Daily Show Tells Netanyahu Campus Encampments Are His Fault

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the anti-Semitism at multiple encampments on college campuses across the United States and that did not sit well with Comedy Central’s temporary co-hosts of The Daily Show, Jordan Klepper and Ronny Chieng on Thursday. Conceding there are “plenty of bad actors,” the duo argued that the encampments are Netanyahu’s fault because of “Israel’s disproportionate use of force.”

After playing clips of Speaker Mike Johnson and Sen. Josh Hawley calling for the National Guard to break up the encampments, Klepper teed up a clip of Netanyahu, “Honestly, I can’t think of anybody worse to give their opinion on how to protest the war in Gaza. Well, there is one guy.”

In the clip, Netanyahu declared that “what’s happening in America’s college campuses is horrific. Anti-Semitic mobs have taken over a leading university. [jump cut] It’s unconscionable. It has to be stopped.”

The protests are ostensibly about Netanyahu and his country’s policies. In reality, many of the demonstrators are protesting his country’s existence, but either way, of course, the leader of the Jewish State is going to have thoughts about these people. Nevertheless, Klepper responded, “Oh, thanks for taking the time to give your feedback, Benjamin Netanyahu! Is there nothing else going on with you?”

Chieng followed by starting the blame game, “Yeah, I know, this guy is like, ‘The situation in U.S. college campuses is unacceptable, do you see how the buildings are not rubble? I am disgusted!’”

Klepper was happy to play along, “Here’s the point: there’s a lot of noise and plenty of bad actors, but fundamentally, what’s driving these protests is anger over Israel’s disproportionate use of force. So before we respond to the protests with disproportionate force, maybe we should listen to what they have to say, and then, if we still don’t agree with the students, then we can send in the college improv troupe.”

If you are someone who simply has genuinely heartfelt, but nevertheless wrong-headed ideas about how a ceasefire is needed to end suffering and pursue a two-state solution, then why are you at a protest movement led by people who do not support such a policy? The point where the naïve among the protesters should have disassociated themselves from the “plenty of bad actors” has long since passed. 

Here is a transcript for the April 25 show:

Comedy Central The Daily Show

4/25/2024

11:17 PM ET

JORDAN KLEPPER: Honestly, I can’t think of anybody worse to give their opinion on how to protest the war in Gaza. Well, there is one guy.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: What’s happening in America’s college campuses is horrific. Anti-Semitic mobs have taken over a leading university [jump cut] it’s unconscionable. It has to be stopped.

KLEPPER: Oh, thanks for taking the time to give your feedback, Benjamin Netanyahu! Is there nothing else going on with you? 

RONNY CHIENG: Yeah, I know, this guy is like “The situation in U.S. college campuses is unacceptable, do you see how the buildings are not rubble? I am disgusted!”

KLEPPER: Here’s the point: there’s a lot of noise and plenty of bad actors, but fundamentally, what’s driving these protests is anger over Israel’s disproportionate use of force. So before we respond to the protests with disproportionate force, maybe we should listen to what they have to say, and then, if we still don’t agree with the students, then we can send in the college improv troupe.

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