Max Blumenthal uses the assassination of Osama Bin Laden as an excuse to push the ridiculous claim, advanced by Israel-haters for years, that Binyamin Netanyahu was overjoyed at the events of 9/11.
Blumenthal says that Netanyahu called the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon “very good.” But what he glosses over is the question he was answering. From the New York Times, September 12, 2001:
Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, ”It’s very good.” Then he edited himself: ”Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.” He predicted that the attack would ”strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we’ve experienced terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of terror.”
The question was specifically about US-Israeli relations, not about what he thought of the terror attacks. Netanyahu answered accurately and then immediately realized that this obvious truth could be twisted by people with an agenda–like Blumenthal–so he clarified what he meant.
Blumenthal, like all Israel-bashers who suffer from terminal intellectual dishonesty, ignored the context of the comment.
Yet the truth is undeniable–9/11 did make Americans wake up and realize what Israel has gone through for decades. It caused previously complacent Americans to realize that there was a global threat from Islamist terror groups. It woke up the government to be less sanguine about what national security means in an era of jihadists deliberately targeting civilians.
Not only that, but the US has used Israel as the model on how to fight terror. We went on the offensive, forcing the enemy to fight trained soldiers rather than have the luxury of planning attacks on innocent civilians on our shores. We used unmanned armed drones, sophisticated electronics intelligence, and beefed up our more traditional human intelligence, just like Israel. We adopted Israel’s methods on how to fight in urban areas while minimizing casualties of civilians. We used Israeli technology and methodology to help treat battlefield injuries and to help defeat threats from IEDs and missiles.
Even at home, city police forces and hospitals took lessons from Israeli experts on how to deal with local threats.
Bibi was correct in that 9/11 helped US-Israeli relations, on many levels.
To say that he therefore is happy about 9/11 is, however, pure slander. It would be similar to saying that CNN was considers 9/11 “very good” because its ratings soared as the only 24-hour news channel at the time, or that the head of the Department of Homeland Security is thrilled that 3,000 Americans died because their deaths gave him a high-profile job and budget. In short, Blumenthal’s charge that Netanyahu–and, by implication, all Zionists–are happy when Americans die is nothing short of obscene. It is a sick, transparent attempt on his part to drive a wedge between America and Israel.
To him and his friends on the far Left, the strong relationship between the US and Israel is the real evil that must be fought, not radical Islamists who want to see Blumenthal dead just as much as they want to kill all Jews and Americans.
Blumenthal goes on to posit that Bin Laden’s death is bad news for Bibi. He links to, but does not quote from, Netanyahu’s actual statement about the assassination:
This is an historic day for the United States of America and for all the countries engaged in the battle against terrorism. I want to congratulate President Obama and the American people. I want to congratulate America’s soldiers, and its intelligence personnel for a truly outstanding achievement. It took ten years to track Osama bin Laden down. It took ten years to bring a measure of justice to his victims.
But the battle against terrorism is long and relentless and resolute. This is a day of victory – a victory for justice, for freedom and for our common civilization.
There is a reason Blumenthal doesn’t want to quote Netanyahu directly. Instead, he dismisses it as political grandstanding to stay in President Obama’s good graces. Blumenthal’s proof? An article by Akiva Eldar, who hates Netanyahu as much as Bluemnthal does!
In other words, Blumenthal will twist whatever facts, words and deeds he needs to in order to fit them with his pre-determined agenda of Zionism as a unique evil.
The upshot of his article is the wishful thinking that Israel’s relationship with the US will be hurt by the weakening of al-Qaeda. He ends off with an astonishing display of his own utter disregard for the safety of Israeli civilians:
With Bin Laden gone, Netanyahu will likely try to sell Americans on new folk devils, from Hamas in Gaza to the nuclearized “new Hitler” in Iran. But these evildoers have expressed little, if any, interest in attacking the United States.
In other words, Blumenthal posits, Americans aren’t interested in saving the lives of Israelis, and Netanyahu can only interest selfish Americans on trumped-up threats to themselves. To Blumenhal, Americans are self-centered, spoiled brats whose interest in the world is nil.
This is simply psychological projection on his part.
It is Blumenthal who doesn’t care if Israelis get blown up in terror attacks or an Iranian nuclear bomb, not mainstream Americans. Americans are more interested in justice for innocent non-American civilians than he can even imagine. After all, the US just bombed a far-away country in order to save Arab civilians from being killed by their dictator – and most Americans supported this action.
The article does not reveal anything about Binyamin Netanyahu’s fears. Rather, it reveals Max Blumenthal’s fears–the fear that Americans who are naturally and overwhelmingly pro-Israel will continue to show their admiration, and visceral support, to the Jewish state.
This is something that this hateful, pitiful man simply cannot stomach.