Posts Tagged ‘Haaretz’
Barak must be seeing stars. He did just what the electorate wanted, waged a savage assault on Gaza, and lost everything. — And so did Israel —
Start over, without Barak
. By Avirama Golan . . His Labor Party colleagues will have to evict Ehud Barak from the defense minister’s office by force. Or perhaps, to remain in a key post, he will prefer to split in half what is left of his party, or even abandon the veteran movement that provided him with a convenient springboard to power. Either way, Labor will emerge from this affair even more badly wounded.
Barak is indeed one of the victims of the Labor Party’s collapse, but he is also one of the causes of its collapse in the last election. There was not a single political move he did not fumble. First, he promised to demand Ehud Olmert’s resignation if the law enforcement agencies recommended indicting him, then he dragged his feet on keeping this promise. Finally, when it became clear that calls for Olmert’s resignation were emerging from the prime minister’s own party, Kadima, Barak suddenly hastened to demand that Olmert resign, and ran full tilt into an election campaign that focused, if anyone still remembers, on corruption. –more–
Meet Character Assassination – Israeli style:
The (Jewish World) culture is so full of spin, who even knows if there is truth in it?
Anyway he was so far removed from humanity, he did a disservice to everyone.
And as he was also there for Lebenon 2 it becomes arguable if he was the destroyer of Israel. Yet his successors will probably outdo him.
Product of a faulty philosophy …
Barak has a reputation as a security genius, and he is probably hoping to be man of the hour in any situation based on that reputation. But even a defense minister has to be first and foremost a politician. Had he been one, he should have figured out how not to carry out a military operation that was so successful that it turned the entire world against us and made the terrorist organization Hamas the subject of worldwide sympathy and deserving of financial aid – while the missiles continue to fly. –more–
The following pic and caption are not from Haaretz:
“Look – Obama – you don’t have to do a thing”
Last update – 11:26 11/02/2009 By Rebecca Spence, The Forward
With “The Reader” garnering five Oscar nominations, and just as many Holocaust-related films playing this winter, Hollywood’s long-simmering romance with one of the greatest tragedies in human history is reaching a fever pitch. Even a former official of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a certain fatigue.
“I find myself wanting to take my wife out to a non-Holocaust film, and everything is touching on the Holocaust,” said Michael Berenbaum, who now teaches in Los Angeles at the American Jewish University.
Indeed, “The Reader,” “Defiance,” “Valkyrie,” “Adam Resurrected” and the “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” all touch in some way – while not necessarily directly – on the slaughter of the 6 million. In view of this recent spate of films, how to explain Hollywood’s continuing fascination with the Holocaust?
The answer is not a simple one. In interviews with the Forward, film directors and scholars offered a wide range of views on what compels the movie business to grapple with the myriad facets of Holocaust history, and the myriad lives shaped by the Holocaust’s indignities. Are the reasons primarily commercial? Artistic? Moral? […]
In a January 9 opinion piece in the pages of this newspaper, historian Deborah Lipstadt warned of the dangers of romanticizing the Holocaust. Parsing the case of the recently debunked Holocaust memoir “Angel at the Fence,” which turned out to be fiction, Lipstadt mused on what led publishers and film producers to ignore the warning signs that Herman Rosenblat’s story was utterly implausible. “They all seemingly wanted a story that made the Holocaust heartwarming, even though, as Waltzer aptly put it, the ‘Holocaust experience is not heartwarming, it is heart rending,'” Lipstadt wrote, referring to historian Ken Waltzer. […]
But while seminal films such as “Schindler’s List” (1993) – which many credit with paving the way for other Holocaust films ? grossed more than $300 million worldwide and about $96 million domestically, there are plenty of examples of Holocaust films that proved unlucrative. Even “The Reader,” with its cache of Academy Award nominations, has grossed just under $13 million domestically so far. The film, which has seen almost no box office bump from the Oscars race, cost some $32 million to make.
Haaretz snippets: Summit on Holocaust: Gaza war legitimized equating Jews with Nazis, and no Rabbi Thankyou
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Summit on Holocaust: Gaza war legitimized equating Jews with Nazis
By Cnaan Liphshiz
The operation in Gaza put an end to the European taboo on equating Jews to Nazis. That message was one of the conclusions of the first international panel discussion on anti-Semitism following the Gaza invasion, which was held in Jerusalem Monday on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Speaking at the panel, which was part of the World Zionist Congress conference, Professor Dina Porat said, “the comparison has now become self-understood.” She added this applied not only to Muslims in Europe, but among “leftist circles.” —more—
The following is probably in reference to the Head Rabbi of the Israeli forces calling for the blood of gazans. After the uproar around the net, the words were taken down from the website.
