Haaretz has done the unthinkable.
They’ve created a cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flying a jet with the word Israel emblazoned on it, into what appears to be one of the Twin Towers.
Is this an admission?
Some sort of Freudian allegory?
Or was the cartoonist, Amos Bilderman, simply critiquing Netanyahu’s handling of US-Israel relations, as he’s since claimed.
The Times of Israel reports that “the artist has defended the caricature showing PM flying plane into World Trade Center, saying it represents his (Netanyahu’s) disastrous handling of US-Israel relations.
Although nary a soul with any sanity would honestly believe that Haaretz, Israel’s mainstream (albeit Leftist) newspaper would accuse Israel of being responsible for the toppling of the Towers, one has to wonder why so many people in Israel, along with Ashkenazim across the Western world, have jumped to that conclusion.
HOW DOES HAARETZ PUBLISH THIS GARBAGE?!?!?!??!!?!!?!!!! I really hope there is something Im missing in this cartoon, but it sure seems that this is the scene from 9/11 Avi Bieler – Jewish American Journalist
The Times of Israel reported that,
“Hebrew daily Haaretz’s political cartoon on Thursday stirred controversy by depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flying a plane into one of the World Trade Center towers attacked by al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001.
The cartoon, by the paper’s Amos Biderman, shows the prime minister flying a plane labeled “Israel” into the building, which is flying an American flag. There is no caption explaining the significance of the caricature.
The cartoon was published in the wake of comments made to The Atlantic by an unnamed American official who called Netanyahu “chickenshit” and cowardly, an interview that strained already tense relations between Washington and Jerusalem. Netanyahu on Wednesday rebuffed the criticism of his foreign policy, saying the unnamed official who issued it didn’t hold Jerusalem’s interests as a top priority.
Biderman explained in a phone interview with The Times of Israel that the cartoon implied that Netanyahu was leading to “a disaster in Israel-US relations on the scale of 9/11,” pointing to the prime minister’s “arrogance” and unchecked settlement construction in retaliation for Palestinian terrorism and diplomacy alike.
Israeli Foreign Ministry official Paul Hirschson remarked on Twitter that the cartoon was “gutter press.”