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The Anti-Democratic Initiative of the Anti-Adelson Horde

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

In one of the worst assaults on democracy the Israeli Knesset yesterday approved in the “first vote” (a bill must pass three votes to become law) a Soviet-era-style censorship law that seeks to shut down the most popular Hebrew daily newspaper in the country, Israel Hayom. This assault on freedom of the press is the brainchild of Labor Party Knesset Member Eitan Cabel. Its purpose is to erase and suppress journalist freedom in Israel, preserving it for the forces of darkness associated with the Israeli Left. It seeks to eliminate the popular conservative pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom in order to preserve the hegemony over Israeli printed media by the two Far-Leftist Israeli dailies, Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot. (The other Hebrew daily Maariv is semi-bankrupt and is not even distributed outside the Tel Aviv area.)

Komrad Cabel was joined in this Stalin-era-like vote against the press by most of the Knesset Members from the Labor Party, Tzipi Livni’s party, the members of Avigdor Lieberman’s party, Yair Lapid’s party, and the anti-Israel Arab fascist parties. It was opposed by most Knesset Members from the Likud and – interestingly – by one member of Meretz (although another Meretz member voted in favor). While some flunkies from Naftali Bennett’s party had been among the early supporters of this bill, to the party’s credit all those Knesset Members present at the vote opposed the bill (although others chose not to be present).

The ostensible basis for the banning of Israel Hayom is that it is distributed for free. Just why that should be grounds for banning a newspaper is never explained by the wannabe censors. Why not have the courage of your convictions? If it is illegitimate for a newspaper to be distributed for free, then why do you not also come out against free news broadcasting and distribution by radio and TV stations and by the internet? By all means, Komrad Cabel, end those outrageous free distributions of news that harm the public! Ban the internet! In the name of freedom!

Of course what really has Komrad Cavel and his wannabe Kremlin friends upset is that Israel Hayom is owned by Sheldon Adelson, who supports Netanyahu. Why Adelson is any less entitled to operate his own newspaper than, say, German ex-Nazis like the co-owners of Haaretz is not explained by anyone. This is the same Knesset that the country now depends upon to rein in the anti-democratic excesses of the Israeli Supreme Court, now leading the jihad against journalistic freedom!

Should this atrocity ever pass the final vote and become law, I would like to propose to Sheldon Adelson and to the management of Israel Hayom how to respond. The law seeks to prohibit any newspaper that is distributed for free 6 days a week in Israel. So what I propose is that Israel Hayom be distributed for free 5 days a week and on Tuesdays it be distributed for 10 agorot (two and a half cents). Individual vendors can be instructed to use their own individual judgment as to whether to assist people coming up to them on Tuesdays and saying that they really would like to read the paper that day but do not have a 10 agorot coin handy.

Meanwhile I also think that Israel needs a national campaign of pie throwing into the faces of politicians who oppose freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

There Goes Freedom of the (Free) Press

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The opposition factions in the Knesset have managed for their bill to pass its first reading (out of 3) — which outlaws free newspapers.

The primary reason for the bill is to target the center-right paper, “Yisrael Hayom” which is distributed for free, and has grown to become one of the most popular daily papers in Israel, if not the most popular.

Yisrael Hayom is financed by Sheldon Adelson — an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.

The opposition’s primary reason for the bill is to limit the success of a center-right newspaper which has been successful in shaping public opinion at the expense of the radical left newspaper Haaretz. The bill passed 43 to 23, with 9 abstentions.

Unconfirmed — Reportedly Prime Minister Netanyahu said in the Knesset today before the vote, “Now North Korea and Iran will come to Israel to learn how to shut down newspapers….” (I’m still looking for a source).

The bills needs to pass 2 more readings in the Knesset to become law.

Never Mind Bombing Iran, Sheldon Adelson Wants To Buy The NY Times

Monday, November 10th, 2014

First published in Jewish Business News

OK, the world is really changing, and staying the same, and everything in between. That would have to be your conclusion if you added up everything two of the most notorious Jewish power brokers, one on the left, the other most decidedly on the right, said last night in a joint appearance before a new group calling itself the Israeli American Council (IAC), in Washington, DC.

Media mogul Haim Saban, 70, Hillary Clinton’s major sugar daddy, criticized President Obama’s dealings with Iran, saying: “We’ve shown too many carrots and a very small stick.”

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, 81, who put in $400 million to support various Republican presidential candidates in 2014—with nothing to show for it, told IAC that both U.S. political parties are “on the same side” when it comes to supporting Israel.

“Everyone in this room—whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or Independent… when it comes to Israel, we’re on the same side,” Adelson said Sunday.

But what Sheldon Adelson said on a completely different topic totally caught our attention: he laid out a plan to buy the NY Times. Even though it’s not for sale.

