New York Times Spins Israeli Elections


It is now beyond dispute that when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the New York Times is not interested in the facts or the truth, but is rather invested in propagating fiction bordering on the absurd. The Times’ January 24 screed on the results of the recently concluded Israeli elections leaves no room for doubt on the veracity of the above-stated truism.

It begins with a quote lifted from the radical leftist Israeli daily Ha’aretz, a paper in near bankruptcy for lack of readership, which exudes a sort of giddiness over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party’s loss of parliamentary seats. It then launches into its usual one-sided “blame the Jews” narrative for the stalled “peace talks,” and coddles “Palestinians who rejected violence and recognized Israel’s right to exist as part of the 1993 Oslo Accords.” I’ll get to these and other fictions featured in the editorial momentarily but there’s something worth noting from the get-go.

In a region plagued by sectarian violence and internecine warfare, where change is effectuated through the barrel of an AK-47 (and in the age of Obama, an M-16) and xenophobic Islamo-fascism is the norm rather than the fringe, Israel stands out as a beacon of democracy and a shining example of the democratic process at its finest. Elections came off without a hitch. No protests. No guns. No violence of any sort was recorded. That is the norm for Israel. Indeed, Freedom House recently conducted a study concluding that Israel was the only truly free country in the entire region. Islamist Turkey, under the thuggish Erdogan, was rated only “partly free.”

One would think that the New York Times, a paper that supposedly prides itself on liberal and progressive values, would devote at least one sentence highlighting the stark contrasts between Israeli democracy and an Islamist Arab world in the throes of medieval backwardness.  But that would be asking too much from a paper dedicated to venomous defamation of Israel while singing the praises of the Palestinian Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed “Jews-Are-Bloodsuckers” Morsi.

Instead, the editorial boys at the New York Times treat us to a flawed analysis and the usual litany of complaints against Israel and its Prime Minister. Israel’s electoral outcome, far from being a rejection of Netanyahu’s foreign policies as the Times would have us believe, actually served to validate them. Israeli voters shifted their allegiance further to the right evidenced by the ascendancy of Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi party, which is currently Israel’s fourth largest. Netanyahu will almost certainly include Bennett’s party in his next coalition as the two share similar ideologies.

Moreover, the enigmatic Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party garnered an astonishing 19 seats, has taken great pains to distance himself from the left, correcting reporters who erroneously labeled him as such. Lapid has already signaled his intention to join a coalition led by Netanyahu, rejecting outright calls from the leftist Labor party to form a blocking opposition. By contrast, Israel’s traditional leftist bloc (Labor, Hatnua and Meretz) garnered a paltry 27 seats, less than half required for a governing coalition, representing a complete and near-total rejection of the left by the Israeli electorate.

Aside from a skewed analysis that erroneously attempts to portray the election results as the left’s fantasy, the New York Times couldn’t resist the temptation to engage in the usual blame game. Of course, in the parallel universe of the New York Times, the Israelis are to blame for stalled peace talks while the so-called Palestinians are blameless.

The Times notes quite comically that the Israeli right “insults Palestinians who rejected violence and recognized Israel’s right to exist as part of the 1993 Oslo Accords.” It’s difficult to say, because the Times is ambiguous (perhaps deliberately), which Palestinians “rejected violence,” but presumably the paper is referring to Yasser Arafat because, after all, he was the signatory who stamped his approval for the Oslo Accords and shook hands with Yitzhak Rabin on the White House lawn. What the Times, however, fails to note is that it was Arafat who unleashed his gangsters and launched pre-meditated murder after he rejected then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s generous offer and territorial concessions at Camp David in 2000.

The Times also fails to note that Israelis are rightfully reserved and suspicious when it comes to Arab promises of peace, love and acceptance and this is especially true when their so-called peace partners refer to them as the, “descendants of apes and pigs” and “bloodsuckers,” among other aspersions.

