Anonymous sources in the Israeli US Embassy don’t like what they see on television

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Ynet has an oddly anonymously-sourced story on a trend the Israeli embassy in Washington has noticed in American popular culture – Israel and the Israel lobby are increasingly portrayed as the bad guy. From YNet:

Popular American television shows are presenting Israel in a highly critical manner, sources in Israeli Embassy in Washington say, expressing their concern that the negative characterization will badly affect the Jewish state’s image among viewers.

One of the recent episodes of HBO comedy series “Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, focused on the Middle East conflict: The US vice president’s daughter, a college student who has a boyfriend of Iranian descent, slams Israel in an essay based on Oscar-nominated film “5 Broken Cameras.”

The article undermines the relationship between the White House and the Jewish lobby, forcing the vice president to schedule a damage control interview. But the setting is quite unhelpful: She is seen discussing the friendship between America and the Jewish state with a pig roast in the background.

An episode in American political drama series “House of Cards” is also said to have presented Israel in a critical manner: In order to thwart the president’s choice for secretary of state, Representative Francis Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) uses an editorial published by the candidate 30 years earlier in his college student newspaper, in which he criticized Israel’s “illegal occupation” of Palestinian land.

We wrote about House of Cards here. I haven’t seen the Veep episode, but it sounds good. Here’s the recap from HBO:

Mike learns that an essay Catherine wrote for a film class leaked to the blogosphere. It praises the “masterly portrayal of brutal Israeli aggression” in Emad Burnat’s “Five Broken Cameras” about nonviolent Palestinian resistance to Israeli settlement of the West Bank. Back in DC, Amy and Dan scramble to get out “the Gettysburg Address of tightrope-walking say-nothing bull****.”

Kent, concerned about the combination of family strife and the Middle East, orders Jonah to get Catherine to apologize. Selina gets her daughter on FaceTime and tries to sweet talk her into apologizing, but the conversation sours when she spots Rahim, Catherine’s Iranian boyfriend, in the background. Catherine accuses her of having a problem with his nationality and then hangs up, refusing to apologize for the essay. Selina orders Mike to get on a chopper and bring Catherine back to the air base, along with some towels: she may need to “daughterboard” her.

Later, Kent sees Selina on TV voicing solidarity with the Jewish people in front of rotating pork. He calls on Mike to “de-pork the visual,” but since he’s at the air base with Catherine, he’s forced to call on Jonah for assistance. Jonah works “security detail” by bending over and blocking the pig behind her. . .

At the air base, Selina argues with Catherine about apologizing for the essay. She tells her it could cost her the pro-Israel contingency and subsequently Florida’s 29 electoral votes in two years, and then “mommy’s out of a job.” Cathefrine agrees to apologize if Selina lets her spend part of Thanksgiving break with Rahim.

Unnamed Israelis don’t like it. The takeaway from Ynet:

“These series present Israel as a country which one should be very careful not to offend, and that anyone daring to criticize it is reprimanded by the Jewish lobby,” a senior state official says. “This justifies all conspiracy theories about the Israeli and Jewish control of American politics.”

58 Responses

  1. valency
    May 1, 2013, 1:09 pm

    “These series present Israel as a country which one should be very careful not to offend, and that anyone daring to criticize it is reprimanded by the Jewish lobby,” a senior state official says. .

    What an absurd notion these people have. After all, Chuck Hagel expressed extremely mild disagreement with Israel, and it’s not like he was interrogated for hours by a circus of senators over his apostasy and squeaked in only after acknowledging his disgrace and promising never ever to do it again.

    • James Canning
      May 1, 2013, 2:35 pm

      valency – – Yes, and one remembers how the religious viewpoint of politicians came under great scrutiny, in England (and other countries) centuries ago. Worship of Israel is an element of contemporary religion in Washington.

  2. MLE
    May 1, 2013, 1:13 pm

    I really don’t think the Israel lobby people have that much to worry about- Americans know the Cuban expat population in southern Florida controls American policy with Cuba but that doesn’t necessarily correlate to anti Cuban American sentiment.

    • James Canning
      May 1, 2013, 2:32 pm

      Some very rich Cuban exiles have a greeat deal to do with what the Cuban-Americans argue for or against, regarding US policy toward Cuba. (Which most European diplomats regard with contempt.)

    • Krauss
      May 1, 2013, 4:11 pm

      “I really don’t think the Israel lobby people have that much to worry about- Americans know the Cuban expat population in southern Florida controls American policy with Cuba but that doesn’t necessarily correlate to anti Cuban American sentiment.”

