by Jim Lobe
Earlier today the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel tweeted a visual message comparing ISIS (the Islamic State) to Hamas with an accompanying screenshot from the video of American photojournalist James Foley’s gruesome execution. The PM’s office encouraged Twitter users to share the tweet with others, a call that was taken up by Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Twitter account, along with more than 900 others. It has since been removed, possibly due to outrage over the PM’s use of the murder of an innocent photojournalist, which happened just two days earlier, for political gain. But the Israeli government is continuing its campaign of likening Hamas to the Islamic State.
Putting aside the astonishing tastelessness of the now-removed collage released by Netanyahu, not to mention the blatantly cynical attempt to equate ISIS with Hamas, is Bibi suggesting that Obama should follow his example in dealing with ISIS by, for instance, trading up to 1,000 ISIS militants who it may capture for one US citizen, as Netanyahu himself did with Hamas in 2011?