Mind you, Adelson knows a thing or two about owning the media. Over in Israel, he created a daily newspaper, Yisrael Hayom, so powerfully-enlisted in support of PM Benjamin Netanyahu — that the Knesset is now working on special anti-democratic legislation to kill his paper.

So how would he buy the Times? Simple – by throwing too much money at it.

“There’s only one way to buy it,” Adelson said. “Money.”

It started when Shawn Evenhaim, the national chairman of the Israeli American Council, asked the two men if they thought the news media are biased against Israel.

Saban said they were, except for both of Rupert Murdoch’s children, Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal.

He didn’t mention the NY Post. but he did tell Adelson they should have bought The Washington Post together.

“I wish that [Amazon.com founder] Jeff Bezos hadn’t bought The Washington Post,” Saban said. “For $250 million — bupkis — he stole it.”

So Adelson suggested, “Why don’t you and I go after the New York Times?”

Saban admitted that he had “tried over and over to buy it” but the family-owned Times is not for sale.

So Adelson laid down a familiar strategy: “You pay significantly more than it’s worth, then the non-family shareholders have the right to bring a suit between the real value and what’s been offered.”

One day we’ll come home to discover that Sheldon Adelson bought our children and is putting them inside his U-Haul — and we won’t even put up a fight, because he paid way more than we could get for them on the market.

Both Adelson and Saban called for unity when it comes to supporting Israel, reminding all prospective presidential candidates who are brandishing their swords this winter of the supreme value of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

They also agreed that President Obama has not done enough to protect Israel.

You don’t have to like what these two men said last night, but you do have to acknowledge that their merged notions are going to carry tons of weight in the next two years, regardless of what Obama is doing or planning to do or planning to sit out.

Or, as Evenhaim told both men: “After the election in 2016, one of you will get me a private tour of the White House.”

And the Lincoln bedroom.

And Lincoln.

Romney and Lieberman to Headline Israeli-American DC Event

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Today, Nov. 4, is election day, and later this week a highly politically-charged pair is appearing in Washington, D.C. at an event for Israeli Americans.

Former presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney and former vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman will headline the first annual Israeli American Council (IAC) National Conference at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Sound like a dream ticket? Certainly a better one for Israel than the current team in the White House.

This first national gathering of Israeli-Americans is intended to solidify the community’s voice and “explore how to strengthen the American-Jewish community, the next generation and the relationship between the State of Israel and the United States.”

Dan Senor, author of “Start-up Nation,” will interview Gov. Romney on Friday evening. The main topic of discussion is expected to be this week’s mid-term election results and the current U.S.-Israel relationship.

This will be the first time Romney will be formally addressing the Jewish and Israeli-American community since the 2012 presidential elections. Hint, hint?

Other heavy hitters at the IAC conference, which will take place between Nov. 7 – 9, include Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban, who will appear on a panel together on Sunday morning.

Other prominent Americans, Israelis and Israeli Americans attending the conference include Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fl-21); Israeli’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer; Israel’s Representative to the UN, Ron Prosor; Israeli National Security Council member and terrorism expert Dr. Anat Berko; Israel’s former U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman; Israel’s Leader of the Opposition MK Buji Herzog; Israel’s brand new Minister of the Interior Gilad Erdan, and many others.

The IAC “seeks to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens our next generations, the American Jewish community, and the State of Israel.”

“As Americans and Israelis, we see it as our duty and obligation to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the United States,” said IAC National Chairman Shawn Evenhaim.

“This conference marks the first time that leaders and professionals from the Israeli-American and Jewish communities from across the country are coming together to explore how to build a united and engaged community.”

Haaretz Smears American Terrorism Expert with Political Hit Job

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

To be sure, the information provided by Steve Emerson regarding a decision by the U.S. government to stand down on an ongoing attempt to provide the Israeli government with critical information regarding an Israeli soldier whom Hamas claimed it had in its custody during this summer’s conflict was shocking.

But perhaps just as shocking – or it should be – was a politically driven smear by Haaretz of Emerson’s credentials and his alleged political friendships, suggesting that was all that was driving Emerson’s claims.

Although the Haaretz article claimed Emerson was wrong about the facts that he alleged, its portrayal of the U.S. government’s refutation was misleading and its focus ugly – that Emerson, a “right-wing Republican” is a “personal friend” of Sheldon Adelson, who is a “formidable patron of the Republican party and Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.”

The Haaretz article stated as fact that Emerson “is a controversial figure in the United States” about whom “members of the Muslim community and the left in the United States” (no names, no numbers, just members) “say he is islamophobic.”

One expects such breathless cospiratorialism from bloggers unrestrained by journalistic standards, but the Israeli newspaper which holds itself out as the paper of the cognoscenti? Also, the issue at hand had nothing to do with whether or not Hamas claimed to kidnap at least some body parts of the Israeli soldier, so why is any alleged “Islamophobia” relevant? It is clear that these nasty slams were simply intended to inform Haaretz’s left wing audience that Emerson is the kind of person they all despise.

