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Sundown: High Court May Get Its Third Jew

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fw says:

Here’s an excerpt from an M.J. Rosenberg column, from the IPF blog:

MJ Rosenberg
former Washington Director of Policy Analysis, Israel Policy Forum
Posted March 21, 2009 – 9:14am

“Yesterday, when the New York Times inexplicably gave Shimon Peres’ insulting message to Iran equal play with President Obama”s, I thought it might be no coincidence.

Peres, who is an uberhawk on Iran, suddenly sends “greetings” to the Iranian people urging them to rise up against their government at the same moment that Obama respectfully addressed the “Islamic Republic of Iran” with the most conciliatory US message in decades. Coincidence? Maybe.

Of course, the Iranians would not view it that way. They would see America and Israel playing “good cop, bad cop,” diminishing the effect of Obama’s remarkable overture.

I hear that the White House is furious.

Today’s Times reports that when asked about the Israeli move, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I know we notified our allies about our message last evening,” saying he did not know if the Israelis had been notified.

Of course, they were. No other ally is as concerned about Iran as Israel so Jerusalem must have been at the top of the list of those notified.

Did it respond with a hasty and insulting message iin order to kill the effect of President Obama’s? If so, it was a serious breach. If the shoe was on the other foot, Jerusalem would go ballistic.”

http://www.israelpolicyforum.org/blog/did-israel-
intentionally-undermine-obamas-outreach-iran

Of course, shortly after this column, the protests erupted against the regime in Iran. Later, the fiance of Neda Soltan, brutally murdered by the regime, called on Shimon Peres.

Who should we be listening to?

http://www.haaretz.com/news/fiance-of-slain-iran-protestor-meets-peres-in-israel-trip-1.266607

Peres, who is an uberhawk on Iran, suddenly sends “greetings” to the Iranian people urging them to rise up against their government at the same moment that Obama respectfully addressed the “Islamic Republic of Iran” with the most conciliatory US message in decades. Coincidence? Maybe.
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David Star says:

It is good to see that ol’ MJ still has a job.
Over here in Israel we always knew how well our government was doing by reading how unhappy his friends in Ramallah and Gaza were with us.
For the months that he has disappeared from the Jerusalem Post, my intake of indigestion tablets at breakfast time decreased dramatically.
Please ask him to give my regards to Noam Chomsky, Norman Finklestein, Achmadinijajajad and all the rest of his buddies.

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