Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
With the Jayson Blair scandal occupying center stage for weeks and the resignations of two top honchos at the New York Times over Blair’s admitted manufacturing of the news and plagiarism, one would have thought that the journalistic world would stay away from anything that would remind readers of the affair. As it turns out, however, The Times has nothing on a leading Israeli daily, Haaretz and its columnist, the notoriously leftist Akiva Eldar.
Here is part of what Eldar had to say about the Aqaba meeting of President Bush, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Prime Minister Abu Mazen:
According to one of the participants in the three-way meeting of the delegations, a lot can be learned about the swinging of the pendulum from the Israeli side to the Palestinian side.
According to the source, Dahlan gave an excellent 5-minute synopsis of the [security] situation, and concluded by saying to Bush:”There are some things we can do and some things we cannot. We will do our best. But we will need help.”
Mofaz burst in at the end of Dahlan’s presentation and said: “Well, they won’t be getting any help from us; they have their own security service.”
You could see that Bush was irritated, says the participant, and he turned on Mofaz angrily: “Their own security service? But you have destroyed their security service.”
Mofaz shook his head and said: “I do not think that we could help them, Mr. President,” – to which Bush said: “Oh, but I think you can. And I think that you will.”
Eldar then writes that Abu Mazen gave a presentation on the suffering of the Palestinians, claiming that additional funding would be necessary and reports:
Sharon then interrupted and said: “The insertion of new funding must be dependent on your good behavior.”
Bush was again visibly irritated: “You should release their money as soon as possible. This will help the situation.”
Sharon shook his head: “We have to deal with security first, and we will condition the release of their monies on this alone.”
Bush peered at Sharon: “But it is their money…”
Sharon said: “Nevertheless, Mr. President…” and Bush interrupted him: “It is their money, give it to them.”
After that meeting, Bush turned to National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and said, “We have a problem with Sharon I can see, but I like that young man [Dahlan] and I think their prime minister is incapable of lying. I hope they will be successful. We can work with them.”
At first glance, it would seem that Eldar could not have submitted his article with a straight face. Could he really expect that his fanciful tale, based upon an unnamed source and completely at odds with President Bush’s public persona, would be taken seriously? Was the
source – if there were one – someone with an agenda? Was it someone from the Palestinian side? How could people take such earth shaking revelations without attribution? On second thought, though, given the worldwide thirst for anything negative about Israel, Eldar’s fanciful
tale may yet get traction.
Why would Eldar compromise even the appearance of his journalistic integrity? Perhaps it has something to the freefall that Abu Mazen’s reputation is now in. Arafat is plainly in charge of the Palestinian Authority and Mazen has already backtracked on his crucial commitment to move against Hamas. He has also taken to claim that what he said at Aqaba – welcomed warmly by President Bush ? “was misunderstood.”
Eldar, the career lefty, seems bent on spreading the rumor that maybe Mazen and Dahlan are not such bad guys after all. And of course, no one could really verify his story, could they?
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Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.
Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.
Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!
Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.
Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent
Warsaw Ghetto: At its height, the Nazis walled in some 500,000 Jews within the1.3 square mile area.
While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives.
That key is the disarming of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza – as the U.S., EU, and others agreed to in principle at the end of Operation Protective Edge.
Given the vitality of Hamas, Israel can hardly rely on the commitments, even if sincere, of PA President Mahmoud Abbas for its security.
Is the president oblivious to polls saddling him with some of the lowest presidential popularity rankings in recent history?
There is not even a hint of recognition that Hamas deliberately fires rockets at civilian targets in Israel while storing arms and rocket launchers among its own civilians in Gaza.
No one with any sanity would dream of rationalizing or justifying the depredations perpetrated on the Arab world by ISIS.
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