NPR host Siegel serves as moderator for Avigdor Lieberman at Saban gala

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Robert Siegel with Avigdor Lieberman
Robert Siegel with Avigdor Lieberman last night in Washington. Photo Natasha Mozgovaya

The Saban Forum, which is named after the ardent Israel supporter Haim Saban, was held last night in Washington. And National Public Radio host Robert Siegel served as a moderator for the rightwing foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, above. Lieberman, an immigrant to Israel from Russia, has called for transferring Palestinians out of the Jewish state and for Israelis to have to take a loyalty oath to the state. From the event’s announcement:

The 2012 Saban Forum begins on Friday evening with a gala dinner, and will feature a discussion with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at 6:30 p.m., moderated by NPR’s Robert Siegel.

I can’t wait to watch the session and see how tough Siegel’s questions were. Haaretz’s Natasha Mozgovaya reports:

At Saban Forum, Lieberman accuses Abbas of Palestinian disunity

Avigdor Lieberman seemed in good spirits on Friday night. Opening with a joke, the foreign minister emphatically declared “I am on the right!” when he and NPR radio journalist Robert Siegel sat themselves on stage at the annual Saban Forum, which took place over the weekend at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C.

By the way, look who Haim Saban, who gives tons to the Democratic Party, was sitting next to (below). So Bill Clinton should be named the new US envoy on the conflict, as Richard Wolffe and Bernard Avishai have suggested? How balanced would he be? (You can also see Nancy Pelosi canoodling with Ehud Olmert at Mozgovaya’s Facebook page.)

Haim Saban with Hillary Clinton
Haim Saban with Hillary Clinton, by Natasha Mozgovaya

P.S. In the wake of the historic Palestinian vote at the U.N. on Thursday, I’ve heard two largely-irrelevant promotions of Israeli culture on NPR: yesterday a story about Jerusalem restaurants that don’t accept the Kosher certification rules, and today a story about Amos Oz and his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger, writing a book about the Jewish tradition of the word. It really is in the water over there.

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zionists & their lackeys in congress can fill their calendars with as many rubber chicken dinners as their digestive tracts can tolerate

no matter

zionist israel’s days are numbered*

a new narrative’s taking over



within a year or so

*the entity, not its people

“irrelevant promotions of Israel culture” on NPR have been a regular feature for years now. Anyone hear the same thing for Ireland, Mexico, etc? How many Irish and folks from Mexico are in the states? NPR has been Israeli occupied territory maybe from the time of their birth. More of us have been paying attention to their broadcast from this vantage for the last 20 or so years. Hell even Scott Simon (who I just… Read more »

Wondering what Chris Hayes will say this weekend about the UN vote. Whenever I see Clinton I think Madonna would be the person to play her in a film. My 84 year old mother really wants Clinton to run that age group so wants a woman to become President before they die. When I argue with my mother (which is not often) that Hillary voted for the Iraq war resolution and that according to former… Read more »

More on NPR… For a long time, Linda Gradstein covered the Israeli/Palestinian conflict for NPR. She covered (for example) the Palestinian intifada. In clashes between the Israeli military and Palestinian demonstrators, the two sides told contradictory versions of events. A real reporter would follow up and find out who was telling the truth. Not Gradstein. She typically read the press releases of the IDF into the microphone. The Palestinian narrative was slighted, or ignored completely.… Read more »

Thanks for publishing pictures of the real terrorists.