Politics Writers: Israeli Government Didn't Kill Arab Teen

Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 01:04 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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The killing of a Palestinian teenager just weeks after the murders of three Israeli teenagers was likely a revenge killing by angry Israeli citizens and not the government, according to political blogger Javier Manjarres and Forbes political contributor Rick Ungar.

Appearing on Newsmax TV’s "America’s Forum," the men agreed that both incidents are tragic, but Ungar pointed out that the reaction of the Palestinian government and Israel’s have been vastly different.

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"The difference is when we learn that these three poor Israeli kids have been killed, Hamas was dancing in the street," he said. "If this did in fact happen, if … this poor, young Palestinian was killed, it will not have been the act of the Israeli government. It may had been some vengeful citizen in Israel, and there’s a very big difference there, very big difference."

The New York Times reports that Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni has said that if the investigation reveals the Palestinian youth’s killing was an act of revenge, "it amounted to an act of terrorism." And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pleaded with Israelis to obey the law and asked authorities to investigate the Palestinian boy’s "abominable murder."

Palestine’s recently formed unity government joined Hamas, a terrorist group that does not recognize Israel, and the more moderate political party of the Palestine Liberation Organization known as Fatah.

Until President Barack Obama took office in 2008, the United States had been Israel’s biggest ally and supporter, a relationship that has deteriorated considerably during the president’s tenure, according to Manjarres. The fact that the U.S. government continues to give financial aid to Palestine, with Hamas in power, sends a message to Israel that the United States is no longer on their side, especially when it comes to issues like Iran and nuclear proliferation, he said.

Ungar agreed that the United States should not be providing financial support to Palestine, but said it does not translate into weakened support for Israel.

"We are still Israel's staunchest ally, and it’s ridiculous to say that Obama has taken the side of Hamas, that’s just not true," Ungar said. "I’ve criticized Obama for still sending money over since there’s been a unity government, that’s a mistake. We should not be giving any money to anybody who has a terrorist organization as their partner, but to say that Obama has favored Hamas is just wrong."

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