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Monday Jeffrey Goldberg Walked Away from the Ha’aretz Cult

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

American-Israeli journalist Jeffrey Goldberg (New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly) is probably the closest thing today to a traditional, secular Jewish American journalist, hated equally by the right and the left. His view of Israel is sober, and he often gets the Israeli mindset more accurately than most American fellow travelers. On Monday night, Goldberg lost it over a story in the English language Ha’aretz, which has been consistently further out there on leftwing planet than its Hebrew language sister.

“I think I’m getting ready to leave Ha’aretz behind, actually,” Goldberg tweeted, linking to a Sunday Ha’aretz story titled “We’re American Jewish Historians. This Is Why We’ve Left Zionism Behind.”

Written by Hasia Diner and Marjorie N. Feld, the article included blatantly hostile statements, reminiscent of drivel issued by Neturei Karta and any of the varieties of “American Rabbis for Peace” groups out there. Taking into account that Diner is a professor of American Jewish history at New York University, and Feld is professor of history at Babson College, we should probably sit shivah on our expectations of sane evaluations of Israeli history emanating from those two learned ladies.

“The death of vast numbers of Jewish communities as a result of Zionist activity has impoverished the Jewish people, robbing us of these many cultures that have fallen into the maw of Israeli homogenization,” was one of Hasia Diner’s paragraphs, fit for a KKK Wizard.

And, another from Diner: “I feel a sense of repulsion when I enter a synagogue in front of which the congregation has planted a sign reading, ‘We Stand With Israel.’ I just do not go, and avoid many Jewish settings where I know Israel will loom large as an icon of identity.”

Hasn’t she heard the adage, If you don’t have nice things to say, don’t say anything?

Marjorie Feld, who wrote that “in all facets of my very Jewish upbringing I was immersed in Holocaust education,” taught her readers that “the founding of Israel was the Nakba, the great catastrophe, for Palestinians, with ethnic cleansing, destruction, and no right of return.”

Goldberg’s distancing himself from the rabid Ha’aretz crowd (in English — the Hebrew version may be aggressive, but it’s still quality journalism, just remove the attitude and you can figure out what really happened — the way folks used to do with Pravda, or Yisrael Hayom) was met with nasty responses from the nuts community.

Peter Kofod tweeted that Goldberg was “Warmonger/former prison guard who lied to cover up, is also an idiot re anti-Semitism”

He provided a link to a website called S.H.A.M.E. Project, which drags out the cherry picked negative comments from its target’s body of work, sans context (because context requires deliberation and examination, comparison and evaluation, which, like, take time). If the reader is interested, the disgusting hatchet job is up there.

Goldberg tweeted back: “I like a lot of the people at Haaretz, and many of its positions, but the cartoonish anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism can be grating.”

Thereafter, Goldberg entered a string of alley fights with short knives:

Seth Frantzman (Jerusalem Post) rehashed an old grievance: “Jeffrey Goldberg has accused me of ‘enabling baseless hatred’ when I’ve done more than most to help victims and refugees.”

Goldberg: “It’s difficult to acknowledge that you enable sinat hinam. I understand.”

Lisa Goldman: “Are there any women participating in Jeffrey Goldberg’s rumble in the jungle over Haaretz’s allegedly Jew hating ways? Right. Thought not.” Ah, discrimination, because the two history hate mongers were gals, and Goldberg is part of the patriarchy. She also suggested: “Haaretz friends: Jeffrey Goldberg is not that important. Clearly anyone who tweets it’s an *anti-Semitic* paper is an anti-intellectual.”

He works for the Atlantic, lady. You work for 972 Mag, a website only a shaheed’s mother can love.

At some point, Goldberg became entangled in a one-on-one with Ha’aretz publisher Amos Schoken, and tweeted a message of peace: “There’s a lot of good journalism in Ha’aretz, however. Mixed in with the nutty stuff.”

Schocken tweeted: “I wouldn’t call it nutty. I don’t agree with it, I think they ignore history of the Jews,” adding, “But when Israel has such problem in American universities, how can one ignore it?”

To which Goldberg snapped back: “Amos, what you don’t understand is that the problems on campus are caused in part by crap like this.”

Schocken: “Maybe it adds but it is a position of two university teachers, it has to be argued with, not discarded.” Ha’aretz is probably the only newspaper with decent-distribution in Israel that devotes equal if not more coverage to the Nakba point of view, versus the normative Israeli narrative.

