Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh contrasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech
to Congress Tuesday to President Barack Obama's State of the Union addresses, and concluded that Netanyahu came out on top.
"Benjamin Netanyahu today was everything Barack Obama is not. Everything," Limbaugh said
as he opened his program moments after Netanyahu's speech concluded.
He noted that Netanyahu even pointed to a person in the gallery, as presidents have done for years. In Netanyahu's case, it was Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
Netanyahu made his remarks in the House Chamber before a joint session of Congress, just as presidents do.
The speech drew controversy after Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited him to talk about Iran's nuclear ambitions without consulting Democratic leadership or the White House.
About 50 Democrats skipped the speech in protest, and Obama didn't meet with the prime minister, saying he didn't want to appear to be influencing Israeli elections in two weeks.
Limbaugh called Netanyahu's speech "historically important" and filled with "moral, ethical and legal clarity."
"Nothing like that combination to focus the mind," Limbaugh said. "And this speech was all about rallying and saving Western civilization, which is what is under assault."
Netanyahu said he believes the current deal being negotiated by the P5+1 group, led by the United States, actually increases rather than decreases the chance of a nuclear-armed Iran.
Netanyahu has long maintained a nuclear Iran could wipe Israel off the map and attack the United States and Europe as well.
"Even though Obama only has two more years in office, he still believes that the power of his personality and his community organizer skills or whatever, that he can persuade Iran after they get the nuke not to use it," Limbaugh said. "The Israeli approach is prevention. Do not let them get the bomb. Don't take the risk."
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