A high level advisor to Israeli PM Netanyahu, has channelled the spirit of his boss from 12 years ago, and said the recent Boston bombings were a good thing for Israel, as they would increase US support for the pariah state.
Astute readers might remember that in the wake of the September 11th events in 2001, Netanyahu himself said the attacks were good as they would generate immediate sympathy for Israel.Ron Dermer, a diplomatic advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and candidate for the post of Israeli ambassador to Washington, told a closed meeting of U.S. Jewish leaders in New York last week that the Boston marathon bombings would increase American support for Israel - just as that support increased following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Dermer made his remarks last Wednesday, two days after explosions rocked the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding nearly 200 more. Dermer, considered one of Netanyahu's closest associates, is currently on vacation, after having finished his stint as a senior adviser at the Prime Minister's Bureau.
"The bulk of the American people stand firmly with Israel and identify with Israel," Dermer said, in a video filmed by blogger Jacob Kornbluh. "If you can look, historically, there was a big change after 9/11, and I am sure that after the tragic bombing in Boston, people will identify more with Israel and its struggle against terrorism and we can maintain that support."
From the New York Times of September 12th, 2001.....
Can't get a leopard to change it's spots.Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, ''It's very good.'' Then he edited himself: ''Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.''
The families if the people killed and maimed in Boston will know their sacrifice was not in vain, but for the good of Greater Israel.