Trevor Noah had fun at Benjamin Netanyahu’s expense on “The Daily Show” Thursday night, telling the Israeli prime minister he had to up his game when it comes to (allegedly) taking bribes.
Starting the show with details of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit’s decision to indict Netanyahu, pending a hearing, for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, Noah began by telling viewers: “Israel. It’s the country that three major religions call the Holy Land. But today the people of Israel were saying ‘Holy crap!’”
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Noting that Netanyahu is set to be indicted for corruption in three separate cases, Noah was particularly interested in what the Israeli police dubbed Case 1000 — Netanyahu receiving lavish gifts from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian tycoon James Packer.
“Look guys, I’m all for corruption — but you have to have standards!” Noah joked. “How are you going to be a world leader getting bribed with champagne and cigars? That is such a trashy bribe. That’s like what poor people think rich people like.”
He continued: “That’s $100,000 in gifts – you realize $100,000 is what some idiot paid to go to the Fyre Festival, right? You have to make it bigger!”
The “Daily Show” host then focused on Packer’s gift of concert tickets to the Netanyahus (they were actually for Netanyahu’s son, Yair, but never let the facts get in the way of a good joke).
“To make it worse, according to authorities, the bribes also included Mariah Carey tickets,” said Noah. “And I’m like, ‘Wait, what?’ Because I got nothing against Mariah Carey, but now I’m picturing Benjamin Netanyahu drunk on champagne with cigars, and singing along to Mariah Carey.”
He concluded the segment thus: “So after years of investigations, Israel has decided to indict its leader for his crimes. And after hearing that, Americans are like, ‘Er, can our constitution convert to Judaism?’”
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