Netanyahu uses Iranian earthquake to praise Israeli ‘humanity’ and denounce Iranian ‘hatred’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using the earthquake that has killed more than 500 people in Iran to score political points against Iran. “Our humanity is greater than their hatred,” he said.

Speaking by video to a major American Jewish group in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, Netanyahu said he offered disaster aid to Iran and Iraq:

I’ve said many times that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran. Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction. But our humanity is greater than their hatred. Israel continues to be a light unto the nations and this is what I am proud of. And all of you can be proud of Israel’s morals and Israel’s might.”

The Times of Israel says the offer was turned down.

According to an official in Netanyahu’s office, the offer was immediately rejected.

“This shows the true face of the Iranian regime,” the official said.

Iran surely has its reasons. The country has been isolated from western trade, finance, and tourism for decades in some measure because of Israel’s ferocious criticism of its regional rival. Netanyahu over and over likens the Iranians to Nazis, characterizes the Iranian regime as “evil,” and he and his allies in the U.S. have issued threats to attack Iran. Along with Saudi Arabia, now.

The earthquake struck Sunday in western Iran. The death toll so far is 530 in Iran and another 9 in Iraq.

Netanyahu’s talking point about Iranian “hate” was echoed by the former US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, who is working now for an Israeli thinktank. Shapiro tweeted:

Sadly, Iran hates Israel more than it wants to find earthquake victims buried in the rubble. Turned-down top-notch disaster relief out of hate.

(Our publisher, Scott Roth, then slammed Shapiro for moving from U.S. diplomacy to doing “hasbara” for Israel. As we reported, Shapiro recently embraced Israel as a “miracle,” “gift” and “jewel”.)

In a second video describing his offer, Netanyahu said Israel extends aid out of kindness (in Haiti, the Philippines and Mexico) because Jews know what it’s like for the world to turn its back on them.

“Closer to home we have treated thousands of Syrians… Syrian civilians…. We do it because it’s the right thing to do. Too many times in my people’s history the world failed to act when it could, the world failed to do the right thing. So we have a special sensitivity to help those in need….This is Israel, compassionate caring kind.”

Eli Valley expressed cynicism about Netanyahu’s offer: 

Photo-op rejected, hasbarah talking point reinforced.

Scott Roth called Netanyahu’s offer “disingenuous”:

When Israel stops causing human catastrophes then it will get credit for helping when a natural one occurs.

More from Roth:

It takes a special kind of chutzpah to be righteous after the country you’ve been trying to wreck refuses your “aid” after a natural disaster, AND then you try to score cheap hasbara points against said country.



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… Netanyahu said … … Israel continues to be a light unto the nations and this is what I am proud of. … King Bibi appears to be channelling jester Jack Green. Israel is a deliberately and unapologetically oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state. That’s neither “light unto the… Read more »

““I just saw the pictures of the destruction in Iran and Iraq from this week’s earthquake. And I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble. ” nietanyahu Unless it,s Palestinian , men ,women and children. No rush to demonstrate Israeli humanity by the… Read more »

so israel is involved in the assassination of iranians on iranian soil, and the sabotage of iranian infrastructure, and sputters on about the existential threat from the emerging ‘shia crescent’, yet refuses entry of israelis into its territory. what ingrates.

The zionists have no humanity when it comes to the Palestinians. Or else they would have ended the occupation decades ago, and stopped stealing their lands. Here you go, two despicable players in the ME, conspiring to attack their common enemy, and trying to make a case for it. Now… Read more »

Netanyahu/Israel lied… again. Quelle surprise: “Israel Claimed Iran Refused Its Offer for Humanitarian Aid. Red Cross Says Otherwise Sources close to Netanyahu said Iran’s ‘true face’ was revealed when it refused Israeli earthquake aid, but according to the Red Cross, Iran didn’t even receive his offer Israel did not receive… Read more »