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October 21, 2015 12:09 pm

Israel’s Prime Minister, US Ambassador Refute 10 ‘Deadly Lies About Israel’

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Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. Photo: Facebook.

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. Photo: Facebook.

Israel went on the defensive Wednesday, pushing back against what officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have called the “10 biggest lies” being spread about the Jewish state and its actions, amid the recent spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

In addition to the prime minister, who declaimed the 10 lies to the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer also laid them out, virtually identically, in a piece appearing on the same day in Politico.

The first two lies address the Temple Mount, a site around which Israel believes the current escalation in Arab attacks against Israeli Jews originated. Those lies are that Israel is either trying to change the agreements set up between Israel, Jordan and Palestinians to administer the site to allow Jews the right to pray there; many Israeli activists and some politicians say Jews should have the right to worship anywhere on the Temple Mount, which is where many Jews believe the Jewish temple once stood.

The second lie was that Israel was trying to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. “Palestinians have been propagating the ‘al-Aqsa is in danger’ myth since at least 1929, when the Palestinian icon, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, used it to inspire the massacre of Jews in Hebron and elsewhere,” wrote Dermer.

Then, Netanyahu and Dermer tackled the issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), obviously a point of contention between Israelis and Palestinians, many of whom want all of the territory captured by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war for a future Palestinian state. The “lie,” the two argue, is that Israel has increased construction in those areas. Netanyahu pointed out that the number of units added annually to existing settlements has gone down to about 1,500 under his leadership, compared to 5,000 units under former Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

The fourth and fifth “lies” deal with the Israeli response to the surge in terrorist attacks — mostly stabbings, but also shootings and targeted car-rammings — which have become near-daily occurrences since the beginning of October. The first is another refutation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ accusation of Israeli security forces “executing” a 13-year-old boy while he was in the middle of stabbing innocent Israeli passers-by; Israel has since released footage of the teenager being treated in Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital.

In addressing the fifth accusation, Netanyahu and Dermer — a former close adviser to and speech writer for the prime minister — said Israeli security was delivering the appropriate force in “life-threatening situations,” and asked Americans whether they would not expect the same of domestic law enforcement. The U.S. had suggested — and subsequently back-tracked — that Israel was using “excessive force” in dealing with the spike in Palestinian violence.

The sixth and seventh “lies” are political: that Israel is behind the stagnated peace process, and that Abbas is a moderate voice among Palestinian officials. The prime minister and ambassador said the peace process is unrelated to Palestinian terrorism, which seeks to destroy the Jewish state, regardless. Concerning Abbas, the two noted the P.A. president has not condemned a single one of the many terrorist attacks that have been committed since the beginning of October.

As for the eighth “lie,” Israel rejected getting the international community involved in maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount; this accusation was addressed after six Arab states, including peace partner Egypt, raised a motion at UNESCO to rename the Western Wall a Muslim holy site. The resolution was later amended, removing that statement.

For the ninth “lie,” the Israelis rejected claims that the conflict between Israelis and the Palestinians is because the Palestinians do not have a state, alleging, “The Palestinians have always been more concerned with destroying the Jewish state than with creating a state of their own. The core of the conflict remains the persistent refusal of the Palestinians to recognize the nation-state of the Jewish people in any borders.”

Lastly, Israel said Palestinian terrorism is not an expression of frustration, a claim the prime minister and ambassador labeled a “lie.” Rather, Palestinian terrorism is a “product of incitement,” which Israel has attributed to Palestinian leaders in the West Bank, Gaza and abroad.

“The biggest frustration of the terrorists is that they have failed to destroy Israel. They will continue to be frustrated,” wrote Dermer.

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  • Shirley Hiller

    So Theo it is alright to condone the killing of Jews through a keyboard, yet you have no balls to give your full name.

  • Larry Andrews

    The “deadly truth” is that Palestinian Arabs want only one thing. And, that is to eliminate Israel!

