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Je Suis Bibi! Netanyahu Brings Likud to Paris

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Just as you can sometimes identify Israeli tourists abroad by their loud voices, poor manners and gauche behavior, none of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who watched Sunday's Paris rally on TV had any problem locating Israeli Prime...


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Carrie B (306)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 11:23 am

Just as you can sometimes identify Israeli tourists abroad by their loud voices, poor manners and gauche behavior, none of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who watched Sunday's Paris rally on television had any problem locating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: smack in the middle of world leaders at the front of the marchers.

The terms that constitute guiding principles for the French people – façon and finesse – suffered their own terror attack on Sunday. There was nothing further from Parisian manners, refinement and style than the behavior of Netanyahu. Or maybe as he should now be called, Grayshirt Bibi.

Such behavior as cutting in line, sneaking onto the bus by pushing and shoving, using elbows to get to the front at some event is so Israeli, so us, so Likud Party Central Committee, that I want to shout: Je suis Bibi!

By the way, speaking of that committee, there is a technique which Netanyahu knows very well and that can be seen time after time when senior Likud officials find themselves on the same stage as the prime minister: With small, unseen ballet-like steps, these people will jockey themselves so as to be as close as possible to their leader, so that they will appear with him in photos in the next day’s newspapers.

The tales of Sunday's “delegation to Paris” (which was bloated, of course), started as a ritual and unavoidable farce. First it was announced that Netanyahu was not going for “security reasons.” But when he learned that Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman were packing their suitcases, the security considerations vanished in a split second, the electoral considerations took over – and he was on the plane.

How the wheel turns! An event that Netanyahu almost did not participate in for reasons of his own personal security – which is dear to all of us, of course – became all at once an event that would be almost inappropriate to hold without his presence right up front.

Even before Netanyahu gave his show on the sidewalks of Paris, his party demonstrated a new record in thickheadedness when it published on its Facebook page a post proclaiming solidarity with the Jews of France, with the symbol of the Likud at the bottom. A short time later the logo was removed, and only the solidarity remained.

On Sunday, Channel 2's Amit Segal reported that the French preferred that Netanyahu not come at all. His stubbornness led to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas receiving glory from all over the world by marching arm in arm with presidents, kings and prime ministers ־ right in the center of the very first row. Netanyahu had to endanger his life to reach the same central position, gently shoving the president of Mali as if he were an asylum seeker whose place was in the freezing Holot detention facility.

We must assume that Netanyahu’s show on Sunday in the march of the millions will not harm him in any way among his right-wing electorate. Maybe just the opposite: Not only are Likudniks unlikely to see Netanyahu’s behavior as reflecting Israeli chutzpah – they probably enjoyed every minute of it, and will prefer to blame the citizens of France, who it seems did not want him, of French chutzpah. Not only were Jews murdered on their soil, they dared to ask the Israeli prime minister to stay home?!?

To the left and to the right of Netanyahu marched leaders no less important and no less influential: Angel Merkel, David Cameron, Mariano Rajoy, Matteo Renzi and others. All are seasoned political leaders who have run in many elections in their own countries. But is doubtful whether any of them are endowed with the abilities or talents of Netanyahu. Maybe because they never served in the elite Sayeret Matkal army unit.

And now for another, completely different matter: While the eyes of the world were watching the dramatic images from France, the head of the Kulanu party, Moshe Kahlon, decided it was the right time to call a press conference and present the candidate for the third position on his slate for Knesset in the coming elections, Tsaga Malko. While the leader of the opposition, Isaac Herzog (Labor) was displaying proper restraint in the television studios, Kahlon, who has been accused more than once for dragging his feet, chose for some reason not to postpone his announcement.

Rather strange timing, we must admit.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 11:25 am
You have to admit this guy has brass cojones!

Roger G (148)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 11:29 am
noted, thanks

Carol R (11)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 11:53 am
Yup.... thanks Carrie. I'll send you a note when I'm home from work.... have a few things to discuss. Have a great day!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 12:55 pm
Yeah, carrie, it's said that they protect him from hamas' rockets!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 1:36 pm
Yup that was a rather strange one--thx Carrie

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 4:46 pm
He hasn't really made any new friends by his behaviour - perhaps a very few in the Jewish communities but even that isn't certain, most "enthusiasm" was among more pro-Zionist people. To others - he came across as extremely arrogant & pushy. Reinforced first by his behaviour when waiting with other VIPs for a place in a bus, then by his shoving forward to the front line from his assigned place in the second row. He clearly didn't give a damn for any diplomatic considerations, didn't opt to shove in between front line VIPs who at least wouldn't have to face being demanded for explanations why they were walking arm-in-arm with the Israeli PM ...

Thanks for posting, Carrie

Stan B (123)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 5:36 pm
Rumour has it that Bibi actually farted when he got out of bed this morning. Reporters for the Electronic Intifarta soon got " wind " of the story.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister denied the rumour and said it was just a lot of hot air.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 5:37 pm
Well, since Bibi is always full of hot air ~ that's not news ~ just par for the course. LOL

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 5:51 pm
*but even that isn't certain* No it's not because it's just a presumption that fits neatly into your little scenario.

and trotting right behind comes good ol' carrie ready to let one rip. Pretty lame since you can't quote two things Bibi's ever said without searching Google.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 6:38 pm
You're right Barbara ~ I leave the committed to memory quotes to devoted subjects like you.

