The U.S. State Department has moved to back America's ambassador to Israel in a heated and escalating dispute over his remarks on January 18 that Israel applied law in the occupied West Bank differently to Palestinians and Israelis, the Raw Story website reports today (January 20, 2016).
Ambassador Daniel Shapiro's critical comments drew harsh criticism from several top officials in Israel's government -- including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Shapiro was also insulted on Israeli television last night by a former aide to Netanyahu who described the ambassador by using the offensive Hebrew word "yehudon," which translates as "little Jew boy." The term is used by Israelis against other Jews whom they regard as not being pro-Israeli enough.
The insulting epithet was used by Aviv Bushinsky -- former aide to Netanyahu and now a TV news reporter -- after Shapiro said at a security conference: "Too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation by Israeli authorities.... and at times there seem to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law -- one for Israelis and another for Palestinians."