Archive for June, 2010

Philip Weiss and the inconvenient truth of suicide bombers

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

In a recent post, the increasingly influential Philip Weiss tells of a Gaza psychiatrist who pleads with his visitors to “reach out and heal” Israelis because they are “gripped by fear.” Weiss accepts the challenge. After saying Israelis have a “psychosis” because of their fears, he asserts: I use the word psychosis because Israeli society […]

The Israeli blockade is actually strengthening Hamas

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The estimable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now has provided ten reasons for Israel to reassess its blockade of the Gaza Strip. One rationale for the blockade is Israel’s desire to weaken and undermine Hamas. The opposite has occurred, according to Friedman. Oops. This is a classic, tragic example of the law of unintended […]

Dialogue on the Gaza Flotilla

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

“I appreciate your call. My staff was going to get in touch with you. The task force is meeting tomorrow at 8:30. Can you make it?” “I’m afraid the Consulate will need to get someone else. I’m calling to tell you I can’t help anymore. I’m too upset…” “But the facts are on our side. […]

In Israel, a nation brainwashes itself on the Gaza flotilla

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Writing about the Israeli reaction to the attack on the Gaza flotilla, Larry Derfner, a columnist for the Jerusalem Post, sent the following note to a small group yesterday. He was kind enough to let me quote it in full: For those of you in the U.S., you’re missing out on the experience of a […]