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‘Shame on you,’ Israel, for turning Obama ‘into some Jew hater,’ Tom Friedman says

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Tom Friedman went on a great rant on Israeli television saying “Shame on you Israel” for turning Obama into “a Jew hater.” Friedman also said that Prime Minister Netanyahu “won the debate” over the West Bank and was turning Israel into one state, and that Israel has the same issue as the United States– it is becoming a minority-majority country– but Israel’s answer to that condition is: apartheid.

First the context. Yesterday the United States and Israel cut a new deal for us to give them a ton of money over the next ten years: “the single largest pledge of military assistance in U.S. history, totaling $38 billion over 10 years.” What a bargain: a great deal for your children and grandchildren to fund the occupation going forward.

Hillary Clinton celebrated the new Memorandum of Understanding with a statement saying that our relationship with Israel is “rocksolid and unwavering” and she’s going to take that relationship “to the next level,” including actions against efforts to delegitimize Israel (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).

Clinton’s statement warned about “Iran’s destabilizing activities,” but said not a word about the holy grail, the two state solution. We have “shared values” and we will “always stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel.” (Recall the most devastating insight in the Colin Powell emails: Clinton is “not transformational.”)

While President Obama’s statement on the memorandum of understanding was far more nuanced, and contained a warning.

It is because of this same commitment to Israel and its long-term security that we will also continue to press for  a two-state solution to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite the deeply troubling trends on the ground that undermine this goal. As I have emphasized previously, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine.

Meantime, Friedman goes on Israeli television interpreting President Obama’s views: that Israel is delegitimizing itself by creating a one-state reality.

Friedman also shamed Israelis for ever characterizing Obama as a Jew hater:

On Israel Palestine, what did Obama say. I really think this settlement enterprise is going to take Israel into a binational state, and I don’t think that’s good for Israel, was his view, to be put into a category of apartheid, like South Africa. What a stupid, naive guy. What a dumb thing! [sarcastic] Really? …

He’s been to more Passover seders than I have…. I’ve never understood this Israeli sort of detestation– He’s only given Israel by testimony of Israel’s own defense ministers more security and intelligence cooperation than any American president. Negotiating a new package now. And basically, what did he say, Yitzhak Rabin. I think Israel’s long term interest, the long term interest of the Jewish people is a two state solution. And for that he was turned into some Jew hater. Shame on you, I mean, really, shame on you all for that.

He only had his secretary of state John Kerry spending basically a year, negotiating with Bibi and Abu Mazen, and assigned John Allen, the former deputy chief of staff, to draw up with the U.S. military a security plan for the entire West Bank that would satisfy Israeli security concerns. So he didn’t do anything. He didn’t do anything. [sarcastic]

He assigned his secretary of state a year! How many trips did he make!… How many Israelis know that?… I’m talking about tachles, I’m talking about real things. This is my point of view, we [the United States] are incidental to this story… I believe, probably with a good enough set of binoculars… you can see the future, that Israel is going to be a minority majority country too, one day soon, and that is going to have enormous implications in the future, what do you need us to tell you. OK, you don’t need us, we’re a bunch of silly Americans…

Obama… knew his partners… Frankly, I have no problem saying it, really. Bibi won. He is now the father of one-state Israel. is the Prime Minister of Israel-Palestine. He wants it; I think he should own it. I think the New York Times should change our stylebook and we should call him, ‘The Prime Minister of Israel-Palestine.’ He won. He outdebated all of us. He won, he won the debate, he won the debate with Congress. … You won, you got it, you own it, And you will be known in history as the father of one-state Israel, b’vakasha. [Hebrew expression, for You’re welcome]”

If the New York Times actually called Netanyahu the prime minister of Israel-Palestine, think of the effect that would have on the right of Palestinians to vote over the government that rules their lives!

