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Max Blumenthal Claims That Netanyahu ‘Stage-Managed’ Kidnapped Teens Crisis

Posted on | July 4, 2014 | 29 Comments

The Israeli government “stage-managed” the crisis sparked by the kidnapping of three Jewish teenagers, Left-wing writer Max Blumenthal said in an interview on the Russia Today network. Blumenthal said a “gag order” that kept information about the Israeli investigation of the kidnapping was part of a conspiracy by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to foment war against Palestinians. Blumenthal accused the New York Times of cooperating in a “whitewash” of this Israeli plot.

“It’s my view that the Israeli government knew from the beginning that the three kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens were dead. They knew who the alleged perpetrators were, who the chief suspects were and they may have even had an idea of where the bodies were from the beginning, two weeks ago, and that they concealed this information through a gag order from the Israeli public, in order to bring us to the crisis where we are today, which has only benefited Netanyahu and his extremely right-wing coalition at the expense of everyone else living under their control. …
“Netanyahu has carefuly stage-managed this crisis … It’s clear to me that the Israeli government has manipulated this situation to avoid a police action to justify a military action directed at Hamas and the Palestinian unity government.”

Accusations about Netanyahu’s role in the kidnapping crisis were made earlier by Alex Kane at the anti-Israel web site Mondoweiss, based in part on reporting by BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel.

The crisis has continued to escalate. Israeli jets on Thursday struck sites in Gaza in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks:

Israel mobilized troops to border areas near the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Palestinian militants in the enclave stepped up rocket attacks on southern Israel, heightening tensions following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli students and the suspected revenge killing of an Arab teenager in East Jerusalem.
Israel said the deployments were ordered as a defensive measure after dozens of rockets were fired into its territory from Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamist militant group Hamas. The Israeli military said that it responded Wednesday and Thursday with airstrikes on 16 Hamas targets in the strip, including rocket-launching sites and weapons warehouses. . . .
An Israeli military spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, said the troop mobilization did not signal an intent by Israel to prepare for a military operation against Hamas, which Israel has blamed for the recent kidnapping and killings of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank. But he said any de-escalation in violence would need to start with Hamas, which reached a cease-fire agreement with Israel after an eight-day war in November 2012.

Blumenthal is author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, a book condemned by many critics for its anti-Israel bias, including progressive journalist Eric Alterman, who said Blumenthal’s argument was “so carelessly constructed, it will likely alienate anyone but the most fanatical anti-Zionist extremists.”



29 Responses to “Max Blumenthal Claims That Netanyahu ‘Stage-Managed’ Kidnapped Teens Crisis”

  1. Matt_SE
    July 4th, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    And if the last Democratic national convention was any indication, about half of Democrats agree with Blumenthal.

  2. DonaldDouglas
    July 4th, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    More. Very few Democrats disagree with this sentiment. It’s ingrained Israel hatred.

  3. trangbang68
    July 4th, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    Blumenthal is another self loathing Jew who rejects the God of Israel for the idols of statism. Meanwhile he embraces a people who would slit his throat in a heartbeat.
    Whatever cockamamie crackpot theories the left has for Israel’s actions, the bottom line is the Barbarians of Gaza brutally murdered three innocent teenagers. Blumenthal is a pathetic fool like his idiot father.

  4. DonaldDouglas
    July 4th, 2014 @ 1:38 pm


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  6. Regular Right Guy
    July 4th, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    The guy no doubt voted for BLT Jew-hater Barry. How many Holocausts do apostate Jews need before they wake up?

  7. Cube
    July 4th, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    Ooohh, conspiracies, extremism, stage-managed. That sounds like the leftist playbook.

    Project much, Max? Thanks for clarifying what you would do if you had the power.

  8. Cube
    July 4th, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    Fools like this will wake up when it personally costs them everything. Not before. I’m sure the most fanatic left-winger or pacifist figured out the Nazis were bad once the Zyklon-B came pouring out of the shower heads. Too late to do anything about it then, though.

    It’s too bad the idiots won’t be the only ones swept away by their folly. It really sucks that decent people are also harmed by the evil unleashed by those who want to feel good about themselves while ignoring reality.

  9. daleyrocks
    July 4th, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    Has Max registered as a lobbyist for a foreign entity?

