HANNITY: As we told you earlier, our commander-in-chief, what he did today standing under a banner showing Yasser Arafat, Yasser Arafat known terrorist.
Joining me now with reaction is former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Eighteen years ago, you had a little experience with Yasser Arafat.
RUDY GIULIANI, FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: Eighteen years ago I threw Yasser Arafat out of the U.N. — concert at Beethoven’s Symphony Avery Fisher Hall. He was specifically not invited, we didn’t want to invite dictators, terrorists and murderers to this concert, so he wasn’t invited. He had a ticket from somebody and I had my chief of staff and the police throw him out and I was on the front page if all the newspaper the next day. And “The New York Times” bitterly castigated me for treating him with such disrespect.
My response was, when I was a U.S. attorney, I investigated him specifically for the murder of Leon Klinghoffer on Achille Lauro.
GIULIANI: He ordered that murder of Jewish man who was in a wheelchair who was thrown into the Mediterranean. I’m sorry. That was only one of 26 Americans that he murdered. I’m not telling you this from the top of my head. I spent two-three years investigating him as a U.S. attorney. Had papers issued so that he came to the United States we could pick him up. I kept him out of the United States for a long time during the Reagan administration.
HANNITY: You know, Billy Cunningham used the term, gave birth to Bin Laden.
GIULIANI: The man was a total phony and one of the biggest mistakes we made, this goes back starting a little bit with the end of the Bush administration, completely in the Clinton administration, they bought into the phoniness of Yasser Arafat. The man was not a guy who was a terrorist who turned around. He was a terrorist who turned into a big thief. His wife is sitting in the South of France with hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s the hundreds of millions —
HANNITY: Through Arafat, by the way Hillary Clinton kissed —
GIULIANI: Major thief.
GIULIANI: He was a major thief.
In other words, move along, Rudy.
GIULIANI: And to me, when the President of the United States stands there with this guy’s picture in back of him, it says to me, does this man have any sense of history? Does he know what the heck he’s dealing with? This is a man who’s murdered at least 27 Americans, those are the tip of the iceberg, that’s I can count. He is one of the people who invented modern Islamic extremist terrorism. And he stole hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars from his own people while he watched them starve and blame it on Israel.
HANNITY: I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I think of the same administration, going into a Catholic University demanding they wanted a neutral zone, demanding the cross, look at the picture of the cross being covered when he spoke there.
GIULIANI: So Jesus is an embarrassment and Arafat isn’t? I’m having a really hard time with that.
That’s going to leave a mark.
[I]t shows his complete ignorance of what’s going on on the ground there in Egypt, in Egypt, in Palestine, in Israel. It also shows that he has this moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinian authority. Doesn’t he know that the Palestinian authority is a country, or wants to be a country in which there have been tremendous amount of corruption, tremendous amount of terrorism.
Israel could give a thousand concessions, it’s not going to help with the Palestinian authority. The problem has been with the Palestinian authority all along.
Way back in 2008, Giuliani was an early favorite of mine for president. Way back even before that, he was going to be the first Republican candidate I ever voted for. (I moved out of New York City before the mayoral election.) There’s a dichotomy about Giuliani: the moral authority he can display, as he does above and as he did after 9/11, and the utter mess he makes of things, such as his presidential campaign, his first marriage, his last years as mayor before 9/11 reburnished his image.
Can you imagine how he’d eviscerate Obama in a debate?
PS: Rush has been touting the Limbaugh Theory—more of an observation, really—that Obama is personally relatively popular while his policies float in the toilet of public opinion. Nowhere is that more evident than with regard to Israel. Israel routs the so-called Palestinians in American esteem, and President Jug-Ears gets his “pitcher” taken below Arafat’s hideous grimace. Nice going, Mr. President!