Warning: This hypocrisy is harmful to our health

How sad that Israel’s representative before the global community is a brazen hypocrite.

This week we heard Mr. Netanyahu exhort members of the United Nations to equate Hamas with ISIS. “Hamas’ immediate goal is to destroy Israel but has a wider goal the same as ISIS“, he preached, adding “ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree. When it comes to their ultimate goals: Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.

This is nothing short of preposterous coming from the same man whose actions three years ago proved that he himself doesn’t remotely believe his own exhortations.

On October 18, 2011, in the first phase of the Shalit Deal, Mr. Netanyahu released 477 Palestinian prisoners in return for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit’s freedom. In the second phase, which took place in December 2011, another 550 prisoners were freed.

Nonetheless, this week Netanyahu had the gall to warn the United Nations that

“Israel’s fight against Hamas is your fight. Israel is fighting what your countries might be forced to fight tomorrow.”

It was, as expected, an articulate speech, smoothly delivered. But Mr. Netanyahu is oblivious to the fact that actions speak louder than aesthetic verbiage. Or he may have simply hoped that our memories are short.

But I doubt our allies have forgotten that without apologizing to the victims, with nary a flinch, Mr. Netanyahu discarded justice. They have not forgotten that Mr. Netanyahu rewarded unrepentant terrorists, convicted of cold-blooded murder, and some of massacres, with repatriation to their families and to their old terror cells.

The Shalit Deal taught the world everything it needs to know about Mr. Netanyahu’s view of Hamas terrorism. His concessions to that enemy then and since have demonstrated unequivocally that, for him, Hamas is no existential threat – merely a nuisance to be contained.

Nobody can stomach his empty rhetoric now; it has passed its expiry date. Is it any wonder that the General Assembly hall was only half-full when he spoke?

Our allies have not contemplated placating ISIS the way Mr. Netanyahu has Hamas. Nor will they ever.

Drawing parallels between Israel’s perils and the ones now confronting our allies was theoretically a fine idea. But it won’t work now. As any kindergartner knows, you can’t have your cake and eat it.

You can’t free the imprisoned Hamas terrorists, murderers of your own innocent children and then cry that Hamas aims not only “to destroy Israel… They also want a caliphate… [and] share[s] the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists.”

As Haaretz’ Chemi Shalev wrote in his assessment of Netanyahu’s UN speech:

“…there aren’t that many buyers for Netanyahu’s merchandise these days, other than loyal supporters at home and his coterie of admirers in the United States.”

Israel desperately need a new leader, one who commands the respect of our allies because he is staunch, consistent and idealistic. This one has done us enough harm.

About the Author
A Jerusalem-based freelance writer, law graduate and commentator on the challenges facing people with special needs, Frimet Roth together with her husband Arnold co-founded The Malki Foundation (www.kerenmalki.org) in 2001. It provides concrete support for Israeli families of all faiths who care at home for a special-needs child. The Roths' daughter Malki was murdered at the age of 15 in the terrorist bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria. Her personal blog, under the title "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly", is at http://frimetgbu.blogspot.com The views expressed here are personal.