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  1. Goldblum got no damages from Amit Segel. Segel just paid half the cost of arbitration, Goldblum the other half, which settled the matter without damages being awarded to Goldblum. Segel did nothing but cite a Channel Two TV news expose of Goldblum.

    Get your facts right!

  2. You may be right but I would advise on letting the judicial system work it out as every person should be considered innocent unless proven otherwise. I personally find disgusting the idea that powerful men use their status to sleep with girls that are often younger than what their daughters would be. This is especially true when these girls work for them. This being said Israel has had some successes at punishing this behavior. I believe the former Israeli president is in jail for this. I do not know many countries that would have jailed their president for these kind of crime. While not perfect, it indicates that the Judicial system seems capable to deal with this the right way, at least in Israel.

    1. The fact that Israel has one president in jail for rape and another minister received a punishment for forcing himself on an IDF soldier just before a ministerial meeting doesn’t mean either that powerful Israeli men have their egos under control or that the justice system works on women’s behalf. We have only to look at Yoav Even’s victim to see that this isn’t true if you’re not a powerful victim.

      Many countries jail their presidents for offenses far less than the rape of which Katsav was convicted. Instead of bragging how well the judicial system works in Israel (it doesn’t) you might ask why the attorney general didn’t even want to charge Katsav with rape until women screamed bloody murder about it.

      1. Let’s compare Israel to the United States, arguably one of the most functioning democracy in the world.
        I believe JFK had sex with an underage girl which meets the statutory rape status . As for Bill Clinton, while the woman was willing, she was a young intern working at the WH. Someone who was not in a position to freely consent by reasonable standard. Did these two men ever get prosecuted for this?

  3. RE: “Yitzhak also accused all of Israel’s print and broadcast media of knowing the details of the story and refusing to pursue it because of Saar’s close relationships with reporters, editors, publishers, and other powerful interests who sought to protect him and his career. It’s a damning portrait of journalistic cowardice, if true.” ~ R.S.

    URI AVNERY ON THE SORRY STATE OF THE ISRAELI MEDIA/PRESS: “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

    [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia – J.L.D. ]
    All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis.
    [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .
    . . . In the coming four years, the official annexation of the West Bank to Israel may become a fact. . .
    . . . If the government continues on its present course, this will lead to certain disaster – the entire country between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River will become one unit under Israeli rule. This Greater Israel will contain an Arab majority and a shrinking Jewish minority, turning it inevitably into an apartheid state, plagued by a permanent civil war and shunned by the world.
    If pressure from without and within eventually compels the government to grant civil rights to the Arab majority, the country will turn into an Arab state. 134 years of Zionist endeavor will come to naught, a repetition of the Crusaders’ kingdom.
    This is so obvious, so inevitable, that one needs an iron will not to think about it. It seems that all major parties in these elections have this will. Speaking about peace, they believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.
    The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”
    , the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.
    How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying.
    If peace is impossible, why think about it? Why even mention it in the election campaign? Why not go back 44 years to Golda Meir’s days and pretend that the Palestinians don’t exist? (“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969) . . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/04/israels-weird-elections/

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