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In 2014 Richard attended an International Conference on Combating Terrorism and Religious Extremism, held in Damascus. The book is part two in the Memoirs of Saint John series.

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The Netanyahu Gang–They Never Get Tired of Rubbing America’s Nose in the Dirt

Netanyahu former aid calls US ambassador a 'little Jew boy'


Last Thursday, in Davos, Switzerland, Benjamin Netanyahu issued what essentially amounted to a demand that America increase the amount of its annual assistance to the Jewish state, this in a statement he made at the World Economic Forum.

The Israeli prime minister said the increase is necessary because of the Iran deal.

“We’re talking about a bigger package”–necessary, he said, in order to “resist Iranian aggression in the region.”

Netanyahu’s comments came just one day after a former aid of his offered up a scathing remark about U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro. It would seem that no criticism of Israel can ever be tolerated from any US official, apparently even if the official is Jewish.

“Too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation or response by Israeli authorities, too much vigilantism goes unchecked,” Shapiro had remarked earlier in the week. “As Israel’s devoted friend and its most stalwart partner, we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law in the West Bank.”

But Shapiro, for his trouble, promptly had his nose rubbed in the dirt. In an appearance on Israeli TV on Wednesday, Aviv Bushinsky, a former political aid to Netanyahu, by way of response called Shapiro a “little Jew boy.”

This of course is not the first time prominent Israelis have insulted US officials. There have been other instances (see here and here ). Nevertheless, it seems that a US delegation will travel to Israel next week to discuss the new aid package.

Is the relationship between Israel and the US comparable to that between a parasite and its host? Some have drawn that analogy, and my own personal view is that it’s probably a valid one. If we look at the “special relationship” from that perspective, however, we might stretch the metaphor a bit further by saying that not only is the parasite feeding off the host’s blood, but is hurling insults at it as it does so.

The longer Americans go on putting up with insults and affronts of this type–from what is supposedly a “client state”–the more we become the laughing stocks of the world.



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9 Responses to "The Netanyahu Gang–They Never Get Tired of Rubbing America’s Nose in the Dirt"

  1. Dan  January 25, 2016 at 8:40 am

    The longer Americans go on putting up with insults and affronts…

    Imagine the atavic depths of hatred and contempt for America’s mostly Christian working poor that a man like Bernie Sanders must have, having chosen Sarah Silverman to introduce him to a mob of adoring Jews last Sept 13 in LA. What could be more symbolic and revealing of the real Sanders than his choosing and gushingly embracing a woman who sneered and seethed before an audience and cameras that if Jesus were alive today, she’d personally drive the nails through His hands and feet on a cross “in a heartbeat”?

  2. Masterdan  January 23, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Mat 6:24: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Boy and do they love it!!! Ask the millions of tenants living in Jewish owned buildings in NY how they let them go long hours without hot water or heat during winter to save money without any regard for people’s suffering. This people are so shameless, that they still exploit the “holocaust” in Fox News to ask for money.

  3. Amelius  January 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I can’t remember where I read it, it might have been here, but somebody once said something along the lines of,

    “Tell him that his ‘golden calf’ has grown into a bull and then give him the horns.”

    Whoever said it, I thought it was good.

  4. kkasica  January 23, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I am so sick of this parasite, apartheid state mooching off Americans tax dollars!! They are like freaking vampires..they take us for BILLLIONS every month, for WHAT?!! Then, they have the AUDACITY to demand more?!! Kick ’em to the curb like you would any other deadbeat!

  5. Altimometer  January 23, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    No laughing matter to the thousands of unemployed and homeless and those without food. A crumbling infrastructure shows the taxation without representation. Hell with those condescending types demanding support.

  6. Khalid Talaat  January 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I wonder what the son of a preacher man Ted “the Goy” Cruz would say about that when he would become president? Nothing. Thank God some of us only bow to Him and no man.

  7. jalenfromrosemont  January 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    But hey. We saved 19 million polluting the kids in Flint right?

  8. wjabbe  January 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    We are broke, busted, bankrupt. We are the country in need of aid. End all foreign aid and all arms shipments to any other country. If we provide security services for other countries they must pay us. They should pay us anyway. Look at how much money and scientific know how we have provided to the rest of the world. It is pay back time.

  9. Aziz Khalfan  January 23, 2016 at 11:52 am

    It is fine when American Politicians show their servility to Israelis, the problem starts once they force others to do the same.

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