Romney beats Obama– to the eulogy anyway

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Today, Mitt Romney released the following statement on the death of Benzion Netanyahu:

I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Benzion Netanyahu. Not only was he the father of my friend Benjamin, the Prime Minister of Israel, and the father of Israel’s hero of the Entebbe raid, Yonatan Netanyahu, he was also a distinguished historian and leader in his own right. This is a loss for all of Israel and for all who care about Israel.

Nothing up at the White House website yet.

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  1. Kathleen
    April 30, 2012, 3:53 pm

    ccching for Romney.

    Obama team running “forward”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/30/obama-slogan-forward-msnbc_n_1464480.html

    If Americans and the Obama administration look “backwards” and acknowledge the hundreds of thousands dead, injured, torture in our name, etc we may all turn into pillars of salt or something

  2. pabelmont
    April 30, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Takes a leader to know one.

  3. Scott
    April 30, 2012, 4:07 pm

    A wet kiss for Sheldon

  4. DICKERSON3870
    April 30, 2012, 5:23 pm

    RE: “I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Benzion Netanyahu… This is a loss for all of Israel and for all who care about Israel.” ~ Mitt Romney

    SEE – Bibi’s Father’s Answer to the ‘Arab Problem’: Hang’ Em in the Town Square, By Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 4/04/09

    (excerpts) Imagine, if you will, if Barack Obama’s real father was Rev. Jeremiah Wright and imagine, if you will, that Wright gave an eight-page interview to USA Today the week of Obama’s inauguration. Then you can imagine the “interest” with which such a Maariv interview with Bibi Netanyahu’s father was met in Israeli circles.
    Noam Sheizaf, who works for Maariv, has translated portions of the interview . . .
    . . . And without further ado, I give you, Ben Zion Netanyahu, the father of the man:
    Netanyahu: “I don’t see any signs that the Arabs want peace… we will face fierce attacks from the Arabs, and we must react firmly…We just handed them a strong blow in Gaza, and they still bargain with us over one hostage… if we gave them a blow that would really hurt them, they would have given us Gilad Shalit back.”
    Q: Operation “cast Lead” was one of the worst blows we handed on a civilian population.
    A: “That’s not enough. It’s possible that we should have hit harder.”
    Q: You don’t like the Arabs, to say the least.
    A: “The Bible finds no worse image than this of the man from the desert. And why? Because he has no respect for any law. Because in the desert he can do as he pleases.
    The tendency towards conflict is in the essence of the Arab. He is an enemy by essence. His personality won’t allow him any compromise or agreement. It doesn’t matter what kind of resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. His existence is one of perpetuate war.” . . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2009/04/04/bibis-fathers-answer-to-the-arab-problem-hang-em-in-the-town-square

    • Annie Robbins
      April 30, 2012, 5:55 pm

      larry defner: The late Benzion Netanyahu’s appalling views on Arabs
      http://972mag.com/the-late-benzion-netanyahus-appalling-views-on-arabs/44215/

    • RoHa
      April 30, 2012, 9:42 pm

      Interesting that he stereotypes Arabs as “the man from the desert”. For well over a thousand years the vast majority of Arabs have been farmers or city folk. Hardly any of them were Bedu. The average modern Arab doesn’t know one end of a camel from the other. (Which can have very unfortunate consequences.)

      • Daniel Rich
        April 30, 2012, 11:21 pm

        @ RoHa,

        Never heard about ‘Breadbasket-On-Wheels’ from the desert or ‘Babylon Dessert’ from a much colder place op north?

      • RoHa
        May 1, 2012, 12:30 am

        No. What are they?

  5. dimadok
    April 30, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Excessive gloating and joy over someone death are the signs of anything but the liberalism and progressive mind. Should’ve just ignore it, but you couldn’t hold yourself, Phil? Ben Zion Netanyahu was one of the greatest Jewish leaders and scholars, building Israel and giving his country and Jewish people more than all of you combined here.

    • Woody Tanaka
      April 30, 2012, 5:57 pm

      “Excessive gloating and joy over someone death are the signs of anything but the liberalism and progressive mind.”

      Perhaps, but Benzion Natanyahu was a vile excuse for a human being and the world is a better place now that he is dead. There is nothing illiberal and non-progressive in recognizing evil such that this person was and being thankful that humanity is no longer subject to this evil.

