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Channel 4 News levels baseless charge that Israeli politician used “racist tropes”

An April 10th Channel 4 News report on the Israeli elections by Inigo Gilmore included a very brief exchange between the presenter and Likud MK Gideon Sa’ar during the party’s victory celebration in Tel Aviv.  Before showing the exchange, Gilmore described Sa’ar’s reply to his question about Netanyahu’s promise to annex some West Bank settlements as repeating “familiar racist tropes”.

Here are the comments by Sa’ar that Gilmore describes as racist (the 2:16 mark of this video):

Sa’ar: “Never in the history [was there a] Palestinian state, and the future will be the same”.

Gilmore: “So, the re-election of Netanyahu means the end of any hopes for a Palestinian state. Is that right?”

Sa’ar: There are enough Arab states in the region…and the Arabs living in Judea and Samaria will continue to enjoy full autonomy”.

Whilst you can of course reasonably find Sa’ar’s opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state objectionable, it’s unclear how such views can be characterised as evoking “familiar racist tropes”.  

Further in the report, Gilmore casually claimed that Benny Gantz, who led the rival Blue and White Party, has “boasted about killing Palestinians”. This is extremely misleading, as the presenter is likely referring to  campaign videos put out by Gantz, the former IDF Chief of Staff, in which he took credit for killing terrorists and destroying Hamas military targets during the 2014 war.  This is a far cry from “boasting about killing Palestinians“. In fact, Gantz has expressed pride in IDF’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties, and repeatedly said during the campaign that “seeking peace with the Palestinians is not shameful”.

The Channel 4 News presenter’s unsubstantiated allegations against both Sa’ar and Gantz represent another example of the British media promoting the “Israel is moving dangerously right” narrative regardless of the facts.

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  1. Yes, Farmer, why do you write blatant lies?

    The Palestinian population has been ruled (sic) by its own corrupt, tyrannical rulers for the past quarter-century:

    West Bank:
    “The Palestinian National Authority (PA or PNA; Arabic: السلطة الوطنية الفلسطينية‎ as-Sulṭa al-Waṭanīya al-Filasṭīnīya) is the interim self-government body established in 1994 following the Gaza–Jericho Agreement to govern the Gaza Strip and Areas A and B of the West Bank,[4] as a consequence of the 1993 Oslo Accords.[5][6]”

    “In May 1994, following the Palestinian-Israeli agreements known as the Oslo Accords, a phased transfer of governmental authority to the Palestinians took place.”

    Remaining under Israeli control is solely Area C, containing about 6% of the Palestinian population. 94% has been under Palestinian control since 1994.

  2. This Farmer is a real farmer :-). They guy probably wears swastika hats and has Hitler’s photos at home. He obviously has deep resentment to Jews and Israel. Sad.

  3. “Whilst you can of course reasonably find Sa’ar’s opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state objectionable” – sorry why is it objectionable? The “Palestinians” are a nation made up by the KGB – there never was an Arab State called Palestine and all land west of the Jordan River was included in the Mandate for the establishment of a Jewish not an Arab homeland. Please do not regurgitate Arab propaganda in order to curry favor. There is no and never has been any legal moral or historical justification for the creation of another Arab State in the Middle East in the land included within the Mandate for Palestine one is enough. British attempts to do so were a cynical ploy to deny Jewish historical, legal and moral right to the land in order to appease the Arabs in order to to retain control of oil supplies.