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Avigdor Lieberman addressing the media.

Avigdor Lieberman addressing the media.

From the gobsmacked in Gotham department, a lot of people have been passing this around. The New York Times published a piece on the return of Avigdor Lieberman to the post of Israeli Foreign Minister– “Lieberman Returns, but Abrasive Style Appears Absent”– that goes on about how much kinder and gentler he is since his suspension. Reporter Jodi Rudoren gives him A’s for deportment.

Gone, it appears, is the Avigdor Lieberman who accused the Palestinian president of “diplomatic terrorism,” dismissed the prospect of peace as “decades away” and called for Arab citizens of Israel to take a loyalty oath. Instead, Mr. Lieberman said in a recent speech that “we have to build an economy” for the Palestinians to pave the way for an agreement.
Gone, for now at least, is the abrasive, blunt gadfly who was shunned by the White House and clashed publicly with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over Jewish settlements in the West Bank. In his place is a conciliatory diplomat urging calmer conversation with Washington over Iran’s nuclear program

The jarring thing about the piece is what a bad week Lieberman is having everywhere else, how offensive he’s been found to be by other media. The Guardian reports Lieberman’s defiant response to demonstrations against the Prawer Plan– which will forcibly remove more than 40,000 Bedouins from their villages in the Negev.

“We are fighting over the national land of the Jewish people and there are those that intentionally try to steal that land and control it by force. It is impossible to close our eyes and run from this reality.”

So the Bedouins are stealing Jewish land? Lieberman improved on that charge here, saying Palestinians are robbing and seizing Jewish land. From Ynet:

“Nothing has changed since the Tower and Stockade days [1920s-30s Mandate period of Zionist settlement].  We are fighting for the lands of the Jewish people and there are those who intentionally try to rob and seize them,” Lieberman said in a Facebook post.

Haaretz editorialized that Lieberman’s tower-and-stockade comments are “intolerable,” and that the government plans for ‘Judaization’ of the Galilee are racist.

This is a state acting unjustly toward its citizens….

Whether the Prawer initiative will benefit the Bedouin, as the government claims, or harm them, as its opponents argue, the foreign minister’s remarks are intolerable. Since the days of the tower and stockade, the expulsion of Arabs from their villages and the expropriation of land in the Negev and the Galilee, a state was established. The state’s sovereignty over its lands needs no “reinforcement.” What is in desperate need of reinforcement, however, is the egalitarian, non-racist, nondiscriminatory character of the state.

Oudeh Basharat also finds Lieberman racist, writing in Haaretz, “Odor of injustice fills the Negev: Israel’s government is a sort of hive of extremists; for this government, screwing the Arabs is a mitzvah.”

If I were prime minister, one who was worried about Israel’s independence, I would try to find a job for Lieberman in which the damage he could cause would be minimized. What is wrong with the Tourism Ministry, for example? In any case, the heart yearns for the sound of Lieberman’s complaints about the crime the Arabs committed when they stole the lands that did not belong to them.

Even Brent Sasley, who’s on the right of the spectrum at Open Zion, finds the New York Times’ take divorced from reality.

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  1. MRW
    December 3, 2013, 9:11 am

    What do you expect from a NYT writer who thinks her husband’s substandard film efforts are of a high enough quality to elicit global bragging rights on Twitter? The quality of judgment is all of a piece.

    • Krauss
      December 3, 2013, 4:26 pm

      The only question now is:

      Will Rudoren now pass Bronner in the sheer amount of partisanship? I thought she’d be better than Bronner, and in the beginning, it seemed so. Now she is completely subsumed into Israeli society. She even goes so far as to try and whitewash the fascistic tendencies nature of Lieberman. Surreal! Her devotion to Zionism is now complete and bare for all to see.

      Is it just me or has the NYT steadily become worse in the past few months? Maybe as the editors have decided to give up on the peace process, they feel they need to protect Israel from the inevitable as long as possible?

      Just like the story a week ago or so where they did a piece on the photography on the Nakba – and all they did was quoting Israelis who condemned the Palestinians.

      I wonder what accounts for this sudden change of heart, or maybe that’s the wrong phrase. I don’t think the heart ever changed, the devotion to Jewish apartheid is as strong as ever. It’s more like the tone. It’s just outright propaganda at this point.

      Or take the recent hagiography of the Israeli general who controlled a large portion of the West Bank brigades for several years, enforcing Apartheid. He was portrayed as a brooding philosopher.

      Bronner worked for an Israeli PR firm. Why need a PR firm when you have Kershner, Rudoren and the others?

      • Chu
        December 4, 2013, 11:28 am

        I wouldn’t say it’s steadily worse. The Sulzbergers always been soft for Israel -the same for a lot of Hollywood producers. They all work together to keep the necessary illusion for American society and reassure American Jews that Israel is a good thing.

    • Bumblebye
      December 3, 2013, 5:50 pm

      She’s turned into a groupie for the hard-man hard-line zios. If they smile when she bats her eyelashes, she can’t help but gush all over them.

    • December 3, 2013, 6:40 pm

      i’ve always wondered what the editor does with all the anti-israeli letters that never ever get published.

      • oneof5
        December 4, 2013, 3:23 pm

        Use them to line the birdcage that they keep all the parrots in ?

