My Mideast Punchlines: of mountains and molehills…

US Ambassador David Friedman took to Twitter to lock horns with Israel’s Haaretz daily. It has to do with the fact that A) Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, who was stabbed to death last week by a Palestinian was a resident of the Har Bracha (Mountain of Blessings) settlement in the northern West Bank, and B) Friedman had donated an ambulance to Har Bracha 20 years ago. Columnist Gideon Levy made his opposition to Har Bracha more than clear, calling it a “mountain of curses”,

Wrote Friedman: “What has become of . ? Four young children are sitting shiva for their murdered father and this publication calls their community a ‘mountain of curses.’ Have they no decency?”

biffWell, I’ll tell you what has become of Haaretz, formerly a giant of Israeli newspapers. It has become the mouthpiece of the self-loathing Jewish Left, where Palestinians are regarded as paragons of virtue; where, because of the “occupation”, every Jewish settler –man, woman or child– is fair game for death or injury. Among international newspapers, Haaretz used to be a mountain. It is now a molehill.




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