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…Read More... | 3 Comments
Days before national elections, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays out an elaborate plot to unseat him, which he claims is being run by foreign liberals who want peace. 'They’ll withdraw to the 1967 boundaries and they will divide Jerusalem — just as Tzipi and Buji promised they would do. They know that unlike Tzipi and Buji, the Likud and I will never surrender to pressure,' Netanyahu writes in a long Facebook status. Benjamin Netanyahu's recent Facebook status, posted on Friday in Hebrew, is distinctly odd. It makes him sound like a rambling paranoid who's off his meds, and local reporters have…Read More... | 9 Comments
By publishing false news stories that perfectly align with the government's agenda, the Israeli media is guilty of sowing violence in a city already on the edge. By Yael Arava "Trying to fan the flames? The Palestinian prime minister went to visit the grave of the terrorist from the [Jerusalem light rail] attack, and then entered a mosque in order to strengthen the ties between the Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the Arabs of Ramallah." These words were published by NRG, a website owned by the right-wing, religious Makor Rishon newspaper, which was recently bought out by Sheldon Adelson, earlier this week. The question…Read More... | 15 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
Under pressure over the issues of Iran and Israel at his Senate confirmation hearing, Obama's nominee for defense secretary caves in completely. Thursday's Senate confirmation hearing of Chuck Hagel was something out of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," or the 1950s House Un-American Activities Committee sessions. "Senator Hagel, are you now or have you ever been a realist?" "Your soul is in peril, Senator - recant!" And Hagel recanted, over and over again. Under pressure on Iran and Israel (among other taboo subjects), he apologized to his inquisitors for referring to the "Jewish lobby" ("I should have said 'pro-Israel lobby'"), apologized…Read More... | 36 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
Israeli meme artists have been particularly drawn to one particular aspect of the U.S. elections: the alliance between Benjamin Netanyahu, Mitt Romney and Sheldon Adelson. Here are some of our favorite memes that appeared throughout election night and the morning after. > Click here for +972's election coverage We will update this post with more memes as they appear Related: Bibi's ACME bomb at UNGA inspires Israeli meme artists Why I hate those Bibi memesRead More... | 1 Comment
The president gets a second chance to challenge the status quo on the Palestinian issue. But will his personal dislike for Netanyahu translate to effective pressure on Israel? I wouldn't bet on it. 1. Israel was mentioned 34 times in the final presidential debate, and in the end, it didn't matter. The Republican strategy in the last four years – going after the White House for "throwing Israel under the bus" – did not hurt Jewish support for the president. According to exit polls, Obama got 70 percent of Jewish votes, a slight decrease from 2008, overall matching the votes…Read More... | 13 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...
Over the years, Israeli politicians have used various disparaging remarks to describe Palestinians. During this U.S. election, it looks like American politicians have adopted the same tactic, as recently shown during Mitt Romney's visit to Israel. By Amer Zahr Look, as a Palestinian, I’m used to hearing racist epithets thrown my way. I’ve heard Abba Eban say that Palestinians “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” I’ve heard Menachem Begin call us “beasts.” Ehud Barak called us “crocodiles.” Ariel Sharon once said he would “kill as many Arabs as necessary.” Benjamin Netanyahu labels us a “demographic threat.” Famously, Golda…Read More... | 16 Comments
The Left in Israel should not remain apathetic to the U.S. elections in November and expect American policy on Israel to remain basically unchanged. Romney is much less likely to restrain Israel, more specifically a right-wing government. By Dov Waxman The general sentiment among many of my left-wing Israeli friends about Romney’s visit to Israel is a mix of cynicism and apathy - cynicism because they see the visit as a transparent attempt to pander to American Jewish voters and donors, and apathy because they feel that whoever wins the U.S. presidential election in November, American policy to Israel will…Read More... | 11 Comments
What would George Washington think of would-be kingmaker Sheldon Adelson's ambition regarding Israel? Conor Friedersdorf has an interesting column in The Atlantic in which he claims that, when it comes to Israel, Obama's actions and sentiments are much more in tune with George Washington's famous farewell address, which warned Americans against getting entangled in other countries' business. I was particularly struck by one of Washington's comments: And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with…Read More... | 18 Comments
Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu daily newspaper, redacted the prime minister's name from a widely-published letter distributed by a man who tried to immolate himself at Saturday's social justice protest in Tel Aviv. There was considerable shock among social protest activists after a protester named Moshe Silman from Haifa set himself on fire yesterday, during a march in front of a government building in Tel Aviv. Mr. Silman saw his business collapse because of an unpaid debt; many activists in Haifa knew him from previous protest events. The government's refusal to provide Mr. Sliman with subsidized housing, even though he was…Read More... | 6 Comments
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