At which point Ami Kaufman, co-founder of 972 Mag, tweeted, “How ‘Trump-esque’ to call a legitimate position ‘crap’ and ‘nutty.'” Then: “Israeli policies cause ‘problems’ on campuses, not the opeds that critique them.” Spoken like a man who never faced crowd-wilding by SJP thugs on his way to the dorms.

Goldberg: “That is not an accurate statement. Visit campuses, talk to university presidents, and learn.”

Goldberg tweeted a response to Ha’aretz correspondent Anshel Pfeffer: “Look, when neo-Nazis are emailing me links to Ha’aretz op-eds declaring Israel to be evil, I’m going to take a break, sorry.” He included a link to a column by Gideon Levy titled, “Stop living in denial, Israel is an evil state.” Gideon Levy is that shaheed’s mother’s other favorite read.

Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) entered the fray, quite unexpectedly, praising Goldberg: “Wow. No words.” Truth be told, a tweet on the back from a Likud cabinet minister was probably the last thing Goldberg needed at that moment, and he scolded Erdan: “Thanks for the retweet, but I’d prefer it if you spent more time protecting democracy in Israel.”

Gilad Erdan is Minister of Public Security, so, yes, he is in a good position to mess up or protect democracy in Israel. But why S.H.A.M.E. a man for being nice to you?

Yes, you can get the boy out of the red diaper summer camp, but not vice versa .


The Palestine Post

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

I know, I’m late on this story, but better late than never, and it is a funny story.

Some of the Arabs on this side of the Jordan River spend a lot of fruitless time and effort trying to prove they have ties to the land of Israel that go back more than a 100 years or so.

Sometimes they pull out a coin that says Palestine (minted by Jews) or a photo of a Palestinian sports team (all Jewish).

But this has got to be the first time they pulled out the Palestine Post, known today as the Jerusalem Post, which was at the time, most definitely a Zionist paper.

PLO chairman Mahmoud “Water Libel” Abbas presented Saudi King Salman with a framed copy of the Palestine Post from August 13, 1935, which covered the visit by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Emir Saud, to the Holy Land.

Elder of Ziyon asked, “Why couldn’t Abbas find a non-Zionist newspaper with “Palestine” in the title to show the King this article?”

I think we all know the answer to that.


In Jerusalem, a Show of Unity at a Time of Crisis

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The impeccably dressed men and women didn’t look like they belonged in Israel. They strolled in promptly at 8am and quietly sipped tea or coffee while chatting politely in languages like Danish and Nepalese But in fact, not only do they belong here, they are some of Israel’s most distinguished residents, albeit temporarily. 

Some 400 Ambassadors and Military Attaches, nearly Israel’s entire diplomatic community, gathered at the Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria last Wednesday for the Fourth Annual Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference. A stellar list of Israeli Statesmen, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had been lined up by Jeruslaem Post Editor-in-Chief (and MC for the day) Steve Linde, to address the diplomats on urgent issues facing Israel today. “The aim of the conference is to present Israel’s case from a variety of perspectives”, explained Linde in the days leading up to the event, “to strengthen public relations between the State of Israel and the diplomats who reside here, and through them, hopefully with their countries as well.”

“The diplomatic community looks forward to this event every year, it instills a sense of unity among the diplomats and between them and the Israelis too, but since the start of the ‘situation’ it’s almost all people talk about. They feel a sense of unity with Israeli people and are very concerned”, said Ambassador Yitzchak Eldan, President of the Ambassador’s Club of Israel, referencing the recent spate of terror attacks in Israel, “This is a real chance to explain things from the Israeli point of view and our diplomats are eager to listen.”

Ambassador Esteban Penrod Padilla of Costa Rica speaking with Mr. Ashley Perry, President of Reconectar, at the JPost Diplomat Conference.

Ambassador Esteban Penrod Padilla of Costa Rica speaking with Mr. Ashley Perry, President of Reconectar, at the JPost Diplomat Conference. Photo by JewishPress.com.

A worthwhile objective under any circumstances, but especially timely at the moment. With almost daily terror attacks being perpetrated against Israelis, and the world still stunned by the horror that unfolded in Paris last week, there was a sense of solidarity in the room that was palpable even before people found their seats. That was fortunate, as the solidarity theme took a hit off the bat with the first speaker of the day, opposition leader Isaac Herzog, took the mike and promised to do everything in his power to topple the government, as fast as possible.

