Netanyahu's brother as you may recall, was the only commando killed in the Israeli raid on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda back in 1976. It was a amazing rescue of a hijacked plane full of Israeli's. The corpse eater, Idi Amin, President of Uganda gave the terrorists safe haven. As we know the raid was a success and all the terrorists were killed with the loss of the one commando and a couple of hostages. This rescue shaped Benjamin Netanyahu's worldview and as Prime Minister, he is no Pollyanna about what Israel faces.
His speech was very good in that it exposed again the threats facing his country as well as the west. The USA is not exempt in the hegemonic desires of the Arabs and Islamic fascists. Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Queda, all were cited as threats to modern day life as we know it. He spent a lot of time on Iran. Though he praised Secretary of State John Kerry (kind of shameless though) he let everyone know his country would never let Iran get the bomb. Whatever it takes he said. It was also a challenge to Obama's foreign policy that just lately lifted some sanctions on Iran saying it would better relations. But as we have seen, Iran thumbed their nose at Obama and have gone about their quest for a nuke anyway. Obama's foreign policy is in a shambles. Almost as if naivete was an asset it appears.
But Israel knows that you cannot trust the Mullahs in charge of Iran. He did reach out to the common people though, unlike Obama. Remember when they asked him "are you with us" all those years ago? Of course Obama was silent and the Mullahs murdered many of the dissenters and threw the rest in their gulags. Netanyahu is a realist. Yet in his speech he reached out to the moderate leaders of the Arab countries to bridge the gap of hate. He offered help in bringing them water solutions. He spoke of the technology Israel uses to make water from other sources in the middle of the desert. He offered help in technology, computers and telephones and the like. But I believe he is not being heard. The Arabs like keeping their countries in the 7th Century.
He spoke of women's rights and what a contrast Israel is to the Islamic ways of gender. Free speech, the press and other rights we and Israel take for granted, unknown in most of the Islamic world.All in all, he did try and send out the message of "let us all live together in peace". The Palestinians may not hear that but it would be a good thing if they did. If they stop bombing and murdering the Jews, and sat down sincerely willing to discuss a Palestinian State, (Netanyahu said he would help create it) then peace could reign perhaps. We will see.
Towards the end of the speech he discussed a organization called BDS, (Boycott, Divest, Sanction), HERE is their Facebook page. This organization's intent and desire is too rid the planet of Israel and no one should be naive about that. Netanyahu listed many things the BDS is trying to do to damage the State of Israel and then compared Israel to the pronouncements and actual "ways" of life practiced by the BDS acolytes. Modern day Israel vs. 7th century BDS. Anyone supporting the BDS appears to me to be mired in a "anti" all that is modern and progressive. So anti West. The comparisons were stark and to me very very scary. Sharia Law anyone?
So if you listen to his speech, hopefully you will appreciate the reality of Israel's place in the modern era. A guiding light of freedom and innovation surrounded by 7th century mentality and hate. Murdering a whole country and it's inhabitants is spewed against his country on a daily basis. I see his attempts to maintain a calmness and I hope rational Arabs were listening. I am not optimistic though. Even in Saudi Arabia, they teach little minds of mush in their schools that Jews and Americans are Satan's spawn and must be destroyed. Until reasonable people control those kinds of thoughts, the Middle East will not be peaceful.