Nicholas Kristof Blames Israel First

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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The fact of the matter is that Israel is a tiny island in an ocean of relentless Arab hatred – there’s the real lack of balance – and has to push back hard when necessary in order to deter and punish aggressors. The Israel Matzav blogger challenges Kristof by asking, “Are we supposed to risk our lives because yet another pompously detached writer for the New York Times thinks it’s the right thing to do?”

But Kristof stubbornly justifies his wrong headed stance:

Whenever I write about Israel, I get accused of double standards because I don’t spill as much ink denouncing worse abuses by, say, Syria. I plead guilty. I demand more of Israel partly because my tax dollars supply arms and aid to Israel. I hold democratic allies like Israel to a higher standard — just as I do the U.S.

Got that? He expects worse abuses from Syria and Israel’s other neighbors, so he gives them a pass and wags his finger instead at Israel for asserting its security while bending over backwards to protect civilians.

Exemplifying Kristof’s perverse concept of “balance” is a former government official named Jeremy Ben-Ami, who (Kristov claims)

has been trying to change the political dynamic in Washington with a new organization — J Street — that presses Congress and the White House to show more balance. Ben-Ami has just published a book, “A New Voice for Israel,” that is a clarion call for American reasonableness in the Middle East.

And by “reasonableness,” Kristof and Ben-Ami mean we should be pressuring Israel to cave in to Palestinian unreasonableness, though this would mean the end of Israel. The George Soros-connected J Street is, as NY Rep. Gary Ackerman put it, “an organization so open-minded about what constitutes support for Israel that its brains have fallen out.”

And yet Kristof touts Ben-Ami, who “is aghast at the way the United States is enabling hard-line Israeli policies that make peace less likely,” and quotes him as saying that “If things don’t change pretty soon, chances are that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will slip through our fingers.”

Except there will never be a two-state solution. Why not? One reason only: because the Palestinians don’t want a two-state solution and never have. Nothing less than “the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea,” as Arafat used to say, will satisfy them. They want one state – Palestine – and they want Jews driven to the sea and Israel wiped off the map (they have already wiped it off their actual maps). “We want Palestine in its entirety,” said Hamas leader Mahmud Zahhar just last month. “If our generation is unable to achieve this, the next one will, and we are raising our children on this. Palestine means Palestine in its entirety, and Israel cannot exist in our midst.”

If Nicholas Kristof wants to lecture someone about balance, obstructionism and intransigence, perhaps he could aim his rudderless moral compass at the Palestinian leadership.

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  • Yehuda

    The "J" in JSTREET stands for Jihad

  • Fred Dawes

    The guy is about mass murder for the muslim world.
    watch him he will kill people soon and our own government will be behind the mass murder of Americans.

  • jacob

    What would take for the Rotten Apple's Jews to boycott the New York Times and
    make it go the way of the dinosaurs???

    This despicable publication has a veritable stable of plain idiots, if not biased
    and venal writers, as proven by the way they attack the only democracy in the
    whole Middle East…

    Imagine what would hav said this moron KRISTOF and the whole morons
    stable , if Israel, instead of lauching the CAST LEAD operation, would
    have been justly repaying in kind the daily bombardment ration GAZA
    submitted south Israel for the best part of 10 years, with the purpose of
    turning the town of SDEROT in to a ghost town….

    Unfortunately, for the N. York morons who would rather swear on the NEW
    YORK TIMES rather than on the BIBLE, such braying is the Gospel…..

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    People see that Israel’s strategy is to be a jerk during war but be a bigger jerk during peace. The only explanation for Israel being a bigger jerk this week is that peace was closer this week. When either Israel or Palestine (the rest of the world doesn’t care which) is forced to accept the existence of both states, the world will be a better place. Unfortunately that might be a world where Israelis whine and complain indefinitely, but hopefully far across the ocean from everyone else.

    • Freedom John

      You could not be less informed and cease to have any effective bearing here.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        You spelled “indoctrinated” wrong.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      You couldn’t be more clueless or mind bogglingly stupid. The so-called Palestinians were created out of whole cloth in Moscow in 1964 by the Soviet KGB as a disinformation campaign to camouflage the Islamic world’s permanent genocidal jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel under a cloak of inalienable national rights to dupe gullible useful idiots exactly like you.

