Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s signature moment at the United Nations today was his 44 seconds of silence to indicate the world’s silence in the face of alleged Iranian threats to Israel. Here’s video of it, posted by the Prime Minister himself on Facebook:
The silence is already being heralded by the cable stations as vintage Netanyahu theatrics, to go along with the cartoon bomb, but then the cartoon bomb was a dud too. And the silence is being mocked. In this video for instance:
Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign was unmoved:
Netanyahu looks real mad. Or did he just forget his next line?
Yousef Munayyer mocks Netanyahu’s absence of any substance for Palestinians.
Great video clip: Mr. Netanyahu, what is your plan for peace with the Palestinians? Cut to long dramatic pause in his speech.
Scott Roth found the moment petulant.
Wow, that angry look will go down in UN history. Just wow.
If @Netanyahu wasn’t so dangerous he’d just be sad and pathetic.
Chemi Shalev of Haaretz was weirded out by the silence:
Netanyahu in creepy moment of silence to mark world’s silence on Iran deal
Shalev noted the contemptuous look on Netanyahu’s face. Undiplomatic:
What exactly is the diplomatic advantage of sneering at the entire world?
Ami Kaufman found it manipulative.
@Netanyahu shouts “deafening silence” and goes into his own minute of silence! Wowwww! Better than any prop! Ever!
The news from the speech seems to be: Netanyahu’s bluster about going it alone against Iran if it violates the deal suggests that he is actually going along with the deal after all. And his mild support for a two-state solution and willingness to begin talks with Palestinians without preconditions– for their recognition of “the Jewish state,” a precondition– is being seen as an effort to patch things up with President Obama ahead of their meeting in D.C. next month.
Gary Ginsberg, a top exec at Time Warner, has contributed to Netanyahu’s speeches and signature moments in the past, in violation of journalistic ethics. We wonder if he did so today.