Topic: Decline of the West
We’re reached a low point in the history of American foreign policy when a US diplomat can publically declare that anti-Semitism is Israel’s fault.
Yes, you read that correctly:
Speaking Wednesday at a Jewish conference on anti-Semitism organized by the European Jewish Union (EJU,) Howard Gutman told participants he was apologizing in advance if his words are not to their liking. He then proceeded to make controversial statements about his views on Muslim anti-Semitism…
A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned, and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Gutman said. He also argued that an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism.
Ambassador Gutman (who’s Jewish himself) is either remarkably ignorant of history or a bare-faced liar. Muslim hatred of Jews goes back centuries—to the foundation of Islam, in fact. Of course, his false claims are nothing new. So-called Mideast experts have been claiming for decades that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian would magically solve all problems in the region. But coming from a senior US diplomat, this nonsense is particularly shocking. Are the Jews hated? It’s all Israel’s fault! That’s the sum and substance of Gutman’s position—and, I have no doubt, of the Obama Administration’s Mideast policy.
Gutman’s infamous smear did not go unanswered:
The conference was attended by Jewish lawyers from across Europe. The legal experts at the event were visibly stunned by Gutman’s words, and the next speaker offered a scathing rebuttal to the envoy’s remarks.
“The modern Anti-Semite formally condemns Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust and expresses upmost sympathy with the Jewish people. He simply has created a new species, the “Anti-Zionist” or—even more sophisticated—the so-called ‘Israel critic,’” Germany attorney Nathan Gelbart said.
“The ‘Israel critic’ will never state ‘Jews go home’ but is questioning the legality of the incorporation of the State of Israel and therefore the right for the Jewish people to settle in their homeland. He will not say the Jews are the evil of the world but claims that the State of Israel is a major cause for instability and war in the region,” he said. “There is no other country, no other people on this planet the ‘Israel critic’ would dedicate so much time and devotion as to the case of Israel.”
“For no other country he would criticize or ask to boycott its goods or academics. And this for one simple reason: Because Israel is the state of the Jewish people, not more and not less,” Gelbart said.
Amen. I could not possibly have said it better myself.
Posted by tmg110
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