Monday, January 26, 2009

One Dimensional

Bob Simon, a graduate of Brandeis University, told me years ago (over a balmy Tel-Aviv dinner, back at the time of the Camp David Agreements) that he got his break with CBS in the late 1960s because he was able to deliver an interview with Herbert Marcuse, the reluctant NewLeft icon. Marcuse had been Simon's teacher at Brandeis and his One Dimensional Man was then all the rage. I thought of this wistful conversation watching Simon's grim report on Sixty Minutes this morning. We will soon hear from media watch groups, accusing Simon of being one-dimensional, or questioning his feelings for Jewish battles. In fact, his report is a testament to how far into tragedy Zionism has come since the Camp David Agreements (and Brandeis hired people like Herbert Marcuse).

Regarding the Jewish hubris Simon exposes, add this to your reading list: the instructions offered by the IDF's Chief Rabbi to our callow boys, recently sent into Gaza; compare them to the pilot's letter I considered a few years back, and Ben-Gurion's instructions to read Natan Alterman's scathing poem Al-Zot to all IDF troops after a number of Israeli soldiers had shot indiscriminately at Palestinian civilians.  And regarding reading lists, many readers have asked me to consolidate the last two posts on U.S. policy, which Simon's report speaks to, into one document.  Here it is.

11 comments:

Hoots said...

Keep after it, Dr. Avishai. This is worth every effort rational people are able to focus.

I'm just a bottom-feeding blogger with no traffic, but I put up a post about it this morning.
This conversation can "get legs" as they say in the news business if enough voices stay on it.

Frank said...

Most of what Bob Simon reported Sunday on CBS's 60 Minutes could have been reported there years ago, but wasn't. Doesn't this indicate a new openness, that the tide may be turning? Is this part of the same change that Obama epitomizes?

Where can I read in English "the instructions offered by the IDF's Chief Rabbi to our callow boys, recently sent into Gaza"?

pabelmont said...

All settlers out? Of course. They are all present illegally DURING THE OCCUPATION.

See, for example, ICJ July 9, 2004, advisory opinion paragraph 99 and 102.

(ref: http://www.geocities.com/savepalestinenow/miscdocuments/icjadvisoryopinion2003/studyguides/icj2003sgisraelisettlements.htm).

THIS SHOULD BE OBAMA'S FIRST DEMAND (but don't hold your breath either in eager anticipation or fear).

BUT WHY 5 YEARS?

How long did the Palestinians have to leave their homes and most of their moveable property in 1948-50? And they were present LEGALLY.

Anonymous said...

Israel became a nation about 1300 BCE, two thousand years before the rise of Islam. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem (1948-1967), they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

Anonymous said...

Some facts the Arabs should learn .

When Mark Twain visited in 1867 this is what he had to say about it-"Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse. that has withered its fields and fettered its energies”.

Jews were always present in Israel then called Palestine- Romans brought the term- Upp until 1948 the Jews were called Palestinians!!
Jewish immigration from the Diaspora began in the early 1800s, and increased in the early 1900s.

The massive Arab immigration to Israel began in the 1920s due to the improved economy the Jews started.

Although the Arabs attacked Jews from the beginning, the organized calls for genocide began in the 1920s.

The Shoah did nothing to help the Jews reestablish Israel in 1948. Rather, the British consistently helped the Arabs with arms and training, while preventing Jewish immigration.

Now all this is so elementary my dear Watson. It is in part taken from a "letter" which appeared in Ynet

Why are you Jews fawning at the feet of third rate "intellectuals' who hold their bums in their hands and proclaim they are intellectuals.

They have made simple truths complex. They are anti-Semitic Jews ; unconsciously they hate themselves.
Phonies who wear the Emperor's new clothes. Apologists for the Arabs. Traitors who clothe their credentials in gold and silk when in fact they are nothing. I quit this blog!

Anonymous said...

Jihad Richard Capostein is a jew hater.
I found this on another blog, very funny.

The Little Dickie Silverstein Marching Song

I am a little kapo,
It makes my mommy mad,
Cause when I am a kapo,
Those Zionists get sad!

I celebrate the jihad,
and terror all the while,
I fill my blog and web page,
With loud salutes of Sieg Heil!

I want to see them Zraelis,
All dumped out in the sea,
My swastika a waving,
Cause everything’s bout me.

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