The Middle East’s Version of Clint Eastwood’s Chair

Originally published at Daily Kos |

What I’m about to share has officially gone viral, and for good reason.

Today, at the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave his scheduled address before gathered leaders, diplomats and world figures.

Perhaps Netanyahu was inspired by Clint Eastwood, because during his speech – to make sure world leaders understood the gravity of a nuclear Iran – Netanyahu employed some props to underscore the importance of “red lines.” Or, more specifically, the importance of drawing red lines with regard to Iran.

It was a strange, unsettling show replete with ACME-grade drawings of bombs held before world leaders:


The moment was so simultaneously condescending and bizarre that, naturally, Israeli and American meme artists got to work immediately, making sure the buffoonery of the moment didn’t go unnoticed:






Netanyahu’s show was indeed bizarre, and Israel’s leader has become something of a viral meme machine with his bombastic statements and appearances.

However, much of the immediate reaction is due to how negatively people view Netanyahu’s incessant pushing of world leaders on the issue of Iran (not to mention his simultaneous ignoring of the occupation of Palestinian territory).

Netanyahu’s continuous critiquing of Europe, his meddling in the U.S. election, and his chest-puffing to Iran is wearing thin.

However, what will never wear thin are ACME pictures of bombs at the U.N. That? Will never grow old.


Author’s Note:

The title is inspired by a Tweet from Jeffrey Goldberg:

Additionally, here is a video of Netanyahu’s speech containing the props in question:


About David Harris-Gershon

David Harris-Gershon – a blogger for Tikkun magazine and a freelance writer on Israel, the Middle East and America’s role in the region – has recently published work in The Jerusalem Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, AlterNet, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Colorado Review and elsewhere. His memoir – What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? – is forthcoming from Oneworld Publications (2013). He received his MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and has worked extensively as an educator, teaching creative writing and Israeli History / Jewish Studies in university and high school classrooms. Follow David on Twitter @David_EHG

Posted on September 27, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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