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US Does not Know If Israel Freed Terrorists or ‘Freedom Fighters’

If the US were to call settlements ‘illegal,’ it would be defining Israel by its 1949-1967 borders. But if can’t even deny terrorists are ‘freedom fighters,’ it is defining the PA as a non-terror entity.
Israeli bus after suicide bombing

Israeli bus after suicide bombing
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The U.S. State Dept. is not able to decide whether the 26 murderers and attempted murderers whom Israel freed early Wednesday morning are “terrorists,” “prisoners” or  “freedom fighters.”

As Jewish Press journalist Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote Tuesday in her profile of the State Dept.’s song and dance on whether Jewish “settlements” are “illegal “ or “illegitimate,” Associated Press reporter  Matt Lee also wanted to know how the United States agrees with the Palestinian Authority title of freed terrorists as “political prisoners.”

A rose is a rose is a rose, but Gertrude Stein isn’t around today, when a murderer is a freedom fighter.

“Most of these people have been convicted of murder, of killing people, and the Israelis are very clear on the fact that they think that these people are terrorists,” Marcus quoted Lee as saying. “The Palestinians say that they are political prisoners, and…they have instructed their ambassadors, all their representatives around the world, to refer to them as freedom fighters, political prisoners.

“Do you object to the Palestinians referring to them as political prisoners?’ Lee asked State Dept. deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf.

He response was, “I do not have a position on that.”

The State Dept. indeed has to be careful about every word it uses regarding the Palestinian Authority’s demands. Every word is placed under a microscope by each side and by the predominantly pro-PA media.

As yesterday’s article by Marcus clearly illustrated, the State Dept. refused to be backed into a corner by Lee when it comes to defining settlements as illegal. Doing so would effectively be a position that Israel’s borders are those that existed under the Temporary Armistice Lines in 1949 until the Six-Day War in 1967.

State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf settled for the not very complimentary word of “illegitimate.”

But the American government has no problem in labeling as a “settlement” every place where Jews live in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, and areas in Jerusalem claimed by the PA. The word itself is a disguise for “illegal” because “settlements” that are legal are called cities and towns.

The United States even uses the word “settlement” to describe the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Gilo and Ramot, each of which are home to more than 50,000 Jews.

At least the State Dept. does not call Gilo an “outpost,” but the word “settlement” implies is should not part of Israel.

The U.S. government does have a serious problem of stating where the capital of Israel is located. It does not place the capital as Tel Aviv, where the American and virtually every other foreign embassy is located. It also does not call Jerusalem the capital, and it even refuses to allow Americans living in Israel to state on their U.S. passports that their residence or their children’s birthplace is “Jerusalem, Israel.”

If it were to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would open up a can of worms, very violent worms, with the Arab world by recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem as its  capital. Of course, the United States could simply state that Jerusalem, based on the old borders, is Israel’s capital. But even that would be too much for the Arab world to swallow, out of fear that such recognition might leave open the future possibility of acknowledging the entire city as Israeli.

But what is the United States’ problem with stating that murderers are not freedom fighters or just plain “prisoners,” even if not terrorists? Calling them “political prisoners” would be an outrage to any sane person in the Western world. Recognizing them by either term would be a justification for terror.

Would that affect the outcome of the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Apparently so.

Calling them terrorists would imply that the Palestinian Authority employs terror, and that would contradict the ugly lie that the State Dept. perpetuates with the claim that Abbas has stopped terror, even though it is the IDF that has been mainly responsible for the decrease, but not the eradication, of terror.

The U.S. government, outside of the Congressional branch, has never condemned Abbas for glorifying terrorists and his official media for encouraging “martyrdom.”

When Lee asked, “If there isn’t anything that you call them, do you object to the Palestinians referring to them as freedom fighters?” spokeswoman Harf replied,  “The answer is I don’t know, and I will endeavor to get an answer for you on that as well.”

Stay tuned, but rest assured that although a rose is a rose is a rose, a terrorist is not a terrorist and a murderer is not a murderer.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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13 Responses to “US Does not Know If Israel Freed Terrorists or ‘Freedom Fighters’”

  1. Ben II says:

    It was wrong to free those Islamic terrorists in the first place. Bibi the Western Puppet needs to remember that Israel is a sovereign nation and not the 51st State.

  2. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    Then I don’t know what US troops are–soldiers or terrorists. Let me help. These alleged freedom fighters cut the throats of babies and bomb non-combatants as religion. Sickening. Why do we care what American fools say about anything?

  3. Carolin Knox says:

    Ugh….this whole release is disgusting.

  4. Lisa Kamins says:

    what is new? the state department has always hated Jews and Israel, we saw it very clearly with how they handled Jews from Europe coming in during WWII. Jews, and Israel create dichotomous feelings in most politicians, and in many, many people around the world. People seem to need to make this more complicated then what it is. a murderer is a murderer, period, there is no such thing as palestine, and if someone says they want to murderer you and yours, believe them and don't give them a second chance. the state department does not seem to have learned that, any way not with muslim radical terrorists.

  5. Cody Flecker says:

    The only terrorists that I can find are the Israelis themselves. They seem to delight in others mainly Palestinians who come into Israel and at random kill or maim its citizens. The real delight is when Israelis either turn their back to these actions, or don't care that this happens.

  6. Palestine is the different word for Israel. The land of the Jewish People now and always has been. The State Dept. has to adjust their thinking.

  7. It looks to me that if a peace deal were to be signed between the PA and Israel, it would still leave out about 50% of the Arab community living in Gaza. A peace treaty is not a peace treaty if about half of the people don't and won't abide by it. Hamas and others have to sign on to it as well or there is nothing to it really. No agreement should be made that requires Israel to give up the land God gave to them or the peace deal they reach won't be blessed by God and will instead be an evil thing in God's eyes. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria has allegedly used chemical weapons against his own people and has targeted Tel-Aviv with his missiles. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  8. The so called palestinian authority takes its direction from Hamas and other such groups. The killers are not freedom fighters, freedom from what? Being an official Israeli citizen with all the benefits this entails. No they are damn killers Obama, your too green behind the ears. Stick to Unions and health services, this is where you should have started, not at the top President of the US.

  9. Jaber Goodi says:

    **** Israel the cancer to world

  10. BrettChester says:

    I think we are living in world where we are afraid to call a spade a spade. Political correctness gone mad. 
    http://brettchester.com/news/if-not-terrorists-then-what

  11. The US goverment are more Hypocrates than the arabs, they are ass licking.

  12. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    The U. S. that made that statement doesn't know its ass from a hole in the ground……………

  13. Tim McKee says:

    10-4

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