Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday has already been subjected to many interpretations. The regular band of kvetchers voiced their predictable criticisms. The creativity of their interpretations is phenomenal. It's just a pity they don't fit the facts. It's a kind of Pavlovian response. It bothered them that the prime minister was not conciliatory, a sheep in sheep's clothing. They expected a spiritual speech and instead got the unvarnished truth based on solid facts.
Nor were any of these critics present at the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and the prime minister. Nevertheless, they described what went on there as if they had been flies on the wall of the Oval Office.
Leaks are treated as the truth and misinformation as the Torah from Sinai.
Netanyahu's words are in no need of interpretation. His statements were clear and decisive. Their purpose was to make it clear to the Iranians that the State of Israel has the ability to deal with their nuclear program on its own, and will not hesitate to use the full extent of its power.
That is, should the Iranians continue with their program to manufacture weapons of mass destruction while taking advantage of the confusion and fatigue the world has exhibited of late. Lately, moral clarity has been replaced by paralyzing ambiguity. It would be reasonable to assume that Israel's allies are aware of its intelligence and military capabilities. This will motivate them to apply significant pressure to the Iranian regime, which is willing to starve millions of its people just to obtain its doomsday weapon.
In my view, Netanyahu is emerging as perhaps the only prime minister since the late Menachem Begin, who, in addition to pragmatism, has historical insight. He possesses a basic and fundamental understanding of the meaning of the return to Zion in the modern era.
In his speech, the prime minister spoke of the enormous responsibility that the State of Israel has to protect Jews' ability to live as free people in their homeland, and stressed the fundamental fact that Israel is a Western democracy but first and foremost a Jewish state.
At the end of his speech, he clarified that the Jews in Israel are not guests in their historical homeland but sons and daughters who have returned home, never to be uprooted again. In my opinion, this is also the important message in Netanyahu's speech for the citizens of Israel. We get so preoccupied with our daily lives that we forget the great vision of Israel's responsibility to coming generations. In the words of the prophet Amos: "In that day I will restore the fallen shelter of David ... and restore its former glory" (Amos 9:11).