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Alone among observers, the New York Times Jerusalem correspondent Jodi Rudoren reports that Benjamin Netanyahu “may turn Iran defeat to his favor.” She says Netanyahu “may actually benefit” from what critics are calling his “colossal failure” over the deal.

No one else believes this, so why did Rudoren write it? The answer is in the 6th paragraph:

Mr. Netanyahu’s office did not respond to interview requests from The New York Times, though he continued his blunt campaign against the agreement on NBC, ABC, CBS and NPR, and plans to make the rounds on Washington’s Sunday talk shows.

The line is painfully similar to Rudoren’s plaintive report after the election, in March:
“Mr. Netanyahu’s office did not respond to interview requests from The New York Times in the days leading up to Tuesday’s election or on Wednesday or Thursday. In addition to appearing on MSNBC and NPR, he was on Fox News on Thursday…”

The complaint shows the true purpose of this latest valentine is to get an interview with Netanyahu. What possible different answers is he going to give her than he gives to other outlets? Is she going to stun him with a question that no one else has thought of?

No matter. Clearly Rudoren’s string of fawning articles has not worked so far. It’s time for new tactics. Here are some suggestions as to how she can press her campaign to get the Prime Minister to talk to her:

*  Write a gushing profile of Netanyahu’s late father explaining how his scholarship on anti-Semitism explains the Israeli psyche.

*  Write a gushing profile of Sara Netanyahu, in which the two women agree that they recycle plastic and glass bottles to stop global warming.

*  Offer to immigrate to Israel and stay on after her Times assignment is over.

*  Send the prime minister a quart of pistachio ice cream every day till he picks up the phone.

*  Continue to cover up last year’s Gaza massacre.

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James North

James North is a Mondoweiss Editor-at-Large, and has reported from Africa, Latin America, and Asia for four decades. He lives in New York City.

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  1. amigo on July 18, 2015, 2:18 pm

    She should offer on behalf of the NYT to pay for his next flight to the USAand make sure he has a special bed installed just like he did on a trip from the USA to the UK at a cost of some 127,000 dollars to the Israeli taxpayers .Also include reference to the Holocaust victims who are being paid a pittance of what they are entitled to.

    Perhaps she could also include an image of the proposed bed for effect and wish him and his wife a comfortable sleep.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/netanyahu-spends-127-000-of-israeli-taxpayers-money-on-airplane-resting-chamber.premium-1.523441

    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-16/what-israel-owes-holocaust-survivors

  2. David Doppler on July 18, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Maybe the Times should replace Rudoren, and the Israeli voters, Netanyahu.

  3. HarryLaw on July 18, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Hold the pistashio ice cream, those nuts come mainly from Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

    • lonely rico on July 18, 2015, 4:18 pm

      >HarryLaw

      Hold the pistachio ice cream, those nuts come mainly from Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

      Perhaps not –

      The tree (Pistacia vera) native to Persia, is now cultivated throughout much of the Middle East, and you can be sure that we’ll soon hear about the pistachio trees in Israel –

      Trees that produce more nuts per tree than any other!
      You think it’s an Iranian tree or Lebanese tree.
      No, it’s a Jewish pistachio tree.
      It’s a computerized tree. Every nut is computerized.

      Ms. Rudoren could propose interviewing Netanyahoo about the genius that has created the superior Jewish pistachio, the genius that makes Israel great.

      • amigo on July 18, 2015, 5:43 pm

        “Trees that produce more nuts per tree than any other” JLD

        Don,t you think Israel produces enough nuts already.

      • amigo on July 18, 2015, 6:11 pm

        Apologies lonely Rico , my post should have mentioned you and not JLD.

      • piotr on July 18, 2015, 8:01 pm

        Many nuts in Israel are imported, some from USA (like Oren), some from Iran, etc.

      • RoHa on July 18, 2015, 9:31 pm

        Israel invented pistachio trees.

        Hell, Israel invented trees.

      • CigarGod on July 18, 2015, 11:18 pm

        I think you just explained why ivri, yonah, jon s and all the rest can’t reason. Every nut is computerized.

  4. Paldi5 on July 18, 2015, 5:56 pm

    Well, since flattery and complaining hasn’t worked, the obvious answer is to pick a topic near to Netanyahu’s heart and discuss it openly and TRUTHFULLY. That will win her an interview.

