In latest thrust at Obama, Netanyahu names UN ambassador who trashed him and said Palestinians can have ‘Facebook state’

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In the midst of his battle with President Obama over the Iran Deal, Israel’s prime minister announced today that he will appoint as the country’s next ambassador to the U.N. a far-right politician who has been outspoken against Obama and who wants to annex the West Bank.  Haaretz:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that he will appoint Science, Technology and Space Minister Danny Danon as Israel’s next ambassador to the United Nations due to the UN platform’s current significance.

Netanyahu fired Danon as deputy foreign minister in July 2014 when Danon said that Netanyahu was being too restrained in his attack on Gaza, which was then producing imagery of slaughtered children around the world.

Two years ago, Danon taunted Palestinians over the idea they would ever have enfranchisement or a state. Ben Birnbaum reported in the New Republic:

“Even if there will be a vote, it will be a Facebook state,” he said, stabbing his finger into the air. “They will have a lot of likes in the Facebook, but it will not change the lives of the Israelis, the Jewish pioneers, who live in the hills of Judea and Samaria. [the occupied West Bank]” But Danon saved his harshest words for Barack Obama. “When we see a lack of leadership coming from the White House, that’s what brings leaders in Turkey to attack Israel the way they do,” he thundered. “When we see a lack of leadership coming from the White House, that’s why we see the leader of Iran … continuing to build the nuclear reactors.”

Danon is also an ally of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, one of President Obama’s most outspoken critics.

In 2012 Rick Perry appeared with Danon in New York at a pro-Israel rally designed to get Perry more pro-Israel money.

The liberal Zionist group J Street promptly welcomed Danon with sarcasm. Even rightwing Israel editor David Horovitz is upset. This is a sharp stick in Obama’s eye.

The real issue is that Danon’s appointment appears to confirm everything Netanyahu’s critics at home and abroad have asserted about his true intentions with respect to the Palestinians. And since those critics are headed by the president of Israel’s main ally — with whom Netanyahu is already in open dispute over the deeply flawed accord with Iran — it is hard to conceive of a more short-sighted, shameful, self-defeating and damaging appointment. Not just for Netanyahu and his government, but for all of Israel.

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  1. John O
    August 14, 2015, 10:44 am

    As if this wasn’t bad enough, we in the UK are apparently going to get Mark “most moral army in the world” Regev as our next Israeli ambassador.

    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/142268/mark-regev-be-announced-israels-next-uk-ambassador

    Of course, we know him well here in the UK. Here, journalist Jon Snow takes him apart on live TV last year:

    • Bumblebye
      August 14, 2015, 11:19 am

      Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!

      Nothing else to say.

      • bintbiba
        August 14, 2015, 11:32 am

        + 1000 times multiplied Aa aaaaaaaaaarrrrggggghhhhh ‘s
        Let’s say it all together now !!
        Thanks , Bumblebye for starting the chant !

        Danny Danon ? Marc Regev ? DIPLOMATS ?

        Ye gods !!!!… what next….. Caroline Glick ? that Boteach gift to women ? !!!

        If these people know the meaning of the word, …. I’ m the queen of Sheba !!

      • Steve Grover
        August 14, 2015, 1:37 pm

        bintbiba sez:
        “Ye gods !!!!… what next….. Caroline Glick ?”
        Actually bintba, Caroline Glick should have been Ambassador to the U.S. instead of Michael Oren. She is a Chicagoan and so is Rahm Emanuel and so is Obama. She would have had both Obama and Emanuel crying for their mommies. Instead Oren as stated in his book was walking on egg shells around Obama. Had Caroline Glick been Ambassador the opposite would have been true. Her only flaw is that as a south sider she is a White Sox fan.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 14, 2015, 1:47 pm

        Her only flaw is that as a south sider she is a White Sox fan.

        oh yeah, and such a diplomat too! have you seen/read this:

        http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/caroline-european-diplomats

      • Mooser
        August 14, 2015, 2:02 pm

        “Actually bintba, Caroline Glick should have been Ambassador to the U.S. instead of Michael Oren.”

        Here you go, Grover! For you and Caroline!

