In his speech to Congress Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invoked the Purim story to warn America of the threats posed by modern-day Persian tyrants in Iran.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) said he felt the comparison was a fitting one - and that Netanyahu was in his view fulfilling the role of the Jewish Queen Esther in exposing the threat posed by Iran not just to the Jewish people, but to the entire world.
Gohmert hailed Netanyahu's "fantastic speech," lamenting only that it hadn't come from the US President himself.
"It was the kind of speech I would have hoped we would hear from a United States president a number of years ago," he said.
The Texan Congressman noted that apart from a minority of negative responses, the speech was well received "on both sides of the isle," adding that he "regrets" those who chose not to attend "because they needed to hear what he had to say."
Particularly concerning, he said, was the fact that both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry chose not to come.
"For the first time that I'm aware of, not only did the Vice President and Secretary of State not come to a foreign leader's speech (in Congress), but the President did not allow any cabinet member... not one of the cabinet members came to the speech!"
Gohmert emphasized that is indicative of the fact that "this is a president determined to make a deal no matter how disastrous for mankind, for the United States, for Israel - for the world."
Warning of the catastrophic dangers of a Middle East nuclear arms which an Iranian nuclear weapon would doubtless provoke, Gohmert suggested that by defying the White House to alert the US to the threat "today maybe Prime Minister Netanyahu is our Esther."
"America needed to hear what he had to say, members of Congress needed to hear what he had to say," he continued, adding that Iran is "not only threat to Israel - it is a threat to the United States and the Western world."
To that end, Netanyahu's speech could prove "invaluable" in swaying the opinions of those people - particularly in Congress - who were as yet undecided in their stance on the looming deal with Iran.
"If you have a heart for freedom... for the things we hold dear... then we need to stand Israel" in fending off the threat of a nuclear Iran, he stated.
As for the political storm swirling around the speech since the invitation was issued back in January, Gohmert insisted any politicization was solely down to those "Democrats who through all this dogma about making it political - they made it political."