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May 1, 2014 8:37 am

Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune: Obama, Kerry Talk to Israel ‘Mafia Style’ (VIDEO)

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Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune on Real News TV discussing John Kerry's "apartheid" comments. Photo: Screenshot.

The Obama administration’s penchant for predicting various woes that it says may befall Israel if a Palestinian state is not established is reminiscent of the famed Godfather movies, Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune said on Monday in an interview on Real News TV.

“The way that they are talking to Israel is as if they are Don Corleone here, it’s a mafia style, its like, ‘We would hate for something terrible to happen to that nice little Jewish state you’ve got going on there,'” Efune said. “It’s like, look, ‘This is how we think things should go, but if they don’t, you are going to get violence, you are going to be accused of apartheid, you are going to get diplomatic isolation.”

In reality, he asserted, the threats don’t really exist.

“It’s an artificial threat that is being created by the administration to push the Israelis to the point where they have to make concessions,” he said.

Efune added, “There is absolutely no question that Kerry’s comments are part of a wider tone and trend that we have seen coming from the administration, and similar comments were made by the president himself in a recent interview with Jeffrey Goldberg at Bloomberg View.”

Days earlier, Kerry ignited a firestorm after it was reported that he used the term “apartheid” in reference to Israel.

Discussing failing Israeli peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, he told a group of international high-ranking officials, known as the Trilateral Commission, that, “A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens, or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

Responding to Kerry’s remarks, Efune said, “What is really most troubling and damaging specifically about the use of the term apartheid is that it’s a term that is brandied about by some really, really bad people.”

“If you follow that thought all the way through, it’s a position that says that there is no Jewish right to self-determination and there cannot be a situation where Jews have a state of their own. So what Kerry has effectively done is aligned himself with people who are bigots, who are racists, who are anti-Semitic, by using a similar term in his reference to the situation there in Israel.”

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  • Tom Gander

    Obama and Kerry’s ace in the hole is they know Israel did 911 and so does the CIA, NSA, FBI, Military, and 3/4 of the American public. Yes blowing up the twin towers and blaming Jihadists in the 911 false flag was a very bad idea Israel.

  • Irwin Graulich

    Yasher Koach to Dovid Efune–a terrific representative of Am Yisrael!! Hashem is cheering you.

  • Aliza BasMenachem

    DE – GREAT JOB! I think its amazing that a writer and editor can also be such a great presenter. The visual presentation of yourself, your poise, the tone of your voice, and for the most part the rhythm of your diction gave a great impression and augmented your strong views and valid content.
    Well done! May you go from strength to strength.

  • Jankel

    blablablalbalblalbla…I know better you know better etc…
    Childish demagogic and ideologist… people Not worthy for a debate…….
    Poor US Jews….Believing in the Constitution…Do you know what wonderful Constitution had Soviet Union? It just didn’t work…
    You cannot transform US anti Semites and self hatred Jews into Anti Divestment BDS and pro Israel people. Lost effort…Idiot remains idiot, like Jew remains Jew..You have to wait for a future Impossible Life for Jews in USA… Don’t be impatient! it is just coming…….These leftist imbeciles will change then… as the Right wing is even worse idiot than the Left, you should buy a flat in israel…Who knows? The very best, Jews can hope for, is Neutrality…?Not friendship and taking risks for Israel by Neutral people is not a hope even, at all…

    • Ginny

      Does anyone actually believe that Kerry is threatening, vilifying and putting Israel in even more existential danger all by his little lonesome?

  • shosh

    NObody but nobody has the right to give away a country
    that belongs legitimately to those People. ALL of Israel belongs to the Jewish people for thousands of years and
    the Jews in Israel should not be intimidated by the USA
    nor any other country to give away parts of it to any
    body, specially to her enemies. The WORLD is ganging up only on Israel. I don’t see IT forcing other countries
    in giving away parts of their territories.
    The Palestinians have plenty of Arab countries where they
    could live. But no they want only Israel, because they are planning to destroy Her as a Jewish State, once
    Israel surrenders the West Bank, East Jerusalem, etc. to
    them, HASS VE SHALOM. First was South Lebanon, then it was Gaza that Israel withdrew from and what did the Arabs and Palestinians do with those lands? They are using them as missile launching centers on the Israeli citizens. Every day the Jews in Israel live in fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones. They never know where the missiles are going to fall next.
    We had enough from those Arabs. Like we say in Hebrew
    during the reading of the Pesach Haggadah – DAYENU –
    enough is enough. Bibi I implore you not to give one more
    inch of Israeli territory to your enemies, and DO NOT re
    lease any more terrorists from the Israeli jails, because
    they will only come back to kill us.

  • rudy hoffmann

    Of course that Kerry is an antisemitic asshole and everything he says is against the jewish state but I’m so happy that in Israel people have no respect of such an irrelevant “big brother”. In his words if one is an overall nobody with bad intentions like many palestinians really are then you can blame Israel of apartheid tand treating you as second class… that would mean if you are second class it only takes a big brother and you can become first class????? And that’s the american vision of peace in the middle east???? RIDICULOUS!!!!