  5. Bornajoo on July 18, 2015, 6:06 pm

    “Don,t you think Israel produces enough nuts already?” (Amigo)

    Too good :-)

    She should tell him that the NYT is writing an article about the greatest leaders in history including Alexander the Great, Julies Caesar, George Washington, Winston Churchill, and they are considering adding him to the list if he agrees to the interview

    He’ll take the first plane over (subject to special bed being in place)

    • amigo on July 18, 2015, 6:33 pm

      “She should tell him that the NYT is writing an article about the greatest leaders in history including Alexander the Great, Julies Caesar, George Washington, Winston Churchill, and they are considering adding him to the list.”Bornajoo.

      You certainly know how to appeal to his vanity.

  6. John O on July 18, 2015, 6:26 pm

    Curious. It seems that even Bibi doesn’t like the woman. Unless, of course, he does, and Sara’s told him to keep his distance…

  7. Les on July 18, 2015, 8:16 pm

    Tomorrow, Sunday, our television networks will air competing interviews, one with Kerry and the other with Netanyahu. I suspect some Americans will wake up to the fact that the ruler of one foreign country gets more coverage than all other foreign leaders combined. Surprise surprise, our networks are key players in Israel’s fifth column in the US.

    • Marnie on July 19, 2015, 12:30 am

      I can’t get over the coverage that the American media will provide to this mother of all media [….].

  8. JLewisDickerson on July 18, 2015, 8:48 pm

    RE: “Clearly Rudoren’s string of fawning articles has not worked so far. It’s time for new tactics. Here are some suggestions as to how she can press her campaign to get the Prime Minister to talk to her . . .” ~ North

    EVERYONE IN ISRAEL KNOWS THAT THE BEST WAY TO GET TO KING BIBI IS THROUGH QUEEN SARA, ERGO:
    Rudoren should straighten her hair and dye it blonde. She should also gain a lot of weight and wear tight, provocative clothing. Wearing lots of makeup and really caking on the lipstick is also essential.
    Most importantly, she must put in print over and over again that Netanyahu is “one of the most veteran leaders in the world” and that “if he had been born in the US, he’d have been elected president there.” *
    That should do the trick!
    If not, Rudoren should try channeling Patsy Cline. – http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/obama-going-netanyahu#comment-782740

    * SEE: “Phone transcript reveals Sara Netanyahu rant at political rival’s wife” – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/27/phone-transcript-reveals-sara-netanyahu-rant-at-political-rivals-wife

    • JLewisDickerson on July 18, 2015, 9:12 pm

      P.S. I forgot a few things. Rudoren must always refer to Queen Sara as “Mrs. Sara Netanyahu”. She must also put in print over and over again that “Mrs. Sara Netanyahu is the mother of the State of Israel”. It might also be a good idea for Rudoren to occasionally wear a few token feathers (far short of full-scale adornment with feathers, which must be strictly reserved for Queen Sara).

      SEE: “Former employee sues Sara Netanyahu” By Tsach Shpitsen, Ynet News, 1/15/10
      Lillian, who worked as housekeep for prime minister’s wife for six years, files claim with Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court accusing Netanyahu of abuse, underpayment, forced labor on Shabbat.

      [EXCERPT] “Sara Netanyahu abused me, paid me less than minimum wage, didn’t pay my social benefits, forced me to work Saturdays even though I observe Shabbat, and forced me to call her ‘Mrs. Sara Netanyahu’,” these are just some of the allegations Lillian, a former housekeeper for the Netanyahu family in their Caesarea residence, made against the prime minister’s wife.
      In a claim filed with the Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court by her lawyers Asaf Sharaf and Shai Lavi, Lillian recounts her version of experiences during her six years working for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife.
      According to the claim: “The relationship (with Sara Netanyahu) constantly came with a line of humiliation and a hostile atmosphere both at work and outside of work. For example, after Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu was elected prime minister, Lillian was not allowed to call the defendant by her first name, but was to call her, ‘Mrs. Sara Netanyahu’.
      “And if she was to make an innocent mistake, out of belief that this was a personal relationship, Netanyahu would shout at her for daring to call her by her first name since, ‘I am a person of authority, and every one of my household staff must respect me and call me by my title, Mrs. Sara Netanyahu.'”
      The claim continues to say that “Sara Netanyahu would adorn herself in her feathers and shout aloud: ‘This is my beautiful house, and I am the mother of the State of Israel’.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3834786,00.html

