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People criticize me for my casual photos. Well, take a look at Netanyahu’s official twitter feed and his personal twitter account— maybe I should friend Netanyahu on facebook!  I must say, these are some of the most unstatesmanlike pictures I’ve ever seen. A selection:

Here he is watching the Olympics last July.

Netanyahu watches Olympics
Netanyahu watches Olympics

Netanyahu opens a road near Haifa. That guy on the right is overdressed.

Netanyahu at Krayot Bypass Highway
Netanyahu at Krayot Bypass Highway

Netanyahu does the Moses finger with the Golani brigade. Looks like the same shirt as above. Is this the guy you want to start World War 3?

Netanyahu visits Golani Brigade
Netanyahu visits Golani Brigade

He’s getting on the plane to go to New York for the UN General Assembly with his wife.

Netanyahu and his wife headed for New York
Netanyahu and his wife headed for New York

He worked on his speech on the plane. That tie came off in a hurry.

Photo by israelipm

He met the Secretary General, along with Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Doesn’t look like Lieberman knows what to do with his hands, when he’s not ethnic cleansing.

Netanyahu and Ban Ki Moon
Netanyahu and Ban Ki Moon

Here he is with Ban again.

Netanyahu and Ban again
Netanyahu and Ban again

Netanyahu and his wife in New York. Looks like they’re in a hotel, headed to a formal dinner. That guy on the left is on to you.

Netanyahu and wife Sarah in U S
Netanyahu and wife Sarah in U S

Netanyahu tweeted this shot of himself making the red line.

Netanyahus red line
Netanyahus red line

All done for now. Netanyahu says he’s happy to be home.

Netanyahu is glad to return home
Netanyahu is glad to return home
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  1. bobsmith on October 5, 2012, 9:28 am

    Let’s face it: he’s not a nice guy and one can almost imagine a perpetual sneer on his preppy, porcine punim. But I see nothing unusual here. Lots of Israelis, like their distant Persian cousins, don’t wear ties or pose majestically all the time.

  2. eljay on October 5, 2012, 10:06 am

    Funny, I think he’s actually a good-looking, middle-aged man, and in these pics he looks like a very ordinary middle-class guy: businessman / father / husband / uncle / etc.

    IMO, that’s probably what’s most disturbing about those photos: They belie the fact that he’s the domineering leader of an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist state.

  3. radii on October 5, 2012, 11:05 am

    bottom pic he looks like Sharon, jowls and all – noxious human being

  4. Xpat on October 5, 2012, 11:37 am

    Bibi likes to pose in front of the Talmud and other imposing, gold-trimmed Jewish tomes. Kinda like that rabbi in A Serious Man. We are the People of the Book and I am its Leader.

    Funny, they never catch that flat-screen TV in the formal pictures of that bookcase.
    I wonder if those books are real or if he just paid for the spine.

    • radii on October 5, 2012, 2:34 pm

      I wonder what the worldly and thoughtful people here on Mondoweiss thought of the Coen Bros. A Serious Man. I loved that film. A lot of people found it impenetrable, but I thought it was clear message of disdain for organized religion as told through the lens of the Coens’ personal Jewish upbringing. To me it was the Coens channeling David Lynch – with a surreal remove from what was taking place … our hapless protagonist reaps the metaphorical whirlwind despite being a good person (there is no “god” and certainly not one that rewards you for being a good person). A prologue story shows how a wife sees a strange visitor as a demon and the husband does not – he trusts his eyes, it is just a weird old man. In the main film our man seeks higher and higher official levels of rabbinical insight into his troubles only to find, by the end, the youngest and least-experienced rabbi he saw first is the only one who had anything worthwhile to offer. And by the end of the film, after many troubles and tragedies, a real whirlwind approaches and all ‘god’ has to offer (in the form of a religious adult) is infectualness, as this stand-in for the short film’s old man, fumbles with his keys while trying to save children.

      • Xpat on October 5, 2012, 11:40 pm

        I liked A Serious Man a lot too. If memory serves, the older rabbi offered a multitude of platitudes, the younger rabbi was a simpleton and it was the oldest rabbi who has the last word. This old world rabbi graciously concedes the war. He accepts the protagonist’s premise that American pop culture (represented by a wireless radio) has trumped his traditional religion (the traditional stricture against playing a radio on the Jewish Sabbath).
        And, life is unfair and meaningless and there is no god.

  5. Citizen on October 5, 2012, 12:08 pm
  6. seethelight on October 5, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Avigdor Lieberman looks like the classic Soviet bureaucratic thug in a cheap suit and sleeves about two inches too long.

    • tear-stained uzi on October 6, 2012, 4:57 am

      LOL — That’s exactly what I thought, too! Kinda looks like a cardboard cutout. Maybe he’s a Potemkin Foreign Minister?

      Grinning dopily at the camera… what a putz.

  7. mijj on October 5, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Where’s the one with Bibi’s good buddy, Barack?

  8. sky7i on October 5, 2012, 8:29 pm

    Actually, Avigdor and Sarah strongly recall Chucky and his bride Tiffany. The face, body proportions, and posture especially: http://theuglytruth.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/chucky2.jpg

    Four out of those six dudes at Krayot seem headed for a different sort of bypass…

  9. thankgodimatheist on October 6, 2012, 3:01 am

    Wearing black in Summer is enough to disgust me let alone the fact it’s him in particular.

  10. tear-stained uzi on October 6, 2012, 4:59 am

    Meh, talk about the banality of evil…

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