Netanyahu Tapped for Guest Role in Fourth Season of 'House of Cards'

Director says Israeli prime minister is 'natural choice' to play Republican challenger to President Underwood.

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King Bibi. Illustration by David Lockard, using photos by Emil Salman and Dreamstime.
King Bibi. Illustration by David Lockard, using photos by Emil Salman and Dreamstime.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of both houses of the U.S. Congress was, Haaretz can reveal here exclusively, more than an opportunity to warn American lawmakers about the dangers of a "bad deal" over the Iranian nuclear program.

According to sources close to Netflix, the Israeli prime minister was actually auditioning for a role in the fourth season of the hit TV show 'House of Cards.'

According to the show's producers, Netanyahu will play the Republican presidential challenger to President Francis Underwood, the Machiavellian lead character played by Kevin Spacey.

Although the script for the fourth season of the show has not yet been written – the third season was released on Netflix earlier this month – it is believed that Netanyahu's character will be based on an amalgam between Mitt Romney, who unsuccessfully challenged President Barack Obama in 2012, and Martin Van Buren.

James Foley, who directed several episodes of the show, told Haaretz that he first contacted Netanyahu's agent after seeing the Israeli prime minister address the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2013.

"The moment I saw him on that stage," Foley said, "I knew I wanted him in my show. The way he managed to speak for half an hour without cracking up was incredible. He's a born actor."

Netanyahu reportedly turned down an offer of a similar guest star role in 'Game of Thrones,' telling producers that, "It's just too close to reality."

Netanyahu would not be the first Israeli leader to cross over into the world of entertainment. David Ben-Gurion famously appeared on the 1965 cover of GQ and Shimon Peres has made cameo appearances in every James Bond movie since 'The Man with the Golden Gun.'

The Prime Minister's Office declined to comment on this article, saying it is clearly a Purim spoof.

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