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Hasbarapocalyse: Naftali Bennett says Hamas committing ‘massive self-genocide’

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Two days ago, after four boys were killed by the Israeli military on a Gaza beach in front of the world’s media, Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett went on CNN to blame Hamas for their deaths. About 30 second into his interview with Wolf Blitzer above he says that Hamas is “conducting massive self-genocide.”

Here’s the transcript (emphasis added):

BLITZER: As we speak, we’re just getting these reports, awful reports, four Palestinian kids, playing on a beach, all of a sudden killed. An Israeli gun boat shell landed there. You’ve heard of these reports, right? Do you — do you —

BENNETT: I just heard about it this moment. I think it’s terrible that Hamas is butchering its own children. I would never take my children and place them next to missile launchers. Here’s what they’re doing. Hamas is conducting massive self-genocide. They’re taking women and children, placing them next to missile launchers, and shooting the missiles at Israel. 

BLITZER: But these kids apparently were playing on a beach. 

BENNETT: I’m telling you — I’ll tell you where we find the missile launchers. We find them in hospitals, in schools, in homes. I myself am a former commando fighter. I saw it in Lebanon. You have a kitchen. You have a living room. And then you have the missile launcher room. What they’re deliberately doing is seeking to kill as many Palestinians as possible in order to yell to the world, help us. And this is cynical and cowardly. You know, if you want to conduct terror against Israelis, which is unacceptable, send fighters to do it. Don’t send your women and children. 

BLITZER: But they are not sending them. These are little children. They were just playing on the beach. And, clearly, you were — you were — the Israeli military was aiming for some sort of target that, in the process, there was what they used to call the Pentagon collateral damage. These are human beings, though.

BENNETT: Israel never targets civilians deliberately, period. 

So it seems Bennett acknowledges genocide is happening. Now it just becomes a question of who is carrying it out.

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  1. Kay24 on July 18, 2014, 4:18 pm

    Al Jazeera just mentioned that 2 Israeli soldiers have been killed in total. One during a tunnel incident, and the other a FRIENDLY FIRE incident. Neither can be blamed on Hamas I suppose. But they can still try.

    Bennet is justifying their genocidal war, by blaming the victims again.
    Same sheet.

    • asda on July 18, 2014, 8:51 pm

      ..Imagine the Nazi party going into already oppressed jewish neighbourhoods with the SS, with a few SS officers dying due to the desperate resistance of a few…

  2. Dan Crowther on July 18, 2014, 4:25 pm

    When Wolf Fcking Blitzer seems ready to ask an Israeli politician “What the F is wrong with you, pal?” the worm has turned. Bennett is absolutely looney tunes

    • just on July 18, 2014, 4:38 pm

      Yeah, but though he never ‘officially served’ in the IOF, he’s served Israel and the IOF all of his adult life. (and made a pile of $ while at it)

    • seafoid on July 18, 2014, 5:28 pm

      Blitzer has to talk as his US audience expect. Bennett is a jewish fascist.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 18, 2014, 5:33 pm

      Blitzer is still pushing the line that the IDF were ‘aiming at some sort of target’ and that the deaths were ‘accidental’.

      He deserves no praise whatsoever.

      • W.Jones on July 18, 2014, 6:34 pm

        Blitzer may be implying to his guest the line that the Israelis just made a mistake with collateral damage. The guest’s line about Pals putting rocket launchers in living rooms etc. sounds exaggerated.

        Wasn’t Naftali B. supposed to be J Street’s younger, more “modern” generation of politicians’ liberal great white hope, or am I confusing him with someone else?

      • W.Jones on July 19, 2014, 11:06 pm

        Note about my comment above: I confused Bennett with someone else that J Street admired, who was not really progressive about Palestine either though.

      • ckg on July 18, 2014, 9:32 pm

        @Maximus. Agreed. Blitzer’s false statement is repulsive and a story in itself.

      • amigo on July 19, 2014, 6:41 am

        Israel is so accident prone that it must be persona non grata in the Insurance industry.

        “16 yr old in a 5 litre red mustang who is a sociopath and suicidal.”

        The upside is the car has only so much fuel.

        And an arms length list of traffic offenses.

    • TdBerg on July 18, 2014, 5:50 pm

      Its unreal. Victim blaming on an Epic scale.

