Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu and the late former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill are the only two foreign leaders who have addressed a joint session of the United States Congress three times. As Western Journalism reported Tuesday, Netanyahu’s speech closely mirrored a speech made by Churchill before his own Parliament in 1938 after the signing of the Treaty in Munich, when he warned England about the uprising of the Nazi regime. Many people did not heed Churchill’s prediction about Hitler’s ambitions; yet he was proven correct when the Nazis took over Czechoslovakia and Poland a year later.
Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer made similar observations about the Israeli prime minister’s speech:
I think, Obama’s response, ‘you know there’s nothing new here,’ was just a continuation of the pettiness of this, which actually it backfired because of the way he dismissed Bibi, the way he and his minions have attacked him personally, has made this the biggest speech of the decade. It got infinitely more attention than it would have otherwise.
In one sense, it was historic. It’s the first time that Queen Esther has gotten a standing O in 2,000 years, in and of itself, it’s quite remarkable. But in a way it was Churchillian. I mean, not in delivery; it was not up to Bibi’s norm, but in the sonorousness and the seriousness of what he said. And it was not Churchill of the ’40s. This was the desperate Churchill of the ’30s. This was a speech of, I think, extraordinary power but great desperation.
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h/t: National Review