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October 7, 2016 3:52 pm

Netanyahu Spokesman Rebuts Atlantic Columnist’s Criticism: Jeffrey Goldberg, Not the Prime Minister, Is the Real Pessimist

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David Keyes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s foreign media spokesperson. Photo: Facebook.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “staunch optimist” who remains “fully committed” to seeking peace with the Palestinians, a spokesman for the premier wrote this week in a strong rebuttal of an Atlantic op-ed that harshly criticized the leader of the Jewish state.

On Thursday, Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg published a message he had received from David Keyes — Netanyahu’s foreign media spokesman — in response to an article Goldberg wrote last week following the funeral of the late Shimon Peres that was titled, “The Unbearable Smallness of Benjamin Netanyahu.” Keyes’ response, titled “The Unbearable Misunderstanding of Goldberg,” said that none of the accusations the veteran American Jewish columnist made against Netanyahu — including “stymieing peace, paralyzing pessimism, alienating Americans, scapegoating Arabs, misplaying Iran and fetishizing fear” were true.

“Implicit in Goldberg’s piece is the assumption that the Israeli people must be stupid or naive,” Keyes wrote. “Why else would they keep voting for someone Goldberg considers such a short-sighted fear-monger? Prime Minister Netanyahu has been elected to four terms because Israelis trust him to navigate the stormy seas that surround Israel and to keep them safe and prosperous.”

Regarding the peace process with the Palestinians, Keyes noted that Netanyahu has “consistently offered and genuinely hopes to begin peace talks with the Palestinians immediately and without preconditions.” The prime minister, Keyes said, still envisions a peace agreement “based on two states for two peoples where a demilitarized Palestinian state finally recognizes the Jewish State of Israel.”

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Keyes also took issue with Goldberg’s assertion that Netanyahu mishandled the Iran nuclear issue. “History will judge Netanyahu differently — boldly taking Israel’s case to the American people and Congress to highlight the existential threat of the world’s worst state sponsor of terror seeking atomic bombs,” Keyes wrote. “Netanyahu’s determination over the years to prevent a nuclear armed Iran was a leading force that helped galvanize sanctions against Iran in the first place. Without Israel’s steadfastness, Iran would have had nuclear weapons long ago.”

Concluding his response, Keyes wrote, “Israel’s future has never been brighter. The real pessimist here is not Prime Minister Netanyahu — it’s Jeffrey Goldberg.”

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  • glsfbg

    Goldberg is Obama’s go to “Jew” when Obama wants to disseminate his propaganda to the Jewish community.

  • WashingtonDame

    If it weren’t so sad, it would be amusing to watch liberal American Jews like Jeffrey Goldberg fume at the stoooopid Israelis who keep on voting Bibi back in office. I guess those dumb Israelis — like those dumb voters in Kansas liberals also loathe — just don’t know what’s good for them.

  • Scorpio

    Only under Netanyahu’s leadership has Israel begun to respond to cowardly and unfair criticisms usually leveled at the Jewish State by Jewish-American journalists
    trying to “prove their neutrality.” Prior to his election, Israeli elites joined their “liberal” American chorus in dumping on their own country for endlerss “sins.”
    Hurrah for Netanyahu and his unapologetic minions!

    • Michael Caplan

      Hear, hear!!

  • watsa46

    The UNBEARABLE lightness of this arrogant and pompous liberal! Brainwashed by too much Obama Kool-Aid! The kind of friend, IL can do without!

  • ReformSchool

    Is Jeff Goldberg the most recent justification for the ancient blood libel that infant circumcision causes too much late-onset brain damage?

