Phil Weiss reports on the sad news for Zionist true believers that Israel and its myth making trolls no longer have the same influence they once had. As I have reported before, this has resulted in deep anger and frustration in those parts of the Jewish community where Zionism had trumped authentic Judaic values.
This has been due to an avalanche of truth telling without the usual hasbara of spin doctors. Israel has failed to control the omnipresence of the internet and social media platforms which portrayed a true version of shocking abuse which occurs daily to Palestinians.
Young people very hip with the new technology have turned their back on tribal interlocutors who have essentially lied to them over the generations. Today Israel firsters at the New York Times like former correspondents Friedman, and the former Jerusalem Post editor Brett Stephens are joined by Bari Weiss. Ethan Bonnera nother former correspondent and those mentioned above are simply seen for what they are: shills for Israel, never for the universal ethics of Toraj Judaism.
Friedman who attended Zionist camp in Wisconsin when he was nine actually referred to Israel as his “ancestral homeland” though born in Minnesota and his parents were also born in the US
Phil Weiss writes this in Mondoweiss
We always said that Tom Friedman (the New York Times columnist) and Dennis Ross (the former White House Middle East negotiator) were propagandists for Israel, well a longtime former Israeli ambassador has confirmed the roles.
Ido Aharoni, former consul general in New York, gave a webinar to the Streicker Center of Temple Emanu-El in New York Wednesday April 29 about threats to Israel and how they are changing. The elites aren’t working for us in the same way, he said, since the smartphone came along.
In the old days, reality was mediated to us through the eys of a handful of people, the political leaders, the commentators, the pundits, the influencers, the VIPs of the old world. For example, Israel was pre 2007, the introduction of the first iphone– smartphone, Israel was mediated or communicated to the world through the eyes of people like Tom Friedman and Dennis Ross and of course the political leadership. And they were great people, they’re all still very active. It’s just that our voices– their voice is not being heard as before for a very simple reason, we are now able to design our own informational feed using a very sophisticated and precise algorithm. It allows the leadership to actually address the people directly by bypassing the elite, those people that communicated reality to the masses before.
It’s happening in the United States, obviously you see how President Trump is using his twitter account, but it’s also happening in Israel, it’s happening almost in every western country. It’s a disruption to the classic model of representative democracy.
Ross has long had this reputation of an Israel lobbyist inside the executive branch. In 2005 his colleague Aaron David Miller said that the U.S. negotiating team at Camp David functioned as “Israel’s lawyer.” In 2016, Ross embraced the role in what he thought were private comments to the Central Synagogue in NY: American Jews need to be advocates for Israel.
There are some in the Jewish community who basically want to look at the Palestinians and think that the Palestinians really are the ones who have been forthcoming, it’s only Israel that’s holding back. It’s not true. … And so when we raise questions about what Israel needs to do it shouldn’t be seen as if somehow we’re advocates for the Palestinians. Plenty of others are advocates for the Palestinians. We don’t need to be advocates for Palestinians. We need to be advocates for Israel.
Tom Friedman also appeared to embrace the Israel advocacy role in an appearance at the 92d Street Y last year. When asked if he has Jewish “fatigue” over Israel’s problems, Friedman assured the audience, “Israel had me at Hello… Don’t worry… In times of crisis, I know where I will be. When the Jewish state is under threat.”
I was in Beijing… I was driving to the airport. Just as I was coming in an El Al plane landed… And I just thought, what an amazing time to be alive as a Jew in this era of the Jewish state when an El Al plane flies from Tel Aviv to Beijing. And I still get a buzz out of that. OK? And I know about that fatigue. I feel it some time myself. But I never feel it when I’m in Israel.
Israel had me at hello. Whatever you think folks– don’t worry. In times of crisis, I know where I will be. When the Jewish state is under threat–
But I worry about– I’m 66, I’ve been the foreign affairs columnist [at the New York Times] for 21 years– what about the next generation? Will the next foreign affairs columnist– we got David Brooks, we got Bret Stephens, we’re all sort of the same generation, one that socialized in a different era– Will they [the next foreign affairs columnist] get that buzz when they see an El Al plane landing in Beijing? That’s what worries me.