But that won’t happen. It’s just bloviating by Friedman, and the kind of intimate bloviating he gets to do with a Jewish audience in Israel that he wouldn’t do with his US readers. He won’t even send a memo to his good friend the editor about this. Because let’s be clear who he is leaving out of his analysis: the American Jewish community. That community allowed Netanyahu to win the debate. That community allowed a foreign prime minister to lecture bully hornswoggle our president. Shame on them! But there’s never an accounting. And why not? Because even Tom Friedman believes that the “long term interest of the Jewish people” is to preserve a Jewish state (on other people’s land). That’s the political/ideological/spiritual deal the Jewish establishment cut a long time ago, that’s the rotten heart of his rant. Though Friedman is waking up. Because American Jews don’t want to live in that kind of place; and they shouldn’t support such an anachronistic ideology, which begins with a Z and ends with ethnic cleansing.

 

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  1. John O
    John O
    September 15, 2016, 1:24 pm

    All well and good, but what we fans of Friedman (the thinking person’s Donald Trump) want to know is – what’s going to happen in the next six months?

  2. Citizen
    Citizen
    September 15, 2016, 2:52 pm

    Public servant Kerry was paid the token $186,000 as Secretary of State to spend a whole year running back and fourth with his negotiation team (likely paid much more than he was as appointees), trying to get Netanyahu to be reasonable, but he was, of course, denied any chance of using the huge billions we give Israel as leverage. Somewhere in that year, Kerry had to squeeze in minimal time to serve as chief diplomatic representative of the U.S., which included overseeing all State Department operations, including the operations of the U.S. embassies and representation in the UN, and being responsible for the foreign operations of the CIA, the Defense Department, and the Department of Homeland Security. What a giant waste of US taxpayer dollars. Watching Kerry go back and forth, and give us his hopeful blurbs, was very painful–surely he was really not that naive? I recall Rumsfeld saying we have to work with what we have in Iraq, and that applies triple to what we have in Israel, Netanyahu, and what we have here, single focus AIPAC matrix megadonors. Friedman, as Phil says, totally ignored the overwhelming influence of these same donors, and their complicit Israel First embeds in all relevant rungs of the US government and main mass media. I’m gonna puke. Friedman’s playing the Chomsky card. Unlike Finkelstein, Chomsky is a closet Zionist, same as Friedman.

    • Rob Roy
      Rob Roy
      September 15, 2016, 8:55 pm

      Friedman, yes. Chomsky, no. You must have missed his speech to the UN on Israel, its history and shenanigans.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        September 16, 2016, 10:34 am

        I certainly don’t share Fruedman’s overall view, but some of the things he says here are quite sensible.
        I think of Chomsky as a Lost Moment Zionist: there was once a situation when the Jewish people of this world had a right to establish a state in Palestine and a duty to use it to lead the world to socialism. They exercised their right, failed in their duty and so lost the right.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        September 16, 2016, 1:05 pm

        “there was once a situation when the Jewish people of this world had a right to establish a state in Palestine and a duty to use it to lead the world to socialism. They exercised their right, failed in their duty and so lost the right”

        Jeez, as if I haven’t got enough to feel guilty about, what with sex and all.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        September 16, 2016, 7:09 pm

        there was once a situation when the Jewish people of this world had a right to establish a state in Palestine and a duty to use it to lead the world to socialism. They exercised their right, failed in their duty and so lost the right.

        Best summary to date of the Chomsky imposture.

      • Atlantaiconoclast
        Atlantaiconoclast
        September 17, 2016, 11:17 pm

        Chomsky can’t bring himself to admit that Israel leads the US to meet its goals in the ME, rather than the other way around. To say otherwise, might be considered self hating or anti Semitic.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    September 15, 2016, 5:51 pm

    RE: “Hillary Clinton celebrated the new Memorandum of Understanding with a statement saying that our relationship with Israel is ‘rocksolid and unwavering’ and she’s going to take that relationship ‘to the next level’, including actions against efforts to delegitimize Israel (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).” ~ Weiss

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  4. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    September 15, 2016, 6:38 pm

    RE: “Because American Jews don’t want to live in that kind of place; and they shouldn’t support such an anachronistic ideology, which begins with a Z and ends with ethnic cleansing.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Good one, Phil!