      In any event, the genocidal jihad of conquest the Islamic world is waging permanently against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel mainly through their proxy – the so-called Palestinian people – is permanent and will continue to be waged perpetually as long as Israel continues to exist. Exactly like the global jihad at large the Islamic world is also waging perpetually against all unbelievers around the world will also continue to be waged perpetually as long as unbelievers continue to exist that haven’t been forced to submit to the authority of Islam.

      In fact, the permanent genocidal jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel is no different from any of the many other genocidal jihads of conquest the Islamic world is also currently waging perpetually against Hindu unbelievers in Kashmir, Jammu, and India, against Buddhist unbelievers in Thailand, against Christian unbelievers in the Philippines, against atheist and Orthodox Christian unbelievers in Chechnya and Russia, against animist and Christian unbelievers in Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, etc., against Orthodox Christian Serb unbelievers in Bosnia and Kosovo, and on and on. Including the stealth global jihad at large being waged simutaneously against all unbelievers living in the West via demographic conquest.

      Thus, please explain to us what makes the permanent jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel any different from any of the many other permanent jihads of conquest the Islamic world is also waging perpetually against all of those other aforementioned unbelievers around the world?

      Indeed, as opposed to all of those other permanent jihads of conquest the Islamic world is also waging perpetually against all unbelievers around the world, including you and me, why do you single out the only jihad of conquest being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel to incessantly incite hatred and violence like a useful idiot in a concerted effort to foment another mass genocidal holocaust of Jews? `

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Boy are you long winded. But all that long wind doesn’t erase the existence of the Palestinians. How asinine. The Palestinians don’t exist? I’ve seen them. They are not leprechauns. Maybe the Jews don’t exist. But of course they do. All this hatred for Muslims doesn’t just generate itself.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          I didn’t say they didn’t exist. They obviously do exist. However, they exist as a disinformation campaign that was created in Moscow by the Soviet KGB in 1964 to camouflage the jihad of conquest the Islamic world is waging perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel under a cloak of Palestinian nationalism to dupe gullible useful idiots exactly like you. Muslims don’t believe in nationalism. Instead, they believe in caliphate.

          Indeed, your entire misperception of Israel, helped along by intense Jew hatred, is based on a disinformation campaign cooked up in Moscow by the now defunct KGB.

          By the way, you never did explain why out of all the genocidal jihads of conquest that are being waged around the world by the Islamic world against various unbelievers do you single out only the jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel?

          Indeed, what makes the jihad of conquest the Islamic world is waging perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel any different from the other jihads of conquest the Islamic world is also waging against the Hindu unbelievers in Kashmir, Jammu, and India, the Buddhist unbelievers in Thailand, the Christian unbelievers in the Philippines, the atheist and Orthodox Christian unbelievers in Chechnya and Russia, the animist and Christian unbelievers in Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda, the Orthodox Christian Serb unbelievers in Bosnia and Kosovo, and on and on? Why do you only single out the one involving the Jewish unbelievers, while ignoring all the others?

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I am not singling out only the one. That is just something Zionists say every single time somebody chastises them directly for their own bad actions which they absolutely refuse to own up to. Your argument is equivalent to saying “why do you single out black people for carjacking when there is a white guy who robs houses too?” Your race games are laughable. The person caught in flagrante delicto is going to be singled out. You can’t lawyer your way out of it.

            Yeah, a lot happened in the Soviet era. But I am talking about now, not some Hegelian historical discourse. Israeli excuses for genocide are academic, but their is nothing academic about their actual perpetration of the act. So we should stay there and focus on that instead of spiraling off into a dialectical salon about it.

            The answer to your question is: Stop plagiarizing Humohrey Bogart and making excuses for criminals.

          • MixMChess

            "Your race games are laughable. The person caught in flagrante delicto is going to be singled out. You can't lawyer your way out of it."

            Criticizing Israel does not necessarily make someone anti-Semitic. Legitimate critics accept Israel’s right to exist, whereas anti-Semites do not. Anti-Semites (such as yourself) use double standards when they criticize Israel, for example, "denying Israelis the right to pursue their legitimate claims while encouraging the Palestinians to do so."

            "Israeli excuses for genocide are academic, but their is nothing academic about their actual perpetration of the act."

            This is another antisemetic attempt to demonize Israel. The facts prove that Israel has never perpetrated genocide on any peoples. Israel seeks peace with its Palestinian neighbors. Over 1.5 million Arabs live in Israel as free and equal citizens. In fact, the Palestinian population has continued to explode under Israeli influence. In Gaza, for example, the population increased from 731,000 in July 1994 to 1,324,991 in 2004, an increase of over 81%. The growth rate was 3.8%, one of the highest in the world. Academics have noted the increase “was the result of improvements in income and health services” made by Israel.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I believe Israel has a right to exist. Just not as a transnational racist cartel.

