Several of you in your comments yesterday noted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s boffo, no-nonsense performance during his appearance with President Obama.
These Israelis are tough. They have to be. One of our readers, Brett, noted that Netanyahu was a former Israeli special forces operative.
This got me thinking about something I saw on TV twenty years ago, and never forgot. It was during the first Gulf War, and Netanyahu was Israel’s ambassador to the United States. As you may remember, Saddam Hussein startied lobbing scud missiles into Israel, and there was grave concern that some would contain chemical weapons. The Israelis had disseminated gas masks to their people.
Netanyahu was in Israel and being interviewed on some live news show I was watching in the United States. Suddenly, the air raid sirens went off. The U.S. correspondent there talking with him became visibly nervous and said, “Okay, now it’s time for us to put on our gas masks. I’m taking the gas mask now, this strap goes over here . . . ”
He noticed Netanyahu was just sitting there, staring at him.
“Mr. Ambassador, where is your gas mask?” he asked.
Calmly, without expression, Netanyahu responded.
“I think it’s in the car.”