      Should we dance and sing because of the death? Perhaps, perhaps not.

      But I do know that those Palestinian parents who won’t suffer the deaths of their children or have those children become orphans, because of the wicked ideas of this evil excuse for humanity (see, quotes, above), can hug them a bit tighter tonight knowing that this twisted bastard is dead.

      Good riddance to worthless trash.

    • lysias
      May 1, 2012, 10:48 am

      Even the obituary for Ben-Zion Netanyahu that the Washington Post printed in its paper edition this morning mentions one of the elder Netanyahu’s more notorious quotes:

      In newspaper interviews late in life, Ben-Zion Netanyahu forcefully questioned the feasibility of Mideast peace.

      The tendency to conflict is in the essence of the Arab,” he told the Maariv daily in 2009. “He is an enemy by essence. His personality won’t allow him any compromise or agreement. It doesn’t matter what kind of resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. His existence is one of perpetual war.

      “The Arab citizens’ goal is to destroy us. They don’t deny that they want to destroy us.”

      It’s an AP piece by Aron Heller, but the neoconservative Washington Post ran it.

      • Kathleen
        May 1, 2012, 11:29 am

        ouch…facts and proof of deep racism

  6. dimadok
    April 30, 2012, 5:48 pm

    Yuk!
    That comment summarizes your entire essence, Annie.

    • Woody Tanaka
      April 30, 2012, 6:08 pm

      It summarizes your entire essence, zio, that you can take issue about what anyone says regarding this evil troll.

    • straightline
      April 30, 2012, 6:16 pm

      I don’t think I’ll ever understand you, dimadok, but this comment seems very strange. Annie left a link to +972 in which there is a record of an interview of Benzion Netanyahu in which Derfner uses the word “appalling”. Here is one interchange from that interview.

      Q: You don’t like the Arabs, to say the least.

      A: The Bible finds no worse image than that of the man from the desert. And why? Because he has no respect for any law. Because in the desert he can do as he pleases. The tendency toward conflict is in the essence of the Arab. He is an enemy by essence. His personality won’t allow him any compromise or agreement. It doesn’t matter what kind of resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. His existence is one of perpetual war.

      You don’t find that appalling? If you don’t I guess we know about your entire essence.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 30, 2012, 6:22 pm

        straightline, originally i left a little yelp i had crossed out w/html tags (the s/s) and dimadok immediately came along and lectured me so i removed it. that is what he is referencing. it was in poor taste.

      • Woody Tanaka
        April 30, 2012, 6:58 pm

        Annie, you should have left it. Poor taste or not, let’s not kid ourselves and pretend that the world lost a good person — or even a half-decent human being — today.

  7. justsayin
    April 30, 2012, 6:28 pm

    what about those whom wandered the desert for 40 years, that were not arabs, or the fact that moses received the ten comandments from a hill top in saudi arabia, they did a roundabout. They also ate mena which fell from the sky & when thirsty a rock was split in two to provide a small lake for them to drink. Sounds like ET had a hand & not a god. But however the point is they wandered for forty years in the desert, beit by choice or not, that makes them the same, they are not nor have ever been “chosen” except for by mankind, in which a bias person with intent wrote the story which is only from the books that were included in the bible, not all the books why, it would probably show the truth. Today that truth can be seen in many forms

    • Kathleen
      May 1, 2012, 11:30 am

      ” they are not nor have ever been “chosen” except for by mankind” Jewish men chose themselves and said they talked to god. Aye yi yi

  8. optimax
    April 30, 2012, 11:46 pm

    I’m angry that my tax dollars are used to keep Dick Cheney alive. I think his first heaqrt attack made him afraid of death. Those who accept death, their own and others as a condition of life, become more empathic. Those who fear death become either ineffectually neurotic or sociopathic. The latter is Cheney’s dark side.

  9. eGuard
    May 1, 2012, 9:21 am

    So during WWII Benzion Netanyahu was touring the US to promote … Zionism.

    And did not his son recently accuse the US of not helping Jews during WWII?

  10. Taxi
    May 1, 2012, 3:12 pm

    I pay no respect, in life or in death, to any man who changes his name to suit his colonial ambitions.

    I bet’ Natanyahu’ senior’s last words were: Pass the bucket, son.

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