Tuesday Jul 22, 2014
A descendant of a nation that God commands Israel to destroy?
The question alone would give opponents, even the ungodly, apoplexy. God pro-Israel! At least one rival faith stands or falls on the exile of God-forsaken wandering Jews, and if it allows modern Israel to survive it will not allow it to thrive. What could be more in a cleric’s face than Israel thriving? So it is that Archbishop for life Desmond Tutu tells the nation of...
Sunday Jun 22, 2014
Balaam attempts to curse Israel
It would never occur to Jody Ruderon, employed to write on Israel for the New York Times, that she was following in a prophetic wizard’s footsteps. No more would it have occurred to the many others who blamed kidnap victims while giving a nod to the kidnappers. This willful inversion of a capital crime slapped Jews in the face like a cold fish, coming in the wake of...
Sunday May 25, 2014
Steadfast and ardent supporters of the peace process believe that:
Ensuring Israel’s future as a strong, secure, Jewish and democratic state requires achieving a lasting two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Distilling out the elements, we are left with:
1. Neighbours, Palestine and Israel, living peaceably
2. Israel secure and strong
3. Conflict resolved
Hence to the Peace Formula: Two...
Monday May 19, 2014
Consider a lofty statement on media conduct from the editor of a Sunday paper.
“Credibility is the lifeblood of our profession. Without it we are nothing. Without it, not one person will believe a single word that we write. One of the basic tenets of our profession is to ensure that the credibility of the information we gather . . . is unquestionable.”
If you follow a clutch of titles hostile...
Wednesday May 07, 2014
If the media is fair, analysts unerring and politicians even-handed, then ‘disproportionate’ is what Israel at war does best. If it must feud with neighbours why be heavy-handed. Tit-for-tat is enough. We’d rather Israel did not engage in ugly cycles of violence, but keep them down. Careful does it. A forty-to-one casualty score is barbarically out of bounds. A Yid with heavy weapons is horrible to behold. One who plays...