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At Netanyahu's Speech, Scenes from the Amen Corner

For Pat Boone, Joe Lieberman, Newt Gingrich, and Sheldon Adelson, the address to the joint session more than lived up to its billing.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, center, shakes hands with attendees before a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, center, shakes hands with attendees before a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

“This is like the speech of the century, man!” said Michael Goldfarb. “It’s all happening!”

Goldfarb, a co-founder of the Washington Free Beacon and a strategist for the Emergency Committee for Israel, was navigating the Capitol hallways outside the floor of the House of Representatives. Shortly before 11 a.m., he and hundreds of supporters of the state of Israel would fill the galleries for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s third speech to Congress. Their number included a Nobel Prize winner, Elie Wiesel; one of the most powerful donors in the Republican Party, Sheldon Adelson; a former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich; and a former nominee for vice president, Joe Lieberman.