Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs really outdid itself this time.
The government institution published three strange images on its Facebook page earlier today after Ambassador Ron Prosor presented his Oscars-themed speech at the United Nations Security Council.
We’d like to reiterate that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a government institution. In fact, it is one of Israel’s most important ministries, responsible for giving Israel’s public image the facelift it needs after, say, dropping bombs on thousands of heads. And this is no easy task, which is why we presume that its employees undergo some kind of strategy training. Standards have gotten so low. Oh so low.
Prosor’s “Oscars for Maintenance of International Peace and Security” speech presented some pretty impressive awards to random governments in the Middle East. Someone in the office was clearly so moved by Prosor’s overbearingly cheesy speech that he or she sought permission to open up a 1000 x 1000 pixel canvas on Microsoft Paint and get to work. Notwithstanding the gaudy color scheme and poor centering, the images went public days — not minutes, not hours, but days — after the Oscars actually happened. We aren’t suggesting that this would have looked any less pathetic had the ministry’s seemingly high school-minded social media manager uploaded the images in the lead up to the Oscars, but the office just can’t seem to catch a break.
Even Israel’s greatest supporters aren’t impressed. “I’m very much a lover of Israel the Jewish homeland but this is in bad taste for a government institution to post,” reads the photo album’s most liked comment.
Anyway, to the Israeli readers: When your tax dollars aren’t at work depopulating Palestinian villages, expanding illegal settlements, or leveling Gaza to the ground, they’re going to art projects like this.