Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is having trouble adjusting to this generation’s obsession with picture taking and photo sharing.

During a photo shoot prior to an interview session with the foreign press last week, the prime minister asked a cameraman:

“What do you get out of all these pictures?  I mean, what exactly do you do with it?”

Netanyahu is answered that the photographers seek the best picture, but apparently that reply does not satisfy him.

“OK, so what? What do you do with it?”

Netanyahu is then told that many of the photos are used for “behind-the-scenes footage,” to which the prime minister simply replies “boring.”

But then the Israeli leader goes on to criticize society at large and reflects on the fact that excessive photography has come to replace actual living.

“I don’t understand this new world” in which young people he laments are always taking pictures with their cellphones.

“When do they have time to live? They’re taking pictures all the time.”

A student takes a 'selfie' with Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, March 30, 2014 (photo credit: Danny Meron/POOL/Flash90)

The prime minister then raises his hands, clicking on an imaginary camera.

“Only taking pictures, that’s all they do. Pictures, pictures, pictures.”

Another unseen voice then tells Netanyahu that “if you did not take a picture, it’s as if you didn’t live,” or take part, in the occurrence.

“I’ve lived and did not take a picture,” the prime minister responds. He then comes to the realization that he holds the minority opinion on the matter.

“I’m the only one here without all these electronic devices, I’m a free man, and you all are slaves,” he concludes. ”You are slaves!”


(as reported in The Times of Israel)