The Rachel Maddow Show | March 21, 2013
>>> day two of president obama 's trip to the middle east was dramatic day. president obama gave a rousing speech in jerusalem, a speech in which he was heckled, a speech he went off script and made rather blunt and surprising comments and did not speak the way politicians usually speak particularly in that part of the world. more in a moment. president obama also received the israeli medal of decision, the highest honor the israeli government bestows upon civilians. a dignified and serious occasion. we will have for you a side note to that dignified and serious occasion we will show you in a moment that will make you stair at your television, put your head in your hands and swear to yourself quietly. today began with president obama visiting the dead sea scrolls with prime minister benjamin netanyahu and visited a tex shch show where israeli engineers showed them a snake-like contraption that shgoes in small spaces and shows them what's going on in those small spaces. and he visited the and met with palestinian president abbas. that was all by lunchtime and then spoke at a convention center before an audience of more than ,000 israelis . most of the audience was made up of college students but government officials and civil leaders in the audience. shortly after beginning his remarks, the president as i mentioned was heckled. he responded by saying the heckler made him feel right at home. one advantage of having, you lie, screamed at you during a speech during congress is heckling probably never rattles you again. the crowd give him standing ovation in response to the heckler and cheered with approval at this point in the speech.
>> make no mistake, those who adhere to the ideologically of rejecting israel 's right to exist, they might as well reject the earth beneath them or sky above because israel 's not going anywher anywhere.
>> it makes sense that these young israelis would be so appreciative of america's president making such strong statements in support of their state. israel is surrounded by hostile regimes and israelis and palestinians have been engaged in a half century of conflict and fighting and violence and makes sense this audience would want to hear the president of the most powerful nation on earth pledge support to israel in such certain terms. the moment in the speech that really stood out not just because of what the president said but how the crowd reacted to what he said the moment that really stood out i think will most be remembered is this one. watch this.
>> i'm going off script her for a second, but before i -- before i came here, i met with a group of young palestinians from the age of 15 to 22. and talking to them, they weren't that different from my daughters. they weren't that different from your daughters. or sons. i honestly believe that if -- if any israel parent sat down with those kids, they'd say, i want these kids to succeed. i want them to prosper. i want them to have opportunities just like my kids do. i believe that's what israeli parents would want for these kids if they had chance to listen to them and talk to them. i believe that.
>> president obama asking israelis to put themselves in palestinians ' shoes, look at the world through their eyes. that is not an easy ask for either side of the conflict, right? those were the words he used. he said it was not fair on point today that a palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of his or her own. he called for peace as a means toward not just political stability but economic stability . the israeli audience cheered and applauded throughout those remarks and gave him a giant sustained standing ovation at the end. do you ever feel the conversation over there about the conflict they're living through is more nuanced and even more sane than the conversation over here about what they're live through. after that big speech so well received by that huge israeli audience in jerusalem, president obama was honored at state dinner , awarded the israeli medal of distinction the highest honor a civilian can receive in israel . he is the first sitting president to receive this award. simone perez said the people of israel are particularly moved by your contribution to their security. he called the president dear barack. that's what was happening live in israel . here at home, this is what the coverage of that event looked like in the cable news-a sphere. cnn and msnbc are showing it live showing the president of the united states receiving this medal at a big state dinner in this country. the fox news channel pretending it is not happening. talking about repealing obama-care instead. this is what the three cable news networks looked like in snapshot at 2:24 p.m . i know that because this news media was going on and on the wall there was the live feed of the three networks at precisely 2:24 p.m . this afternoon. we're all watching as the israel president is trying president obama i know you will never stop striving for a better world . as he was speaking those very words live, as seen on msnbc and cnn, what was running on fox news instead was a commercial for their new special on president obama as an enemy of israel . that is the ad they're running instead of the live feed of the government of israel giving president obama the highest honor a civilian can receive from the israeli government . seriously! you want to see what they were running? you know you do. watch.
>> the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states .
>> but with a friend like obama, are israel 's enemies gaining strength? sean gets extra insight on a special hannity.
>> ah! that is what fox news was telling its audience of american conservatives instead of showing this happening in israel in real life in the actual world at that very moment. they report, you decide.