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Israeli Diplomats Suspended for Unprofessional Behavior

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Three Israeli diplomats have been recalled from their posts abroad for unprofessional behavior, using Twitter posts on their personal accounts to criticize top administration officials – the very government they represent.

Civil service regulations and Foreign Ministry rules are clear that foreign service personnel are prohibited from making their personal political views public. This particularly applies to diplomats representing the State of Israel and its interests in the world arena and who operate a source of public information and advocacy for Israel on social media.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered the immediate suspension Wednesday of Israel’s Ambassador to Switzerland, Yigal Caspi. Also recalled from their posts were Assaf Moran, who handles political affairs at the Israel Embassy in New Delhi, and Yaron Gamburg, who works in the Department of Political Research and was a former spokesperson for the Israel Embassy in Paris. All three were told to return for disciplinary hearings prior to termination.

A retweet by Caspi originally written by a journalist read: “It’s shocking how Lieberman waved off his ministers. Not that they were especially good, and yet his use of people, bringing them in and letting them go when he is sick of them, is horrible.”

The ambassador also retweeted another journalist’s post, this one regarding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress: “Is it no longer possible to suffice in scaring us here in Hebrew? (He) has to fly all the way to the US Congress and tell them in English how dangerous Iran’s nuclear program is?”

There were a number of others retweeted by Caspi, written by the same journalist, all in a similar vein.

The other two diplomats likewise retweeted posts criticizing the prime minister and other ministers in government. One tweet was an original post aimed at Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of Bayit Yehudi.

The behavior is unprofessional at best, self-destructive and truly harmful to the state’s interests at worst. It proves this country still has a long way to go in weeding out those who hold tight to their jobs, not necessarily out of competence but thanks to their seniority and state benefits.

For this reason alone, Israel’s image abroad has suffered immeasurably, and will continue to suffer until there is a way to hire competent people to replace those who place their personal interests above loyalty to the state.

Dermer ‘Breaches Protocol’ and Backs the Patriots

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Israel Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer joked about White House complaints that he breached protocol and tweeted on Sunday, “Breaking Protocol, Choosing Sides: Go Patriots.”

The Obama administration has publicly charged with Dermer for “breaking protocol”  by not directly informing the administration that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will speak to Congress in March. Netanyahu is expected to use the occasion to deliver a broadside at President Obama’s insistence to veto any Congressional bill for sanctions against Iran.

Dermer has been under the gun on both sides of the Atlantic, so he used the Super Bowl as an opportunity to lighten things up a bit with his Tweet.

The Ambassador has denied he was at fault and told Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview Friday, “It was the speaker’s responsibility and normal protocol for the speaker’s office to notify the administration” that Netanyahu was invited to speak to Congress.

Samantha Power Still Can’t Get Foot Out of Mouth

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

And then she went and did something stupider.

This is as much fun to watch as a guy slipping on the stuff he didn’t pick up after his doggie. Last Sunday night, our Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power made the mistake of tweeting the tried and true official claptrap about peace and understanding and how we should all restrain ourselves and do our little bit so that violence will stop. It’s stupid, it’s entirely without any foundation in the reality of our current universe, but it’s her leftist mantra and she has no other, so she tweeted it.

Big mistake. Because the tweet came as her takeaway from her own speech as the guest of honor at a UCLA memorial dinner for slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, and she made it sound, God help her, like the beheaded Pearl should have curbed his violent tendencies, because, hey, look how he ended up.

There’s stupid and there’s stupid, and this one broke the record for stupid, held, I believe, by Sarah Palin for seeing Russia from her house, and Alexander Hague’s attempt at a shortcut to the U.S. presidency with his “I’m in charge.”

Power tweeted: “Daniel Pearl’s story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN”

She was attacked by angry mobs of keyboard wielding Americans, anyone with an ax to grind against the administration, basically. The stark contrast between her kindergarten teacher morality and the satanic viciousness of Pearl’s murderers evoked holy rage in anyone to the right of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. And then she went and did something stupider.

Any media adviser fresh out of high school would have told Power to shut up, keep her head down and in a couple of weeks only mean spirited, conservative pundits would remember this fiasco. But, apparently, she was fresh out of those.

So she tweeted a correction. Ouch:

Correction: @DanielPearlFNDN’s work is a reminder that individual accountability + reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.

What she did is suggest that she didn’t mean the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, but rather the foundation named after him, they should help in breaking the cycle of violence.

In other words, she took a lawyer instead of a publicist to deal with the problem. It didn’t go over well.

schlute: So @AmbassadorPower is still saying Daniel Pearl shouldn’t have been such a Jewy Jew? Is she seriously that tone deaf?

T. Becket Adams: I still have no idea what this means.

Harold: Thats like…so philosophical, man.

Mike Newman: Some people who try to be philosophical, just sound like idiots.

Hating Breitbart: When will the cycle of Muslims cutting people’s heads off end? When Jews & Christians stop being born?

It just went on and on like that, because the woman threw a new, upgraded slab of raw meat in front of the crowd, so the crowd rolled out the barbecues out of the garage again.

So now she went all out with a second correction:

Samantha Power ‏@AmbassadorPower

As I said last night, the men who murdered Daniel Pearl did so because “he was an American, and most of all, because he was a Jew.”

Needless to say, it didn’t help much. The responses are still coming in, but, so far, these guys were not buying it:

Moose Airborne: @AmbassadorPower Maybe it should have been your head?

Robot J. McCarthy: @AmbassadorPower You are a worthless Communist!!!

Incidentally, according to JTA, during her Sunday night at the 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, Power asserted that the United States opposes boycotts of Israeli institutions and products “as disruptive of the peace process.” Not illegal, mind you, not a vicious, possibly criminal campaign against a close ally – just unhelpful to the peace process.

