Goes to Israel
New York Sun
May 22, 2018
that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has sent his gumshoes to Israel certainly
does bring this matter full circle. The report is that they are looking into the
activities of what the Jewish Telegraphic Agency news wire characterizes as
“an Israeli-run social media firm that may have led a social media
manipulation effort to help Donald Trump get elected.”
luck to Mr. Mueller, is our sentiment. And, say, while he’s at it, maybe he
can look into what President Obama and his political operatives were doing in
respect of the Israeli election of 2015. Remember that one? As President Clinton
did in 1996, Mr. Obama threw everything he had into defeating the right wing
candidate, Benjamin Netanyahu, and electing the left of center faction.
not just that a senior official in the Obama administration got himself quoted
by Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic as calling Mr. Netanyahu “chickenshit.”
Nor that Mr. Obama openly derided Mr. Netanyahu for having the chutzpah to
accept an invitation to speak to a joint meeting of the United States Congress,
though Mr. Obama did make the most of it.
that on top of all this, according to the Washington Post, “an NGO with
connections to President Obama’s 2008 campaign used U.S. taxpayer dollars
attempting to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015.” That
was the conclusion of a bipartisan panel of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on
Investigations. It concluded something like $350,000 went to a group called
Israel itself complied with the grant intended to support peace negotiations
with the Arabs. Wouldn’t you know, though, that no sooner was the grant period
over, to quote the Senate report, than “the group deployed the campaign
infrastructure and resources created, in part, using U.S. grant funds to support
a political campaign to defeat the incumbent Israeli government known as V15”?
in Victory 15. The aim of V15 seems to have been to elect as prime minister
anyone other than Mr. Netanyahu. It looked like that was in the bag, too. Only
four days before the election, Reuters reported, the last opinion polls showed
Likud losing to Zionist Union by something on the order of four seats. How could
it be otherwise, with all the help Mr. Obama threw into the race?
course, the wily Israelis turned around and elected Mr. Netanyahu prime minister
anyhow. The Democratic press here in America was fit to be tied. “Go ahead,
ruin my day,” was the headline over Thomas Friedman’s column in the Times,
in which he gamely suggested that the “facts on the ground” had made “a
laughingstock of our hopes.” President Obama’s intervention never faced any
Which brings us back to Mr. Mueller’s gumshoes at Tel Aviv. It’s not our purpose here to suggest that Mr. Obama broke any laws by attempting to throw the Israeli election. Never mind reports that it could be illegal for an Israeli (or any other foreigners) to interfere in our elections. It is our intention, though, to savor the hypocrisy that has become apparent to millions as Mr. Mueller has pursued his case.