  9. JLewisDickerson on July 18, 2015, 9:19 pm

    RE: “Mr. Netanyahu’s office did not respond to interview requests from The New York Times” ~ Jodi Rudoren

    ONE WORD: Gleichschaltung! ! ! *

    * SEE: “Who Will Save Israel”, by Uri Avnery, zope.gush-shalom.org, 23 May 2015

    [EXCERPTS] THE BATTLE is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. . .
    . . . Now the situation inside Israel proper is about to change drastically.
    Two facts attest to this.
    First of all, Ayelet Shaked has been appointed Minister of Justice. One of the most extreme right-wing Israelis, she has not made a secret of the fact that she wants to destroy the independence of the Supreme Court, the last bastion of human rights. . .
    . . . PERHAPS WORSE is Netanyahu’s decision to retain for himself the Ministry of Communication.
    This ministry has always been disdained as a low-level office, reserved for political lightweights. Netanyahu’s dogged insistence on retaining it for himself is ominous.
    The communication Ministry controls all TV stations, and indirectly newspapers and other media. Since all Israeli media are in very bad shape financially, this control may become deadly.
    Netanyahu’s patron – some say owner – Sheldon Adelson, the would-be dictator of the US Republican party, already publishes a give-away newspaper in Israel, which has only one sole aim: to support Netanyahu personally against all enemies, including his competitors in his own Likud party. The paper – “Israel Hayom” (Israel Today) – is already Israel’s widest-circulation newspaper, with the American casino king pouring into it untold millions.
    Netanyahu is determined to break all opposition in the electronic and written media. Opposition commentators are well advised to look for jobs elsewhere . . .
    . . . One cannot avoid an odious analogy. One of the key terms in the Nazi lexicon was the atrocious German word Gleichschaltung – meaning connecting all media to the same energy source. All newspapers and radio stations (TV did not yet exist) were staffed with Nazis. Every morning, a Propaganda Ministry official by the name of Dr. Dietrich convened the editors and told them what tomorrow’s headlines, editorials etc. were to be.
    Netanyahu has already dismissed the chief of the TV department. We don’t yet know the name of our own Dr. Dietrich. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1432296815/

  10. NickJOCW on July 19, 2015, 3:47 pm

    It’s probably more the comments sections that give him pause.

  11. RobertHenryEller on July 19, 2015, 11:29 pm

    Jodi needs to take some boot licking lessons from Jeffrey Goldberg.

    That is, if Goldberg is willing to teach Jodi.

    It’s not clear that Little Jeffie likes to share.

  12. bpm on July 20, 2015, 2:54 am

    Bibi thinks writing her articles for her is enough. Interviewing himself would just be a waste of time.

  13. Mahmoud El-Yousseph on July 20, 2015, 9:03 am

    May be she should nominate him to Israel’s A/H of the Year – 2015.

  14. Kathleen on July 20, 2015, 10:11 am

    James “Is she going to stun him with a question no one else has thought of?” Of had the nerve and integrity to ask him. You know a question based on hard cold facts? The kind that AP Matt Lee has and continues to ask about the conflict.

    Meet The Press host Chuck Todd sure put a diverse group of pundits to address the deal with Iran on his Sunday program. (cough). Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Friedmann, Pletka (forget the 4th person). Those opinions ranged from far right wing to moderate right wing.

    Not one nuclear expert on that panel. Not one middle east expert who has worked in several administrations and negotiator with Iran like HIllary Mann Leverett. Not on nuclear weapons expert like former head of the Iraq inspections Scott Ritter.

    Just the same old same old…tired opinions.

    No one on MSM outlets that I am hearing talking about the possibility that this deal could “pave the way” to a nuclear weapons free zone in the middle east. You know the idea that Iran has been talking about for several decades. Or the possibility that Israel, Pakistan and India might be pressured more to sign the NPT that Iran signed over many decades ago.

  15. Edward Q on July 20, 2015, 8:01 pm

    Rudoren could also try a “hard to get” strategy and give Netanyahu bad coverage until he grants an interview. The fact he won’t give her an interview reveals his understanding that the NYT is “safe” and doesn’t require hasbara.

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