Satire Is Dead

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Donald Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer is the vulgar talking yam’s pick for ambassador to Israel. While you wrap your mind around that piece of news that not even the Onion could top, let’s take a look at the views of a guy with no relevant experience whatsoever. David Friedman in his own words.

A senior Trump adviser on Israel during the campaign, Friedman has been outspoken in describing as “legal” Jewish settlements in the West Bank, which every U.S. administration since 1967 has considered illegitimate.

In an interview last summer with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, he said Trump would support Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank. He has called liberal Jews supporting a two-state solution with the Palestinians “worse than kapos,” a reference to Jews in World War II concentration camps who were assigned by Nazi guards to supervise forced labor and camp administration.

Um, as a target of this deranged nutcase’s comments, how do I put this delicately? How about we just go with “fuck you, pal”? I think that covers it nicely.

J Street is not amused.

Liberal Jews have returned his views in kind. J Street, the Washington-based organization that supports a two-state solution, said it was “vehemently opposed” to the nomination.


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As someone who has been a leading American friend of the settlement movement, who lacks any diplomatic or policy credentials . . . Friedman should be beyond the pale for Senators considering who should represent the United States in Israel,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement.

Calling the proposed nomination “reckless,” Ben-Ami said it puts “America’s reputation in the region and credibility around the world at risk. Senators should know that the majority of Jewish Americans oppose the views and the values this nominee represents.”

Note to Karen DeYoung: it is not remotely “in kind” to respond to being accused of being a Nazi collaborator by calling a nominee  “reckless.” Please stop with the false equivalencies. #BothSidesDoNotDoIt

Satire is dead. As is a rational US foreign policy in the Middle East. But hey, Hillary Clinton had a private email server, amirite?

Note to Trump supporters: let’s remember this guy’s comments the next time you start whining about comparisons of Trump to Hitler. I’d personally say he’s more of a fascist in the buffoonish Mussolini style than a Nazi, but that’s just one guy’s opinion.

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