Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Here’s an update on an earlier item on the three Americans arrested and detained by Iran and the way the inaccurate story that one of them was a yeshiva student and Jewish Week writer spread across the Internet.
One of the Web sites that spread the story was DEBKAfile.com, which fashions itself a source of in-depth intelligence and security information, with a focus on the Middle East.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
I’m a huge fan of the Internet – in fact, it’s a large part of my job. Obviously, I’m a blogger, and regard blogging as an essential ingredient in the newspaper of tomorrow.
But I’m also alarmed at how easily distortions and mistakes, reported as “news” by bloggers and disseminated to vast, worldwide audiences that uncritically accept their outpourings, become indelible parts of the news background.
Friday, August 7th, 2009
Look at the Iran talking points major Jewish groups provide to their own activists, and one point is always spelled out explicitly: Iran isn’t just an Israeli or a Jewish issue. Make that a central part of your activism, the pro-Israel troops are instructed.
Another year of Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, another protest rally attended by the same small segment of the Jewish community, and the clock is still ticking, with Iran rushing to develop a nuclear program that threatens Israel and the West.
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin may not know what the Bush Doctrine is, but be assured that the political and military leaders of Israel are well aware of the Begin Doctrine, and thinking about it every day.
Jewish leaders this week feared a collapse of the international consensus for sanctions against Iran after the release Monday of a National Intelligence Estimate concluding Iran had shut its nuclear weapons program down in 2003.
Disarray was evident as Jewish groups struggled to assimilate the new report and adjust their tactics in response.
“It will have an enormous impact because people will use it as an excuse to do nothing,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The Israel Project, a group that has made Iran a top priority.
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
As this blog reported last week, longtime U.S. Middle East peace negotiator and pro-Israel think tanker Dennis Ross is going over to the White House; as numerous blogs have reported, it’s something of a promotion for Ross, who had a nebulous role at the State Department as a special envoy to something or other.
Here’s what the NSC spokesman had to say:
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
Why does there seem to be much less buzz than usual about this year’s AIPAC policy conference, which begins on Sunday at the Washington Convention Center?
Don’t get me wrong; nobody doubts the policy conference will be the most spectacular Jewish political event of the year, as usual, or that Monday’s banquet will pull in throngs of lawmakers and other top politicians that other organizations can only dream of. But chatter about the conference has been surprisingly thin this year.
Monday, April 20th, 2009
What did Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the opening of the Durban II conference on racism do to President Obama’s stated desire to look for new routes for dialog with Iran?
Here’s a clue: it probably didn’t help.
Monday, April 20th, 2009
The Durban Review conference is officially underway in Geneva, and, predictably, it started with a bang; the BBC is reporting that Western delegates walked out of a speech by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacking Israel as a “racist” state and criticizing its creation, and that the speech was briefly disrupted by demonstrators wearing clown costumes.