Carl Lexow returns with an account of the pro-Hamas political currents in Norway, and the documented mendacity of the man who is likely to become the next Norwegian prime minister.
Hamas leader Khaled Mashal and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Photo: TV2)
Our Bright New Political Caste
by Carl Lexow
In a video from January 2011, the then Foreign Minister of Norway (2005-2012), Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, was interviewed by the Norwegian Channel TV2. Mr. Støre is now chairman of Arbeiderpartiet (Labour Party), the largest political party in Norway. Above is a picture of Mr. Støre (right), and his old chum, Mr. Khaled Mashal of the terror organization Hamas.
On the tape, Mr. Støre is caught lying in flagrante and demands therefore that the exposed sequence be retaken. That’s why he looks so angry in the picture and is lifting his finger towards the cameraman. Too bad for him, of course, that the TV company all the same didn’t delete the tape. It’s difficult for others, however, to assess how often top politicians such as Mr. Støre are caught red-handed in lying, but the interview is certainly a scoop from a journalistic point of view. Mr. Støre is the kind of leader we in the West now put our trust in. It’s therefore quite amusing to watch the video, but maybe lying is more common that we know among members of our elites?
Mr. Støre is likely to become PM in 2017 because the present Government, chaired by Mrs. Erna Solberg, is increasingly unpopular due to its liberal immigration policy. The paradox is that the voters therefore will go for Mr. Støre, who is just as liberal as Mrs. Solberg when it comes to opening the borders to everybody. Sometimes the world is indeed difficult to comprehend.
The transcript of the video is as follows, partly in English and partly translated from Norwegian:
|0:08||Reporter, interviewing Mr. Khaled Mashal, leader of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, in his Damascus HQ: Have you self spoken to the foreign minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre?|
|0:14||Mr. Khaled Mashal (translated): We’ve had several telephone conversations and we much appreciate the Norwegian Government|
|0:20||and its politics which are different from the European and the American|
|0:26||when it comes to the Palestinian question in general, and Hamas in particular.|
|0:34||Reporter, later interviewing Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre in Norway: Have you yourself had conversations with Mr. Mashal?|
|0:37||Mr. Støre: No.|
|0:39||Reporter: In an interview with TV2 in Damascus, Mr. Khaled Mashal says on tape that|
|0:44||he has spoken to you on the telephone on several occasions.|
|0:50||Mr. Støre, while pointing his finger to the camera: Can’t we take …eh …eh … this recording once more,|
|0:55||just the beginning, because your last question was a little confusing.|
|1:01||Reporter: The last question? If you have been speaking to Mr. Mashal?|
|1:04||Mr. Støre: I got the impression that you asked if I had a meeting with him.|
|1:08||Reporter: No, I asked if …|
|1:10||Mr. Støre, interrupting: There were some nuances in it, but can’t we record it once more and then let’s go straight to the point.|
|1:14||Reporter: I can frame the question like this … The leader of Hamas, Mr. Khaled Mashal,|
|1:19||in an interview with TV2, says that he has on several occasions been talking to you on the telephone.|
|1:24||Mr. Støre: Yes, it is correct that in 2007, when the Palestinians were engaged in talks between themselves|
|1:29||for the establishment of a coalition Government … eh … then I had a few telephone conversations|
|1:35||with him, on the request of the Palestinian President, Mr. Abbas, in the negotiations then taking place|
|1:40||between the Palestinians, from a meeting in Mecca and to when they agreed on a Government.|
|1:47||Reporter: But haven’t you had political contacts with Hamas?|
|1:51||Mr. Støre: Yes, you could say that a telephone conversation during a period of negotiations was messages to|
|1:56||and from the Palestinians …eh … was a political contact, but we haven’t had political contacts|
|2:01||as such since they formed their coalition Government.
The matter is certainly embarrassing for Norway, because at the time of the incident, no other western Country had approved of Hamas as a legitimate organization. Mr. Støre’s predecessor as party chairman and prime minister of Norway, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, is at present Secretary General of NATO, handpicked by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel for the job of taming Mr. Putin. Or maybe he’s chosen because he’s so well connected with the Middle Eastern mob? Well, anyway, since President Obama himself has voted for Mr. Stoltenberg, we’ll all sleep better at night.
Expensive Career Jobs
The rate of immigration to Norway has for a long time been among the highest in Europe, both relatively and in real figures, and is changing the country forever. This is the immigration policy Mr. Støre also intends to pursue in the future, and both Labour and the present liberal Government are spending the oil revenues of Norway — funds belonging to the Norwegian populace — like drunken seamen on shore leave in Havana in order to promote international governance everywhere and as much as possible.
At the moment, Norway is pouring money down into bottomless pits in about 120 countries. God knows where it will all end up, because these projects are seldom evaluated, at least officially. Not so strange then that ambitious Norwegian career politicians are popular and getting international jobs, but to the detriment of the small ethnic Norwegian population, who will become a demographic minority their own country in only a few decades. A medal always has two sides.
Every year Norway contributes very handsomely to the Palestinian cause, both directly and indirectly through a number of NGOs. All parties in the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament) are ardent supporters of a multicultural global Society, and the majority is also eager to join the EU, even if 75% of the population is against it. Nevertheless, since people continue to vote for these people, they can’t really complain when they go to see their friends bringing the checkbook.
Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre shaking hands with Mr. Ismail Haniyeh, another top leader of Hamas, on March 28th 2007, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo in Wig, Ståle: Seierherren, Oslo 2014)
According to Wikileaks documents, quoted by the influential leftist Norwegian paper Aftenposten, American diplomats were skeptical to the Norwegian contacts with Hamas. The American Ambassador to Norway, Mr. Benson K. Whitney, reported home that “Even if they will deny it, there are obvious indications that the (Norwegian Government’s) contact with Hamas is not only about tactical needs for a dialogue, but also because they support the position of Hamas on a certain level.”
As a result of the interview, the opposition criticized Mr. Støre for misleading the Parliament, a very serious accusation in a democratic Society. The Government (having a controlling majority) consequently on January 27th 2011 published a press release, denying that they were in contact with Hamas, and that Norway has never established connections with this organization on a political level. So, what are we to believe?
Terror Upon Terror
However, it’s part of the story that Mr. Støre while still Foreign Secretary visited the island of Utøya in 2009 the day before the terrorist Anders Behring Breivik massacred 69 members of the AUF (the Labour Party youth organization). Mr. Støre gave a lecture on the political situation in the Middle East, heavily applauded by the young socialists of the AUF.
It’s a well-known fact that AUF was — and probably still is — a staunch supporter of terrorist organization Hamas, and that they don’t clap their young hands for the survival of the State of Israel.
Carl Lexow is a retired journalist and author from Norway who lived in France during the 1960s.
Previously by Carl Lexow: The Alternatives