        • aspacia

          Flippy, they are Arabs of Egyptian, Iraqi, Syrain, etc descent. The term Palestinian was recently coined for political purposes.

          The Arab refugees should have been absorbed into the the vast Arab Middle-East, as the 650,000 Jewish refugees were absorbed by tiny Israel.

          This would have prevented a huge amount of suffering, albeit, not the conflict of Muslim against Jew. Remember, Jordan expelled every Jew from Jerusalem after 48, and Jews could not return until after 67. BTW, Israel did not expel the Muslims from Jerusalem in 67.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Jews descend from a half dozen populations too. Apparently it is OK for them to push the idea that America is a Melting Pot, but in Israel they prefer to beat their neighbors over the head with the pot, and they only need to melt in the pot with other Jews of the diaspora. That aside, a history lesson on the origin of Palestinians doesn’t reason them out of existence.

          • MixMChess

            Jews are indigenous to the land of Israel and have maintained a continuous presence for over 3,000 years (according to archeological and historical facts).

            Israel is the very definition of a melting pot. Recall, Israel`s non-Jewish minority forms about 20% of the population and is made up mostly of Arab Muslims. The other 80% of Israelis are Jews of different ethnicities and races from Arab countries, Ethiopia, India, Russia, the former Soviet Union republics, Latin America, the U.S. and Europe. In fact, refugees from Arab and Muslim Middle Eastern and North African countries and their descendants make up over 50% of the Jewish-Israeli population.

            Israel has no formal state religion and Israeli law guarantees the equal rights of all of its citizens regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or background.

        • MixMChess

          Strange, according to Zahir Muhsein, Palestinian Liberation Organization executive committee member, the Palestinian people do not exist:

          "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism."

          Even the so-called Palestinians themselves disagree with you.

    • MixMChess

      "When either Israel or Palestine (the rest of the world doesn't care which) is forced to accept the existence of both states, the world will be a better place."

      Huh? Israel has already accepted the idea of a Palestinian state. Israel offered peace and statehood to the Palestinians in 1947, 1967, 1979, 1993, 2000, 2005 to name a few examples. In fact, in 2000 Israel offered Palestinians a state on all of Gaza and 98% of the W. Bank and the Palestinians walked away without even a counter-offer.

      The Palestinians on the other hand refuse to accept the existence of Israel and routinely call for the destruction of Israel and Jews worldwide. Did you know the Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel and genocide of worldwide Jewry?

  • StephenD

    All I know is Israel is part of an EVERLASTING covenant and the land is included. It would be a sin for them to "give up" any land that is part of that agreement they made with G-d thousands of years ago, before Mohammed, before "Palestinians," before the UN, and before Anti-Semites had the ear of the world.
    Viva Israel!

  • mcrobbins

    "Such Congressional tomfoolery bewilders our friends and fritters away our international capital. It also encourages the intransigence of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reduces the chance of a peace settlement."

    Who is Kristof kidding? Because the United States government supported Cast Lead in response to Hamas rockets, that encourages the intransigence of the Netanyahu government? I am sure Kristof knows his history, but I don't understand the conflation. It was the dovish Olmert government that finally said enough is enough. Livni was foreign minister. Both have been labeled "war criminals" by the international Left.

    More importantly, WHAT ABOUT THE INTRANSIGENCE OF THE PA? They have been violating the spirit and substance of the Oslo Accords since it was signed. The IDF doesn't act in a vacuum. It acts in response to rockets and terror attacks.

  • Larry

    Kristof is a moron parading as an intelectual. he is 100% anti-Israel.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • Marty

    No doubt fools such as kristoff expect Israel to commit national suicide. What concessions should Israel make to regimes that want all Israelis dead and don't hesitate to say so. To repeat the obvious: Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and almost the only government that isn't slaughtering its own citizens is lectured to by delusional and self-styled "liberals" who are totally ignorant of the evil that works relentlessly for the destruction of human rights.

  • catmann

    The Muslims (especially HAMAS) have made it clear that they will never recognize Israel and will work tirelessly to annihilate Jews and the Jewish state. There is no negotiation that will result in a permenant peace and that is because of the Muslims, not the Jews.

