The New York Post is one of the good guys in media. That’s why I was so disappointed to see their mishandling of recent comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Saudi Arabia’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The story isn’t as misleading as the headline, but in today’s fast-food-media world, people often don’t make it beyond the headline. They take it as the truth. In this case, it’s not.
“What happened at the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with. But at the same time, it is very important for the stability of the region and the world that Saudi Arabia remain stable,” Netanyahu said in Bulgaria, the Times of Israel reported.
“I think that a way must be found to achieve both goals. Because the larger problem I believe is Iran, and we have to make sure that Iran does not continue the malign activities that it has been engaged in over the last few weeks in Europe,” he said.
Netanyahu’s own words, quoted in the story, are a far cry from offering Saudi Arabia a “free pass.” Instead, he’s suggesting that Saudi Arabia should be “duly dealt with” while stressing their punishment shouldn’t be used to destabilize them.
In a region with Iran, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, Hamas, and the Islamic State, his concerns should be heard and heeded.
Nobody is suggesting Saudi Arabia gets a free pass. They deserve to be punished harshly. But that punishment should not be the kind that empowers Iran and its proxies to escalate their war against the West.