March 5, 2012, - 3:41 pm
There are phonies and there are uber-phonies. One of the uber-phonies is Palestinian Muslim anti-Israel (redundant) University of Maryland professor Shibley Telhami, who just released a much ballyhooed “poll of Israelis” which claims to show that only 19% of Israelis support attacking Iran and that 54% of Israelis approve of Barack Obama. It sounds like fiction (and is). But the survey was given full court press in today’s Wall Street Journal by its anti-Israel Jewish reporter, Joshua Mitnick.
Shibley Telhami (@ the Palestine Center): His BS Poll Gets Thumbs Up From the Ghost of Yasser & His Iranian Patrons
Don’t believe the hype. In fact, most legit polls show that even left-wing Israelis aren’t stupid about Obama. They hate him. And, in poll after poll, most Israelis support striking Iran and have for years. So why the “change” in this poll? Well, the man behind it, Shibley Telhami, isn’t just anti-Israel. He’s anti-Semitic (and a tool of Obama–or maybe Obama’s his tool, take your pick). Telhami, who regularly makes paid appearances at pro-Palestinian events and advises the Palestinians on attaining their “state,” is good friends with two openly anti-Semitic authors, Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer (who wrote a book questioning the loyalty of Jewish Americans). It’s in Telhami’s and his anti-Israel, Jew-hating friends’ best interest if Israel never attacks Iran and if Americans buy into the phony numbers in his poll. Telhami fancies himself the Muslim version of Tom Friedman, the New York Times portal of the pretentious. But Tom Friedman is already the Muslim version of Tom Friedman.
Telhami allegedly surveyed 500 Israelis. Who were they? Were they “Tel Aviv Israelis” (generally, far leftists) or “Jerusalem Israelis” (far more conservative and nationalistic)? Did he include Israelis who live in the settlements (including parts of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish People), which he opposes? What questions were actually asked? The methodology isn’t known. But there’s a reason this so-called survey was just released. This past weekend through tomorrow is the meeting of AIPAC, the pro-Obama, left-wing “pro-Israel” lobby (which lobbied for a Palestinian State with Yasser Arafat and opposed states in the U.S. from divesting from companies that do business with Iran). The AIPAC donors–who mostly favor Obama–want to boost the liberal Democrat President’s election year prospects among pro-Israel Jews who should know better but don’t and among other Americans who see a weak President in terms of national security (and everything else). AIPAC has frequently invited the anti-Israel Telhami to speak because that’s how AIPAC operates.
And this phony poll arrived this week just in time for the AIPAC gang to bolster Obama and work against the harder-line (and tough-talking but do-nothing) Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, as he visits Washington for a woodshed lecture to (or from?) Obama on Iran. Yes, the poll is all about undermining Netanyahu and any bold speeches or pronouncements from him that the Obama-Bush wimpy policy on Iran has failed for over 11 years and it’s time for action. See, your people don’t even agree with you, they agree with Obama–that’s the point of this BS poll that bears no resemblance to reality among the Israeli population.
Bottom line: anytime you see the name Shibley Telhami’s name on or next to anything, know that it’s bought and paid for by the Iran-funded Palestinians (or his friend Barack Hussein Obama . . . or both) and take it as seriously as claims that Janet Napolitano is a straight chick.
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