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There are some great Bibi Netanyahu parodies over at 972. Two of the more inspired:

Constantin Lauri
“About here, there’s no more chips. Just air.” by Constantin Lauri
Amir Schiby version
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  1. Graber on September 29, 2012, 5:43 pm

    972 also has an apt critique of the meme culture and this Netanyahu stuff. After all, the New Yorker then had Netanyahu choose which three of the cartoons were his favorite. So much for opening up a venue for free speech.

    From Noam Sheizaf at +972: ‘[The memes] serve as Netanyahu’s echo chamber, they divert attention from the real issues at hand and they disguise political desperation as internet-activism. Memes shouldn’t be more than inside jokes, but nowadays they seem to lead the conversation. ‘

    • Inanna on September 29, 2012, 10:29 pm

      With all due respect, Netanyahu’s performance at the UN deserved the ridicule of the culture jammers. The reason the memes are so popular is they represented a widely felt response to Netanyahu’s speech and cartoon bomb. Rather than being ‘political desperation disguised as internet-activism’, they successfully subverted the view that Iran is eeevil, eeeevil I say, and made a joke of the whole nuclear threat from Iran. Humor does this must more successfully than a thousand reasoned and substantiated responses to right-wing talking points based on lies and deception.

      Now that the deliberate Iran hype has been so effectively neutered by Netanyahu himself, maybe we can pay a bit more attention to the Palestinians, from whom this whole Iran fake-hype is merely meant to serve as a distraction.

    • Blake on September 30, 2012, 7:02 am

      To anyone rational he looked like a class clown.

  2. LeaNder on September 29, 2012, 5:50 pm

    Ok, I thought I must be wrong and nothing can top this visually as the ultimate photo of the year in politics, but I do love the second. Perfect. Although yes, the first is funny too.

  3. MRW on September 29, 2012, 11:12 pm

    With apologies to anyone who noted this before, Mark Perry’s The Entebbe Option is the clearest statement of just how the US Military intend to handle any Iran strike by Netanyahu. The language couldn’t be clearer. The tag is definitive: Israel is on its own, and the US will stop Israel. Netanyahu has lost the US Military. Period.

    • Taxi on September 30, 2012, 5:19 am

      From MRW’s link:
      “As Hoar, the former Centcom commander, bluntly put it: “Compared to the United States, Israel doesn’t have a military.””

      Heeeheeeheeheeesh! Someone outta remind the israelis of this – remind them how even 3000 hizbollah fighters whipped the behinds of 35,000 isreaeli soldiers in 2006.

      • yrn on September 30, 2012, 5:32 am


        Good for you…… since then this border is the most quite border Israel has, the north of Israel blooms……, even not one shot has been fired.
        While your idol Nasrala is still in his hole hiding…..
        send him my regards as he is going to be there for years and I am sure he enjoys that, keep on playing the winner if it makes you happy.

      • Taxi on September 30, 2012, 6:06 am

        Glad you’ve been “reminded” hahahaha!

        I’d sure be glad to ‘personaly’ (yeah right!) send your kind regards to my “idol” hahahahahaha!

        America, for all it’s faults, is still by far stronger and more “civilized” than Apartheid israel.

        We’re a funnier people too, actually.

      • seafoid on September 30, 2012, 8:28 am

        Did they ever find Ron Arad?

      • yrn on September 30, 2012, 9:13 am


        I did not have to be reminded,a fact is then since 2006 the north border with Lebanon os peacefull and quite and the north of Israel is blooming………… if this is your victory, great for me.
        I wonder how deep in the ground your idol Nasrala hides.
        Great life to be roten underground in a hole , remind him what season it is, as he has lots of seasons to be underground.

