Archive: Jun 2012

As I mentioned last Friday, my team and I at Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire website I run, decided to take some time off from our flagship television-on-Internet satirical newscast The Tribal Update. We're using our time now to develop and try out new concepts, actors, production techniques and basically let 'er rip. This week we came up with several sketches. We're only on the beginning of this process, and the nice thing about it is that we can end it whenever we want and go back to o…
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So it works out that Iran's vice president really hates Jews. In fact, he hates Jews so much that even The New York Times reported it. On Tuesday, the Times published an account of Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi's speech before a UN forum on fighting drug addiction in Tehran. Rahimi claimed that Jews control the illegal drug trade. We sell drugs, he said, in order to fulfill what he said is a Talmudic writ to "destroy everyone who opposes the Jews." He said that our conspi…
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Last week I participated in the President's Conference, hosted by Shimon Peres at the Binyanei Hauma convention center in Jerusalem. I took part in a panel discussing Israel's final borders.Yesterday the conference organizers posted the video of my panel on their website. It's a bit hard to follow for non-Hebrew speakers because the panel was conducted in Hebrew and English and I speak in both languages in the course of my remarks.My remarks begin at around 26:00. I start speaking in Englis…
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You have to hand it to the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. They know how to play power politics. They know how to acquire power. And they know how to use power. Last Friday, the day before voters by most accounts elected the Brotherhood's candidate Mohamed Morsy to serve as Egypt's next president, The Wall Street Journal published a riveting account by Charles Levinson and Matt Bradley of how the Brotherhood outmaneuvered the secular revolutionaries to take control of the country's polit…
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This week Latma produced the 150th episode of the Tribal Update! We've been working week in and week out for the past three years with barely a one week break. I don't think that any television show in the history of television -- aside from the news -- has such an uninterrupted production record.As you can imagine, my team needs a bit of time to recharge our batteries. So we've decided to take the next several weeks to regroup and let our creative juices run wild. In the near future, we will be…
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To the Leaker-in-Chief with love from Latma.     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 clicking here. It takes you to the online contribution page for the Center for Security Policy through Network for Good. To earmark your donation to Latma, please write "Latma" in the box marked "designation." If you live outside…
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 With her unbridled hostility towards Israel, the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton provides us with an abject lesson in what happens when a government places its emotional aspirations above its national interests. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, many of Israel's elite have aspired to be embraced by Europe. In recent years, nearly every government has voiced the hope of one day seeing Israel join the EU. To a significant degree, Israel's decision to recogn…
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I just saw this YouTube video from the Jerusalem Post conference in New York on April 29. If you feel like watching my speech, it starts at 41:38.  
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From the amazing Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish a few excerpts from his gorgeous essay Israel's military victories were never the results of an inspired military or political leadership. While the anniversary of the Six-Day War has led to an outpouring of adoration for the usual suspects; the khaki-garbed generals striding victoriously through a carefully cropped photo, even if one of them had come down with a nervous breakdown not long before, Israeli generals have never been geniuses,…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the weekly satirical newscast produced by Latma, the Hebrew-language, satirical media criticism website that I run, we bring you several exceptional items. You may or may not have heard about the scandal at Israel's Forensic Medicine Institute. Prof. Yehuda Hiss, has again come under fire when it was discovered that he had held body parts of thousands of Israelis in his institute without receiving the permission of the families of the deceased. This is not the fir…
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