Video: Netanyahu lectures Obama on why Israel’s 1967 borders are indefensible

posted at 4:10 pm on May 20, 2011 by Allahpundit

I can’t believe we have to wait another five days for the inevitable O’Reilly “body language segment” on this tete-a-tete. Good lord. The One looked like he was trying to pass a kidney stone at one point. Worst photo op evah.

Normally these Oval Office grip-and-grins begin with a few minutes of blah-blah from the president about America’s enduring bond with the other leader’s country, followed by a minute or so from that leader about the “productive discussion” they just had, and that’s it. Not this time: Netanyahu takes off here for a good seven minutes, parts of which are so cutting — the conclusion about history not giving the Jewish people another chance is simply devastating — that it’s hard to believe it was extemporaneous. In fact, by the end he’s facing Obama and addressing him personally, just to add to the theater. Bibi knew this would be his golden opportunity to pay Obama back for yesterday’s speech, and darned if he didn’t seize it. It’s riveting. O was probably completely blindsided by it too, but no doubt realized quickly that this little history lesson would soon go viral in the media and online. Hopefully no meaningful agreements were reached earlier in their private meeting, because if they were, you can forget about ‘em now.

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Did you know that Netanyahu was born in Hawaii?

Bill C on May 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Obama might be pregnant after that.

wheelgun on May 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I thought 0bama’s head would start spinning like the “exorcist” movie.

0bama got served, yo!

Rebar on May 20, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Painful. Deserved but painful.

amerpundit on May 20, 2011 at 4:13 PM

The Leader of the Free World.

Bibi, that is.

steebo77 on May 20, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Bibi took him to school, took his lunch money, gave him a wedgie, and shoved him into the girls’ room.

CurtZHP on May 20, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Just a strong reminder of what we are dealing with:

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/05/islamists-pied-on-christs-birthplace-now-obama-wants-to-give-them-access-to-christs-grave/

Ya think? They urinated where Christ was born and now Obama wants to give them HIS GRAVE?

ProudPalinFan on May 20, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Thought balloon above PBHO’s head: “Blah blah blah yackety yack…Hurry it up I have a tee time in 40 minutes.”

Bishop on May 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Bibi for President!

sandee on May 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Hey, America. That’s what a leader looks like. Unfortunate, he’s not ours.

kingsjester on May 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Bibi, I think I love you.

Way to stand tall!

AZCoyote on May 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

In the “Good Lord” photo, Getty Images put an “(R)” after Obama’s name. Don’t pawn this ineffective President on the GOP!

WashJeff on May 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

it’s hard to believe it was extemporaneous.

Not really. You think there was a teleprompter somewhere? Or that Bibi recited it ROTE?

DaydreamBeliever on May 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

I love Bibi!! Obama looked like he was playing Twister!

NYconservative on May 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

I’ll hold my breath until I see this on any MSM show

faraway on May 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Book recommendation for The President

apollyonbob on May 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Smart Power! The adults are in charge!

Oh, screw it! Kill the jews anyway, that’s the socialist/fascist thing to do, right?

/Libs

Seriously, I expect lots more outright antisemetism arising from our tolerant, peace loving leftists. It’s what they are, really.

And good for Bibi.

Vanceone on May 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

So will Obama’s Post-Presidency book be part of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series?

WashJeff on May 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Did you know that Netanyahu was born in Hawaii?

Bill C on May 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Believing anything else would be racism.

the_nile on May 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

That is leadership looks like…

crazywater on May 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Wierd. Apparently, Israel’s leader things the destruction of the nation he’s leading is a BAD thing.

hawksruleva on May 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Also, wow does Bibi have a deep voice or what!

apollyonbob on May 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Pwned! LOLZ!

search4truth on May 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Maybe he should have asked Bill to do the photo op with Bibi for him :)

ldbgcoleman on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Meh. The Israeli’s should be left to defend themselves. They refuse to cooperate with the international community, why should we stick our necks out any longer?

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Can Bibi run both countries?

gophergirl on May 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Heh! That was awesome.

