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Ron Radosh

With hundreds of rockets raining down on Israel on a daily basis, the establishment in the United States tells Israel to show “restraint,” and to work on resuming the failed peace process.

Not only did this position come from the anti-Israel editorial board of the New York Times, as could be expected, but it also came from the spokesman for the Obama administration, White House Middle East chief Philip Gordon, and finally from President Barack Obama himself. The president did his bit to urge restraint in an op-ed he wrote for Israel’s left-wing daily newspaper (where else?), Haaretz.

Let us start with the widely discussed Times editorial. The first thing to notice is the false moral equivalence the editors claim exists between the killing of the three Israeli teens, including one American teenager who had dual Israeli citizenship, and the murder of the Palestinian boy by Israeli fanatics, most likely soccer toughs, supporters of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team known for their hostility to Arabs. Editorializing, the Times reported that “days of near silence” went by before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the killing of the Palestinian boy, Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

That story has since been taken down because it was false. Apparently the editors did not read their own reporter’s article, which had clearly stated the falsehood of the claim. CAMERA’s chief in their Jerusalem bureau, Tamar Sternthal, explains:

Netanyahu did not remain silent for days concerning the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The Israeli prime minister spoke out against the killing of Abu Khdeir from July 2, the very same day of the murder. As The Times’ own Isabel Kershner reported: “On Wednesday, after the body of the Palestinian teenager was found in the woods, the prime minister called on Israelis to obey the law, and asked investigators to quickly look into what he called ‘the abominable murder.’”

Aside from that major error, now corrected due to the diligence of CAMERA, the remainder of the editorial also revealed the Times’ perpetual bias against Israel. First, it emphasized not the widespread Israeli revulsion against the horrific crime against the Palestinian child, and the outpouring of support to the beleaguered family from Israelis, but noted that “some Israelis gave in to their worst prejudices.”

Then, it offered the usual “both sides are to blame” bromide, and stated that “each side dehumanizes the other.” It failed to cite the outpouring of joy both in Gaza and the West Bank over the murder of the three Israeli teenagers, referencing only a phrase about Hamas’ “violence” and an undocumented note of Hamas’ “hateful speech.”

The Times’ editors, of course, ignored a great deal more. Sternthal adds:

While readers are treated to four specific examples of Israelis succumbing to their worst prejudices, The Times does not identify even one single case of recent Palestinian incitement, of which there is no shortage. Palestinians celebrated the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaar and Naphtali Frankel with a social media campaign called “The Three Shalits” which went viral; hateful cartoons in a Palestinian Authority-controlled newspaper and on the Fatah Facebook page; and the distribution of sweets in Gaza. In recent days, Fatah, headed by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, warned Israelis to prepare body bags and declared: “We wish for the blood to become rivers.”

Finally, the editorial in the Times was lambasted with irony by Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer:

The New York Times gives numerous examples of hate rhetoric on the margins of Israeli society — rhetoric that has been strongly condemned and rejected by Israel’s political leaders. The New York Times writes Palestinians have also been guilty of hate speech, but neglects to mention that Palestinian incitement is government backed, that Palestinian Authority leaders hail terrorists as heroes, name public squares after them and teach schoolchildren to emulate them. For daily dose of government-backed Palestinian incitement, check out – Palestinian Media Watch. No summer interns in the New York Times research department this year?

While the Obama administration and its State Department continually posits Abbas as a partner for peace — indeed the best one Israel has had in decades who can be worked with as a partner — Fatah, the West Bank organization to which Abbas belongs, continually reiterates its unity with Hamas in Gaza in the fight to destroy Israel. As for Hamas, the group which naïve peaceniks believe can also be negotiated with, the IDF posted on its website Hamas’ reiterated goals. In clearly stated speeches, its leadership emphasizes its desire to fight until Israel is destroyed.

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As Hamas Attacks Israel with Rockets, the Obama Administration and Liberals Call for Israeli ‘Restraint’

It doesn't seem to me that any fair minded person should be calling for restraint on the part of those being attacked rather than those doing the attacking. I remember when a couple of gentlemen, actually they weren't really gentlemen at all, were attacking one women with all manner of verbal rockets and missiles, things like "McCarthy! McCarthy! McCarthy!" and "conspiracy theorist! conspiracy theorist! conspiracy theorist!" and "take down! take down! take down!" and all manner of foul and juvenile crap and some actually called on her to exercise restraint.
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I hope the 75% of the American Jewish community who
Helped elect Obama twice are doing some serious soul
Searching.
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The media seems reluctant to admitt that there was a reason the Palistinians were kicked out of Jordan after WWII.
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That Taqqia is something huh? Especially as practiced by Obama to destroy Israel, America and The Constitution.
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When the Arab nations were nation states whether kingdoms (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Gulfies) or military dictatorships (Egypt) or secular socialist dictatorships (Syria, Iraq). This is becoming something more in name as the Muslim world crumbles before our eyes. In the old days Yasser (I need a good shave) Arafat may have had a point. He espoused a Palestinian state in one form or another. Now that more and more Muslims are eschewing an old fashion nation-state created under the old Sykes-Picot model in favor of the Ummah lead by a caliph, the idea of a Palestinian state becomes more and more of a joke and a "peace process" something people in government can add to their resumes --nothing of substance. The idea that Israel can exist amongst people who think like this is folly. Ummah lovers of all shapes and sizes want to drive the Jews and the remaining Christians into oblivion. Bibi, stick to your guns regardless of what the Golfer in Chief tells you.
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Obama's "Domestic Agenda" on full display: 1)Decimate Judeo-Christian MORALITY and RELIGIOSITY in both America and Israel. 2) decimate American education to one of merely INDOCTRINATION a la 'SOVIET UNION.' 3) alter completely American Capitalism through redundant rules , regulations, policies and procedures choking-off innovation and manufacturing expansion. 4) finally, morphing federal, state and local governance into a single, top-down/bottom-up and inside out unifying "command and control" executive. This is POTUS' current two year plan for "Hope (to) Change' and "transform" America towards a "democratic collective." That's why Israel must be destroyed...per Valerie Jarrett, Axelrod, John Podesta and Cass Sustein. Pray. Amen. God Bless America.
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Must read on the nexus between the Left and Jew/Israel
Hatred:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0803240767?pc_redir=1404887619&robot_redir=1
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This is a very good article and I agree with everything stated in it. It certainly meets the academic standards of the professor of history that Mr Radosh is.
As usual however, it is dry, and lacks the passion, that, in my opinion, the situation calls for. Perhaps the author can find some inspiration for passion in the writings of Diana West,
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Wish a Hamas rocket roars right up his leftist arse.
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As Hamas Attacks Israel with Rockets, the Obama Administration and Liberals Call for Israeli ‘Restraint’

