Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rush Limbaugh On The Passion Of Netanyahu

Rush Limbaugh says that Passion Defines Bibi Netanyahu
RUSH: What is it that makes Netanyahu Netanyahu?

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.
Reading this, I wonder whether Netanyahu is any less passionate than he was during his first term as Prime Minister--I imagine not.

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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Ezzie said...

People expected this the first time, and didn't get it - so it was disappointing.

This time they weren't expecting it, and got it - so he's looking great.

Soccer Dad said...

In 1996 he was considered a usurper (he was unfairly blamed for Rabin's assassination) and I don't think he ever got over it. I also think (in retrospect) that he was too quick to alienate Clinton. He let Obama pick the early fights. Also history helps a bit. 2000 clearly showed that the Palestinians weren't interested in peace, no matter how much you spun it.