Noy Alooshe has produced another one of his magificent satiric hip-hop videos. This one turns Bibi’s Congressional speech into a flashy dance routine in which the members of Congress jump up and down at the prime minister’s command as if they were trained seals. Note also Naftali Bennett’s goofy cameo:
Today’s Bibiton (aka Yisrael HaYom) ran a screaming front page headline based on an exclusive interview with the Prime Minister himself, his first since returning home after his heroic exit from the lion’s den of Washington DC. In the interview, he castigates unnamed “foreigners” and their millions, who’ve inundated Israel with left-wing propaganda designed to ensure leftist extremists topple his government.
Millions of Shekels from Abroad–to Increase Votes from the Left and Arabs [sic]
Netanyahu attributes blame: “there are very powerful forces whose purpose is to topple the Likud regime and replace it with the leftist government.
On funding streaming to [Israeli left-wing] NGOs: “the strategy is clear–to bring to the polls more leftists and Israeli Arabs [sic] so that the Arabs [sic] will win 16 seats and enable the formation of the leftist government.
On the Congressional speech: “My words penetrated deeply into [their, i.e. Congress’] consciousness.”
Bibi’s no doubt referring to the initiative of One Voice, which formed an campaign operation, V15, designed (though ostensibly non-partisan) to recruit voters for the Zionist Camp coalition. Since the consultant running the campaign worked for Obama, it’s thought (especially among Likudniks) that the president and his Jewish supporters (better known as J Street) funded this personal assault, as Bibi views it, on him.
Bibi sees dark foreign forces at work seeking to overthrow him. He’s like an Israeli version of Macbeth; or more likely Putin, who similarly passed laws outlawing foreign NGOs from his shores if they remotely questioned his rule. It’s no accident that Avigdor Lieberman, one of Putin’s “good friends,” was one of the first to suggest that foreign powers were seeking to destroy Israel from within by funding NGOs who informed on Israel before international tribunals investigating possible Israeli war crimes. Lieberman urged legislation which would restrict how much foreign sources could give to Israeli groups and force them to publicly identify every non-Israeli donor. Bibi, who hasn’t an original political bone in his body is, in effect, aping his political rival.
Ironically, Bibi has no problem with foreign money propping up his rule. That would be Sheldon Adelson to the tune of $3-million a month. An Israeli media outlet reported that Adelson, who owns Bibiton, sinks nearly $40-million per year into it. Bibi has publicly admitted that he wouldn’t be prime minister were it not for Bibiton. One cannot underestimate the power this newspaper gives him and his fellow mafiosi.
So some foreign money is good and some is bad. Very, very bad. Adelson’s money smells like springtime and J Street’s smells like s(^t. Interesting how that works.
Bibi’s pathetic pathology views the Zionist Camp, which is a rather shakily cobbled-together center-right political entity, as extreme leftists. While it’s true here in America we have Tea Party lunatics calling Barack Obama a Marxist, socialist, etc. these people are marginal to American political life. They’re oddities. In Israel, the paranoid delusionals run the show. They’re the inmates who’ve taken over the asylum.
The anti-Bibi ad before the YouTube video attach here proofs a lot of money is invested to replace him. As for Sheldon Adelson, recycling an interview from 4 years ago means nothing. Any business may lose money at the beginning. Ask Boeing about the 787 on each one they still lose millions.
The goal of the speech was achived, of eyes are now on the result of the nuclear negotiations and the public would want clear answers.
Arie Brand says
The foreign money Netanyahu receives is doubly tainted, firstly because of its origin in the rather disreputable casino business – those who want to know how disreputable in this case should check up on the libel suit Adelson lost against the Jewish National Democratic Council – and, second, because Adelson’s financing of a freely distributed newspaper (Israel Hayom), which appears to be a virtual propaganda sheet for Netanyahu, is against the spirit, though not the letter, of the Israeli law on campaign contributions.
I still suffer from a sense of vicarious humiliation from seeing what should be the mightiest democratic assembly in the world prostrate itself, not only for this maniacal and deeply flawed Israeli leader but, indirectly, also for this casino mogol who had the cheek of threatening its members for being absent “without a doctor’s note”.
That these people don’t have a sense of honour is obvious but don’t they even have a rudimentary sense of shame?
While there is no doubt IH is biased, it hardly balances Yedi’ot which is blatant anti-Bibi propaganda.
Richard Silverstein says
@ Ariel: Surely you must be kidding. Yediot has published for decades. It used to be one of Israel’s most popular papers. It has a journalistic reputation. Bibiton is an upstart with no journalistic reputation & only one mission: to pimp for Boss Bibi. Yediot is a well-rounded newspaper with varied interests. It’s not the best paper for sure, but it’s at least a real newspaper, unlike Bibishlock.
Hugh Ekeberg says
Never fails to amaze me how the leaders of this tiny nation have the government of the United States of America perpetually by the balls.