Joe Klein takes issue with my posting this morning. It seems Mr. Klein prefers to substitute invective and personal animus for fact — always a sign that someone has a weak command of the facts.
He points out, for example, that the West Bank is under different administration from Gaza, which is true. And then he adds that it is in the West Bank “where this $400 million will be spent.” That is not true; the $400 million is meant for both the West Bank and Gaza, and some money in Gaza might be distributed by relief organizations, many of which are staffed by Hamas. Regardless, money is fungible, and Obama’s upping aid right now has the effect of subsidizing Hamas. Of course, Mr. Klein also ignores the millions we give to UNRWA to spend in Gaza, which frees Hamas of accountability of governance.
As for the West Bank, can Mr. Klein respond to studies which find correlation between aid to the Palestinian Authority and terror? Or address the incitement which still reigns supreme in the West Bank and official Palestinian media?
Joe Klein writes of me that I am “rather [like] rabid puppy…one of those people who looks at Palestinians and sees only terrorists.” Of course, Mr. Klein has never met me nor talked to me, so he knows not of which he speaks. He then adds that the sin is worse because of “the Muslim-tainted splashback on the President.” This is silly and malicious; I have a perfectly clear track record, and people are quite tired with attempts to stifle real policy debates by labeling opposing points racist or anti-Muslim. It doesn’t work outside very isolated circles. Joe Klein, you embarrass Time magazine and you owe me an apology.