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  1. The judge was against the gag order from the get go. the reason the gag is still in affect is bcz the suspects attorney asked for it. now, the judge ruled to remove it but gave the suspects time until today to appeal it’s decision. so until then the gag order is still in affect. even murder suspects have rights.
    no doubt there was a big pharse when the police came forward and than retracted! it’s all over the news here. and it raises the questions about the gag order necessity.
    again, you are pre judging and jumping to conclusion. the fact that you didn’t know that the suspects actually used a gay friend (a convicted fellon), shows that maybe there’s yet to be told. i hope the gag order will be removed today and we’ll know what happened.
    about ganon, as you wrote about giddeon saar (and pre judged as well) “where there is smoke there is fire”.

  2. btw, i’ve heard over the radio yesterday (when the gag order was cancelled) that ganon was offered reduced charges if he helps the police – and he refused. so i guess the police will go after him as well.

  3. RE: “All of it only reinforces a running theme of this blog: the Israeli media are shackled by outmoded, authoritarian laws inspired by the very nature of the Israeli State as one obsessed by national security and secrecy. Until Israel has real press freedom, it can never be a normalized western-style democracy.” ~ 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. . .


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