  • Armando

    Israel made a terrible mistake in the past. When that first rocket was fired from Gaza, that's when they should have answered with their own barrage. I'm sure it would have stopped Hamas dead and maybe even cause their downfall. Israel should completely stop negotiating with any of the Arab groups (I will not call them Palestinians because there is and never was a "Palestinian" people, ever!), even if it means that Israel will have to continue fighting wars with these devils. Better for Israel to remain in Judea and Samaria(again, there never was an entity known as the "West bank") from strength and not give up an inch of their God-given Holy land.

  • Freedom John

    So, what I get from these people is that if Israel surrenders everything it believes in, gives up all rights, and capitulates to every absurd Palestinian demand, then there will be peace. You call that peace? Israel gave back Gaza, which by all conquest rights, they didn't have to. Look what they got in return. These kind of so called "journalist, writers, progressive thinkers" are nothing but a bunch of panty waisted, take my lunch money, pansy sissies who are willing to be trampled on and for the life of them can't figure out why everyone else doesn't want to be beaten up and trampled on as well. We call them masochists who love to be abused. We don't want that and neither does Israel. Peddle your surrender theory to your other leftist sissies who won't defend Israel's right to exist.

  • RobGinChicago

    Over the past two months, nearly 50,000 children and teen agers attended Hamas run "summer camps" in Gaza, where, in addition to social and recreational activities, campers participated in Quran lessons, political and religious indoctrination, and paramilitary training. "The graduation ceremony of the summer camp was held in Al-Zeitoun neighborhood on July 29, 2011. At the ceremony the teenagers wore military uniform and demonstrated military and physical exercises, such as sliding down ropes from buildings and disassembling and reassembling automatic weapons. They also reenacted the abduction of Gilad Shalit and blew up a cardboard model of an Israeli tank. In a speech given at the ceremony, senior Hamas official Mushir al-Masri said that the camp was important for young people “from the next generation of victory, the generation of the liberation of Palestine” (AFP, July 30, 2011). "
    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/08/11/nicholas-krist

    Hamas wants to insure that the next generation will be even more hate-filled, incited to violence, and intransigent than this generation.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Kristof says he holds democratic countries to a higher standard. That certainly wasn't true when he was reporting from China in 1989. He was describing the actions of the government and all the horrors it was committing with no holds barred–despite the fact that China isn't a democratic country.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    About those civilian deaths: “The fighting took place in a complex battlefield,” the report notes,

    Per the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, there are no civilians in Islam, as ALL MUSLIMS are obligated to fight jihad in the cause of Allah, no exceptions. In fact, every time Muslims fight non-Muslims they never distinguish between civilian non-combatants and military combatants.

  • stonefellow

    Kristof is a moron, portraying as a liberal. Liberals are supposed to care for the rights of individuals. However those who call themselves liberal now only want the self appointed elites to rule, not the individual. I call the anti-liberal and they represent more of a fascist approach, as rule by their self appointed PC. Remember George Orwell and 1984.
    I rarely will read the New York Times Leftist sheet and will never buy it. Only rarely does it print the real truth, not just the part that their elites want. The Times has degenerated and belongs on the waste heap of history.l

  • aspacia

    administrators please ban winter coats spamming!!!!!@#$%&

  • Silverio Facundo

    A country for muslims and arabs in the "palestinian" region already exists. It's called Jordan. It's government is currently usurped by a Hashemite saudi puppet whose only asset is knowing how to hide his head in his behind. That's where Mahmud Abbas' subjects belong.

  • Free2life

    If it is ever reached, the current and any other artificial “peace agreement” will be illegitimate before it is ever signed because (1) all people living in Palestine regardless of religion, race, origin, etc. (hereinafter “All People of Palestine”) were never given a choice on how they want their land to be governed, and (2) all contracts signed under duress are null and void.

    The biggest problem in Palestine is that the Zionist regime never offered a choice to All People of Palestine on how they want to govern their land because the Zionist regime cannot exist as a democratic entity. If there was ever any democratic process in Palestine, Zionists would have been outvoted and the Zionist regime would have never existed. That is why the Zionist regime is the occupier because it does not offer choice (i.e. democracy), but instead imposes its regime (i.e. occupies). Imagine if Russians would simply occupy a town in the U.S. where they are in significant numbers and attempt to create a Russian state there without giving the rest of the Americans living there a choice. Imagine then if they would try to institute a “peace agreement” that would attempt to legitimize their occupation. The “peace agreement” would logically and legally be illegitimate because the Americans were not given a choice.