      The whole Cuban thing is overplayed. It’s almost always brought up in the existance of Israel lobby-discussions which immediately makes me suspicious. It’s just like Pastor Hagee has been turned into this monolithical political force when in reality he’s really week and meek and just follows wherever AIPAC wants him to go(for PR reasons).

      Another thing that bugged me was the whole Florida angle that Veep went with. In this sense, House of Cards were far more couragous and frankly more truthful.
      When people are being hounded by the Israel lobby, Florida isn’t on their mind, their political survival is.

      • James Canning
        May 1, 2013, 6:59 pm

        Krause – – But do you accept that the continuing stupidity of the US in dealing with Cuba, owes a great deal to the Cuba lobby?

      • Citizen
        May 1, 2013, 7:29 pm

        Veep came from HBO, but Netlix is new to making a TV show, in this case its first TV series show–they are new in this field. Don’t know who owns/controls Netflix.

      • Citizen
        May 1, 2013, 7:40 pm

        Looks like the co-founder and CEO of Netflix is a pretty independent guy: link to en.wikipedia.org

        He’s dabbled in politics in California, re Education. He’s also on record as saying Americans are self-aborbed and don’t pay attention to what’s going on outside the USA.

        The popular culture is honing in on the Lobby, seven years after W & M’s book: link to jfjfp.com

      • kylebisme
        May 1, 2013, 8:36 pm

        House of Cards is actually Netflix’s second original series, Lillehammer came first. Both are excellent, while the third isn’t worth mentioning.

    • Citizen
      May 1, 2013, 5:45 pm

      How many wars has US fought in behalf Cuba? How much foreign aid does the US give Cuba? Does the US use its veto at UN SC to block any efforts against Cuban regime?

      • James Canning
        May 1, 2013, 7:01 pm

        Citizen – – Foolish American policy toward Cuba has kept Castro regime in power. Or helped to keep it in power.

        But yes, small beer compared to damage inflicted on American interests by the Israel lobby.

  3. Les
    May 1, 2013, 1:25 pm

    If Hollywood is half as Jewish as many claim, some of the writers involved in these productions are probably Jewish. Kudos for their intelligence, bravery, and their ability to entertain at the same time!

    • Krauss
      May 1, 2013, 4:08 pm

      My thoughts, too. Many of these screenwriters are most likely Jewish or move in heavily Jewish circles. When Bibi is the prime minister for so long, it’s probably hard for them not to get alienated.

      • Citizen
        May 3, 2013, 8:26 am

        Jewish historian and journalist Jonathan J. Goldberg, makes a similar point in his 1996 survey, Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment. He writes: note /7

        “… Jews are represented in the media business in numbers far out of proportion to their share of the population … In a few key sectors of the media, notably among Hollywood studio executives, Jews are so numerically dominant that calling these businesses Jewish-controlled is little more than a statistical observation.

        Hollywood at the end of the twentieth century is still an industry with a pronounced ethnic tinge. Virtually all the senior executives at the major studios are Jews. Writers, producers, and to a lesser degree directors, are disproportionately Jews — one recent study showed the figure as high as 59 percent among top-grossing films.”

        Don’t know how much has changed re movies and tv movies and shows in 2013. For what it’s worth as ancdedotal evidence , the Family Guy Creator has said that he has lots of Jewish writers writing that show with him.

    • American
      May 2, 2013, 11:42 am

      Les says:
      May 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm
      + Show content
      If Hollywood is half as Jewish as many claim, some of the writers involved in these productions are probably Jewish. Kudos for their intelligence, bravery, and their ability to entertain at the same time!>>>>

      What….no kudos for the non Jewish ones for their bravery in risking the anti semite accusation and wrath of the far reaching hit men of the Lobby?

  4. W.Jones
    May 1, 2013, 1:27 pm

    When Netanyahu comes to the Senate, every senator has to clap in unison many times. But naturally, some senators or their aides actually disagree with what he says.

    So not only does the Embassy demand that the senators must all agree with Israeli policy, but American TV episodes must all agree with it too? And not just that, but the episodes cannot even complain about having to agree with it?

    • James Canning
      May 1, 2013, 2:30 pm

      W.Jones – – The US Congress pretended it was the Politburo of the USSR, during Netanyahu’s visit last year. 29 standing ovations? 30?

      • lysias
        May 1, 2013, 4:03 pm

        Demanding that TV shows toe the party line is also reminiscent of the old Eastern Bloc.

