Two fresh examples of the media hiding the Israel agenda in our politics.
The New Yorker ran a very long piece on Obama’s difficulties in cultivating billionaires, titled “Schmooze or Lose,” and didn’t once mention Obama’s troubles on the Israel issue, though many of the names mentioned in the piece have a dog in that fight (and even the NYT has reported that this is a problem).
Sheldon Adelson is the bete noire of the piece; and why is he spending millions and millions to elect Romney?
“’He’s got billions he could get back on the overseas-investment tax and the estate tax,’ [says one observer] both of which Romney has pledged to abolish. Moreover, Adelson’s company, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, is currently the focus of two Justice Department investigations.”
Without two states, Jews are a minority between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. No number of fences or barriers will cancel that demographic fact. To remain a Jewish state, will Israel wall itself into a
ghetto, one large gated community? Will Israel then sacrifice its democratic character to retain permanent control over the Palestinians?
Two other New Yorker namechecks: Penny Pritzker,whose family has always been a big supporter of Israel, and David Geffen, associated with Oslo. I guess it’s verboten.
Meantime, in the same vein, the NYT op-ed page has run a piece making light of Kansas congressman Kevin Yoder’s Israel-lobby-sponsored nude swim in the Galilee last year. Writes a friend: “Feeble whimsy all for this sentence: ‘Jesus and his disciples also bathed in the lake in the nude.’ The author is “an environmental lawyer who has also worked as a tour guide in Israel” (=Israeli tour guide?). Congressman Yoder as blood-brother of Jesus embracing the life of the senses. As if if Jesus was a Roman running for re-election as tribune, and took money from the rabbis to advance his fortunes back home.”