US State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf. (Photo: youtube screenshot)
Marie Harf

The US State Department spokeswoman came under fire for saying that unemployment was the reason for terror. A seemingly anti-Israel worldview may have also been exposed in an academic thesis that she authored.

A report by several media sites reveals that US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf’s academic thesis in political science includes what many consider to be an anti-Israel slant.

According to Indiana University records, Harf wrote her thesis on “how conservative Evangelical support for Israel complicates US foreign policy.”

This thesis seems to claim that support for Israel ultimately hinders and complicates US foreign policy.

The Daily Caller opines that Harf’s work illustrates the academic thinking in the Obama administration that has led to the alienation of a key American ally, namely, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Practical Application of Academic Knowledge

Harf has come under intense criticism since her appearance on MSNBC last week, when she told host Chris Matthews that the way to defeat radical Islam was to offer jobs to terrorists. In that statement, she apparently negated the existence of a nefarious ideological component that was driving their violent actions.

US President Barack Obama. (Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock)

US President Barack Obama. (Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock)

“We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them,” she stated on MSNBC‘s Hardball. “But we cannot win this war by killing them. We need…to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s [a] lack of opportunity for jobs,” at which Harf was interrupted by Matthews, who pointed out, “There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor Muslims.”

Harf continued to argue that the US should work with other countries to “help improve their governance” and “help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”

According to Harf, “If we can help countries work at the root causes of this — what makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of trying to start a business?”

Her dubious stance resulted in a relentless wave of “jobs for Jihadis” spoofs directed at the White House by the media, including the use of the #JobsForISIS Twitter hashtag.

For weeks US President Barack Obama has been criticized for not explicitly labeling the problem “Islamic” extremism, relying on the phrase “violent extremism” and completely ignoring the religious drive of Muslim extremism.

Obama said during an interview that the four Jews intentionally murdered by a Muslim terrorist at the kosher Hyper Cacher market in Paris in January were “a bunch of folks” who were “randomly” shot, refusing to acknowledge that the terrorist was a Muslim who specifically targeted Jews.

His spokespersons seemed to have a difficult time trying to mitigate his statement.

By: United with Israel Staff


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