A few years after his son served in the Israeli army, journalist Ethan Bronner is going to promote that military force, in New York. The 92d Street Y’s Facebook page features an event a week from Sunday. Bronner is managing editor for international news at Bloomberg. Ticket prices are $32.
Top Israeli espionage expert Michael Bar-Zohar is joined by Ethan Bronner for a riveting look inside the most daring and white-knuckle missions of the Israeli Special Forces, as told in his new book, No Mission Is Impossible.
They spotlight some of the soldiers and top commanders from Israel’s past and present—including Ariel Sharon, Ehud Barak, the brothers Netanyahu, and others—who made them happen, revealing the skill, strength and incredible courage of the men and women behind these crucial missions that shaped Israel and the world at large. They will also address the role of the Mossad, the subject of Mr. Bar-Zohar’s previous bestselling book, Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israel Secret Service.
Bronner was of course formerly the New York Times deputy national editor and before that its bureau chief in Jerusalem, where we frequently asserted that he was way too sympathetic to Israeli claims. His son served in the Israeli army and Bronner used to say it was his son’s choice. Sounds like there was some home cookin!
Notice that the event will praise Benjamin Netanyahu. From Wikipedia:
Netanyahu joined the Israel Defense Forces shortly after the Six-Day War in 1967 and became a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. He took part in many missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), Operation Gift (1968) and Operation Isotope (1972), during which he was shot in the shoulder. He fought on the front lines in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, taking part in special forces raids along the Suez Canal, and then leading a commando assault deep into Syrian territory.
PS. Last night at an event I did with Ghada Karmi in NY, a questioner asked why US politics are so skewed to favor Israel. I said it is because of the organized Jewish community, and that’s why I organize in my community chiefly. Consider this event, a liberal Jewish venue that has censored Palestinian voices, and consider Bronner’s career, unimpeded by this conflict of interest, installed now in a media organization headed by a man who has funded clinics in Israel (and flown to Israel when it is engaged in slaughters, to give solidarity, and who has spoken of the anti-semitism that marred his own father’s life), and — well, this is the heart of the Israel lobby.