Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Uninvited Netanyahu Shoved, Pushed, Elbowed Past Other World Leaders To Get To Front Of Paris Unity March, Israeli Reports Say

Benjamin Netanyahu is nothing if he’s not boorish and dishonest.

Israel’s prime minister, long known in Israel and abroad for his dishonesty and demagoguery, attended the massive Paris unity march Sunday even though France’s president asked him not to come because France did not want to link the terror attacks and France’s response to them to the Israel-Palestinian impasse.

But when Netanyahu realized his rivals Avigdor Lieberman and Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Foreign Minister and its Diaspora, Religious Affairs and Economy Minister respectively, were going anyway, Netanyahu told the French president he would not stay away.

That prompted France to invite Palestinian Authority President Mahmood Abbas, who Netanyahu later cropped out of his officially tweeted photo of the march. 

Netanyahu treated the march like his own personal campaign rally, waving at supporters and basking in the glow of the international spotlight.

And Israeli media is reporting that Netanyahu actually elbowed, shoved and pushed his way past invited world leaders – some of whom are women – so he could get to the front of the march where the news cameras were. 

This boorish, selfish behavior likely won’t hurt Netanyahu at the polls. His right-wing supporters often care little about world opinion and even less about the dignity of western leaders.

But the youth division of the Labor Party, which headed the opposition until the snap elections were called late last month, has used Netanyahu’s behavior in a novel way. It reportedly created an old-style 8-bit video game called Push Bibi, in which players have 30 seconds to guide Netanyahu past other heads of state to the front of the unity march he wasn’t invited to attend.