Let Me Count the Ways: Bibi Office Releases '2013 Achievements' Clip

The video touches on a long list including road expansion to showering gas goodies on the people. Next? Blocking the Iranian nuke.

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Celebrating the anniversary of Benjamin Netanyahu's third government, Israel's 33rd, the Prime Minister's Office released a YouTube clip extolling the achievements of his government.

Netanyahu has been known to reach out to Israelis through YouTube and the social media. The roughly 2-minute video notes road development that, the video says, brought the Galilee and Negev "closer to the center". This is a sensitive issue in Israel, where the so-called periphery suffers from higher unemployment and lower standards of living than the Tel Aviv-based center.

Also on infrastructure, the video says that the Golani Intersection, a crossroads of two main highways in northern Israel that had formerly featured traffic lights, has been converted into a spaghetti junction. The notoriously congested Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway is being expanded, the clip continues in slightly breathless tones.

Moving onto security, on the backdrop of a hairy hand drawing squiggles representing the Mediterranean Sea next to Israel, the video notes that while the region is in a state of upheaval – Israel had a relatively tranquil year, while beefing up its anti-ballistic systems.

The economy is growing and unemployment is low, the video briskly goes on (it isn't even halfway through at this point).

It then turns to a touchy issue: the gas found in Israeli territorial waters in the Mediterranean seabed. Whether or not the government should allow the private cos developing the gas sector to export any has been an explosive issue. After much heated debate, the government decided they could export 50%, a decision hailed by the cos and bewailed by critics, citing concern for Israel's future energy security. The video says that a decision fell to "increase the quantity of gas" for Israel's citizens, by reducing the cost of electricity. It also says the public will gain as importers of the Israeli gas enrich the public coffers.

More achievements the clip cites: Inauguration of a technology park in Be'er Sheva, which will focus on cyber tech; a 242-kilometer fence was erected in the south, to foil infiltrators from the Sinai; the institution of free daycare for toddlers from age 3; reform of mandatory testing in high school; and adoption of an "Open Skies" policy in order to lower travel costs for citizens, says the video.

It goes on to quickly list a number of other achievements, including to lengthen daylight savings time. And what for next year? The hirsute hand goes on to sketch a cartoon nuclear bomb, nose down, and the voice promises that Israel will "step up pressure" to ensure Iran doesn't get the bomb. Among other promises are ones to lower food and housing prices. The people of Israel shall see.

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