Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Friedman Thomas Is Bothered

Here is Thomas Friedman today on Netanyahu:

race-baiting Israeli Jews to get out and vote because, he said, too many Israeli Arabs were going to the polls

If he would have said "the kibbutznikim are being bused to the polls", would that be okay?

If Herzog had said "too many 'settlers' are voting"?

If Gal-on had said "too many mezuzah-kissers"?

But more.

The fact is that there was/is an Arab list.

Their candidates were 90+% Arab.

Their main language in their electioneering was Arabic.

A major portion of them was anti-Zionist and they didn't even sign an agreement with the far-left Meretz because they were Zionist.

A large Arab vote, like a large Russian vote, or Haredi vote or Sfardi vote hurts Likud.

His was a legitimate political call.

And what did he expect Netanyahu to call them?  




Others called him 'racist'.

And the White House released that

... the administration is "deeply concerned" about messaging from Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party this week that warned that the prime minister's political foes were working to mobilize Arab-Israeli voters against him.


“We encourage our supporters to be involved in activities in Israel that follow our values,” said the national president of Ameinu, Kenneth Bob, who is raising funds for the drive to get Arab Israelis out to the polls. Bob stressed that supporting Israel’s Arab community has long been a focus of his organization. He noted that donations for increasing the Arab vote are “all legal and completely nonpartisan.”


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