Nice to see Obama on the other end of a lecture for a change.

chief on May 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Bibi,

You may slap down the Manchurian Dingbat whenever you please.

Really Right on May 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Not really. You think there was a teleprompter somewhere? Or that Bibi recited it ROTE?

No, of course not. I think he had prepared a mental list of six or seven points he wanted to make, along with a couple of very memorable lines he wanted to include, and then went from there. He’s a smart guy and an accomplished speaker. He wouldn’t have to memorize the whole danged speech.

Allahpundit on May 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Oooooo Obama is livid! And Tzipi Livni is probably having kittens.

But good for Bibi to tell it like it really is. I hope his gamble that things couldn’t get worse with Obama (at least not until after he is reelected) pays off.

ProfessorMiao on May 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

We are a nation of 300 million – why can’t we have leaders like Netanyahu?

What is it about our political process, that keeps people with this kind of smarts and guts down?

Rebar on May 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Today, Obama’s motto is also “never again,” but it has a different meaning and a different focus.

RBMN on May 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Here you see the differences between man and boy perfectly expressed.

Obama got publicly spanked, his ego/hiney will be smarting for a long time.

canditaylor68 on May 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Brilliant!

WisCon on May 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Meh. The Israeli’s should be left to defend themselves. They refuse to cooperate with the international community, why should we stick our necks out any longer?

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Because it’s the right thing to do period. If you don’t understand that – I feel sorry for you

gophergirl on May 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

I’m surprised Obama’s hand never moved up to his ear with his middle finger extended . Talk about an education. Wow!

CTSherman on May 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

No, of course not.

Allahpundit on May 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I was joking. And I paid you a big compliment earlier this afternoon on another thread.

DaydreamBeliever on May 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Barry probably thought Israel wouldn’t have a problem with his request that it commit national suicide in order to appease Muslims, because that’s what Obama would have had the U.S. do had the same been asked of him.

AZCoyote on May 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I haven’t been so proud of Bibi in a looong time:D

I pray that the US will soon have leadership as intelligent, as forthright, and as willing to serve the people honestly.

Am Yisroel Chai!

MogenDavid on May 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

The One = Amateur Hour

How 50% of the country still approves of this guy is just beyond me.

davek70 on May 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Getting a history lesson live on TV, oh that’s got to sting bad.

In related news, Rand Paul will not be getting a Code Pink endorsement (unlike his father).

Rand Paul Slams Obama, Defends Israel

Israel and her enemies have fought wars for the better part of the past 60 years. And terror-supporting countries in the region have spent the better part of those years feigning interest in peace while lobbing rockets across borders.

For President Obama to stand up today and insist that Israel should once again give up land, security and sovereignty for the possibility of peace shows an arrogance that is unmatched even in our rich history of foreign policy.

mudskipper on May 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Way to go, Bibi!

Rush on Facebook:

Can Bibi Netanyahu run for the GOP nomination? Look at this picture and you see a leader in Bibi versus a lightweight in Obama. Look at the expression on Obama’s face! How did he let himself get sandbagged like this? Where was The White House staff? A president doesn’t put himself in this situation.

BTW, did you know there’s a FB page for The Prime Minister of Israel? http://www.facebook.com/IsraeliPM I found it and it Like to show my support.

INC on May 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Meh. The Israeli’s should be left to defend themselves. They refuse to cooperate with the international community, why should we stick our necks out any longer?

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I’m pretty confident that after 2 years of Obama’s ‘help’, most Israelis would be really happy if ‘you’ would keep your neck firmly tucked into your shoulders. In other words, butt out of what you obviously don’t understand.

ProfessorMiao on May 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Another major stumbling block is how to resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees. Palestinians demands a “right of return” of large numbers of refugees and descendants to Israel, but Israeli leaders say this would dilute the Jewish presence in Israel so that it would no longer be the Jewish state that Netanyahu demands and Obama supports.

