With polls ahead of Thursday’s mayoral election putting George Galloway on no more than 1%, we could be witnessing the welcome political demise of a malignant racist.19:43 02.05.16 | 0 comments
The damage has already been done and he could have mitigated it a little by resigning immediately the row began. Did he honestly expect to weather this? Do the Jewish nationalist right, its orthodox fair-weather allies and the parties in power in Israel really think that because the US is politically polarised and Newt Gingrich won one primary, that this kind of xenophobic, racist, chauvinism would go unnoticed, or even applauded? President Obama has been insulted once by Netanyahu and in so doing Bibi lit the fuse for this outrage, in rather the same vein as he stood by and allowed the vilification of Yitzhak Rabin. But there's a line beyond which patriotic Americans will not step, and that's incitement to assassinate their President, whoever he is and whatever his name. We tolerate incitement from rabid rabbis in Israel - that's our mistaken interpretation of free speech, and it's abuse is tolerated by Bibi for his own political ends, but it is an error and it would be good if we in Israel learned from our American friends and spoke out when in the intolerable is expressed.