Not skipping a beat, Israeli embassy alludes to ‘another Gaza’ over Palestinian UN bid

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Days after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C. released a heavy-handed video equating Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s expected UN bid for non-member observer status to launching rockets from Gaza and driving a bus full of people off of a cliff.

The video made public on November 22, 2012 is a mélange of news clips and a cartoonish Abbas as the bus driver. The video ends with bus driver Abbas is left with a choice to make: turn left at the green sign that says, “road to peace” and points to a fairytale castle, or turn right towards the blue “United Nations” sign with a “no outlet” sticker that points to a pile of smoking rubble and raining bombs—likely nod to Gaza during Operation Pillar of Cloud.

The video departs from the embassy’s typical holiday Youtube greetings, which are generally single-camera tidings from ambassador Michael Oren. Although the video serves as one of Israel’s stronger public condemnations of the Palestinian move, the Jewish state is backing off from rebuking the resolution in the UN. Speaking to Haaretz an unnamed senior Israeli official said their plan is “lowering the profile” of the bid, continuing, “we examined different ways to react, but eventually the ministers realized that almost whatever we do will hurt Israel.”

The same day that the “President Abbas’ Palestinian Bus: Heading in the Wrong Direction,” video was released, the Israeli embassy in Washington DC also posted on Youtube “A Dinner For Peace: An Open Invitation to Palestinian President Abbas,” which uses the same image of Abbas about to drive the Palestinian people into a ravine of terror. But unlike the first video, the dinner party includes a cartoon President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Prime Ministers Netanyahu and Cameron who are depicted as waiting at the “negotiations table,” for the stalled Abbas who on the road deciding which way to turn.

The message to outsiders is clear: Israel is weighing both isolation from the international community and an unlikely subtle threat of military action if Abbas should continue on the path to statehood. But without any assurances from Netanyahu to halt settlement construction, at this point there is nothing meaningful to be gained in negotiations at “the dinner table.”

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  1. pabelmont
    November 28, 2012, 11:54 am

    The first video shows Cameron and Rice as speakers (warners) about the dangers of the UN bid. They are (to my thinking) mere “puppets”, not independent speakers). Rice is supposed to be Obama’s puppet (that is, she is HIS ambassador to the UN). Obama, of course, walks an interesting tightrope, but AIPAC is always there, maybe less powerful than formerly, but not at all absent. Ask any Congressperson.

  2. FreddyV
    November 28, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Wow! That was a scary looking dinner party!

    Ban Ki is about the only one not bought and paid for.

    Or doing the buying and paying…..

    Couldn’t they find more credible guests?

  3. piotr
    November 28, 2012, 12:57 pm

    “Dinner table” images are curiously un-inviting. I imagine that if you seriously prepare dinner, that the table setting would be more elaborate than generic plates from a dollar store and nothing else (cuttlery, napkins, flowers, bowls with something etc., get some Martha Stewart pics if you have no idea how it should look like!
    Of course, this drab setting is entirely proper to illustrate the issue.

  4. Ismail
    November 28, 2012, 1:34 pm

    In the second video (“Waiting on a Guest”), various world leaders are depicted around a table, each with a name card in front of him or her; “Obama”, “Clinton”, “Blair” et al.

    The card in front of the UN Secretary General? “Ki-Moon”. It should, of course, read “Ban”, following the established usage of using the family name for each guest’s card.

    The Embassy of Israel isn’t aware that Korean surnames appear before given names?
    Way to go. A real diplomatic powerhouse, that Israeli embassy.

  5. Mndwss
    November 28, 2012, 1:39 pm

    What? No cartoon bomb?

    “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has a decision to make. Directly negotiate peace with Israel, or make a bad situation worse. Time and time again, President Obama and other world leaders have called him to the negotiating table. Time and time again President Abbas has chosen the futile path.

