The Israeli newspaper Maariv has published a photograph of a letter of support Kerry signed on behalf of a group of anti-Israel activists from Massachusetts who joined the infamous Marvi Marmara flotilla from Turkey that ran the Israeli blockade of Gaza. (Several people died after IDF personnel were attacked when they boarded the vessel, for which Netanyahu cravenly apologized to Turkey when his arm was twisted, in person, by President Obama.) Kerry expressed his strong support for the group, which included well known haters of Israel, as members of a “humanitarian delegation.”
So it’s quite in character that Kerry, in his briefing to members of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on the then-proposed (now concluded) administration deal with Iran, was, in Senator Mark Kirk’s words, “fairly anti-Israeli. I was supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me.” A Senate aide at the meeting corroborated this: “Every time anybody would say anything about ‘what would the Israelis say,’ they’d get cut off and Kerry would say, ‘You have to ignore what they’re telling you.'”
As for where the newly minted deal will lead, see Sarah Honig’s article in this Outpost.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
If only one unexpected voice of reason could bring down the edifice of UN insanity the way the innocent child’s voice punctured the “consensus” that the naked emperor was clothed in garments of gold and silver! Although that can’t happen, it was refreshing when a UN translator, unaware that her microphone was “hot,” addressed the General Assembly after it had just adopted nine resolutions condemning Israel. “C’est up peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I know there’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”
Instead of gasping in shock, the delegates laughed, a sign they recognized how right she was (although they had dutifully voted for all those anti-Israel resolutions) and the translator, terrified of losing her job, apologized. Of course, the theatre of the absurd pile-on of the international “community” against Israel will continue unabated.
NBC’s Snyderman “In Awe”
It’s so rare to find a mainstream media voice praising Israel that it warrants special mention. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, in the wake of the disastrous Philippine typhoon, went out of her way to locate Israel’s emergency response center. She says she had always been fascinated by the success of the IDF’s medical teams in delivering emergency care in extremely poor conditions.
She had to go out of her way because the Israelis had gone off the beaten path–to Bogo, a small village on the northern island of Mactan. A fence surrounded the grounds: soldiers were stationed at the entry and sharp shooters were on the rooftops. Snyderman reports on the Nightly News on the use of electronic technology: each patient’s medical record is created using a photograph to ensure accurate identification. She says: “Smart, Sophisticated. Secure. This was what I had experienced with the IDF before. But now I was impressed with something else: the place they had selected. This wasn’t a site where trauma surgeons were needed–those injuries in other towns were being addressed…I asked the IDF Surgeon General in charge why they chose Bogo. He said it was because they were poor and their needs were great. As I left, I walked away in awe of this group of doctors: physician humanitarians, and medicine at its very best.”