Mr. Netanyahu concluded a powerful week Tuesday with an address to a joint session of Congress. He received 29 standing ovations. ABC’s Jonathan Karl noted that during his (much longer) State of the Union address, President Barack Obama received only 25.
The Israeli prime minister returned home strengthened immeasurably by Mr. Obama’s clumsy effort to diminish him. The highlight of his visit came during a joint appearance at the White House when Mr. Netanyahu delivered to the president’s face a short, respectful, but powerful explanation for why Israel could never return to its 1967 borders.
Mr. Obama’s body language indicated he was surprised and displeased that Mr. Netanyahu would dare confront him. And when the president tried to walk back what he’d said about borders during his speech Sunday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the heavily Democratic audience of 1,200 mostly sat on their hands. Other speakers at the AIPAC conference — including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. — sided with Mr. Netanyahu.
“This is what a leader looks like,” wrote Bryan Preston of Pajamas Media of Mr. Netanyahu’s “very impressive” speech to Congress. “Not a word of it will have to be ‘clarified’ or walked back in a day or two. It will not be ‘misunderstood,’ as President Obama claims his speech of last week has been. I have had many friends on the Republican side tell me ‘if only we had a candidate like that.’ “