- Goldstone missed the cut
- Roll over Ben-Gurion– Michael Oren says the special relationship is over
- 'NYT' reporter who grooved on Jewish terrorism made Chomsky out to be 'self-hating' nut
- Why does U.S. soccer fall short?
Posted: 27 Jun 2010 09:07 AM PDT
When Israel announced the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Flotilla debacle, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs issued a statement welcoming the news and noting that
In the time since then, it has emerged that Amos Horev, one of the three Israeli panel members, helped castrate an Arab in the mid-1940s who had been accused of attempting to rape a Jewish woman. The act of castration inspired a popular song in Hebrew.
Richard Goldstone was subjected to the most savage obloquy for his work as a judge under the Apartheid South African regime.
If he had personally castrated a Black South African or helped cook up lies to exculpate the South African government for the Sharpeville massacre, maybe he would have been treated a little more gently?
Posted: 27 Jun 2010 08:10 AM PDT
The Haaretz piece says that Oren has denied the remarks, but: These observations are wise. The whole deal is going only one direction now, south. I wonder when the Israelis/the lobby will understand that nothing lasts forever, that Michael Oren's book saying that Israel and the U.S. are religious states that were married in a former lives was hopeful propaganda, that America has had a bellyful and with all that, will they realize with desperation, that they overplayed their hand.
Yes I know, Washington will be the last place to figure out that something has changed, but I wonder, when the special relationship ends for good, what Israel will actually put on the table in terms of repartition to try and save the two-state-solution, and the Jewish state. Put another way, they shoulda grabbed the Bernadotte deal when it was on the table in '48.
Posted: 26 Jun 2010 08:52 PM PDT
In the same piece in the NYT Magazine in which she glows that the days of Jewish terrorism were "romantic," reporter Deborah Solomon serves up several softball questions to Tzipi Livni. And this at a time when Israel is approaching a crisis stemming from many facts-- oh, that half the population it governs are not represented by its government, that the world is sick of Israel's murderous behavior and Livni has lost some freedom to travel out of fear of being indicted, that even U.S. Jewry is beginning to leave the stadium. But things seem pretty darn good in this interview, which offers the usual piety about the two-state solution, and no mention of the fact that two of Livni's former fellow gov't ministers have warned about apartheid.
Compare Solomon's Livni interview with this bit of her interview of Noam Chomsky in 2003:
Notice the suggestion that reconstructed leftists are supposed to embrace Israel... Very 2003.
Posted: 26 Jun 2010 04:39 PM PDT
Wikipedia says that Americans coined the term "soccer mom" in 1995. That's 15 years ago. Those kids so assiduously ferried to sylvan suburban fields are now in their 20s. And the young American team was beaten by Ghana today, a country a tenth our size, soundly (yes, after two inspired American performances against teams that are already out of the World Cup). I can't remember a great American goal. Landon Donovan was OK. But he did nothing to compare with the magic goals of this World Cup that I've seen, from the Brazilian Maicon, from the Slovakian guy Vittek, the German-Turkish guy Ozil, the Uruguyan with the hair, that Ghanaian today in overtime, and the devilish David Villa of Spain.
Villa seems like a tough street kid. Is that the problem? Are American soccer players too middle class? Do the best athletes come -- generally speaking -- from the poor? Or does the U.S. lack a truly developed soccer culture to rival basketball, football and baseball culture in the imaginations of child athletes? And if we lack it, how long will it take to create one? I don't know anything about soccer, as I remind readers. Commenters, please explain.
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