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Scathing Attack on J-Street in Today’s Jerusalem Post

August 11, 2011

In what was nominally a review of Jeremy Ben-Ami‘s new book, “A New Voice for Israel“,  inIsi Leibler an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post titled ” J Street’s Soft Sell for the Uninformed“, Isi Leibler pulled out every argument to discredit J Street as not being “pro-Israel” that has been used over the past two years .  His arguments use half-truths, lack of context, and every mistake that J Street has ever made (and there have been a few) to malign the organization.  He trots out Gaza, Goldstone, UN vote, blah blah blah.  His conclusion can be summed up as follows:

The dividing lines between J Street and mainstream Jewish groups are not its views, but its efforts to convince Americans to encourage President Barack Obama to pressure the Israeli government. It is surely unconscionable for trendy American Jews to canvass their government to force Israel to act contrary to its will regarding national security, with potential life-and-death repercussions. J Street justifies this on the grounds that Israelis need “tough love,” comparing us to children on drugs who must be pressured into doing what’s good for them, or impounding the car keys of a drunken friend…

The list of J Street’s anti-Israel initiatives is endless. Most are either ignored or played down in Ben-Ami’s misleading book, which could well serve as a case study of Orwellian double-speak, topped by the dishonest manner in which it portrays itself as “pro-Israel”.

I sent a Letter to the Editor of the JP in response to the column that essentially said:

“This is a fantastic* piece of satire.  Some of the facts presented are undoubtedly true – but many of them simply repeat previous criticisms of J Street which have been shown to be half-truths or simply taken out of context.  Since, I doubt that Mr. Leiber is ill-informed about these matters, they are either thinly veiled political polemics, or meant to be viewed in a satirical context.  I assumed the latter because there was a clue that clearly gave it away.  He writes that “in Ben-Ami’s misleading book, which could well serve as a case study of Orwellian double-speak, topped by the dishonest manner in which it portrays itself as “pro-Israel”.”  Once I read that I realized that he had written a piece filled with facts that were either “ignored or played down” that he meant the entire column to be read as a mobius strip of so-called Orwellian logic.


* Merriam-Webster Online:  Definition of FANTASTIC

1 a : based on fantasy : not real”

  1. August 12, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Gotta hand it to you for getting through Leibler’s post. The one thing I would add here is the false Leiber’s false premise that the Netanyahu’s objection to moving forward is based on security considerations. It based on political and ideological considerations. Just ask the generals.

  2. i_like_ike52
    August 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Ask what Generals? The IDF is probably the most highly politicized army in the Western world. Since generals who leave the army can go into politics, almost always in Leftist parties or get cushy jobs in industries which are all politically connected, promotion in the IDF to the highest ranks is almost always given to those who are “politically reliable”…i.e. supports of the Left. One exception was former Chief of Staff Moshe Ya’alon, and when his right-wing views became known, he was booted out of his job early. The relatively poor performance of the IDF in the 2006 Lebanon war was a direct result of the IDF pushing “reliable” officers and of competent ones.
    The Generals in Israel are generally not like in the US, non-political experts. They know on which side their bread is buttered. If you want a truly independent view of Israel’s security situation, there are better places to go.

  3. i_like_ike52
    August 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Sorry, I meant to say that the IDF promotes reliable officers INSTEAD of competent ones.

  4. August 12, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    be happy to learn where one would go to receive an “independent view” of Israel’s security situation . . . .

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