      • W.Jones
        May 4, 2013, 1:02 pm

        Lysias,

        Since when did the Eastern Bloc countries toe the line directed to them by a tiny country without their populations being aware of this?

        Similarities, but absurd differences too.

        See my reply to James below, and have some LOLz.

      • W.Jones
        May 2, 2013, 1:15 am

        The Politburo had what, 10 people?

        This marks a real achievement, with 100 senators of the foremost democratic country clapping unanimously and continuously for a visit of a small country’s leader, with accompanied severe beat-down of protestor in the hall, who required hospitalization and was jailed.

        Speaking about the protestor’s treatment, the leader commented “This is what’s possible in a democracy.”
        link to mondoweiss.net

        It’s called making the impossible possible, James.

    • Blownaway
      May 1, 2013, 5:46 pm

      They clap in unison triggered by a cue from Debbie Wasserman Schultz..from FLorida

      • James Canning
        May 1, 2013, 7:16 pm

        And what a grotesque demonstration of subservience.

      • David Doppler
        May 2, 2013, 12:55 pm

        Yes, it was grotesque, and Netanyahu’s fault for grossly overplaying his hand. He had the power to make it happen, obtained and maintained surreptitiously, the whole “nightflower” bit, but demonstrating it so publicly makes obvious the surreptitiousness. He shot himself in the foot. He rubbed the noses of the US Congress in joint assembly, before international video audiences, in the excrement of his power. Who is not offended by his hubris? His stupidity? The anonymity of this news piece’s sources, which the American public and what’s left of “journalism” has also been forced to suffer, further demonstrates that Israel seeks to manipulate American government and media surreptitiously. And has many tools at its disposal. Under Netanyahu’s bone-headed leadership, Israel seems intent upon squandering all of its credibility by blatantly abusing its power, demonstrating the corruption it relies upon for its power. As if the nightflower can survive the light of day. The American public may be dumb, but it’s not stupid.

    • Citizen
      May 1, 2013, 5:50 pm

      Zionists want total control over the heart and minds of the American public (and their pocket book). Nothing escapes this agenda. The two Cable TV shows mentioned let seep a tiny leak in this Zionist seal.

  5. justicewillprevail
    May 1, 2013, 1:30 pm

    You have to laugh. Are these people really so utterly clueless, so insulated from opinion, or fact, or morality, that they always think it is the fault of the messenger and never the message? That the widespread perception of Israeli bullying and despotism is nothing to do with conspiracy and everything to do with they way they conduct themselves, presuming to wield a veto over presidential appointments and policy, and their astonishingly violent and inhuman behaviour towards a people who have the misfortune to be born in a region that zionists covet? The fact that they are so ‘shocked’ by some justified criticism only emphasises their presumption that they are exempt from scrutiny, and people must believe their remorselessly peddled lies and myths, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

  6. pabelmont
    May 1, 2013, 1:35 pm

    Gee, and weren’t we all trained from infancy to know that Hollywood was a project of * * * people who might be expected to be supporters of Israel? Perhaps expectations should change a bit. And perhaps Hollywood’s “hitting” some somebodies while they’re (seen as going) “down”. And perhaps there is an allure in truth telling.

    • American
      May 1, 2013, 2:07 pm

      House of Cards didn’t come out of Hollywood……dont know who created or produced the HBO Veep……but looks to me Hollywood may be affected by the same thing the use to be tightly controled, and dominated by a few, music industry was….independents breaking into and out of everything/where these days….enabled by the net and tech as advertisers, not dependent on the Hollywood system of promotion and distribution any more.

      • James Canning
        May 1, 2013, 3:58 pm

        House of Cards was huge hit in Britain, and American version sold for $100 million, I understand.

    • James Canning
      May 1, 2013, 2:28 pm

      pabelmont – – There is a vast trove of fabulous material at hand, for Hollywood. Let’s hope more of it is used.

      NCIS season ender yesterday (in US) featured an Israeli intelligence agent who went rogue in the US, and is killed by a former Israeli intelligence agent.

      • pabelmont
        May 1, 2013, 4:26 pm

        I’m sadly “out of it” as to contemporary culture. No TV, no cable. far as I see, NPR has not broken with Israel yet * * *.

