Monday, October 29, 2018

Netanyahu Chooses Trump Over Tree of Life

"Shameful." That's how the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, describes the response of Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his minions to the Squirrel Hill massacre.

Unfortunately, their message of sympathy is being undermined by the shameful effort of Israel’s top diplomats in the U.S. to absolve Donald Trump of any responsibility for fomenting an atmosphere of right-wing hate and, even more outrageously, to implicate anti-Semitism on the left instead. 
For many American Jews, Trump’s cardinal sin is the false equivalence he created between neo-Nazis and leftist demonstrators in the wake of the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, in which Heather Heyer was killed. 
There are “fine people” on both sides, Trump said, infuriating Americans in general and American Jews in particular. This did not deter Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and New York Consul General Dani Dayan, however, from using the same odious analogy. 
Rather than focus on the neo-Nazi credentials of Pittsburgh perpetrator Robert Bowers or on Florida’s serial pipe-bomber Cesar Sayoc’s endless admiration for Trump, Dermer and Dayan opted to muddy the waters. The two senior diplomats emulated the U.S. president by obfuscating the clear-cut white supremacist backdrop of the Pittsburgh atrocity and, in Dermer’s case, by commending Trump’s statement after the attack.
... They conveniently ignore the fact that all – not most, but all – of Israel’s political violence in recent decades has emanated from the right, from the settlers’ Jewish Underground through Hebron mass murderer Baruch Goldstein to Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir and many others in between. Like Netanyahu and his acolytes, the two diplomats intentionally conflate classic anti-Semitism, which Bowers’ exemplified in a particularly evil manner, with current anti-Israel agitation on campuses and elsewhere. 
Needless to say, Bowers did not shoot elderly Jews in cold blood because he rejects the occupation, supports BDS or opposes Netanyahu. On the contrary, his murderous rampage was sparked by the widespread American Jewish support for immigrants and refugees, which Netanyahu and others view as naive and self-destructive, in Israel as in the U.S. 
The two diplomats also reflected the converse view, widely held in the Israeli right, that Trump’s support for Netanyahu’s right-wing policies somehow absolves the U.S. president a priori of encouraging or espousing anti-Semitism. Trump’s anti-Semitic assertion in December 2015 that Jews only support candidates that they can buy with money; his loud anti-Semitic dog whistle in a political ad on the final day of the presidential campaign; his Charlottesville statements and his dogged refusal to clearly condemn white supremacist groups and other troubling incidents are all swept under the carpet by Israel’s official representatives.
Shameful? Yeah, that sounds about right.


Anonymous said...

Looks like Israel's CNN is doing as well in its crusade against Netanyahu as America's CNN is doing against Trump. Like how long has Netanyahu been in power? Since the 1990s?

Weasel News has bitten the dust!

Jay Farquharson said...

Always nice to see the Nazi's show up in comments.

The Mound of Sound said...

Yeah, that was my reaction, Jay.

Karl Kolchak said...

Unfortunately, I know several Jewish people here in the U.S. who are quite liberal minded on just about every other issue, but if you mention Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians to them they suddenly sound like Netanyahu. AIPAC, which supports Israel's government unconditionally, is probably the most feared lobbying group in Washington--more than even the NRA, and that is saying something. If an American criticizes Israel in the public sphere, he/she will labeled an anti-Semite. It's an unholy dynamic that has been in place going back to at least the Iraq War.

Anonymous said...

Yes I'm a Nazi. Trump is a Nazi. Netanyahu is a Nazi. That's why cultural Leftists scream at the sky: it's one giant Nazi!

Jay Farquharson said...

Glad to know you fully admit you are a Nazi.

You don't need to tell us what flavour of Nazi you are, we are already bored.

Jay Farquharson said...

So, the Evil Keebler Elf was speaking at a Religious Freedom Conference today, and a Minister from his own congregation, interrupted him with Mathew,

So he had him arrested.

Another Minister supported the other Minister, Sessions had him arrested too.

Guess it's now illegal to be an actual Christian in the US, rather than a Succubee.

Anonymous said...

There are two sides to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Palestinians are not peaceful protesters. Iran cons them. They say wage war and 'storm the fence.' What happens if Palestinians breach the wall? Will they shake hands with Israelis on the other side and sit down for tea?

The Donald will bring peace to the Middle East. The key is that one side has to win the Middle Eastern 'Cold War' between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which has erupted in proxy wars throughout the region. (With a lot of help from Obama and HRC.)

Trump will bring an end to all the wars with his US-Russia-Israel-Saudi alliance. Force Iran to sue for terms of peace. Then Palestinians can Gandhi Israel into independence & reparations. Art of the Deal!

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO, another Nazi

The Mound of Sound said...

Jesus Christ on a crutch, this is not about Palestinians. It's about Netanyahu backing an American president who emboldens bigots who slaughter American Jews.

Don't defend Netanyahu's support for Trump by his atrocities in Gaza and the West Bank.

Anonymous said...

This neo-Nazi mass-murderer hated Trump because he DIDN'T turn out to be a white nationalist like the Fake Media said he was!

You neoliberal weasels are responsible!

You absurdly called Trump a fascist using the most sleaziest of political rhetoric in a pathetic attempt to save free-trade globalization – which was destroying the Western economy.

Then some lunatic-fringe characters start believing you. When they find out they've been had – by YOUR LIES – they think it's all a part of some Jewish conspiracy theory.