Israel PM responds with humor to a wave of photoshopped images showing him looking
on to various historical (and cultural) events and smiling; own 'Bibi-bomb' includes speech
bubble, saying 'Doogri (honestly), you made me laugh'.
The superimposed image was taken from the iconic photo in which Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit embraces his father, Noam, as the two are reunited upon the soldier's return from more than five years in captivity
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with humor on Wednesday to the
"Bibi-bomb" images being circulated on Facebook, by posting a similar image on
his own Facebook page.
The image includes a photo of Netanyahu addressing the 66th UN General
Assembly at the UN headquarters this year, upon which lies a superimposed image
of the smiling prime minister. A speech bubble emerges from Netanyahu's smiling
mouth saying, "Doogri, you made me laugh." The word "Doogri" means "honestly",
The superimposed image was taken from the iconic photo in which Israel
Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit embraces his father, Noam, as the two are
reunited upon the soldier's return from more than five years in captivity. The image of the smiling prime minister served as a perfect photo opportunity
for the prime minister's office, as it emphasized the fact that Netanyahu was
the leader that decided to bring the soldier home, but it also inspired a wave
of cynicism and photoshopped images that flooded Facebook.
The figure of the smiling prime minister turned into a kind of “Forrest
Gump,” that was cut from the image and pasted into photographs of key moments in
history. These images – coined the "Bibi-bomb" – include Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977
European Cup win, the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948
and the signing of the peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, and the royal wedding of
Prince William and Kate Middleton – now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Not only did Netanyahu's own version of the "Bibi-bomb" play on the images
circulating online, but it also expressed self-humor at his use of the word
"doogri" in his UN speech. "Let's talk "doogri". That means straightforward,
I'll tell you my needs and concerns. You'll tell me yours. And with God's help,
we'll find the common ground of peace," the prime minister had said in his
speech, addressing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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