The Israeli army recently began allowing reporters to join night raids in the West Bank. The result is exactly what you might expect. By Oren Persico / 'The 7th Eye' One week after the start of "Operation Brother's Keeper," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit arranged an opportunity for the Israeli press just in time for the newspapers’ weekend editions: an opportunity to report from the front lines. Journalists were invited to join military units operating in the Palestinian Authority and to cover the operation to eliminate Hamas infrastructure and the search for the three kidnapped Israelis from up close. This system, embedded journalism,…Read More... | 12 Comments
Israel's foreign minister would be well served by a beginner's course in using Google to search the Internet before accusing the international community of hypocrisy. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman rejected calls for an investigation into the killings of two Palestinian teenagers. Perhaps unbeknownst to the foreign minister, the IDF had already launched an investigation into the killings, with the urging of his colleague, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein. Or perhaps Liberman knew full well that the U.S. and UN were simply calling for Israel to do what it was already doing, but it touched on Israel's national pet peeve and the likely…Read More... | 4 Comments
A friend of Netanyahu presents his own solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nahum Barnea, one of Israel’s leading political and diplomatic correspondents, had an interesting item at the end of his weekly feature in Yedioth Ahronoth. The Hebrew version is at the end of this post; this is my translation: A few years back, a known American billionaire, Sarah [Netanyahu's] friend [...], gathered a group of Israelis and gave them the following speech: “I hear that one Avigdor Lieberman is proposing land swaps with the Palestinians. What is this lefty thinking? We shouldn’t propose anything to them. Deport, that’s what is…Read More... | 18 Comments
The birth and growth of an utterly baseless, extremely damaging claim. If you Google "Gazans celebrate Boston Marathon bombings" or variations of that entry, you will have your reading cut out for you. Such a scene was reported by Pamela Gellar, possibly America's best-known Muslim-basher, on her website Atlas Shrugs. The story was headlined "DANCING IN THE STREETS OF GAZA OVER BOSTON BOMBINGS," and carried the intro, "End US aid to these savages. Now." Such a spectacle in Gaza was also mentioned in a column by Ruthie Blum in the English-language website of Sheldon Adelson's Israel Hayom, this country's most…Read More... | 61 Comments
Mr. Adelson, a friend and supporter of Prime Minister Netanyahu, poured almost 100 million dollars into six Republican campaigns, but saw only one of his candidates win. Sore losers: Israel Hayom, the free daily paper owned and published by American gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson, didn't try to hide its disappointment over the results of the U.S. elections. This morning, a large headline in the news section declared that "America chose socialism." The sub-headline reads: "Obama's second term in the White House could lead to a greater economic crisis than that of 2008." Early this week, articles in Israel Hayom were still…Read More... | 14 Comments
The most widely read paper in Israel believes that Romney basically told the truth about the '47 percent.' Except for the radical fringe of the Republican Party, there is almost an absolute consensus that Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remark was stupid and damaging to his candidacy. A story on Politico yesterday quoted the many attacks on Romney from leading right-wing columnists, among them Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Bill Kristol, Jonah Goldberg, Michael Warren, David Frum and more. Yet in Israel, Sheldon Adelson's paper, Israel Hayom, chose to put a different spin to the affair. Quoting an interview by Ann Coulter…Read More...
Israel's 3rd largest daily is expected to merge with Makor Rishon, a conservative paper especially popular among settlements, and edited by Netanyahu's former chief of staff. The Hebrew media is reporting today (Friday) that Maariv, the 3rd largest daily paper in Israel, will be sold to Shlomo Ben-Zvi, the publisher of the rightwing broadsheet Makor Rishon. Maariv has been losing money for a decade. The paper's financial troubles got worse after the introduction of Sheldon Adelson's Israel Hayom – a daily paper distributed for free at considerable loss. Maariv was recently under immediately threat of shutting down. Employees were notified this week…Read More... | 8 Comments
This comic by Mysh perfectly satirizes the sad and perverse state of affairs here, following the vicious mob attack on Palestinians in Jerusalem last Thursday night, in which dozens of Jewish teenagers were involved. There were also those who reportedly dissuaded paramedics from helping one of the critically injured victims, Jamal Julani, because "he is an Arab." The prime minister said on Tuesday that he will not tolerate racism and violence because “The State of Israel is a democratic state, an enlightened state." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen reading Sheldon Adelson's tribute tabloid to him, Israel Hayom. The headline in the…Read More...
The top stories in all Israeli dailies this weekend discuss a coming strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Thirty-seven percent of Israelis think President Obama would stop Iran from developing a bomb, while only 29 percent doubt it. The front page headlines in all major daily papers in Israel deal with the increased likelihood of a war with Iran. Yedioth Aharonoth has an important expose: the paper's diplomatic correspondents, Nahum Barnea and Shimon Shiffer, report that Defense Minister Ehud Barak has gathered senior army generals twice (the latest meeting took place at Mossad headquarters) in order to obtain their support for…Read More... | 7 Comments
Even from the right-leaning, Netanyahu-venerating paper Israel Hayom, I was taken aback by an op ed yesterday by Rivi Gutgold. I found it to be an anti-feminist assault that seems to pre-date Madmen and shatters any residual myth of the feminist Israel. It began: With all due respect to the feminist world in which we live, the truth of the matter is that in the days before Passover, when it comes to most women, their world is divided into two: one includes the women whose homes have been spotless and ready for Passover for two weeks, their counters already…Read More... | 19 Comments
Amos Regev, the editor of Israel Hayom: "[An attack on Iran] would be difficult. It would be daring. But it's possible." In an uncommon front-page, top-headline piece, Amos Regev, the editor of daily Israel Hayom, discusses the decision regarding an Israel military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Regev, a member of Binyamin Netanyahu's inner circle between his two terms as Prime Minister, attacks those speaking against the war, and concludes that "Yes, it's possible to attack – and to succeed." Israel Hayom, launched in 2007 by international casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is known for its deep commitment to supporting Prime Minister…Read More... | 6 Comments
A group of artists have replaced the front page in hundreds of copies of the Israel Hayom daily paper. The new headline declared that the separation regime in occupied Hebron is ending. An anonymous group that identified itself only as "artists for Israel tomorrow" has distributed hundreds of copies of a "utopian" version of Israel Hayom ["Israel Today"], with a cover story announcing the end of the limitations of freedom of movement for Palestinians in occupied Hebron. Israel Hayom is the most widely read paper in Israel. It is distributed for free, and at considerable losses, at the expense of gambling…Read More... | 6 Comments
Right-wing NGO that went after progressive and human right groups is financed from abroad, including through large grants from undisclosed donors Last week, Haaretz's Uri Blau had a short expose – available only in the Hebrew edition – regarding the rightwing non-profit NGO Monitor. As some readers might remember, NGO Monitor recently attacked the German Heinrich Böll Foundation for a grant of 6,000 Euros it gave +972 Magazine in 2011. According to its website, "NGO Monitor's objective is to end the practice used by certain self-declared 'humanitarian NGOs' of exploiting the label 'universal human rights values' to promote politically and ideologically motivated…Read More... | 10 Comments
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