      • Walid on September 30, 2012, 10:56 am

        “Did they ever find Ron Arad?” (seafoid)

        No, the file was practically closed in 2005 after Hizbullah provided Israel with satisfactory data that more or less confirmed that Arad had died. At the time, Israel conceded that Hizbullah had lived up to its end of the deal concluded in 2004 in the Tannebaum/Obeid-Dirani swap to provide Israel with reasonable proof that it did its utmost to locate Arad, but, Sharon being the shyster he is, decided to renege on the deal to release Kuntar in exchange for the information on Arad. The following year, 2006, Hizbullah’s leader faced with the prospect of losing face because of the unkept promise to secure the release of Kuntar, decided to capture some IDF soldiers to swap for him, and you know the rest. 2 years later, Hizbullah got Kuntar out of Israel in the swap.

        What is not talked about in the Arad case are the 4 Iranian diplomats believed held prisoners in Israel since July 4, 1982. They had been captured by the Christian militia during the civil war and handed over to the Israelis. Israel continues denying it has them. It was 4 years later on October 16, 1986 that Ron Arad was captured when he parachuted over Lebanon. At the time the Amal resistance held him and he was reportedly handed over to the Iranians to be used in the negotiations of the 4 Iranian diplomats held in Israel. Israel did not pursue the negotiations seriously. Iran is still asking for its 4 diplomats but nobody knows what really happened to Arad.

        About the 4 Iranian diplomats:

      • Walid on September 30, 2012, 11:18 am

        “I wonder how deep in the ground your idol Nasrala hides.”(yrn)

        Glad I’m here to rain on your picnic, yrn, the Sayyid is not in any underground bunker as you would like to believe, but living the good life with his family in very comfortable homes. If he keeps a low profile, it’s not out of fear of the bumbling Israeli security services, but because of all the other ones from Egypt, Jordan, Saudia, the US, France, the UK and a few others that would like to locate him.

        A couple of weeks back, he was out in the open in front of hundreds of thousands peaceful Muslim and Christian demonstrators for a full 20 minutes. Didn’t look at all scared. At the end of the video below, the smashing of the KFC/Hardee’s outlet because of the film was not in Beirut but in Tripoli and those doing the smashing were American-sponsored Salafists.

      • Taxi on September 30, 2012, 11:29 am


        If you know so much about where Nasrallah is, why don’t you go get him?

        LOL! And the border’s been quiet cuz israel’s deterrence is toast after their clear military defeat by the Lebanese in 2006. The days when israel just comes into lebanon and does all the killing it wants and leaves without consequences ARE OVER!

        If you don’t believe me, just try it – go bomb Lebanon and see what happens to “tel aviv and beyond, and beyond, and beyond”.

        Sorry pal but israel’s ain’t all that no more. And it ain’t ever gonna get better again. Sick till death. We can say israel currently resides in a hospice.

      • yrn on September 30, 2012, 6:03 pm

        In an interview Nasrallah told his interviewers, Talal Salman and Hussein Ayoub, that he himself does not know his whereabouts. “I’m like you. I’ve been moved up and down dozens of times. I don’t know the place where I am now with you,” he said
        Olmert says he achieved something because he put me in a bunker. All the objectives of the war amounted to my being in a bunker,” he said.

        That’s your Idol words…….
        All he had since 2008 is 20 minutes of fresh air……. what a great Achievement While Israel has the most peace full border since 2006…… this was the gaol of all the operation.
        Now if you have a barking puppy like nasrala that serves your goals, why remove it.
        Answer your questions…… keep on cheering victory.

      • Taxi on October 1, 2012, 12:09 am

        LOL yrn dude, give it up will ya! Even if what you say is true (you don’t provide a link to support your quote), don’t you think nasrallah might be saying that just to fool your smacked-down idf and bungling mossad?! Like Walid told ya above: nasrallah was walking around in the sunshine with thousands of people just a few days ago. And don’t you think (nice) houses can have their own ‘bunkers’ at the bottom of the garden too? Or are you guys so stuck in 1944 that you think nasrallah is hitler trapped in his bunker with poison capsule between his molars?

        You zionist losers are in dangerous denial, not just about the 2006 war, but about your fight with Iran: you’ve already lost that one too. Such is the lowly degree of your government’s disrespect and lies to you, as well as your own lies to yourself.

        Again if you don’t believe me when I tell you that your “idol”, the ethnic-cleansing, homicidal and infanticidal idf, are now nothing but cowards with big guns, then go ahead, attack Lebanon and see what happens.