Last update – 02:47 27/01/2009
A rabbinate gone wild
By Haaretz Editorial
The IDF should make do with kashrut supervisors and manage without a rabbi from now on. –more–
In the wake of a cabinet vote tonight on declaring a universal ceasefire. Haaretz makes an editorial saying Yes.
One problem is Hamas says it won’t stop firing missiles until Israel leaves Gaza.
Last update – 02:48 16/01/2009
Stop the operation
By Haaretz Editorial
Three weeks following the start of Operation Cast Lead, and at least one week too late – it should be brought to an immediate end.
Gideon Levy is a noted liberal writer for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. A newspaper which in the past has been noted for being liberal. And the past was also more liberal, as we hurl along with NeoCons to the NWO.
Last update – 08:57 16/01/2009
Someone must stop Israel’s rampant madness in Gaza
By Gideon Levy, Haaretz Correspondent
Someone has to stop this rampant madness. Right now. It may seem as though the cabinet hasn’t decided on the “third stage” of the war yet, Amos Gilad is discussing a cease fire in Cairo, the end of the fighting seems close – but all this is misleading.
The streets of Gaza Thursday looked like killing fields in the midst of the ‘third stage’ and worse. Israel is arrogantly ignoring the Security Council’s resolution calling for a cease-fire and is shelling the UN compound in Gaza, as if to show its real feeling toward that institution. Emergency supplies intended for Gaza residents are going up in flames in the burning warehouses. Thick black smoke is rising from the burning flour sacks and the fuel reserves near them, covering the streets.
Mumbai terrorist: We were told to kill Israelis
The only terrorist captured by Indian authorities following the Mumbai attacks told interrogators during questioning that he and his men were sent specifically to kill Israelis to avenge “atrocities” against the Palestinians, the Times of India reported Sunday.
Amir Kasab, 21, told investigators that this was why they targeted the Chabad House, also known as the Nariman House in Mumbai, an outreach center meant for local Jews and Jews touring India, including Israelis. Sources said Kasab’s colleagues killed in the operation had stayed at the Nariman House in the past.
“They have stayed in Nariman house on rental basis identifying themselves as Malaysian students.” said a source. Police were trying to determine why Nariman House rooms were given to non-Jews, the Times of India reported.
Title: this doesn`t jibe with the circumstances at all…
City: State: nm
not with the telephone converstaion the one terrorist had with the media…made FROM the chabad house…
and IF they were “were sent specifically to kill israelis to avenge the “atrocities” against the palestinians”, then WHY, after over 48 hours of siege and combat, would this never once have been mentioned in ANY form whatsoever; INCLUDING a telephone call to the media in which one of them voiced grievances and demands?
personally, i find it MORE than a little bit “odd” that the first anyone hears of this comes via a police interrogation of an attacker a full day after the attack`s over, when in MOST similar scenerios; he`d be dead!
Title: Reality check time
Name: Colin Wright
City: Richmond State: California
Yes, the attackers picked out conspicuous but `soft` targets: the Taj hotel, the Chabad house.
But once the targets were chosen, neither Jews nor Israelis nor even Westerners were especially targeted. The New York Times summary:
`Contrary to earlier reports, it appeared that Westerners were not the gunmen’s main targets: they killed whomever they could. By Saturday evening, 18 of the dead were confirmed as foreigners; an additional 22 foreigners were wounded, said Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Maharashtra State, where Mumbai is located.`
Nearly two hundred people were killed: the overwhelming majority being Indian. Read accounts of the killings at the Chabad house: the rabbi…and the tailor next door, and the call center worker walking down the street. Say what you will, these were real equal-opportunity killers. They were happy to whack anybody.
Title: Does not make sense
This does not make any sense and is misleading. If these terrorists targeted Israelis, why did they carry out attacks against non-Israelis in the other locations (About 300 killed, and hundreds injured) ???
Clearly, the investigators are leaking misleading information.
This well-coordinated attack COULD NOT have been carried out without the assistance of sophisticated intelligence apparatus. The question we should ask.. What interest has Pakistan in doing that? What interest does the USA have in doing that?
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