New York Times Editorial Board Slams Netanyahu For Using Racism To Win Israeli Election

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Shortly after it became apparent that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party had survived a close election and would retain power over the nation’s government, the New York Times released a scathing editorial criticizing Netanyahu for going ugly and utilizing racism and anti-Palestine sentiment to energize far-right Israeli voters. In particular, the NYT editorial board took offense to Netanyahu stating on the eve of the election that he would never allow a separate Palestinian state as well as the Prime Minister stoking racist fears by claiming that Israeli right-wingers were in danger of losing power because Arab voters were mobilizing.

In the early hours Wednesday, with nearly all of the polls reporting, Netanyahu’s Likud Party had grabbed at least 29 of the 120 seats in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. Meanwhile, the Zionist Union, a center-left party, obtained at least 24 seats. Isaac Herzog, the party’s leader and Netanyahu’s opponent for Prime Minister, called Netanyahu on Wednesday morning to concede defeat. Exit polls on Tuesday showed the race to be a toss-up.

A few weeks ago, it seemed like Netanyahu would cruise to an easy victory. However, that was before he accepted an invitation from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to speak before Congress. The speech was seen as a slap in the face of President Obama, and dozens of Democrats refused to attend. The major issues surrounding the appearance is that Boehner and Bibi did an end-around and didn’t go through the White House. On top of that, the whole speech was just a way for conservatives to further undercut nuclear negotiations with Iran.

The bad press surrounding the speech, both there in the United States and abroad, presented an opening for opposition parties and put Netanyahu in real danger of losing the election. Rather than moderate his stance and acknowledge that it was probably a mistake to engage in partisan politics in another country, especially a huge ally like the United States, Netanyahu decided to go to the extreme right in order to energize and mobilize the most rabidly conservative voters.

The Times’ editorial slammed Netanyahu for going down that rabbit hole.

Mr. Netanyahu showed that he was desperate, and craven, enough to pull out all the stops. On Monday, he promised that if his Likud faction remained in power, he would never allow the creation of a Palestinian state, thus repudiating a position he had taken in 2009.

His behavior in the past six years — aggressively building Israeli homes on land that likely would be within the bounds of a Palestinian state and never engaging seriously in negotiations — has long convinced many people that he has no interest in a peace agreement. But his statement this week laid bare his duplicity, confirmed Palestinian suspicions and will make it even harder for him to repair his poisoned relations with President Obama, who has invested heavily in pushing a two-state solution.

Mr. Netanyahu added to the ugliness of the campaign when, during Tuesday’s voting, he said in a video on social media: “Right-wing rule is in danger. Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations.” This outrageous appeal to hard-line voters implied that only he could save Israel from its enemies, including the country’s Arab citizens, who represent 20 percent of the population and have long been discriminated against. There were signs that Arab Israelis were turning out in somewhat higher numbers, apparently to vote for the Joint Arab List, a coalition of four small parties.

Mr. Netanyahu’s demagogy further incites the rage that has torn the country apart. There were other inflammatory moments in recent days. Mr. Netanyahu claimed that nefarious foreign sources were trying to overthrow him and also promised to build more settlements, which most of the world consider to be illegal. Earlier this month, he made a subversive speech before Congress to castigate the Obama administration for seeking a nuclear deal with Iran, but that seems to have done little to enhance his support in Israel.

In order to win an election, Bibi increased the divide between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as Israel and the United States, while telling the Arab citizens of his country that he does not care about them. While he was able to retain the power he so desperately craves, his winning this most recent election further alienates Israel from the rest of the world, including the United States. He’s already proven that the only politicians he can work with in America are neo-cons and ideologically pure right-wingers.

47 Replies to “New York Times Editorial Board Slams Netanyahu For Using Racism To Win Israeli Election”

  1. apparently, Bibi is taking a couple of pages out of the GOP playbook- fear mongering, scare tactics, and using outright and unapologetic racism to get a few more votes. despicable- just like the GOP traitors.

  2. The question that faces Israel now is do they want to be the apartheid South Africa of the Middle east?

    The question that faces the US is a moral one. Are we now on record of supporting a rouge Apartheid state that is Israel.

