At the Jewish-owned, virulently anti-Israel website, Mondoweiss, reader comments have condemned the flag design as being insulting to Obama and the United States. Personally, I find Obama’s visit to Israel insulting to the Israelis. What say you?
Mondoweiss Two Sides of the Same Flag: Visitors to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page have chosen this logo for President Obama’s visit to Israel next month.
Here are some of the reader comments:
Great flag logo! The Palestinians can use it, too! It exactly expresses the problem of allowing the USA to play any roll at all in world relations with Israel (i.e., the UNSC veto).
Woody Tanaka says:
It is interesting to me that, in flag design, the part nearest the pole (the hoist, the other end is called “the fly”) and specifically the upper portion (the canton, where the US has the stars) is considered the position of honor. This is why sub-national flags often contain the national flag in the canton.
The right of this image is the hoist and the left is the fly. (In states where language are read right to left, the convention is often that the upper right is the canton. In the west, where languages are generally read left to right, it is the reverse. This is further demonstrated by the fact that the US flag’s fly (the stripes) is reproduced, not the hoist.)
So, in this logo, Israel took for itself the position of honor, insulting the USA in the process. (It’s also interesting that they used the IDF’s roundel and inserted it into the design, rather than the star that appears on the National Flag.)seafoid says:Flags can’t hide the rottenness of Zionism
“The Israelis have done pretty much what they pleased with the Palestinians, taking their land for their own, and for immigrant American religious fanatics; annexing Palestinian farms and destroying their crops; seizing control of the water resources of the West Bank; building “separation walls”; and sequestering Islamic and Christian places of worship. These actions have shamed millions of their American supporters, and inspired others to form vigilante bands to silence Israel ’s critics and persecute Arab professors at American universities.
This has won Israel nothing but hatred. What actually is happening is that the Palestinian occupation is driving numbers of Israelis and their supporters toward moral and political suicide, so that one may ask if in a hundred years, or a thousand years, there will any longer be an Israel where Jewish worshipers will recall the psalm “God is a Righteous Judge, strong and patient; and God is provoked every day.”MRW says:
I just showed this to someone who knows zip about the flag parts Woody mentions. He said the logo is saying Israel is bigger than the USA, more powerful, and screw you.
I said it’s a logo for a presidential visit. He said then diplomatic decorum is what is called for, not public relations. There is a protocol for flags. He said the flags should be shown in their entirety. Israel showed all of their flag elements, but chose the lower right corner of the American flag, diminishing it. He said do you think if the Queen of England came to visit that they would diminish the royal seal and debase it like that? Not a chance. They’d be sticking that royal seal on everything she walked into.
If the US has a state dinner at the White House, our nation doesn’t comport itself like this. This bernays sauce came out of the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. Does Netanyahu have any idea how to comport himself internationally or is he really a yahoo? Is Israel that much of a schlub?Sumud says:
Exactly seafoid ~ the very fact they chose to say “unbreakable alliance” demonstrates they are aware just how fragile and brittle the situation is.
This pathetic PR is designed to reassure Israelis that decades of criminality and impunity can continue thanks to the US’ UN SC veto power, that the Tel Aviv bubble will never burst. How wrong they are!dbroncos says:
Not surprising that Israelis chose the flag that features the colonial stripes aspect of our American flag rather than the 50 stars representing the interdependence and equality of disparate and unique states. Instead we get just the one star of the Israeli flag. One colonial nation under the command of a single Israeli star. Depressing symbolism.Elliot says:
This is an escalation of the mainstream double flag lapel pin. You will see Zionists in America wearing this pin. It’s a take on the stars and stripes pin that US politicians wear. The stems (flagpoles) of each flag cross over each other.
Looks like it’s no more: two inseparable countries with their own flag, but two indivisible nations sharing the same one. Netanyahu is cocksure he has co-opted the U.S. under Obama.