HRC Subscriber Published In The Hill Times: Netanyahu Isn’t Down For The Count

June 21, 2024

On June 5, HRC subscriber Larry Shapiro’s letter was published in The Hill Times, after HonestReporting Canada published an alert regarding a May 27 column by Gwynne Dyer, who cynically ignored Hamas’ efforts to stop aid from reaching the civilian population in Gaza, and gave undue credibility to a recent International Criminal Court ruling calling for the arrest of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli leaders, which effectively equated Israel with a genocidal Islamic terrorist organization.

Shapiro rebutted Dyer, stating that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity has soared, according to recent Israeli polls, due to his steadfast determination to return the hostages, destroy Hamas’ military capabilities and his outspoken rejection of the double standard imposed on Israel by international tribunals, and the pro-Hamas media who are determined to stop Israel from defending itself.


Netanyahu Isn’t Down For The Count

Re: “Crunch time for Netanyahu?” (The Hill Times, May 23).

One week after Gwynne Dyer stated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a bad week, an Israeli poll revealed that Netanyahu’s popularity has soared, placing his political opponents on the defensive. This is because the Israeli people have had their fill of the double standard imposed on Israel by international tribunals, and the pro-Hamas media who are determined to stop Israel from defending itself. 

Netanyahu’s steadfast determination to return the hostages, and destroy Hamas’ military capability is widely supported in Israel. Further bolstering Netanyahu’s position is the continued support of the United States that—despite its frequent criticisms of the Israel Defense Forces—continues to back Israel’s campaign to rid Gaza of Hamas. Dyer interprets the criticism as a stubborn Netanyahu ignoring America’s instructions, not as the politically motived criticism necessary to show pro-Palestinian Americans that U.S. President Joe Biden is even handed—a position that irritates both sides and that could very well cost Biden the election.

Larry Shapiro
Calgary, Alberta

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