Tomorrow Benjamin Netanyahu will speak at the Center for American Progress, an allegedly progressive organization (whose director has embraced India’s Narendra Modi). And he will also give a speech to the Jewish Federations, a leading Zionist group, aimed at bringing the American Jewish community behind him in unity once again.
Yesterday David Gregory, the former moderator of Meet the Press, now an author of a book about faith, addressed the Jewish Federations.
Also yesterday, Dana Bash of CNN addressed a national women’s philanthropy session at the conference. There she is, with the logo of the conference, the GA, or General Assembly.
Maybe these Jewish media figures tell themselves they’re not addressing a fervently pro-Israel organization. Maybe they absolve themselves of being one-sided on a fiercely-contested matter, unwavering American Jewish support for Israel. Then they’re just fooling themselves. They should reflect that there’s an Israeli flag on stage; and that only fervent Zionists are on the program, including outspoken advocates for everything Israel undertakes, Dennis Ross, Eric Fingerhut, Matthew Brooks (of the Republican Jewish Coalition), and Irwin Cotler, as well as Jewish Agency officials responsible for acquiring land for Jews only in Israel.
I see several other journalists are also speaking– Nathan Guttman, Peter Beinart, Gil Hoffman, David Horovitz, Ron Kampeas, Chemi Shalev. I wonder what their excuses are. Beinart at least will lecture them; Shalev may tell them how rightwing Israeli society is.
Thanks to Max Blumenthal.