What are you saying, Ambassador, that were it effective in pushing the peace process forward you’re all in favor of the boycotts?

Someone at the white house, do the administration a big favor, when she’s not looking, grab Ambassador Power’s iPhone and delete her Tweeter account. Before she issues another correction.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Removes ‘Hitler-United Nations’ Tweet

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Somebody on the Israeli Foreign Ministry staff in Ireland has a lot of explaining to do after sending a tweet, which since has been removed, suggesting that Hitler would be happy with the United Nations’ consistent anti-Israel policies. “It’s from 2011: The #UN has itself become a tool against #Israel. Hitler couldn’t have been made happier,” stated the tweet, which provided a link to an article with the transcript of a speech supportive of Israel and delivered by a South Sudanese human rights activist who was protesting the Durban II conference against racism.

Simon Deng, in his speech in New York in 2011, charged that the conference in Durban “is a tool of the enemies of Israel” and that “the UN has itself become a tool against Israel. For over 50 years, 82 percent of the UN General Assembly emergency meetings have been about condemning one state – Israel. Hitler couldn’t have been made happier.”

The tweet upset readers, and the Foreign Ministry quickly removed it. Trying to defend the tweet, the ministry explained there was no intention to compare Hitler with the United Nations and that the tweet simply was meant for readers to open up the linked article.

Muslim Brotherhood Tweet on Jews Aimed at Jon Stewart (Video)

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood tweeted a message – believed to be directed at “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart – linking to a video alleging that Jews control the U.S. media.

Max Fisher of the Washington Post wrote on his blog that the link was aimed at Stewart after he devoted a segment of his popular Comedy Central program to criticizing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for jailing popular Egyptian TV host and political satirist Bassem Youssef, nicknamed “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” Youssef was released on bail and will face trial after being arrested over the weekend for criticizing Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The link was from a clip in Arabic from the Al Jazeera Arabic network featuring former CNN host Rick Sanchez alleging that Jews control the media and that Stewart, who is Jewish, does not belong to a real minority group.

“I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah,” Sanchez said in the September 2010 broadcast.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo tweeted the “Daily Show” link of the segment ripping Morsi, which the Muslim Brotherhood in a tweet called “Another undiplomatic & unwise move by @USEmbassyCairo, taking sides in an ongoing investigation & disregarding Egyptian law & culture,” Fisher reported.

Will Congress Investigate Obama’s Attempt to Derail Bibi?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Dan Senor, American author of Start Up Nation and former adviser to U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, sent out an electrifying message on Israel’s election day, January 22, claiming that two U.S. officials in Israel quietly conceded that President Obama’s statements to Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg were an intentional effort to hurt Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in the election.

If what Senor claims is true, and President Obama was attempting to influence the Israeli election, it is possible that it could become the subject of a congressional investigation.

The statements at issue were revealed in an article Goldberg wrote for Bloomberg on January 14.  That article, the headline of which was, “Obama: Israel Doesn’t Know What its Best Interests Are,” was filled with insider dish from Goldberg, and it was ugly.

Among the things that Goldberg claimed Obama has said about Netanyahu were that his policies were “self-defeating,” that “Israel doesn’t know what its own interests are,” and that “Netanyahu is moving his country down the path toward near-total isolation.”  Goldberg wrote that Obama made these comments frequently, and to several people.

The particular impetus for Obama’s dissing of the Israeli Prime Minister, according to Goldberg, was the decision to go ahead with building Jewish homes in Mevaseret Adumim (often referred to by the impersonal designation “E1.”)  The decision to go forward with building in this area came on the heels of the United Nations vote upgrading the status of the Palestinian Authority to non-member observer state in November of last year.

Goldberg, a centrist liberal Jewish writer who is considered to have credible access to the White House, opined in his article that

On matters related to the Palestinians, the president seems to view the prime minister as a political coward, an essentially unchallenged leader who nevertheless is unwilling to lead or spend political capital to advance the cause of compromise.

It is tempting to believe that Goldberg suffers from excessive hubris and confused his own views for that of the president’s.  But Senor’s tweet reveals that U.S. officials understood that what President Obama was doing was issuing a not so subtly veiled threat to the Israeli people that the U.S. may be willing to really put daylight between itself and Israel unless they choose a less intractable prime minister.

This is the Senor message and several responses.


Free Gaza Movement Founder’s Tweet Says Zionists Caused the Holocaust (Video)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Greta Berlin, founder of the Free Gaza Movement, published a tweet at the beginning of October that directly blamed Zionists for the Holocaust. “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews,” Berlin tweeted through the official Twitter feed of the group.

The link was posted with the tweet to an anti-Semitic video by Eustace Mullins, a conspiracy theorist and anti-Semite who claims the Jews are at war with the Western World. In the video, he claimed that the word “Nazi” is translated to mean “National Socialist” and “Zionist.”

The tweet was later retracted. Berlin stated: “I shared it without watching it. I am sorry that I just sent it forward without looking at it. It won’t happen again.”

The tweet has already caused embarrassment among supporters of the Free Gaza movement. One supporter, Larry Derfner, quoting Greta Berlin, believes the post was simply a discussion over the horrors of propaganda: “[the post] came from Greta’s private Facebook page and was shared with a group of people who were discussing propaganda and racism, and this link was an example of the terrible propaganda that could be spewed on websites” he quoted on his blog.

The tweet has led to the resignation of at least one Free Gaza board member, Naomi Klein, a Canadian author and social justice activist. In her own tweet, she cites leadership challenges as the reason for her resignation.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/free-gaza-movement-founders-tweet-says-zionists-caused-the-holocaust-video/2012/10/23/

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