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‘We are you and you are us’ — Netanyahu has tons of American friends

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Yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech at the Independence Day celebration at the US embassy in Israel and announced: “It’s our celebration too.” Israel and the United States “are family,” we share values and freedom and have a common enemy: the terrorist state of Iran.

Netanyahu at the American Embassy yesterday for July 4th party

Netanyahu at the American Embassy yesterday for July 4th party

“Zionism was always about freedom… We built the State of Israel on the same democratic foundations upon which the United States was built… They [Iran’s mullahs] say, Dan [Shapiro, US ambassador], We are you and you are us. And you know something? On this, they are absolutely right. We stand with America. America stands with us…

“Dan, we are family. Let me translate. We are mishpucha.”

Netanyahu traveled to that party to warn about the threat posed by Iran, but as his meetings with Art Garfunkel and Robert Kraft and Thurman Thomas and other NFL players lately showed, the guy gets a lot of American visitors for a rightwing leader whose army killed more than 500 children a year ago and whose governing coalition includes fascist strains, as even the New York Review of Books has said. His social calendar is a reminder that the two countries are joined at the hip, and shows what political capital President Obama had to spend not to meet with Netanyahu the last time he was in Washington, in March.

Netanyahu with football delegation

Netanyahu with Thurman Thomas, Robert Kraft during NFL delegation


Netanyahu and Art Garfunkel June 2105

Netanyahu and Art Garfunkel June 2015


Last weekend, Katie Couric was endorsing him:

Around 1,200 friends of the Anti-Defamation League gathered at the Waldorf Astoria to celebrate Abe Foxman’s 50 years of service to the organization… In lieu of an Israeli government representative present, [Katie] Couric read aloud a letter from Prime Minister Netanyahu.

And when he was giving the Genesis Prize to Michael Douglas last week, and hanging out with Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Netanyahu noted he had also met with Eric Schmidt of Google the week before:

in fact last week the Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, visited my office and he says: Israel is number one, number one digital powerhouse in the world. I said: Eric, aren’t you exaggerating a bit? He said: No, I’ll be precise. In absolute measures that I make, you’re number two after Silicone Valley, after Cambridge, MAS and after Cambridge, England. Sorry, before Cambridge MAS, before Cambridge England. Per capita you’re way off the charts, and what you’re doing now in Israel is setting a growth engine for the next 50 years.

PM Netanyahu with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt in Jerusalem

PM Netanyahu with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt in Jerusalem

Michael Oren says that Netanyahu’s favorite TV show was Breaking Bad, but in February, Vanity Fair said Netanyahu is a fan of Larry David; and they have a mutual friend:

Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a poker-player bud of David’s and David’s self-proclaimed “house Jew,” brought a copy of [Curb Your Enthusiasm episode] “Palestinian Chicken” to his dinner with Benjamin Netanyahu in the hopes that the Israeli prime minister would toss a bag of popcorn in the microwave, invite Mahmoud Abbas over for a viewing party. The two leaders would laugh, they’d cry, they’d braid each other’s hair, they’d realize they’re not so different after all: Bam, world peace. (Netanyahu, a fan, did watch the episode. No word on whether or not Abbas has seen it, though the recent escalation of conflict in the Middle East would indicate unh-uh.)

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Oh and not an American, but an American poodle, here’s Tony Blair from late May:

Tony Blair and Netanyahu, May 2015

Tony Blair and Netanyahu, May 2015

Thanks to Max Blumenthal.

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  1. hophmi on July 2, 2015, 11:15 am

    You seem to support the notion that to hate Israel is to hate America.

    • Krauss on July 2, 2015, 12:22 pm

      The only thing this post proves is that Jewish Apartheid has a lot more supporters in America than white Apartheid ever had at the elite levels.

      Will it be enough to stave off BDS?

    • Pippilin on July 2, 2015, 12:27 pm


    • eranariel on July 2, 2015, 3:49 pm

      Mr. Netanyahu,

      To whom are you referring to as “us” other than to “yourself” in 3rd person….rest assured Mr. Netanyahu that I neither resemble “you” nor have anything in common with “us” or with your aspiration to relate to everyone as an extension of your own sense-of-self.

