Monthly Archives : August 2010

Washington’s Israeli allies


As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu heads to Washington for another stillborn round of talks with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas hosted by US President Barack Obama, he will probably be preoccupied with one issue.   It won’t be Obama’s bigoted demand that Jews be prohibited from building synagogues, schools and homes in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.   Netanyahu won’t be…

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Filmmaker Oliver Moan on the Ground Zero Mosque


In this week’s Tribal Update from Latma, the Hebrew-language satire website I edit, we bring you the great American filmmaker Oliver Moan to discuss the Ground Zero Mosque and the new American Way.   We also bring you Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s spin doctor, Freddy Spin to discuss how business is done behind the scenes in Israel’s command center.  …

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Accepting the unacceptable


Last weekend the mullahs took a big step towards becoming a nuclear power as they powered the Bushehr nuclear reactor.    Israel’s response? The Foreign Ministry published a statement proclaiming the move “totally unacceptable.”   So why did we accept the totally unacceptable?   When one asks senior officials about the Bushehr reactor and about Iran’s nuclear program more generally,…

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Israel fights the demagogues


Israeli academia is in an uproar. And this is a good thing. Last week, the Zionist student movement Im Tirtzu opened a rather modest campaign against Ben-Gurion University’s Politics and Government Department. And the howls of protest stretched from the Negev to the border with Lebanon.   Im Tirtzu is a grass-roots initiative of university students. Over the past few years it…

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Dusk in Iraq


A troubling milestone arrived on Thursday when the US withdrew its final combat brigade from Iraq. The remaining 50,000 US forces are charged with advising and training the Iraqi military. President Barack Obama has pledged to withdraw them as well by the end of next year.   When US-led allied forces invaded Iraq seven years ago, their action raised the…

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Iranian Minister of Propaganda and Proliferation croons about the bomb


On this week’s Tribal Update at Latma, the Hebrew-language satirical website I edit, we feature a new English song sung by Rashid Hamumani, the Iranian Minister of Propaganda and Proliferation. Mr. Hamumani has used the opportunity to share with his viewers the Iranian view of the Western world’s moves to check Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Here’s the song.      …

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Standing on a landmine


US President Barack Obama’s warm endorsement of the plan to build a mosque by the ruins of the World Trade Center tells Israel – and its enemies – everything we need to know about the President of the United States of America.   Speaking during a Ramadan fast breaking meal at the White House to an audience of people affiliated…

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