The editorial concludes with a suggestion for Obama to visit Israel and explain, “to the Israeli people how any peace plan will enhance their security.” Israelis have been down that road before and it resulted in the unleashing of a wave of terror not experienced in Israel’s history. Israelis are astutely aware of what’s best for their security and their electoral outcome, which resulted in a strong center-right bloc, clearly demonstrates which path they wish to take. Obama is more than welcome to visit Israel (something he failed to do during his infamous 2009 Arab apology tour) but Israelis are in no mood for sanctimonious, patronizing “we know what’s good for you” lectures from Obama or the New York Times.

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  • Ken Kelso

    A great article by Ari about the lying NY Times about Israel.
    All the Times has to do is go on Palmediawatch to see the racist liars the Palestinians are.
    9 years ago, Camera documented how the Times turns a blind eye to Palestinian child abuse.
    http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x
    June 15, 2004 by Alex Safian
    The New York Times covers (and covers up for) Palestinian child bombers
    Hiding the problem won't make it go away.

  • Chanameel

    Next thing ya know
    They will blame Israel for their failed foreign policy.
    Or is it failed????
    Islam and Globalism go hand in hand.
    We have seen this scenario before…

  • Ken Kelso

    Dont forget the Times was a supporter of Yasser Terrorfat and wouldn't call him a terrorist.

    Read this great article by Palmediawatch a few months ago which showed Arafat for the mass murderer he was.
    You'll never see this on the Times. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Ar

  • Ken Kelso

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/pal
    Palestinian television still glorifies terror attacks against Israel.
    Incitement against Israel persists in Palestinian television and radio broadcasts, where places such a Haifa and Tel Aviv are considered to be part of 'occupied Palestine.'
    Avi Issacharoff
    Feb.19, 2012

  • Ken Kelso

    The Times thinks that PA Islamo fascists are moderates. http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2013/01/palestin
    Palestinian Human Rights Foundation declares the Holocaust a "myth"
    January 22, 2013
    http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8
    PA radio song praises suicide bombings against Israelis
    by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Dec. 5, 2012
    PA radio song praises suicide bombings against Israelis:

    PA glorifies Maalot massacre http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=6
    PA TV glorifies terror attack that killed 22 children
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Feb. 29, 2012
    PA TV glorifies terror attack that killed 22 children
    and 4 adults in Ma'alot, in 1974
    Other terror attacks by DFLP also glorified

    PA: Jews have no connection to Western Wall
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Jan. 15, 2013
    PA: "The Western Wall… no person
    besides Muslims ever used it as a place of worship, throughout all of history"
    The Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, said recently that all of Jerusalem and the Western Wall are "the sole right of Palestinians."
    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_
    Official PA daily: Be’er Sheva is a Palestinian city
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Dec. 30, 2012
    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_
    Fatah’s Facebook: Glorifying terror, inciting hatred, and erasing Israel
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Jan. 7, 2013
    http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=663&fld_id=6
    Female Palestinian terrorist does not regret murder of 15 civilians at Sbarro pizza shop that she planned.
    Oct 23, 2011
    Ahlam Tamimi was happy to learn that 8 Israeli children were murdered at the Sbarros terrorist attack in 2001 instead of the 3 children she thought originally.
    Read her interview. Again i ask you, do the Palestinians have a conscience?

