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On the Friday night Channel 2 news magazine Friday Studio, Arad Nir, who is foreign-news editor for Channel 2, declared: “I want a referendum! A referendum on who wants to send his children to enlist in this army. And I do not wish to send my children to this army. I would vote No in such a referendum.”
Arad Nir, who has a degree in veterinary medicine and speaks fluent Esperanto, used to co-host a sex-advice show with Dr. Ruth Westheimer. He is a familiar anchor on Channel 2 news shows.
The context for Nir’s confrontational statement was the issue of IDF soldiers being used to entertain American visitors as a way to solicit donations. A case in point was a recent visit of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to an IAF base, which was greeted with base soldiers forming the name Google with their bodies on the tarmac.
Nir said he couldn’t understand why the taxes Israelis pay are not enough to sustain IDF soldiers, and then declared he would not allow his own children to enlist.
Back in 2012, Channel 2 viewers ran a petition online calling for dismissing Arad Nir over a pro-Arab interview with a resident of Gaza during the 2012 war, an interview that offered no reference to the Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilians which spawned the war.
Israelis are still reeling from the discovery of a special salute to Internet mega-giant Google performed by the men and women of Israel’s air force, yes, the same airforce that gave us the elimination of the flying capacity of three Arab armies in six days, and the bombing of an Iraqi nuclear plant, is now using its facilities in a publicity stunt for a search engine. When Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was visiting Israel, his tour included the Hatzerim Air Force base in the Negev, he was received with a special video that was produced by the base, shot by artists Udi Even Haim, showing dozens of base soldiers forming with their bodies the brand name “Google.”
The story was exposed by Israel Radio military reporter Carmela Menashe, who heard it from the father of one of the participating soldiers. The father related how his son received an order to report for duty in the scorching heat at the Negev desert base, to be part of the special humanographic event.
As we said, shocked reactions have been pouring in from both sides of the aisle. MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) tweeted: “You don’t need a search engine to understand that these gestures must be stopped. There cannot be a Google logo, nor events for the wealthy on [IDF] bases.”
Shelly Yachimovich (Zionist Camp) posted on her Facebook page: “What a disgrace. In 35 degree heat (that’s 95 degrees to you and me), an entire base, with its pilots, soldiers, commanders, budgets, planes and drones — dancing before the management of a private company who came to visit, bowing before them and pleasing them with modeling twists. … Where are the limits? Where is the national honor? And who will decide which company gets flattered and why, and how is this related to state security and the IDF ethos, and how much did this humiliation cost, and what for?”
“What’s next?” Yachimovich wondered. “Soldiers modeling the Nike logo? Tanks laid up in the shape of the Gerber Baby? Fighter planes leaving behind smoke streaks promoting a coffee and croissant campaign?”
MK Amir Ohana (Likud), who chairs the Knesset subcommittee on IDF HR, tweeted that “the IDF’s role is to provide security, not be a decorating committee. … This is not the reason why we have a compulsory draft.”
Ohana promised he would use his power as the Knesset member in charge of how IDF soldiers are utilized to reduce such shameful phenomena.
The IDF spokesperson’s office released a curt response saying the event was initiated by the local Air Force base commander as part of the visit. The spokesperson added, “The issue will be checked and lessons will be learned.”
Incidentally, Google, like so many other gazillion-dollar Internet giants, doesn’t pay taxes in Israel for its Israeli ads or VAT. According to Guy Ophir, an activist promoting taxing those giants, Google should be dropping about a quarter billion dollars annually in Israel if it were taxed fairly.
The Republican Jewish Coalition on Tuesday launched an online campaign focusing on Prof. Cornel West, Congressman Keith Ellison, and pollster and Arab American leader James Zogby as the “face of the new Democratic party.” The first video, depicting a West vehement anti-Netanyahu speech, associates him with Hillary Clinton. It’s unfair, but effective. All three individuals, who are, indeed, members of the Democratic platform committee, represent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and it is expected that their anti-Israel views would be quashed by the majority of platform committee members picked by Clinton and by DNC Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Nevertheless, an unfair blow is a blow, and this one is delivered expertly.
“Radical Democrat. Stridently anti-Israel. Hand selected to be a member of the twenty sixteen Democrat Platform Committee,” goes the voice over in the three separate ads, each dedicated to one of Sanders’ three anti-Israel picks.
All three ads conclude with an unflattering portrait of Hillary Clinton and the slogan, “Sadly this isn’t the old Democratic Party. It’s today’s Democratic Party.”
The three ads are a masterpiece in terms of ideas and execution. They are visually rich, poignant, and real, in terms of the three anti-Israeli gentlemen they attack. The ads will run only online, which should be a relief for the Clinton campaign, because these ads kill.
