While happy to harp on U.S. President Obama at every opportunity if he veers from their demand for unconditional support for Israel, when it comes to U.S. elections, prominent "pro-Israel" American Jews prefer him to Romney because when it comes to everything else, Obama is more in line with their liberal ideals. With the U.S. election only 3 days away, a variety of high-profile American Jewish "pro-Israel" figures who have previously lambasted President Obama decided to come out publicly in support of his candidacy for a second term. Last week, former New York Mayor Ed Koch officially backed President Obama for…Read More... | 6 Comments
Republicans recognize Israel as one of their most powerful tools in the coming elections. Liberals, and especially Jews, shouldn't fall for this trap No doubt, American election year is officially here. Two democratic organizations - Center for American Progress (CAP) and Media Matters – are under attack. The charge: anti-Semitism, no less. In a story on Politico, Ben Smith reported on "a rift in the Democratic Party" because of "anti-Israeli" positions expressed by some of CAP and Media Matters staffers. The Washington Post's neo-con blogger Jenifer Rubin clarified: "These views are not merely anti-Israel, they are anti-Semitic." I don't…Read More... | 13 Comments
Labels attached to news pieces frame stories in the readers' minds and ultimately, shape political views. Haaretz as a case study. In Haaretz’s recent expose “How the state helped right-wing groups settle East Jerusalem,” the use of the term “right-wing” is both superfluous and disingenuous. Whether one sees the agenda of settler organizations, like Elad and Ateret Cohanim, as left or right, it is being implemented through illegal, crooked means. This is the central aspect of the story and, while saturated in politics, should speak for itself. So why did Haaretz feel compelled to qualify the settler groups as “right-wing”…Read More... | 4 Comments
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