Before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his controversial speech to Congress earlier this month, President Barack Obama objected on the basis of diplomatic protocol. Democrats especially were worried that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), by inviting Netanyahu, could be interfering in Israel’s internal politics by giving Netanyahu a political advantage at a time when Israel’s elections are set to take place next Tuesday.
At the time, Netanyahu dismissed those objections. Shortly after, Israeli election officials announced they were implementing a five-minute delay when airing Netanyahu’s speech so as to make sure he does not say anything viewed as campaigning.
In a new campaign ad released on Thursday, though, Netanyahu used footage from the address to Congress, specifically of American lawmakers applauding the prime minister. The ad mainly focused on a speech he gave elsewhere, and also showed Israeli military equipment — presumably the “Iron Dome” system. Curiously, there seem to be Israeli lawmakers yelling things at Netanyahu that are are clearly audible above the music.
Watch the ad below, via YouTube:
[h/t Huffington Post]
[Image via screengrab]
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