(call to order and intro begin at 22:20)
Wow. I mean, WOW.
I have heard some great speeches in my time. Some years ago, I posted on this blog Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech supporting Republican Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. I was personally present at the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 1986 to hear Pope John Paul the Great, and four years later to hear Nelson Mandela speak to the Australian people as a free man. In 1997, along with millions around the world, I watched with sadness as Earl Spencer eulogized his recently-deceased sister.
The speech above, delivered only hours ago by Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to a joint sitting of the U.S. Houses of Congress, ranks right up there with the greatest I have heard. Delivered of a clear mind, singular of purpose and free of any self-doubt, to a nation itself convulsed with self-doubt and self-loathing, was shocking in its contrast. You can see why President Obama tried to stop it happening. How is he now going to gainsay that?