    • ziusudra on July 19, 2014, 11:51 am

      Greetings Dan G.,
      It very heart warming when ol’ wolfy gets that serious tone in his voice, but these are small children,…..
      and he doesn’t bat a wink when kippa Bennett shoves in: shame on those Pals for allowing their children to play in that area.
      PS We remember Chemical Ali, screaming the Americans are commiting suicide at our walls! These two especially wolfy’s material will be sold in the future for Zio Chuzpah bringing in de bucks for Zio CNN.
      Milton Berle & Jack Benny must be chewing their toenails out of envy!

  3. just on July 18, 2014, 4:27 pm

    Naftali is a lying demon who advocates genocide of the Palestinians. Apparently he committed murder in Lebanon/Palestine and wears his bloody shirt proudly. Seems he’s developed a real thirst for the blood of others.

  4. tree on July 18, 2014, 4:38 pm

    It occurs to me that despite all the Zionist talk about the “need” for a “Jewish State” in order to give Jews “self-determination” there are still Israeli officials who clearly believe that Jews in Israel lack self-determination entirely. They have no agency and are never responsible for their own actions. Someone else has “made them do it”, and they are completely unable to prevent others from “making” them do despicable things, thus in their eyes their very own actions are all the fault of the other and never their own fault or responsibility. Maybe its time to rethink the need for a Jewish State. Its definitely not working even by their own standards.

    • Mooser on July 18, 2014, 7:34 pm

      “Its definitely not working even by their own standards”

      And why would they be at all truthful about their “standards”? Besides, why bother? Can’t their “standards” and their principles be pretty easily extrapolated from their actions?

    • Don on July 18, 2014, 11:07 pm

      Interesting point, Tree. But it does not seem to be only Israeli officials who see things the way you described “… in their eyes their very own actions are all the fault of the other and never their own fault or responsibility.”

      How different is extreme right-winger Bennett’s attitude from progressive Mark Ellis’ view that the ultimate blame (for Israeli behavior) lies with the Catholic Church?

  5. LanceThruster on July 18, 2014, 4:52 pm

    “Stop hitting yourself.”

    ~ Nelson Muntz

  6. Abierno on July 18, 2014, 4:56 pm

    Perhaps the genocide is the aim of the other party:

    • a blah chick on July 18, 2014, 5:08 pm

      Feith is worse than Bennett. Consider this chilling paragraph:

      “Elimination- The GSS and IDF will thoroughly eliminate all armed enemies from Gaza. The enemy population that is innocent of wrong-doing and separated itself from the armed terrorists will be treated in accordance with international law and will be allowed to leave. Israel will generously aid those who wish to leave.”

      Eichmann couldn’t have said it better.

    • Kay24 on July 18, 2014, 5:21 pm

      Bloodthirsty nazis. They are quite open in their thirst for the blood of Arabs, yet there is Nuffy blaming the victims for their own genocide.
      I wonder if Hitler did that too.

  7. a blah chick on July 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

    “Hamas is conducting massive self-genocide”
    A real journalist would have laughed him off the set.

    • just on July 18, 2014, 5:36 pm

      agreed. The precious few we have of them are being kicked out and away for just telling the truth (without editorializing), much less LOL.

    • Daniel Rich on July 18, 2014, 6:01 pm

      @ a blah chick,

      Q: A real journalist would have laughed him off the set.

      R: Can you do that within the tribe?

  8. Justpassingby on July 18, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Right, and Hitler didnt kill anyone, jews commited suicide.

    What a fckin moron!

  9. lysias on July 18, 2014, 6:07 pm

    Goebbels wrote in November 1941 that the Jews were responsible for causing a world war that would end in — and was already resulting in — their destruction: Die Juden sind schuld!:

    Die historische Schuld des Weltjudentums am Ausbruch und an der Ausweitung dieses Krieges ist so hinreichend erwiesen, daß darüber keine Worte mehr zu verlieren sind. Die Juden wollten ihren Krieg, und sie haben ihn nun. Aber es bewahrheitet sich an ihnen auch die Prophezeiung, die der Führer am 30. Januar 1939 im Deutschen Reichstag aussprach, daß, wenn es dem internationalen Finanzjudentum gelingen sollte, die Völker noch einmal in einen Weltkrieg zu stürzen, das Ergebnis nicht die Bolschewisierung der Erde und damit der Sieg des Judentums sein werde, sondern die Vernichtung der jüdischen Rasse in Europa.

