Friday, March 20, 2015
Israel Matzav: Hysterical: Jon Stewart on the Israeli elections
Jon Stewart took on Benjamin Netanyahu‘s victory in the Israeli election, the U.S. media reaction to it, and the method by which the Israeli right-wing government maintained its control of the state.
Showing a series of clips from one particular cable news network, Stewart demonstrated that a narrative has emerged that laments President Obama having not called Netanyahu to congratulate him yet. “Really? You find it interesting that a foreign country’s prime minister who came to Congress against the White House’s wishes and shits on a nuclear deal the president spent years working on, wouldn’t receive an immediate post-election atta boy!” Stewart mocked. “Really?!”
Of course, Stewart noted how many in the media never believed Netanyahu would pull out the victory after reportedly appealing “directly to the extreme right in the spectrum.” And in regards to Netanyahu’s public claim that his opponents were bussing in minority Arabs to vote against the Likud party, the Daily Show host snarked back: “How dare you! How dare you gin up racist fears of minority turnout for short-term political gain. That’s our thing!”