Iran is not an existential threat (repeat again and again)

Avner Cohen wonders in Haaretz why Israel has allowed itself to be supposedly petrified of Iran’s alleged nuclear program (discounting the possibility that it pays to keep a populace petrified of an enemy): What if Israel had treated Iran’s nuclear project as an exhibitionist, even childish, attempt by a nation mired in a deep identity…

Training the next generation to kill

The ever-increasing closeness between the video game industry and the US military is disturbing. Foreign Policy provides the necessary context: The stakes are high. Modern Warfare 2 came out on Nov. 10, 2009. By the end of the next day, it had racked up $310 million in sales. To put this in perspective, Avatar, James…

Canberra joins the Dubai hunt for Israeli clues

At least publicly, Australia is moving forward with its investigation into Israel’s alleged criminality in Dubai: Australian authorities are working in an international team to track down the killers of a top Hamas militant who are suspected of being Israeli agents. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Australian officials were…

Israeli PR needs a lobotomy

While Israelis are being encouraged to promote their country overseas – unsurprisingly ignoring the less savoury aspects of the occupation – one Israeli commentator is pleased that the country’s so-called enemies are fearful of “crazy Israel”: The Goldstone Report, which claimed that Israel goes crazy when it is being attacked, caused us some damage (which…