Beth S (330)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 7:15 pm
Wow, this is really important breaking news! Incredible stuff -- while people are being beheaded and sold into slavery.

Amazing taste for the banal and insipid this type of "news" is.

. (0)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 9:02 pm
The author sets the tone for his bias in the very first sentence.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 9:08 pm
I know Donn ~ sometimes the truth is rather unpleasant.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 12:12 am
"In Israel, Charlie Hebdo, would not even had the right to exist."
In France, freedom of speech is considered a universal right, an Israeli law bans "offending religious sentiments".

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 12:58 am
I gather Benjamin Netanyahu, like a lot of brazen egoists, likes the sound of his own press statements. . .

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 3:38 am
What you're saying jess b is that in Israel the news are censored like they were in Germany from 1932-1945.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 4:44 am
What a crock of BS!! By the way, ladies and gentlemen, by posting a dozen articles and a few dozen more rabid comments YOU have successfully made Care2....*all about Israel* once again.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 12:56 pm
From what I gather from the newspapers here, Netanyahu wasn't even invited, but "gatecrashed" the march. And by having the four people killed in the Kosher shop buried in Israel with great ceremony and attention and calling up the French Jews to leave France and immigrate to Israel, he has managed to turn this into another political game, drawing attention away from the equally horrible deaths at Charlie Hebdo and drawing all eyes to Israel. This behavior will have lost Israel some more friends in Europe, but what does he care.

Louise D (44)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 4:49 pm
Benjamin Netanyahu did come over as the grim eater at a funeral, the 12 journalists at Charlie Hebdo were not anything to do with him he was more concerned about the fact that French Jews are the easy target or Islamic extremists and that looking sympathetic as well as offering a funeral service to the four victims of the Kosher supermarket shootings at the mound of olives in Jerusalem would help his ratings and polls in the forthcoming elections. If anything this showed Mr Netanyahu is just a cynical politician with his calls for French Jews to emigrate to Israel their own safety, when much of the venom against Jews by Muslims over the world is due to Mr Netanyahu's policies.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 8:29 pm
Louise. Muslim venom against Jews is nothing to do with Netanyahu. It's being going on since Mohammed in the seventh century.
Of course with much of the rest of the world it's been going on for two thousand years.

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 1:34 am
Extremists incorporated

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 4:02 am
jess has posted a link explaining why we are responsible for the tragedy in Paris not the terrorists who planned and executed the heinous crime.
Be sure to note it so it goes to the Front Page.

Donna T (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 7:57 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 8:30 am

Louise D (44)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 9:18 am
Stan B. much of the venom I have heard about Jews recently is because of Mr Nethanyahu's activities, it is very much the the fashion to justify anti-semitism these days using Israeli government actions on every Jewish person, sometimes I have seen comments on Care2 which would not be out of place on Stromfront. I have always found the man to have come to power with blood on his hands particularly when he became Prime Minister as a result of the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

M B (62)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 1:03 pm
Another case of Bibi's dispositions.

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 1:33 pm
Israeli soldiers assault two Reuters cameramen

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers punched two Reuters cameramen and forced them to strip in the street, before letting off a tear gas canister in front of them, leaving one of them needing hospital treatment.

Israel's military said on Thursday it took the allegations seriously, but offered no explanation for the assault that occurred on Wednesday evening in the heart of Hebron.

"The regional brigade commander was ordered to open an investigation," Israeli Defense Forces spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said in an email. No further information will be provided until the investigation is complete.

Yousri Al Jamal and Ma'amoun Wazwaz said a foot patrol stopped them as they were driving to a nearby checkpoint where a Palestinian teenager had just been shot dead by an Israeli border guard.

Their car was clearly marked 'TV' and they were both wearing blue flak jackets with 'Press' emblazoned on the front.

The soldiers forced them to leave the vehicle and punched them, striking them with the butts of their guns. They accused them of working for an Israeli NGO, B'Tselem, which documents human rights violations in the occupied West Bank, the Reuters cameramen said.

Locals say B'Tselem has given a number of Palestinians video cameras so they can film soldiers and settlers who live in this divided city. The NGO was not immediately available for comment.

The soldiers did not let the men produce their official ID papers and forced them to strip down to their underwear, making them kneel on the road with their hands behind their heads, the cameramen said.

Two other Palestinian journalists working for local news organisations, including a satellite television station affiliated to the Islamist group Hamas, were also stopped and forced to the ground.

One of the soldiers then dropped a tear gas canister between the men and the IDF patrol ran away. The four journalists scrambled clear and Jamal and Wazwaz got to their car, which had rapidly filled up with tear gas, they said.

They tried to drive away, but said they only got around 200 metres before they had to stop and exit the vehicle because of the choking gas. The soldiers then fired more tear gas in their direction.