Translation: It’s the Palestinian turn to toast “Next year in Jerusalem!” for the next two thousand years. And then…

I’m so happy we don’t have a religious test for citizenship here like the Know Nothings wanted.

unclesmrgol on May 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Allahpundit on May 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Notes on his hand?

massrighty on May 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Obama might be pregnant after that.

wheelgun on May 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

my vote for thread winner

Les in NC on May 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

It was quite the scene; watched it all while I was on the treadmill. Bibi just took Obama to lunch. It was a quite articulate and amazing speech, especially the part that AP mentioned about how the Jewish people aren’t going to get a second chance.

Illinidiva on May 20, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Meh. The Israeli’s should be left to defend themselves. They refuse to cooperate with the international community, why should we stick our necks out any longer?

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

If they defended themselves then you would whine about them killing their innocent Arab neighbors.

chief on May 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Did you know that Netanyahu was born in Hawaii?

Bill C on May 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Not until I see the long form…

right2bright on May 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I fully support Ernestro: Let Israel defend itself! Stop making them pull their punches! Let them turn Palestine into glass if need be! We just are getting in the way of them taking care of the problem.

Sound good, Ernestro? Should we just wash our hands and let Israel defend itself, fully and completely without remorse?

Or is this where you come back about the “poor Palestinians?” Because if so… then you are an antisemite.

Vanceone on May 20, 2011 at 4:28 PM

“In fact, by the end he’s facing Obama and addressing him personally, just to add to the theater…”

For all the world to see…

On one hand, a mature, intelligent, strong, wise, thoughtful, and experienced leader of a nation who has no illusions of the real dangers of this world, speaking with real knowledge of the issues without a teleprompter…

…and on the other hand, Obowma, the narcissistic child. Pissing his pants in public, while sucking his thumb and on the verge of tears.

Consider that clip…

…. SAVED!!!

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

They refuse to cooperate with the international community, why should we stick our necks out any longer?

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Gee, all the “international community” is asking of Israel is that it basically destroy itself.

Wonder why the Israelis could possibly object to such a reasonable request?

AZCoyote on May 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I now fully understand that whole “tingle in my leg” thing.

myrenovations on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Their discussions went past the scheduled time allotted to the point that they canceled their working lunch.

Why won’t Barry let Bibi eat at the White House?

Knucklehead on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I’m not sure whose bust replaced Winston Churchill, but he doesn’t look British.

txsurveyor on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Hey, I thought some people were defending Obama by claiming that he’s not calling for anything new. However, Jake Tapper disagrees: making the 1967 borders with swaps the stated US policy for the 1st time

Blake on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I love Bibi. He is very diplomatic even in this. He only had to do what he has to do. That he has to do it is very sad. 2012 can’t come fast enough.

unlisted on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

One of Allah Pundit’s best posts.

Dude killed it.

nickj116 on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

That smakdown was even more Epic than when Condi trashed O’Donnell.

viviliberoomuori on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

America has had in the past, and continues to have, a national security interest in the maintenance of what was, until only very recently, the only democracy in the Middle East. They are our ally precisely because we share a core set of values – that the only thing more precious than life is freedom. Similarly to how the United States being propserous benefits the world, so does a free and prosperous Israel benefit not just the world, but the Middle East around it, whether or not they want to admit it.

Good enough?

apollyonbob on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Meh. The Israeli’s should be left to defend themselves. They refuse to cooperate with the international community, why should we stick our necks out any longer?

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK-Dqj4fHmM

trigon on May 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Obama might be pregnant after that.

wheelgun on May 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

my vote for thread winner

Les in NC on May 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Bwahaha.

nickj116 on May 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeast/20policy.html?_r=1&ref=world

The NYT said that because Bibi is going to address Congress on Tuesday, Obama wanted to get in front and give his speech first.

This was Bibi’s masterful way of offsetting Obama’s preempt strike.

INC on May 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

And Tzipi Livni is probably having kittens.

