Tom Friedman: Spokesman of Anti-Israel Propaganda

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Rep. Steven Rothman (D –NJ) demanded an apology, calling Friedman’s assertion

scurrilous, destructive and harmful to Israel and her advocates in the US. Mr. Friedman is not only wrong, but he’s aiding and abetting a dangerous narrative about the US-Israel relationship and its American supporters. I gave Prime Minister Netanyahu a standing ovation, not because of any nefarious lobby, but because it is in America’s vital national security interests to support the Jewish State of Israel and it is right for Congress to give a warm welcome to the leader of such a dear and essential ally. Mr. Friedman owes us all an apology.

Rothman is not alone in his outrage.  According to a Washington Post opinion piece, the outrage is bi-partisan.  One senior GOP advisor stated:

Bibi’s standing ovation in Congress was bought and paid for by the American taxpayers who overwhelmingly support Israel. They vote, they pay our salaries and they stand with Israel.

And from the Democrat side:

Today, Tom Friedman did a cheap imitation of [Steven] Walt and [John] Mearsheimer as he charged that the ‘Israel lobby’ bought a congressional ovation for Bibi. If Friedman did actual reporting rather than opining from his anti-Israel perch at the Times, he would have learned that, in an otherwise polarized Congress, there is genuine, bipartisan support for Israel that reflects America’s heartland.

And speaking of the so-called “Israel lobby,” Friedman must know that his accusation echoes the widely discredited book by Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” (2007).  Walt and Mearsheimer follow in the grand tradition of anti-Semitic accusations that the “Israel lobby” or the “Jewish lobby” or the “Zionist lobby” has somehow hijacked the American political system and bends the American government to its will.

But Friedman must also know that a long list of critics have exposed Walt and Mearsheimer as bigoted frauds.  Their book is marred by innumerable errors and shoddy scholarship, unprovable generalizations, mis-quotes, half-quotes, and even falsified quotations, use of information from neo-nazi websites as though such sources were reliable, attributing credence to obvious conspiracy theories, accusations of dual loyalties, lending valence to age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes, and reliance upon Arab propaganda as though it were authentic historical analysis.  Even internationally renowned scholars holding named chairs at major universities can make mistakes; but when their joint venture is one long exercise in errors and omissions, one must question the integrity of the authors.

The same is true of Thomas Friedman.

He could be wrong about his insistence that Israeli communities in the West Bank are a stumbling block to peace.  Intelligent minds debate this issue.

He could be blinded, as are so many among our pundits and journalists, by his own hopeful idealism regarding the future of democracy in Arab countries now undergoing political upheaval and civil war in what has been misleadingly dubbed the “Arab Spring.”

But he cannot not know that the accusations of a predatory and all-powerful “Jewish lobby” in the 21st century are largely a product of Arab anti-Israel political and propaganda warfare, as Arab leaders stigmatize Israel and American Jewry in order to hide the perilous and stark reality of enormous Saudi influence on the highest levels of American government, and especially the office of the president: influence succinctly described in 2002 by Mohammed al-Khilewi, a former Saudi diplomat, as follows:

When it comes to the Saudi-American relationship, the White House should be called the “white tent.”

With his sudden and unexpected descent into the parroting of ugly and bigoted anti-Israel, and essentially anti-Jewish, screed, Friedman discloses a frightening reality, hidden hitherto behind a veneer of professional expertise and journalistic objectivity: he is willing to regurgitate Arab lies even when they stand in obvious contradiction to reality.

This willingness calls into question his integrity.

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  • koran kid

    Did you notice Saudi USD 300m investment in Twitter? That's what happens to puffed up little NYT tweety birds like Friedman, the Islamic snake gets them in the end. Hsssssss….

  • crypticguise

    This Arab apologist has long been a mouth piece for Saudi interests. When did he convert to Islam? This is the same liar who is still a proponent of the Anthropogenic Global Warming HOAX.

    Then again, he has been writing for the NYTimes for a long time. Maybe he should be given the Walter Duranty Medal of DisHonor.

  • Ben

    Jewish anti-semites international: in far Russia there is the red-brown (Russian often combination) website( forum.msk) where a bunch of leftist Jews repeats Friedman`s lies.

  • Neils60

    Unfortunately, Friedman's opinions are this administration's opinions. I predict that Friedman's next gig is as a nightly host of a program on the hapless MSNBC. He fits in very nicely with that crew.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Sorry sample of unJewish life form. However he represents many of his kind in the Us and here as well.

  • stern

    Speaking for myself, I am absolutely delighted that Friedman made this claim. More than anything else he has ever said, it demonstrates exactly who he is and what he thinks. He has exposed himself, all by himself, and totally destroyed any remaining shreds of credibility he may still have claimed to have.

    Keep going, Tom, I welcome your every thought on the subject.

  • artcohn

    Walt and Mearsheimer write crap and Friedman repeats it. You'd think that some one who writes so much crap himself would be able to recognize it. But it doesn't work that way. The Israel defamers all add to the pile.
    At the start of his career in the eary '80's, Friedman claimed that he had been a Zionist whose admiration for Israel had been changed by Israel's actions in the (first) Lebanese War. Investigators subsequently found that he had been a member of Breira, an anti-Zionist organization, well prior to the war. Has he ever apologized for his lie?

  • vinnie gambini

    Perfect example of a pathetic epitomy of a self-hating Jew!

  • פרידמאן איז א שמאָק

    The loathsome FriedPig creature is evidently a direct descendant of a follower of Shabtai Zvi: FriePig's ancestors followed that false messiah, and the current FriedPig now follows HIS false messiah, B. Hussein Obama.

    He will end up just as his ancestors did: laughed at by Jews in the future. And Yes: we will have a future, in spite of his vile, malodorous emanations.

  • Phil

    I was at a tribute dinner sponsered by a promint Jewish organization. Unfortunately, one of the speakers was Tom Friedman (Fraudman) and I will admit that 15 years ago, he was not brave enough to admit his anti-semitism. The other speaker was a former Israel military officer who excoriated Friedman for his lack of support of Israel and actually denounced the organization for having Friedman speak. Frankly, I am not surprised by anything Friedman writes anymore. His columns against Israel have become more and more vicious and hysterical in keeping with the NY Times's anti-Israel policy. My only regret is that I can't cancel my subscription to the Times because I canceled it several years ago.