RUSH: What is it that makes Netanyahu Netanyahu?Reading this, I wonder whether Netanyahu is any less passionate than he was during his first term as Prime Minister--I imagine not.
CALLER: He's principled, he's proud, he's conservative. He's everything he portrays himself to be.
RUSH: It is passion that allows Netanyahu to animate those principles, to bring them to life.
His beliefs, his policies, his ability to conduct himself as he did in the Oval Office or yesterday at the joint meeting of Congress. It's the passion that he believes, the passion for his beliefs -- the desire to shout them from the mountaintop, the desire to be understood, the desire for nobody to be confused after they've heard him speak. But it is passion, excitement, eagerness, good cheer. Passion is what brings all of the ingredients to life, and it is passion that is the magnet that draws people to you. I mean, if you listen to two schlubs talk about bowling in a passionate way, they own you. Passion is the key.
But few remember Bibi's first term as Prime Minister all that fondly.
Let's not forget that Netanyahu's performance over the weekind was something of a surprise--a pleasant surprise, but a surprise nevertheless.
There was concern, as there has been for many months, that Bibi would fold--that he would give in to US pressure.
But he did not.
But as important as passion is, principles--the kind that not only guide but are unbending and keep you on course are important too.
We are still savoring Netanyahu's moment, but let's keep in mind that the various kinds of pressure on an Israeli Prime Minister are immense.
And it's the principles--not the passions--that will allow Bibi to stay on track.
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