    Leadership is needed now. President Abbas must stop the journey in the wrong direction–appealing to the United Nations–turn away from the cliff, and return to the negotiating table. The path to peace begins with the seven minutes between Jerusalem and Ramallah, not on UN podiums. Going to the UN General Assembly is a mistake.

    Israel continues to seek a solution of two states for two peoples, the Jewish state of Israel next to an Arab state of Palestine, side by side in peace and security.”:

    …”Israel continues to seek a solution of two states for two peoples, the Jewish state of Israel next to an Arab state of Palestine, side by side in peace and security”…..

    But where is the Arab state of Palestine going to be? Jordan?

  6. Rusty Pipes
    November 28, 2012, 1:42 pm

    The closing should read: “We need to preserve [our piece of the pie]. Tell Abbas to come back to [watch us eat pizza at] the table.”

  7. American
    November 28, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Imagine if Palestine or even Hamas in Gaza next gained a mutual defense pact with Egypt, Turkey, Jordon, Lebanon, Qatar, UAE, Saudi, etc.,etc., etc..

    That would stop Israel dead in it’s tracks…cause it would stop the US dead in it’s tracks.
    Go for it Arabia , form your own ME mini UN and ME treaties and defense pacts.
    You don’t want the US and Europe ‘rearranging you as they have for a century? Then unite and compromise among yourselves, not with outside powers.

    • Boston
      November 29, 2012, 8:13 am

      I think they would need to get Russia or China to join their pact.

      Even that might not do it. I’m pretty sure that Israel (via her US puppets) would rather destroy the world via WWIII than not get their way on every single thing.

  8. Bumblebye
    November 28, 2012, 2:00 pm

    If Abbas were to go to the “dinner table”, the waiter would put nothing on his plate. And if he remembers the chocolate bar in his pocket, Netanyahu would steal it, and claim it was originally his.

  9. American
    November 28, 2012, 2:02 pm

    ” “A Dinner For Peace: An Open Invitation to Palestinian President Abbas,” which uses the same image of Abbas about to drive the Palestinian people into a ravine of terror”

    So sorry we must decline your kind invitation due to a previous scheduled engagement with the IUCC.

  10. flyod
    November 28, 2012, 2:41 pm

    what the hell is that palestinian bus doing driving through western united states and how on earth did it get past homeland security? looks like it made it to the rockies probably heading for the black canyon of the gunnison. now that’s a cliff worth driving off.
    damn. how can any of us feel safe? who are these zio marketing geniuses? probably the same bunch that created kars4kids (what kids?)…that’s cars with a k…

  11. LanceThruster
    November 28, 2012, 2:59 pm

    “Catch-22 means people have a right to do to you anything which you cannot prevent them from doing to you.” ~ Joesph Heller

  12. HemiFaulk
    November 28, 2012, 3:04 pm

    How nice of Israel to issue policy statements and give hints of future actions or consequences thru short films.

    Perhaps Obama will make a commercial and show it on Palestinian TV to say hey we apologize for these films, like we did in Pakistan where they already dislike American intervention intensely, which begs the question, why did Obama and Hillary apologize for something they did not do? From whose advice did this ignorant move emanate?

    I would like to see the rocket attacks on Israel cease and remain so, but the Dinner Table looks pretty bare to me.

    Israel plays such a key role in the Middle East and World Affairs it is beginning to look as if the most powerful Nation ever known to mankind is being led around like an old ox or pack animal, trudging the road to happy destiny we must assume, because actual backlash or reaction to militant Zionism is almost non-existent, and we sure got over there quick once Israel had made their play, but Good Golly, Miss Molly!.!

    Its like its scripted out, other than the U.N. angle, plan A-B-C-D all ready for the annihilation of all non-Zionist. In my heart I want to be supportive of Israel for a variety of reasons, none of which is listed here today, but my Basic Instincts tell me something is bad wrong in Palestine, not to mention the stuff I continue to read that tells me how bad it really is, or allows a glimpse into a world far removed from our cozy lives here in the States.