  • daniel g. morris

    I read Algemeiner regularly. Most aticles are well-written, and I can’t get the information anywhere else. I am an American jew and a Zionist.
    I am writing to protest that this piece is not up to Algemeiner’s standards. The 10 lies are not clearly stated. They are not each listed. Why they are a lie is neither well stated nor explained (let alone well- explained). I posted it on my Facebook timeline for my Facebook friends because it is better than nothing. I am disappointed. Please re-write this article up to the proper standards of good journalism. My grandfather, David Dietz, 1893-1981, was an editor of the Scripps-Howard daily newspaper “The Cleveland Press” and a Jewish American journalist and I was raised to expect better from Jewish journalists.

  • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

    The fictitious claim to victimhood by the Arabs and their genuine frustration are expressed in these ten lies .

  • Mayer Smith

    At age 91, it’s too late for me to join the army or ride in an ambulance.

    But, I have gone back to work selling life and disability insurance … and have publicly pledged 1/2 of my new first year commissions to AFMDA, AFIDF and the Atlanta Jewish poor through the appropriate agency/ies.

  • So there is no Truth that Israel is an Islamic ‘state’?? This propaganda is pure hatred of a Jewish People who are altruistic in outlook, honourable and Communal. They look after their own and ensure a Tolerance for all! It might be that commentators look for all that is wrong in the region and pin it all on Israel. Israel is less likely to Bomb those who have a contrary opinion.

  • theo

    “Israel went on the defensive ” Surely Israel went onto the OFFENSIVE
    Please get your language right

    • Eytan Zfira

      Theo-go kill a Jew so you can be content with yourself you worm. I hope it’s me you come across.. or someone like me, you worm. You see-we Jews KNOW that worms like you are out there to feed on our dying bodies.. but you have to kill us first, you worm. But wait, you’ve tried already, somewhat successfully I’ll admit, a mere 70 years ago.. you nearly wiped 2/3 of us of the planet. Great job. Insert a “woop woop” here for the worm that call himself “Theo”.
      Theo, after reading this, PLEASE tell me what God it is that you pray to, what parents that raised you, what education you’ve absorbed, so that I too can be like you-and go on a blind misguided and rampant offensive to libel you, put you on an easily affordable chopping block and discard you from humanity as well brother. Oh and I’m not trying to put you down or win an online pissing contest with you either. I TOTALLY encourage you to reply so that we can have a dialogue, one that we could swap numbers, possibly meet and at that time-I will beat your racist, anti Jew mouth to the dirt where it belongs you worm. Just say when brother

    • duPont

      Theo, Check this out: OFFENSIVE: making attack : aggressive. This clearly defines what the Arabs were and still are doing. Israel had to be defensive to protect her people. Perhaps because Israel aggressively defends its people, you think they are the offenders. Sorry- the Arabs still maintain the title of “Offenders.” When the Arabs come for you, we’ll see how capable you are of maintaining your skewed definitions! HA! HA! HA!

    (Eretz Yisrael) THE LAND OF ISRAEL
    By David Ben Gurion
    “No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish People in Israel. No Jew has the authority to do so. No Jewish body has the authority to do so. Not even the entire Jewish People alive today has the right to yield any part of Israel.
    It is the right of the Jewish People over the generations, a right that under no conditions can be cancelled. Even if Jews during a specific period proclaim they are relinquishing this right, they have neither the power nor the authority to deny it to future generations. No concession of this type is binding or obligates the Jewish People.
    Our right to the country – the entire country – exists as an eternal right, and we shall not yield this historic right until its full and complete redemption is realized.”
    This quotation of David Ben Gurion made at the Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1937, more than 65 years ago. At the Freeman Center, we quote this profound statement often.

