By all counts, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu received more than two dozen standing ovations during his address to a joint session of Congress. When he entered the House chamber, the first standing ovation lasted more than two minutes.
So what accounts for this super-warm reception for the Israeli leader by lawmakers of both parties?
Could it be that they genuinely believe that Israel shares America's deepest social and political values? That Israel is the only true, functioning democracy in the Middle East?
That Arabs enjoy greater rights in Israel than in any Arab nation? That their ovations reflected the views of U.S. voters, who consistently tell pollsters -- by margins exceeding 70 percent -- that they want the U.S. to support and side with the Jewish state?
Or that, in their hearty welcome and applause for Netanyahu, they simply echoed the feelings of constituents in their own districts or states?