Economist provides no evidence to support charge against Israel PM over Charlottesville

An article in the Aug. 26th print edition of The Economist was critical of the Israeli prime minister’s delay in condemning antisemitism and racism at last week’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Headline of Economist article

Here’s the beginning of their critique:

Only after Mr Trump’s carefully scripted denunciation of “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” did Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, issue a tweet saying, “Outraged by expressions of anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and racism.” 

The article then criticises Netanyahu’s response for failing to name the groups responsible for the hate.

 Mr Netanyahu made no reference to where these expressions were made, nor to who was making them. He did not react to Mr Trump’s later comments, which pinned blame for the violence on both the neo-Nazis and the people who turned out to oppose them.

Whilst the article does acknowledge that Netanyahu’s putatively muted and delayed response to Charlottesville may have been partly motivated by the desire to maintain good relations with the US, another explanation is offered.

But his reluctance to speak out against anti-Semitism in America is about more than that. Mr Netanyahu and his supporters seem to believe that the people opposing the white supremacists are at least as dangerous to Israel as the neo-Nazis

Whilst it may be true that some of Netanyahu’s supporters “believe that the people opposing the white supremacists are at least as dangerous to Israel as the neo-Nazis”, what proof does The Economist provide to support the charge that Netanyahu himself believes this? 

Here’s the sum of their evidence:

Take Mr Netanyahu’s son Yair, who condemned the neo-Nazis on Facebook, but added that the counter-protesters of Antifa and Black Lives Matter “hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much”.

Of course, the views of Netanyahu’s son regarding the relative threats posed by neo-Nazis and the groups who opposed them in Charlottesville are of little relevance in assessing Netanyahu’s own opinions on the matter. The Economist made a very serious charge against Israel’s prime minister and offered literally zero proof to back it up.

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  1. I think Israelis know they are targets of global skepticism. As such, IDF and police are supposed to act that much more carefully so that outside interests don’t take advantage of the situation. We’ve all seen it. On that end, Bibi’s son should know better.

    Truth is, the idea that those who fight Nazis are just as bad as the Nazis themselves, comes from one place only: Breitbart. So if Bibi’s son wants to read Breitbart, and Bibi’s son is going to make stupid comments (first, that everyone there was either BLM or Antifa; second that being BLM or Antifa is just like being a Klan member or a neo-Nazi) then Bibi’s son is going to embarrass Israel.

    I have no love for the Economist. The fact they ran this article shows how petty this situation is. I, personally, don’t care what an Israeli has to say about America, but many other people do. They see America brazenly taken over by Israeli interests, and that doesn’t just hurt Jews’ feelings in the Land of the Free, but makes us susceptible to marches just like Charlottesville.

    I am in the camp that it’s high time Israel find a new PM. Bibi and his family will burn every bridge they get to in order to stay in power. The Trump effect is not limited to America.

    • Truth is, the idea that those who fight Nazis are just as bad as the Nazis themselves, comes from one place only: Breitbart.

      No. Extreme Islamists would implement killing of Jews for being Jews. Even if they lived in Australia,

      There are plenty of rabid haters in Momentum too.

      It’s a pity that technology which provides so much, can’t give us a portable device to detect real antisemitism. Although the definition of real antisemitism needs some intricate discussion.

      • Right Wing mania right here, folks. Don’t say anything unless you want a Right Wing Lunatic to scream about Muslims all day long. And Momentum! Yes, who wouldn’t talk about Muslims and Momentum in response to the Neo-Nazis marching through Charlottesville.

        Tell me again how on top of it the Right Wing always is?

      • “No. Extreme Islamists would implement killing of Jews for being Jews. Even if they lived in Australia,”

        Absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter. Great job.

    • When ever the Economist or the Guardian prints any article on Israel the British Media supports Trumps narrative of “Fake News”. Going forward these publications undermine their own credability daily.

    • How about 1,000 years of racist attacks? Is that good enough for you? Which was the first country to ban Jews – England.

      The British government has backed and assisted Islamofascist terrorists for over a century now in their quest to commit genocide against Jews for the crime of living in our homeland

      • “How about 1,000 years of racist attacks?”
        As the first Jews arrived in England after William the Conqueror invaded England. 1,000 years of racist attacks would not be possible.

        “Which was the first country to ban Jews – England.”
        Except the Emperors Tiberius and Claudius expelled the Jews from Rome, 1.000 years before Jews were recorded arriving in England. At the time Rome was a city, a country and an empire.

  2. One area where the CiF-holes (the Economist certainly fits in that ugly category with their track record) are not treading as carefully as they should is trying to do a Merlin-like “transference” of what far-Left groups are like relative to Israel/Jews/often both. There’s a good reason that several years ago, a blog posting that took comments from both the Huffington Post and the Nazi-run Stormfront noted that these two sites were, shall we say, pretty like-minded on Israel and Jews (to the HP’s credit, it took steps to get rid of its Stormfront equivalents, but it took a long time and much Leftist whinging before they did so successfully). If the Nazis in America are a cancer, the far-Left in America is a combination of gonorrhea and hepatitis: better only comparatively. And if the Left wants the Israeli PM to be the poster boy for fighting Nazis, they’ll have to recognize this. Spoiler alert: they won’t.