According to Jacob Kornbluh, reporting for the Jewish Insider, there have already been strong disagreements between the three Bernie men and the rest of the platform committee. When representatives of the committee met in Washington, DC, this month for a public hearing, West said: “For too long the Democratic Party has been beholden to AIPAC.” He also suggested that “for so long the US has been so biased toward Israeli security.” These are third-rail kind of words, guaranteed to drive away Jewish voters and donors alike, should they ever see the light of day. West, who, unfortunately, has a great sense of humor, also asked how the Democratic Party would have responded if there were “a Palestinian occupation of our precious Jewish brothers and sisters.”
Zogby in his turn insisted that the word “occupation” be included in the platform, because, let’s face it, “it has been recognized by every US administration that there is an occupation. Would you not feel that it is more important to include the word ‘occupation’ which our president, this current president has mentioned and every previous president has mentioned, as a way simply of clarifying that to get to two states an occupation has to end?”
Yes, especially if you’re hoping for one Donald J. Trump to take the Oval office come January.
The National Jewish Democratic Council accused the RJC ads of attacking “the only consistently pro-Israel nominee in this race.” The NJDC also predicted that “this is going to be a tough year for RJC – all while more and more of their people are standing with Israel and strengthening the US-Israel relationship by abandoning Trump.”
Perhaps. It’s possible that many Jewish voters who are traditionally inclined to vote Democrat know the difference between Sanders’ and Clinton’s proxies on the platform committee, and since there is no way in the world any of the West-Zogby-Ellison claptrap will ever make it into the Democratic platform, the damage from the ads would likely be minimal.
But they are killer ads nonetheless.David Israel
R’ Asher Weiss has dedicated his life to continuing the quest started by his holy father and the Klausenberger Rebbe. As they survived the fires of Auschwitz, to rise up and rebuild Torah after the war, so too is R’ Asher Weiss creating a new army of Torah leaders.
Today Jews around the world have the opportunity to join with him to continue this holy work.
Hear R’ Asher Weiss tell in his own words the experience of his father in Auschwitz and how he fought to keep the light of Torah alive.Jewish Press Staff
Dozens of wet suits intended for the Hamas Navy SEALS were captured on Monday by the crossing authority at the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza, before they entered the Hamas controlled territory, the Crossing Authority at the Defense Ministry reported.
The suits were hidden in a shipment of sports clothing and equipment. The wet suits were confiscated and an investigation to locate the perpetrators has been launched.
In the past Hamas has introduced its Navy SEALS unit, and during the 2014 war a few divers from this force were able to penetrate into Israeli territory at the Zikim beach just north of the Gaza border, but were identified immediately by IDF watchers and were eliminated.
In 2014 Hamas revealed its Navy SEALS special operations force in a video paying tribute to one of the unit’s fallen commanders.
The makers of a Gaza TV candid camera show in honor of the month of Ramadan were wondering how would rank and file Gazans respond if they realized that there are a couple of Israelis standing and walking in their midst. The concept was funny enough, and the two actors, Chouikh and Abu Zubaydah, depicting the hapless Zionists were equipped with a visual aid, just in case their subjects didn’t get the idea from their mix of broken English and Arabic — they each had an unmistakable, blue and white Israeli flag printed on their shirts. And so, with the hidden camera rolling, the two brave actors showed up in different parts of Gaza City, in front of a variety of astonished local men of all ages.
The funniest reactions were those of irate Gazans who grabbed the provocative Israeli before them and started beating him up, and the canned laughter loved those scenes. Some of the violent responses immediately followed the appearance of the blue Star and David between two parallel lines; others emerged following an exchange with the actors, in a clothing store, on a soccer field, on the street in front of a warehouse. Each time, the actor under attack, occasionally under a mob attack, would start yelling, “It’s a hidden camera” and urged the crew members to save his life.
But there were less violent, and more introspective reactions, too, when the subject would enter a lengthy argument with the two actors over their proposal that he become Israeli, for instance, because Israel is a mighty superpower. Unaware of being on camera, several subjects stood up to declare their fealty to their nation and their faith, expressing their anger at the provocation.
In one exchange, early on, one of the actors tries to speak Hebrew to a subject, who is older and therefore versatile in the language. What develops is a strange dialogue between a faux Israeli who can barely finish a sentence in Hebrew, and a Gazan who speaks fluent Hebrew. The actor asks, “Ma shlomekh,” how are you, except in the wrong declension, using the female form. His subject forgives the mistake, answering, “Barukh Hashem,” as many Israelis would.
Despite the obvious rage many in the video, especially the younger ones, unleash at the mere sight of an Israeli avatars, it is clear that Israel, Israelis and their own identity in relation to the Jewish State are central to the culture and the communal psyche in Gaza. The fact that the video makers manage to treat the tension over the subject matter with humor, albeit lowbrow humor, suggests there may be more under the shallow surface of hatred and denunciations, including a longing for a time when the sound of Hebrew in the streets also represented prosperity, more personal safety and probably more humor.
Enjoy the video… (26 min.)