Assassinations, lies and conspiracy theories. If you want to know about the right-wing culture that rules Israel today, the following isn't a bad illustration. Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday that Netanyahu's pick for director-general of the Communications Ministry, Shlomo Filber, wrote an article in the settler publication Nekuda after the Rabin assassination blaming the Shin Bet for the murder, which is sort of the Israeli right's answer to Holocaust denial, that's how popular a conspiracy theory it is. (Filber, along the way, was Netanyahu's chief of staff in his first term, and headed the Likud campaign in the last election.) [tmwinpost]…Read More... | 3 Comments
With the collapse of the peace talks and the Oslo process, prominent settlers and right-wing Israelis are once again mulling the idea of a one-state solution. What will it look like, and what are the chances of it being implemented? Uri Elitzur, who was Netanyahu’s chief of staff during his first term as prime minister, wrote a nice article discussing the necessary steps Israel should take to end the occupation. Elitzur is an important figure – he has written a few speeches for the Prime Minister's Office in recent years, and this week he was appointed editor-in-chief of Makor Rishon…Read More... | 10 Comments
Dr. Dror Eydar, known for his criticism of leftwing NGOs and his support for Netanyahu, has a contract for NIS 50,000 at the Prime Minister's Office. According to Eydar, he has been advising Deputy Prime Minister Ya'alon on the evangelical Christian community in America. Another piece in the Netanyahu-Adelson puzzle was revelead yesterday when Channel 10 news reported that Dror Eydar, senior pundit for the free daily Israel Hayom, was hired by the Prime Minister's Office for various speechwriting and consulting assignments. Israel Hayom, launched in July 2007, is the most widely read paper in Israel. It is distributed for free, and,…Read More... | 7 Comments
The latest hiring decision at the Prime Minister's Office illustrates the hypocrisy of the right when it comes to objectionable and violent statements. The Prime Minister’s Office recently reported (Hebrew) that it receives editing and translating services from Uri Elitzur, who is set to serve as a speechwriter for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Elitzur is a settler pundit, who in 1998, during Netanyahu’s first term, served as his bureau chief. Elitzur is now the editor of the weekly supplement Makor Rishon, a newspaper that leans to the right. There’s something noble and very rare in Israeli political life for a…Read More... | 1 Comment
Haaretz published my report on the growing support for what seems like a one-state solution in the Israeli Right. “The prospects of the negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas do not look promising. President Obama undoubtedly thinks otherwise, but if Abbas speaks for anyone, it’s barely half the Palestinians. The chances of anything good coming of this are not great. Another possibility is Jordan. If Jordan were ready to absorb both more territories and more people, things would be much easier and more natural. But Jordan does not agree to this. Therefore, I say that we can look at another option: for…Read More...
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