‘NPR’ and ‘NYT’ present Netanyahu as a– moderate

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The anniversary of the Rabin assassination might have been a time for the mainstream media to pronounce that the settlers won and Israeli society is dominated by rightwing extremism. Nope! Two leading news organizations resolved Israel’s international image problem today by seeking to sell Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightwing education minister Naftali Bennett as moderates.

In the New York Times, reporter Isabel Kershner says that Israeli politics have shifted since Rabin, but there’s now a “moderate” center that wants a two-state solution. That pesky near-50-year occupation? Most Israelis want to end it:

So far, the general desire to end Israeli rule over the Palestinians, together with the perceived impossibility of achieving a peace deal in the foreseeable future, has led to paralysis.

Real there’s a general desire to end Israeli rule over Palestinians? Then why does that rule just expand all the time? Even John Kerry is more honest about this in his Rabin remembrance than the New York Times. Kershner soon follows up with this howler:
Instead, many Israelis appear to be seeking a more moderate middle way. The right-wing Jewish Home party, which sits in the governing coalition and promotes settlement construction, proposes annexing about 60 percent of the West Bank and allowing some kind of autonomy for the 40 percent heavily populated by Palestinians, analysts say.
So Naftali Bennett of Jewish Home, who has said repeatedly that there must be no Palestinian state, is presented as a moderate! And Palestinians having lost 78 percent of their original land should now accept some “autonomy” on a fragment of the fragment in the name of moderation. Bantustans are evidence of moderation. And as for that centrist governing coalition, it was only reelected after Netanyahu promised no Palestinian state and threw in race-baiting about “droves” of Arabs going to the polls.
Last week at the Palestine Center, the political reality was described for what it is: a binational apartheid state. Yousef Munayyer tweeted today:

A new low for the @nytimes – Describing Israelis who want annexation of WB as “moderate”

Donald Johnson writes that the Times is learnin to love apartheid: “The racist contempt and narcissism of mainstream Israeli society is presented as a sensible consensus.  Her article is a masterpiece in how to present apartheid support as a sad pragmatic embrace of reality and giving up of illusions.”

Meantime on National Public Radio this morning, Dennis Ross– the former White House aide who has justifiably earned the reputation as Israel’s lawyer — was interviewed by Steve Inskeep about the Rabin assassination; and he said that Israeli society had made progress since inasmuch as Likud has moved to the left.

There is one way [Israel] has moved forward and that is. When Rabin was laying out this approach, when Rabin was basically telling me he was going to do a partition with the Palestinians either through negotiations or through separation so that Israel could retain its Jewish democratic character– one thing that has changed is that there is at least an increasing consensus among many within Lkud that you will accept a two state outcome. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in his UN speech this year talked about two states for two peoples. Now that’s not where Likud was when Rabin was prime minister.

But again: Netanyahu came out against a Palestinian state in order to win reelection in March. And his U.N. statement is regarded by many as mere lip service; a sop thrown to the international community, on which he is doing nothing.

Israeli society is today “fascistic,” as the liberal Zionist Glen Weyl puts it: its political leadership is shot through with racist, paranoid and militaristic elements. The U.S. media persists in whitewashing this truth because it is under pressure to present Israel as a reasonable western society. And the Democratic Party is corrupted in the same way. Next week the party thinktank, the Center for American Progress, will host Netanyahu. CAP chose AIPAC over President Obama.

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Actually my favorite passage in the Kershner article is this: “In some ways it is Mr. Rivlin, whose role is chiefly symbolic, who exemplifies the redrawing of the political map. A veteran Likud parliamentarian who has long opposed territorial partition and supported Jewish settlements, he has emerged as a strong voice for tolerance and coexistence.” So settlements, which lead to occupation, are the paradigmatic example of “tolerance and coexistence.” Meanwhile, belief in a single Jewish… Read more »

“That pesky near-50-year occupation? Most Israelis want to end it:”

I do believe that is true. The only question is how to get the Palestinians to move away without it looking like the Government of Israel is ethnically cleansing them.

RE: “In the New York Times, reporter Isabel Kershner says that Israeli politics have shifted since Rabin, but there’s now a ‘moderate’ center that wants a two-state solution.” ~ Weiss MY SNARKCASM: Dream on, Kershner! ! ! * * JOEL KOVEL (1-20-13): [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of… Read more »

“Netanyahu – as a moderate” Here in the UK we have a range of newspapers with varying degrees of ” left leaning / right leaning” tendencies. Even the most right leaning would IMO never under any circumstances describe Nitay as “moderate”. They would be caned. Nitay is quite simply a moron. One of the main reasons he and his ilk get away with their ingrained Zionist fascism is that they are never put on the… Read more »

If Israel,s Jewish citizens are so committed to a 2SS then why do they keep voting for ,( in ever increasing numbers ) pols who openly state there will be no Palestinian State. It boggles the mind how allegedly intelligent people can write this nonsense , unless of course , they believe the rest of us are just plain stupid. I tell you , when the shtf and those who have been duped for so… Read more »