The Brief: A former Israeli official's claims that a group of extraterrestrial aliens known as the Galactic Federation has been in talks with officials on earth about joining have been met with memes and mockery.

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Former Israeli space security chief Haim Eshed alleged that outer space aliens are real and have been in conversation with the U.S. government, inspiring many memes and jokes about the possibility of a “Galactic Federation” existing.

On Friday, Eshed, the former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry’s space directorate, told Israel’s  Yediot Aharonot newspaper that the United States government has signed agreements with aliens and that there is an “underground base in the depths of Mars” where some inter-species meetings have taken place. When the interview, which also suggests that Donald Trump knows about the aliens but has been keeping it a secret, was translated to English, the story gained international attention.

Eshed’s claims haven’t been corroborated by any official sources. Due to their outlandish nature, memes about aliens and the Galactic Federation started spreading in response. Memes include jokes about what a Galatic Federation would look like, how 2020 keeps on getting weirder, and why Earth hasn’t been admitted to the federation yet.

https://twitter.com/notn1co/status/1336346929509220353

https://twitter.com/ethanmcarpenter/status/1336094458341974016

Of course, Elon Musk tweeted his own spin on the subject:

Some people saw this as an opportunity to mock Mark Zuckerberg by suggesting that he’s the alien leader of the Galactic Federation.

https://twitter.com/lavonaffairxxx/status/1336337497316442116

This meme features his mime-like electric surfboard look:

https://twitter.com/jubot10/status/1336337357218271235

2020 bingo is getting a little too easy…

Other memes made fun of Earth for having so many problems when other members of the supposed Galactic Federation are advanced enough to travel the galaxy.

https://twitter.com/indiburger/status/1336189642333294593

https://twitter.com/lowkeysuburban/status/1336171732445646849

FYI, the fictional alien government in the movie Lilo & Stitch is also called the “United Galactic Federation.”

Me trying to leave earth and sneak into the Galactic Federation
byu/PeterS99 inteenagers

Galactic Federation we’re sorry pls don’t
byu/XPost3000 inmemes