On Thanksgiving the New York Times ran a story with the headline “G.O.P. and Tea Party Gains Are Mixed Blessing for Israel”.
The story contained this blunt assertion: “Scores of Tea Party-backed candidates are entering Congress, many of whom favor isolationist policies and are determined to cut American foreign aid, regardless of its destination.” (emphasis added.)
Many paragraphs later the article notes that “the Israeli government was viewed by some as one of the big winners of the midterm elections,” but then adds “the Tea Party-backed lawmakers remain something of a mystery” and goes on to cite Senator-elect Paul again as holding views that trouble supporters of Israel.
Given the headline and the fact that the reporters say that “many” of the “scores of Tea Party-backed candidates” are backing isolationist policies, shouldn’t the article cite someone other than Paul? I am unaware of any other Tea Party-backed candidate entering the Congress who is other than very supportive of Israel, but perhaps I missed ten, five or even a couple of anti-aid-for-Israel candidates? Surely the Times had something to back up the reporters’ assertions and the headline?
Or not. The article seems a transparent attempt to persaude readers that Israel has something to fear from the new Congress when in fact Israel’s greatest concern comes from the president. The obvious hostility to Israel that has marked the president’s public statements and policies from the day he took office is clearly threatening the Democrats’ grip on the votes of Jewish-Americans, so the left-wing Times has helpfully launched a wholly misleading meme that Israel has something to fear from the new GOP majority when in fact the triumph of the GOP is the best thing to happen to Israel in American politics in two years.
Really, are there no editors at the Times? One senator’s statements versus the overwhelmingly pro-Israel views of the new GOP members?