Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Government Serious About The Ethiopian Community?

Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Government Serious About The Ethiopian Community? Benjamin Netanyahu

One wonders why an immigrant community that is living in far worse conditions is not being greeted at the airport with balloons and flowers and government ministers looking for photo opportunities.

It is interesting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is concerned about racism against the Ethiopian community in Israel (“Gov’t to fight racism against Ethiopians,” August 1). On his recent trip to Ethiopia, he meticulously avoided meeting Jewish leaders there, to the point of insult. He also leads a government that is delaying the aliya of Ethiopian Jews who have been waiting years to be reunited with their families in Israel.

While The Jerusalem Post prints weekly pictures and stories of the welcome given to new immigrants from France, Ukraine and the US, one wonders why a community that is living in far worse conditions is not also being greeted at the airport with balloons and flowers and government ministers looking for photo opportunities.

I take exception to articles that are presented as professional reporting and analysis, but which also include as “facts” statements that are undocumented opinions. In “Does Nasrallah have a reason to fear strengthening Israeli- Saudi ties?” (Analysis, August 1), Yossi Melman asserts that “there is no chance that the Saudis will normalize relations with Israel and establish formal diplomatic ties with the Jewish state – not as long as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fails to progress.” I am sure, based on his past reports, that this is a message Melman would like to promote, but he presents not a shred of evidence that this is factually correct.

In his defense, it should be pointed out that Barak does not claim to know for sure what is in Netanyahu’s “heart of hearts,” but merely that in it, he is “probably” hoping for a Clinton victory in the forthcoming US election. This apparently is in line with the theory of extra-sensory perception, which often presents statistical success as its proof. Your headline writers, however, would have no part of this modesty, and added the sub-headline: “The prime minister knows Israel needs a US president who is measured, consistent and credible, all qualities Trump lacks.”

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