Say what you will, the guy has class. Ynetnews.com reports that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman took his contrarian, defiant behavior to new heights, or perhaps to new depths, on Monday by flushing the toilet during a radio interview.
The report on Ynet’s Hebrew website, here, includes a 14-second clip of the event, plus an outpouring of reader response at the bottom, about evenly divided between readers who are furious at Ynet (the website of Yediot Ahronot) for attempting to demean the foreign minister, mostly in potty-type invective suggesting that Lieberman has given the media what they deserve, and readers who think he showed his true colors.
A few choice selections:
No. 2: Nu, really. How low can you get? Maybe it was a noise from another room?
No.3: Maybe this is the ringtone on his cellphone.
No. 10: He was showing us what he thinks of the media here and he was right.
No. 60: Showing that Ynet is not CNN
No. 69: Get used to it, he’s the next prime minister
No. 86: A man who can do two things at once?
No. 119: You’ve proven his claim that he is persecuted by the media
No. 120: It’s a good thing he wasn’t interviewed on television
No. 134: Respect! The man works all the time!
No. 147: What bothers me is that his aide has to touch his phone now
No. 148: As much as you try to dump on Lieberman, it won’t help you. He will be the next prime minister. Most of the nation understands that only a true determined Zionist can save this deteriorating state
No. 191: Ynet, you’ve reached the all-time low
No. 206: Dying of laughter! Hilarious!
No. 207: This proves that Lieberman is defecating on all of us
No. 220: Why is this in the culture/entertainment/television section? It’s uncultured, it’s not entertaining and it’s on the radio.
No. 230: This is his fantasy: to flush Hamas down the toilet of history
No. 243: Then you go crying that people are reading Yisrael Hayom
Best biblical reference: No. 210: Ynet, you came to curse but ended by blessing. Look at your readers’ replies. You have lowered yourselves and elevated Lieberman
Runner-up biblical reference No. 162: Lieberman is reenacting the Exodus from Egypt
Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).