Political leaders are not elected for their good taste or finesse. However, a recent tweet by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which compared the Hamas movement to ISIS, displayed very poor taste combined with flimsy evidence. The tweet showed an image taken from the video of American journalist James Foley’s repugnant execution. Below the screenshot of the execution video, appeared another horrific photo of the execution of a Palestinian by Hamas. Both instances exemplify terrible atrocities, for which those who genuinely care about human rights can find no excuse. Nevertheless, this does not make the two organizations identical, nor does the comparison between the two organizations serve Israel’s best interest.
Politicians find it difficult to resist the temptation of scoring cheap political pointsYossi Mekelberg