What does Eitan Haber's Yedioth Ahronoth column, 'And the president of France will be named Mohammed,' say about the political mentality in Israel? Eitan Haber is a consciously "representative" Israeli. In his Yedioth Ahronoth columns, he's cultivated himself as a "voice of the people" - centrist, patriotic, worried about security, wishing for peace. He was Rabin's spokesman and speechwriter, the impressario of those spectacularly un-Rabinesque speeches by his boss after the signing of the Oslo Accord and the peace treaty with Jordan. More than anyone except for Rabin's family, Haber embodies the memory of grief over the assassination; his announcement that Rabin had died in the hospital is to Israel what Walter Cronkite's announcement…Read More... | 22 Comments
While the murders in Toulouse are evidence that anti-Semitism certainly subsists in Europe, there is no reason to believe that European Jews need to be saved. In fact, the reality is that Jews are increasingly open and confident about expressing their Jewish identity. By Dov Waxman Reading much of the media commentary in Israel and the United States following last week’s cold-blooded killing of three Jewish children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse would easily give one the impression that Europe’s Jews are facing a scourge of deadly anti-Semitism. The murderous actions of Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old…Read More... | 73 Comments
There is no doubt in my mind that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Lieberman made political use of the statement made by the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton – getting back at her for her positions regarding the settlements and the peace process - but unlike Ami Kaufman (you can read those statements in his post), I think Ashton can only blame herself. Saying that all children deserve to live is self-evident, and therefore meaningless as a political statement. Ashton is the Foreign Minister of the EU – so she represents the French…Read More... | 17 Comments
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