Monday, March 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
The Israeli MSM is currently engaged in a shameless campaign to free Gil'ad Shalit at any price. Here's a courageous article from Yaron Dekel, Channel 1’s political commentator, where he takes the media to task. A snippet:
They forgot the victims, and the counter protest tent of those opposed to a deal was dismantled within 24 hours.
It’s also difficult to find reports about the ramifications of this deal. Reports that not only ask what the terrorists could do once they are be released, but also a wider discussion about the impact this deal will have on IDF operations in the future, on the combat doctrine and efforts to sacrifice lives rather than fall into captivity, and about the issue of capturing terrorists alive in order to try them in Israel, knowing that the verdict is temporary until the next abduction.
The media has chosen to serve the Shalit family and not the public interest. But good journalism is tested in difficult times, not easy times.
It’s tested in its ability to stimulate a debate, to protest, to fuel an argument, raise doubts and create cracks in a monolithic public opinion. The same goes for peace times as in times of war. Journalism has a decisive role to play in a democratic society. Its role is not to move hearts.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
The Arab terrorist who attacked police officers and civilians in Jerusalem with his bulldozer on Thursday was a resident of the city, police have announced. He was identified as 26-year-old Mir'i Redeideh.
Redeideh was married, police said, and had one child. He lived with his family in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, in the northern part of the city.
Redeideh was carrying a Palestinian Authority ID at the time of the attack, leading to initial reports that he was a resident of the PA-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria.
He was shot and killed by alert police officers and a civilian taxi driver (and a Rabbi from the Chorev Yeshiva - CX) as he attempted to carry out his rampage. Before he was neutralized he managed to wound two police officers and had sent several schoolgirls into severe emotional shock.