Wherefore did Sarah laugh?—Genesis 18:13
On March 20, 2013, the Israeli government started Operation “Unbreakable Alliance,” the code name given to the visit of President Barack Obama in Israel. As predicted in Obama in Jerusalem with a Lame Spy, he arrived without Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli spy jailed in the USA, and probably would leave Israel without taking with him Aviem Sella, Pollard’s operator, who is wanted in the USA. Upon arrival, Obama spoke in Hebrew, “Tov l’iyot shuv ba’aretz,” he said missing the “shva” and the glottal stop. “It is good to be again in the land (of Israel).” The startled crowd was even more surprised when he continued in Hebrew, “the alliance between our countries will continue forever,” he didn’t explain why he thought that the countries will exist forever. At this stage, summarizing the visit is still impossible, and its schedule has already been analyzed. Let’s take a look at the Obama jokes plaguing the Hebrew web.
Near Latrun, along the way from the airport to Jerusalem, “Peace Now” placed a large sign on the ground for the President to see. Mocking signs appeared on the web, the best was this one. Obama and Netanyahu are on the helicopter in the way to Jerusalem. A large sign below them states “Bibi, you are unreliable/unworthy,” in derogatory slang. “What is written there?” asks Obama. “Bibi, attack Iran!” Answers Netanyahu.One of the first events of the visit was an official reception by President Peres. The picture here mocks the event; Peres says to Obama, “I don’t care what they say. I loved you the best in ‘Bad Boys 1.'”
A phone application of Orange redesigned its traffic updates for Obama’s visit, which is expected to cause troubles. The image is self explanatory.”Let Johnnie Walk,” a sign said, showing a cartoon of Jonathan Pollard.
“I hope he is not with her. I hope he is not with her. I hope he is not with her,” repeats Obama while descending. “Is it Barack?” Netanyahu asks while standing next to “her.” His wife Sarah has a reputation of being a difficult lady. “And, he is with her,” says Obama hurrying back into the plane.After Obama won his first presidential elections, I reported on an ugly racial attack on him by the Hebrew media (see Obama, Bamba and the Logo Wars). He was featured there as the baby usually advertising a local snack named “Bamba.” The snack was renamed Obamba, the baby was changed to resemble Obama, and offensive remarks were added. The article made some noise and the images disappeared from the sites that originally published them. Today, they reappeared in an updated version. This time a face of Obama was stuck atop the baby and the text was cleansed; a single word, “awesome,” was imprinted. Yet, the “kosher” sticker at the bottom was left. Worth a million words.
Roi Tov is a graduate—among others—of Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition to his memoir, Tov is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Physics and other scientific journals. He won various travel writing and photography awards.
In his writings, he tries to reveal life in Israel as a Christian Israel Defense Force (IDF) officer—from human rights violations to the use of an extensive network of underground agents. He was recognized first as a refugee and subsequently as political prisoner of Bolivia.
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