As Netanyahu faced the Nations of the world with the urgency to defend Israel from enemies taking aim at their destruction, During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did something unusual: He stood in complete silence for 44 seconds. That silence was designed, Netanyahu inferred, to show how much of the world had been responded with “utter” and “deafening” silence when while “Iran pledged to murder” Israeli citizens. During those 44 seconds, the Israeli prime minister glared at the audience.

To supporters of Israel and many others, it was a remarkably powerful moment, showing how the world was ignoring the risks posed by a nuclear deal with Iran. To critics of the sometimes divisive Netanyahu, it was laughable. Online, a variety of mocking versions of the speech have begun to circulate. One YouTube user uploaded a video of the silence, with the interlude filled with “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. CONTINUE