WHILE MUCH HAS NOW BEEN SAID about the fresh cracks that have recently appeared in the Israel-can-do-no-wrong facade of lies, let’s face it: it’s still gonna be awhile before anything resembling a balanced accounting of the debacle in the Near East is portrayed in corporate media. Interestingly enough, not many writers out there have offered the simple suggestion of directing readers to Israeli sources. Editorials from more liberal publications, such as Ha’aretz, are quite revealing and lend much insight into what many Israelis are thinking – as opposed to what Netanyahu and his band of Likud cronies are thinking. Israel’s leading human rights organization, B’Tselem, is also a terrific on-the-ground source, straight from Jerusalem – and their reports are damning. An Israeli veterans’ project, Breaking The Silence, is another outstanding Israel-based organization that can provide more honest and truthful reporting on the situation in five minutes than you could ever shake out of mainstream media.
The wishes and goals of the state of Israel do not always line up with those of the rest of the global Jewish Diaspora – and vice versa. For example, after listening to the (US-dominated) “global mainstream media” on the matter of a possible, future attack on Iran, you’d swear that every Jewish person on God’s green earth was in favor of at least a healthy bombing campaign out in Shia country. Not so. Well, at least not all Israelis are in favor of it – only a minority are, to be sure. Or, take, for example, the matter of a two-state solution; again, by following the press’ clues, you’d swear that only Tel Aviv’s most liberal bleeding hearts are in favor of it – when actually, the broad majority – approximately 2/3 of Israelis – are actually in favor of a two-state solution. In short – right when it seems as if the entire world is chock-full of foaming at the mouth Zionism, upon closer inspection, you’ll oftentimes find that this is just not the case.
Naturally, the editor does not necessarily endorse the views of the presented writer, nor the featured publication. Having said that, Mr. Beinart has hereby written a terrific article. Reproduced below is simply the conclusion to his piece, which may be found at his venue, The Daily Beast. Please follow the link at bottom to read the entire article.
“(This is why) it is important that discussions and debates over BDS go mainstream and are not marginalized by the self-appointed arbiters of the acceptable and the unacceptable. The boundaries of discussion on Israel/Palestine are changing, albeit slowly. The longer the Palestinian people are deprived of their rights, the harder it will be to justify the current boundaries of discourse. The New York Times correctly complains that ‘the sad truth is that there is more honest discussion about American-Israeli policy in Israel than in this country.’ But the terms of reference for such a discussion should not be limited to what is acceptable discourse in Israel. The diverse voices of the Palestinian people and their supporters, not to mention the supporters of the civil rights of both Israelis and Palestinians, should be heard in this country—not just in alternative media but in the public sphere.”