Sadness, horror, gloom, outrage, fear, resolve are among the emotions being expressed by Americans today, but of course some see a political angle in the massacre in the Orlando, FL, gay nightclub. Donald Trump tweeted this morning that he deserved credit for making an issue of radical Islam– when in fact the motivation of the shooter is not known at this time. “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance,” Trump said.
Now here is former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, offering himself as an Islamophobic adviser to Trump, and saying that Trump can reap an opportunity from this crime:
Michael Oren, ex Israel ambassador to US:"If I were Trump I'd emphasize the Muslim name, Omar Saddiqui Mateen. This changes race" @channel10
— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) June 12, 2016
Tarnopolsky was challenged as to veracity, and then tweeted this transcript:
Oren (who imagined there were pogroms in West Orange, N.J., when he was a boy, when it was actually violence related to extremist Meir Kahane) is surely of a mind that a civilizational war is good for Israel. Just as Oren’s former boss, Israeli PM Netanyahu, is said to have stated that the 9/11 attacks were good for Israel. They put the U.S. in Israel’s boat. Now you see what we’re up against.
On that note, here is Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine saying that the U.S. is closer to Israel than ever.
At what point do we say we need to become like Israel and post armed guards and metal detectors at almost every public building?
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) June 12, 2016
Brace yourself, there’s going to be a lot of this.
More propaganda. Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s center on extremism, says Israel is telling Americans to take heart. “City Hall building in Tel Aviv lights up in solidarity w/ the people of #Orlando & #LGBT community.”
But guess what, it’s not even dark yet in Tel Aviv! Segal later said that the picture was from an earlier occasion, but no doubt the message he reflected was accurate.
Thanks to Adam Horowitz and James North.