No Logo: Netanyahu prepares for Obama visit with p.r. contest

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Two Sides of the Same Flag: Visitors to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page have chosen this logo for President Obama’s visit to Israel next month.

Politico reports:

It’s official: Visitors to the Facebook page of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have chosen a logo for President Obama’s visit to Israel next month.

The winner, above, got 2,600 “likes” beating out two others (below), which garnered 786 and 521, respectively.

Netayahu’s office is promising a big social media push around the visit. So far, there has been much more publicity about the trip in Israel than there has been in the United States.

Here are the runner ups:

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The Jerusalem Post adds:

National Security Council head Yaa’cov Amidror, who is coordinating Obama’s visit, told the cabinet Sunday that there will be an emphasis during this visit on utilizing social media to get the public involved, as is being done in choosing the logo.

He said a media center will be set up to accommodate the hundreds of journalists expected to cover the visit, and that Israel will try to take advantage of the interest to showcase its high-tech industry. . .

One government official deflected criticism that the logo idea was kitschy, saying there was a great deal of public enthusiasm in the visit, and this was one way of tapping into it. He chuckled dismissively when asked if there would also be a soft drink sponsor.

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16 Responses

  1. pabelmont
    February 22, 2013, 12:20 pm

    Great flag logo! The Palestinians can use it, too! It exactly expresses the problem of allowing the USA to play any roll at all in world relations with Israel (i.e., the UNSC veto).

  2. Woody Tanaka
    February 22, 2013, 12:29 pm

    It is interesting to me that, in flag design, the part nearest the pole (the hoist, the other end is called “the fly”) and specifically the upper portion (the canton, where the US has the stars) is considered the position of honor. This is why sub-national flags often contain the national flag in the canton. (See, generally, the entire history of British colonial flags.)

    The right of this image is the hoist and the left is the fly. (In states where language are read right to left, the convention is often that the upper right is the canton. In the west, where languages are generally read left to right, it is the reverse. This is further demonstrated by the fact that the US flag’s fly (the stripes) is reproduced, not the hoist.)

    So, in this logo, Israel took for itself the position of honor, insulting the USA in the process.

    (It’s also interesting that they used the IDF’s roundel and inserted it into the design, rather than the star that appears on the National Flag.)

    • Annie Robbins
      February 22, 2013, 12:51 pm

      woody, this is exactly what i noticed about the flag. the replacement of our stars for the one star and the positioning of the ‘hoist'(leaving us the flag trail) although i didn’t know that name. and that because hebrew reads left to right, that it’s reversed. but i do not think it was intended as an insult as it is conceived by, and won the vote (primarily i would assume) by an israeli public who are israeli centric.

      also, open the jpost link:

      The code name for the visit is Unshakeable Alliance (brit amim). Last week officials involved in organizing the visit translated this as Nations United.

      ‘nations united’ , with one star replacing our 50. reminds me of our worthless congress.

    • piotr
      February 22, 2013, 1:17 pm

      I am used to flags that simply consists of evenly spaced stripes, with an optional symbol either at the center or far from the pole.

      My take is that the logos are nice, the alliance not so much.

      As far as adorable graphics that can welcome Obama in Israel, I recommend Ami Kaufman:
      (warning: the language may be inappropriate for pre-teen audience).

  3. seafoid
    February 22, 2013, 12:54 pm

    Flags can’t hide the rottenness of Zionism

    “The Israelis have done pretty much what they pleased with the Palestinians, taking their land for their own, and for immigrant American religious fanatics; annexing Palestinian farms and destroying their crops; seizing control of the water resources of the West Bank; building “separation walls”; and sequestering Islamic and Christian places of worship. These actions have shamed millions of their American supporters, and inspired others to form vigilante bands to silence Israel ’s critics and persecute Arab professors at American universities.
    This has won Israel nothing but hatred. What actually is happening is that the Palestinian occupation is driving numbers of Israelis and their supporters toward moral and political suicide, so that one may ask if in a hundred years, or a thousand years, there will any longer be an Israel where Jewish worshipers will recall the psalm “God is a Righteous Judge, strong and patient; and God is provoked every day.””

