Netanyahu: Ditch Your Smartphone and Live a Little
Israel PM complains that people are 'slaves' to their gadgets
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2014 4:12 PM CDT
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference Tel Aviv.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

(Newser) – Introducing Benjamin Netanyahu, social media critic. In off-the-cuff banter before an interview session, the Israeli prime minister complained about how the digital age has made us all (except him) "slaves" to their gadgets, reports the Times of Israel and Haaretz. Some excerpts:

  • Netanyahu: "I don't get this new world. Everyone is taking pictures. When do they have time to live? They're taking pictures all the time. Everyone is taking pictures of each other. Only taking pictures, that's all they do. Taking pictures, pictures, pictures, pictures. Stop taking pictures: Live!"

  • Off-camera voice: "If you didn't take a picture, it's like you never actually lived it."
  • Netanyahu: "I lived, and didn't take a picture."
  • Netanyahu, a bit later: "No, I'm not buying it. So I'm the only person here without all these electronic devices? And I'm a free man, and you're all slaves. You are slaves to your gadgets."
The Washington Post wraps up its coverage of the rant by noting that Netanyahu not only has an active Instagram account, he recently posted a selfie.

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Jeff Haugan
May 3, 2014 11:01 AM CDT
Everybody under the age of 45 ought to have to live for a year with the phones I grew up with. One per house on a short cord with a three foot cord on the receiver. I have a 3g Razor. I love it. I don't take pics and I don't text. Ya wanna text me? Ya can, but then I call back and you have to actually talk to me. I loved that ad about the gal on line "socializing" while her parents were out living. And she thought she had friends.
DougMasters
May 3, 2014 8:08 AM CDT
"Netanyahu, a bit later: "No, I'm not buying it. So I'm the only person here without all these electronic devices? And I'm a free man, and you're all slaves. You are slaves to your gadgets."" There are a great many people that this applies to.
jgarbuz
May 2, 2014 4:15 PM CDT
One of the smartest Jews that ever lived.. God Bless Bibi.