Is Romney going to criticize the Israeli Foreign Ministry now?
The trailer was uploaded to YouTube by an individual whose identity was in question. Some news organizations carried interviews with someone who said he was the filmmaker and identified himself as Sam Bacile, an Israeli-American real estate developer in California, but there was no immediate confirmation in official records of such a person. In one report, he identified himself as 52 and in another 56.
Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said in a telephoned statement: “Nobody knows who he is. He is totally unknown in filmmaking circles in Israel. And anything he did — he is not doing it for Israel, or with Israel, or through Israel in any way.” Mr. Palmor also called the filmmaker “a complete loose cannon and an unspeakable idiot.”
(h/t reader D)
Look, no one seriously questions the right of Sam Bacile, whoever he is, to make and distribute this film. No one seriously questions the fact that the people who attacked the American embassy are even bigger whack jobs than Bacile is.
But it’s just plain stupid to pretend that elected officials should be standing behind the message of the film in any way. People who actually have to govern understand this, both here and in Israel.