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Twitter Rep Exposes ‘Double Standard’ At Meeting With Israeli Officials: Allows Iran’s Leaders To Call For Jewish Genocide But Flags Trump

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I couldn’t believe what I was reading but then I listened to the video of a Knesset hearing on antisemitism and there it was at a meeting in Israel on Twitter’s policies regarding world leaders.

At Wednesday’s meeting a TwItter representative flatly stated that some of President Donald Trump’s Tweets needed to be flagged because it served the public interest but Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has called for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of the Jewish people is acceptable because it reflects “commentary on political issues of the day.”

Insane doesn’t begin to explain how a Twitter representative could say what they said, with a straight face. In fact, she said it as if there was nothing wrong with the idea that the leader of the free world is bad, while the Iranian so-called Supreme leader’s consistent antisemitic and dangerous statements are just commentary.

For crying out loud, the Iranian government promotes genocide. It’s just that simple.

Arsen Ostrovsky, a human rights lawyer and political analyst, asked Twitter’s head of policy for the Nordics and Israel Ylwa Pettersson: “I have a simple question here, you’ve recently started flagging the Tweets of President Trump, why have you not flagged the Tweets of Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, who has literally called for the genocide of Israel and the Jewish people?”

Pettersson said, “so we have an approach to world leaders that presently say that direct interactions with fellow public figures on political issues of the day or foreign policy, saber rattling on military, economic policy issues are generally not in violation of our (Twitter) policy.” She came before the Knesset to answer questions related to the companies digital policy on political speech.

Member of the Knesset Michal Cotler-Wunsh, “so calling for genocide on Twitter is okay, but commenting on political situations in certain countries is not okay?”

“I think that what’s come up again and again through different examples is actually a sense of double standards,” said Cotler-Wunsh. She later noted that Twitter has double-standards and has failed to hold Iran accountable, like it has for other countries.

For example, in one instance Twitter suppressed a Tweet by President Trump in May. In that tweet – during a time where people were rioting in the cities – he Tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter immediately posted a warning on the Tweet that said it “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.”

Twitter has not taken similar actions against Khamenei, who by the way has called for Israel’s annihilation and has called the Jewish people a “cancerous growth.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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