The obviously evil intent ascribed to Netanyahu is reminiscent of decades of both Nazi and Muslim antisemitic cartoons -- leading to an uproar against the paper.
It also led to the absurd attempt of the Sunday Times to defend the viciousness of the cartoon:
This is a typically robust cartoon by Gerald Scarfe,” said a spokesperson for The Sunday Times, adding, “The Sunday Times firmly believes that it is not anti-Semitic. It is aimed squarely at Mr Netanyahu and his policies, not at Israel, let alone at Jewish people [emphasis added].The problem with this attempted excuse is that the cartoon is clearly not aimed only at Netanyahu.
After all, Scarfe himself makes very clear that the target is the Israeli elections -- which represent all Israelis who voted. He labels the cartoon at the bottom of the page: "Israeli Elections", adding "Will Cementing Peace Continue?"
Also keep in mind that these are the very same Israeli elections which:
- Include Arab parties
- Have sent Arab MK's to the Israeli Knesset, where they are known to speak their mind and visit terrorists
- Resulted in a loss of 10 seats for Netanyahu's Likud-Beiteinu party
- Resulted in the strong showing of the new centrist party Yesh Atid
Apparently, it is not only pundits whose analysis about the Israeli elections has exposed their ignorance.
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