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In Netanyahu, Israel Has Its Own Churchill
IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2010 | GEORGE F.WILL

Posted on 08/11/2010 6:18:08 PM PDT by Kaslin

JERUSALEM — Two photographs adorn the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Together they illuminate a portentous fact: No two leaders of democracies are less alike — in life experiences, temperaments and political philosophies — than Netanyahu, the former commando and fierce nationalist, and Barack Obama, the former professor and post-nationalist.

One photograph is of Theodor Herzl, born 150 years ago. Dismayed by the eruption of anti-Semitism in France during the Dreyfus Affair at the end of the 19th century, Herzl became Zionism's founding father. Long before the Holocaust, he concluded that Jews could find safety only in a national homeland.

The other photograph is of Winston Churchill, who considered himself "one of the authors" of Britain's embrace of Zionism. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 stated: "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." Beginning in 1923, Britain would govern Palestine under a League of Nations mandate.

Netanyahu, his focus firmly on Iran, honors Churchill because he did not flinch from facts about gathering storms. Obama returned to the British Embassy in Washington the bust of Churchill that was in the Oval Office when he got there.

Obama's 2009 speech in Cairo, courting the Arab world, may have had measurable benefits, although the metric proving this remains mysterious. The speech — made during a trip when Obama visited Cairo and Riyadh but not here — certainly subtracted from his standing in Israel.

In it, he acknowledged Israel as, in part, a response to Jewish suffering in the Holocaust. Then, with what many Israelis considered a deeply offensive exercise of moral equivalence, he said: "On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people — Muslims and Christians — have suffered in pursuit of a homeland."

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: benjaminnetanyahu; bibi; churchill; czechoslovakia; georgewill; herzl; israel; leaderofthefreeworld; netanyahu; primeminister; theodoreherzl; zionism

1 posted on 08/11/2010 6:18:09 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I LOVE BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AND I LOVE ISRAEL!!!
2 posted on 08/11/2010 6:24:23 PM PDT by no dems (To Every Democrat in the U.S. House and Senate: "Shame, shame. Shame on all your houses.")
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To: Kaslin
I don't think he's Churchill

I think he's Alfred Hitchcock

3 posted on 08/11/2010 6:35:10 PM PDT by Krankor (What a field day for the heat. A thousand people in the street)
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To: Kaslin
In Netanyahu, Israel Obama, AmeriKKKa Has Its Own Churchill Benedict Arnold Meets Idi Amin.
4 posted on 08/11/2010 6:39:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: Kaslin

Now THAT’S a leader!


5 posted on 08/11/2010 6:52:55 PM PDT by Pat4ever (2010-Flip the Congress-YES WE CAN!)
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To: Kaslin

Check me if I’m wrong, but Barack Obama was never a professor. The article is wrong.


6 posted on 08/11/2010 6:55:34 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Pat4ever

No, that’s someone who wants to eternally live off U.S. welfare.


7 posted on 08/11/2010 6:56:39 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Kaslin

I saw an episode of a Christian TV show last night filmed in Israel on reconciliation

Mark Regev who works for Bibi was interviewed and he said that the Palestinians have all along refused to come to a meeting face to face...


8 posted on 08/11/2010 7:03:17 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Kaslin

And America has its own Chamberlain.


9 posted on 08/11/2010 7:03:18 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Kaslin

I wish he didn’t invite Labor into his Government.


10 posted on 08/11/2010 7:04:02 PM PDT by Impy (DROP. OUT. MARK. KIRK.)
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To: Kaslin

Netanyahu would be a hell of a better president than that occupant of the W.H. !


11 posted on 08/11/2010 7:04:52 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Kaslin

In Obama, America has it’s own Quisling.


12 posted on 08/11/2010 7:44:18 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: All

In Netanyahu, Israel Has Its Own Netanyahu.


13 posted on 08/11/2010 7:47:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
I couldn't find the topics (at least two) regarding Bibi's statement that Israel would not play Czechoslovakia -- unless the first of those linked below is one of them.
14 posted on 08/11/2010 7:52:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: popdonnelly
And America has its own Chamberlain.

I wish Obama was as strong and patriotic a leader as Neville Chamberlain. I wish the "post nationalist" Obama really was as described and had put his black nationalist past behind him. I am unable to imagine any national leader who is in any way worse than the one that 52% of our voters chose, and the fact that those voters are still around for the next several decades to be duped by the media's next propaganda campaign worries me far more than the exceptionally grave damage that Obama is certain to inflict in at least the short term.