      • Steve Grover
        August 14, 2015, 2:09 pm

        Annie asks:
        “oh yeah, and such a diplomat too! have you seen/read this:”
        I have seen the video where Caroline tells the Danish Ambassador that he is full of crap making him squirm. That is exactly what she would do to Obama and Emanuel without hesitation and they would be crying to their mommies and making concessions.
        With the Cubs recently sweeping the Giants she might be a Cubs fan now. And they swept the next series against the Brewers.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 14, 2015, 2:57 pm

        i didn’t notice him squirming (the Danish Ambassador). he may have been but the camera was mostly focused on the spectacle of her squirming in her chair and growling as the screenshots of a meltdown document.

        but i agree with you, i think she’d perfectly represent israel as ambassador. bring it on.

      • just
        August 14, 2015, 3:08 pm

        “Actually bintba, Caroline Glick should have been Ambassador to the U.S. instead of Michael Oren”

        There’s Dermer and Prosor that are appointed as Ambassadors. Then there’s Mikey and Glicky and you.

        P.S. Can you spell, Steve?

      • Steve Grover
        August 14, 2015, 3:15 pm

        Annie sez,
        “but i agree with you, i think she’d perfectly represent israel as ambassador. bring it on.”
        Alas Annie, I am confident the next President and even if Caroline Glick is the Ambassador will have a very friendly relationship.

      • Steve Grover
        August 14, 2015, 4:07 pm

        Thanks Mooser,
        I prefer this song. I’m in the audience.

      • talknic
        August 14, 2015, 6:50 pm

        @ Steve Grover ” That is exactly what she would do to Obama and Emanuel without hesitation and they would be crying to their mommies and making concessions”

        Speculation can be fun eh Steve … you can say absolutely anything no matter how meaningless or puerile

      • straightline
        August 14, 2015, 8:13 pm

        Regev ambassador to UK? Wonderful! The more exposure the better. Many people of the UK are aware of Regev and know him to be a scumbag – his whining performance in front of Jon Snow was classic. Just imagine him trying to excuse the next Israeli atrocity to the British government and news media. This really drives home how out of touch Netanyahu and his government are with the rest of the world and helps undermine UK support for Israel’s actions. Look at how the Israeli Embassy in Ireland distinguished itself last year. I would have thought that the phone lines between the Zionist Cameron and Netanyahu should be running hot!

      • straightline
        August 14, 2015, 10:58 pm

        The sun is shining outside, the cherry tree is in blossom, and Mark Regev is Israeli Ambassador to the UK. Oh what a beautiful morning! Made my day – probably Jon Snow’s too.

      • Shingo
        August 15, 2015, 7:24 am

        She would have had both Obama and Emanuel crying for their mommies.

        Oh please. Glick sounds like she’s perennially on the verge of a mental breakdown every time she’s challenged with the most passive of arguments.

        Glick is a lunatic who looks tough because she makes sure to make appearances in very friendly echo chambers and a handful of soft targets. Put her on stage alongside Max Blumenthal and she would turn into Linda Blair from the Exorcist and have to be carried off stage in a straight jacket into a waiting van.

        She’s a one trick pony who obsesses about Christians holding a grudge against the Jews for killing Jesus.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 14, 2015, 11:34 am

      john, i can’t stop laughing! is this for real? someone should start a comedy series about it. this is gold. almost too good to be true. UK will chew him up.

      • John O
        August 14, 2015, 12:51 pm

        It is indeed real, Annie. Jon Snow is the anchor for Channel 4’s nightly 7 pm news (Channel 4 is one of the big five terrestrial channels here in the UK.)

        Snow is a fine journalist (declaration of interest: I’m a former member of the National Union of Journalists), and he has pulverised Regev several times (just go to YouTube and search for “Mark Regev Jon Snow” to be royally entertained). Here’s another classic:

      • Annie Robbins
        August 14, 2015, 1:12 pm

        amazing, what a professional diverter! did you use these weapons? — ‘hamas is an authoritarian regime, they have white phosphorus too.’ lol

      • bintbiba
        August 14, 2015, 2:37 pm

        Steve Grover …

        Methinks you confuse Ms. Caroline Glick with another worthy diplomat of his time: One who goes by the name Atilla the Hun !!

        Too delicate a flower to be thrown to the Wolves of the DC Arena …

      • straightline
        August 14, 2015, 8:15 pm

        Sorry Annie – posted before I saw yours. My sentiments exactly. This will be Ireland deja vu. Great news.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 14, 2015, 8:25 pm

        the more the merrier straightline!

