National Security Adviser Jones Apologizes

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us-national-security-adviser-general-james-jonesWhite House National Security Adviser James Jones has apologized for a joke, reported earlier here on Matzav.com, that offended some Jewish citizens. “I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it,” Jones said in a statement. “It also distracted from the larger message I carried that day: that the United States commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct.”The apology came as President Obama attended a meeting today between Jones and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Here is a summary of the joke, according to The Jewish Daily Forward:

A Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He finally arrives at a store run by a Jew and asks for water. The Jewish vendor tells him he doesn’t have any water but can gladly sell him a tie. The Taliban, the jokes goes on, begins to curse and yell at the Jewish store owner. The Jew, unmoved, offers the rude militant an idea: Beyond the hill, there is a restaurant; they can sell you water. The Taliban keeps cursing and finally leaves toward the hill. An hour later he’s back at the tie store. He walks in and tells the merchant: ‘Your brother tells me I need a tie to get into the restaurant.”

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, told ABC News the attempted humor was “inappropriate.”

“It’s stereotypic,” Foxman said. “Some people believe they need to start a speech with a joke; this was about the worst kind of joke the head of the National Security Council could have told.”

Not great timing for Jones, given the tension between the Obama administration and Israel.

{USA Today/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}

7 COMMENTS

  1. “commitment to Israel¬ís security is sacrosanct”

    LIARS, LIARS, LIARS.
    Obama, Clinton, James Jones,and the rest of the clique are throwing Israel to the dogs.

  2. WHERE IS THE MEDIA? WHY ARE THEY NOT HOWLING FOR HIS REIGNATION. IF THIS WAS A JOKE ABOUT A BLACK OR AN ARAB THEY WOULD BE SCREAMIOING FOR HIS RESIGNATION AS WE SAW WITH IMUS AND THE LIKE

  3. But I thought it was funny. And recently when Ann Coulter’s speech was canceled because of an insult to Arabs, everyone defended Coulter. This joke wasn’t even insulting.

    Get a sense of humor, people! This one made me laugh.

  4. people are so sensitive. Foxman is an example of one who pounces on anyone for saying anything that sounds remotly anti semetic. It is totally childish to make an issue out of a non issue and trump up a stupid joke. Maybe if we focused on true anti semitism instead of acting like babies about how omg! that joke was mean spirited……grow up!!!!!!!!

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