Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel

From the diaries. I've got a Israel post coming up, particularly on the party situation over in Israel. A Likud led-gov't by Netanyahu would be disastrous, Jerome

I mostly stay out of the great I/P debate, because I am a nation-state kind of guy. While I see cultural mandates for land based on history and tradition, I view the premises of nation-states being the key to stability in any region. Be it the Middle East, Africa or South Asia.

But when another nation-state, especially a former leader of that nation-state, comes out and says one of our national tragedies was of great benefit to them, I begin to wonder where their allegiance really lies. These are not the kind of statements allies make.

From Haaretz:
Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel
By Haaretz Service and Reuters 74.html

The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.

"We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events "swung American public opinion in our favor."

Every candidate, and American, should demand that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu apologize for his statements. How dare he dance on the corpses ashes of 9/11 to score cheap political points. How can he possibly cheer lead on this issue, one of the great tragedies in American history.

If Hugo Chavez had said this, we would be rolling tanks into Caracas by sundown. I hold the leaders of Israel to a high standard, which makes this even a lower blow.

Demand Netanyahu apologize, and demand your candidate denounce such rhetoric.

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Netanyahu: 9/11 attacks good for Israel

16 Apr 2008

While Hillary and Obama argue about who is more pro-Israel, only Hillary seems to have adopted Israel's view that its greatest problem is terrorism and that it is terrorism that impedes peace in the Middle East, Hamas, of course, being the scapegoat. Hillary refuses to mention a Palestinian state, the military occupation that is the source of the problem, or Israel's continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the West Bank.

How did terrorism come to dominate talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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