The New York Instances atavistic hostility to Israel reveals by means of in Friday’s piece, “Pompeo Journey to Israel Delivers Parting Presents, Delighting Laborious-Liners.” The textual content field was breathtakingly cynical: “Putting political land mines forward of the Biden administration.”
Neither reporter David Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner will be accused of being sympathetic to Israel, but this newest entry is very hostile and cynical in its therapy of what’s presumably U.S. Secretary of State’s Mike Pompeo final official journey to the nation (click on “increase”):
The excessive level of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s valedictory journey to Israel might simply have been the lengthy, grateful recitation by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday of the presents that the Trump administration has bestowed upon his right-wing authorities.
However then Mr. Pompeo unwrapped some new ones.
He introduced that america would henceforth view the worldwide boycott-Israel motion as anti-Semitic. He stopped on the occupied West Financial institution, turning into essentially the most senior American official to go to one among Israel’s settlements, which a lot of the world considers a violation of worldwide regulation.
All advised, Mr. Pompeo’s whirlwind day was scarcely a mere victory lap. It was a final probability to bolster Israel’s hard-line strategy to the Palestinians and, as Democrats and different supporters of a two-state resolution cried foul, to position political land mines within the path of the incoming Biden administration.
It was additionally a day full of photograph alternatives that might be helpful for Mr. Pompeo, notably with the evangelical Christian voters he has lengthy courted, have been he to hunt the Republican nomination for president in 2024.
Mr. Pompeo’s admirers say his help for Israel, like his evangelical beliefs, is deeply felt.
However there’s additionally a rushed sense to the Trump administration’s diplomatic strikes on the Israeli-Palestinian battle because the clock runs down as if, like settlers themselves, they’re frantically pouring concrete in hopes that it’s going to set earlier than Jan. 20. It’s the identical strategy the lame-duck administration is taking with Iran.
That Professional-Palestinian cynicism was adopted by a number of overdone paragraphs about Pompeo’s cease at a neighborhood vineyard, paired with left-wing whining.
Native Palestinians and Israeli land consultants say that most of the vines that provide the Psagot vineyard develop on plundered soil….
Munif Treish, a 70-year-old Palestinian-American who mentioned his household owned land in Psagot, known as Mr. Pompeo’s go to astonishing.
“By regulation, Pompeo is meant to guard the property and pursuits of Americans everywhere in the world,” he mentioned. “However he’s coming right here to offer legitimacy to the Israeli settlers who’re trespassing, grabbing and cultivating our land illegally.”
The Instances has issued many defenses of B.D.S. It stands for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions motion, the anti-Israel, usually anti-Semitic motion that concentrating on the nation as a singular offender towards human rights within the Center East, and the Palestinian individuals specifically.
This story flew the identical tattered banner:
Modeled on the struggle towards apartheid in South Africa, B.D.S. seeks to mobilize worldwide financial and political stress on Israel in solidarity with the Palestinians. Many supporters see it as aimed primarily at ending Israel’s occupation of the West Financial institution. However its opponents say the motion’s actual objective is the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.
Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian chief within the West Financial institution who’s a proponent of the boycott, assailed Mr. Pompeo’s announcement as one other try by the Trump administration to field in Mr. Biden by inserting earlier than him “obstacles that they suppose are irreversible.”
“B.D.S. is a peaceable, nonviolent motion,” Mr. Barghouti mentioned. “Calling it anti-Semitic is one other method of suppressing individuals’s rights of freedom of expression and freedom of selection, and in addition a harassment of the American individuals who have the fitting to decide on whether or not to take part in it or not take part in it.”