  • James David Tyler

    When G-d made a covenant with Abram it was an everlasting covenant. Israel over the many years has broken its part in the covenant but G-d has never renegade on His part. The territory that was promised was from the Med. to the Euphrates and from Turkey to Egypt. (This is in general terms and not specific by me)
    This can only mean a ONE STATE solution but with the people of Israel living in harmony with those who share the land. This is unfortunately unlikely to come about peaceably and particularly as the PA have sought to join HAMAS. HAMAS has one intention the absolute and total destruction of Israel and every Jewish person wherever they are.
    I believe that HAMAS will so overcome the PA that they will no longer be a force with whom Israel can talk.
    This will result, eventually in the unification of the states that surround the country of Israel joining in a conspiracy to obliterate the nation of Israel. (See Psalm 83)
    The US is no longer friendly towards Israel but seeks its own selfish ways. This came about through Jimmy Carter and his idiotic idea of a two state nation.
    Israel will survive this war and will have another one to face which includes Russia and Iraq (The old Persia).
    They will also be victor in this battle although much blood will be shed. Israel will survive and reign over the nations of the world.

  • zvi gross

    I am with you Dovid. Forget about these losers trying to back Israel to the corner with their doom filled “prophecies”
    Idiocy of the worst kind. The Pals would have done the predicted mayhem long ago – if they could have!!!

  • Tone Lechtzier

    Shalom,
    any influence from a Country that exists from the theft of the North American continent is indeed the “pot calling the kettle black”.

  • Dov

    But the real question is, why is Natanyahu afraid of these empty threats and more so, Natanyahu tells the world on Holocaust Memorial day that another Holocaust will never happen because we now have a Jewish State, but what is the Jewish State, one of fear of uncle Kerry and Obama? What kind of double life in Natanyahu living in and why he is acting like a small kid? He is embarrassing all Jews in the entire world and especially in the USA where we are not afraid of bullies.

  • Ilbert Phillips

    What has always bothered me about the Obama administration, and Obama himself, is that it does not appreciate the impact language, by a major power, has in the world. If Kerry–as head of the State Department–asserts that Israel could become an apartheid state, then all the world hears are the words “Israel” and “apartheid,” making no distinction between now and the future. The administration either lacks sophistication or it is disingenuous. I have worked in D.C. Those in the government are not stupid; they can be disingenuous.

  • Let us(ISRAEL)have faith in the Almighty,be strong and ready for any eventuality
    Let us pray the Almighty to give the Israeli leaders the guidance and foresight to take and make the right decision. Let us be strong and ready. Israel has been there before,since the EGYPTIAN EXODUS. ISRAEL WAS, IS ,AND WILL ALWAYS SURVIVE.

  • Mihai-Robert

    Efune isn’t funny …
    NHere is my answer, simply paraphrasing the bloody primitive thinking of I-funny:

    The Netanyahu government’s penchant for predicting various woes that it says may befall Israel if a Palestinian state is established is reminiscent of the famed Godfather movies.

    The way that they are talking to USA, Europe and the UN is as if they are a Zionist version of Don Corleone, it’s a mafia style, its like, ‘We would hate for something terrible to happen to that nice little world you’ve got going on there. It’s like, look, ‘This is how we think things should go, but if they don’t, you are going to feel our lobby power, you are going to be accused of antisemitism, you are going to get ignored by Israel.”

    Netanyahus’s threat is an artificial threat that is being created by his ultra-nationalist alliance to push the US administration to the point where it has to make concessions.

    There is absolutely no question that comments from members of the Netanyahu mafia are part of a wider tone and trend that we have seen coming from Israel’s extremist settlers, and similar comments were made by the most rightist coalition members in many interviews.

    Days earlier, Bennett ignited a firestorm after it was reported that he used the term “annexation” in reference to Area C of the occupied West Bank.

    Discussing failing Israeli peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, he said that a two-state solution will be clearly underscored as no real alternative to just Palestinian autonomy in the annexed Area C of WB. Because a Palestinian state winds up either being a sovereign state with first-class citizens, or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a coloni(ali)st Jewish Apartheid state.”

    Responding to Israel’s attacks on Kerry’s remarks, I said, “What is really most troubling and damaging specifically about the use of apartheid as ethno-religious occupation and oppression Zionist politics in Israel is brandied about by some really, really bad people in Israel’s government and establishment.

    If you follow that thought all the way through, it’s a position that says that there is no Palestinian right to self-determination and there cannot be a situation where Palestinians Jews have a state of their own. So what Netanyahu’s government has effectively done is aligned itself with people who are bigots, who are racists, who are anti-Islamic and anti-Christian, by aiming towards a similar policy to the situation there in South Africa, in earlier days, when Israel and the White Regime of SA were BEST FRIENDS.

