American Media

Make no mistake about it: the American and Israeli obsession with “defense”, which meets every commonsense definition of “offense” of which I am aware, is a catastrophe. Here, the New York Times gives us insight into the way that “defense” leaks into our brains—and budgets. “Pentagon Seeks Biggest Military Cuts Since Before 9/11″ Defense Secretary […]

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Do you remember the Lavon Affair, when Israeli intelligence officials recruited Egyptians to plant bombs at American and British embassies? Apparently, Jeffrey Goldberg does not. In his interminable personal battle against the shadows of anti-Semitism that occupy (pun intended) his peripheries, Jeffrey Goldberg loves to highlight examples of alleged anti-Semitism. There is no doubt that […]

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One day Jeffrey Goldberg will have attained the irrelevance he deserves. In the meantime, it is worth deconstructing his pathetic attempts at defending, indeed encouraging, Israel’s brutality. Today he proposes rather self-righteously an “idea for Bibi”: Why not risk your governing coalition and impose a total freeze on settlement growth outside of the greater Jerusalem […]

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One terrible consequence of Israeli (and Western) racism toward Arabs is that a number of what should be unnecessary defenses of Arab behavior must be made. I don’t want to be in the position of defending Hamas, for example, and yet the absurd caricature of that complex organization must be countered. Ditto on the recent […]

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As I mentioned in my earlier post on Haiti and Gaza, Israel sent an IDF search-and-rescue team to Haiti to share “Jewish ethics” with the disaster-stricken locals. This is, of course, entirely unrelated to Israel’s desire to re-earn some of the brownie points lost in the course of, inter alia, its multiple year siege on […]

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There are few influential journalists as arrogant, deceptively violent, and insane as Thomas Friedman of the New York Times. I mean, what other pseudo-journalist could write an editorial about the peace plan he pitched to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah (in the early 2000s), which was nothing more than UN Security Council Resolution 242, which Israel […]

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If Israelis and Americans just understood better what Palestinian life was like under Israeli occupation, then there would be far less sanctioning and acceptance of the brutal, 42-year long occupation. Or so I have long believed. In particular, I have argued the US citizenry has a critical role in pressuring their congresspeople to, in turn, […]

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If I was editor of the New York Times, the self-proclaimed “newspaper of record”, during a week when: Jewish terrorist/settler Jack Teitel was arrested The 14th anniversary of Yitzchak Rabin’s assassination by another Jewish terrorist was being commemorated Netanyhahu’s wholesale subjugation to the settler movement was recognized as having killed Obama’s so-called peace process The […]

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Last week I highlighted a recent essay in the New Yorker on Gaza. I had a number of problems with the details of the article, but despite those concerns I considered it one of the deeper analyses I had seen in a mainstream American media outlet. What attracted me to the article? First, the lead […]

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Some victims we are

by Yaniv Reich on November 3, 2009

Today’s Jerusalem Post carries the type of article that would never be published in a major US media outlet. The article examines Israeli social psychology around Operation Cast Lead and its aftermath. The article is so self-aware and penetrating, its worth an extensive quotation: The kill ratio was 100-to-1 in our favor. The destruction ratio […]

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