    Wir erleben eben den Vollzug dieser Prophezeiung, und es erfüllt sich damit am Judentum ein Schicksal, das zwar hart, aber mehr als verdient ist.

    So I’d say Goebbels said the Jews were guilty of self-genocide.

    • Citizen on July 18, 2014, 7:07 pm

      Goebbels and his wife poisoned all six of their kids, then each committed suicide with a pistol. Is Gaza the new Masada?

      • wes on July 19, 2014, 8:30 am

        Citizen says

        “is gaza the new masada”

        For who?

    • Kay24 on July 18, 2014, 7:09 pm

      They have learned many wicked acts against helpless people, from their abuser.

      The arrogance, supremacy, racism, slaughter, lies, propaganda, control of their supporters, intimidation, control of the media, sadistic tendencies, indifference to human suffering, collective punishment, destruction of private property, theft, I could go on, are all eerily what their abusers did to them. I hope they keep in mind what eventually happened to their tormenters.

      • Mooser on July 18, 2014, 7:39 pm

        “I hope they keep in mind what eventually happened to their tormenters.”

        It hasn’t occurred to you that Zionists have an abiding faith the world (well, the people who counmt anyway, will thank them for eliminating those horrible terrorist Palestinians?

      • Mooser on July 18, 2014, 9:55 pm

        Watch for it. Only a matter of time before Zionists say we owe them thanks for ‘taking this burden on themselves’ if they haven’t already.
        It’s but a slight extension of the old “rough neighborhood” hasbara.

  10. chuckcarlos on July 18, 2014, 7:36 pm

    only fools who are committed to self genocide seem to be the idiot zionists

    “chosen people”

    “ethical tradition of the jews”

    “make the desert bloom”

    “most ethical army in the world”

    “Israel a nation of laws and high moral and judicial standards”

    sounds like a comedy routine

  11. a blah chick on July 18, 2014, 8:00 pm

    Dear Mr Horowitz, thank you for bringing this to our attention but the proper term is “hasbarapalooza.”

    You’re welcome.

  12. Oldwify on July 18, 2014, 9:03 pm

    British Parliament debate Israeli action in Gaza and accuse it of war crimes
    See highlights on You Tube video :
    Israel accused of war crimes (UK Parliament):

    • Kay24 on July 19, 2014, 8:35 am

      I suggest MW members watch this video and be amazed how boldly and honestly the British MP’s talk about, and criticize, with no reservations, the “barbaric” crimes by Israel.
      This debate was like a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately Americans NEVER see this kind of honest debate in Congress. This is unbelievable. The fact that top leaders in the UK can speak this way, is amazing to me. No rushing to do the bidding of lobbies
      and passing resolutions supporting Israel, even as little babies are being brutally killed, the death toll mounts, and the lopsided war continues. Hamas was criticized, but they were intelligent enough to KNOW the bigger butcher in all this was Israel.
      I wish we had even a FEW leaders like this, who obviously Israel was unable to corrupt and control. I realize what a corrupted lot we have in Congress, sadly corrupted by an alien nation, that stifles free speech, and able to intimidate the US media.
      Thank you for linking this eye opening video.

    • Bumblebye on July 19, 2014, 2:43 pm

      Nice one, thanks!
      By the way, the first speaker was Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill.

      And then the computer forced me into a game of whack-a-mole! Every time I ended the youtube page, it popped back up in four more windows and tabs! mutter mutter discontent. bah.

  13. pipistro on July 18, 2014, 9:17 pm

    Appalling. That dude Bennett needs urgent medical care.

  14. Marnie on July 19, 2014, 1:46 am

    I couldn’t watch it all. It was hard seeing the old wolf getting bitch slapped.

  15. The Hasbara Buster on July 19, 2014, 11:18 am

    Bennett’s initial claim is that the death of these 4 kids is Hamas’ fault for placing them next to missile launchers. When Blitzer retorts that the 4 died on a beach with no missile launcher in sight, Bennett asserts that Israel never intentionally kills civilians.

    Too bad an experienced journalist like Wolf Blitzer didn’t identify the goalpost-shifting and counter, “But you asserted it was Hamas’ fault — do you accept that that claim is inaccurate?”. Zionists need to be pressed when they subreptitiously change their lines.

  16. Talkback on July 19, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Bottom line: It is a massive genocide and Bennet claims that it’s not deliberate. Period.

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