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  1. Netanyahu allegedly called Steve Linde, Editor of the Jerusalem Post, and surprised Linde by naming “Haaretz” and “The New York Times” as his main enemies. The audio recording of Steve Linde’s narration and account of that conversation is available here on a blog by Noam Sheizaf (an independent jouranlist who has worked for YNET Online, Maariv Daily (Deputy Editor of Weekend Magazine), and published in Haaretz, Yedioth Ahronoth, The Nation, etc.)


    We believe there is a connection here between Netanyahu’s disdain for Haaretz and the prosecution of Uri Blau. Well, that and he released evidence of corruption incriminating Ehud Barak. This contempt by the Barak/Netanyahu two headed dragon involves a censorship of the press for private benefit to the detriment of Israel’s national interests. As these individuals do not confine their domestic policies to their borders (they do not exist), we find Netanyahu seeking to suppress the New York Times, an American paper — and he’s a foreigner.

  2. This is (by far) not the first time this sort of thing happens in Israel.
    What makes it unusual is that it’s happening to a Jew. But it’s not even the first time it happens to a Jew – Maxim Ghilan and Shmuel Mor were imprisoned for a mistranslation that was too close to reality, back in ’64 or ’65 or so.
    But Arabic newspapers are regularly targeted (or were, when I was looking into this), closed down, censored, etc.

    Israel is not a democracy and never has been. It’s pretended to be a democracy for Jews, but that aspect is also shutting down – and that, that’s the news here.

  3. Anybody condoning the pilfering of classified military documents has a skewed perspective to begin with. To then applaud the passing of these documents to a representative of the media is seriously warped and in need of a reality check. Ms.Kamm did not commit her crime out of any sense of justice, or any attempt to rein in what you incorrectly claim were actions undertaken in violation of High Court guidelines (by the way, Israel has no “Supreme Court,” you, like so many in America, view Israel through cultural blinderd). If Ms.Kamm were at all concerned with true justice she would have alerted somebody within the Judicial Branch, preferably JAGO so as to avoid.committing any crime herself. It is not up to us as individuals to allow our own partisan views colour either the IDF or its actions. Like any military, the IDF is beset by problems. However, the extant system of checks and balances has proven itself capable. Going directly to an overt Left Wing mouthpiece was simply a political act. Ms.Kamm posseses no specialised training that wouls allow her to even asses the contents of those pilfered documents, let alone decide to commit what comes uncomfortably close to treason.

    1. The jailing of whistleblowers and journalists is what is “seriously warped” & indicates Israel is no longer a democracy. As for whether Israel has a “Supreme Court” or not, the translation of “High” and “Supreme” (from the Hebrew word elyon) Court are interchangable. These are synonyms & indicate you are linguistically blindered. But I will agree with your implication that the Supreme Court is weak & ineffectual when it comes to national security issues.

      You’re blathering here & Israeli apologists have already done the same blathering as you: Kamm should’ve gone to JAG or to her superior (the very general who was violating the Supreme Court’s directive). Blah, blah, blah. JAG exists to cover the ass of generals like Naveh, not to ensure complying with Supreme Court directives. It certainly IS up to you as individuals to think for yourselves about the immoral acts of the IDF. That’s precisely what Kamm did when she said she leaked the docs to prove war crimes. It most certainly is valid, even obligatory for citizens to make their own choices and not allow generals to think on their behalf. The latter is what tyrannies do. Is that what you want Israel to be?

      “Checks & balances?” What such things are there to keep the IDF in check? Nothing.

      Haaretz is “an over left-wing mouthpiece?” You’re an overt hasbara propagandist.

      Accusing Kamm of treason turns you into a Class A right-winger pimping the truth. You’re on very thin ice here.

  4. RE: “OK Israel isn’t as authoritarian as, say Saudi Arabia. It does have vestiges of democracy. But those vestiges are rapidly falling by the wayside, thanks in part to a resurgent ultra-nationalist movement represented by the governing Likud and its farther-right coalition enablers. . .” ~ R.S.

    ONLY HALF-JOKINGLY (APPROXIMATION ONLY): Likudnik Israel and Revisionist Zionism (largely due to their effect on the U.S.*) are an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment ! ! !

    “America Adopts the Israel Paradigm”, by Philip Ghiraldi, Antiwar.com, 7/05/12

    [EXCERPT] I recently read a fascinating article by Scott McConnell, “The Special Relationship With Israel: Is It Worth the Cost?,” which appeared in the spring 2012 Middle East Policy Council Journal. Even for those of us who have closely followed the issue of Israel’s asymmetrical relationship with the United States, Scott provides some unique insights. He observes, for example, that the result of the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel has been the wholesale adoption of Israeli policies and viewpoints by Washington’s policymakers and pundits. As Scott puts it, there exists “a transmission belt, conveying Israeli ideas on how the United States should conduct itself in a contested and volatile part of the world. To a great extent, a receptive American political class now views the Middle East and their country’s role in it through Israel’s eyes.”
    I would add that Israel has not only shaped America’s perceptions, it has also supported policies both overseas and domestically that have fundamentally shifted how the United States sees itself and how the rest of the world sees the United States. This is most evident in failed national security policies, damaging interactions with the Muslim world, and the loss of basic liberties at home because of legislation like the PATRIOT Act. Israel and its powerful lobby have been instrumental in entangling Washington in a constant state of war overseas while at the same time planting the seeds for a national security state at home. In short, the end product of the relationship is that the United States has abandoned many liberties, constitutional restraints, and its rule of law [I.E. CORE VALUES OF ‘THE ENLIGHTENMENT’ – J.L.D.] to become more like Israel. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/07/04/america-adopts-the-israel-para

    P.S. ALSO SEE: ‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 6/30/12
    LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/06/israelis-are-helping-write-us-laws-fund-us-campaigns-craft-us-war-policy.html

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