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  • IDF may start viewing Iran nukes as less of a threat

    A new document published by the IDF's chief of staff rebuts Netanyahu's attempts at consensus-building on the Iran nuclear threat. The so-called Israeli consensus on the Iranian threat took another blow on Thursday after IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot published a new document titled “IDF Strategy.” News on the document was published in Haaretz, describing Eizenkot's five-year plan for building up the army under financial restrictions, which includes plans for slashing budgets, re-allocating funds, and prospects for bringing other security agencies into the fray. The document also lists the gravest threats presently facing the Israeli military: Islamic State, Hezbollah,…

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  • Israel media survey: Iran deal, not so bad after all?

    A number of senior columnists and reporters say that Israel should be pleasantly surprised by the deal struck between the P5+1 and Iran over the latter's nuclear program. Netanyahu — and his mouthpiece — digs in his heels. Although the pushback from the Prime Minister’s Office was immediate and unchanged, many senior figures in the Israeli media appeared to be pleasantly surprised by the details of the Iranian nuclear deal Thursday night and Friday morning. Ron Ben-Yishai, the senior military analyst for Israel’s most mainstream newspaper, Yedioth Aharonot, penned a column early Friday morning in which he said the deal…

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  • When Jewish militants dug underground tunnels

    Seventy years ago it was the Zionist militias who dug underground tunnels and hid weapon caches among the civilian population. So why is it so difficult for Israelis to understand when Hamas does the same today? Whether we like to admit it or not, the Israeli press intentionally ignores the realities of Gaza. One would be hard-pressed to find articles about the fall-out from last summer's Gaza war, including home reconstruction, destroyed infrastructure, high unemployment rates and the trauma that will likely stay with many of the victims for the rest of their lives. Even during the war itself, Israel's…

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  • All but one Israeli news site gives prominence to Zoabi attack

    Out of the main Israeli news websites, only Ynet decides to play down its coverage of the attack on MK Haneen Zoabi. By Oren Persico As opposed to all the other major Israeli news sites, only Ynet decidedly toned down on its homepage Tuesday's attack on Palestinian MK Haneen Zoabi, according to The Seventh Eye's media survey. The incident occurred around noon on Tuesday at a political conference attended by female members of Knesset, including Zoabi. During the attack, a right-wing activist poured juice on Zoabi's face, while Joint List spokesperson Emilie Moatti was hit over the head with a flagpole.…

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  • A different look at democracy: Impressions from a 'Haaretz' conference

    What does it feel like to be thought of as someone who endangers democracy? Sometimes, all it takes is having dark skin, curls and a kippa. Thoughts on Mizrahi identity from Haaretz's Conference on Democracy. By Eli Bareket Several weeks ago I attended the Israel Conference on Democracy sponsored by the liberal Haaretz daily. It was truly impressive. Around 1,000 polite and friendly people attended — those for whom Israeli democracy matters and who could set aside a day. Eva Illouz was also in attendance, and even said a lot of wise things such as, "democracy is a regime in which…

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  • 'The media makes Israeli Jews ignorant of Arab society'

    How much do this country's Jews really know about Arab society, especially around election time? The head of the Mossawa Center, Jafar Farah, says Israelis have only their media to blame for their ignorance. By Oren Persico The last attempt by the Mossawa Center to ensure fair representation for the Arab population in Israel's news coverage during the election season seems to have failed. Much like all its previous attempt. Two months ago, the center, which works to protect the rights of Israel's Arab citizens, sent a letter to the chairman of the Central Elections Committee, as well as dozens…

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  • WATCH: The most anti-Semitic Israeli cartoon ever made?

    [This post has been updated] The Samaria Settler Council — an organization representing Israeli settlements in northern West Bank — has just uploaded a pretty jaw-dropping piece of propaganda. It's subtitled in English and really needs to be seen to be believed. But in case you don't want to do it to yourselves, it shows a wealthy European named Herr Stürmer (get it?) tossing shiny Euro coins to a hook-nosed, vicious character referred to only as "ze Jew." "Ze Jew" is paid by his master (whose face is obscured by a newspaper parodying Haaretz headlines on Israeli human rights abuses) to besmirch Israel,…

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  • The prestigious award that only goes to Ashkenazi men

    While the prime minister's attempt to intervene in the selection committee for the Israel Prize is clearly anti-democratic, so is the fact that the vast majority of its recipients look exactly the same. The uproar over Prime Minister Netanyahu's meddling in the nominations of three would-be judges for the prestigious Israel Prize selection committee caused many good people to pull out their calculators. They wanted to prove, incontrovertibly, that the prize, which according to its website, "has until now been awarded to a wide range of citizens, to men and women, religious and secular, young and old, veterans and new immigrants,…

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  • Farewell to David Landau, who would have hated this headline

    September 11, 2001. I get off the bus from northern Tel Aviv that takes me to 21 Shocken St., where the Haaretz building is located. As I enter the doors I’m greeted by a colleague from the Hebrew news desk, who says “Wow, you’re going to have quite a shift.” I was night editor of the English edition of Haaretz at the time. Intrigued, I ask “Why?” “You didn’t see? A plane just hit one of the World Trade Center towers.” I ran to my office, saw other staff members staring in awe at the television screens, and turned on…

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  • The storm that only affects Jews

    The Israeli media's storm coverage is a constant reminder of the reality in the occupied territories: two peoples sharing the same land - but only one is worth talking about. If you've been paying attention to the Israeli media over the past few days, you may have noticed its superb coverage of the damage caused by the recent storm. Newspapers, nightly news broadcasts and radio stations haven't missed a beat - from roads being shut down due to ice, to the thousands of homes currently without electricity to students who are forced to stay home from school. Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead…

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  • For Israeli media, even the memory of the Nakba poses a threat

    A new study reveals that although Israeli newspapers present an array of views on the Nakba, the most common one sees it as nothing less than a threat that seeks to delegitimize Israel. By Oren Persico / ‘The 7th Eye‘ A new study reveals that Israel's mainstream media maintains the state's official stance toward the Nakba, and "puts full responsibility on the tragedy that occurred in 1948 on the Palestinian leadership, thus purifying Israel from any responsibility for the outcome of the war on the Palestinian people." The study, conducted by Amal Jamal and Samah Basool and published earlier this year by…

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  • Dissent in Israel: On the margins, yes, in the mainstream, no

    Regarding the controversy over Mairav Zonszein's 'New York Times' op-ed: An ongoing climate of fear and suspicion is not conducive to ‘vibrant democracy.’ It is unfriendly to left-wing protest over security matters.    Since my colleague Mairav Zonszein published her ballbuster op-ed “How Israel Silences Dissent” in the New York Times several days ago, there’s been – what a surprise – a backlash. There was one substantive counterpoint to the article, though, by self-described leftist Noah Efron in Haaretz, who wrote that the instances mentioned by Zonszein of threats, sanctions and violence against opponents of the Gaza war also disturbed…

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  • All Israelis are implicated in the occupation

    Rather than an army secret, the systems supporting the occupation include such normal institutions as taxation, infrastructure projects, the education system and, of course, army service. The debate over refuseniks from IDF intelligence unit 8200 unleashed acrimonious debates all week. While I have already observed some of them, here are a few more that stand out. Carolina Landsmann has one of the most powerful opinion pieces I’ve read in a long time, in Haaretz. It may yet appear in English, but for now the excerpts here are my translation. Like one former member of Unit 8200 who spoke to me,…

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