Hours before his historic speech, a day after he managed to bend the U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu walked among the nation’s greatest American monuments and spread optimism: “We have no fear but fear itself”, he quoted Franklin Roosevelt, “I guess he was a disciple of Rabbi Nachman.”
Netanyahu periodically stopped to look at the landscape and the river around, (in Washington DC) and while walking talked about the history of the United States.
When the prime minister and his wife came to the memorial site of Jefferson, the Prime Minister recited by heart the proclamation of the United States.
When he stood in front of the monument of Franklin D. Roosevelt he quoted him as saying: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
The two walked up the stairs leading to the Lincoln Memorial, while passers-by cheered for them. They also took pictures of the Prime Minister and his wife, who waved back.
The Prime Minister has gained much media attention in Israel, the United States and around the world, mainly due to his tireless courage to face the President inside the White House and say openly – the principles you present in your speech are unacceptable to Israel. 67 lines are not defensible; his heart gave a glimpse of what was happening inside.
“The point is not to be afraid. It is most important, not to fear only fear,” Netanyahu told reporters in marching with him.
Netanyahu went on and asked the reporter: “You know Rabbi Nachman, do you know what he said? The whole world … well continue,” said the reporter, “is a very narrow bridge, and above all? Not to be afraid. It seems that Roosevelt was a follower of Rabbi Nachman, “Netanyahu said, smiling.”
This is a loose translation of the article that appeared on the Chareidi News Site Kikar Shabat:http://www.kikarhashabat.co.il/%D7%91%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%9F-%D7%A0%D7%AA%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%94%D7%95-14.html