    Had Vilna Gaon offered a ham sandwich or some pork ribs to Hasidic Jews in Lithuania in the 18th century it would not have gone over real well, with the crux of the matter being you cannot shove something down someone’s throat and expect them to like it, meaning force your will on others, it leads to civic unrest Etc.

    the esteemed Rabbi

    educational addendum and how did the Greeks find it?

  13. Kathleen
    November 28, 2012, 3:12 pm

    “we examined different ways to react, but eventually the ministers realized almost whatever we do will hurt Israel'”

    With the exception of halting all expansion of illegal settlements and illegal housing in E Jerusalem.

    • HemiFaulk
      November 28, 2012, 5:22 pm

      yes how right you are and had I relied on the falsely labeled major journalists and media in U.S. I would not know one thing about it.

    • Inanna
      November 28, 2012, 11:36 pm

      With the exception of halting all expansion of illegal settlements and illegal housing in E Jerusalem.

      You forget that in their minds, East Jerusalem and the choicest bits of West Bank real estate, resources and aquifers are part of Israel.

  14. Kathleen
    November 28, 2012, 3:15 pm

    What a ridiculous cartoon. Never ceases to amaze me how Israel and the I lobby are such masters at flipping the script. Stop all settlement building. Abbas has stood firm on this point…and a solid point it is

  15. Rusty Pipes
    November 28, 2012, 3:23 pm

    Not content with video distractions and frustrated by the lull in the Gaza distraction, this morning, Israel made an incursion into South Lebanon. Perhaps this can push the Palestinians’ UN bid out of America’s top headlines tomorrow — gotta protect the brand from any threat of delegitimization:

    Eleven Israeli soldiers carried out a ground incursion into Lebanon Wednesday morning, breaking the border’s barbed wire fence near the village of Wazzani and mounting a sandbag barrier roughly 15 meters past the demarcation line.

    The soldiers reached a Lebanese military zone, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported.

    Ground and air incursions into Lebanon are direct breaches of UN resolution 1701 which ended Israel’s war on Lebanon in 2006. Israel has carried out more than 20,000 illegal surveillance flights over Lebanon since that ceasefire.

    The Lebanese Army and the UN’s international peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, are on high alert.

    • HemiFaulk
      November 28, 2012, 5:29 pm

      So what I am hearing is the Incursion is actually a Diversion, like from the real issues at hand. Them Zionists must have been Magicians in a former life, its Three Card Monte on the World stage.

    • jl1
      November 28, 2012, 8:50 pm

      And should these provocateurs has suffered fatalities in reward for their incursion, we’d hear little else but of a terrorist slaughter.

  16. pipistro
    November 28, 2012, 5:28 pm

    “I am ready to start negotiations today.” (Netanyahu, Nov 4, 2012)

    “Well. 1) Search that man! 2) Take him away the 3.5 billion dollars (and counting) that he has into his pocket. 3) Search again, I don’t trust him in the least. 4) Say to that black dude – yes, the one with the head surrounded by a halo – who is whistling behind, to let down the gun and the wallet. Now we can sit at the negotiating table.” (Anyone, Nov 28, 2012)

  17. Frankie P
    November 28, 2012, 7:31 pm

    I don’t know if you saw it, but I slowed down the video and noticed Netanyahu painting polonium onto Abbas’ dinner plate!!!

    Frankie P

  18. Annie Robbins
    November 28, 2012, 7:55 pm

    i love this second video. the cartoon appeal from israel’s foreign ministry again. hmm. somehow they’ve decided this approach is most effective. the 2 signs at the ‘end of the road’..peace vs UN. not sure their audience is clear what kind of consequences are in store here. they should spit it out instead of making movies.

  19. jl1
    November 28, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Do Israelis truly believe a predominant percentage of the world’s goyim to be such foolish creatures and so gullible that these inane cartoons would sway us?

  20. Citizen
    November 29, 2012, 9:07 am

    Looks like a few No votes Israel was counting on have switched to Abstain non-votes, Germany, Czechoslovakia

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