Bibi-mania continues here at BwD. The highlights from his speech before a joint session of Congress yesterday morning are below.
We love this guy's style: Both arms resting on the podium to where he's almost slumped over at times, a conversational, matter-of-fact tone rather than a proclamatory or a speechifying one. We liked how Foxfier described it:
The Israeli PM's voice doesn't fit the "professional politician" photos I keep seeing of him-- he sounds more like a retired Navy chief, lots of yelling in his history, and for goodness' sake don't think he's less than smart because of it.
The money quote as far as we're concerned:
"We have to ask the question... why has peace not been achieved? Because so far, the Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state as long as it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it".
And that's a wrap, folks. We can all talk settlements, right of return, and pre-1967 borders until we're blue in the face. It's all window dressing as this conflict is existential in it's very nature.
Netanyahu was on Hannity last night for a 3 segment interview and though it may have been merely good politics, he did appear to have a deep reverance and respect for this country and its institutions that help preserve democracy. (His recollection of walking around The Mall and reciting the famous quotes that adorn the monuments there and how the spirit of equality of mankind before the law and before the eyes of God and how that was relevant to his ancient Jewish faith was especially moving).
And with respect to the bond between America and Israel and its shared democratic values of freedom and liberty, he said this (somewhat paraphrasing):
The radical Muslim does not hate America because of us (Isreal), they hate us because of America.
The President may be wishing he chose a different time to make that Europe trip while leaving Bibi here unsupervised.