Thomas Friedman Praises Palestinian Jew Murderer


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When it comes to Thomas Friedman’s all-too-often misguided and misleading commentary on the Middle East, and especially on the Arab-Israel conflict, one must keep in mind that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.  In his New York Times article of April 4 (“A Middle East Twofer”), Friedman does offer one accurate insight into the psyche of Israel’s population:  Israel can accommodate a Palestinian state on its border only when Israelis can feel strategically secure. Everything else in his article is so inaccurate that it borders on mendacity.

He starts off with praise for Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian terrorist leader serving five consecutive life sentences for the murder of many Israelis in terror attacks.  Friedman considers Barghouti to be “the most authentic leader Fatah has produced.”  He is right. Barghouti is one of the most, if not the most, authentic of all Palestinian leaders living today. But Friedman fails to note, or fails to mention, that Barghouti’s authenticity, and his popularity with the Palestinian rank-and-file, arise from his success at killing Israelis and his ability to plan and execute lethal terror attacks.

Yet this “authenticity,” festooned as it is with the blood and gore of hundreds of Israelis shot or stabbed or blown up or burned alive, inspires Friedman to place great confidence in Barghouti’s call, from his jail cell, for non-violent civil disobedience; even though, as Friedman envisions it, this “non-violence” can include throwing rocks and waging economic and political war and lawfare against Israel.

He neglects to ask if Israelis share his confidence in such an “authentic” leader.  He fails to note the real purpose of Arab economic and political warfare against Israel, the goal of lawfare, and the life-threatening potential of stone-throwing. For Palestinian leadership, and for much leadership of Arab countries, the end-game goals of all of these endeavors do not include peace with Israel. Rather they are part of the 65-year war waged for the destruction of Israel and its replacement with “Palestine.”  How did Friedman miss these critical points?

He misses a similar critical point when he urges the Palestinians to offer Israel a peace plan in the form of a “map delineating how, for peace, they would accept getting back 95 percent of the West Bank and all Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, and would swap the other 5 percent for land inside pre-1967 Israel.”  What he fails to note, or neglects to mention, is that the Palestinian leadership from Arafat to Abbas to Hamas have already done that.  As Arafat so quaintly put it decades ago:

Since we cannot defeat Israel in war we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.

And it is not just Arafat.  Numerous Hamas and PA leaders have said the same thing.

But enough about the Jews.  What about plans for the future of peace with Israel?

Such rhetoric of annihilation accompanies hate-teach from kindergarten up in PA schools.  And their deeds match their words.

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  • Richard N

    What a clear and concise article! It deserves to be distributed and read by many, especially by those on the Left, for whom facts don't seem to matter and ideology trumps.

  • Dispozadaburka

    Friedman is just a journalistic pawn for the New World Order.

    • guest

      Friedman is madlly in-love with himself his ego ate his brain. he now talks so he could listen to his voice

  • PhillipGaley

    "Why do Arabs need local models?"?

    Because, if you intend to make something, or to engage in commerce, you need to have people around you—surrounded by people, . . . friends, . . . like quilting, . . . get some friends in a room, everyone quilting, and they'll come up with some pretty nice work, . . .

  • popseal

    Now that we all live on the Animal Farm in the year 1984, expect slander to roll down like a flood. "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act!"……..G. Orwell To be right about anything, believe the opposite of what's coming from NYTimes.

  • Ronald Johnston

    Thomas Friedman needs to be put on the drone list as soon as Romney gets elected!!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm surprised that our usual cadre of anti-semites have oozed out yet. Hopefully,they're off doing other things.

  • crypticguise

    Thomas Friedman is a despicable self-hating Jew and a liar. His claim to fame is that he learned to speak Arabic as a college student and on his many trips to the Middle East. He's a toxic piece of mendacity.

  • dougjmiller

    It;s not loschen hora to say that Friedman, who calls himself a Jew, is an evil person. For whatever sick reason he will hound the Jewish people until we're dead and buried. He should rot in hell.