Okay, perhaps our headline is a little on the provocative side, but you have to admit that Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer deserves battle pay for the way he’s been treated by MSNBC and NBC News. We’ve been tracking the types of questions and lectures he’s gotten from the likes of Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, and others throughout the crisis in Gaza, and if you’re not an astute news observer, you might think the poor guy is on trial or something.
In the example above, Ambassador Dermer made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, where host Savannah Guthrie posed this lovely question to him:
“We’ve seen some anti-war, anti-Israel protests around the world, but some of them have taken a disturbing turn and become anti-Semitic in nature. How concerned are you about that? And do you ask yourselves, “Okay, we may be winning militarily but are we losing the larger battle, the PR war?” And perhaps, as one headline put it yesterday, minting the next generation of terrorists?”
What a dingbat. Accusing Israel of creating terrorists? Seriously? Who writes Savannah’s questions, Bill Ayers?
Luckily, if we’ve learned one thing in recent days, it’s that Ron Dermer certainly knows how to answer a question…especially a dopey one like that. Here was his response:
“Look, I think anti-Semitism is a problem, it’s been a problem for a few thousand years. There was hope that in the wake of the Holocaust that anti-Semitism would end and that the establishment of Israel would bring it to an end. And really what happened with historical perspective is that the brief period after the Holocaust made it politically incorrect to be anti-Semitic. And now you have anti-Semitism really coming to the surface again. And that was what the case was before the Holocaust, now it’s happening again. I think the world should be outraged by it, should take a stand against it. The birth of the state of Israel did not end hatred towards the Jewish people, it just gave the Jews the ability to defend themselves against that hatred. That’s what the state of Israel is doing right now.”
Game, Set, Match. And now it’s time for Mrs. Guthrie and her passive-aggressive pro-Palestinian bias to head home. Her maternity leave from NBC can’t come soon enough.
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