Senior Advisor for Public Affairs at the US State Department tweeted a photo of a statue of Theodor Herzl suggesting that Israel had built it in a prompt response to another statue erected a several days prior of former Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani, built in a village to the south of Lebanon.
BREAKING: Israel wastes no time responding to Hezbollah's statue of Qasem Soleimani with its own statue of Theodor Herzl. pic.twitter.com/rrl21c9hMU— Len Khodorkovsky (@MessageFromLen) February 16, 2020
In his tweet, Khodorkovsky hinted that Israel just built a statue of the father of Zionism responding to a Soleimani statue built and unveiled by Iranian-backed Hezbollah in the Lebanese village of Maroun El Ras, about 40 days after the general's death in a US airstrike.
But the senior adviser at the US State Department failed to recognize that the statue of the founder of Zionism was unveiled in 2012 at the Mikveh Israel synagogue in Tel Aviv and is called "Herzl meets Emperor Wilhelm II".
Photos of Herzl and Soleimani's statues have gone viral online, sparking many clashing reactions among Lebanese, Iranian, and Israeli commentators.
Hizballah vs Israeli statue building on the Lebanese border.— (((Amram Leifer))) (@sebcastell) February 17, 2020
I can't see for sure which finger Herzl is raising at Soleimani here. pic.twitter.com/9VfvZNpMTT
حزب الله يشيد تمثالا لقاسم سليماني على الحدود مع فلسطين.ما الذي يبقى من معنى الاحتلال الاسرائيلي ومقاومته طالما هناك حزب يدّعي المقاومة ويحتفي بقاتل إيراني ساهم بقتل وتشريد عشرات آلاف الضحايا من السوريين والعراقيين.كيف يكون المرء قاتلاً ومقاوماً في آن: إسألوا القاتل حسن نصرالله. pic.twitter.com/XuVGQMaubd— Karim Al Afnan (@karim_alafnan) February 15, 2020
Translation: "Hezbollah has built a statue for Qasem Soleimani right across the border with Palestine. How can this movement, supposedly resisting against Israeli occupation, celebrate an Iranian murderer who's helped kill and displace tens of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi victims? How can someone be a murderer and a figure of resistance at the same time? Ask the murderer Hassan Nasrallah".
Herzl was a Jewish Austro-Hungarian journalist and political activist who founded the Zionist Organization during an 1897 conference in Basel, Switzerland.
So Lebanese put up an Iranian guy who tore Syria to shreds underneath a Palestinian flag, while Israelis respond with an Austrian guy donning a colonial hat based on a photo where he kneels to a German Emperor hosted by Turkish overlords. Makes sense.— Laša Baćek (@BacekLasa) February 17, 2020
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