While some bloggers and critics skewered Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for
his “Looney Tunes” bomb graphic at the UN on Thursday, Netanyahu said over the
weekend his goal was achieved: to get the world talking about red lines for
Netanyahu, in interviews from New York with Israeli television
networks, said his objective was to translate the principle of setting red lines
on Iran into simple, practical terms. “This is resonating today around
the world,” he said.
“Hundreds of millions of people saw it and
understand now what they perhaps did not understand beforehand – what it means
to stop Iran, at what phase and what stage of its nuclearization. The red line
needs to be before Iran finishes the second stage of enriching the material it
needs for an atomic bomb.”
The prime minister deflected charges that the
use of the graphic was a gimmick, saying instead that it was an effective way to
convey a message. The image of Netanyahu drawing a line with his red pen on the
graphic of the bomb was the front page picture Friday in most of the major
newspapers in the world.
It is always a difficult challenge, Netanyahu
said, to take complicated ideas and make them simple. “You need to invest a lot
of thought in that, and I did. I see that people are talking about this. They
took it in the digital world and the Internet and turned it into a tool to
increase and amplify discussion on the topic – and the more they are talking
about this, the better it is for Israel.”
Netanyahu said his job as prime
minister is to focus the world’s attention on Iran’s nuclear efforts. “I think
that what I did serves that purpose,” he said.
candidate Mitt Romney, who told reporters on his plane that he spoke to
Netanyahu following his UN speech, joked about the graphic.
complimented him on his address at the UN,” Romney said. “I suggested that his
graphic was not up to the normal Boston Consulting Group Standards. No, I didn’t
actually do that, but I was thinking about it.” The two men worked together
briefly at the Boston Consulting Group in the late 1970s.