An Israeli ad for the Samsung Galaxy portrayed a Mossad agent undercover in Iran displaying the tablet’s capabilities with an app that triggered an explosion in a background nuclear facility. The ad was quickly pulled from Israeli television. ABC News reports,
The Israeli government had nothing to do with the ad.
Samsung had nothing to do with the ad.
But an ad for an Israeli cable company featuring cross-dressing Mossad agents who blow up an Iranian nuclear facility using a Samsung tablet has caused a furor in both Iran and Israel. Iran has threatened to ban the sale of Samsung tablets and the commercial itself has now disappeared from Israeli television.
The ad, produced by the HOT cable company, features cast members from the Israeli comedy series “Asfur” dressed head-to-toe as Muslim women to infiltrate Iran. Wearing chadors and clutching purses, the four spies walk past missiles and giant portraits of religious leaders and into the city of Isfahan — the site of a uranium conversion facility and a mysterious explosion in November 2011. As they arrive, one of the travelers smears sunscreen on his face. When his companions look puzzled, he says, “Don’t you know how much radiation there is here?”
The spies then meet a jaded undercover Mossad agent waiting at an outdoor café and looking at his Samsung Galaxy tablet. He tells them that watching on-demand episodes of their comedy series on the tablet has helped him kill time during the two months he’s been in Isfahan conducting surveillance.
“Nuclear reactor or no nuclear reactor, I’m not missing ‘Asfur,’” he tells them. He and his wife received the Galaxy for free after subscribing to HOT.
“What is that application?” the comedian with the sunscreened face asks, and then presses the screen. A fireball explodes at the nuclear facility behind them. His companions appear shocked. “What?” he shrugs. “Just another mysterious explosion in Iran.”