Israel doesn’t need Rodrigo Duterte - Opinion

Israel doesn’t need Rodrigo Duterte

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:38 am

We learned a number of interesting facts last week during Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Israel. For example, we learned that in 1939, the Philippines authorized 10,000 visas to persecuted Jews and that 1,300 reached safety in the Pacific nation. And we learned that Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, has a Jewish grandfather. And finally, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded at the start of his meeting with Duterte, “The Philippines was the only Asian country that voted for the establishment of the State of Israel in the U.N. resolution in 1947.” (Israel and the Philippines didn’t establish diplomatic ties until 1957.)

Not a word in those warm recitations about Duterte presiding over a reign of terror and death in his own country. In what began two years ago as a claimed fight against drug dealers, Duterte’s offensive has been accused of killing as many as 12,000 Philippines citizens. And Duterte is facing two complaints of murder and crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court. One headline covering the trip announced: “As Duterte wraps up Israel visit, Philippine mayor on his drug list is shot dead.”

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