Archive: Aug 2011

 Will the Egyptian military be permitted to remilitarize the Sinai? Since Palestinian and Egyptian terrorists crossed into Israel from Sinai on August 18 and murdered eight Israelis this has been a central issue under discussion at senior echelons of the government and the IDF. Under the terms of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, Egypt is prohibited from deploying military forces in the Sinai. Israel must approve any Egyptian military mobilization in the area. Today, Egypt is asking to pe…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the television-on-Internet news satire show produced by Latma -- the Hebrew-language media criticism website I run we bring you two perspectives on the deterioration of Israel's ties with Egypt -- from the Prime Minister's Advisor for Official Apologies and from a representative of the public. We also bring you the latest updates on the imprisonment of pop singer Margalit Sanani whose recent arrest on suspicion of mob racketeering and extortion has rocked Isr…
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American media superstar Glenn Beck's visit to Israel this week was a revealing and remarkable event. It revealed what it takes to be a friend of Israel. And it revealed the causes of Israel's difficulty in telling its enemies from its friends. Many world leaders, opinion-shapers and other notables profess enduring friendship with Israel. From Washington to London, Paris to Spain, policymakers and other luminaries preface all their remarks to Jewish audiences with such statements. Once thei…
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This week's Tribal Update, the television-on-Internet news satire show produced every week by Latma was produced before the terror assault on southern Israel yesterday. Latma of course is the Hebrew-language satirical media criticism website that I run. This week's show presents Tawil Fadiha, the Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage discussing the Palestinians' hopes for post-September relations with Israel. We also bring an in depth look at Israeli fine arts and prize winning I…
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Israeli military preparedness follows a depressing pattern. The IDF does not change its assessments of the strategic environment until Israeli blood runs in the streets. In Judea and Samaria, from 1994 through 2000, the army closed its eyes to the Palestinian security forces' open, warm and mutually supportive ties to terror groups. The military only began to reconsider its assessment of the US- and European-trained and Israeli-armed Palestinian forces after Border Police Cpl. Mahdat Y…
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The Palestinians' decision to place the issue of the establishment of a Palestinian state before the United Nations for a vote next month repudiates the principles of the 1993 Oslo peace framework, through which the Palestinian Authority was formed out of the PLO. The Oslo framework dictated that the final status of Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem would be determined through direct negotiations between the PLO and Israel.  While brazen, the Palestinians' UN gambit is not the first t…
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Over the past several months, a certain intolerance has crept into the rhetoric of leading neoconservative publications and writers. This intolerance has become particularly noticeable since February's neoconservative-supported overthrow of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and US President Barack Obama's neoconservative-supported decision to commit US forces to battle against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in March. The basic concept being propounded by leading neoconservative writer…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the television on internet media satire show produced weekly by Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire website I lead, we present our Story Hour, where we learn about the raven who wanted to be king of the forest.We also bring you into the "social justice" protests interrogation rooms and show how the media deal with dissidents.We also recall that this week is the 6th anniversary of the destruction of Jewish Gaza -- that brilliant plan that was supposed to turn G…
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In the wake of Anders Breivik's massacre of his fellow Norwegians, I was amazed at the speed with which the leftist media throughout the US and Europe used his crime as a means of criminalizing their ideological opponents on the Right. Just hours after Breivik's identity was reported, leftist media outlets and blogs were filled with attempts to blame Breivik's crime on conservative public intellectuals whose ideas he cited in a 1,500 page online manifesto. My revulsion at this bald attempt…
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has explained repeatedly over the years that Israel has no Palestinian partner to negotiate with. So news reports this week that Netanyahu agreed that the 1949 armistice lines, (commonly misrepresented as the 1967 borders), will be mentioned in terms of reference for future negotiations with the Palestinian Authority seemed to come out of nowhere.  Israel has no one to negotiate with because the Palestinians reject Israel's right to exist. This much wa…
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