  2. piotr
    December 3, 2013, 9:54 am

    It reminds me an old joke about Lenin (before the fall of Communism and after the death of Stalin, in some countries joking about Lenin was both funny and safe). As a conspirator before the Revolution, Lenin was hiding in the apartment of his friends, and the little daughter of the couple spotted him as he was shaving in the morning and exclaimed “Uncle Vova!” Startled, Lenin nicked himself and shouted “Get out!”. And mind you, he had a razor in his hand and could easily slit her throat!” That was a story from apocryphical book “Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the greatest friend of children”.

  3. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    December 3, 2013, 10:56 am

    In Jodi Rudoren’s eyes, Lieberman is kinder and gentler, while Palestinian mothers who’ve lost their sons don’t feel “normal” emotions of grief, at least not while being observed by Jodi and her friends. She is the definition of bias, and the NYT is the Israeli right-wing’s propaganda organ. Ridiculous. BUT, repeated affirmations of this status quo should continue to drive more traffic to this site.

  4. HPH
    December 3, 2013, 11:09 am

    I’m very happy to hear that he’s not bombing the NY Times. It should be a sanctuary. Not all the reporters are in Israel. Also, even though it is very electronic, there are still some support staff in the buildings.

  5. RudyM
    December 3, 2013, 11:32 am

    The New York Times is such a joke. A community newspaper for Zionist Jews.

  6. joemowrey
    December 3, 2013, 11:36 am

    I hope people are done giving Rudoren a pass. Her absurd whitewash of Lieberman makes it’s more clear than ever that she is nothing more than a paid propagandist for Zionism. And a truly despicable one at that. Her name should not even be mentioned in the same sentence (or the same paragraph for that matter!) with the word “journalist.”

  7. seanmcbride
    December 3, 2013, 11:54 am

    We can now make an informed guess about where Jodi Rudoren (yet another liberal Zionist) is coming from.

  8. Citizen
    December 3, 2013, 12:16 pm

    In the NYT the illegal settler thug magically becomes a statesman-in-training for the Job of Israeli PM. This is the same NYT, if memory serves, that portrayed Palestinian children throwing stones as their hobby.

  9. Les
    December 3, 2013, 1:59 pm

    And NPR.

  10. Erasmus
    December 3, 2013, 3:25 pm

    RE: What is wrong with the Tourism Ministry, for example?

    That actually maybe a smart move……increasing the efficiency of BDS.

    With Lieberman as Tourism Minister, the Israel tourist- and pilgrim-numbers would certainly plunge…. and the tourism industry would love it!

  11. Mondowise
    December 3, 2013, 4:19 pm

    rudoren belongs caged in with a leopard long enough for her to count how many times the leopard changes his spots…and if she gets gobbled down by the jowled meow in the process, hope someone calls a vet to save the cat, but more likely the spotted beast would instantly gag her back up. she’s nothing but a toxic hair ball to any creature.

  12. Krauss
    December 3, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Seriously, someone should just go through what the NYT has written on Israel just the past month in sheer terms of hasbara. It’s quite amazing.

  13. seafoid
    December 3, 2013, 5:36 pm

    It’s incredible to think how different the NYT is now compared to 1865.
    It most certainly did not support slavery in the Confederacy back then but apartheid in Israel is now kosher. Ma sha allah.

  14. American
    December 3, 2013, 5:49 pm

    The NYT, all the zio organs need to stop.

    Want to see crazy?….here you go:

    Why American Jews Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Put Israel First

    Lately in googling Israel news I am noticing dozens of these dual loyalty articles or ‘encouragements’ you could say in publications that you wouldnt expect to publish them. I am guessing that it is a zionist effort to gin up US Jews for even more US-Isr splits and battles.
    It basically says a Jew cant be and isnt a Jew unless he puts Israel first.
    I wonder if mj has gotten hold of this one yet.

  15. Bumblebye
    December 3, 2013, 6:06 pm

    Less than 3 week old site by an EAPPI volunteer (Alison Morgan):

    Several really excellent articles, photographs and animation in that short period of time. Well worth a visit. 110x better than Rudoren’s pap.

  16. DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 6:15 pm

    RE: “Avigdor Lieberman bombs everywhere but in The New York Times”

    MY COMMENT: You can count on the The New York Times publishing many, many more “puff pieces” regarding Israel as long as Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal is breathing down its neck!

  17. piotr
    December 3, 2013, 7:16 pm

    Rudoren’s piece is unbelievably shallow. She correctly points out that Lieberman is kept away from all situations that may involve diplomatic discussions, and even from the interview with her. As long as Lieberman is depicted by friends like is long time attorney, he may seem “reasonable”, but it really seems that any week when Lieberman does not assault anyone physically or verbally is deemed a success, even if it is achieved by keeping him away from the public. So Rudoren makes a long lists of what Lieberman DID NOT DO during his short stint in office after he got his desk back, and cites at length various friend, with no attempt to connect dots.

    In the meantime, the foreign policy of the State of Israel is conducted by a parrot that repeats “Chamberlain, Munich, Chamberlain, Munich”. But such inflammatory statements and positions are mostly left for the cooler hands than dear Avigdor.

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