I didn’t say it – Mark Levin did – “we have a new leader of the free world – Benjamin Netanyahu.” Levin’s remarks were based on Netanyahu’s UN speech as contrasted with those of other “world leaders” including President Obama. Obama spoke about “climate change” issuing dire warnings of impending disaster if the world doesn’t act together to save itself. Many authorities – whose thoughts are not being publicized by the establishment media, which is in the tank for Obama – believe “global warming” to be a bogus issue driven by wacko thinking. I share that opinion.
Netanyahu’s outstanding speech is contrasted with the incoherent rantings of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, who rambled on for 90 minutes, causing his translator to pass out and be replaced part way through the discourse. During his interminable time at the microphone, Gaddafi ripped up a copy of the UN charter; referred to the Security Council as a “terrorism council”; rejected a two-state solution for the Palestinians and suggested a life term for President Obama – a “Kenyan.” The allotted 15-minutes would have been too much.
Then there was the religious zealotry of the President of Iran – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. We’ve heard his fiery rants before. His speech was basically an evangelistic sermon on behalf of his version of Islam. In the past and recently, Ahmadinejad has denied the reality of the Holocaust in which some six million Jews were murdered by Hitler & Co. simply for being Jews. Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel took him on, “Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.” Netanyahu then offered hard evidence that the Holocaust had indeed occurred (not that it should have been necessary).
Netanyahu issued a warning to other nations as well: “Perhaps you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You’re wrong. History has shown us time and time again that what starts as attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing others.” The Israeli PM focused on the issue behind the issues: “…the greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction, and the most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”
Netanyahu, capturing and holding the high moral ground, lit into the fanatical leaders of Iran and the general impotence of a morally bankrupt UN. He showed clearly the injustice of the world body in its failure to condemn the endless attacks on Israel’s cities by Hamas. The whole speech was worthy of study and retention. If you Google “Benjamin Netanyahu UN Speech Full Text Transcript, Sep 24, 2009,” you can print out the entire speech. It’s well worth the effort.
In my opinion, Benjamin Netanyahu is a great man – the greatest on the world scene today. Paul Johnson, the British historian, says of Netanyahu, “Far from being the ‘bigoted right winger’ described in the Western press, Netanyahu is exceptionally bright and superbly well informed and has an open and flexible mind…Netanyahu comes from a distinguished family of intellectuals and men of action,” Forbes, August 24, 2009, p.17.
Among the actions the PM may be called upon to perform will be the destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities. As Johnson writes, “If the prime minister does give the go-ahead for a strike against Iran, I’m sure it will be a meticulously prepared plan carried out with utmost efficiency — and that its diplomatic, political and military consequences will have been carefully thought out” (ibid.).
Benjamin Netanyahu carries on his shoulders the survival of his Israeli people. In his book, A Place Among the Nations (1993), the PM cites former PM Golda Meir who addressed the idea of international guarantees for the safety of Israel: “By the time they come to save Israel, there won’t be an Israel,” (p. 343). It is clear that the UN will do nothing to save tiny Israel from its enemies. It is also uncertain that the US, under the dovish Obama, will rush to her aid. Israel is on her own. Says Netanyahu, “Israel’s defenses therefore must be entrusted to its own forces, which are willing and able to act in real time against an imminent invasion or attack,” (ibid.).
The final words of Netanyahu’s 1993 book ring down through the years: “The rebirth of Israel is…one of humanity’s great parables. It is the story not only of the Jews but of a human spirit that refuses again and again to succumb to history’s horrors. It is the incomparable quest of a people seeking, at the end of an unending march, to assume its rightful place among the nations,” (ibid. p. 401).