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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friedman's friends

The Algemeiner reports that Tom Friedman had breakfast last Friday at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York with Nawaf Salam, Hezbullah's representative to the United Nations.
Last Friday, an Algemeiner reader captured this photo and video of beleaguered New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman with Lebanese Ambassador to the United Nations Nawaf Salam breakfasting at the hot spot.

Salam, who has held his position since 2007 is well know for his key role in forwarding the Unilateral Deceleration of Palestinian Arab Statehood at the United Nations, a move that was vigorously opposed by the United States.

Anne Bayefsky, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and editor of Eye on the UN, commented on Salam’s position as a representative of the Hezbollah dominated Lebanese government, saying, “He is essentially Hezbollah’s representative in the United Nations.” The group, listed as a terror organization by the United States, has dominated Lebanese politics since 2009.

Our eyewitness tells us that their body language seemed friendly and jovial.

The meeting came just three days following the publication of Friedman’s now infamous December 13th column where he wrote, “I sure hope that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.”
Don't take their word for the 'body language.' Let's go to the videotape.



The Algemeiner reports that an anonymous Israeli government insider says that the government believes that Friedman's recent hostility to Israel is a result of 'undue Arab influence' on him. I disagree. Friedman needs no help to be anti-Israel.

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