    • Harry Czeiger

      Mihai, are you part of the Hungarian Jobik?
      You can ‘twist’ better than CC.

    • Salomon dayan

      Mihaii, you just an idiot who has no understanding of what the Arabs are up to..who is going to defend you if. G. D forbid your peaceful friendly Arabs take over

      • Salomon dayan

        I mean what I say their views are not moderate

  • Mr Glenn A Altman

    I disagree. First, Secretary Kerry’s comment (whether accurate or not) is nothing like a “mafia style” statement. It carried no implication that Israel must accept a decision made by the United States or have it forced upon them (“an offer you can’t refuse” is a mafia style statement.) Whether it is an accurate prediction of what will happen we can debate, must to misconstrue (intentionally?) a prediction or feared outcome is the knee jerk reactionary opinion of one who is peeved because they did not get the opinion they wanted and demanded. Israel can expect the United States to be a good ally, but a friend who supports whatever you want to do, even if it weakens or potentially harms you without at least expressing their fear and opinion is not a true friend. I am fearful of what will happen if Israel fails to embrace a two state solution: I am fearful of what will happen to Israel if they do embrace a two state solution. Both paths are filled with potential dangers. However, failure to point out the potential dangers would not be assisting Israel as a friend. To ridicule a friend for voicing their genuine concerns is the behavior of a spoiled child or a petty tyrant.

    • Salomon dayan

      Your thinking is illogical and not based on real facts.you must be a j street member .israel already has a sizable Arab minority .do they really live in an apartheid state ? If you think so, I would suggest that you look up the definition of this word . Sad ,only Jews can self destroy themselves

      • Sydell Gross

        WELL SAID AND SO TRUE.

  • Kerry is part of a State Dept that has been virulently antisemitic for eighty years. He fits right in.

  • The whole BDS movement, the anti-Israeli “NGOs”, the pervasive and long standing anti-Israeli propaganda, ALL are sponsored and managed by the fascist Vatican/CIA CFR mafia. Kerry’s remarks show that even the propaganda lexicon originated with this fascist Vatican/CIA CFR mafia.

    • m_

      Vatican????? What does the Vatican have to do with this. The Vatican does not deny Israel’s right to exist. It is the so-call Progressives in the U.S., Left wing fascists and Islamists who deny Israel’s right to exist and have undo influence on the White House. Your talk about the Vatican is insane rubbish. Get your facts straight.

      • Oh, I have my facts very straight. The Vatican acts directly and indirectly via its subsidiaries (US gov mafia) and sponsored proxies. You are ignorant of this because you were made to be ignorant of this by the media outlets, which they control, including the “Israeli” media.

        My suggestion to you and everyone else, read the research of historian Dr Anthony Sutton! It will open your eyes to what is really going and has been going on.

  • Kudos to Dovid Efune. The current administration is seeking to bully Israel into making unrealistic compromises that will prove costly to the Jewish state. The president and secretary of state are leaning on Israel knowing full well that Israel has few supporters. Their interest in doing so is based entirely on political grandstanding and the compulsion to embellish their rather lackluster resumes. Israel must hold firm.

  • The One-State Solution is only peace solution that is based on reality. It takes the solution out of the hands of America and Obama and puts it back into our hands, where is belongs and it returns our political power. This is extremely important due to our immediate discussions and decisions we need to make.

    The Israeli Solution; A One-State Plan For Peace in the Middle East; eBook ISBN 978-0-385-345804-2
    ISBN 978-0-385-34806-5

    • Henry

      finally, some one is reading C.Glick’s book
      a very serious well researched one
      should be read again and again by Jews around the world as well doubting politicians
      the only solution that makes sense

      • Henry

        post as I indicated

  • Ezra Levant with Caroline Glick – The Israeli Solution
    http://youtu.be/nCDHCNMSOgU

    Caroline Glick & Mark Levin: The Israeli Solution — A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East
    http://youtu.be/epImuqWBGGg

    • yussi

      It is THE ONLY SOLUTION…and to H-ll with what everyone else thinks..

      • Hunter Watson

        Yussi,

        You already have physical control over all of Mandatory Palestine. And yet on the West Bank and in Gaza there is apartheid nonetheless. What’s a guy to do? If you make everyone equal you will have abandoned the Jewish State. What a conundrum, eh? How about disarming the IDF? Maybe that would do it.

  • Lynne T

    We have numerous direct quotes from Kerry, putting his size 13s into his mouth, Jimmy Carter-style, but with Obama, wasn’t it more a case of Jeffrey Goldberg’s interpretation of what Obama said, or how he said it?

    The fact is that Israel is not doing itself any great favour by slating more land in the West Bank for settlement construction outside of area C as Peace Now is currently reporting (which may or may not be true, but the optics of the map PN has published on its website stink) or with Avi Bennet and Caroline Glick campaigning for the annexation of Judea and Shomron.

    • Hunter Watson

      That Glick lady! Who does she think she is, constantly interfering with Israeli politics?

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