people of Israel, who have fought for their liberty and survival against impossible odds, in ancient and modern times alike.
I speak on behalf of the Jewish people and the Jewish state when I say to you, representatives of America, Thank you. Thank you for your unwavering support for Israel. Thank you for ensuring that the flame of freedom burns bright throughout the world. May God bless all of you. And may God forever bless the United States of America.
There was a time when America had presidents who appreciated their homeland like that. There was a time when our presidents knew America was a force for good in the world. That time will be back. We made a mistake. We were led astray. We elected a man most of us did not know. We are wiser now. When the leader of a foreign nation like Israel has not lost faith in the American people, by what measure should we?
Every nation has had its failings. A leader’s responsibility is to see those failings are not repeated; it is not his place to air them before the rest of the world. Caroline Glick had this to say about Obama in the Jerusalem Post:
Since he assumed office, Obama has been traveling the world apologizing for America’s world leadership. He has been lecturing the American people about the need to subordinate America’s national interests to global organizations like the United Nations that are controlled by dictatorships which despise [America].
Suddenly, here was an allied leader reminding them of why America is a great nation that leads the world by right, not by historical coincidence.
And Netanyahu showed real pride in his own people.
In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America’s unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American.
My friends, you don’t need to do nation building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. You don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves.
The comparison between the two leaders is saddening. In fact it is painful.