Chuck Norris meets Netanyahu, renders bodyguards obsolete

PM says Israel is ‘indestructible’ with action star and longtime supporter around

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted Hollywood action star Chuck Norris in Jerusalem on Wednesday, warmly embracing the 1980s actor and cracking jokes.

“Israel is strong, but it’s indestructible now,” Netanyahu told a laughing Norris in a filmed meeting.

After the “Walker, Texas Ranger” actor, now 76, introduced the PM to his wife, Gena O’Kelley, Netanyahu unleashed another joke, saying, “I think we can tell our security people to leave, we don’t need them anymore.”

“Thanks for all that support,” Netanyahu told Norris in reference to the actor’s appeal two years ago, ahead of the 2015 Israeli national elections, to vote for Netanyahu. Norris had also made an appeal two years prior to that, for the same reasons.

“Oh, believe me, you’ll always have my support,” responded Norris.

After a bit more banter and introductions to Norris’s friends, Netanyahu went in for his third joke, turning to a person off camera and saying, “So we can get rid of everyone, tell them to clear the building, they can go.”

Norris and O’Kelley visited the Western Wall on Sunday.

On Saturday, Norris had dinner with former Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold at a restaurant in Herzliya.

The action hero-turned-internet-meme icon made several films involving Israel produced by Israeli duo Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.

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