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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Netanyahu calls Emmanuel and Axelrod 'self-hating Jews'

Haaretz is reporting that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has referred to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and Senior Aide David Axelrod as 'self-hating Jews.'

This has the libtards bouncing off the walls, starting with Haaretz's Barak Ravid, whose article is linked above, continuing with fellow traveler M.J. Rosenberg, and ending with this diary at Kos, whose author shows his complete and total ignorance about anything Jewish (it's too long to answer, but let's start with the fact that Tzipora, the wife of Moses, did not have to convert because he married her before the Torah was given and because all the Jews went through a quasi-conversion after the Revelation at Sinai).

Are Rahm Emmanuel (pictured) and David Axelrod self-hating Jews? That's probably a fair description.


David Bernstein questions whether Netanyahu said this (via Mememorandum).
Given his extensive background in the U.S., what is the likelihood that Netanyahu thinks that the President of the United States has the power, or would have the inclination even if he had the power, to order that an Israeli prime minister's speech be read in U.S. public schools? I'd say the likelihood is zero.

I don't know if the correspondent made this story up, or whether he naively wrote down what someone else told him. But Ha'aretz, which tries to be a respectable news source, really dropped the ball on this one. (The story also claims that Netanyahu refers to Axelrod and Emmanuel as "self-hating Jews," but the author has already lost his credibility with me.)
Later, Bernstein posits that the 'required reading' part of the story was mis-translated. I would guess that more likely it was said sarcastically and that the sarcastic tone didn't make it through to the English translation.


At 11:39 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

The Haaretz article says, "To appreciate the depth of his paranoia, it is enough to hear how he refers to Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, Obama's senior aides: as 'self-hating Jews.'"

The author did not say he heard Bibi say this. Nobody is quoted as having said they heard Bibi say this. Without actually quoting somebody, how do we know this is not just bad journalism run amok?

In the meantime, the article is causing quite a sensation.

Don't get me wrong - I can't stand Emmanuel and Axlerod. They're wrong about policy on many levels. I don't agree with anything they do or say. I am not ready to call them "self-hating Jews."

At 11:53 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

Absolutely spot on, Bibi!
Finally, someone calls a spade a spade.

At 12:05 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Isaiah: your destroyers shall come from within your midst. Yes, there have always been self-hating Jews, beginning with the 10 spies. Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod are only the latest in a sorry chapter of Jews whose one aim in life is betray their own people.

What could go wrong indeed

At 12:32 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Nail on the HEAD....

Gee I like Bibi...

Bibi may not always be right, but he DOES have Israel in his heart....

Whereas some fellow American Jews I know, (who have never been) See Israel as the problem...

At 2:01 AM, Blogger Daniel434 said...

Yep, you are right, Carl. We Dispensationalist Christians call that the Mosaic Covenant which contained the law of Moses.

The main issue of faith is this, did Tzipporah believe in ADONAI God of Israel? She did, for she sensed divine displeasure from God after Adonai's anger flared up against Moshe for not circumcising his children so Tzipporah in Sh'Mot (Exodus) 4:24-25:

"At a lodging-place on the way, ADONAI met Moshe and would have killed him, had not Tzipporah taken a flintstone and cut off the foreskin of her son."

Clearly, this was an act of obedience to the Abrahamic Covenant which prescribed circumcision as a sign of Jewishness and was a reminder of the Abrahamic Covenant. Her actions were also a sign of faith just as Abraham had faith in God that he would be a father of a multitude (and more) which was accounted to him as righteousness which parallels the faith of Tzipporah which is the fundamental means of salvation.

So I find the comment on DKos hard to understand, this one:

"Presumably yes, but we have to guess that Zipporah "converted" at some point, which seems hard to understand because even the earliest laws relating to "strangers" in the midst of the
Israelites weren't given yet."

Someone needs to spend more time studying their Torah! :)


At 2:33 AM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

So it is true that the truth hurts. I thought it was just a figure of speech.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

Speaking of self hating Jews, did anyone else notice how at the end of the article he argues that Israel has created concentration camps for Palestinians? Unbelievably, he does so to "promote" the argument that Israel cannot be directly compared to Nazi Germany.

"You can compare refugee camps to concentration camps all you want, but not all concentration camps were death camps, where people were sent for the express purpose of extermination.....Neither the US, Britain, nor Israel have extermination camps."

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminder: Tzipporah was from Midyan, descendants of Keturah (Haggar), who practiced monotheism and kept the commandment of circumcision from the house of Abraham. See Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Melachim 10:8.


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