Archive: Sep 2010

According to Israel Army Radio, Prime Minister Netanyahu has offered to extend the moratorium on Jewish property rights in Judea and Samaria for an additional three months in exchange for Jonathan Pollard's freedom. That is, if Obama pardons Pollard, who has served 25 years of a life sentence for transferring classified documents to Israel, then Israel will agree to extend the ten-month moratorium on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, due to expire next week, for another three months.&nbs…
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Following the example of its counterparts in the West, for decades the Israeli Left has carefully cultivated its image as the fun side of the political divide. In a thousand different ways, the public was told that the Left is on the side of tomorrow. It is the home of optimism. If you want a cheery future, if you want to party all night long and never get a hangover, the image-makers told us the Left is the place to be. From the Left's perspective, the peace process between Israel and…
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In this week's episode of the Tribal Update, the television-on-internet satire show produced weekly by Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire website I edit, against the backdrop of the renewed "land for peace" talks between Israel and the PLO, we reveal the truth about World War's origins and reveal Winston Churchill's "true colors."  We also describe the world's enraged response to the festival of Succot. I hope you enjoy the show.     Latma is funded throu…
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You have to hand it to Turkey's Islamist leaders. They sure know how to get their way. In the seven years since they first took power, the Islamist AKP party has successfully transformed Turkey from a staunch ally of the US and Israel and a member of NATO into a staunch ally of Iran and a member of NATO. And that's not all. Turkey's Islamist leaders have used the Western language of democracy and freedom not only to abandon the West. They have used that language to destroy the foundations o…
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The current flurry of diplomatic activity is deeply disturbing. It isn't simply that the Obama administration has strong-armed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu into participating in diplomatic theater with the PLO whose successful completion will leave Israel weaker and less defensible. It isn't merely that the newest "peace process" diverts our leadership's attention away from Iran and its nuclear weapons program. The most disturbing aspect of the latest round of the diplomatic kabuki is…
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This week's Tribal Update, the television-on-internet satire program produced by Latma, the Hebrew language media satire website I edit, centers on Yom Kippur that begins tonight. Many of our regular contributors ask for forgiveness for their sins. This includes our media icon Flock Builder who asks for forgiveness from what is about to happen if Israel goes ahead with the phony peace process the media so supports. We also feature Yariv Googleheimer from Peace Now who presents mahmoud Ahmad…
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Lebanon is a sad and desperate place. And its disastrous fate is personified today by its prime minister. All who claim to love freedom, democracy, human rights and dignity should take note of Saad Hariri's fate. They should recognize that his predicament is a testament to their failure to stand up for the ideals they say they champion. All those who say they seek a Middle East that is friendly to the West should see Hariri's plight as a cautionary tale. Policy-makers in Washington, Pa…
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On August 28, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck confounded his colleagues in the media when he brought hundreds of thousands of Americans to the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC for a rally he called "Restoring Honor." While former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker, the rally was decidedly apolitical. The speakers said nothing controversial. The crowd was enthusiastic but not rowdy. US President Barack Obama was never even mentioned by name. In the eve…
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This week's Tribal Update from Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire site I edit, we discuss the upcoming Palestinian responses to the breakdown of the peace negotiations with Tawil Fadiha, the Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage. We also produced an ode to Israeli prime ministers past and present who can't seem to kick their peace obsession. Here's the whole show:     And here's the musical tribute to Israel's peace kick on its own.    Latma is…
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