If you want to be knowledgeable about what goes on in Israel you have to read websites like Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Forward, ynet and JTC everyday because you will not get a full picture from American newspapers or network & cable news. When I was writing diaries for daily kos, I read everyone and then some. For those of you that really care about Israel, I can’t imagine why you would not want to know the facts on the ground and keep informed.
Usually reading these papers are enough to get the picture. Sometimes I go to papers like Palestinian Chronicle or al jazeer, but I find plenty of stories just from the Israeli papers
They are obviously writing for an English speaking audience, so why not stay informed and see what is being Done in Our Name. They use our bombs paid for by American tax dollars. 30 billion plus in the next ten years. That does not include loan guarantees and non-profit donations from Americans.
I could see, people partial to Israel getting underwear in a bunch if all I wrote about were news articles from B’Tslem, Peace Now or Palestinian Chronicle, but I rarely quote them.
I also get accused of only writing about the “bad” things Israel does, I believe the term is “Israel sucks diaries”. Let me explain how I pick stories to include. Each action by a Palestinian or an Israeli either brings them closer to peace or provokes the other to do something in retaliation. After reading Israeli newspapers for close to over two years….I see a pattern. Israel provokes, Palestine responds. Obviously, this is my opinion. I firmly believe there will be peace when Israel wants peace….and not a day sooner. Billions pumped onto the Israelis economy because of the continuing wars just might act as a deterrent to peace. Don’t you think?
I don’t see the actions of either one in a vacuum. For example, last year before the kidnapping of the soldier by Gaza militants happened, a family was murdered on a beach. The kidnapping of the IDF soldier was in retaliation to the massacre of the Palestinian family on a Gaza beach. There was a time that Gazans could not enjoy their beaches because they were controlled by IDF forces and settlers. So finally Palestinians could go to their beach (after the settlements pulled out) and enjoy a picnic. But an Israel gunboat decided to join the party.
Also, just before the soldier was taken did you know a Palestinian doctor and his teenaged son were kidnapped with no charges given? See a pattern?
Just like in the states, the Israeli military has extremist elements in it. Right-winged proponents in our military….pro-settlements proponents in the IDF. To ignore the issue will not make it go away.
Last week qassams fell in Sderot. And 5 Palestinian children were shot dead.
Funding one side, and enabling the other has brought us no closer to peace.
Very timely article, even Israeli Jews are intimidated:
Ha’aretz, Israel’s Liberal Beacon
In Israel, spirited debate was once a cultural imperative. Now it is a rare, if precious, resource, as is Ha’aretz and its emphatic liberal consciousness. Though Palestinian suicide bombers and Hezbollah rocket attacks have all but muted Israel’s high-decibel, hydra-headed politics, there is Ha’aretz, arousing and provoking with its pro-peace apostasy. Not only does the paper challenge its readers; it makes money doing it. The depth, passion and wit of its reporting recalls the best of the long-extinguished Washington Star or Britain’s once-sassy Independent. The paper routinely scoops its larger rivals, the tabloids Yediot Ahronot and Ma’ariv, particularly when it comes to US-Israeli relations, and it is the closest thing the Middle East has to an indispensable read. (It is also the only major Israeli daily with an editorial page; in June Yediot Ahronot dropped its editorial section and, like Ma’ariv, now restricts itself to signed opinion pieces.)
Ha’aretz’s opposition to Israel’s most controversial policies–the occupation of the West Bank and the incarceration of Gaza behind a fortified wall, the systematic discrimination against Israel’s Arab citizenry, last year’s war in Lebanon–makes it a life raft for anyone who despairs of the Jewish state’s rightward lurch but who is too afraid to criticize it openly for fear of being tarred as an anti-Semite, an appeaser of terrorists or a self-hating Jew.
“Israel is in a coma,” says Ha’aretz senior writer Gideon Levy, bête noire of Ha’aretz critics and patron saint to its most loyal readers for his relentless campaign against the occupation. “There was a time when you’d ask two Israelis a question and you’d get three opinions. Now you get only one.”
Like museum curators who deny a national treasure to a marauding foe, Landau and his staff preserve Israel’s tradition of dissent from the demagogues of our Age of Fear. When Ha’aretz’s coverage of seismic events has triggered a wave of subscription cancellations–most notably for its empathetic reports of Palestinian suffering in the early days of the second intifada and its condemnation of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon last year–publisher Amos Schocken has struck back with defiant editorials. When American academics John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt were slandered last year for their article in The London Review of Books, which alleged a pernicious influence over US Middle East policy by the so-called Israel lobby, Ha’aretz ran an editorial that condemned the “McCarthyite policing of academia” as “deeply un-Jewish.” Last September, when violent clashes erupted between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza, auguring the climactic split that would come in June, Ha’aretz correspondent Amira Hass ruled them the inevitable result of “the extended experiment called ‘what happens when you imprison 1.3 million human beings in an enclosed space like battery hens.'”
Reportage like that regularly places Ha’aretz and its correspondents–several of whom have their own columns on the opinion page–in the cross-hairs of conservative pro-Israel groups as well as ordinary Israelis and members of the Jewish Diaspora.
The whole article is worth reading:
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