        No one’s afraid you, but you’re afraid of everyone. And this, my dear, is the deep sh*t REALITY you’re in.

        And it don’t make no difference to ‘reality’ whether you acknowledge it or not, it’s still gonna be smacking your eyes open sooner or later.

      • ColinWright on October 1, 2012, 3:38 am

        Walid says: “…What is not talked about in the Arad case are the 4 Iranian diplomats believed held prisoners in Israel since July 4, 1982. “

        If that’s true, they’re probably dead now. It would be an embarrassment for Israel to admit she had them at this point — so I assume she would just murder them.

      • thankgodimatheist on October 1, 2012, 7:43 am

        How typically bombastic of you Israelis.
        What has been duly noted is that pre 2006 Israel used to have daily incursions in Lebanon kidnapping and assassinating. It has not done so ever since. I wonder what they have to fear, hehe..

    • Oscar on September 30, 2012, 7:24 am

      Hadn’t seen that before, MRW. Many thanks for the link. Mark Perry is one of the few great investigative reporters left in this country.

      • Denis on September 30, 2012, 2:30 pm

        Perry’s article provides a lot of things to think about, most of them he apparently didn’t.

        For instance the “Entebbe Option.” Perry neglects to reflect on one major difference between a commando attack on Fordow and a commando attack on Entebbe: retaliation. Uganda didn’t have Shahab missiles, mach 3 cruise missiles, or proxies with 10,000 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv.

        The Entebbe Option is ludicrous and was just thrown out there by some US military hacks to help Israel divert snooping journalists. Like, right . . . . they are going to land 10 C-130’s in the desert near Fordow?? Have a look: 34° 56.537′ N 50° 45.684′ E

        Yeah, OK. IF IAF had that many pilots trained to land a C-130 on a dime (and they certainly don’t), and IF the wind was blowing the right direction to assist in short landing/take-off, they might be able to get the troops to within 2 miles of the tunnel entrance. And then how are they going to get the 400 commandos up the mountain to the Fordow entrance — pre-arrange for taxi transport? So it’s probably 2-3 hours just to land 10 C-130s on a dime, get organized on the ground, hike the 2 miles there and back in full gear, re-load and take off. This does not count the time required to get into the facility and find the uranium.

        And what do they do once they get to the tunnel? Knock and ask for directions to the enriched uranium? And since the uranium would be in gaseous UF6 form, how are they going to carry the stuff out? Transfer it from centrifuges to balloons?

        Perry’s source, Gardiner says it would take the Iranians 3 days to respond to 10 C-130’s landing at Fordow. Look at the place!! There are missile bunkers all over. At the C-130 air speed of 320 knots, it would take almost an hour of flying over Iranian air space to get to Fordow. Does Gardiner think the C-130’s are not going to show up in Iranian radar or their new satellite? Iran would know they are on the way as soon as they and their escorts leave Tel Nof AFB.

        The idea that Israel would do a commando attack on Fordow and walk off with the enriched U is too preposterous to even present to the public to anyone with an ounce of skepticism in their brain. Seems like Perry is just another fish taking the bait here. The government uses guys like this to spread disinformation, not that he doesn’t write well.

        You can be sure of this: whatever information the US is releasing to the public about its intentions, or about the outcome of its simulated war games, or about Israel’s intentions is complete BS. There is absolutely no military advantage in the public knowing these military details. This sort of disinformation is put out on the airwaves for political reasons and to try and punk the enemy. If the USG wanted Israel to know they aren’t going to attend the ball, they would sure as hell tell them that a lot more directly than through FP or other MSM. If USG wants the American public or Iran to THINK the US would not be a player, they would certainly use their stable of retired military experts and gullible reporters.

  4. seafoid on September 30, 2012, 2:11 am

    Given the contempt in which the UN is held in Israel I was surprised that Netanyahu bothered to speak there.

  5. Nevada Ned on September 30, 2012, 2:13 am

    Get a load of this cartoon in a German weekly magazine, where the headline reads “A paranoid warmonger”.