Wazwaz was overcome by the fumes and was taken to hospital by ambulance. He was released later the same night.

The Israeli soldiers took two gas masks and a video camera from their car. The undamaged camera was later found abandoned further up the road.

"We deplore the mistreatment of our journalists and have registered our extreme dismay with the Israeli military authorities," said Stephen J. Adler, editor-in-chief of Reuters News.

Tensions have been running particularly high in Hebron in the past week following repeated clashes between stone-throwing youths and soldiers.

Muhammad al-Salameh, 17, was shot dead close to his house in the heart of Hebron on Wednesday evening after an altercation with border guards at a nearby checkpoint. Israeli police said he had brandished a gun, which later proved to be a toy gun.

Some 800 Jewish settlers live among 30,000 Palestinians in the parts of the old city that are under Israeli control. (Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Myra MacDonald)

Jeannet Bertelink (74)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 2:49 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 3:45 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 3:46 pm
Israel belongs to Israel period, end of story!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 3:50 pm
jess, I suggested the other day that you post your propaganda in Food and Health and Pets too. It would widen your audience.

S J (124)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 4:28 pm
he jsut reminds me of the killing in Gaza, nothing else.

thank you Carrie

ewoud k (68)
Friday January 16, 2015, 1:27 am
The first row was full of people who had nothing to do there.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Friday January 16, 2015, 4:37 am
Thank you

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday January 16, 2015, 10:57 am
ewoud k. & Carrie -- World leaders WERE NOT "at the front of the marchers." World leaders did not lead the march of unity and solidarity with the enormous crowd of us plebs !

I almost didn't go to the great Solidarity March in Paris this past Sunday, when I heard that Netanyahu was attending. It was announced on the radio the morning of the march & I actually had to talk it over with my companion.

Fortunately, I didn't let his presence deter me from going. Only later did I find out that the foreign leaders had their own 'private' march & didn't mix with the PEOPLE (over 2 million of us) marching in solidarity with those killed and what they stood for.

Angelika R posted on this very point: TV wide shots reveal a different perspective on world leaders at largest demonstration in France’s history : You've GOT to see the REAL photo -- there's an big, empty street behind them!

And Netanyahu is far from being the only one who had a lot of nerve being there:

Turkey's President Erdogan made a few headlines "blasting Netanyahu for "daring" to attend Sunday's massive anti-terror solidarity march in Paris, accusing him of leading "state terrorism" against the Palestinians." He said he could "hardly understand how he (Netanyahu) dared to go." While standing up for the Palestinian people is praiseworthy, Erdogan is no reference where freedom of the press, of expression & of opinion is concerned.

On December 14th, he had the police launch a massive, nationwide operation, rounding up 31 people: prominent journalists, producers, scriptwriters and even police chiefs allegedly aligned with Fethullah Gulen, a cleric & political rival living in exile. --I don't know how many journalists were detained, but among those arrested were the editor-in-chief & 24 employees of the country’s largest-selling daily, Zaman, as well as the head of Samanyolu TV.

Reporters Without Borders' 2014 round-up of abuses against journalists classified Turkey as one of the countries where journalists suffered the most threats and physical attacks during the year that just ended.

And it is still a crime in Turkey to use the term 'genocide' to qualify the 1915-1918 Turkish genocide of the Armenians. Numerous are the Turkish authors, journalists, musicians, etc who have been prosecuted under the notorious Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, which makes it a crime --punishable by up to three years in prison-- to denigrate and/or insult 'Turkishness' &/or the Turkish nation (Turkishness, the Republic or the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Government of the Republic of Turkey, the judicial institutions of the State, the military or security organizations), passed in 2005 & slightly amended in 2008. It has been systematically used against those who speak of the Armenian GENOCIDE using the G-word. Nobel Prize laureate for literature, Orhan Pamuk, was charged under Article 301 for stating, in an interview with Swiss magazine, "Thirty thousand Kurds have been killed here, and a million Armenians. And almost nobody dares to mention that. So I do." He didn't even say GENOCIDE.

So I just turned Erdogan's comment around to say, I can "hardly understand how [Erdogan] dared" to send Turkey's Prime Minister to the Paris solidarity march.

Democracy Now! Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Reporters Without Borders Condemns Presence of "Predators" in Paris March: Reporters Without Borders on Witnessing the Paris Massacre Aftermath & Press Freedom After Charlie
The group Reporters Without Borders is condemning what it calls the "presence of 'predators'" in Sunday’s march over the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The group says it is "appalled by the presence of leaders from countries where journalists and bloggers are systematically persecuted" such as Egypt, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Democracy Now! Monday, January 12, 2015 - "Circus of Hypocrisy": Jeremy Scahill on How World Leaders at Paris March Oppose Press Freedom

"Every single one of those heads of state or representatives of governments there have waged their own wars against journalists."


Carrie B (306)
Friday January 16, 2015, 11:03 am
Thank you Lucy ~ very interesting.

Janis K (129)
Friday January 16, 2015, 12:01 pm
Thanks for sharing.

. (2)
Saturday January 17, 2015, 11:41 am
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