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  • 'We hope the regime lasts': When Israel enjoyed cozy ties with Brazil's military dictatorship

    Archival documents show how Israel helped prop up the Brazilian junta, supplied it with weapons and military expertise, and even signed a number of nuclear agreements. By Eitay Mack Just under a month ago, following an especially tumultuous election season, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro as president of their country. Bolsonaro has been a member of the National Congress, Brazil's parliament, since 1990, where he was part of a group of vocal, extreme-right backbenchers who longed for the days of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 until 1985. His election was welcomed by the Israeli right, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu going so…

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  • Foreign Minister out of sync with Foreign Ministry

    Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman attacked human rights NGOs, calling them “terror organizations”. But his ministry praised their support The Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman, attacked the human rights NGOs today, dubbing them “terror organizations and enablers of terrorists” (Hebrew). This remark (which was followed by others, wilder ones) was a part of a general tantrum thrown by Liberman, who claimed Likud is not helping his party initiate a so-called investigation of the leftwing organizations. Nothing to see here, move along; This is just Liberman squabbling with Netanyahu over radical-center votes, and the best way to garner them is to attack the…

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  • T-shirts against absurdity: In support of our striking diplomats

    There's been some noise at the annual convention of Israeli ambassadors in Jerusalem. The entire professional staff of the foreign ministry joined in protest over the financial conditions of diplomats. Instead of arriving to the convention in suits, the ambassadors and their colleagues wore black t-shirts bearing the inscription: "I am an impoverished diplomat." They blew whistles to disrupt the speakers. The diplomats demand that their conditions be equated to those of Israeli army and intelligence personnel posted abroad. The ministry's workers union, led by Hanan Godar, announced that until a solution is found, no worker will appear at work…

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  • Israel to peddle message through third parties

    Avigdor Liberman’s Foreign Ministry understand Israel’s brand is poisonous, and acts accordingly Israel’s ambassadors in western Europe received an urgent cable last week (Hebrew), ordering each to immediately recruit at least a thousand people loyal to Israeli positions, in order to deploy them in the battle of Hasbara. The recruits are supposed to be ready to arrive in demonstrations and rallies at short notice, and publish articles in the media as needed. These legions are to be commanded by paid lobbyists, whose main purpose is the dropping of messages in the local media, while obscuring the fact that these are…

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