In one of the most self-serving, deceitful and just plain idiotic statements by a Likud official in many a moon, MK Danny Dannon saw the hand of Richard Goldstone in today’s attack on a Sephardic Orthodox synagogue in North Hollywood:
Likud MK Danny Danon…said the attack was the result of a damning United Nations report on Israel’s winter offensive against Hamas in Gaza, compiled by South African jurist Richard Goldstone.
“The criminal attack in Los Angeles is a clear result of the Goldstone report,” he said. “Countries across the world need to reject the report, which brings with it hatred and anti-Semitism, and harms the peace process.”
And we thought the Republicans cornered the market on such nuttyisms. I guess the Likud is not to be outdone. The only problem with statements like this is that it attests to the total unreliability of anything said by practically any Israeli politician. The level of distortion and outright mendacity in public statements from backbenchers desperate for the glare of the public spotlight like Dannon, to prime ministers is very great. Israel’s politicians are so obsessive and view every development in Jewish life through the prism of Israel’s worth or lack thereof, so that nothing they say can be trusted. Is it paranoia, delusion, obsession, desperation–or a combination?