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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”

[Israel-Palestine] Why Haaretz, +972mag - and to much extent OpenZion really don’t make sense

Is because - you can see in that survey just posted from Ynet - 

  • There are enough signs that there appears to be - sensible decisions or inclinations are held by seizable amount of Israeli public. 

But Haaretz, +972, OpenZion - writers are addicted to, depend on 

  • sarcastic takes on Israeli politicians, and their extreme/simplistic ideologies, and loose cannon utterances, and jingoistic/manic behaviors and acts

Yeah. It’s easy to depend on ‘cartoonish’ figures - those who constantly supply exaggerated behaviors and speeches - materials for ‘they are doing it again’ articles. And yes, they are part of the reality - 

but the serious problem is - even when sounding analytical or factual - actually, readers don’t get anything more than impression that Israel’s political decisions are made from such terrible, and strong ideological reflexes and are very simplistic and spasmodic. 

But. But it seems that really isn’t the all part of the reality. There are signs that there are potentially enough seizable amount of Israeli public - holding quite respectable views and decisions. 

Then why not -

  1. verify them
  2. why not track them
  3. why not log their shifts and changes
  4. why not really engage
  5. and why not analyze them?
  6. (or just sometimes, simply relay or represent them? - to the world?) 


Why not? 

November 30, 2012, 11:20pm   2 notes
▸ [Israel, re:Tal Law expiration, Orthodox and Arab Draft issue] "You Missed It, Mofaz" - Bernard Avishai, The Daily Beast

I’m finding Daily Beast’s Open Zion - actually not bad.

(While +972 magazine - turning out to be just another Electronic Intifada, just with better site design.)

But I’m completely perplexed too because I really can’t believe that US audience (even Jewish or Israeli expats) can follow these - really snappy posts.

Hope they can keep it real like this, but today usually there is no time for educating/training readers. So probably this fun, prime ‘launch/honeymoon period’ is going to end soon. 

Or it might persist?

Let’s see how persistent and sticky he (Peter Beinart) can be. (Though, American Jewry’s lefty parts aren’t that open to new materials, new perspectives and new kind of creativeness - but some Palestinians are changing (nonviolence in West Bank etc) - so there could be - there could be something really new emerging from this kind of attempts.)

As Beinart approaches to the real questions - that how Israeli society has to change, can change - and for that what paths can be tried. It may become - something.  (Or he can remain inside of rather - his uninformed, detached, American Jewish perspective.) 

Mofaz will brag that it was his, and Kadima’s, initiative that should be credited with bringing revolutionary change. But he merely set the table for Netanyahu’s machinations and hastened Kadima’s demise. Netanyahu is already taking the credit for change, even as he is preparing a process that will impede a public conversation, and legislation, in which real change may be entertained. I argued here before that, in adding Mofaz to his coalition, Netanyahu gave himself more room to play off Global Israel forces against Greater Israel ones. The point is, it is Netanyahu who will remain in control. “Mofaz is not an Alpha-animal,” a columnist friend of mine lamented.

Remember, one quarter of Israeli first graders are in Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox schools, and another quarter are Arab. Resignation would have gestured toward an electoral fight for civil society that is not just plural but pluralist, in which ultra-Orthodox would not be materially privileged and segregated, and Arabs would not be excluded and legally discriminated against. If reform is skewed to bring more ultra-Orthodox into service, but keep Israeli Arabs on the margins, its most lasting effect will be to reinforce Greater Israel nationalism in the army, and alientation in largely segregated and boxed-in Arab towns.

Everybody understands it could take a generation (and, at least some understand, a rekindled peace process with Palestine) to bring this civil society into relief. With Mofaz folding himself back into the bosom of the Likud, it is hard to see just what change is getting started.

Jul 09, 2012, 8:29pm  2 notes