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Ready, set, spin

Zionists, your new talking points are ready:

Individuals seeking to arm themselves with relevant and accurate information to counter the recent barrage of anti-Semitic allegations and media bias now have a potent new ally.

Israel This Week (ITW), part podcast and part radio broadcast, features exclusive interviews with those who defend Israel based upon facts, analysis and a passion for justice.

ITW brings together articulate representatives from around the globe – nicknamed “The Israel Information Brigade” – to bring clarity to the public dialogue on Israel and her right of existence.

“When it comes to Israel’s right to live in peace, there is no so-called balance to be had,” says Dean Rotbart, ITW Host and Editor in Chief. “There aren’t two or three sides to the issues we discuss. Those who work on this program and are interviewed by it love Israel and believe in her ideals.”

Among regular guests on ITW are editors from Honest Reporting, the international organization dedicated to defending Israel from prejudice in the media. 

Somehow I suspect there won’t be much discussion about this or this.

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  • Addamo

    So basically all this is going to involve is recycling the carnard abtou Israel's right to exit argument, adn that criticising Israel means challenging Israel's right to exist.

    Thus, criticising Israel's actions in Gaza and Lebanon, which included invading those lands and destroying them, means dispuiting Israel's right to exist.

    And disputing that the IDF is the world's most moral army is also disputing Israel's right to exist.

    Billmn makes a good observtion:

    Package Deal

    During a visit on Monday to Kiryat Shmona . . . Mr. Olmert said the point was to concentrate on the future. "I won’t be part of this game of self-flagellation," he said. "I won’t be part of this game of slandering the army."

    New York Times
    Reservists in Israel Protest Conduct of Lebanon War
    August 21, 2006

    I see. So either you're with Olmert or you're against the army. Reminds me of a scene from an even better black comedy:

    Won't you fight for your country?" Colonel Korn demanded, emulating Colonel Cathcart's harsh, self-righteous tone. "Won't you give up your life for Colonel Cathcart and me?

    Yossarian tensed with alert astonishment when he heard Colonel Korn's concluding words. "What's that?" he exclaimed. "What have you and Colonel Cathcart got to do with my country? You're not the same."

    "How can you separate us?" Colonel Korn inquired with ironical tranquility . . . "You're either for us or against your country. It's as simple as that."

    Joseph Heller
    Catch-22
    1961

    Shortly after the ceasefire, I recall reading several comments from members of the punditburo (Israel branch) to the effect that we were about to see accountability in action, because Israel isn't like America — generals and politicians have to answer for their failures because a small, endangered state can afford no less, etc. etc.

    Well, so far I haven't seen anything that looks even remotely like accountability — just the by-now familiar mixture of Orwellian lies, PR spin, carefully rigged investigations and phony rhetorical tricks (like Olmert's, which could have been ripped right from the lips of Donald Rumsfeld).

    If Israel is still different from America, it sure the hell isn't apparent in the behavior of its political and military elites, from the Prime Minister on down. The battle of the green room and the war of the sound bites seem to be the only kind they're qualified to fight these days. And they're not even very good at that.

  • Call me a sock puppet if you will (http://rwdb.blogspot.com/2006/08/dissent-rejected.html has been borrowing bits of this blog for their own and adding their commentary), but I feel that their won't be a lot of ITW discussion about this charming snippet either: "As the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s popularity has grown, so has bizarre Israeli behavior. It is difficult to find another adjective to represent what is happening. Israeli soldiers are attacking Palestinian young people with Nasarallah’s photo as their mobile phone screen savers…"
    http://www.imemc.org/content/view/20956/173/

  • Addamo_01

    Israel are pretty sore losers aren't they? What we are witnessing in Israel is narcissism and fear run amock.

    This phenomenan is well explained in this article by Gilad Atzmon.

    For those who are yet to be convinced that this indeed the case, I will mention that the fact that it is Iran who rushed to pay 3 billion dollars to rebuild Lebanon after the destruction made by ‘American interventionism’ leaves no room for interpretation. While America spreads destruction and death all over the world, it is Iran and the Hezbollah that offers a new beginning.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1

    Seriously though, Israel is beginning to look like a very scary beast. Like a school bully that has been humiliated in public, it has now lost it's collective mind.

    Israeli Minister, Rafi Eitan called for the readying of bomb shelters and reinforced rooms countrywide on Tuesday, in advance of a possible conflict with Iran. What the hell is wrong with these people?
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=115452

    Actually don't answer that. The explanartion is laid out in this piece:

    We Are Untouchable. We are Israelis.

    We are Israelis. We are untouchable. No matter what we do, the international community will not act against us.

    Yes, we know that peoples all over the world have suffered worse crimes than ours, but they were not the Chosen People.

    http://mparent7777.livejournal.com/11573220.html

  • orang

    "Her mother watched anxiously. "The Israelis wanted to defeat Hizbullah," said Najah Saleh, 40. "But what did these children ever do to them?""

    I guess they didn't vote the right way?

    I dunno, maybe they didn't think the Jews were the chosen people?

    Beats me why they do it.

  • Ian

    Those who work on this program and are interviewed by it love Israel and believe in her ideals.

    Would this be one of 'her' ideals?:

    “The reality on the ground was that of an Arab community in a state of terror facing a ruthless Israeli army whose path to victory was paved not only by its exploits against the regular Arab armies, but also by the intimidation and at times atrocities and massacres it perpetrated against the civilian Arab community. A panic-stricken Arab community was uprooted under the impact of massacres that would be carved into the Arabs' monument of grief and hatred.”

    — Shlomo Ben-Ami, "Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy"

    Or how about, naked racism/religious bigotry?:

    Marzel to beauty queen: Don’t marry a goy

    …[M]arzel wrote Aberjil that if she weds Jasikevicius she would be divorcing the people of Israel as well as her family.

    In the letter, Marzel begged Aberjil to think of her grandparents, Jewish tradition and the Israeli Torah. “The greatest danger to our people is assimilation! I urge you in the last minute not to make this move,” he wrote.

    …[I]f you wish to be informed of the dangers associated with marrying gentiles, I am leaving you my cell phone number. Please call me any time and I shall help you.”

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3223268