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Forum Post: The Media Consensus On Israel Is Collapsing, Across The Political Spectrum, Once-Taboo Criticism Is Now Common

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 9, 2012, 12:11 p.m. EST by truth2012 (43)
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Interesting new trend....hope this expands.

The Media consensus on Israel is collapsing, Across the political spectrum, once-taboo criticism is now common

by JORDAN MICHAELSMITH (Salon)Sunday, January 8th, 2012 |

“With Hamas and Fatah meeting this week in Cairo, reconciliation between the rival Palestinian political parties is likely only a matter of time. Official U.S. policy holds that Hamas is only a terrorist entity, and any agreement between the two factions jeopardizes continued U.S. aid. There is reason to believe, however, that more flexible, productive positions will be expressed in the U.S. media. Slowly but unmistakably, space is opening up among the commentariat for new, critical ideas about Israel and its relationship to the United States. Freedom of this sort was visible in the pages of the New York Times last week. Thomas Friedman, the paper’s foreign affairs columnist, wrote that American leaders were betraying the country by outsourcing their foreign policy to Israel. A standing ovation given to the Israeli prime minister by the U.S. Congress this year was “bought and paid for by the Israel lobby,” he wrote. Phrased bluntly as it was, Friedman’s sentence was startling. As the quintessential establishment columnist, Bill Clinton’s favorite pundit and a thrice Pulitzer Prize-winner, Friedman is often seen in the U.S. as authoritative on the Middle East and rivaled only perhaps by the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg in the influence of his writing on popular discussion….”




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[-] 3 points by sovaye (259) 12 years ago

Its about time we see some truth in the main stream media about this. Why Isreal is so prominent in US policy and media in general is beyond me. It has nothing to do with anti-semitism. We don't see Sweden pledging allegiance to Italy, or England pledging allegiance to Australia, or Russia to Brazil. I don't feel one way or the other about Isreal, but I don't think the US should have anything to do with them or vice versa. Same as any other country.

[-] 4 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 12 years ago

No more American blood for Israeli wars.

[-] 2 points by sovaye (259) 12 years ago

Finally!!!!! Someone gets it! You start to feel like you're the only one sometimes.

[-] 2 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 12 years ago

Too many moms and dads buy into the myth of "We have to fight them over there, so we don't have to fight them over here."

[-] 1 points by sovaye (259) 12 years ago

Well Russia and China have said that they'll retaliate against US if they hit Iran. If that happens, likely a WWIII scenario. US moms and dads will have no choice when 5 nineteen year old Russians with guns storm through their front doors. Its staggering how many people are completely oblivious to what is unfolding. Even when people who have woken up tell their families and friends, they don't even bother to get on line and check out an alternative news source. I don't know what to do to get through to people.

[-] 2 points by truth2012 (43) 12 years ago

Hang in there. Unfortunately, things will have to get a little crazier for people to snap out of their indoctrined tv lives. It'll happen. I don't think there's any going back now.


[-] 2 points by ineptcongress (648) 12 years ago

it's not beyond you sovaye--Israel and friendly interests, lobby the damn shit out of Congress constantly. For example: the disgusting and dispicable Congressional standing ovation that Israel paid for. Yet our troops do not get the same?? I don't care about Israel, and I don't think our foreign policy should either... Send back their dollars. I also don't wish them any harm, but they need to fend for themselves.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 12 years ago

Yes, I agree with you. We have to start being a fair arbiter in resolving the Palestininian/Israeli issue. Most people are only beginning to understand how our cart blanche support of Israel plays out so negatively in the Arab/Muslim world. It is interesting to me upon finding out only recently, the parameters of this discussion are a lot wider in Israel. I came across this tidbit of information in a Chris Hedges interview and had it reaffirmed on a web site I looked at.

[-] -3 points by fightclub2012 (74) 12 years ago

actually you do see australia and england pledging allegiance they are part of the commonwealth idiot.

[-] 3 points by truth2012 (43) 12 years ago

Not to the detriment of themselves.

[-] -1 points by fightclub2012 (74) 12 years ago

that is never going to happen much like the us, canada, israel, uk, australia will never betray each other and are the staunchest of allies did you not notice this.

[-] 3 points by Renaye (522) 12 years ago

Banned Speech

Anyone that still screams Zionism is anti-semitic needs to watch Hillel Neuer (Jewish) who has been fighting bravely for years to get the UN to do anything on behalf of anyone other than Israeli interests.



[-] 3 points by truth2012 (43) 12 years ago

Thank you for this. I hope that Zionism will soon be talked about as a different subject entirely from Jewish traditions. I think people are just fearful of being labelled as racist. Many, many good everyday Jewish people are against Zionism.


[-] 2 points by Thrive (29) 12 years ago

The word Zionism is making its way into the MSM more and more now. At least people who have never heard the word 'Zionism' will check it out and decide for themselves.



[-] 2 points by LiveAndLetLive (79) from Fort Lauderdale, FL 12 years ago

I'm getting tired of this whole Israel thing too, if putting America's interest above Israel makes me anti-semitic...... so be it! We'll not be able to help anyone anyways if we keep tanking at this pace. Lets fix things here and then reach out to Israel. They have bunch of nukes and strong military, its not that they can't protect themselves..... we need to take a break to clean our own mess.

[-] 2 points by sovaye (259) 12 years ago

Sounds like a plan....At least this sentiment is starting to make its way into msm this last week, Including the actual word....wait.......are you ready..."Zionism"

[-] 2 points by philosophersstoned (233) from Gypsum, CO 12 years ago

And yet the media still maintains taboo on criticism of the corporate interests that control our political system... and the media. coincidental, that.

[-] 1 points by FarIeymowat (49) 12 years ago

Why do people care so much about a little sliver of land, half the world away, that has 10 million people? Why. Why do you care? Leave them alone.

[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 12 years ago

People are buying a false set of truth, cause they dont understand once again. Israel is no longer god's favored people, in fact, God gave them a letter of divorce. America contains the literal children of israel, and the great gathering commenced here. We are the believers, and many are doers of the word. Israel still rejects christ, so I say, let the middle east do to them whatsoever they will, its none of our business.


[-] 1 points by jinzhao (68) 12 years ago

Your claim that the Jews are God's chosen people strangely resembles the Nazi's claim that they were the master race.


[-] 0 points by Scout (729) 12 years ago

there is no god and they have not be chosen by anyone - its all bullshit