  7. kma
    May 1, 2013, 1:40 pm

    the Israeli official says (in ynet) that the TV depiction of the lobby/etc is what “justifies all conspiracy theories about the Israeli and Jewish conrol of American politics”.
    no, it’s the reaction by the Israeli embassy and the actions of the lobby and the congressional trips to Israel and the lack of “daylight between us” and the standing ovations (erections!) to a foreign leader and the promising of another war and on and on…. it’s not the TV depictions of it.

    • Justpassingby
      May 1, 2013, 2:20 pm

      “justifies all conspiracy theories about the Israeli and Jewish conrol of American politics”.

      Quite ironic, since the only one that breed conspiracy theories are these israeli embassy workers trying to regulate what United States could air.

      • James Canning
        May 1, 2013, 4:01 pm

        Disparaging the truth, of extensive control or near-control of US foreign policy enjoyed by the Israel lobby, is accomplished by labeling the truth as nothing more than “conspiracy theories”.

    • James Canning
      May 1, 2013, 2:25 pm

      kma – – “Conspiracy theory”, as claimed by the Israeli official? Or the obvious truth, to a dangerous extent?

      • kma
        May 1, 2013, 5:53 pm

        James Canning – I’m only quoting the Israeli official on “control of American politics” and assuming he calls it “conspiracy” because he denies it. Now the embassy will get busy pressuring TV, which only adds to the existing list of examples Americans already have to base theories on. The swift reaction to the (unaired) Saturday Night Live skit was like putting the cherry on top of the dessert. The whole thing was delicious.

        Justpassingby says it best: “Quite ironic”!

    • American
      May 1, 2013, 2:36 pm

      ”the Israeli official says (in ynet) that the TV depiction of the lobby/etc is what “justifies all conspiracy theories about the Israeli and Jewish conrol of American politics”.

      They have it backwards as usual …..it’s not that TV and Hollywood ‘instigated’ the Isr criticism in their movie and features out of the blue…..the rumble in the public was there long, long before any of them ever touched it ….and ‘that justifed’ movies including it ….not visa versa..

      But the important thing is , they obvously think the Isr bash wont alienate their ‘customers’ and cost them money or they wouldnt do it……which means they believe Isr bash is now mainstream or at minium no longer taboo.

  8. MRW
    May 1, 2013, 2:07 pm

    Maybe Ynet and the Israeli US Embassy didn’t get the message:
    “The Truth about Youth”
    link to truthcentral.mccann.com
    I explained the genesis of it here, with more detail than is in the PDF above. I had watched a vid about it:
    link to mondoweiss.net

    You can be assured that Hollywood now has the message from McCann-Erickson’s two-year global research into what will sell to kids. If you don’t have the time, just read the penultimate page of the PDF (pg 23) I link to. I have a copy of the longer initial one that discusses the actual findings on a country-by-country basis and how they structured the research, but I can’t find it at the moment. The findings so shocked the old guys at McCann-Erickson (mccann.com) that they completely changed their business and strategic focus.

    EDIT: the “oddly anonymously-sourced story” has the taint of a call-to-arms to fix the problem in Hollywood, but whoever wrote it is out to lunch on the consequences to Hollywood’s bottom line if they go that route. Talk about being clipped by the consciousness of the times.

  9. simonsj
    May 1, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I saw the episode of “Veep” as well as “House of Cards”. As regards “Veep”, the anonymous Israeli source would do well to get a sense of humour, lest he or she “present Israel as a country which one should be very careful not to offend [or use in humour], and that anyone daring to criticize it is reprimanded by the Jewish lobby”.

  10. Justpassingby
    May 1, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Grown ups being teary-eyed because “House of cards” show said the occupation was illegal?
    Pathetic!

  11. American
    May 1, 2013, 2:20 pm

    LOL…but Israel and the Lobby don’t need Hollywood as long as they have Obama.
    Tis the 2014 election season and must keep Jewish money happy for the Zios and Dem fund raising success.
    Bad timing for Palestine and I/P talks with US congressonal elections coming up.

    Obama kicks off Jewish American Heritage Month
    Congress legislated Jewish American Heritage Month in 2006 and Obama was the first president, in 2010, to mark it with a celebration.
    By JTA | May.01, 2013 | 2:54 AM

    I am curious…do we have Irish, German, Italian, etc. , heritage months celebrated at the WH? I’ve never noticed any.

  12. James Canning
    May 1, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Great news, that House of Cards would get in a mention of illegal Jewish colonies.

  13. Cliff
    May 1, 2013, 2:30 pm

    The biggest antisemites are Zionists who straw-man perfectly logical explanations about American politics as ‘Jewish control’.