    • Mooser on July 2, 2015, 4:06 pm

      “You seem to support the notion that to hate Israel is to hate America.”

      Utterly meaningless, yet cryptic and very insinuating! Have you thought about maybe doing some heavy-death-metal music lyrics?

    • JWalters on July 2, 2015, 6:26 pm

      Israel is like the family’s crazy, rich uncle who abuses everybody else, but coddles, bribes, and threatens them into shutting up about it. A great Fourth of July present from America to the world would be to take down Israel. Put it in a hospital.

      • Mooser on July 3, 2015, 1:54 pm

        “Israel is like the family’s crazy, rich uncle who abuses everybody else, but coddles, bribes, and threatens them into shutting up about it. “

        Problem is, after he dies, the family gathers round for the reading of the will, all hoping they are included after all that sucking-up. Then the accountant explains there’s no money, just debt in the assets box.

      • JWalters on July 3, 2015, 5:57 pm

        Tragically funny.

  2. annie on July 2, 2015, 11:21 am

    lol, i know there’s some natural progression in all these photo ops. it reads like a train of thought., a funny one. speaking of “Israel and the United States “are family,” we share values and freedom and have a common enemy: the terrorist state of Iran” , i was watching a video with netanyahu and the FM of italy the other day. it was a formal ‘welcoming’ type event each behind a podium. after a little meet and greet he says (paraphrasing) israel and italy are friends and we’re alike and recognize the greatest threat to mankind, the terrorist state of iran.’

    maybe he squeezes ‘the terrorist state of iran’ into every single speech he gives. someday, they should place the quote on his gravestone.

    • WH on July 2, 2015, 3:26 pm

      ‘Failed to prevent peace with the terrorist state of Iran’

  3. Kay24 on July 2, 2015, 11:27 am

    ““It’s our celebration too.” Israel and the United States “are family,” we share values and freedom and have a common enemy: the terrorist state of Iran”.

    Translation: Remember we control American and you know it. Our values and freedom are only for ourselves. No freedom for those we occupy, and those who we steal lands from, and if we say Iran is the enemy, you guys in America must accept it without question, and bomb them for us.
    Also you are not supposed to mention that we terrorize our neighbors, and qualify for that title of “terrorists”. Americans are also not supposed to realize that the last time Iran attacked it’s neighbors was over 200 years ago (while we celebrate one year of our massacre in Gaza this summer). The Americans are a bunch of suckers who keep believing our BS.

    • lysias on July 2, 2015, 11:41 am

      The Americans are a bunch of suckers who keep believing our BS.

      Oren’s new book confirms repeatedly that the worst thing to be in the eyes of Israelis is a Freier (sucker). So they really must despise us.

      • Kay24 on July 2, 2015, 11:46 am

        I think they do not give a damn about us. They simply want to sponge off us, and use us for their own devious reasons. We will be able to see their true colors if we stand up to them and refuse to be used like a host for parasites. Then it will turn UGLY. We are simply the means to keep their occupation going, illegal settlements, crimes against humanity, more weapons and ammunition, and use our nation to develop their businesses. Really, with so many billionaires and millionaires who are devoted zionists, they do not need our aid anymore, still they go on stretching out their greedy hands for more, and form lobbies here to do their dirty work.

  4. just on July 2, 2015, 11:28 am

    Pitiful, really.

    We’re not “family”! Although to witness the actions of most of the 535 members of Congress, some Americans may indeed feel that enforced sense of family~ the ‘married to the mob’ variety! After all, it’s requisite for aspiring and sitting Congresspeople to pay homage and pledge fealty to Israel and Netanyahu.

    “WATCH: Cruz rips Obama on Cuba; calls new embassy a ‘slap in the face to Israel’

    ..Texas Sen. Ted Cruz calls it a “slap in the face of a close ally” that the U.S. would place an embassy in Havana before putting one in Jerusalem. The U.S. Embassy for Israel is in Tel Aviv because of sensitivities in the Middle East about moving it to Jerusalem. Cruz is the son of a Cuban immigrant father.”


    “WATCH: New ad urges Schumer ‘to stand firm’ against Iran for Israel’s sake

    …Titled “Anytime, Anywhere,” the video will air this week on New York City cable news programs and appear on social media platforms in a “targeted, six-figure digital buy,” the group said in a press release sent out Tuesday. Board members of the groups are William Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, and Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate. Conservative columnist Noah Pollak is the group’s executive director.”

