Video: Watch Netanyahu ‘prepare international public opinion for an Israeli operation in Gaza’

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Above is video of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing around 50 foreign ambassadors yesterday in Ashkelon as part of his effort to “shore up international support for a possible military ground operation into Gaza.”

To really capture the energy in the room, run this sound effect in the background while you watch the video.

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  1. pabelmont
    November 13, 2012, 11:23 am

    I truly hope that Israel’s days of impunity (and immunity) are over or “numbered”. Israel becomes more and more outrageous as its settlement program becomes both more extensive and more violent.

    Even Europe begins to shift uncomfortably in their seats — not enough to act, but showing discomfort. And Israel plows ahead anyhow, impervious, just minding (as it sees it) its own business. even the delegates to the Democratic convention recently showed American discontent with Israel, and President Obama has said “No” about an Iranian war (however hateful his program of sanctions may be).

    I hope something can be done to rein Israel in before the next “Cast Lead”. N’yahu evidently hopes otherwise.

  2. Annie Robbins
    November 13, 2012, 11:47 am

    lol, i am listening to this with the sound effect. perfect.

  3. Dutch
    November 13, 2012, 12:22 pm

    I think I recognize this guy. Last time he was on tv, he had a bomb — great acting that was. This time I’m a bit disappointed. No bomb, and part of his presentation in Arabic, which I find a very difficult language to understand. At least I understand why no one showed up in that theatre.

    • bintbiba
      November 13, 2012, 5:19 pm

      Dutch, Natanyahoo spoke in Hebrew, not in Arabic.

      • Dutch
        November 13, 2012, 9:30 pm

        Of course he did, I realize that. Why should he use the language of the original population – the people he is publicly spitting on, and that were washed away from history in his neat Ashkelon? That was what I was pointing at. Sorry for being unclear.

  4. Kathleen
    November 13, 2012, 1:43 pm

    The first part of that clip shows the people in the room from the back and there are not so many folks and then the camera catches the groups from the front and it looks like the crowd is much larger. Is that the same room?

    Netanyahu “many little children” these Israeli children have shelters to go to not the case for Palestinian children. What an arrogant individual

    • Dutch
      November 13, 2012, 2:35 pm

      ‘What an arrogant individual.’

      Most war criminals are pretty arrogant – they walk in and out of your and my country undisturbed instead of being arrested.

  5. Kathleen
    November 13, 2012, 1:47 pm

    “we will take any action necessary” kill, bulldoze, steal, break international agreements and incite. Criminal

  6. Betsy
    November 13, 2012, 2:47 pm

    So, here’s a report on who’s SUPPORTING Israel in USA. Yesterday, I was driving thro’ one of the poorest counties in rural Virginia — & saw several Israeli flags flying in front of homes — one flew proudly right above a Confederate flag, another very tattered one in front of a trailer in some disrepair. Christian Zionism joining the Lost Cause in counties where ordinary people have been abandoned by the global economy, are despised by elites, whose schools & infrastructure crumble while ‘immigrants’ get blamed. Militarism, racism, millenial dreams of the Promised Land, xenophobia, broken economic dreams — what is fascism made of? a different & scarier & resurgent Right is not an impossibility in this country, I fear…

    • ToivoS
      November 13, 2012, 4:33 pm

      You should take some pictures and post them on the net. They will help illustrate why America supports Israel.

    • seafoid
      November 13, 2012, 4:40 pm

      The Swiss newspaper NZZ ran a graphic on the educational levels of Dem and Republican states in the US. West Virginia college graduates are 17% of the population. Massachusetts’s figure is 48%. So I guess Zionism is highly correlated with academic achievement and structural poverty.

  7. seafoid
    November 13, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Milikovsky is so full of sh*t. Gaza is a systemic problem. The system is the issue. The system is Zionism. 1 million Israelis. 1.5 million Untermenschen.

    • foresomenteneikona
      November 13, 2012, 6:28 pm

      Is Milikovsky the second guy who spoke?

      • seafoid
        November 14, 2012, 9:49 am

        The Netanyahu name was chosen by Mr Milikovsky, the Israeli PM’s grandfather, when he immigrated to palestine.

        Bibi has a spiel about a ring with the name Netanyahu which is 7 million years old and links his Polish Askhenazi family to Jerusalem and thus God forever but it is as contrived as his hasbara.

