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Daniel Greenfield: The Fake News Claim That Israeli Government Officials Back McMaster - The Point

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

About Me

My name is Daniel Greenfield. I am a blogger and columnist born in Israel and living in Los Angeles. I am a  Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

My original biweekly column appears at Front Page Magazineand my blog articles regularly appear at Family Security Matters, the Jewish PressTimes of IsraelAct for America andRight Side News, as well as daily at the Canada Free Press and a number of other outlets. I have a column titled Western Front at Israel National News and my op eds have also appeared in the New York Sun, the Jewish Press and at FOX Nation.

I was named one of the Jewish Press' Most Worthwhile Blogs from 2006-2011 and my writing has been cited by Rush Limbaugh, Melanie Philips, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, Judith Klinghoffer, John Podhoretz, Jeff Jacoby and Michelle Malkin, among others.


The main McMaster story for me has been his refusal to acknowledge Islamic terrorism and his support for Obama holdovers.
I don't know his exact position on Israel. But his appointment of Kris Bauman, an apologist for Hamas, as the point man on Israel and Caroline Glick's comments, would suggest he shares the basic animus of Obama and Bush officials toward Israel.
But as part of the media's full court press defense of McMaster (itself telling as anything) has been the fake news claim that Israeli government officials support McMaster. 
The sources of the Fake News claim are the Times of Israel and Haaretz. 
Haaretz is a left-wing anti-Israel paper operating in Israel. It's the equivalent of the New York Times if the latter stopped pretending it hated America and wanted to see it gone. A single incident with its deranged former chief editor should suffice.
Haaretz’s Chief Editor asked US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to “rape” Israel, using other unsavory terminology as well in his request for American pressure.
Landau, who was seated next to Rice, referred to Israel as a “failed state” politically, and said that a US-imposed settlement is the only thing that can save it. He asked Rice to intervene, going so far as to say that the Israeli government wanted “to be raped” and that it would bring him much satisfaction to see this happen.
This particular piece of Fake News was promoted by the Times of Israel, another left-wing paper hostile to Israel, but one whose bias is more subtle. Subtle enough to fool plenty of people.
Here's the Fake News headline from the Times of Israel.
Israeli officials say under-fire McMaster a great friend of Israel
Well that's interesting. Who are these officials? Where are their quotes?
... If you know the media, you can already guess the answer. There are no officials. There's just an anonymous source at an anti-Israel paper.
Israeli officials responded to mounting allegations that US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is anti-Israel, saying that these were blatantly false and he was a staunch supporter of the Jewish state.
“Anyone who meets McMaster among us and is in contact with him is constantly impressed by how pro-Israeli he is,” an unnamed Israeli security official told the Haaretz daily on Saturday. “The connection with him is excellent.”
Not a single other Israeli official is mentioned anywhere in the article. Not one. Just this anonymous source. The next paragraph oddly references "officials", but offers no quotes or names.
This garbage fake news spin sets out the claim that "Israeli officials" responded. Yet it doesn't name a single official. Its only source is one single anonymous official. Quoted by an anti-Israel paper.
Anyone on the right peddling this fake news should really think twice.