Richard Stengel, under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the U.S. Department of State and former Time managing editor, tweeted out a pro-Palestine hashtag on his Ukraine tweet last night. This morning he took it back, snidely tweeting, ‘My bad”.
Stengel, a Jew with a history of anti-Israel sentiments, was confirmed by the Senate in April with a 90-8 vote with the usual few voting against his appointment.
Stengel would have us believe he made an innocent mistake. I do that all the time in my tweets. Don’t you accidentally post tweets with hashtags to Gaza aka Hamas?
Anyone who thinks Hamas is not as vicious as Boko Haram or Al Qaeda or Hizbollah is not paying attention.
PJ Media thinks Stengel is anti-Israel, bordering on being anti-Semitic. They referred their readers to a 2010 Time cover story published under Stengel’s leadership as managing editor titled “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace”.
In the article, Stengel says Israelis don’t care about peace because they are making money, enjoying the sun, they don’t care; they have sidewalk cafes in their “bubble”; no urgency for peace; they don’t want to spoil their day with news; that headgear of the ultra-Orthodox – oy vey; they don’t care about the Palestinians or listen to them; they’re not into peace – they’re into water sports; yada yada.
This is the photo that accompanied the article:
Israelis at the beach.
The fact is that Palestinians and their thug friends have made it impossible to achieve peace starting with Yasir Arafat and continuing with Mahmoud Abbas.
Stengel oversaw a decidedly anti-Israel Time magazine from 2006-2013.
In 2011, he wrote a cover story, “Why Bibi Netanyahu Is the King of Israel|Global Spin” The article puts Israel as the heavy, downplays any legitimate threat of Iran, and makes it seem that any “smart” person should be against Netanyahu.
In 2010, Stengel was sad that the wall keeping the suicide bombers out worked.
“They [Israel] haven’t had a car bombing in two and a half years and the sad truth, really, is that the wall with the West Bank has actually worked. I mean, most Israelis in the course of their lives don’t come into contact with any Palestinians at all, the wall is functioning,” said Time magazine editor Richard Stengel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Stengel’s ideology is more important than the lives of Israelis. Walls are not ideologically acceptable. He is very far away from them ideologically.
There was a 2009 article titled, “Why Israel Can’t Win.” It was sympathetic to the aggressors – Palestine – and claimed the Palestinians can’t make peace with Israel because Israelis don’t want it. It put the entire onus on Israel. There is a good analysis of the article on Obelius.
Stengel is a very far-left Progressive and the more conservative Israelis would never garner his approval. Even Nelson Mandela – a communist – wasn’t far-left enough for him, though he did call Mandela the “George Washington of South Africa.”
Conservative radio talk show host, Mark Levin, addressed Stengel’s leftism in his book Ameritopia.
Levin asks: Have we “become corrupt”? Are we in need of “despotic government”? It appears that some modern-day “leading lights” think so, as they press their fanatical utopianism. For example, Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time magazine, considers the Constitution a utopian expedient. He wrote, “If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn’t say so.… The framers weren’t afraid of a little messiness. Which is another reason we shouldn’t be so delicate about changing the Constitution or reinterpreting it.”
It is beyond dispute that the Framers sought to limit the scope of federal power and that the Constitution does so, Levin says. Moreover, constitutional change was not left to the masterminds but deliberately made difficult to ensure the broad participation and consent of the body politic.
Leftism and an anti-Israel ideology go together. Leftist Jews are leftists first and Jews second. Israelis simply don’t measure up. In pure leftist ideology, it is better to die an ugly death and give up your land than abandon the ideology of peace. Of course, this is in theory and doesn’t apply to them. They really believe it will never happen to them.
Leftists not anti-Semites against leftist Jews, just non-leftist Jews.