Here’s a sentence I never expected to write: Hillary Clinton is right. Hillary Clinton is many things, but stupid is clearly not one of them. And it cannot be denied that she knows a thing or two about war in the Middle East, if only by dint of being complicit in starting one or two of them.

More pointedly, though, she’s had a ringside seat at the Middle East peace process (a truly Sisyphean task) since the late 90s.

So, when even Hillary calls “pro-Palestine” protesters clueless idiots, she knows what she’s talking about.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed young pro-Hamas protesters during an interview this week, saying that they knew very little about history anywhere.

In particular, Clinton pointed to the 2000 Camp David summit, presided over by her husband, then-president Bill Clinton. A summit which could have brought lasting peace, as well as the “free Palestine” the protesters yammer about — if it weren’t for the bloody (literally) intransigence of the Palestinians.

“First of all, I have had many conversations, as you have had, with a lot of young people over the last many months now. You are right. They don’t know very much at all about the history of the Middle East, or frankly about history in many areas of the world, including in our own country,” she said of the young left-wing protesters on college campuses.

“With respect to the Middle East, they don’t know in the bringing together by my husband of, the then-Israel Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the then-head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and then the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat,” she said. “An offer was made to the Palestinians for a state on 96% of the existing territory occupied by the Palestinians with 4% of Israel to be given to reach 100% of the amount of territory that was hoped for.”

“This offer was made. And if Yasser Arafat had accepted it, there would have been a Palestinian state now for about 24 years,” she continued. “It’s one of the great tragedies of history that he was unable to say yes.”

The only reason Arafat didn’t, Clinton elaborates, is because his own people were too violent and bloodthirsty to ever accept peace with the Jews.

“Arafat kept saying he wanted to agree, but he was pretty sure he’d be killed.”

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Such are the supposedly sainted Palestinians the left are wringing their hands over.

In another, shall we say, interesting turn of events, the UN has finally admitted what everyone with half a brain has known all along: Hamas are lying through their teeth about casualties in Gaza.

The United Nations is facing scrutiny after lowering its counts of Palestinian women and children killed since Israel began bombing Gaza in its seven-month war against Hamas.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which releases impact reports on the situation in Israel and Gaza every two to three days, revised its tallies last week to show that approximately 5,000 women and 7,800 children have been killed as of April 30.

Those numbers are under half what the agency had previously reported.


Well, no shit, Sherlock. After all, the figures previously published by the UN are entirely the work of the Gazan government — which is to say, Hamas. Hamas have repeatedly lied about everything else, but, yet again, the UN chose to believe them without question.

“Fog of war”, claims Farhan Haq, the (Muslim, by a strange coincidence) deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The rest of us might suspect it’s really the fog of pro-Hamas derangement.

In mid-March, the U.N. Children’s Fund stated that 13,450 children had been killed in Gaza, citing figures from the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. Catherine Russell, the director of UNICEF, said in a television interview on March 17 that those numbers were “staggering” and “really shocking.”

And also obvious bullshit.

Not that the UN, not to mention the mainstream media, stopped for an instant to question them. No matter how obviously fake they were.

As recently as last month, the Hamas-run government media office has repeated claims that 70 percent of the deceased were women and children […]

But [Salo Aizenberg, an independent scholar and author and HonestReporting board member]’s research has shown that “for many months, there have been obvious errors identified in the numbers published daily by OCHA, which are ultimately based on Hamas reporting,” the scholar said.

Aizenberg pointed to an immediate claim by Hamas of nearly 500 deaths in an Oct. 17 strike on Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, which turned out to be a Palestinian rocket misfire. Evidence suggested a drastically lower death total. Still, Hamas hasn’t corrected its initial tally.

His analysis has also revealed that Hamas reported on certain days in the first months of the war that more women and children were killed than the total number of all fatalities.

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As well, a professor of statistics and data science at the University of Pennsylvania, published a statistical analysis two months ago that showed how Hamas faked casualty numbers. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy also released a report in January showing major discrepancies in the fatality reports, discrepancies, they concluded, that were most likely caused by manipulation.

Curiously enough, the UN can be remarkably scrupulous in reporting casualties from wars where no Jews are involved. In January 2014, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced it had stopped updating the death toll from Syria’s Muslim-on-Muslim civil war.

Purely a coincidence, no doubt — just as it’s a mere coincidence that Politico quietly shuttered its presidential lie tracker shortly after Joe Biden won office.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics, indeed.

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