Solidarity got its mojo back later in the morning, when Prime Minister Netanyahu climbed on the stage shoulder to shoulder with a tall, dark, handsome man who looked like he hadn’t slept for a week. His name didn’t appear in the original program because until last Friday, Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave of Paris was supposed to be an audience member.

A moment of silence observed in memory of the French victims. At its conclusion Netanyahu said, “In Jerusalem, today, we stand with the people of Paris”.

“Terrorism is terrorism”, said Ambasador Maisonnave, “Not only when it affects us on such a horrendous scale, also when it hits Israel. And let me take this opportunity to have a thought for all the victims of the last few weeks, their beloved ones and the injured.”

The Energy Panel

The Energy Panel. Photo by Stephanie Granot.

The conference included a panel discussion exploring Israel’s natural gas market, and speeches by Israel Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s striking new Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israel Air Force Commander Major-General Amir Eshel, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro, and an emotional debate between Senior Jerusalem Post Reporter Caroline B. Glick and the Ambassador of the European Union Lars Faaborg-Andersen over the European Union’s recent decision to label products made by Jews in certain parts of Israel.

Off to the side, Ambassador Dan Shapiro exchanged some banter with JewishPress.com Editor-in-Chief Stephen Leavitt.

Perhaps Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO of the Jerusalem Post Group, put it best:

“During these difficult days, when Israel is combating murderous terrorism, it’s inconceivable for it also to have to fight for its place in the world and against efforts to enforce an economic and diplomatic boycott against it. An event such as this carries immense importance for public diplomacy.”

Stephanie Granot

Netanyahu to French Envoy: The Beasts Have a Name – Radical Islam

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave and expressed the solidarity of the entire country with France following the latest and by far the worst terrorist attack in Paris.

He said:

The people of Israel stand with the people of France. Ambassador, this is not a figurative stance, it’s not just lip service….

It’s difficult for civilized men and women to recognize that our cities, our airways, sometimes our waterways are prowled by beasts that devour the innocent in their way. And the forces of civilization…have no option but to unite very clearly and defeat these beasts.

The beasts increasingly have a name – it is radical Islam.

The Prime Minister spoke at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, where the newspaper’s Herb Keinon asked him if Israel would consider unilateral measures in light of the diplomatic stalemate with the Palestinian Authority.

Prime Minister Netanyahu answered that there are various ways to do so, but he declined to clarify what he meant.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israeli Cabinet Sworn in after Being Sworn At

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his fourth term as Prime Minister of Israel late Thursday night, presiding over a cabinet of 20, after a raucous Knesset session culminated in the ministers’ swearing-in.  Lest there be any uncertainty about whether Israel really is both a Jewish and a democratic country, the Israeli Parliament session featured empassioned addresses by Arab legislators.

The session also featured a disgusted speech by Labour Party leader Isaac Herzog, who denounced the country’s newly-elected leader and refused to join the government, calling it a “circus” because its platform rejects the Socialist Worker views of the party that controlled Israel from 1948 until Menachem Begin became Prime Minister in 1977.

Herzog’s address was a frontal and personal attack on both Netanyahu and the entire concept of cross-party cooperation in the national interest:

“This is not the government the people wanted,” Herzog said. Facing Netanyahu directly, he went on: “Your partners swindled you. What you created was a circus. Your mentors Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Menachem Begin would have been embarrassed of you. Your way is not my way. My way is the way of the Labor movement that founded this country. Give the Foreign Ministry to one of your MKs. No decent leader would join your circus,” as reported by Gil Hoffman in the Jerusalem Post.

No doubt Bibi has very thick skin, but it would be hard for any human being, even a politician, to forget that personal insult, delivered in front of the entire government and, via the press, the rest of the world.

The  “swindling” that Herzog denounced was in fact a long negotiation with each person who wound up as a Cabinet official – and with several others who did not wind up as such – over who would hold which office.

After oaths had been administered, Netanyahu explained to the Knesset that this lengthy game of musical chairs was necessitated by Israeli’s system of parliamentary elections, which fractures power in the hands of numerous small parties, each of which then has the right to extort as high a price as possible for its support of a coalition.

