Archive: Sep 2011

Thank you for following our broadcasts at Latma each week. Below is our Shana Tova greeting you and all of Israel, (and Israel's friends). Thanks to Matisyahu for writing the original. I hope you all have a wonderful year.    And here's this week full Tribal Update. Enjoy!   Latma is funded through contributions to the Center for Security Policy in Washington. If you are in the United States and would like to support our efforts, you can contribute by cl…
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Upon his return to Ramallah from New York, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was greeted by a crowd of several thousand well-wishers. They applauded him for his speech at the UN. There, Abbas erased Jewish history from the Land of Israel, denied Israel's right to exist and pledged his commitment to establish a racist Palestinian state ethnically cleansed of all Jews. Many of Abbas's supporters in Ramallah held posters of US President Barack Obama. On them Obama was portrayed as a…
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Watch the following video of the remarkable work of a young Italian photographer named Ruben Salvadori. Ruben's project "Photojournalism Behind the Scenes won Milan's prestigious Photodreaming Contest organized by the Forma Foundation.   Here's the link to the write-up of his work.
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From the geniuses at Latma who brought you We Con the World, we proudly present the UN Choir singing "Somebody to Hate." Trust us, this is the most authentic representation of the general dynamics of the UN you'll ever see set to music.    Enjoy, send it out to your friends, post it on your Facebook pages and blogs and have a great weekend. This week's full Tribal Update will be posted here soon. Shabbat shalom! UPDATE:Here's this week's entire episode. In addition…
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I posted the following last night at NRO's blog The Corner:  This week's Palestinian-statehood extravaganza at the U.N. is being billed as something of a modern-day showdown at the O.K. Corral. If the Palestinians gain recognition of their state, then Israel is the big loser. And if the Palestinians fail to gain U.N. recognition of "Palestine" as a member state, then Israel is the big winner. But the situation is more complex. By going to the U.N., the Palestinians have shown…
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There is something surreal about the coverage of developments this week at the UN. The general tenor is akin to the showdown at the OK Corral. Either the Palestinians win recognition of statehood, or they don't. If they do, they win. If they don't, Israel wins. The problem with this message is that even if the Palestinians don't receive UN membership they still win. There is no scenario in which Israel wins at the UN. The reason is simple. The UN is profoundly hostile to Israel. It has a la…
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Watch the amazing interview below with Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor last week for unbelievable heroism in battle in Afghanistan. It made me cry for two reasons. First, because his heroism is so awesome. And second because this sort of thing is inevitable when governments don't want to win wars. The officers at the command center certainly were negligent. But if the US government hadn't hamstrung their warriors with rules of engagement that make it impossibl…
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Speaking Sunday at the UN's conference of donors to the Palestinian Authority, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon warned that while Israel supports economic assistance to the PA now, that is liable to change within the week. As he put it, "Future assistance and cooperation could be severely and irreparably compromised if the Palestinian leadership continues on its path of essentially acting in contravention of all signed agreements which also regulate existing economic relations between…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the weekly satirical newscast produced by Latma, the Hebrew-language, satirical media criticism website I run, we bring you and interview with Egyptian Field Marshal Tantawi, the head of the ruling military junta who our intrepid reporters tracked down during last weekend's mob assault on the Israeli embassy in Cairo. We also bring you a Turkish naval captain discussing Turkey's plans to destroy Israel. This past week the Israeli media scene was rocked b…
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If nothing else, the Palestinians' UN statehood gambit goes a long way towards revealing the deep-seated European and US pathologies that enable and prolong the Palestinian conflict with Israel. In a nutshell, the Palestinian Authority - or Fatah - or PLO initiative of asking the UN Security Council and the General Assembly to upgrade its status to that of a sovereign UN member state or a sovereign non-UN member state is an act of diplomatic aggression. Eighteen years ago this week, on…
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