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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Thomas Friedman, "The Full Israeli Experience": More Bunkum from the Master of the Universe

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "The Full Israeli Experience" (, would-be Middle East expert Thomas Friedman, writing from Tel Aviv, begins by quoting from Israel's leading English language newspaper:

"THESE were the main regional news headlines in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday: 'Home Front Command simulates missile strike during drill.' Egypt’s President 'Morsi opts for safety as police battle protestors.' In Syria, 'Fight spills over into Lebanon.' 'Darkness at noon for fearful Damascus residents.' 'Tunisian Islamists, leftists clash after jobs protests.' 'NATO warns Syria not to use chemical weapons.' And my personal favorite: ''Come back and bring a lot of people with you' — Tourism Ministry offers tour operators the full Israeli experience.'"

Regarding the "full Israeli experience," which, according to Friedman, consists of "failed or failing state authority on four of its borders — Gaza, South Lebanon, Syria and the Sinai Desert of Egypt" (no mention of persistent threats by Iran to exterminate Israel), Tom next observes the purported manner in which Israelis respond to this uncertainty:

"There are two major schools of thought here. One, led by Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, comprises the 'Ideological Hawks,' who, to the question, 'Do you know what neighborhood I am living in?' tell Israelis and the world, 'It is so much worse than you think!' Bibi goes out of his way to highlight every possible threat to Israel and essentially makes the case that nothing Israel does has ever or can ever alter the immutable Arab hatred of the Jewish state or the Hobbesian character of the neighborhood. Netanyahu is not without supporting evidence. Israel withdraws from both South Lebanon and Gaza and still gets hit with rockets."

Friedman, of course, is more attuned to what he informs us is the "other major school of thought," dedicated to seeking out "a Palestinian partner for a secure peace."

Well, as long as we are playing the Jerusalem Post headline game, I think Friedman would do well to go online now and read "Mashaal vows Hamas will not concede land" ( This article by Khaled Abu Toameh begins:

"Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal Saturday reiterated his movement's refusal to 'give up one inch of the land of Palestine.'

Mashaal, who arrived in the Gaza Strip for the first time ever on Friday, said: 'Palestine from the river [the Jordan River] to the sea [the Mediterranean], from the north to the south, is our land and we will never give up one inch or any part of it.'

Mashaal was speaking to hundreds of thousands of Hamas supporters during a rally in Gaza City marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas.

Behind him was an emblem of an M75 missile and a large portrait of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin.

As Mashaal spoke, the crowd chanted slogans calling on Hamas's armed wing to launch rockets next time at Haifa."

Yup, Israel should just go on courting those peace-loving Palestinians dedicated to killing civilians and putting an end to the State of Israel.

Thank you as always, Tom, for your profound understanding of the Israeli experience. Where would Israel possibly be without friends like you?


  1. You rightly point out the key headline, Jeff.

    And it is this headline that the USA, Russia, China and the EEC must address. It is this headline that reflects deeply-rooted tenets amongst those Palestinians who regard Hamas as their true representative:
    a) that they want to fast-back to before World War One
    b) that so far as they are concerned the Sykes-Picot Agreement carved up the Middle-East in a treacherous way
    c) that the Balfour Agreement was a mistake that must be corrected
    d) that Arafat was right to speak with one tongue when addressing his own people - the tongue that said that the land will liberated from the Mediterranean to the Jordan, but wrong to compromise that clear message with talk of peace or any accommodation with Israel
    e) that the message must be, as you point out and as Khaled Abu Toameh states in The Jerusalem Post article, that Hamas will not seek any accommodation with Israel, and will not recognize Israel's existence under any circumstances.

    This is the bottom line, expressed as clearly as ever. And this Tom Friedman - and left-wing Jewish apologists seek to ignore not at their peril but at our peril, the peril of Israel the state- for they live in cloud-cuckoo land, on the Upper West-Side or in the ivory towers of the NY Times or academia.

    Here in Khaled Mashaal's own words is the reality, plain and simple:

    'Palestine from the river [the Jordan River] to the sea [the Mediterranean], from the north to the south, is our land and we will never give up one inch or any part of it.'