      • tree
        August 15, 2015, 2:12 am

        Here’s another Regev interview with subtitles!

      • tree
        August 15, 2015, 2:36 am

        And here’s John’s video with more subtitles.

    • Hostage
      August 14, 2015, 1:22 pm

      As if this wasn’t bad enough, we in the UK are apparently going to get Mark “most moral army in the world” Regev as our next Israeli ambassador.

      No doubt he was passed over for the UN job, because he messed himself and recognized the state of Palestine during the heated debate over the Gaza blockade/flotilla massacre. He cited an inapposite passage from the San Remo manual and said that:“any state has the right to blockade ANOTHER STATE in the midst of an armed conflict.” [emphasis added] link to washingtonpost.com

      He failed to mention that would mean Israel is violating a long list of corresponding legal obligations which accompany such “rights” respecting the treatment of prisoners of war, forced displacement and transfers of populations, etc. Not the kind of guy you want opening his mouth in the UN, where everyone would notice, unlike the fawning members of the US press corps.

    • a blah chick
      August 14, 2015, 1:39 pm

      “…we in the UK are apparently going to get Mark “most moral army in the world” Regev as our next Israeli ambassador. ”

      You have my deepest sympathies.

    • druid
      August 14, 2015, 3:43 pm

      Creepy crawly feelings of evil when listening to guys like this!

    • amigo
      August 16, 2015, 10:10 am

      “Of course, we know him well here in the UK. Here, journalist Jon Snow takes him apart on live TV last year – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/ambassador-palestinians-facebook#comment-790082” John O.

      Indeed , just wait until the new Mayor of London , George Galloway and the New PM , Jeffrey Corbyn get their teeth into Regev.Better book a bed in the ICU at the nearest Hospital.On second thoughts , the nearest mental institution.

      One can dream .

  2. Kay24
    August 14, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Wait, is that outrage I hear from patriotic Americans in Congress, the media, and across the nation, saying that the man who insulted the President, having a position totally in opposition to US policies, has been given such an important posting which will be based in the US?l Nah, that was just my imagination, I hear dead silence.

    What’s with these Israeli officials. Lying comes so easily to them, and it is always to make the victims look bad, and the perpetrator look the victim:

    Here is another liar in actions year ago:

  3. amigo
    August 14, 2015, 1:13 pm

    John o. Ah yes. Mark “khamas” regev.
    Disgusting little man.Much like that last jerk prosner.

    • John O
      August 14, 2015, 1:20 pm

      I do like his “rabbit caught in the car headlights” expression. He knows damn well that he’s defending the indefensible and lying for the cause. Now he’s got his reward – diplomatic immunity. I look forward to his next pummeling from Jon Snow.

  4. Qualtrough
    August 14, 2015, 1:19 pm

    A drinking game predicated on a drink everytime Regev says “Let’s be clear here” would leave everyone quite drunk within 10 minutes.

  5. hungrydave
    August 14, 2015, 1:39 pm

    This is funny

  6. a blah chick
    August 14, 2015, 1:49 pm

    “…it is hard to conceive of a more short-sighted, shameful, self-defeating and damaging appointment. Not just for Netanyahu and his government, but for all of Israel.”

    I have felt for years that The Butcher suffers from a personality disorder. I’m going with narcissism. I got this list from Psychology Today, not the most reliable but what the hell.

    1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
    2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
    3. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
    4. Requires excessive admiration [regularly fishes for compliments, and is highly susceptible to flattery].
    5. Has a sense of entitlement.
    6. Is interpersonally exploitative.
    7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling … to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
    8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
    9. Shows arrogant, haughty [rude and abusive] behaviors or attitudes.

  7. JLewisDickerson
    August 14, 2015, 1:51 pm

    RE: “Danon is also an ally of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, one of President Obama’s most outspoken critics.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Danon is also very tight with Christian Zionists like John Hagee and Ralph Reed! ! !