  • The Consequences of Appeasement & Concessions by Israel to the Arabs r2
    The decisions made by the government of Israel since The six day war of 1967 leading up to the Gaza war with Hamas July 2014, as well as those of the first ten months or so after the turnover of Gaza in 2004 began, have dumbfounded historians ever since.
    The Arab PA leader Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen makes a speech in the summer of 2015, in front of the UN and announces that the Oslo Accord is no longer applicable and that he and his Arab PA are not going to abide by its terms. Thereafter, Arab terror and violence, car ramming, knifing, stone throwing and every conceivable method of disturbance and destabilization is being applied.
    The current Arab terror and violence facing the people of Israel, and the Arab claim to forbid Jews from Temple Mount, is a product of restraint to Arab violence and the concern what world reaction would be, while sacrificing Jewish lives, and diminishing the safety and security of Israel and its people.
    The appeasement and concessions of Israel to the Arabs-Palestinians, in particular, has been so often held up as an example of how not to deal with a rising terrorism and violence that it has become a stereotype.
    Had Israel stood its ground and responded to terrorism or any violence with utmost force and zero tolerance. Israel would not be facing today’s crisis.
    As many have said – appeasement, concessions and lack of proper response to terrorism and violence is detrimental to Israel its people and the Jewish people worldwide.
    Israel under International Law has the right to build and live in Judea and Samaria and any other territory formerly within the boundary of the Mandate for Palestine aka The Land of Israel in 1920. As decried by the San Remo agreement, confirmed by the treaty of Sevres and Lausanne; and the 1919 Faisal Weizmann Agreement, of which terms are survived in perpetuity.
    Any deviation or prohibition is outright violation of Agreements and blatant discrimination against Israel and the Jewish people. As past history has proven, concessions by Israel have only increased violence and terrorism.
    Israel is an independent democratic sovereign country and it must operate and run the country without being dictated how to run the country, and without outside interference; just like the U.S. and other countries.
    It is time for Israel to respond with extreme force to quell terrorism, violence and rioting – no holds barred, zero tolerance. Complete safety and security must return to Israel.
    Israel should inform all Arab leaders in greater Israel that if terror and violence continues they will hold them responsible and they will bear the consequences.
    What the Arabs could not win in loosing four major wars against Israel, they won in playing the deceptive delusional peace game. The Arabs all the while are building up arsenals that commit terror, violence and educating their children to hate, commit terror and violence and to destroy Israel. While enriching; their own personal pockets with the billions contributed by the world to help the impoverished Arab-Palestinian.
    The G7 and other nations want Arab Oil and for that, they will do anything! The end result will be that ignoring reality that will destroy them also.
    The Muslims are completing the taking over Europe, U.S. and Canada will follow and more.
    What a scheme – and the gullible delusional world is buying it hook line and sinker.
    When will the World at large learn that the Arab-Muslims cannot be trusted; they consider all non-believers as their enemies.
    I hope the world takes of the blinders, before the Arab-Muslims take over Europe completely and than the United States and Canada, etc.
    I wonder, how come in the nations of the world; No one is questioning the 21 Arab States established after WWI with over 12 million sq. km. – 5 million square miles of territory, including Jordan’s sovereignty, a country that never existed in history before WWI and which was established in violation of international law and treaties, on land originally allocated to the Jewish people in 1920 to reconstitute the Jewish homeland, which included all of Palestine’s aka The Land of Israel 120,000 sq. km. – 75,000 square miles, of which about 80% was illegally reallocated by the British to the new state of Arab Palestinian which is Jordan on Jewish historical land.
    If you question Israel’s rights, territory and sovereignty you might as well question the sovereignty and territory of the other 21 Arab States set up with over 12 million sq. km. of territory allocated at the same time by the same Supreme Allied Powers that set up and reconstituted the Jewish State in all of Palestine after WWI.
    It is also a gross injustice ignoring that the Arab countries have terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families with their children and confiscated all their assets including businesses, homes and over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned land for over 2,200 years. Most of the expelled Jewish families and their children now are resettled in Israel and comprise over half the population.
    YJ Draiman

    • Leslie Benjamini

      Bravo, brilliantly articulated & ? % the truth. It is also time to put to bed the farce of two states living side by side in peace & tranquility. There are, as you stated, 22 Arab nations that the so called Palestinians or Arabs need to be absorbed into, at least the ones that are not already citizens of Israel, happily & loyally living in Israel & supporting the nation.

  • rimmshot

    Keyes is right and simpleminded progressives who read :”The Atlantic” are wrong.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    I guess Tzom Gedaliah meant nothing.

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