Tom Friedman: Spokesman of Anti-Israel Propaganda

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With a short but very revealing comment in his New York Times editorial of December 14, 2011, author, commentator, journalist and widely accepted expert on Middle East affairs Thomas Friedman exposed himself, probably unintentionally, as a spokesperson for the standard Arab propaganda’s anti-Israel mendacious screed.

Commenting on the 29 standing ovations that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received from a joint meeting of the US Congress during his speech on May 24, 2011, Friedman wrote:

I sure hope that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.

“….bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.”  Huh?

ABC News did not think so, describing the speech as having “all the trappings of a State of the Union address by a president with sky-high approval ratings,” and the 29 spontaneous interruptions with wild applause as a “thunderous bi-partisan response…[to what was]…a clear challenge to… [Obama’s] idea of using the 1967 boundaries…as a basis for a peace deal.”

It is beyond risible that any lobby, Israeli or otherwise, could ever buy almost all of our congresspersons; or that such a lobby might be able to orchestrate such a thunderous, bi-partisan response, and make it look spontaneous; or that such a feat of theatrics could be repeated 29 times during one speech, with the avid participation of many congresspersons whose voting constituencies have few or no Jews.  But that is what Friedman tells us, and Prime Minister Netanyahu, that we should believe.

There can be little doubt that many Arab leaders, political, intellectual, or terrorist, desperately wish to countervail the strong American popular support for Israel, as revealed in past Gallop Polls showing that American public support for the Jewish State is stronger now than at any time since the first Gulf War (see here and here), and in the recent poll commissioned by CAMERA showing deep support for Israel in broader American Jewish society.

The Congressional response to Netanyahu reflects similar sentiments, and this must surely be even more alarming to the proponents of Arab anti-Israel propaganda.  But does Friedman share that alarm?  If so, why?  If not, why make such an outrageously insulting and transparently nonsensical accusation about our Congress?

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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.