    Costa-Gavras – Z (1969) (Original Theatrical Trailer)

  5. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    September 15, 2016, 7:02 pm

    RE: “Recall the most devastating insight in the Colin Powell emails: Clinton is ‘not transformational’.” ~ Weiss

    Transformational leadership
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    [EXCERPT] Transformational leadership is a style of leadership where a leader works with subordinates to identify needed change, creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executing the change in tandem with committed members of a group.[1] Transformational leadership serves to enhance the motivation, morale, and job-performance of followers through a variety of mechanisms; these include connecting the follower’s sense of identity and self to a project and to the collective identity of the organization; being a role model for followers in order to inspire them and to raise their interest in the project; challenging followers to take greater ownership for their work, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of followers, allowing the leader to align followers with tasks that enhance their performance. . .

    CONTINUED AT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformational_leadership

  6. Kay24
    Kay24
    September 15, 2016, 9:59 pm

    It is far too late for Tom Friedman to suddenly wake up and chastise Israel( and Netanyahu) for where it stands today. Netanyahu has whined, threatened, played the anti-semitism and Holocaust cards, and has been able to get away with just about everything, the occupation, the land thefts, the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, and lying about everything.

    Zionists who call themselves Americans are partly at fault for enabling Netanyahu, and allowing lobbies from an alien nation to disrespect our nation, control our policies, and insult our President, all while demanding more aid from it. When are the brainwashed going to do what is right for the US first, and stop this insane loyalty to Israel? It is time the American people were told that the aid we keep sending Israel can be put to far better use for our country.

  7. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    September 16, 2016, 6:38 am

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/09/united-states-israel-memorandum-of-understanding-military-aid/500192/

    Why Does the United States Give So Much Money to Israel?

    The two countries just signed a new military-aid deal—the biggest pledge of its kind in American history. It have may seemed inevitable, but the record-setting moment is also rife with irony.

  8. biggerjake
    biggerjake
    September 16, 2016, 10:13 am

    “which begins with a Z and ends with ethnic cleansing.”

    Is that original Phil?

    I wish I said it….

  9. September 16, 2016, 8:14 pm

    “which begins with a Z and ends with ethnic cleansing”

    Actually, I think they both begin with that.

    Did you hear Trump’s great line today? “They used to build cars in Flint, and the water was dangerous to drink in Mexico. Now they build cars in Mexico, and the water’s dangerous to drink in Flint.”

    One more like that, and he’s got the election.

  10. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm
    September 17, 2016, 2:17 am

    “The new MOU constitutes the single largest pledge of military assistance in U.S. history, totaling $38 billion over 10 years” ~ Statement by President Obama

    My Prediction:
    [Dateline 2018] Breaking News: U.S. President Donald J. Trump suspends the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding ($38 billion military-aid deal) with Israel after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced new Jewish settlement approvals on the eve of the U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to Israel. The new approvals violate the recent settlement freeze agreed by Israel to kick start the latest round of negotiations for a two-state solution to the conflict.

    P.S.
    Trump fancies himself as a supreme negotiator and dealmaker, and has a massive ego to match.
    Depending on his audience, Trump is perceived as an America-Firster, an Israel-Firster or both.
    However, when it comes to the crunch, Trump is a Trump-Firster who won’t allow himself or his office to be publicly humiliated/manipulated like his predecessors.

  11. ckg
    ckg
    September 17, 2016, 11:14 am

    Kinda late for this, Tom. Are you going to chide G. W. Bush now for having made Iraq “suck on this”?

  12. Atlantaiconoclast
    Atlantaiconoclast
    September 17, 2016, 11:12 pm

    Till Zionist Jews are called out for their anti Gentile racism, nothing will change. We must turn the tables on them, and put them on the defensive. And to motivate Americans to care, link it to showing Americans the harm Israel has done to the US over the years, and the constant mooching by the biggest welfare queen on the planet.

    You can change the minds of liberal Jews everywhere, and it will not change things much. You must reach middle America. Make them see the folly in our special relationship with Israel. Or continue to moan about Israeli apartheid and occupation for a long long time. If people aren’t upset about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians by now, when will they be? Answer: When they see the harm Israel has done to the US.

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