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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thie is what counts as "diplomacy" in Netanyahu's Israel

The reason I was looking at stories from Israel on the Daily Telegraph's site (it's not a paper I read, on the whole: if I want a right-wing "quality daily" I tend to read the Times) is that it seems to be the only British outlet to report the story of the Israeli ambassador to Sweden causing a huge row by comparing the Palestinian prisoners just released by his government with mass murderer Anders Breivik. Now I know that killing is killing, whoever does it, and yes, some of the released prisoners have blood on their hands (though rather less than Breivik). But Breivik wasn't fighting against an army that had invaded his country and slaughtered his people. He wasn't even fighting against the families of such an army. He deliberately murdered dozens of his own countrymen, mostly children, for no other reason than a dislike for their (or their parents') political views. If Isaac Bachman really can't see any difference, the Swedes should chuck him out and tell Israel to find a normal human being to represent them.

It's not a shock that the BBC and most of the mainstream media in Britain have ignored this story, though I'm a little surprised that only the Telegraph has it. Even there, it's buried in another report (though that story was also covered by the Guardian and the Independent). You have to marvel at a country which appoints as its ambassadors people who go out of their way to offend the victims of domestic terrorism, and which appoints as head of "public diplomacy" someone who both makes obscene comments about Scottish Christians and declares that the victims of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki got what they deserved and shouldn't be the object of memorial services. (There are people who say that about the Jewish victims of Hitler, and they are rightly condemned.) However, I note that the Netanyahu regime hasn't fired Seaman's sorry ass, merely told him to keep his stupid mouth shut. Well, I suppose the person who is in charge of organising fake online shows of support for everything Netanyahu does is just too valuable to lose.


At 22 August, 2013 15:53, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

At least the government didn't announce that his views were representative of the government. (even though they probably are)


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