Saturday, January 26, 2013

Naftali Bennett Echoed Barack Obama's 2008 Victory Speech Note by Note

Naftali Bennett, one of the winners Tuesday night in the Israeli Knesset Elections, seemed to have watched or at least read Barack Obama's 2008 Victory speech. He began his speech with the identical wording Obama gave at the beginning of his victory speech in Chicago Nov. 4 2008, but this was in Hebrew. 

"If there is anyone who still thinks that religious Zionism has finished its historical role, that it is not relevant ...... Today is his answer,” Bennett echoed Obama. “This answer was given through numbers that no party has ever been able to bring in such a short time. By young people who voted for the first time in their life and who have never even had a chance to vote in the elections to the Knesset before.” 

Bennett repeated his party’s message of unity and hope, stating the party’s slogan, “Today we have created a new home in the State of Israel, a home for religious, secular, haredim, Jews, Druse, Arabs, men, women, Sephardim and Ashkenzim.” 

From Barack Obama's 2008 victory speech:
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. 

"It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference. It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states...."