    SEE: “A Serial Obstructionist”, By Rachel Tabachnick, ZEEK – Forward, 3/15/10

    [EXCERPTS] . . . Shortly after Vice President Joe Biden’s arrival in Israel, Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat were the headliners at Pastor John Hagee’s two-hour Christians United for Israel (CUFI) extravaganza at the Jerusalem Convention Center. . .
    . . . Monday’s CUFI production was based on the concept of “biblical Zionism,” or the belief that God mandates nonnegotiable borders of Israel, and any leader or nation who thwarts this divine plan will be cursed. Before introducing Netanyahu, Hagee stated, “World leaders do not have the authority to tell Israel and the Jewish people what they can and can not do in Jerusalem.” He added, “Israel does not exist because of a decree of the United Nations in 1948. Israel exists because of a covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. . . The settlements are not the problem.”
    In his books and sermons Hagee has promoted a “greater Israel,” that will reclaim all of Israel’s former biblical territory, stating “In modern terms, Israel rightfully owns all of present-day Israel, all of Lebanon, half of Syria, two-thirds of Jordan, all of Iraq, and the northern portion of Saudi Arabia.”
    At the Jerusalem CUFI event Hagee described Ahmadinejad as the Hitler of the Middle East who could turn the world upside down in 24 hours, words similar to those he made when lobbying for the attack on Iraq. . .
    . . . During a performance by singer Dudu Fisher, the God TV camera panned to the audience and centered on Joel Bell, leader of Worldwide Biblical Zionists. WBZ is currently building a center in Sha’ar Benjamin for “facilitating absorption” of Christian Zionists into the West Bank. It was established after a joint meeting held in Texas of the Board of Governors of World Likud led by Danny Danon, and World Evangelical Zionists led by Joel Bell. Speakers included ZOA’s Morton Klein. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://zeek.forward.com/articles/116518/

    AND SEE: “Israel Project Puts Another High-Powered Far-Right Republican Consultant on Payroll”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 7/15/11

    [EXCERPT] I reported here a few years ago about The Israel Project’s “Hasbara Handbook,” created for it by Republican master strategist, Frank Luntz. He was paid handsomely for his work, earning over $200,000 from the group in 2009. Apparently, TIP is strengthening its ties to the Republican far-right even farther. Think Progress reports that Ralph Reed has a $140,000 contract to consult in the field of “political affairs” for TIP. The author of the piece notes Reed has founded a new right-wing group, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, which hosted Likud ultra-hawk Danny Danon at its last convention, which was also attended by most of the Republican presidential candidates.
    It would seem that Reed’s main purpose as a paid consultant is to deliver the Christian Zionist community to TIP’s doorstep. I should note that TIP is “bi-partisan” in that sense, as it also contracts with Democratic flacks like Lanny Davis who no doubt was paid handsomely to defend the Israeli killing machine (1,400 Gazan dead) during Operation Cast Lead. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/07/16/israel-project-puts-another-high-powered-far-right-republican-consultant-on-payroll/

  8. yonah fredman
    August 14, 2015, 1:58 pm

    Phil Weiss labels centrist David Horowitz as right wing. To some here Peter Beinart is right wing and then Horowitz who is to the right of Beinart is for sure right wing. But otherwise what does the assessment mean? That he opposes a two state solution? That he opposes the Iran deal? I know Horowitz does not oppose a two state solution and I assume he opposes the Iran deal in principle, although he is probably pragmatic now that it has been signed. But what precisely qualifies someone as right wing? (Granted Gideon Levy is left wing. Amira Hass is left wing and Avrum Brug is left wing. Is Ari Shavit right wing? Is there any such thing as a centrist according to Phil Weiss?)

    • Annie Robbins
      August 14, 2015, 2:04 pm

      i would call Beinart and j street centrist. but structurally speaking (not arguing theoretically) since zionism only operates in a racist construct, it’s inherently right wing. that’s why the idea of liberal zionism is an oxymoron. i suppose theoretically it could be, but thus far after decades we’ve never seen it materialize other than as a concept.

      • piotr
        August 14, 2015, 3:34 pm

        Nationalism (more accurate here than racism) does have gradation and it can be combined with progressive platform. I currently follow affairs in Turkey where left Kemalists (CHP) seem to be evolving away from extreme nationalism and are increasingly diverging from right Kemalist (MDP) who are basically fascist. On national issues, the history of Kemalists is quite ugly, so their evolution shows the positive potential of progressive-nationalist combination. Of course, you can evolve by being less and less progressive as well.