    Temple Mount in Jerusalem is
    Jewish territory and has been
    since prior to the building of the
    two Jewish temples
    (as a matter of fact King David of Israel had paid the Jebusites money to purchase that property, to avoid conflict). Israel after liberating it in 1967 graciously permitted the Arabs to continue to pray there. Now the time has come to terminate that arrangement. It is the Arabs who are defiling The Jewish holy of holies.
    After years of abuse of this privilege, by committing violence and violently interfering with Jewish worshipers on a consistent basis, Israel has the right, duty and obligation to revoke that privilege.
    Let us take back our sacred ground, once and for all.
    I am sure the Arab-Muslim would not permit anyone in the world to build and control the holy Muslim Site in Mecca.
    Let the Arab-Muslim have Mecca and the Judeo-Christian have Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

    My mother in law was sent to the gas chamber in Auschwitz 3 times and somehow she crawled out and survived while loosing most of her family in the Nazi extermination camps. I proudly say and practice, NEVER AGAIN. Enough is enough. Ghetto mentality of capitulation is over.
    I will not and can not cower to Arab terrorism, violence, intimidation, threats, etc and I am sure no self respecting Israeli is willing to cower to terrorism and violence.
    To prevent such a scenario, Israel must go on an unrelenting offensive to claim and take what belongs to Israel and its people. World opinion; be damned.
    The time for negotiation and compromise is over.
    YJ Draiman

    • duPont

      Spot on! I am 1000% in agreement!

  • Paul Winter

    The biggest lies however go unmentioned: that there is no such people as the “Palestinians”; that there is no such thing as the “occupation” – the international border is the Jordan River established by Britain when it created Trans-Jordan; that Jews are willing to give local Arabs parts of Judea and Samaria, while the same Arabs want that first instalment to be Jew-free; that the Arabs have consistently broken every agreement they signed.

    Skirting around the edges won’t solve the problems. The Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza must be called to account and they must be penalised for their malevolence and their mendacity.

  • Mickey Oberman


    Now shout it to the world.
    Buy space or time in every relevant news presenter and let these words talk for Israel.

  • Mickey Oberman


    Now shout it to the world.
    By space or time in every relevant news presenter and let these words talk for Israel.

  • I like Mr Dermer’s last line! I pray daily for the land of Israel, the safety of her people and the peace of her capital city, G-d’s holy city of Jerusalem. Am Yisrael Chai!

  • Reform School

    If the author overuses quotation marks to imply doubt, remember that Eliezer and Wisdom are not always synonymous.

  • ART

    There is an eleventh myth, The Temple Mount could NOT be the place of the far mosque. Jerusalem was under Christian control during the life of mohamed, there was a basilica on the Temple Mount NOT a mosque

  • AM YISROEL CHAI ! May the Almighty watch over her

    and grant her PEACE to which I’ll add O MAIN !

  • Michael Mayben

    Palestinians and Muslims in general will never be at peace until these savages destroy Israel and all the Jewish and Christian people throughout the world. Their Islamic religion is committed to waging war throughout the world until their filthy murderous religion is the only one remaining on earth.

  • Georgia Hensel

    Great information. Keep on sounding the trumpet.

  • Chaim Birnboim

    Went on the ‘defensive’ or on the ‘offensive’?
    Good luck to the new US ambassador, Ron Dermer.

  • Carl

    This would have been more forceful had not Netanyahu introduced the statement of the Grand Mufti instigating the Holocaust. There are indisputable facts concerning Haj Amin al-Husseini living in Germany to support H1tler, recruit Arab SS troops, and plot to bring extermination camps to Palestine. Those facts should be disseminated to inform a naïve and uneducated world that refuses to see the Palestinians as complicit. But I doubt it helps improve true understanding with such dubious accusations.

  • steven L

    Judea & Samaria are part of Israel. Why on Earth is Israel refusing to make the legal case. Israel is supporting the lie from the international and Muslim communities!!!
    Since the US administration DOES NOT support the Police forces in the US it is clear that it condemns the forces used by Israel to protect their citizens.
    The Palestinians are the shield used by the Muslim fanatics to eliminate Israel.