    Under all countries’ laws, any contract is null and void if it is signed under duress. The current Palestine “peace agreement” process reminds me of The Godfather movie where the mafia boss (i.e. the Zionist regime) made a guy “an offer he could not refuse” by placing a gun (i.e. Zionist conventional and nuclear arsenal) to his head and making him sign the contract. Like the mafia boss’ offer, any “peace agreement” other than the choice for All People of Palestine is a crime, and the contract is legally null and void.

    The bottom line is that All People of Palestine never wanted to divide their land into artificial two states the way the occupation and this “peace agreement” attempt to divide it. From the beginning of the Zionist regime to its unavoidable end, All People of Palestine and the region never wanted the Zionist regime and they do not want it even more after all the atrocities the Zionist regime committed. I just cannot believe how the Zionist regime can be so ignorant to think that this or any other “peace agreement” that does not allow people to choose how they want to be governed will last and ensure its people’s survival. The Zionist regime fails to realize that no matter if it succeeds in muscling this “peace agreement” by unspeakable historic coercion tens of millions of moral people around the world will oppose it until it is corrected, and until justice and free choice prevail. Also, ever increasing number of Jewish people are realizing that Zionism is becoming a destructive force for them and are leading the global resistance to it.

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  • Don Barlow

    The only solution for a lasting peace is absolute democratic process (that we Americans cherish so passionately) for the entire territory in question, otherwise, the peace will not last. All people who lived there without regard to religion, race, etc. should vote on how they would like their one country to be run. I favor one state solution because two states would only attempt to “legalize” Zionist occupation that will be remembered in history until it is corrected by future large scale conflicts, so no lasting peace will result. The only issue with the fair democratic process is what to do with all manipulated Jewish people who the Zionist regime imported for decades to increase the Jewish population from around 100,000 to over 5 Million since the start of the occupation. This is obviously an attempt to unjustly manipulate any future democratic process by forcefully increasing the occupier’s population at the expense of others. Any compromise other than the absolute fair democratic process with no manipulated population will be temporary with terrible conflicts looming to correct it in the future.

    The truth is that the Zionist regime will not accept any democratic process even if the manipulated Jewish population is included because it cannot exist as a democratic country as Zionists will be outvoted by all others who live there (Zionists were in an infinite minority before the occupation). The Zionist regime can only temporarily exist through the force of its arms as a one people country where only select ones can vote and where different laws apply to different people.

    The world must stand up against the Zionist regime by cutting all diplomatic and economic relations with it. Many countries have already stopped all relations with the Zionist regime and others are in the process of doing the same. We Americans need to completely distance ourselves from this oppressive regime through urging our state representatives and senators to do what the rest of the world is doing

  • CK Thomson

    The main Zionist claim is that they have a supreme right to some of Palestinian territory because they lived there thousands of years ago. Let’s examine the core and real nature of this claim.

    Firstly, this claim is mistaken and selfish in its core concept because Zionists fail to recognize that history is a continuum and that there were other people living in majority in Palestine before the Jews and also after the Jews. Zionists simply cut history at a convenient point for them and claim ancestral ties to the land as of that convenient point.

    Secondly, whatever the claim, it is beyond absurd to try to shape modern world based on thousands of years old maps. Imagine if the rest of the world would be reshaped by who was on the land thousands of years ago. It would cause horrific wars, countless refugees, and unimaginable human suffering, exactly what is happening in Palestine.

    Thirdly and most disturbing, Zionist goal was to establish a Jewish state wherever possible. Palestine may have been a preference, but Palestine was not the only location that Zionists planned as their state in modern times. Another location was Argentina where Jews have been migrating for hundreds of years for the purpose of establishing a state. Also, locations in Europe were on the list and that’s why the Catholic Church was killing/expelling Jews since Roman times (read the history of the Holly Inquisition). Whatever the location, Zionist plan was to simply occupy the people living on the land even if that would mean imposing a regime worst than Nazi Germany’s from which they escaped. And Zionists would just use a different ideological coloring than the one used in Palestine in the attempt to rationalize the occupation.

    In conclusion, the main claim on which the Zionist regime is built in Palestine is erroneous, selfish, and a lie. I am categorically against generalizing, and recognize that many Jews are against the crimes the Zionist regime is committing and that many Jews are leading the global resistance to it. They should be proud.

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  • Anamah

    What do you expect from the NYT?