ProfessorMiao on May 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Ha!

steebo77 on May 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I have been waiting for you to post this. STUPENDOUS!!!!

jeffn21 on May 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

They refuse to cooperate with the international community, why should we stick our necks out any longer?

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Cooperating with the international community in Libya isn’t going so well. The Tutsi’s of Rwanda went the route of cooperating with the French and Belgian peace-keepers and that resulted in 800,000 dead.

Yeah, its a real shocker and an outrage that Israel won’t cooperate with their own suicide. /

sharrukin on May 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

JP reports that their private meeting went over the planned schedule by 2 hours. That should have been a clue to Obama that he was in trouble.

Blake on May 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

On one hand, a mature, intelligent, strong, wise, thoughtful, and experienced leader of a nation who has no illusions of the real dangers of this world, speaking with real knowledge of the issues without a teleprompter…

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Why by george, you just described Lt Colonel Allen West!
And that sideshow pipsqueak turdinasuit who keeps showing up in the office.

Key West Reader on May 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Obama’s attitude toward Israel is so weird. It’s almost like Obama spent a lot of time with Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi or something. Oh wait..

JohnInCA on May 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Obama looked like a cardboard cutout the entire time Bibi was speaking. He didn’t even flinch; frozen and twisted into one of the worse body language postures ever adapted by a President.

yogi41 on May 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM

O looked furious during that, bet he cussed up a storm in anger once in private.

jp on May 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM

At least Bibi kept it clean.
I would have used a few colorful metaphors

Kini on May 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Someone please tell me that Bibi is a native born US citizen.

pedestrian on May 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM

In the “Good Lord” photo, Getty Images put an “(R)” after Obama’s name. Don’t pawn this ineffective President on the GOP!

That (R) probably means Obama has trademarked his name…he’s got a line of nifty T shirts to sell…

jbtripp on May 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM

ernesto

America and Israel were both created as a reaction to the corruption and savagery of the “international community”. You can have your international community. I’ll take America and Israel, thank you.

ardenenoch on May 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I love Bibi. He is very diplomatic even in this. He only had to do what he has to do. That he has to do it is very sad. 2012 can’t come fast enough.

unlisted on May 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

He’s a leader trying to protect his nation. Rare in the western world.

the_nile on May 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Obama’s attitude toward Israel is so weird. It’s almost like Obama spent a lot of time with Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi or something. Oh wait..

JohnInCA on May 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

At NRO Kurtz has an excellent post today on Obama and Khalidi:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/267731/israel-and-obamas-radical-past-stanley-kurtz

INC on May 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Meh. The Israeli’s should be left to defend themselves. They refuse to cooperate with the international community, why should we stick our necks out any longer?

ernesto on May 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Get a clue. Israel does defend itself. They have never asked help from our troops. They only ask that we verbally stand with them.

moonsbreath on May 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

This was Obama’s Krushchev moment. Live, on camera.

I really wish he didn’t make that stupid reading session yesterday; he could have saved his face.

America stands with Israel. That’s never going to change.

Key West Reader on May 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

What is it about our political process, that keeps people with this kind of smarts and guts down?

Rebar on May 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

It doesn’t take “smarts”.
It takes loving your country, the people in it and not embarrassed to scream it from the rooftops.
It takes not being afraid of telling the truth to both countrymen AND enemies.
It takes courage, compassion and character. To stand up for what you believe in and to stand by those who also believe…whether here or abroad.

“..Now tell me, what does that mean to be noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don’t follow titles, they follow courage. Now our people know you. Noble, and common, they respect you. And if you would just lead them to freedom, they’d follow you. And so would I”……William Wallace

tencole on May 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

mudskipper on May 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

yet he’ll endorse and campaign for his code pink endorsed father.

Who has a long history of anti-israel propaganda and lies, just a yr ago condemning them for Flotilla and not long ago claiming Israel created Hamas.

