The Bizarre Attacks on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu For Not Condemning Charlottesville

You might think that the whole "Why won't he condemn the Charlottesville Nazi-Commie riot" thing would be limited to President Trump. But the media hates Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu almost as much. 

And so we get bizarre stories like these.

President Trump is not the only world leader facing criticism for a delayed condemnation of Saturday's white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va.

For three days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an outspoken critic of anti-Semitism around the world — said nothing about the anti-Jewish chants and Nazi swastikas paraded in Charlottesville.

It's unclear why Netanyahu should rush to condemn anti-Semitic slogans in a city in a whole other country. If he spent all his time condemning anyone who said anti-Semitic things, it would be a full time career. He's not the President of the United States. Or an American Jewish leader. What's the premise that he even needs to address this? Or that he should be condemned for doing it 3 days later.

Critics pointed out that Netanyahu tweeted his statement in English — not to Israeli followers in Hebrew — and from his official "PM of Israel" Twitter account of 494,000 followers rather than his more popular personal account of 1.07 million followers.

Because it's really urgent that Netanyahu condemn Neo-Nazis to an Israeli audience. What with the plethora of Neo-Nazis in Israel. Or why he should do so from a personal, rather than official account.

This is a conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy theory. 

Is the media really trying to pretend that Netanyahu is sympathetic to Neo-Nazis?

Some called his condemnation vague.

"Guess which world leader took even longer than Trump to condemn Neo-Nazism and even then couldn't even specify where he was referring to," tweeted Anshel Pfeffer, a columnist of the liberal Israeli daily Haaretz.

Because it's so deeply confusing these days. And Haaretz is almost as liberal as Antifa and the Communist Party.

Yair Netanyahu, who is often perceived as being groomed to follow his father's footsteps in politics, has a combative social media presence and Israeli commentators claim he plays a role in shaping his father's social media messaging and some of his political positions.

He played down the anti-Semitic displays in Charlottesville, instead focusing on counter-demonstrators affiliated with Antifa, the leftist anti-fascist group, and Black Lives Matter, calling them "thugs" who hate Israel:

Fact check: Accurate.

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