Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jerusalem Post's Muslim Hero

The Jerusalem Post celebrates Anwar’s Support for Israel

Contributing writer to The Jerusalem Post, Michael Ordman, whose piece was published on the online version of the newspaper (jpost.com) spared his punches for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and instead went to town celebrating the Malaysian opposition leader’s defence of the Tel Aviv regime, which was carried by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently.

“And from the political world, I personally liked the news of the high regard that Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim gave to the Jewish State when asked whether he would open diplomatic ties with Israel,” observed Ordman in his piece “We have Lift-off.”

Also blogging for ‘Good News From Israel”, Ordman sits high on the Israeli media’s credibility chain  for his efforts in highlighting the regime’s latest achievements in the fields of technology, health, business, co-existence and building the Jewish State.

Last January 26, WSJ published Anwar’s provocative statement, in which he expressed support for the protection of the state of Israel, and in which the influential paper noted that  “…although he stopped short of saying he would open diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, a step which he said remains contingent on Israel respecting the aspirations of Palestinians”

What he said was evidence enough to merit the outpouring of criticisms from many pockets of Malaysians, who unreservedly expressed dread should he succeed in taking over Putrajaya along with his Pakatan Rakyat cohorts.

Following the statement in WSJ, Anwar subsequently came out with another statement on January 28 – this time through his official website, anwaribrahimblog, where he emphasised his desire for a ‘two states solution’ as the most apt panacea for the Israeli-Palestinian stand-off.

The ‘two states solution’ is an idea lobbied by Jewish apologist organisations in the likes of the International Crisis Group (ICG), which suggested that both Israel and Palestine be given recognition as legal and sovereign states, and that the Islamic world, in particular the Arab countries establish diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv.

According to Anwar his position was consistent with the principles held by PKR, which he said was in line with universal justice and the rights of the oppressed.

He pointed to Resolution 1397 of the UN Security Council and the Arab Peace Initiative, which were founded on the much-touted ‘two states solution.’

Back in March 2008, jpost.com journalist, Shani Ross wrote a piece titled “Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia’s Future Prime Minister?” which unabashedly heaped praises on Anwar’s perceived resounding victory in the 12th General Election.

According to Ross, Anwar’s win had given him the much needed boost for the erstwhile Deputy Prime Minister to redeem his shine on the political road.

“As a proponent of moderate Islam, cultural and religious impartiality, and liberal democracy, Anwar's popularity is gaining strength, with some reports suggesting that should the opposition coalition win the next election, he may well be next in line as Malaysia's Prime Minister,” wrote Ross, who was also the Coordinator for the Executive Programs & Conferences at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya, Israel.

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