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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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The media seems reluctant to admitt that there was a reason the Palistinians were kicked out of Jordan after WWII.
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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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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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