This is interesting. A year or so back, Netanyahu said that Israel’s greatest threats were Hamas and Iran and Richard Goldstone. Now he has apparently revised that assessment and said that Israel’s greatest enemies are Haaretz and the New York Times, per this account.
I have to believe that Netanyahu is serious and this is his logical conclusion– which is why his office rushed to deny the account today. But the original assessment squares with Ali Abunimah’s belief that the walls of international opinion are closing in on Israel. The Netanyahu assessment is proof that the truth is what will set Palestine free– knowledge of the occupation and conflict, overcoming the hasbara. We complain all the time about the New York Times here, but even it is reflecting more critical views of Israel…
On Wednesday, [Jerusalem Post] editor, Steve Linde, addressing a conference in Tel Aviv of the Women’s International Zionist Organization, said that Netanyahu made the remark to him about the newspapers at a private meeting “a couple of weeks ago” at the prime minister’s office in Tel Aviv….
“He said, ‘You know, Steve, we have two main enemies,’ ” Linde said, according to a recording of the WIZO speech provided to JTA. “And I thought he was going to talk about, you know, Iran, maybe Hamas. He said, ‘It’s The New York Times and Haaretz.’ He said, ‘They set the agenda for an anti-Israel campaign all over the world. Journalists read them every morning and base their news stories … on what they read in The New York Times and Haaretz.’ ”
Linde said he and other participants at the meeting asked Netanyahu whether he really thought that the media had that strong a role in shaping world opinion on Israel, and the prime minister replied, “Absolutely.”