Archive: Jan 2012

To date, the Republican presidential primary race has been the only place to have generated any useful contributions to America's collective understanding of current events in the Middle East. Last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich became the first major political figure in more than a generation to pour cold water over the Palestinian myth of indigenous peoplehood by stating the truth, that the Palestinians are an "invented people." As Gingrich explained, their invention cam…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the satirical media broadcast produced weekly by Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire site I run we bring you an exclusive expose of MK Ahmad Tibi's Zionist roots. We also feature an interview with John Zelokoreli (John It'snothappeningtome), Pres.Obama's Reality Perception Adviser. John discusses the administration's plan for keeping the Egyptian-Israeli peace. We also give you a glance at what half the stories on Israeli television news look like each days wi…
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Last Saturday night I gave a lecture at Jerusalem's Great Synagogue. Unfortunately, it wasn't videotaped but my talented assistant Neta Dror took still photographs and Rabbi George Finklestein taped the program. Neta worked hard putting the photos together with the recording. Here it is and a big thanks to both of them. And no, I'm not obese. Just waiting for the new arrival! (B"H) 
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European and American perfidy in dealing with Iran's nuclear weapons program apparently has no end. This week we were subject to banner headlines announcing that the EU has decided to place an oil embargo on Iran. It was only when we got past the bombast that we discovered that the embargo is only set to come into force on July 1. Following its European colleagues, the Obama administration announced it is also ratcheting up its sanctions against Iran... in two months. Sometime in late March…
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A year ago this week, on January 25, 2011, the ground began to crumble under then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's feet. One year later, Mubarak and his sons are in prison, and standing trial.  This week, the final vote tally from Egypt's parliamentary elections was published. The Islamist parties have won 72 percent of the seats in the lower house. The photogenic, Western-looking youth from Tahrir Square the Western media were thrilled to dub the Facebook revolutionaries were d…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the satirical news broadcast produced weekly by Latma, the satirical Hebrew-language media criticism website I run we bring you and extraordinary production. First, our senior correspondent Flock Builder gives a musical expose of the ugly underside of Jewish terror in Israel. Then MK Abdul Messit explains how Israel's Arab sector responds to its repression. Finally, our resident suicide bombers Jamil and Awad present their communication problems with the Isra…
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Anti-Semitism may not yet be a litmus test for social acceptability in the US, but it has certainly become acceptable. Proof of this dismal state of affairs came this week with the publication of a supportive profile of University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer in The Atlantic Monthly written by the magazine's in-house foreign policy guru Robert Kaplan. Mearsheimer is the author, together with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government's Prof. Stephen Walt, of the infamous 2007 book…
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One of the declared goals of the Netanyahu government is to ensure that Israeli schoolchildren receive a strong Zionist education. To this end, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed Gideon Sa'ar as his education minister. Sa'ar has long distinguished himself as a critic of post-Zionist initiatives to transform Israel's educational curriculum from a Zionist curriculum which in accordance with the Education Law of 1953 is charged with inculcating school children with "the values of Jewi…
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I took this week off from column writing to take care of a backlog of busywork and chores. In the meantime, Mitt Romney won in New Hampshire and Iowa. Israel gave the PA another PR victory by sitting with its Israel-hating negotiators in  Amman in a bid to appease the unappeasable Barack Obama.  In other news, another Iranian nuclear scientist bit the dust, and Obama demanded that Netanyahu give an accounting for how Israel is destroying his plan to hold negotiations with the…
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The rise of the forces of jihadist Islam in Egypt places the US and other Western powers in an uncomfortable position. The US is the guarantor of Egypt's peace treaty with Israel. That treaty is based on the proposition of land for peace. Israel gave Egypt the Sinai in 1982 and in exchange it received a peace treaty with Egypt. Now that the Islamists are poised to take power, the treaty is effectively null and void. The question naturally arises: Will the US act in accordance with its role…
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