    I would have to think the answer is yes to both questions

  3. BiBi may have won the election but he has proven to the region and the US that he is a liar and can’t be trusted.

    Perhaps in 2016 America can give itself an enema and rid itself of the neo-cons and ideologically pure right-wingers.

  4. Two decades back, Israel lost a good prime minister to a fanatic’s bullet and was turned on a darker course. And now…what a bullet has done, can’t another undo?

  5. IMO, Bibi shown his true colors. Every word that came out of his mouth correspond with his action since he been in office.
    Massacre of Palestinian (2014 est. 3000 died)
    Iraq WMD (5000 American soldiers died, while Israel set it out). Now he’s lying about Iran (how many American lives this will cost).
    Plotted with American traitors to uncut the President (P5+1 and Iran Nuclear talks).

    So what he said about the Palestinian (no 2 state, increase construction of settlements on their land.
    Bottom-line: Nut-n-yahoo what’s a apartheid state. We’re see how fast he move in that direction.
    He is, what he is, an arrogant racist and Pres. Obama and the world’s powerful leaders disgust him. They’re at the place where he will never be.

  6. In other words, if he were here, BN would be a Republican, and he would use fear, racism, and trickle down economics to a GOP base that is basically, illiterate, and vote not on the issues, but fear mongering and hatred to win elections, not facts. No wonder the right love him

  7. You can just forgot all that talk of cutting aid AINT…GOING…TO…HAPPEN

    But what we can do is stop vetoing UN resolutions condemning the apartheid state and grant the Palestinians member status in the UN

    Israel has made its choice which is their right as a nation now its time to give some rights to a stateless people so they can take their case to rest of the world

  8. Yours is the approach I would encourage.
    By way of the UN We have provided impenetrable cover for Israel’s sometimes rogue behavior. Lifting that cover, case bu case, is warranted.

    Good suggestion.

  9. Casual Observation: What kind of odds would you give for President Obama giving beebs the butcher a congratulated call on his win?

  10. I would hate to have to move in that direction, but it may be the only way the people of Israel learn. You can only slap your closest ally in the face so many times before you piss them off. Mister Netanyahu’s last slap happened when he came to give his speech. He crossed the line when he gave his speech in Israel claiming there would never be a two state solution as long as he’s in office. We need to make it clear to the Israeli people that he needs to be removed from that office or there will be consequences.

  11. Will America now finally realize that Israel was never and never intended to be an honest negotiator when it comes to peace with the Palestinian People and that they also lied to US when they said they accepted the two-state solution?

  12. Fear and race mongering and big money wins again expect the the extreme right wingers in America to continue along the same lines as yahu. There is an assault on the worlds Democracies by extreme immoral wealth.

  13. In the words of the NYT, the veil is off,
    Netanyahu has shown himself to be racist, and a liar, he has always said he would like the two state solution but has always
    found a reason not to support it, now we know for sure that all the millions american presidents have spent trying to
    come up with a peace plan was for nothing.
    Netanyahu has also alienated most americans and the US administration. Now he should be left 100% on his own, he says he is so powerful, let him prove it, I agree we must not support him at the UN, I also do not want my tax dollars sent to help him. It is remarkable what the rethugs are trying to do to the poor in their budget, but they would starve our children here to send the last dollar to Bibi.

  14. Hmmmmm. I THINK that he makes the call. Cold and brief. Obama might as well play the Hypocrite most politicians play. It would be akin to two fighters “touching gloves” in the middle of a ring before a bout. Yes?

    Here’s another one: What are the odds that IF Cheney’s ticker runs out of juice, that Obama will attend the funeral and give an eulogy (NOT), attend yes, eulogy NO. THAT would be a time Obama would wish HE was sick in bed (with the flu) and can’t attend. If it were me, I would fake a cold and stay in the White House and watch on TV. ;)

  15. It’ easy to sit in the United States and call what Netanyahu did as far mongering when we don’t have rockets targeting our cities.

  16. I don’t know what far mongering is but would that be 26 years of lies about Iran’s nuclear bomb? I know its all good to you because deep down you would get a hard on taking away peoples rights and I know you just love you some apartheid

  17. Bibi has his nukes, apartheid regime, Sheldon Addelson’s cash, and the contempt of the rest of the world. What an ass!

  18. Well I guess that the Palestinians and their incessant rocket attacks on Israel will continue to be met with even heavier hamhandedness on behalf of the Israelis.

