Chuck Norris Endorses Netanyahu

Chuck Norris is once again endorsing a national political candidate, but this time it’s not Mike Huckabee, it’s Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. Could Norris possibly be relevant in Israeli politics? I have no idea. But he uses the same mindless drivel when campaigning there as he does here.

While Benjamin Netanyahu faces the political battle of his life on the eve of Israel’s national election, Chuck Norris is blasting out his plea to Israelis to re-elect the prime minister.

“I watched Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress and saw a man who loves his country with all his heart and soul,” Norris said in one of his ads released Monday. “I also saw a strong leader, which is absolutely crucial for the safety of the Israeli people.”

Arguing that only Netanyahu’s Likud Party can ensure Israel’s peace and security, Norris added, “I’ve done three movies in Israel – ‘Delta Force’ being my favorite – and I formed many friendships while there. You have an incredible country, and we want to keep it that way.

“That’s why it’s so important to keep a leader who has the courage and vision to stand up against the evil forces that are threatening not only Israel but the United States. So I ask you to vote for Prime Minister Netanyahu on Election Day.”

Netanyahu tweeted his thanks to Norris for the endorsement:

“Thank you for the campaign support @chucknorris!” the prime minister tweeted Monday.

Can you imagine how Norris and the American right wing would react if a (gasp!) foreigner tried to insert himself into an American presidential election by making a commercial endorsing them? Treason! Jane Fonda! They obviously hate America! Rush Limbaugh would have a conniption. Sean Hannity would wear American flag underwear while reciting the pledge of allegiance. They’d go fucking ballistic.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    “I also saw a strong leader, which is absolutely crucial for the safety of the Israeli people.”

    How does that “safety” work when it includes more “settlements” and no hope of a state for the stateless and increasingly desperate Palestinian people?

  • John Pieret

    Can you imagine how Norris and the American right wing would react if a (gasp!) foreigner tried to insert himself into an American presidential election

    But … but … the US is EXCEPTIONAL! We get to interfere wherever we want but those UNEXCEPTIONAL people have no right to interfere here!

  • gshelley

    It seems much of the coverage of the Israeli election has been focused on Netanyahu. He won on an anti-peace campaign, and at least one of his rivals was even more extreme, but I didn’t see much about the others. Were any of the candidates substantially different on foreign policy? Any parties willing to give up the Settlements for example?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    C’mon now – what non-American is important enough for their endorsement to matter here??!?

    And, since Netanyahu won, obviously (last-minute blatant campaign racism aside), Norris’s 2¢’s worth made all the difference!

  • lldayo

    I watched Delta Force when I was a kid. It sucked then as well.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    gshelley @ # 3: Were any of the candidates substantially different on foreign policy?

    The new United Zionist coalition was considered more moderate, but if they offered any specifics, that didn’t make it through to the reportage I saw here in the US.

    Any parties willing to give up the Settlements for example?

    Maybe some very minor party had that in its platform, but nobody seriously expecting to win even one seat (as I understand current Knesset rules, a party has to get enough votes for 4 seats to actually achieve representation) would try to promote that idea in the present political climate of Israel. :-O

  • busterggi

    Hooray for Israel! Hooray for Bibi! Hooray for Jesus coming back and killing all the Jews in Israel!

    So hwy again does Israel consider right-wing Christians BFF’s again?

  • arakasi

    The Joint List, a coalition of 4 Arab-Israeli parties, won 13 seats, making it the 3rd largest faction in the new government. I assume that they are against the settlements. They did explicitly set themselves up as a left-wing counter to Likud

  • naturalcynic

    Next important debate topic:

    Which is creepier, GOP fawning over the manliness of Putin or Netanyahu?

  • Mobius

    Well of course Norris does.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Of course Chuck Norris should have a significant voice in Israeli politics. It’s not like he’s an Arab-Israeli or anything.

  • colnago80

    Shorter Bibi: Settlements today, settlements tomorrow, settlements to the far horizon, settlements forever.

  • teele

    “Can you imagine how Norris and the American right wing would react if a (gasp!) foreigner tried to insert himself into an American presidential election by making a commercial endorsing them? ”

    I’m guessing who it was and who that person (he) was endorsing. Pooty-poot endorsing Ted Cruz? Beebee giving out the love for Hucksterbee? Yessir, even furriners recognize the brilliance of our candidate!

  • StevoR

    @12. Colnago : Settlements forever? At some point our Sun will balloon out into a red giant and the surface of earth will be molten lava. I doubt there’ll be settlements (by anybody even assuming Humans have survived that long) then! Long before that with global Overheating caused sea level rise and desertification the land will likely be rendered uninhabited.

