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Christiane Amanpour at Yishai’s House

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah kick off by talking about a special guest that they received in their home in order to interview Yishai and the range of discussion that followed between the guest and Yishai. They move on to the expiration of the Tal Law and how it has contributed to the collapse of the coalition in the Israeli government. At 12:30, Yishai and Malkah begin to discuss the recent trip to Israel by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her views on the American policy in the Middle East along with discussing how Jonathan Pollard will not be released. They end the segment talking about how everything is looking ahead in Israel and how listeners can get involved!

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Nostrums And Clichés

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The New York Times greeted the release of the Levy Report with a not unexpected shrill editorial that captured the sentiment of the Arab world, the consensus of international opinion, and the view of not a few Jewish organizations here in the U.S.

They should all calm down and actually read the report, a closely reasoned exposition on international law and the meaning of “occupation” and why Israel’s presence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank does not constitute the same. While many will no doubt disagree with its conclusions, they will no longer be able to drone on, mantra-like, in support of the Palestinians – at least not with a straight face.

We do not delude ourselves into hoping the political situation will change, but now there is something supporting an alternative point of view for those interested. A new framework for discussion, we believe, is upon us.

In an editorial last Tuesday entitled, “Wrong Time for New Settlements,” The Times said in part:

Palestinian hopes for an independent state are growing dimmer all the time. Israel is pushing ahead with new settlements in the West Bank and asserting control over new sections of East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as their capital. Meanwhile, peace talks – the best guarantee of a durable solution – are going nowhere.Now comes another, potentially disastrous, blow. An Israeli government- appointed commission on Monday issued a report asserting that Israel’s 45-year presence in the West Bank is not occupation. The commission endorsed the state’s legal right to settle there and recommended that the state approve scores of new Israeli settlements…. Although non-binding, the commission’s recommendations are bad law, bad policy and bad politics. Most of the world views the West Bank, which was taken by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 war, as occupied territory and all Israeli construction there as a violation of international law.

As the details of the Levy Commission analysis become better known it will not suffice for the Times and others to simply fall back on traditional nostrums and clichés. It’s certainly telling that the Times attempted no discussion of the merits of the report.

Separate and apart from its merits in terms of legal analysis, the report can serve as an incentive for the Palestinians to get back to the negotiating table. If the Palestinians sense a hardening of Israeli resolve in terms of refusing to accede to the Palestinian narrative, perhaps they will return to the negotiating table without preconditions.

The Times doesn’t mention Palestinian recalcitrance as being any sort of impediment to resumed talks – only Israel’s settlement policy. Really helpful would be a Times editorial that for once eschewed condemnation of Israel and instead implored the Palestinians to at long last embrace reality and make a deal.

Voting in US Elections and Knesset Update

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

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Jewish Press Columnist Yishai Fleisher is joined by Knesset-insider Jeremy Man Saltan.  They begin by discussing a bill that was recently presented that requires those that are evacuated by the Israeli government to be moved into finished homes that are ready for those that are evacuated and then move on to talk about the Levy Commission Report.  Yishai and Man Saltan talk about the potential of the ultra-orthodox serving in the Israel Defense Forces and at 18:45 they shift gears to present a talk, attended by Yishai, to American-born Israelis to why they should vote in the upcoming American elections which features former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

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Germany and the Levy Report

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah further elaborate about the ban on ritual circumcision in Germany.  At 13:45, Yishai moves on to talk about the current Torah portion and how they also relate to the situation in Germany along with talking about the German government’s harsh treatment towards Jews in Israel.  The segment wraps up with a discussion of the Levy Commission Report; a report that states that the construction of Jewish communities outside of internationally recognized borders is n ot a violation of international law.

Unlike Previous posts, we are presenting this segment in two parts, this one is the show intro up to the introduction of the discussion of the Levy Report.

This second part is the discussion of the Levy Report in full along with the closing of the segment.

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Knesset Committee Ejects Top Reform Clergyman from Meeting

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The head of the Reform movement in Israel was ejected from a discussion on state funding for non-Orthodox rabbis Tuesday.

Gilad Kariv, a Reform rabbi and director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, was thrown out of Tuesday’s debate in the Knesset Finance Committee for speaking out of turn and using aggressive language.

Kariv was ejected by the head of the panel, Moshe Gafni, of the United Torah Judaism Party, who called non-Orthodox rabbis “clowns” and said they “did not exist.”

Late last month, the Israeli government agreed to begin paying some non-Orthodox rabbis and recognizing them as community leaders in response to a Supreme Court lawsuit.