  19. Now Bibi is refusing the two state option, does that mean Palestine will again go to the United Nations, and if they do will Bibi have the American veto?

  20. Benjamin Netanyahu, America’s Friend without Benefits

    Whatever happens in Tuesday’s elections in Israel, Americans will have learned two valuable lessons. For starters, when it mattered most on U.S. policy towards Iran, Republicans supported a foreign leader over the President of the United States. Just as important, when that leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, declares, “Israel has no better friend than the U.S and the U.S. has no better friend than Israel,” he’s telling a half-truth. As the record shows, even as Bibi escalates his demands for diplomatic cover and military assistance from the United States, his government blocks American objectives at every turn. He is America’s friend without benefits.
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  21. I would love it if the President told the UN ambassador Samantha Power to abstain if it ever happen. And knowing her she would do it with a smile on her face

  22. He took this scum bag tactic from the republicans. I hope dems are ready for 2016 for a last minute smear campaign to bring out the haters and the fear mongers!!
    Mitch McConnell did this to Alison Grimes, he sent a vile targeted mailer the weekend before the elections….
    Get ready and have a plan!

  23. The physiological needs of any organism always take first precedence. First among these needs -of course- being breathing.

    Now…consider where the nuclear negotiations with Iran began: six U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding an end to Iranian enrichment. And consider – from what we have heard- where the negotiations are now.

    In other words, there’s a whole new level of screwed you’ll never reach until you’re an Israeli who’s standing only 955 miles from a rogue state that wants you dead, and who’s also the proud new recipient of a nuclear deal with a sunset clause.

    The survival instinct dominates all.

  24. I know this may be a shock to you but any nation that has nuclear power under the NPT is on the cusp of making a bomb. Now your link is under a paywall so I wont comment on something I cant read but the purpose of these talks is to have inspections to prevent them from doing it. But you know who wont allow inspections? The apartheid state of Israel

  25. I’m sorry, I can view the WSJ page without a problem.

    I’m going to bed anyway…not a great day.
    I leave the solemn defense of the Republic in your capable hands.

  26. The New York Times is under some delusion that their comments make any impact anymore. They are a complete mouthpiece for Barry O and the Libtards. How sad that there is no responsible voice at that paper. Blah, blah, blah.

  27. Netanyahu is a liability to peace and it is about time to be declared a Regional Troublemaker.
    Americans can now see clearly that they are manipulated by Netanyahu and also the one who called him a LIAR now he is fully proven correct.
    Definitely the Middle East will be a lot better without Netanyahu frustrating every effort and hope for peace.
    As the Palestinians are preparing to file cases of war crimes against Israel, they must also include Netanyahu to isolate him completely from the rest of the world so the Israelis can realize that they made a big mistake in electing him again to power.

  28. News Flash: Morning newspapers reporting that OBAMA GAVE BIBI THE COLD SHOULDER. No calls. The Right Wing Repubs are going NUTS. With things like: How dare he snub our Pal, etc. How thin skinned, etc.
    I say, so what? Bibi snubbed Obama right here at home by going to Congress with his smack down speech against Obama! So why would Obama call to congratulate his spiteful “rival”. Plus BIBI showed his true colors when he claimed he was against a two state solution, when before he was for it. Flip-Flop a la Republican candidate we’re familiar with? Plus he played the “race card”—The Arabs are coming, the Arabs are coming…to VOTE against me! Help! Tsk, tsk. –True colors. Just like a Republican would do and say. Bibi may have won, and Repubs equate that with a “Loss” for Obama. WTF! Anyway, he needs the US, we don’t need him, if that is any consolation. He will of course come with his hands out for more $$$$$$$$$. Congress of course will give him whatever he asks for.

  29. What are you talking about? Do you remember a peace agreement with Arafat? OH! yes that one…When he agreed for peace and went right into war. But the Arabs are now spinning that Israel is this and that.
    PLEEEZE. If you did not have the[Snipped for vitriol]the Middle East.

  30. Heaven has spoken and the scums of the earth chatter like fools and raise their fists to their own eventual demise. Congratulations to Mr. Netanyahu and the Likud for standing up to tyrants of this our world! I had a good nights sleep after hearing my Brother was given victory over his adversaries. NYT is lining my rubbish can…

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