    As if institutional pressures – all of them – boil down to antisemitism.

    This is the same bullshit Chomsky had to contend with with his propaganda model.

    Zionists are like Scientologists. Crazy cultists.

  14. anthonybellchambers
    May 1, 2013, 3:05 pm

    Israel: this anachronistic, latter-day, colonial state.

    The Israeli government believes that the current civil war in neighbouring Syria will serve to hide its own continued oppression of the Arabs, the largest and oldest indigenous people of the region for over a thousand years.

    The toxic taint of racial superiority that is endemic in today’s Israeli society is an ideology that is increasingly repugnant to the international community. Its legal inequalities and discrimination based on ethnicity and its restrictions on employment and residency, are the foundations that support this anachronistic, latter-day, colonial state.

    Just as Nelson Mandela, during apartheid, warned that the spectre of National Socialism was haunting South Africa, so they also haunt modern-day Palestine. Today, Arabs experience similar humiliations and indignities to those that European Jews experienced during the decade leading up to WW2 although not the concentration camps or the industrialised killings.

    However, the similarities between the life today of the Palestinians in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem to those who were obliged to live under the former regimes of apartheid in South Africa and National Socialism in Germany, are all too obvious.

    Israelis are taught to believe that Arabs, in general, are inferior, untrustworthy and fit only to be unskilled labourers, and consequently have been made into a persecuted ethnic minority in their own lands. There are clear ideological links with apartheid: passes, border controls, prohibited areas, controlled access points, imprisonment without trial, and torture. The prejudice is comparable with other forms of racism. These are racial doctrines of superiority and intolerance.

    Israel’s Likud government policies echo the claims of the South African National Party that the system of apartheid was not racist but merely the implementation of a policy of separate development for whites and blacks, only in this case it is for Jews and Arabs across 3m high separation walls that bisect Arab land and divide ancient communities. The failure of Europe, in particular, to respond to the plight of these five million disenfranchised and dispossessed Palestinians is a mirror of the world of European Jewry in the years prior to and during WW2 and the Bantustans of the apartheid regime prior to independence.

    An implied, but bogus, biological deficiency in the Arab mentality has led to discrimination and segregation; the illegal expropriation of their lands and the burning of their olive groves. The abdication of the moral responsibility by the Diaspora to unequivocally oppose such racial discrimination, persecution, imprisonment without trial and state sponsored assassination indicates a shameful position of appeasement. Furthermore, those who by inhumanity or cowardice help to keep in power a political party committed to racial superiority and segregation, are no less guilty.

    The oppression and injustice of Zionist ideology and the doctrine of racial superiority is an alien concept to most Jews outside Israel and a violation of Jewish ethics and the tenets of Judaism.

    Iran’s alleged threat that the state of Israel ‘must vanish from the page of time’ is similar to the Likud manifesto threat to illegally annex the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Neither should ever be allowed to materialise.

  15. Ecru
    May 1, 2013, 3:55 pm

    So let me get this straight.

    Not content with being able to opt out of bits of a visa waver programme (the only nation that’s even asked for that dubious honour) and get the American government to enforce Israeli discrimination against US citizens on US soil, the Israelis are now angling for an exemption from the First Amendment on all things to do with their nasty little state?

    The USA should really learn from the Palestinian experience; give a Zionist an inch and they’ll demand everything you own. And then deny you ever owned it. Or that you ever existed for that matter.

  16. DICKERSON3870
    May 1, 2013, 4:06 pm

    RE: The article undermines the relationship between the White House and the Jewish lobby . . . “These series present Israel as a country which one should be very careful not to offend, and that anyone daring to criticize it is reprimanded by the Jewish lobby,” a senior state official says.” ~ Ynet

    MY COMMENT: Is it kosher to refer to the “Jewish lobby”?
    Hey, wait just a doggone minute! Didn’t Chuck Hagel get in a whole heap o’ trouble for referring just one measly time to the “Jewish lobby” (likely by mistake)?!?!
    I’m confused. Really confused. So very, very confused!

    SEE: The claim that ‘Jewish lobby’ is anti-Semitic term is cynical and hypocritical — Siegman, By Philip Weiss, 1/12/13
    LINK – link to mondoweiss.net

  17. Krauss
    May 1, 2013, 4:14 pm

    There’s definitely been a pop culture shift. From Colbert, to these TV series, to the SNL skit(sadly only online on Youtube and never aired).

    Now, in Israel, the far-right is saying, we will block the budget unless you fund the settlements by a maximum amount. Remember when Yesh Atid was going to change everything?

