Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice to serve as the next chief media adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office posted controversial statuses on his Facebook page, including one in which he refers to US President Barack Obama’s response to the premier’s Iran speech in Congress as “modern anti-Semitism.”
Israel‘s deputy foreign minister could hardly have contradicted her boss more directly – or at a tenser time. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s repeated insistence that Israel had not and would not change anything at an Old City holy site was endorsed over the weekend by the United States and Jordan, which administers the contested Jerusalem complex that is at the center of this month’s violent Palestinian uprising. Then the deputy minister, Tzipi Hotovely – an archconservative member of Mr. Netanyahu s Likud Party – told an Israeli interviewer on Monday, “It is my dream to see the Israeli flag” flying there.
Israeli authorities claimed that 19-year-old Fadi Samir Alloun was killed after a stabbing attack that wounded an Israeli teenager. They presented no evidence connecting Alloun to the alleged stabbing. After police shoot him dead, an officer can be heard asking one of the mob, “Did he stab anyone?” The Israeli youth answers that Alloun did not.