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Silverstein Lets His Guard Down

Anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein has long denied he is anti-Israel or a supporter of terrorists.

I have long said he is full of it, and he has just confirmed it with a response to a question I left on his blog under the name “AD” (he obviously was not able to work out that AD stands for “Aussie Dave”):

On August 24th, 2008 at 10:02 am
AD said:

What do you think of the fact these “peace activists” are more than happy to meet with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh? Does that not disturb you?

Here’s a screen shot of Silverstein’s response (I prefer to take screenshots when it comes to Silverstein, since he has a propensity to delete/change his comments when confronted with the truth and is backed in to a corner). You can click on it to enlarge.

Besides the fact he clearly states there was nothing wrong with the Free Gaza people meeting with an arch terrorist like Haniyeh, notice how he places the words ‘Hamas terrorists’ in scare quotes, as if mocking the notion they are actually terrorists. At the very least, he cannot bring himself to use the word “terrorists” when talking of Hamas, an organization that openly talks of destroying Israel and has perpetrated numerous terrorist attacks towards this end.

Disgraceful.

3 thoughts on “Silverstein Lets His Guard Down”

  1. Silverstein appears to be romancing a “David and Goliath” scenario that he’s formulated in his head; Haniyeh plays David and Israel is Goliath (you could say the same for the Free Gaza folks).

    But the reality of the situation is that Haniyeh is no David. There’s no reason to have sympathy for a terrorist simply because he’s outgunned by Israel. This is an irrational reflex that is the Achilles heal of liberals.

    As for Olmert and Barak meeting with the idiot, I’m siding with the United States on this issue. Hamas has been labeled a terrorist organization and the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. I don’t think Israel should either.

  2. “Haniyeh plays David and Israel is Goliath”.

    300 million Arabs are “David” and 5 million Jews are “Goliath”. I love how the world changed since Biblical times.

    Anyway, doesn’t the PLO also call Hamas “terrorists”? Isn’t Silverstein therefor not only anti-Israel but also anti-PLO? He speaks of a need for Israelis and Arabs to talk, but he is openly against those two sides (Israel and the PLO) who actually do talk.

    So what’s his point?

  3. “300 million Arabs are ‘David’ and 5 million Jews are ‘Goliath’. I love how the world changed since Biblical times.”

    The irony is sweet. It’s a poor analogy, I confess, because in the traditional story of “David and Goliath”, David is a hero with positive intentions. That obviously isn’t the case with the Palestinians but it’s a popular analogy simply because Israel (and please, let’s be honest here) could crush Palestine if it so chooses. (Which I think they should, but that’s another argument completely)

    So, for Silverstein to fantasize that Haniyeh is David in a sense that he’s weak compared to Israel, then fine. He’s a fool to believe that. The raw number of citizens (Palestinians vs. Israelis) is irrelevant.

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