NYT uses funeral of 4 French Jews to bash Netanyahu

It’s supposed to be a New York Times article about the funeral in Israel of four French Jews killed at a Paris kosher supermarket (“Emotion Mixes With Politics as 4 Killed at Paris Market are Buried in Jerusalem,” Jan. 14, page 8).

But leave it to Jodi Rudoren, the Times’ Jersualem bureau chief, to convert it into an all-out tirade against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

What riles Rudoren is that Netanyahu committed two great sins – he represented Israel on an equal basis with leaders of other countries in the front row of the massive Paris march against terror, and he had the effrontery to suggest to French Jews that they would be safer by moving to Israel.

Netanyahu’s “open arms” invitation to all French Jews, Rudoren writes, “set off a backlash over the weekend.”  Intolerable, as far as she’s concerned.

But that’s just the start of her diatribe.

Netanyahu, she suggests, went to the funeral of the four French Jews not so much out of respect, but because he “is seeking a fourth term as prime minister in March elections.”

In Paris, she adds, “his every move seemed to stir controversy.”

And then she really piles on.

“Mr. Netanyahu was skewered on social media for waving to the crowd during the march and muscling his way to the first row from the second.”  Imagine the chutzpah of an Israeli leader insisting on front-row recognition.

As for Netanyahu’s expression of welcome to French Jews to immigrate to Israel, Rudoren will have none of it.  She cites a dire warning by the ultra-left Haaretz newspaper that “by encouraging mass emigration, Israeli politicians could very well be helping terrorist fanatics finish the job started by the Nazis and their Vichy collaborators making France Judenrein, or free of Jews.”

Netanyahu as a Nazi collaborator by Rudoren in the pages of the New York Times.

Still in anti-Israel mode, the Times runs a second article by Rudoren about an ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel that erased women from a picture of the Paris march against terror.

Which prompted another reader to remark: “With Jews and Israel under vicious attack, and especially at this time, that Rudoren, supported by the Times, picks this obscure story for publicity, is a disgrace. Rudoren could have picked any of 100 stories favorable to Jews or Israel as a sign of solidarity with the Jews of France. But no, Rudoren searches for a story that neither reflects Jews nor Israel to make both look bad.  How pathetic she is, how awful.”

Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers.