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Israel would not have been able to "control the narrative"

Reader comment on item: How Trump Put Netanyahu in an Untenable Position

Submitted by Anon. (Israel), Aug 17, 2019 at 18:19

Instead, Israel would have looked weak in the face of Islamic/Left-wing torrents of condemnation. These two congress-women would have looked churlish only to those who already dislike them. They would have been able to use their trip as a platform for their hideous opinions. Even if you think they gained something by Israel's decision, it does not mean they would not have gained even more had Israel allowed them to come.
What next? If they start calling to boycott the Czech republic and argue that Czechia must cease to exist and that Germany should expand to swallow up the Czech republic (or that a new country - clearly a German one) must come into being not only next to Czechia but also in its place), must the Czech republic allow them to visit?

By the way, it is not a matter of Trump being volatile and unpredictable, it's that obviously, if Trump asks Bibi to bar them from coming, it would be churlish of Netanyahu to dismiss Trump's small request, given that Trump clearly tries to help Bibi whenever he can.

When it comes to nasty "Israelis" like Hanin Zoeba, I do think she must be allowed to spew her vile rhetoric without fear and indeed, without anyone paying much attention, but these two congress-women do not fall into the same class. They can speak freely in the States and that is enough.


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