    • Kay24 on July 2, 2015, 11:49 am

      American brown nosers at work. Cruz is shameless, and he knows he needs the blessing of the zionists to further his political ambitions. They all are.

  5. eljay on July 2, 2015, 11:28 am

    Bibicus Rex and his coterie of hypocrite donkey-fellators who wouldn’t be caught dead wearing shit-eating grins while standing next to some other supremacist and colonialist leader.

  6. lysias on July 2, 2015, 11:42 am

    Israel and the United States “are family,” we share values and freedom

    Oren keeps saying much the same thing in his new book.

    • Kay24 on July 2, 2015, 11:47 am

      The beebs must be using the same language for his talking points.

    • JWalters on July 2, 2015, 6:32 pm

      Perhaps he’s thinking of the Confederate States.

  7. lysias on July 2, 2015, 12:07 pm

    O/T, great news via Glenn Greenwald:

    Steven Salaita
    I’m thrilled to announce that I will serve as the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at #AUB for the 2015-16 academic year.

    “AUB” is American University of Beirut.

    Let me join my congratulations to Steven with Glenn Greenwald’s.

    • hophmi on July 2, 2015, 12:47 pm

      Occupying a chair in the Middle East named for an American intellectual who became most known for political activism is exactly where Steven Salaita belongs.

      • just on July 2, 2015, 2:07 pm

        Well glory be! I finally agree with you, hophmi!

        Professor Salaita’s occupying of the Edward W. Said chair of American Studies won’t kill or oppress anyone, unlike the Occupation that you support unreservedly!

        It’s UIUC’s tremendous loss, but he’ll be back in the US one day. AUB is a prestigious institution, and his students, and his colleagues are lucky to have him!

      • Mooser on July 2, 2015, 4:09 pm

        “… is exactly where Steven Salaita belongs.”

        Well, Hophmi, not everybody has your talent for outreach.

      • Kris on July 2, 2015, 5:11 pm

        Agreed, hophmi, Dr. Salaita is certainly worthy of every respect and honor.

      • DaBakr on July 2, 2015, 9:59 pm



  8. John O on July 2, 2015, 12:47 pm

    “We are you and you are us” … and I am the Walrus.

  9. just on July 2, 2015, 3:30 pm

    Yossi Sarid:

    “The difference between Netanyahu and Obama

    Without your noticing, we escaped to Paris for a week. Oh, Paris, which will always be there for us. On the eve of the holy Sabbath, the spirit of holiness descended on me – something that is usually foreign to me. By chance I caught the eulogy for those murdered in the church in Charleston, South Carolina.

    The BBC broadcast the speech of the black president live and in its entirety. Those of you who missed it must compensate yourselves. When was the last time you experienced such spiritual heights? When Barack Obama began to sing Amazing Grace and the entire congregation answered him in tears and a smile, I wanted to bend down and wipe the dust of his feet with the Confederate flag, and all the flags in the world.

    I have not heard such pure singing in a long time, and it was nothing like the singing of the chorus of off-key jesters who appear on the morning of Independence Day in the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

    These hollow leaders explain to you that speeches are not important, that they are noting but words, and words are just rubbish. Don’t listen to the noise of the empty kettle; try to hear what is inside the pitcher when it is full.

    There is a reason history remembers speakers and speeches, those that changed it, shocked and outraged worlds, enlisted entire nations, demolished and built walls, resulted in victory or defeat in wars, brought peace or destruction to the face of the Earth – from Moses and Jeremiah, Jesus and Muhammad, through to Hitler and Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

    History will not forget Obama either. And not just because of his revolutionary health insurance law, or the trade agreement with 11 Asian nations, or the unavoidable agreement with Iran, or the ending of the boycott of Cuba, or because single sex marriage won recognition during his time. Obama guaranteed his legacy when he laid down a bridge of hope over stormy waters. And what does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leave after himself? Scorched earth, burned bridges, fallout of fear and hate and stolen treasures of gas. …

    …It was actually from far away that I managed to identify our main trouble. There is no voice of moral inspiration in Israel today; no voice that is heard over all the other voices and which people in Israel and around the world expect to hear, for good and for bad. Not just the vox politicus is lacking. I wonder if there are still judges in Jerusalem, and if among them there is a single Anthony Kennedy.

