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  • Let's not forget that East Jerusalem Palestinians are stateless

    Two of Haaretz's biggest names claim the violence in Jerusalem reveals the failure of  'bi-nationalism.' Perhaps they have forgotten that over 300,000 residents there live under occupation, rather than in any type of sovereign state. The stabbing of an Israeli soldier in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and the killing of two Palestinian demonstrators in demonstrations held in Gaza and the West Bank were just the latest events in the downward spiral of violence across Israel/Palestine. Earlier this week, Haaretz published two different op-eds claiming that that very violence is both the result and the harbinger of the…

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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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  • PM to Jpost editor: My two enemies – Haaretz, NY Times (LISTEN)

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's greatest personality fault, his deep paranoia, has produced another Nixon-like moment: Steve Linde, the editor of the right-wing Jerusalem Post, told the crowd at a Women's International Zionist Organization conference of a strange exchange he had with the Israeli Prime Minister. JTA reports: “He said, ‘You know, Steve, we have two main enemies,’ ” Linde said, according to a recording of the WIZO speech provided to JTA. “And I thought he was going to talk about, you know, Iran, maybe Hamas. He said, ‘It’s The New York Times and Haaretz.’ He said, ‘They set the agenda…

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  • Who is behind the Eilat terror attack?

    The horrific terror attacks in Oslo some weeks ago provided a valuable lesson for journalists. Almost as soon as the attacks took place, journalists throughout the world rushed to place blame on Al Qaeda. Jennifer Rubin, a conservative blogger at the Washington Post known for her extreme views on Israeli politics, wrote that the attacks were committed by Al-Qaeda terrorists and used them to attack President Barak Obama’s foreign policy objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her piece was left unchanged on the Washington Post website for a full 24 hours despite evidence that the perpetrator of the attack was, in…

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  • Most Israeli media publish press releases as straight news

    By Shuki Tausig, 7th Eye - Hebrew original here. "Netanyahu’s office has an original technique for marketing its messages," senior Yedioth Ahronoth columnist Nahum Barnea wrote in his Friday column. "Briefings are emailed every few hours to reporters and commentators.  The condition is that the information not be attributed to Netanyahu, his advisers, his “circles” or his “associates.”  This way, the Prime Minister’s Office achieves broad circulation for its messages without having to answer questions and without taking responsibility for the facts.  It is a wonderfully convenient technique." One of these email messages, a perfectly standard one sent to reporters…

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