Bernie Sanders: An Accessory to Terror at the Gaza Border

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The Gaza border conflict is being fought on two battlefields simultaneously. One is the battle at the border fence, where the aggressors use Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, rocks, sling shots, burning tires, and flaming kites. The other is the battle for the hearts and minds of the American public, where the aggressors use distortions, omissions, fabrications, and innuendo.

In the battle for public opinion, Israel faces two formidable opponents: the far-left wing of the Democratic Party, and a large number of major news-media outlets. The two work hand in hand, feeding off one another, with belligerent political figures repeatedly appearing as commentators and then in turn issuing statements against Israel, which eager news hounds blast across the headlines.

Israeli Deputy Cabinet Minister Michael Oren had some very interesting things to say about this problem last week in a conference call with pro-Israel activists in the United States. The call was sponsored by American Friends of Likud and the Endowment for Middle East Truth.

Oren served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He’s a political moderate who represents the centrist Kulanu Party in the governing coalition. Over the years, he has emerged as one of Israel’s most effective English-language spokesmen, and is known for his measured tone. There are no hysterics when he speaks. He sure didn’t mince words, however, in his assessment of those who are misrepresenting and even rationalizing the Gaza mobs.

“I am deeply disappointed that Senator Dianne Feinstein is calling for an ‘international investigation’ into Israel’s actions, and that Senator Bernie Sanders has now gone so far as to call for the Palestinian ‘right of return’ to Israel,” said Oren. “Calling for the ‘right of return’ is essentially calling for the destruction of Israel.”

Sanders’ office last week circulated a video highlighting the “right of return.” When pressed by reporters, he declined to say whether he endorses or opposes it. But if your staff circulates a propaganda video, and you don’t specifically disown and condemn it, then that constitutes a de facto endorsement.

Palestinian Arab spokesmen, by the way, are not at all coy about the issue. The say openly that their goal is to have millions of Arabs “return” to Israel in order to become the majority of the population — so that it will no longer be a Jewish state.

Sanders has also rationalized the mass violence. In a May 15 tweet, he declared: “It’s important to understand the desperate situation out of which these protests have arisen.”

Deputy Minister Oren said that, “the problem is that Senator Sanders, in many ways, is setting the tone for the policies of the entire Democratic Party.” This, he warned, should be “a source for acute concern” among Israelis, as well as friends of Israel abroad.

Seeking support for Israel among both Democrats and Republicans should still be Israel’s goal, Oren said, noting that “it’s important that neither side should assume that they have the Jewish vote in their pocket.” He added, “The historical example I always give to illustrate this principle is the fact that Franklin Roosevelt got 90 percent of the Jewish vote, and yet he did absolutely nothing for European Jews during the Holocaust.”

Oren acknowledged there are “significant obstacles” to winning over substantial support among Democrats. Part of the problem, in his view, is the “political culture among young Democrats.” Some of the values that are very important to Israelis, “such as family, tradition, and the need for a strong military,” are “not necessarily prevalent among many younger Democrats.”

The Sanders perspective is also being amplified by large segments of the news media, Oren pointed out. “Many news media representatives couldn’t care less when Arabs kill Arabs in various countries; they only care about Arab deaths when Jews are forced to kill Arabs in self-defense.”

Oren also reminded us that the Western news media seldom report that “Hamas starves its own population, blocks trucks coming from Israel with food, and manipulates young Palestinians to go to the border fence — all for the purpose of getting killed, so that their sympathizers can get on television and accuse the Israelis of being killers.”

He said that if the statements made by Sanders and biased media outlets “persuade Hamas that its strategy is working, [and that leads Hamas to send] more young people to the border fence to throw bombs,” then those media representatives and political figures will “become accessories to terror, abettors to terror — the blood of those young people will be on their hands.”

Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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  1. “Kol hamerachem al ha’achzarim, sofo le’achzer al harachmanim” – all who are merciful to those who are cruel will end up acting cruelly to those who are merciful. This, in a nutshell, describes Bernie Sanders and others of his ilk perfectly. Furthermore, his liberalism is no excuse as is proven by liberal Alan Dershowitz who isn’t in the least reticent in his full-throated defense of his Jewish brethren in Israel.

  2. Bernie is included in the posh’ai yisroel together with niturei karta who are inclusive in the אין להם חלק לעולם הבא group and won’t be joining us for תחיית המתים. We should take a good look at them now, because we won’t be seeing them again in the עולם האמת.
    They are חוטאים that are מחטיא את הרבים and joined with the שונאי ישראל. The גמרא says that אין מספיקים בידם לעשות תשובה that’s how bad their behavior is.
    Truly a nebach how people can get so blinded by not having any guidance and using their feelings to justify such cursed behavior.
    Hashem should continue watching us from not ח״ו getting influenced by them.

    • As dispiriting as it is to see the behavior of NK, Bernie Sanders and many others who engage in actions that clearly appear to be rishus, only G-d knows who is truly a rasha, who is a tinok shenishba (does brainwashing from birth qualify?) and who may have any other reason that allows them to leave Gihenom after they’ve been sufficiently punished.

    • Is that so? Ever been to the Mir in Yerushaayim? Or Ponevitch in Bnei Berak? There are more Israelis in Eretz Yisroel that believe in Hashem and the Torah than who don’t. Be careful about being motzi la’az al Klal Yisroel. We’re only one week away from the parsha of the meraglim, and we all know what happened to them.

    • That’s true. It’s only Chasdei Hashem and Limud Torah that keeps the medina alive. We have to thank Hashem every minute for His Chasadim and keep limud Hatorah strong.

      • Chasdei Hashem extends to those who protect the country with their BODIES. Do not ever belittle or malign those who fight with real Mesiras Nefesh. By focussing exclusively on one mitzvah at the exclusion of another, you portray a jaundiced version of Yahadus.

    • ISRAEL SOTO May 28, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      “what right do the israelis have eretz yisroel they dont believe in hashem and not in the torah”.
      By you writing the above ,YOU dont believe in Hashem and the Torah.

  3. tell Bernie, to give the land back his forefathers stole from the Native American’s.

    The difference between Bernie the Jew and Israeli Jews is, the Jew’s in Israel returned to take their land back, conversely Bernie continues to live on stolen land, land NO WHITE MAN EVER LIVED ON.

  4. Hillary is 1000 times better than Bernie. Hillary could easily be bought out. She knows how the game is played. She knows how to make nice to all sides. Her hubby, Bill, was perhaps the best true politician in our Country’s history. He had the ability to make everyone feel wanted, loved, & cared for. He invented the “I feel your pain”. Bernie is an out and out Communist who is so brainwashed and evil in his ways, he would drive his party right off a cliff without batting an eye. Thank God the DNC cheated Bernie out of the Presidency. Even had he somehow made it, the entire country (left & right) would of turned against him and literary thrown him out.


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