  10. maniakmedic
    July 4th, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    So basically what old Maxy here is saying is that he knows the people who took those teens were horrible killers with no qualms about killing children, but Netanyahu is the bad guy because conspiracy theory!

    Wow. I have two questions, Max:
    1) How many times did your mother drop you on your head as a child?
    2) How many paint chips did you eat as a kid?

    You seriously can’t make this crap up. These people really are this stupid and self-deluded.

  11. daleyrocks
    July 4th, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    Hamas is just a benevolent social organization according to Max, which teaches Palestinian children to become suicide bombers, but Israel is the real bad guy.

    #Smart Take

  12. maniakmedic
    July 4th, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    But remember, they are the smart ones and we are just a bunch of God-bag troglodytes.

  13. Adjoran
    July 4th, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    Blumenthal is a despicable human being. Worthless filth.

  14. Quartermaster
    July 4th, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

    Zyklon-B was a solid that had to be heated to generate cyanide. It could not have come pouring out of any shower head.

  15. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 4th, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    Can we chip in to send Max to Hebron to do some “investigative” reporting? I could imagine the IDF finding his body in a ditch or shallow grave.

  16. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 4th, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

    Are u a holocaust denier QM, or r u parroting Max?

  17. cmdr358
    July 5th, 2014 @ 1:13 am

    Blumenthal : “… in order to bring us to the crisis where we are today…”
    Pardon my saying so but what the f~ck does he mean “we”?

  18. Escher's House
    July 5th, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    Now I understand why people call him that. I note that he uses a classic anti-Semitic argument. The idea that Jews are “pulling the strings behind the scene” comes straight out of the fraudulent Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Nazis used the same trope to explain Wilhelmine Germany’s loss in the Great War and to indict the Weimar Republic. Now he uses it against Israel.

    Only a man who hates himself and, by extension, his own family and his own people would grab it and run with it. He is now about two steps away from Holocaust Denial.

  19. Quartermaster
    July 5th, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    No. Zyklon-B was a solid that could be shipped safely. It was developed that way intentionally. Cyanide gas was not produced until it was heated.

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  21. Dianna Deeley
    July 5th, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve seen the WWII footage of the SS goon wearing a gas mask and dropping the container into the receptacle. I’ve been to Auschwitz and seen the carefully preserved “shower rooms” and so on. If our guide described the procedure, I don’t remember. So, how did the poison gas get from the solid state to the cyanide gas that killed a couple hundred people at a go?

  22. Proof
    July 5th, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    I thought the name “Max Blumenthal” sounded familiar! I looked back and he was the dishonest dweeb who accused Toby Keith of being “pro lynching” because of his song “Beer for my horses”. The song, which expresses some nostalgia for the rough justice accorded to some criminals, was misrepresented by Bloomey at the Huff Po, with a picture of blacks being lynched for the color of their skin.

    Max had a bad tendency to “hotlink”, too. The hotlink on his original Huff Po piece is still up, with a clown telling him to “f” off as well!

  23. Bob Belvedere
    July 6th, 2014 @ 12:37 am

    He is now about two steps away from Holocaust Denial.

    But fully in the embrace of Nihilism.

  24. Escher's House
    July 6th, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    You can’t get there without either Nihilism or Islam.

  25. Bob Belvedere
    July 6th, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

    I would argue that Islam, like Leftism, is a product of an underlying Nihilism.

  26. Quartermaster
    July 6th, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

    I have seen an handled Zyklon-B. You can’t simply drop it into a room and kill people. IF the goon was using Zyklon-B there was no need for a gas mask.

    Delousing was a serious activity at all the KZs and large amounts of Zyklon-B was shipped to the KZs. I have seen pictures of the delousing chamber at Auschwitz and it had a heater in, the same type of heater I’ve seen on plans for such chambers, which was used to activate the Zyklon-B to release the cyanide. The exterior of the building that was used for delousing has large spots colored with Prussian Blue where the Cyanide penetrated the masonry.

    You need to know that the “carefully preserved” gas chamber at Auschwitz was a post war construction. Both the Soviet and Polish Governments admitted that.

  27. Escher's House
    July 6th, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

    I’m not sure I buy that.

  28. Cube
    July 6th, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    I think y’all know what I meant, but thanks for educating me. I stand corrected.

  29. walt kovacs
    July 8th, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    he hates obama more than you do. leftists hate everything