    The drumbeat will only get louder.

    • valency
      May 2, 2013, 5:17 am

      The SNL sketch happened because SNL’s exec producer, Lorne Michaels, is a very old-fashioned rightist, of the type that darkly refers to “New York Elites” in private conversation. Even then it was never aired. Colbert is a South Carolina liberal Christian. “Veep” is essentially the successor of the British producer Armando Iannucci’s BBC production “The Thick Of It”, and many of the writers are British or BBC alumni, not American.

      Lesson from this: Personnel matters. It will be the outsiders and outliers — the HBO indys, the web series, that will be pushing the issue of Israel as a sacred cow, first.

  18. gingershot
    May 1, 2013, 6:08 pm

    I couldn’t believe hearing Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow both going after the Neocons for trying to drum up a war against Syria

    How do Americans know about Israelis and Neocons if their/our media pretend they do not exist as the forces they are?

    • James Canning
      May 1, 2013, 7:03 pm

      Sadly, most Americans lavor under the misunderstanding that neocons are “conservatives”, when this is obviously not true.

  19. Oklahoma farmer
    May 1, 2013, 6:26 pm

    5 broken cameras had no chance of being shown in S.E. OK, so I bought it. It’s spot on…. but too long.

    Brevity….always strive for brevity.

  20. Daniel Rich
    May 1, 2013, 10:28 pm

    Q: …expressing their concern that the negative characterization will badly affect the Jewish state’s image among viewers…

    R: Once they realize that most of the world’s view is based upon Israel’s Apartheid regime as can be seen everywhere, but on the idiot box, they’ll figure out what to do next.

  21. Kathleen
    May 1, 2013, 11:13 pm

    Tiny cracks in the wall. Hope it continues

  22. Taxi
    May 2, 2013, 2:21 am

    Hey Aipac, stfu and pass the popcorn.

  23. Ecru
    May 2, 2013, 6:57 am

    You’ve got to love YNet, the commentators there are so stupid they don’t even realise how obnoxious and vile they are.

    There’s “Tom” cursing American “Court Jews” who didn’t do enough during WWII to help European Jews. Obviously he missed the fact there was an actual WAR going on. And wonderful irony – he lives in the USA. Wow!

    “Isac” complaining that Julia Louis-Dreyfus has an Iranian boyfriend. Can you imagine the howls if some non-Jew complained about somebody having a Jewish boy/girlfriend? All together now – “ANTISEMITISM!”

    And my favourite – “Tom” in Tel Aviv who actually writes “We shouldn’t complain&worry: we know we are smarter than the rest of this planet’s inhabitants…” Lovely bit of open ethno-supremacism there and the idiots too stupid realise us “goys” can use the Internet too.

    YNet should really change their masthead from “Israel at your fingertips” to “Doing more to foster antisemitism than any publication since Mein Kampf”

  24. Obsidian
    May 2, 2013, 6:59 am

    Well I noticed something too.

    Nobody watched Veep or House of Cards.
    Maybe there is a nexus connecting the politics of these two series writers and their inability to attract or hold an audience.

    • Citizen
      May 3, 2013, 8:40 am

      @ Obsidian
      Oh, I don’t know–I’ve heard both show series are doing very well. VEEP was just discussed a few minutes ago, as I type here, on the Imus In The Morning Show. Guest coming up is the author of that book Foreign Policy Begins At Home (if memory serves, he’s the honcho at Council On Foreign Relations)–thar author writes that we should focus much less on the Middle East that other areas of the world, (although he’s not an isolationist) and that the US will keep losing stature, influence, and power globally unless we address the needs of our own people domestically, and the root problems of our failing economy. Will be interesting if Imus asks him about Israel (probably not) or he chooses to include Israel in his thesis.

  25. gingershot
    May 2, 2013, 9:47 am

    Dear Mondoweiss – I don’t know where to post this but this is pretty sensational news:

    ‘Israeli Housing Minister: “We Will Oppose Any Budget That Does Not Include Settlements”

    May 2nd 2013 : Saed Bannoura (IMEMC),- Israeli Housing Minister, Uri Ariel, of the Jewish Home Party, stated that his party will oppose an government budget that does not includes budgets for the construction and expansion of Jewish settlements in areas Israel vowed to build in after the Palestinians headed to the United Nations last year.

    link to nsnbc.me

    Could this perhaps be forwarded to Adam or Phil or the appropriate party?

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