But that is what an editorial from the Washington Times is suggesting:
Israel is looking like the new leader of the Free World. The previous leader, the United States, resigned this role last week at the United Nations to take the position of global community organizer. This was made plain by President Obama in his speech, titled "Responsibility for Our Common Future," in which he heralded "a new chapter of international cooperation." By contrast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a blunt and forceful call to action in the central challenge facing free people today. This is the struggle of "civilization against barbarism" being fought by "those who sanctify life against those who glorify death."Read the whole thing.
Mr. Obama's address was the predictable mix of criticism of the past policies of the United States, self-praise for correcting said policies and vague calls to united action on matters of collective interest. It sought to ingratiate rather than offend. But Mr. Netanyahu chastised the United Nations for its "systematic assault on the truth." He spoke truths that Mr. Obama would never whisper regarding the regime in Iran, which is "fueled by an extreme fundamentalism" and an "unforgiving creed." Mr. Netanyahu rebuked those members who countenanced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's diatribe before the same world body, rightly calling it a "disgrace."
But the editorial undercuts its own argument. The basis for the argument is the relative performances of Obama and Netanyahu at the UN. The Washington Times is impressed with the content of what Bibi said, while being dismayed with Obama's message.
Netanyahu drew applause only when he talked about the need for a Palestinian state and when he finished his speech.
The day before, President Obama also drew heavy applause when he declared that "America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." Obama called for Palestinians to end their "incitement of Israel" as well, but that line did not trigger a response from the audience.
Which one do you think the world is ready to follow--especially since following Obama's lead involves so much less work, especially since he is joining more than leading.
At this point, the world is not ready for a leader.
When the time comes, and the world is ready for one--a leader just might appear and be recognized. Who knows, maybe it could be Netanyahu.
But not today.