Vintage Netanyahu


The first time I saw Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, it was during the Gulf War, and he was speaking on CNN. I remember being impressed by how articulate and charismatic he seemed, and what a great spokesperson for Israel he was.

Of course, I have seen Bibi a lot more since then, and he is more than an Israeli spokesperson now. In my opinion, he’s made many mistakes, but following a meeting with US President Barack Obama yesterday, I was reminded about the Bibi I saw all those years ago.

I think Jeff sums it up well:

It was a stunning tableau, a President of the United States sitting back and glaring while the Prime Minister of Israel pushed back against the words made by the POTUS yesterday.  Both parties made their presentations in friendly diplomatic words, but Netanyahu gave the President a “friendly” dressing down, his words were instructive and firm. You could tell by the body language that Bibi was letting the President know that he was not going to give in, and Obama was very angry.

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