        Bibi’s father is called Benzion which used to be a brand leading laxative in Jordan.

    • pabelmont
      November 13, 2012, 7:58 pm

      If Zionism were invisible, then the “problem” in Gaza — apart from 64 years of exile (for most Gazans, tho there were some Palestinians in Gaza before 1947) — would be poverty. joblessness, lack of potable water, open sewers, Israeli military violence, and also inter-Palestinian violence. ALL THAT would be fixed by a peace treaty.

      Have the Israelis EVER considered beginning to commence to start to work in the general direction of “a just and lasting peace” as mentioned by UNSC 242, and a right of “return” for the refugees/exiles (from 1948) including a huge number of Gazans who’d be more comfortable inside the larger prison of pre-1967 Israel than in the cramped prison of Gaza?

      It’s a trick question. The “peace” has gotta be “just” (and “lasting”). Israel shows little understanding of non-self-referential justice.

  8. justicewillprevail
    November 13, 2012, 5:26 pm

    What a loathsome hypocrite as he exaggerates wildly the threat to Israelis, whilst relishing doing what he supposedly deplores, except to the power of 1000, to people who have no shelters or an over-equipped dumb army with a fetish for killing and maiming indigenous people. Hokum, snake-oil and lies. No surprise there, then.

  9. piotr
    November 13, 2012, 5:33 pm

    This really calls for investigation. Netahyahu talks like a person who swallowed a full quart of latte in the morning not realizing that this is decaf. This is your brain without caffeine! Was there any foul play involved?

  10. piotr
    November 13, 2012, 6:22 pm

    This gives me an idea (just to contemplate, not to actually spend any good coin): hire some homeless and bag ladies to stage a pro-Israeli demonstration. They should have some appropriate posters and flags. “No increase in aid for the homeless if it can decrease aid to Israel”. “We love Jewish investment bankers”. “Let my Caterpilars go”. “Sodastream in every home even if you have no home”.
    In case of a “sit-in” in a financial district: “spare a quarter for a friend of Israel” (loving bankers would nicely fit too here).

    These would be proper flags:
    link to cafepress.com (good price and great aid for chilly days)
    link to amazon.com (nice color and price, but smallish)
    link to flagline.com (perfect accessory for cold days)
    link to flagline.com (great on a shopping cart)

  11. foresomenteneikona
    November 13, 2012, 6:32 pm

    It’s remarkable that this was posted after a weekend in which the IDF killed three kids and wounded dozens more in Gaza.

    The content is pretty ominous. It suggests that Israel’s leadership really is considering Cast Lead II. Since they cannot bomb Iran any time soon, it seems, they have chosen to revert to their standard punching bag.

  12. pabelmont
    November 13, 2012, 8:27 pm

    The speech sounds a bit as if he is begging, hat in hand, tugging his forelock metaphorically, for permission from the international (press?) to do another “Cast Lead” (so much fun, really, jolly fun, and so necessary too, as he so cogently and persuasively points out).

    If he is begging, might it mean that — at long last, sir, at long last — someone (USA, EU, Petraeus-by-his-exit) has spoken harshly to him and he is worrited that his (or Israel’s) days of immunity and impunity are over?

    If that’s not it, why’d he hold this meeting and hold it in this particular way?

    • Annie Robbins
      November 14, 2012, 2:07 am

      If that’s not it, why’d he hold this meeting and hold it in this particular way?

      oh, i think he had some more important things on his mind.

      link to haaretz.com

      (scroll down too)

  13. Sumud
    November 14, 2012, 6:34 am

    About 25 Israelis killed by rockets from Gaza in 13 years and about 3,000 Palestinains in Gaza killed since Israel “withdrew” in 2005.

    Plus five years of siege on Gaza. We know who the victims are, and who the perpetrators are.

    No-one believes Netanyahu’s bullshit.

  14. Elliot
    November 14, 2012, 7:18 am

    At about 2:15, N. says: “I, as the Prime Minister of Israel”. He has this mannerism that took me straight to Charlie Chaplin in his character as The Fyuh in “The Great Dictator”.

  15. Eva Smagacz
    November 14, 2012, 2:58 pm

    There is a micro smile when Netanyahu is talking. It is called duping delight . When he sits down he is smiling. His successor on the podium is barely able to hide the grin.

    But you know, their country is being attacked e.t.c……..

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