        Thus the fusion represented by Beinart and J Street is not a stable construct, so rather than treating them with “structural derision” one should watch carefully, appreciating both positive and negative aspects. The central point of nationalism that you care only for “your people”, but you can learn to understand it in a more Epicurean sense, namely that doing good for others makes you more happy. Anti-Epicurean nationalism sees the misery of the “enemies” as a happy outcome by itself.

        Those I my private theories, but they have a lot of explanatory power. For example, “centrist Zionists” like Senator Schumer are resolutely anti-Epicurean, the misery in Gaza and Iran is the outcome to be cherished even if does not help anything “in the short run”. The fact that sanctions make Iranians poor is the most happy part of that policy, and letting get more resources is the worst part of the deal with Iran. And the same pertains to Palestinians and “domestic Palestinians”, folk on the receiving end of “tough on crime”, “broken windows” or those who cannot afford medical insurance due to their sloth in managing personal finances (google “Schumer Obamacare mistake”).

    • echinococcus
      August 14, 2015, 2:29 pm

      What is a centrist? The whole spectrum of Zionism is easily within the limits of reactionary genocidal with conscience-soothing second thoughts on the “left” to frankly fascist racial supremacist genocidal on the “right”. Do you see was anyone within that spectrum endorsing the international solidarity of the workers of the whole world and abstention from conquest? There is a left in “Israel” and, just by chance, it happens to be part of the Common List, not Zionism.
      So where is the “center”?

      • talknic
        August 14, 2015, 6:27 pm

        @ echinococcus “There is a left in “Israel” and, just by chance, it happens to be part of the Common List, not Zionism.
        So where is the “center”?”

        There is no center in “you’re with us or against us” societies. Nor can they be considered democracies.

      • echinococcus
        August 14, 2015, 7:08 pm

        Thanks, Talknic. Best and shortest summary.

    • piotr
      August 14, 2015, 3:38 pm

      I do not see how one can see David Horowitz as “centrist”. He launched Times of Israel as an alternative to quite extreme Jerusalem Post, but the differences seem purely stylistic. So Yoghurt Ambassador represents a stylistic offense to his sense of aesthetics.

  9. piotr
    August 14, 2015, 2:47 pm

    Israeli diplomacy is still rather subtle, but they are quickly learning from North Korea. The Foreign ministry was alternating with the leadership of Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi himself, now it is under Bibi. Since he is surely very busy (I have seen a lot of news of him visiting hospitals or attempting to visit one, the efforts are sometimes not appreciated), day-to-day management has to be conducted by deputy Foreign Minister, currently Tzipi Hotovely.

    This lovely lady (still slim at 36) in 2011 gained useful advise from the Lehava organization (Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land) that she invited to a discussion on their tactics in preventing romantic relationships between Jews and Arabs. The advise apparently yielded fruits, two years later she got married and now she has a one year old daughter. Hotevely is a bit of a veteran as a deputy minister, being responsible for Transportation and Road Safety for two years. Her program is to made foreigners aware that Torah gives Jews the ownership of the full extend of the Holy Land.

    By the way, now Lehava is accused by the government of supporting terrorism, so Tzipi should be commended to get their advise while she still could.

    PS. I like how the ambassadorial nominations are balanced, between the gaunt and the chubby.

    • a blah chick
      August 14, 2015, 5:34 pm

      “I have seen a lot of news of him [Netanyahu] visiting hospitals or attempting to visit one, the efforts are sometimes not appreciated”

      Like when he tried to hug the Dawabshe uncle, what a boor.

    • talknic
      August 14, 2015, 6:35 pm

      @ piotr “Israeli diplomacy is still rather subtle, but they are quickly learning from North Korea”

      1) LOL ;-)
      2) Israel’s ‘subtle’ diplomacy stems from 1897, it has a head start of more than half a century

  10. diasp0ra
    August 14, 2015, 2:57 pm

    “it is hard to conceive of a more short-sighted, shameful, self-defeating and damaging appointment. Not just for Netanyahu and his government, but for all of Israel.”

    Honestly, Israel has been its own greatest enemy since its inception. It was just that there was no form of free media and things always got through differently to the public through enabler media outlets.

    The PLO has 0 savvy when it comes to the battle for hearts and minds. Zero. It’s mind numbing to me how the whole pro-Israel establishment with all its billions all over the world is going head to head with a penniless grassroots organization.

    The very fact that these grassroots movements still exist is a testament to how bad the situation is in Palestine, and how just the cause is.