  4. MRW
    February 22, 2013, 2:49 pm

    I just showed this to someone who knows zip about the flag parts Woody mentions. He said the logo is saying Israel is bigger than the USA, more powerful, and screw you.

    I said it’s a logo for a presidential visit. He said then diplomatic decorum is what is called for, not public relations. There is a protocol for flags. He said the flags should be shown in their entirety. Israel showed all of their flag elements, but chose the lower right corner of the American flag, diminishing it. He said do you think if the Queen of England came to visit that they would diminish the royal seal and debase it like that? Not a chance. They’d be sticking that royal seal on everything she walked into.

    If the US has a state dinner at the White House, our nation doesn’t comport itself like this. This bernays sauce came out of the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. Does Netanyahu have any idea how to comport himself internationally or is he really a yahoo? Is Israel that much of a schlub?

    • MRW
      February 22, 2013, 8:48 pm

      I talked to my friend later and he said I hadn’t explained that it was a Facebook logo. He reminded me that the US President is Head of State and Head of Government. In Israel, Peres is the Head of State (and in Israel, that’s largely ceremonial) and Netanyahu is Head of Government who has the executive power, similar to Harper in Canada who runs the govt there (Queen is Head of State with Gov General her representative). He said to watch whether they pull out the stops with Peres in attendance as his diplomatic equal, or if are they going to make it a PR visit and blur the lines. He said this will be either a state visit or a political one.

      • W.Jones
        February 23, 2013, 3:32 am

        In the USSR, neither the head of state nor the head of government was the most important necessarily. In fact, the position of party “general secretary” was not by formal definition the highest. Stalin made it the strongest position, but one year he did not get elected to that, and from then on the position apparently did not exist in its full sense.

  5. seafoid
    February 22, 2013, 3:17 pm

    Anyone who feels the need to say “unbreakable alliance” in an infinite loop is afraid of the split. Knows it will come eventually.

    • Sumud
      February 23, 2013, 8:34 am

      Exactly seafoid ~ the very fact they chose to say “unbreakable alliance” demonstrates they are aware just how fragile and brittle the situation is.

      This pathetic PR is designed to reassure Israelis that decades of criminality and impunity can continue thanks to the US’ UN SC veto power, that the Tel Aviv bubble will never burst. How wrong they are!

      • seafoid
        February 24, 2013, 12:07 pm

        Yes Sumud. Couldn’t agree more.

        The longer I look at Israel the more I think it isn’t going to make it. They really need the hasbara to work at full throttle.

        Most Americans are misinformed but fundamentally decent and Zionism is just thuggery. Very hard to see Americans supporting thuggery by a foreign government indefinitely.

  6. dbroncos
    February 22, 2013, 6:18 pm

    Not surprising that Israelis chose the flag that features the colonial stripes aspect of our American flag rather than the 50 stars representing the interdependence and equality of disparate and unique states. Instead we get just the one star of the Israeli flag. One colonial nation under the command of a single Israeli star. Depressing symbolism.

  7. Elliot
    February 23, 2013, 2:59 pm

    This is an escalation of the mainstream double flag lapel pin. You will see Zionists in America wearing this pin. It’s a take on the stars and stripes pin that US politicians wear. The stems (flagpoles) of each flag cross over each other.

    Looks like it’s no more: two inseparable countries with their own flag, but two indivisible nations sharing the same one.
    Netanyahu is cocksure he has co-opted the U.S. under Obama.

  8. piotr
    February 24, 2013, 1:13 am

    It reminds me when I was a bit baffled when I visited Prague in 1975. On the main drag, Vaclavske Namesti, there was a huge neon sign “With Soviet Union forever” (in Czech, but I could understand). Hic transit gloria mundi.

  9. Accentitude
    February 24, 2013, 5:08 am

    I’d create a logo but I don’t really want Netanyahu’s facebook page or anyone admin’ing it to scope me out. Having said that, I don’t think “unbreakable alliance” is a good motto for the visit. How about “Pissing on Your Visit through Settlement Expansion”? I like that one better. Or how about “A Relationship as Ironclad as the Chains that Bind starving Palestinian Prisoners on the Verge of Death.”

  10. amigo
    February 24, 2013, 8:22 am

    Glad to see the Israeli flag is to the right of the SAS.

    When will se a complete seperation or at least a bit more daylight between them.

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