Netanyahu called for change of this system Thursday night. Though both his own Likud party and Herzog’s “Zionist Union” – the two largest parties – would benefit from such reform, it’s hard to see how sufficient support for it could be found across all these criss-crossing party lines.

Still, there is some hope for progress on some fronts.  Ayelet Shaked will take over as Justice Minister, and she takes office with an ambitious plan to reform the Israeli Supreme Court – long seen by many as a profoundly anti-democratic institution that rejects Knesset-passed laws whenever a majority of its 15 justices disagrees with them.

Likud plans to introduce a bill in the Knesset that will, among other things, require a modest super-majority of the Supreme Court’s justices, rather than a bare majority, before a law could be struck down.

It will be interesting to see whether, if the Knesset adopts such legislation, the Supreme Court strikes that down.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Israeli Paper Responds to UNRWA’s Shocking Boycott Call

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Last week Chris Gunness, a spokesperson for the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency, had a lengthy temper tantrum on twitter.

The object of that tantrum, the Jerusalem Post‘s editor-in-chief, Steve Linde, responded publicly today.

Linde issued a press release in which he, on behalf of his paper, calmly and soundly rejected the assault by UNRWA’s Gunness.

Gunness was enraged that the Jerusalem Post ran an opinion piece criticizing UNRWA and suggesting numerous conditions be placed on the UN agency by donor nations as a means of ensuring the agency put the needs of the Palestinian Arabs ahead of the agency’s desire for increasing its own girth and coffers.

The Post‘s op-ed was written by a Palestinian Arab, Bassem Eid, the founder and director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group.

As described fully in Friday’s UNRWA Spokesman Calls for Boycott of Israeli Paper, Gunness attacked the Post and Linde. Gunness called Eid’s piece “garbage,” referred to the Post as “far right” (a much greater insult than internationally-condemned terrorist group as far as Gunness is apparently concerned) and calling for a complete boycott – “Boycott the JPost! Don’t read their lies” of the Jerusalem Post and calling out Linde. Gunness issued this call to his more than 35,000 Twitter followers.

The UNRWA spokesman falsely claimed the Post had boycotted him, “boycotting me ie no quote.”

In a response which is now posted on his Facebook page, Linde wrote that Gunness’s campaign against the Post “represents an unacceptable breach of protocol and neutrality he is supposed to uphold.”

“An attack of this kind by a senior staff member of a UN body that employs as many as 30,000 people and provides aid to millions of Palestinians is unbecoming,” Linde said.

An op-ed is not a news article. It is an opinion piece written by someone with either expertise or other first-hand knowledge or is credible and has a view not widely covered elsewhere in the media.

The Post‘s op-ed editor, Seth Frantzman, shot back at the petulant claim that Gunness was boycotted simply because he was not quoted – in an op-ed.

“We have a long track record of publishing op-eds from diverse voices on a wide range of issues and will continue to subject all groups to robust critique, despite this intimidation,” Frantzman wrote. “UNRWA’s call for a boycott over an article published by a Palestinian activist who critiqued UNRWA contravenes the concept of open debate and has a chilling effect on free speech.”

The full press release from the Jerusalem Post can be found here, on Linde’s Facebook page.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Saudi Arabia Refuses Visa to American Jewish Journalist

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Michael Wilner is the Jerusalem Post‘s reporter based in Washington, and its White House correspondent. He is an American Jew who does not have Israeli citizenship and has never lived in Israel.

About midday on Monday, March 24, Wilner tweeted, “Saudi Arabia has denied me a visa to cover Obama’s trip this week.”

Wilner is the only journalist in the press corps who was denied entry by Saudi Arabia.

The White House declined to comment publicly, but the Jerusalem Post reported that U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice specifically requested that the visa be granted. Tony Blinken, a special assistant to President Obama, was also reported to have issued a request to Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S.

In another Twitter exchange, Wilner answered a reporter from AL Monitor who queried, “Any idea why?” [he was denied the visa.]  “not the faintest idea” Wilner tweeted back.

In a Politico report of the incident, Wilner is quoted as commenting via email, “U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is a central pillar of our newspaper’s coverage – this trip was important to us. We can only assume Saudi Arabia’s decision was based on discriminatory principles.”

“Obama administration officials privately acknowledged the media outlet was discriminated against,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

Wilner is a 2011 graduate of Claremont Mckenna College and also attended Columbia University.


Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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