In his speech before the UN on Thursday, Netanyahu held up a cartoon sketch of a bomb, with a lit fuse, to illustrate how close he believes Iran is to creating a nuclear weapon. He even used a red marker to draw a "red line" suggesting that is the point that the US needs to take military action against Iran.
But the sketch has blown up on the Internet, with more than 17,000 mentions
on Twitter within the first few minutes of the speech, and creating a new meme with many of the photoshopped images showing up on Tumblr
and on 972mag
The Atlantic magazine's
Jeffrey Goldberg compared it to the "Middle East equivalent to Clint Eastwood's chair", on Twitter
and asked, "With all the Jewish comic book talent out there, he had to draw a Wile E. Coyote bomb."
But former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted
that Netanyahu's cartoon bomb was, "one of the most effective, gripping uses of a chart I've ever seen. Is the world listening??"
In an op-ed piece by writer Alexandra Petri, in the Washington Post
, she asks, "Was it a calculated choice of a ridiculous-looking, over-simplified picture, created decades before the invention of the Internet by someone with a limited understanding of bombs — in order to create the one indelible image of the afternoon that everyone would be talking about?If this was on purpose, it was brilliant. If this was not, it was — silly is putting it mildly, and an insult to comics artists everywhere."