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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Israeli television depicts Avigdor Lieberman as Darth Vader on election night

Channel 2 television's Eretz Nehederet, a satire show, depicted Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman as Darth Vader in a show that was broadcast before the polls closed on Tuesday night.

Let's go to the videotape. A summary by fellow blogger Lisa Goldman follows.

The clip starts with Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima chair Tzipi Livni claiming that each won the election. In identical speeches delivered simultaneously, both urge President Shimon Peres to give him/her the first crack at forming a government. Then Lieberman walks in, so they switch to ingratiating themselves to him.

Netanyahu tells Lieberman that he's a "lean, mean sex machine" and Livni tells him he looks fantastic. "Have they told you you're a handsome man?" she asks. They both clamor to negotiate with him so that he'll join their government.

In response Lieberman has his goons move them aside by force. When Netanyahu objects, Lieberman shoots a bullet at his foot. "Walla, he's serious!" says Netanyahu, as the black-clad goons hustle him and Livni into a cell.

The lights dim, the Yisrael Beiteinu banner is unrolled, and Lieberman addresses the nation:

"Good Morning, Israel," he begins. "Citizens, Class B Citizens, Class C Citizens - and Arabs. I declare the founding of a Jewish state called Yisrael Beiteinu. Applause." (The audience obediently applauds, then stops as soon as Lieberman raises his right hand)

"The elections were a marvelous experience and they were also a final experience. There will be no more elections. Mina [a famous pollster], your next poll will be called, 'What do you think of the leader?' And the answers will be: (a) He is excellent; (b) He is great; (c) He's totally hot, I'd leave him nothing but his socks and do him right here and now; (d) All answers are correct with the addition of coconut oil. Applause plus whistles." (The audience obediently applauds and whistles, then stops on command)

"Regarding the rest of the choices, I decide as follows. On planes, regarding chicken or beef - beef. For weddings, garden or indoor event - indoor event. On Galgalatz (Army Radio), Madonna or Shakira - Madonna. Regarding leftists: If you voted Hadash, you will receive a new (hadash) passport (the leftwing party's name is an acronym of Democratic Party for Peace and Equality, but also means "new").

"Applause. Now lower the volume of the applause. Raise it again. Now applaud to a jazz rhythm."

Eyal Kitzis, the host of the show, interrupts and asks, "Mr. Lieberman, would you allow me to ask you a question from the studio?"

Lieberman: "No, I won't." (laughter). "Which reminds me, regarding television (he picks up a remote control bearing the Yisrael Beiteinu logo): This is your new remote control. There is one button, and a variety of one channel. You can watch Lieberman TV. The other channels have moved to the History Channel. Regarding Internet - there's no need. From now on, there's Yvet Net (Yvet is Lieberman's nickname). You can send us your questions by email, and one of our representatives will contact you with a notice of indictment. Good morning, Israel."

Kitzis interrupts again: "Mr. Lieberman, with all due respect, there's no guarantee that you will even be a senior minister in the coming government - let alone prime minister. And there's also the matter of the police investigations [into your affairs]."

Lieberman: "Don't worry, I will investigate the police fairly and firmly (echoing the slogan used by the army to describe the means used to evacuate settlers from Gush Katif in 2005)."

Lieberman calls one of the muzzled German shepherds and hands him a police cap to sniff. "Snoopy, find the chief of police! Catch him! Eat him! Go!"

Kitzis: "Ooookay, with that I must return the broadcast to Yonit Levy (the Channel 2 news anchor)."

Lieberman holds up his hand and says, "Leave Yonit to me!" He brandishes a taxi light (a reference to the fact that Levy's boyfriend hosts a game show called "Money Cab") and calls to another muzzled German shepherd, "Roxy! Smell this! Go! Eat Yonit! Go!"

And with that, Kitzis hands the show over to Levy.
It bears pointing out here that although Channel 2 is nominally a private, commercial station, it is really a government asset. The right to broadcast on the station is auctioned off every few years. Eretz Nehederet may well be the most popular television program in Israel. In a country where it's actually against the law to give out election results in the media before the polls close, and where the newscasters on the radio actually sat with the exit poll results in front of them and didn't say anything for the last 15-20 minutes before the polls closed at 10:00, it's astounding that this was broadcast before the polls closed (Haaretz says it was broadcast "before the results were announced" but that means that the polls were still open, since the exit polls were announced thirty seconds - precisely - after the polls closed). Can you imagine Tzipi Livni or Ehud Barak being skewered like this before the polls closed? I didn't think so.


At 6:43 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel's journalists are leftists or least most of them belong to that quarter of Israeli society. Don't hold your breath waiting for Right Wing figures to ever receive sympathetic coverage in the Israeli media.

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At 10:42 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...





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