What will happen if Bibi says no to Obama?

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This week on the Tribal Update, the television-on-internet program we produce every week at Latma, the Hebrew-language satire site I founded, we discuss the dire consequences of saying no to Obama’s new demand that Israel ban Jewish construction for another 90 days.

We also look into the educational dilemmas facing Palestinian suicide bombers and a whole host of other pressing issues.


I hope you enjoy the program. 




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  • naomir 11/20/2010 at 20:26

    Caroline, thanks to you and the team. This is probably the best yet. We have never looked so foolish as we do now caving under to ridiculous demands made by people with no integrity or common sense. Enough is enough. It’s time to take back our country and regain our self respect.

  • Neal Gendler 11/21/2010 at 0:15

    Caroline —
    Re. “Facing Out Fears” on JPost
    Thanks for another superb column of insight. It’s an interesting comp[anion to the David Horowitz editorial, another statement of his: “Didn’t we used to be on the same side of the table?”
    I cannot decide if Obama is just more incredibly naive than most Americans or actually wishes to harm Israel. What I do know is that he’s a great disappointment — failing to mobilize public opinion in favor of some real and positive domestic achievements (primarily the much lambasted but very beneficial, if timid, health-care changes) and making mostly a terrible botch of foreign policy.
    Hard as it is to imagine, he’s even made a mess for Abbas with a demand for no construction across the 1949 line. (I don’t believe Abbas really wants to make peace or is able to, but Obama has backed both Bibi and Abbas into positions from which any meaningful negotiations are nearly impossible.) IMHO, the best thing the United States could do is support the region’s only democracy and otherwise butt out; when the Arabs finally decide they can’t kill enough Jews to win, or that the world finally has grown weary of their pouting-child act, maybe then they’ll consider co-existence with Israel. (Despite the frightening prevalence and growth of anti-Israel attitudes outside of North America, I think the anti-social, often murderous actions of Arabs and their co-religionists eventually will turn things around and run the world — Europe first — out of patience and tolerance.)
    I don’t long for the days of the lamentable George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan’s successor in putting this country into national penury (and increasingly hostage to China’s demands), but at least he knew which side the United States is — or should be — on.
    Neal Gendler
    Minneapolis, MN
    20 Nov 2010

  • Amy 11/25/2010 at 12:22

    Caroline, I was browsing through the UK Telegraph site last night and saw a travel slide show: Jordan in Pictures – Historical Show.
    Quite interesting, all those Roman and Crusader forts and churches…. But no remnants of ancient Palestinian culture. No kingdoms, no coins, no ancient artifacts, no ruins, no nothing.
    So I thought that maybe LATMA could organize a contest on ancient Palestinian culture to demonstrate their claims to the land. It could have categories such as Palestinian architecture, archaeology, art, history, language, literature, philosophy, science, and so on… With big prizes for the best submissions.
    For those interested, here is the link to the Telegraph’s slide show:


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