  • Ken Kelso

    Why does the NY Times support Palestinian Evil?
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/
    PA Religious Official Publicly Calls for Genocide of Jews
    PA’s principal religious leader presents the killing of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal.
    Elad Benari
    1/16/2011
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/07/73-of-pal
    73% of Palestinians Believe Jews Should Be Killed Wherever They Hide
    Jim Hoft
    July 16, 2011,
    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_
    Abbas honors terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, killer of 37
    12/31/09
    This week Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again honored the memory of the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi – this time by sponsoring a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of her birth. Mughrabi led the worst terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians. Present at the ceremony were Palestinian dignitaries and a children’s marching band. Earlier this year, Abbas sponsored a computer center named after Mughrabi.
    The PA further glorified Mughrabi on the date of her birth when the Governor of Ramallah announced the naming of the “Dalal Mughrabi Square”.
    http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=2
    Abbas honors mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    July 6, 2010
    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_
    PA TV honors Sbarro pizza shop terrorists
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Sept. 4, 2011
    PA TV host sends “best wishes” to “our glorious” prisoner who transported suicide bomber to attack that killed 15, including 7 children.
    These are the sadists that the Times supports.
    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/jeff/jacoby01100
    After the Tel Aviv massacre on January 12th 2003, where 2 Palestinian homicide bombers massacred 23 Israeli civilians. The PLO web site posted a statement — celebrating the attacks:
    "With faith in the calling of holy jihad," it said, "two suicide attackers . . . succeeded this evening to infiltrate the Zionist roadblocks and to enter the heart of . . . Tel Aviv and carried out two consecutive suicide attacks… These suicide attacks caused a large number of fatalities and casualties in the center of the Zionist occupation of our land. We swear before our people that additional suicide operations will occur."
    That is a view with which much of Arab opinion concurs. ArabicNews.com, for example, datelined its story on the Tel Aviv attack "Palestine-Israel," and reported that the bombings had killed "23 Israeli settlers."
    http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_print=1&x_c
    One day after the Ramallah lynching of two Israelis, Ahmad Abu Halabiya, a member of the PA-appointed Fatwa Council, called on listeners to find and butcher Jews “no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them.”

  • Ken Kelso

    Why does the NY Times refuse to see whats in the Terrorstinians hate media.
    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_
    PA continues to teach denial of Israel's existence
    Oct 5, 2010
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Last week, PA TV rebroadcast an educational documentary that has been broadcast numerous times since 2007. The documentary describes the Israeli cities of Haifa, Acre, Ashkelon, Jaffa and the Sea of Galilee as Palestinian.
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/
    PA Historian & Official Deny Israel's History in Land of Israel
    An Arab PA historian and a senior PLO official have denied that the Jewish nation has any historical connection to the Land of Israel.
    Yoni Kempinski
    11/4/2009
    http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_print=1&x_c
    One week after the Dolphinarium bombing on June 1, 2001 in Tel Aviv in which 21 people, mainly young girls, were killed, PA television carried the sermon of Sheik Ibrahim Al-Madhi. He said: “Blessings to whoever waged Jihad for the sake of Allah; blessings to whoever raided for the sake of Allah; blessings to whoever put a belt of explosives on his body or on his sons’ and plunged into the midst of the Jews, crying ‘Allahu Akbar…’
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.vi
    Ahmed Qurei says Israel has no history in Jerusalem. Jewish Temples never existed, and Israel has been working to “invent” a Jewish connection to Jerusalem
    http://www.freeman.org/m_online/sep02/marcus.htm
    Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi, a Palestinian Authority religious leader: “We will blow them up in Hadera, we will blow them up in Tel-Aviv”
    “We will blow them up in Hadera, we will blow them up in Tel-Aviv and in Netanya… We will fight against them and rule over them until the Jew will hide behind the trees and stones and the tree and stone will say: ‘Moslem! Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him’. We will enter Jerusalem as conquerors, and Jaffa as conquerors, and Haifa as conquerors and Ashkelon as conquerors….”
    [Preacher Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi, PATV, 3 August 2001
    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=448
    Glorifying terrorists and terror
    Palestinian society’s habitual glorification of terrorists as heroes and role models is one of its most effective means of promoting terror. In honoring the worst killers, the PA is simultaneously giving approval to murder and enticing future terrorists with assurances of glory and honor if they succeed in killing. Terror and murder become the Palestinian’s ticket to fame, honor and glory.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAIdZHgJg-4
    PA TV glorifies terrorist mastermind of suicide attacks that murdered 31 Israeli civilians.
    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=2
    'Israel behind increase in Palestinian AIDS cases'
    KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    12/01/2012
    PA official: Palestinians who work in Israel subjected to "political blackmail" by authorities – something that exposes them to AIDS.

  • Ghostwriter

    Thanks for your opinion,Mr. Kelso. You've certainly given us your opinion on the subject of Israel.