Must See: Bill Maher Gets Some Real Time With Benyamin Netanyahu

Today, at least five people told me I HAD to see this clip. And you know what? They were right. It helped me remember why the heck I voted for the guy, a few short weeks ago.

Bibi turns on the charm. He’s erudite and honest. He’s just so powerful that when the camera occasionally flits back to Maher, a little voice in my head says, “What are ya? A mosquita [sic]?”

Bill Maher, 2008

What are ya, a mosquita?

Netantahu admits he’d like back his old job as PM, talks about why Iran getting a nuclear bomb is not like Russia getting a nuclear bomb, and explains why Europeans love to brand Israelis “Nazis” and he does this in such a brilliant way that it just leaves you gobsmacked and breathless with the naked truth of his hypothesis.

Well. No one ever said he was a dummy.

Anyway, here’s the clip.

Okay, so the funny thing about this clip cropping up now is that when it was posted to Western Journalism two days ago, Author Stephen Crowder posed the following question:

What does it say about the American press and the anti-semitic left that, to get a fair interview with Benjamin Netanyahu, you have to go back to 2013 and Bill Maher?

Now something about that date didn’t sit right with me. Namely the fact that 2013 wasn’t THAT long ago and that it is clear from the interview that Netanyahu was not Prime Minister at the time.

Not to mention, Bibi seemed to have a lot more HAIR.

Netanyahu 2006 Bill Maher

The hair was a dead giveaway.


I put on my sleuthing hat and braved the wilds of Google, all for you, Dear Reader. Turns out the clip was UPLOADED to youtube in 2013, by an obviously adoring fan of Netanyahu by the name of Julie Partney, but that the guest spot actually took place on September 8, 2006, when Ehud Olmert was Prime Minister, and Bibi was Likud leader and leader of the opposition.

I guess that says something about the state of “Western Journalism” today, but never mind: all snarking aside it’s a really wonderful clip and I’m really grateful Crowder posted it in time for Israeli Independence Day.

Happy Barbecues to you!


Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.

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