15 posted on 08/11/2010 7:53:15 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Captain Kirk
No, that’s someone who wants to eternally live off U.S. welfare.
Try again. The Likud party used to oppose all foreign aid, calling it blood money. Bibi has previously made it clear that he doesn't like it because it ties Israel's hands and props up the unions. The problem is that the Likud has only 27 seats in the 120 seat Knesset.
16 posted on 08/11/2010 8:21:17 PM PDT by rmlew (Lindsey Graham is a traitor the GOP and the SC GOP voters are his enablers.)
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To: Impy
I wish he didn’t invite Labor into his Government.
National Unity coalition like Levi Eshkol's in 1967, which included Likud's forrunners and socialists. Thsi is a clear sign of war.
17 posted on 08/11/2010 8:22:33 PM PDT by rmlew (Lindsey Graham is a traitor the GOP and the SC GOP voters are his enablers.)
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18 posted on 08/11/2010 8:24:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv
Thanks for the links SunkenCiv. Good Stuff. I hope for America's sake that Netanyahu stands firm and knows that our current administration does not in any way represent most America. I for one proudly stand by Israel and our Jewish brothers and sisters. They face terrorism each and everyday from all sides for such a tiny state land wise yet they remain strong in impossible odds no matter what is thrown at them.
19 posted on 08/11/2010 8:33:31 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Kaslin

His older brother Jonathan was a major bada$$ commando. IIRC, he was killed at Entebbe.


20 posted on 08/11/2010 8:36:40 PM PDT by MattinNJ (NJ's new slogan. Garrett and Christie. Perfect together.)
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To: rmlew

I’m glad to hear Bibi doesn’t like foreign aid and would end it if he only had the votes in the Knesset.

Foreign aid is heroin. It is no better for Israel than it is for your average banana republic. It was the aid and loan guarantees the U.S. got them hooked on that enabled successive administrations to force them to cut their own throats with this fifteen-year joke of a “peace process.”


21 posted on 08/11/2010 8:46:31 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Pollster1

“I wish Obama was as strong and patriotic a leader as Neville Chamberlain.’

After Chamberlain met with Hitler, he privately conceded that Hitler was ‘half mad’. When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, Chamberlain recognized his mistake and began Britain’s arming for war, placing them on a much better footing by September, 1939, when Poland was invaded. Roosevelt also promised in his campaign of 1940 to keep us out of the war. Churchill ordered the attact on Galipoli in WWI. Greatness is so often just a matter of timing. Maybe someday fate will draw Obama to that one village that is in desperate need of an idiot, and he will find his destiny.


22 posted on 08/11/2010 8:51:50 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Kaslin
Obama returned to the British Embassy in Washington the bust of Churchill that was in the Oval Office when he got there.

Because Churchill was a staunch supporter of the creation of Israel. Now it makes total sense.

23 posted on 08/12/2010 12:21:14 AM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Idi Amin on Slim Fast..


24 posted on 08/12/2010 1:32:32 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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25 posted on 08/12/2010 1:36:41 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never "free")
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26 posted on 08/12/2010 8:04:55 AM PDT by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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27 posted on 08/12/2010 8:07:26 AM PDT by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: Kaslin

Yes.

And in Obama, America has its own Mussolini.


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29 posted on 08/12/2010 8:17:11 AM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: Kaslin

George Will has lost all perspective of history, touch with reality, any credibility as a journalist, this mindless drivel a very sad commentary on his state of existence.


30 posted on 08/12/2010 3:00:40 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama Notwithstanding, America's Best Days Are Yet To Be .)
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To: rmlew

I hope not. It would have been better for them to have had the war pre-Obama.


31 posted on 08/12/2010 3:09:50 PM PDT by Impy (DROP. OUT. MARK. KIRK.)
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To: Captain Beyond

Even the swing voters in Israel know that voting against Netanyahu at this point would constitute national (as well as personal) suicide. Obama in the White House is the strongest undergirding Bibi needs. For a hopefully illuminating parallel, Churchill was raised to PM because of Hitler’s zany antics, and almost as soon as Hitler was dead, Churchill was dumped in favor of Clement Atlee.


32 posted on 08/12/2010 3:27:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Kaslin
Churchill was the right leader when it mattered.

Unfortunately, much of the rest of the time he wasn't the right leader at all.

33 posted on 08/12/2010 3:30:50 PM PDT by x
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To: TheThinker

“Because Churchill was a staunch supporter of the creation of Israel. Now it makes total sense.”

Bingo. Churchill had some warts, but he’s among my heros.

I like that he was depressed and still forced himself up out of bed and got things done. Sheer will impresses me.


34 posted on 08/13/2010 11:50:27 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: rmlew

I agree. Netanyahu wanted General Barak as Defense Minister.


35 posted on 08/15/2010 7:44:49 AM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: x; SunkenCiv

x - Bad parallel to PM Netanyahu who was the best Finance Minister Israel ever had.

sc - hope they keep Bibi on for his economic prowess


36 posted on 08/15/2010 7:49:12 AM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: dervish

Thanks dervish!


37 posted on 08/15/2010 7:53:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Kaslin
Netanyahu doesn't used honeyed or meaningless words as does the Fork-Tongued One in the Oval Office.

I loved Bibi's pointed remark to a diplomat as noted at the end of Will's article....."You live in Chevy Chase, DON'T PLAY WITH OUR FUTURE!

Leni

38 posted on 08/15/2010 8:04:24 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Bill O'R - 10/20/09 "BHO is not a Marxist"....8/5/10 "Classroom nutrition should be legislated")
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To: Kaslin

I’m wondering if Will was recently in Bibi’s office to see the pictures. If so, I’d like to hear more about his visit.


39 posted on 08/15/2010 3:22:39 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (G-d Bless President Bush. He kept us safe.)
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