In “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul, he states:

“All jews do not endorse the violence used to displace the Arabs and Muslims and STEAL their land in the Middle East.” – Ron Paul, Liberty Defined

jp on May 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

The NYT said that because Bibi is going to address Congress on Tuesday,

INC on May 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Think all the Dims will jump to their feet and give him a standing ovation, as they did when Mexico’s president caustically criticized the U.S. because he was unhappy with AZ’s attempt to enforce U.S. immigration laws?

Yeah, me neither.

AZCoyote on May 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Obama’s attitude toward Israel is so weird. It’s almost like Obama spent a lot of time with Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi or something. Oh wait..

JohnInCA on May 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

The LA Times needs to release that tape. It’ll happen within 3 months.

Key West Reader on May 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Hey Israel! Wanna trade?

Pattosensei on May 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Anybody else notice that Hillary has said not a word about this?

I think it’s because she agrees with O’Bambi’s stance. Any other Secretary of State would have resigned in protest – but not the woman who kissed and embraced Mrs. Arafart.

honsy on May 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Netanyahu lectures Obama on why Israel’s 1967 borders are indefensible

Now, if someone explain this to Ed…

sartana on May 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I don’t think that Mr. Netanyahu even bought Obama dinner first, before he @#$%ed him.

bugsy on May 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Hopefully no meaningful agreements were reached earlier in their private meeting, because if they were, you can forget about ‘em now.

It wouldn’t matter if they had. Obama would only honor any agreement until it became politically expedient to ignore it.

BacaDog on May 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

WOW

I watch this and get the visual of Netanyahu stabing Obama in the crotch with a fork.

This is consistent with the end of the Pax Americana. Netanyahu just delivered a broadside and a reality to Israel as much as to Hamas. The message “We will go it alone, and we will win.” I get into debates with liberals about Israel and the conversation gets heated when we get to war an especially heated when we get to America’s military support of Israel. The point I always try to make is that Israel is restrained by America. Israel’s military advantage is measured in orders of magnitude, not by numbers of planes of tanks. The fact that they have allowed Hamas to remain is because of American influence that restrain Israel from making war on a scale that they are capable of.
I think now Israel will begin to operate as if military help from America is luxury that cannot be counted upon. They will exploit their natural resources and build their defenses. They know that an attack from a Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt is just a matter of time. The Arab world is not ready for an unrestrained Israel. It will not be long before they find out what that looks like…

Theworldisnotenough on May 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Yeah, me neither.

AZCoyote on May 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Ha! I was wondering what Schumer is going to do!!

INC on May 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Obama, this is what a father is. Take the words to heart, and learn. Bibi did something not even your own father bothered to do.

capejasmine on May 20, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I guess obaka knows how SCOTUS and Paul Ryan feel now…

ladyingray on May 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I’m just chiming in with a me-too here, but that was SO FABULOUS I can’t resist. I’ll be grinning for the rest of the day. Maybe the weekend. The fact that Obama had to just sit there and take it, just like he’s done to Paul Ryan and others, was incredibly satisfying.

Laura Curtis on May 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

No, of course not. I think he had prepared a mental list of six or seven points he wanted to make, along with a couple of very memorable lines he wanted to include, and then went from there. He’s a smart guy and an accomplished speaker. He wouldn’t have to memorize the whole danged speech.

Allahpundit on May 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

How much would you pay to watch The One attempt something like this?

Patrick S on May 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

This bears repeating:

Get a clue. Israel does defend itself. They have never asked help from our troops. They only ask that we verbally stand with them.

moonsbreath on May 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

unlisted on May 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

O looked furious during that, bet he cussed up a storm in anger once in private.

jp on May 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Right? Can you just see Bill Daley and WTF’s name Carney and Axelrod and Ploofie dude telling Obama, “Yes! Yes! You sound awesome! We had Ezra Klein write your speech today and it is awesome. You are awesome. Barack Obama is awesome. Everything you say is awesome. Except when you step in your own ___stain.

I don’t care what you say. Barack Obama is awesome.

Key West Reader on May 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I bet we don’t see these two together again…

d1carter on May 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

Thanks.

65droptop on May 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Will this change the American jews minds about voting for our clown?

docflash on May 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM

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