The non-Orthodox rabbis will receive their salaries through the Culture and Sports Ministry rather than the Religious Services Ministry, which funds Orthodox rabbis, in order to prevent the resignation of Minister for Religious Services Yaakov Margi of the Orthodox Shas party.

Jewish Press Radio with Yishai Fleisher: Knesset Update

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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To get an update on the current situation in the Israeli Knesset, Yishaiis joined by MK Dr. Aryeh Eldad, chairman of the Hatikva Party. Yishai and Eldad begin by Eldad talking about the core values of Hatikva and how they fit into the overall view of the party. The discussion moves on to talk about Jordan’s role in a solution between Israel and the Arabs and also the fate of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The segment ends with a discussion about African refugees flowing into Israel and potential solutions for the issue.

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The Times Gang Tackles Romney

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The New York Times has now confirmed that it is once again in the tank for President Obama even as it was for candidate Obama four years ago. Over a period of four days beginning last Thursday, it unleashed an astounding four articles and an editorial slamming any discussion by Romney supporters of Mr. Obama’s two decade-long attendance at a church led by a virulent anti-white, anti-American minister on the grounds that such discussion raised the race and religion cards.

But sandwiched around this barrage the Times gave front-page treatments to vague recollections that as a high school student nearly 50 years ago Mr. Romney may have cut the bleached hair of a male fellow student who later came out as gay and to Mr. Romney’s devout Mormonism. The imbalance is staggering and worth keeping in mind when reading the Times during the presidential campaign.

Reverend Wright is a clergyman and President Obama’s connection with him developed in his church – and both are certainly African-American. But Rev. Wright’s rants and whether or not he influenced Mr. Obama’s views – clearly potentially explosive and significant issues – have nothing at all to do with race or religion. But in the Times’s transparent effort to shill for the president, they are conflated. And the Times has embraced a take-no-prisoners approach.

On May 17, the Times reported on its front page:

A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns.… [which] calls for running commercials linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.…

The next day the Times ran another front-page story by the same writers who fairly exulted that the story from the day before had resulted in a backlash against any effort to tie the president to Rev. Wright and the project was to be abandoned. The authors crowed that the Times report “all but ensured that Republicans would remain under intense pressure not to invoke Rev. Wright’s provocative statements so directly for the balance of the campaign,” and cited as confirmation comments by associates of the billionaire.

But that was not enough for the Times. The same day the second article appeared, the paper fleshed out the implicit theme of both articles in an editorial titled “Racial Politics, 2012-Style,” which touted its news reporting and rubbed the billionaire’s nose in the ground:

It’s hard to imagine why the plan’s authors believed it would change opinions about Mr. Obama. Americans know him well and most know he is not a left-wing radical. But that’s the kind of drivel money buys these days.

And then the next day, Saturday, May 19, the Times ran a piece headlined “Race and Religion Rear Their Heads” which referred to Thursday’s article as having unearthed a Republican effort to bring “the always touchy issues of race and religion” to the fore of the campaign:

A report in The New York Times on Thursday exposed a secret plan by Republican strategists and financiers to rekindle questions about the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Mr. Obama’s onetime pastor, and his angry black-power sermons.

Finally, Sunday’s paper carried an informally written analysis-type piece, “Bile and Billionaires,” by Times writer Frank Bruni that brought the issue full circle:

Now we know what, in today’s warped political economy, $10 million buys you: a hit job spectacular not only in its cynicism but also its idiocy…. As…reported last week in The Times, a politically agitated billionaire (these days, there don’t seem to be an other kind) was considering forking over that much for an advertising campaign that would have dusted off the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and tried to fashion him anew into a noose for Barack Obama.

So the Times went to extraordinary lengths to keep the issues of religion and race away from President Obama despite the fact that the issue of Rev. Wright’s impact on him is clearly a legitimate topic for a campaign, separate and apart from the race and religion of the two men.

When it comes to Mitt Romney, however, the approach of the Times is quite different. With Mr. Romney, everything is grist for the mill. Although President Obama’s interaction with Rev. Wright occurred when Mr. Obama was an adult – in fact, in the years leading up to his running for president – it is taboo for discussion purposes. Yet on May 10, the Times ran a front page story titled “Bullying Story Spurs Apology from Romney” which, as mentioned above, provided vague recollections from former classmates about whether a teenage Mitt Romney cut the bleached hair of a flamboyant high school classmate who later revealed his homosexuality.

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