    Israel is incredibly arrogant, you will not find a more arrogant people. They have shown nothing but contempt and disdain for the world since day 1. But now with a more free (relatively) media environment, with the internet, where people can get news without the editing of organizations with agendas…it is not a coincidence that Israel is suffering a PR disaster like never before.

    And it will only get worse. Because Israel is arrogant, and thinks it can strong-arm the whole world into seeing things its way.

    • Citizen
      August 15, 2015, 10:12 am

      No. Israel is arrogant because its allies in sole superpower USA have purchased US foreign policy, and do it in every federal education. Parroting hasbara boilerplate always helps one’s political career in USA, being critical of Israel is a career loser. Most US congress folks are mainly motivated by self-interest, not USA’s interest, and the balance are tribal Zionists additionally.

  11. RoHa
    August 14, 2015, 4:32 pm

    Be interesting to see Jon Snow ask Regev about the petition.

    55,262 right now.

  12. mikeo
    August 14, 2015, 5:35 pm

    Personally I think it’s great that this is the face that Israel is choosing to present to the world.
    Long may it last…

    • bintbiba
      August 15, 2015, 2:07 pm

      RoHa August 15, 2015, 1:54 pm

      “But the most important one

      link to petition.parliament.uk

      seems sadly neglected.”

      O Grand One !… ..signed …with bells on !!

      ;))

  13. CWasten
    August 14, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Is Danny Danon of the yogurt Danons?

  14. Tom Callaghan
    August 14, 2015, 6:23 pm

    Netanyahu, Dermer, and Danon…quite a trio indeed.

    Someone put a call into Rev. John Hagee. I think we can expect End Times by Labor Day.

    http://www.wednesdayswars.com

  15. chris o
    August 14, 2015, 9:40 pm

    Interesting anecdote about Rick Perry and 2012. This time around, he’s just mired at 1% and can not do anything to gain traction. The only thing he has is money. Not his actual campaign (nobody is giving to a dead horse) but his SuperPac is really well-funded so he’ll be around awhile.

  16. jake41
    August 15, 2015, 10:38 am

    The only thing Israel is good for is that they buy our weapons with the $ we give them, USA USA USA!

  17. James Canning
    August 15, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Time for full UN recognition of Palestine with “1967” borders.

  18. Rashers2
    August 15, 2015, 8:03 pm

    Regev, Ambassador to the Court of St. James?!? Ich geh’ ins Kloster (I’m checking into a monastery)… Proof, however (if proof still were needed), that Mileikowsky’s ‘lost it’. Danon, Regev – both appointments are redolent of 100% pure, triple-distilled impunity BUT, if Regev elects to maintain a high profile, he’ll become quite unpopular, quite quickly: the British public’s not big into lying creeps so, on this consideration, perhaps the Regev appointment – however distasteful – is to be welcomed for the damage it may wreak on Israel’s credibility.

    • RoHa
      August 16, 2015, 3:57 am

      “the British public’s not big into lying creeps”

      Which is why they take a dim view of Parliament.

      • Rashers2
        August 16, 2015, 8:27 am

        Not being a legislator, I neither need nor choose to argue against you. We’re not, however, discussing the generality of MPs/Peers but the chutzpah of Mr. Mileikowsky’s choices for two important diplomatic posts – although ‘Israel’ and ‘diplomatic’ may seem an oxymoron. Your comment, however, recalls a business partner’s comment on the absence from a Board meeting of a distinguished (mainly by the number of his declared Members’ outside interests) parliamentarian who was a non-exec. director of my firm: Chairman of the meeting, “Sir XYZ tenders his apologies; he is today attending a luncheon with the Parliamentary Friends of Israel.” Colleague, “Is there NOTHING that man will not do for a free lunch?”

      • RoHa
        August 16, 2015, 8:44 am

        Ouch!

        (I trust you’ve signed the petition.

        https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/105446

        62,117 now.)

      • amigo
        August 16, 2015, 10:20 am

        “Ouch!

        (I trust you’ve signed the petition.” RoHa

        I gave it a shot but am not a citizen of Britain , which is the requirement. Much as I would love to sign , pretending to be British is above and beyond the call of duty for this Irishman.

  19. RobertHenryEller
    August 15, 2015, 10:55 pm

    The next U.S. ambassador to Israel should be a Palestinian American.

    Or Alison Weir.

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