Now let’s review what the official source from which Haaretz’s alleged “corrections” came, actually said.

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv released a statement on Sunday, Oct. 19, which claimed that Emerson’s account contained information which was “incorrect and misleading.” It stated that “there was significant cooperation between the USG [U.S. government] and the GOI [government of Israel] in developing information in support of the search for Corporal Shaul.” It continued:

 The FBI did immediately pass useful intelligence information to Israeli authorities related to Corporal Shaul’s social media account which answered the initial Israeli request.  The FBI further undertook other investigative efforts pursuant to legal authority as a result of follow on Israeli requests in an attempt to assist our allies in the search for their missing soldier.  U.S. and Israeli law enforcement and intelligence organizations enjoy a robust and continuing exchange of information and intelligence on any number of items of mutual interest on a daily basis.  To characterize this instance as anything other than responsive and collaborative is simply misinformed.

Emerson, who had direct contact with those who were actively involved in the contretemps, responded in writing to the Embassy and he shared that response with the JewishPress.com.

Emerson pointed out that there was nothing in the U.S. Embassy’s statement that denied the thrust of his allegation that the Embassy “withdrew their initial willingness to seek a court order to force Facebook to give up its back up information to determine the location of where Hamas had hacked into the Facebook account” of Oron Shaul.

What’s more, Emerson flatly stated that “the Israelis never got this alleged ‘social media information’ on where the hacking took place” on the IDF soldier’s Facebook page that the Embassy claimed it provided.

Emerson also pointed out that the alleged correction did not deny that someone, somewhere in the U.S. government mandated that the Israelis use the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty process to request the required information, “a process that can take weeks and which is never used in life or death situations, especially in relations with close allies.”

Bibi, Sheldon, Doing Traif Italian Lunch After UN Assembly Speech

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Republished from Jewish Business News.

After telling the UN General Assembly on Monday, or, rather, educating them about the strong similarities between the Hamas and ISIS (although Hamas is not known for chopping off as many heads – they prefer to execute their victims lying down on the ground), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed for a much deserved lunch in Midtown Manhattan, at Fresco by Scotto, accompanied by thirty, count them, 30 security guards, The NY Post reported.

The Post’s Page Six says Bibi, and his small army, attended a small lunch hosted by Las Vegas and Macao casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Only five people actually dined, but the restaurant was turned into a high security bastion against terrorism, as “every single customer at the restaurant had to go through a metal detector,” while Netanyahu and his Israeli and American guards looked on.

Sheldon Adelson has been Netanyahu’s sugar daddy for years, and even started a daily newspaper in Israel devoted mostly to supporting the prime minister, no matter what. Adelson has invested enough in the daily, Israel Today, to push out of the way all the rest of Israel’s dailies. Mostly because he gives away the paper for free.

With this much unconditional love, Sheldon certainly deserved to have lunch with his fair haired boy when he’s in town.

“The entire block was closed,” a source told the Post, adding, “There were even Secret Service men on the roof.”

Netanyahu had the veal chop.

If you’re a fan of kosher dining, you’d probably be better off waiting on the sidewalk with the gorillas (who are vegetarian, we’re told). The first item on the Fresco by Scotto lunch menu is their delightful meat & cheese antipasto, which adds the sin of prosciutto di parma to the mortadella, mozzarella, sweet and spicy sausage, provolone and capicola. The whole thing for $37, recommended for two or more.

OK, so now you know, the king of Israel eats traif. But really good, traif.

Antitrust Authority Approves Sale of Makor Rishon

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Antitrust Authority has approved the sale of the Makor Rishon newspaper and the NRG news website to billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Israel Hayom company.

The Authority on Wednesday also approved the sale of the Hebrew-language Maariv to The Jerusalem Post, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

Makor Rishon had been in danger of closing if a decision on selling the religious-Zionist newspaper had not been made this week.

Israel Hayom, a free daily distributed throughout Israel, began operating in 2007 and has the highest daily circulation of any Israeli newspaper.

Adelson, who made his fortune in casinos, is a major supporter of of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Republican candidates in the United States.

Israeli businessman Shlomo Ben Tzvi and his family put Makor Rishon and NRG on the selling block after poor sales led to the combined company owing about $1 million to creditors and employees.

The Jerusalem District Court approved the $4.9 million sale to Adelson but conditioned the transaction on the approval of the antitrust commissioner, Haaretz reported. The court applied the same condition on the $1.2 million bid for Maariv by Jerusalem Post owner Eli Azur.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/antitrust-authority-approves-sale-of-makor-rishon/2014/05/01/

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