Yesterday, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s father, eminent historian Benzion Netanyahu, 102, was buried in Jerusalem. Bibi delivered a beautiful eulogy.
Mitt Romney extended his condolences to the Jewish prime minister.
Romney called the Israeli prime minister his “friend” in his statement. The two men have been friends for years, and their relationship was forged in the 1970s when they were young up-and-comers sizing up companies for the Boston Consulting Group.
“This is a loss for all of Israel and for all who care about Israel,” Romney said about the elder Netanyahu’s death.
But from Barack Obama there is a resounding silence.
Liberal and progressive defenders of President Obama will claim that there is no significance to this diplomatic oversight, that supporters of Israel are being oversensitive and, y’know, pushy. But consider this: when Turkish Prime Minister (and confirmed Jew-hater) Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s mother passed away in October 2011, among the heads of state who sent their condolences was President Barack Obama.
Benzion Netanyahu — renowned historian, and father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — was laid to rest in Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuhot cemetery on Monday afternoon. He passed away early Monday at the age of 102.
The prime minister eulogized his father as a man who knew “how to identify danger in time” — a quality, his father told him, “that our people lost while in exile.” Benzion also taught him to “face reality head on” and “draw the necessary conclusions.”
Benzion, said his son, “could decipher the past and understand the future.” After all, the prime minister said his father had told him, “If you cannot understand the past, then you cannot understand the present. And those who cannot understand the present cannot hope to decode the future.”
Full story at The Times of Israel.