    The cartoon is by Carlos Latuff. If you don’t know him, you should.

    I can’t read German very well at all, so could somebody please translate? Thanks!

  6. eGuard on September 30, 2012, 6:54 am

    Note how Netanyahu changes the idea of a red line.

    September 16, CNN (0:35):
    If they [Iran] know there is a point, a stage in the enrichment or other nuclear activities that they cannot cross, I think they’ll actually not cross it

    This is a red line as we know it. Then, on September 27 UNGA speech (26:20):

    After drawing it (at the 90% level), he says:
    before, before Iran completes the second stage [90%] nuclear enrichment [there should be consequences].

    Which one is it?

    • Ohm on October 1, 2012, 12:57 pm

      eGuard: “Which one is it?”

      Good question, thats what I’ve been wondering myself for three days now _ yet all I can find are critiques of his presentation, not any analysis’ of his argument.

      I am guessing that this ambiguity and confusion is completely deliberate.

      If I am understanding it correctly _ Bibi’s red line is the amount of 20% LEU that Iran has processed and stockpiled _ with a target figure of say aprox 250kg that would be required for further enrichment to have enough 90% HEU for an implosion bomb.

      Bibi’s 90% must be referring to the amount of second stage 20% enrichment _ otherwise he could not say that they are nearly 90% there _ because the percentage of HEU stockpile that has been detected or declared is null at 0%.

      Bibi’s inisistance that Iran be denied the ‘capability” is an exercise in moving the goalposts, essentially saying Iran is 9/10 of the way to having enough 20% LEU for further enrichment if Iran made the decision to build a bomb.

      The deliberate ambiguity would also be useful if Obama {or Romney} were ever somehow pressured to accept this framework _ in that it presents all sorts of creative opportunities for mischief to “stack the deck” _ in order to pin the President into a corner _ and coerce the US into taking part in a joint attack on the Iranian nuclear facilities.

      For instance:

      What if the IAEA were to report that they had detected small trace amounts of HEU somewhere within Iran’s various complexes?

      How about if Iran had 249 kg of 20% LEU _ are you then warming up the jets?

      What if they stopped processing any additional 20% LEU at that point?

      Could Israel somehow smuggle additional stock into Iran’s safe guarded facilities to put them over the top of the proscribed amount _ perhaps through someone that worked at one of the plants _ or someone within IAEA’s monitoring staff itself?

      I would guess that there are many hundreds of Iranian workers among the various sites, and speculate that the IAEA also has a general {lower level} staff that lend aid to the chief inspectors. Monitoring is designed to detect nuclear materials from being smuggled out of the facilities _ but would those mechanisms detect or prevent materials from being smuggled in?

      Would the US President be required to inform Congressional members when Iran gets to 240 kg 20% LEU that military action was now imminent?

      It is very worrying to me that Bibi’s Red Lines _ are really just a trap mechanism designed to get their interlocuter to agree to a set of conditions that commit them to take a series of actions _ a set of conditions wherein Bibi and the Mossad then had the foreknowledge to know exactly the sort of cassus beli that could be engineered to set that tripwire off.

      And I have absolutely no doubt that they would deem to do it.

  7. Blake on September 30, 2012, 6:58 am

    NYT actually called him “professorial”. Lol.

    Rick Gladstone and David Sanger wrote :

    With an almost professorial air, Mr. Netanyahu held up a diagram of a bomb with a fuse to show the Israeli view of Iran’s progress in achieving the ability to make a nuclear weapon. He drew a red line through the point at which Iran would have amassed enough medium-enriched uranium to make a bomb–which he said would be in the spring or summer of 2013.

  8. ColinWright on October 1, 2012, 3:41 am

    Blake says: “NYT actually called him “professorial”. Lol.

    Rick Gladstone and David Sanger wrote…”

    They were snickering. The New York Times threw up the actual picture. True friends of Israel like Fox News suppressed it.

  9. seafoid on October 1, 2012, 3:43 am

    Ingram Pinn in the FT

    And the audience, a very important audience, is one that the bots are losing

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