It doesn't seem to me that any fair minded person should be calling for restraint on the part of those being attacked rather than those doing the attacking. I remember when a couple of gentlemen, actually they weren't really gentlemen at all, were attacking one women with all manner of verbal rockets and missiles, things like "McCarthy! McCarthy! McCarthy!" and "conspiracy theorist! conspiracy theorist! conspiracy theorist!" and "take down! take down! take down!" and all manner of foul and juvenile crap and some actually called on her to exercise restraint.
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I gave some thought to Reagan this morning and value of leadership.
Now, propaganda rules the day with a 'restraint' policy, a sharp thumbnail scratch contrast to the reality as people are bombed for years because of how they look.

Restraint is not a policy when one party does not care about their children, when parents offer them up because then the parents are honored for a day in the streets. Its an illness, Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

Restraint is not a policy when one party does not care about creating schools, hospitals, utilities for the future of their children and instead buys missiles.
I remembered the Sting song.
Mr. Krushchev said we will bury you
There's no such thing as a winnable war
Mr. Reagan says we will protect you
I don't prescribe to that point of view
What might save us, me, and you
Is if the Russians love their children too

Restraint as a policy offered up by a failed president who has no idea on how to solve or address any issue, not even his own, is a sad sad joke.
Guess he was unable to proffer up a new propaganda spin to suit his next campaign fund raiser.

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Oh, and (bleep) the environment. Obama has been a failed incrementalist on global environmental action, and if the KXL Pipeline becomes operational from the Tar Sands of Alberta, he will have committed an environmental catastrophe.

And he will have done it in conjunction with one of the most right-wing prime ministers in the Western world, Stephen Harper. I don't know how Canadians, who are by and large culturally and socially liberal folks, keep electing him!

With Fukushima looming (I mean, the world is just waiting for the next 7-point earthquake in Japan that splits that damaged facility open like a rotten egg), Obama could be a leader and call unequivocally for massive international response to it.

But no, he's content to play whatever deep geopolitical game he and Kerry think they're playing, which ends up with grotesque realities like ISIS as our ally against Assad and our enemy in Iraq! Incompetence AND cynicism, though I can't remotely see what Obama's self-interest is in it beyond his well-documented general enjoyment of the playing of games.

The Influential American Left Wing? Ron Radosh, what America are you looking at, sir?
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Yoroscoe, No matter how loyally Jewish they might be, they have brains, and the idea of voting for John McCain, a 40-plus-year case of untreated PTSD from Vietnam, and SARAH PALIN, was out of the question for most Americans of good will, Jewish or not.

Then from 2008 through 2012 Obama proceeded to give away the liberal farm, becoming more and more a neocon to the point that for his second term he has hired the non-diplomat John Kerry as his chief diplomat.

But vote for a known financial predator heir to fortune whose wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs"? Yoroscoe, I voted for a Jew in that election, Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party.

I am a lifetime leftist, an original Vietnam Veteran Against the War. But I am utterly disenfranchised. There is no Left Wing in the United States as Europeans understand it. There never has been. There has never been any significant Leftwing influence WITHIN the American political system comparable to a Germany, or Italy, or England (before Tony Blair gutted Old Labour). American government is a center-right/hard-right affair, no matter which Party is in power. The Green Party is a factor in Europe and other places. Not in America.

And American mainstream media is rightist. The most-watched/listened talk show hosts are all rightists. There are zero socialists of any kind having the remotest influence upon American foreign or domestic policy.

I am not sure how Mr. Radosh comes by calling the American Left Wing "influential." It barely qualifies as vestigial!

Americans, more than citizens of all other countries, particularly Western countries, have been behaviorally modified to have a knee-jerk reaction against any idea, or meme, to say nothing of actual political action, that might SUGGEST (gasp!) communism or socialism. Even for those who are ground under the weight and fall through the cracks of our tottering post-industrial tertiary-service economy, capitalism must be maintained because otherwise the country might "go communist."
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" the idea of voting for John McCain, a 40-plus-year case of untreated PTSD from Vietnam, and SARAH PALIN, was out of the question for most Americans of good will, Jewish or not. "

It seems that most Americans of goodwill had no idea of the choice they were making.
Ignorant to a degree that they voted twice for the same empty suit based on "Reality Show" hysterics.
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Thank you for the unneeded proof that stupidity has no natural limit.

Thank you for demonstrating that your factually untrue assertions cannot stand upon their own merits.

May your support for tyranny and evil be appropriately 'rewarded' in the afterlife.
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