I watched a lot of the Israeli news, live, on my computer on Tuesday. I was stunned at the panel which, supposedly, is a normal media panel with all sides represented to discuss the election results. What a fool I WAS to think that. They are BRUTAL; (For details on the media’s insults, look down at the end of this post***)
Then there was THIS STORY yesterday. Also, what do you think of a liberal American CNN man suggesting (as does the guy in the linked article) that Bibi was so desperate he decided to scare Israelis into voting by saying that the Arab bloc was out in droves?! This American suggested it was like some white presidential candidate warning voters “watch out, you’d better vote, because Blacks are voting in droves!” As if Black AMERICANS are like Arabs in Israel, strangers in a strange land, with a history of bombings and constant harming of citizens? Do you think there’s a correlation? I sure don’t……
BUT THE WHITE HOUSE DOES 🙂 OH, yes, and they’re not too happy! From the Jerusalem Post:
“The White House said on Wednesday that it was deeply concerned by the use of “divisive rhetoric” in the Israeli election that sought to undermine Arab Israeli citizens.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested on election day that Left-wingers were trying to get Arab Israeli voters out “in droves” to sway the election against him.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One that the United States would communicate its concern about the issue directly to the Israelis.
US President Barack Obama will call Netanyahu to congratulate him on his Likud party’s election win in the coming days, Earnest said.” (Z: I won’t hold my breath….but I’d sure like to hear that conversation!)
I have to admit it was both disheartening to see Israel as divided as our country is into Right and Left, AND reassuring that we’re not the only ones THIS SCREWED UP.
Can you write a script of what Obama and Netanyahu will say to each other on this supposed phone call that’s coming? 🙂 Let’s hear it!
By the way, they say John Kerry’s quick call to Netanyahu would be seen as a real insult in diplomatic circles… Even though Obama waited five days to call Netanyahu after the last election. Obama has to learn that he needs to put his ego aside and do what’s right…FOR A CHANGE.
Loved this one:
***Details on the insults:
Bibi was covered speaking about his (assumed?) win and his wife joined him on the platform. This bunch on TV laughed and scoffed that he kissed his wife. “Oh, Look! He’s kissing her! Oh, he did it AGAIN! Oops…3, 4 times…how many times..? A thousand?” And they mocked her terribly. She does look a little vacant but the truth is she’s the only Prime Minister of Israel’s wife who’s raised her sons, been a political wife and kept her very esteemed position as a child psychiatrist!
Then they referred to some Israelis as “mezuzah kissers!” What kind of thing is THAT to say? THE most insulting stuff I’ve ever seen. EVER. There was such sarcasm of those who voted for Bibi, like they’re MORONS and “it’s one thing to win an election, another to run a country.” What escaped them was “Don’t look now, folks…he HAS run a country.”
(By the way, apparently, the competition to Bibi had busloads of Arabs brought in to vote…sound familiar?)