Israelis frustrated with President Barack Obama have begun comparing him to the tyrannical Egyptian Pharaoh depicted in the biblical Book of Exodus.
Israeli singer Amir Benayoun's recorded a new song comparing President Barack Obama to Egypt's hard-hearted Pharaoh. (Image via Facebook)
In a new song called “Pharaoh Obama” released this week, Israeli recording artist Amir Benayoun sings: “King of the world, stupid president, the people of Israel you’ll never be able to erase.”
“The new Pharaoh, a Muslim version, who wants to wipe out my people with all his might,” Benayoun sings.
The song warns that appeasing Iran by compromising over its nuclear program will backfire: “It will all come back at you. Right into your face. Your friends the Iranians will be the first to surprise you."
The chorus goes:
The same really bad style but with a suit
The same style but with no wrapping
It's not only Benayoun — a prominent and controversial activist for Israel’s far right-wing — who has compared Obama to the hard-hearted Pharaoh who ordered the killing of all first-born Jewish males and even after facing plague after plague would not soften his stance to free his Jewish slaves; the theme has been shared by Israelis on social media and in the comment sections of widely read news sites.
Here are some examples:
• A comment on the NRG news site: “Obama=Pharaoh. We survived Pharaoh. We’ll survive Obama.”
• A comment on the Facebook page of the right-leaning Ma’ariv newspaper: “Interesting that end of days prophesies will come true in the end thanks to Pharaoh Hussein Obama.”
• On Walla, a popular Israeli website, a commenter wrote: “Obama is the Pharaoh of modern times. May his name be obliterated forever.”
That commenter used the phrase “Ymach Shemo” — may his name be obliterated forever — a curse often placed after the names of historical figures who have been enemies of the Jews, such as Hitler.
Another comment posted on Walla reflected the frustration that mistreatment of Jews was being met with silence: “A satanic Obama=Pharaoh has risen. And the world as usual-silent.”
The comparison was likely inspired by the timing of the Passover holiday, which begins later this week and when Jews will gather to recount the Exodus narrative of Pharaoh, the Jewish slaves, the plagues and their escape from Egypt.
Part of the Passover ceremony includes reciting "vehi she'amda la'avotenu," which explains that the enemies of the Jewish people have not just once set out to wipe them out, but that in every generation there have been those intent to destroy the Jews. In each case, the Holy One Blessed Be He saves the Jews from their enemies' hands.
That excerpt describing the faith in God’s protection has inspired Jews with hope over centuries when they have faced oppression.
Over the weekend, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, a prominent U.S.-born Israeli rabbi, compared Obama with Haman whose plot to annihilate the Jews of Persia was described in the Book of Esther.