    There is no Pope Francis, either, for salvation and comfort among the fossilized rabbis, who are the most bitter disappointment of all. Haredim and National Religious people from the “Kingdom of Priests” cover up for dangerous sexual deviants, silence the cries of the victims and blame them: “Do not file a complaint with the police,” they advise the minors,” it could interfere with your finding a husband. It is better for you to grow stronger in your faith.” Theophilia as pedophilia.

    The present era will be remembered in the history of our people as a period of paucity and deterioration: The withered Diadochi passing the ball from one to another – from Netanyahu and Ya’alon to Herzog and Lapid. The nation living in Zion has been unable to produce visionaries from within its ranks. …

    …It is not easy to deal with the loathsome. It is much easier to deal with the imposters, who make war and ask for reward from those who make peace. When Obama visited Israel two-and-a-half years ago, it was not for the purpose of involvement, as conventionally interpreted. This column had its own version at the time: It was the last visit and good bye. We will miss you, friend, but it is possible to understand why you won’t be coming here any more.”

    (btw and speaking of Americans, Jim Webb just announced he’s running for President and Bernie Sanders had 10,000 people show up in Wisconsin…)

  10. a blah chick on July 2, 2015, 3:37 pm

    I just don’t get it…what is this man’s appeal!?

    No matter what he does or says it means nothing, not how he dissed the president or used racism to get his supporters to the polls. Not slaughter in Gaza or the treatment of blacks, nothing NOTHING resonates with these people.

    Remember their names and faces.

  11. ckg on July 2, 2015, 4:38 pm

    Eric Schmidt: “In absolute measures that I make, you’re number two after Silicone Valley”

    I’m sure Schmidt might reconsider if he knew the prime minister’s office didn’t know the difference between silicon and silicone. After all, Silicone Valley is Las Vegas.

    • just on July 2, 2015, 4:55 pm


      Good catch, ckg! It slid right on by me.

  12. MHughes976 on July 2, 2015, 5:40 pm

    If all Americans are of the same family as Jewish Israelis will they all have the same rights of immigration to Israel that are currently available to those recognised as Jewish?

  13. JWalters on July 2, 2015, 7:14 pm

    A family with issues –

    “Like the Palestinian people, Judaism is also suffering from siege and occupation. Zionism, a Nineteenth Century hallucinatory piece of fictive theology and a vicious ideology, has gotten a demonic grip on much of modern Jewish consciousness and has taken possession of U.S. policies in the Middle East.”

    From “How Zionism Corrupts Judaism”, by Daniel C. Maguire, Professor of Moral Theology at Marquette University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    • Mooser on July 3, 2015, 10:34 am

      “a Catholic, Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.”

      Well, they should know.

      • JWalters on July 3, 2015, 5:54 pm

        Too true. There’s a sordid history of torturing for Jesus, and Jesus’ bank.

  14. Louieknoxville on July 3, 2015, 9:35 am

    While Bibi celebrates America’s Declaration of Independence, he may want to reflect on his own country’s Declaration of Independence. Here is the original official translation posted right on the official pages Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Note that it defines Eretz Israel as “the land of Israel, Palestine”. BTW, the word “Palestine” is conveniently omitted from translations on other Jewish websites

    Note that Israel acknowledges that UN Resolution 181 is the founding document for the modern State of Israel;
    “On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable.”

    Note that it goes on to solemnly state that ” it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”

    Note that Israel promised that its government would be based on a Constitution;
    “until the establishment of the elected, regular authorities of the State in accordance with the Constitution which shall be adopted by the Elected Constituent Assembly not later than the 1st October 1948, the People’s Council shall act as a Provisional Council of State, and its executive organ, the People’s Administration, shall be the Provisional Government of the Jewish State, to be called “Israel”.
    Sixty seven years later, Israel does not have a Constitution.

    The modern State of Israel, after making these solemn declarations as it petitioned for Worldwide recognition, promptly ignored its promises as soon as their own celebration ended.

    No wonder Bibi would rather prefer to celebrate America’s Declaration of Independence!

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