    But otherwise, yeah, certainly for the indefinite future.

    Chances of a Palestinian state always remote will remain out of reach as long as Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihhad remain as powerful and as fanatically hateful as they are. For there to be a state of Palestine created, the Palestinians will have to make some tough compromises and permanently giving up all hopes and rhetoric about destroying Israel . Any deal will have to be acceptable to Israel and take its security needs into account. The two sides _Jewish and Arab – will need to sit down together and talk seriously with each other. Anyone really think hat’s likely to happen anytime soon? Nope. me neither.

  • tbp1

    Liberal celebrities are supposed to “shut up and sing,” but conservatives ones are welcome to make their political opinions known. Just another in a long series of conservative contradictions.

  • samgardner

    I’m kind of depressed that Chuck Norris has any relevance in politics anywhere. He was tiresome as an internet meme back in 2008.

    How did the GOP come to think that throwing punches and kicks was any kind of qualification to comment on politics? I mean, at least singers have lyrics and might sing about some ideas.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    arakasi @ # 8 – Thanks for the reminder of what US media misses!

  • gshelley

    I wonder what the likelihood is, that if you asked Norris why he supported Netanyahu over his rivals, he would say “I’ve heard of him, I don’t know anything about any of the others”

  • yoav

    Pierce R. Butler

    In addition to the joint list (13 seats) The labor party (under the name zionist union, 24 seats), Meretz (5 seats) and yesh atid (11 seats) have all endorsed some variation of a two state solution based on the 1967 borders, with modifications, which would results in the majority of the settlements being evacuated.

    In additions you have the haredi parties, shas and the torah judaism, who would have supported such a deal if bibi would have lost and that was what would allow them into the coalition where they can have access to budgets for religious schools and so on.

    You also have Avigdor Liberman, who is actually a far right extremist who was floating a plan in which most of the settlements in the west bank are evacuated except for the largest ones which are all a short distance east of the 1967 border while transferring the region where a large percentage of the arab population of Israel live to the Palestinian state in exchange.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    yoav @ # 19 – And thanks to you too for a fuller picture and a reminder that we miss so much of what happens in Israel.

    … the joint list (13 seats) The labor party (under the name zionist union, 24 seats), Meretz (5 seats) and yesh atid (11 seats) have all endorsed some variation of a two state solution … results in the majority of the settlements being evacuated.

    That comes to 53 seats out of 120. Perhaps a workable solution is possible in this century after all!

  • colnago80

    Re yoav @ #18

    Bibi is already backpedaling from his anti-Palestinian stance and is denying that he is a racist. IMHO, he is doing this because, in order to get Kahlon’s party on board his coalition, he has to take steps to improve relations with the Obama Administration.

  • colnago80

    Re 21

    Nuts, that first sentence should add the word State after Palestinian.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Denying he’s a racist? That’ll be kinda hard after trying to get people scared about Arabs voting legally. Like that scares his base more than Arabs firing rockets from outside?

  • yoav

    Bibi is the embodiment of what John Huntsman called, in reference to BIbi’s pal Mittens, a perfectly lubricated weather vane, he would tell each audience what he think they want to hear and he would then act all surprised if anyone comment on the fact that he said the exact opposite 5 minutes earlier.

  • colnago80

    Re yoav @ #24

    Bibi is Israel’s Richard Nixon. Former French President Sarkozy and the late former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon had it right. Bibi is a liar.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    @22: That’s not an error. Bibi is anti-Palestinian, not just anti-Palestinian-state.

  • Michael Heath

    Raging Bee writes:

    Bibi is anti-Palestinian, not just anti-Palestinian-state.

    I think Bibi Netanyahu is anti-human, not merely anti-Palestinian, with the exception of his self-identified tribe of authoritarian Zionists.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    I wouldn’t go that far, Michael Heath, if only in deference to how ignorant I am of Bibi. I count Israeli jews among my friendly acquaintances, and when I was more involved in a shul, I would speak with Israeli jews fairly regularly. THere’s also much more interchange between Tel Aviv and Vancouver, Canada than there was where I was living in the states. So we have better news (and better bagels). Plus the CBC is miles more international than anything the US produces – even, perhaps especially, the International Herald-Tribune.

    But I simply don’t make finding out about people like Bibi any kind of priority. I’m not voting in the election, so it doesn’t matter to me. I presume that he likes ***some*** humans, since he manages to work with others who are good, God-fearing believers in violent solutions to political and social conflict.

    All of which is to say, I don’t need to demonize the man to hate every political principle for which I’ve ever heard him stand.