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  • West Bank murder: Leaders fail to address nature of settler violence

    The murder of a Palestinian baby has provoked condemnation from Israeli leaders across the political spectrum. Yet the harsh rhetoric masks a consistent failure by the Israeli establishment to understand the endemic nature of this kind of violence. Friday morning's “price tag” arson attack in the West Bank village of Duma, which killed Palestinian baby Ali Saad Dawabsha and left his parents and brother in critical condition, has been labeled an act of terror by nearly all Israeli and Palestinian politicians alike. [tmwinpost] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the arson “an act of terrorism in every respect,” and announced that he…

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  • Pro-Netanyahu daily invents Obama 'quote' against Iran deal

    Owned by Adelson and aligned with Netanyahu, Israel's most-read newspaper has now devolved to actually making things up about Obama. The pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom has devoted itself to attacking the Iran nuclear deal in recent days. “A shameful surrender,” “Under Obama, Iran is becoming the regional superpower,” “Every new detail just proves how stupid and dangerous the deal is” — these are just some of the ways the paper’s columnists have described the deal in recent days. [tmwinpost] But now, Israel Hayom, which is printed and distributed for free at a considerable loss by American casino mogul and Republican party…

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  • A bad deal? Diplomacy saves Israel from taking military action against Iran

    The Vienna deal prevents the introduction of a new nuclear power in the Middle East, halts the nuclear arms race and saves Israel from using military force on Iran. So why is Prime Minister Netanyahu still so opposed to it? By Shemuel Meir Let’s set aside the mantras about the Iranian nuclear deal, that it is a “bad deal — an historic mistake.” The agreement signed on July 14 blocks Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon; it not just temporarily freezes its progress. The agreement includes clauses that refer to 10, 15 and 25 years — but blocking Iran’s path to…

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  • Netanyahu vs. Iran: The political scoreboard

    Netanyahu put Iran at the top of his political agenda. He was able to push the international community into action but found himself sidelined when it counted. He got the opposition to back him in trashing the deal, but never got the security establishment on board with a military option. The nuclear deal signed with Iran is "a stunning historic mistake," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the world on Tuesday. Netanyahu loves to remind us all that he was among the first to highlight the threat Iran poses to Israel — and all of mankind. In his first speech before…

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  • A death penalty for terrorists would be terrible for Israel

    Not only would the death penalty have no deterrent effect on bona fide terrorists. It's just plain wrong. Update: On Sunday afternoon, Haaretz reports that the Prime Minister postponed the ministerial debate on the death penalty bill for three months - most likely a delaying tactic. He also instructed the formation of a government committee to look into the issue. The bill's sponsor responded that delaying the debate over the death penalty is proof that Likud isn't truly part of the "national" camp. Israel's Justice Minister supports of the bill. A ministerial committee was expected to decide whether or not…

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  • Netanyahu and Obama find a shared interest — screwing the Israeli people

    Despite the years of endless clashes of both personality and policy, this dramatic political saga really won't surprise you one bit. The rather lousy relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Obama has been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks as former Ambassador Michael Oren brought already ridiculous levels of behind-the-scenes speculation to new lows. Years of public clashes over settlement construction, peace talks, negotiations with Iran, and more, have provided endless fodder fueling public clashes between the two leaders. There is one area, however, where President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have suddenly, and perhaps…

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  • Netanyahu to Gaza flotilla: Did you mean to sail to Syria?

    Netanyahu publishes letter to flotilla participants in which he states there is no blockade, while at the same time declaring that Israel will prevent them from reaching Gaza.  UPDATE 7:27 A.M.: The IDF intercepted the Marianne ship early morning Monday and and began towing it to the Ashdod Port. No violence or injuries reported. The "Freedom Flotilla III" is due to approach the Gaza coastline in a matter of hours, sometime overnight Sunday. Its declared mission is to non-violently challenge Israel's nine-year blockade of the Strip by bringing in medical equipment and other humanitarian aid. It is not expected to…

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  • Knesset deputy speaker accused of pimping, meth abuse

    Junior MK Oren Hazan, who rose in the ranks at breathtaking speed to become the country's deputy speaker of the Knesset, is now being accused of running a gambling operation, procuring call girls and using crystal meth. Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Oren Hazan (Likud) was suspended from chairing parliamentary sessions Tuesday morning after a Channel 2 exposé alleged he was involved in running a gambling operation; procuring and paying for call girls for his clients; and even using crystal meth — all as recently as last summer. The suspension puts a looming question mark over the most rapid and…

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  • Against 'hasbara': Explaining ourselves to death

    The Israeli obsession with showing 'our side' of the story not only guzzles financial and human resources — it is a conscious attempt to distract the world from policies of occupation.  Last week, the CEO of the global French-owned cellular provider Orange made headlines when he told a Cairo press conference that he would like to end his company’s brand-use contract with a local Israeli provider forthwith. Apparently, he felt the profits are hardly worth the resources needed to defend the partnership politically in France. Within hours the incoming CEO of the Israeli local provider, called “Partner,” had honed his talking points…

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  • [Vid] Wake-up Call: Meet Israel’s new government

    The ministers comprising Israel’s 34th government are the most right wing ever, almost entirely oppose the two-state solution, and have a rich history of legislative attacks on human rights organizations and democratic institutions. Ami Kaufman has a wake-up call for you.

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  • Ultra-Orthodox paper photoshops women out of gov't portrait

    Yom-LeYom, the official weekly of the Shas party, published the traditional group portrait of the cabinet and the president this morning — with one notable amendment: Ministers Miri Regev (Culture), Ayelet Shaked (Justice) and Gila Gamliel (Immigrant Absorption and, you guessed it, Gender Equality) were all airbrushed out. Here is the original: And here is the Shas version: Although there is no specific instruction in Jewish law that bans pictures of women, many ultra-Orthodox publications err on the side of caution so as not, um, lead their readers into temptation. Haredi media famously censored pictures of the Charlie Hebdo solidarity…

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  • Segregation in Israel does not begin or end on buses

    Whether or not the plan is scrapped, the fact is that Israel is a country where senior ministers propose and implement segregation — and keep their jobs. There is something disturbingly disingenuous about the 12 hours of furor that erupted over the segregation — and subsequent “desegregation” — of a handful of Israeli bus lines Wednesday morning. When Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the “unacceptable” segregation scheme suspended, a sigh of relief could be heard sweeping through mainstream Jewish Israel. [tmwinpost] Democracy lives to see another day; the separation barrier once again kept segregation from infiltrating the Green Line. The bus…

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  • A dark tale from Netanyahu Nation

    Assassinations, lies and conspiracy theories.  If you want to know about the right-wing culture that rules Israel today, the following isn't a bad illustration. Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday that Netanyahu's pick for director-general of the Communications Ministry, Shlomo Filber, wrote an article in the settler publication Nekuda after the Rabin assassination blaming the Shin Bet for the murder, which is sort of the Israeli right's answer to Holocaust denial, that's how popular a conspiracy theory it is. (Filber, along the way, was Netanyahu's chief of staff in his first term, and headed the Likud campaign in the last election.) [tmwinpost]…

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