Thursday, November 2, 2017

‘Revisionist’ NY Times Suddenly Discovers New Love for Jabotinsky, Begin - by Ira Stoll

If Netanyahu can take any solace from this, it is that he can be secure and confident in the knowledge that, 40 years from now, the Times will be invoking him as a model of moderation in comparison to whoever then occupies the Israeli prime minister’s office. The only Revisionist Zionist the Times likes, alas, are ones who aren’t currently prime minister. In the meantime, it’s really wonderful to see the Times finally coming to its senses on the question of Jabotinsky and Begin. May the newspaper eventually make similar progress in respect to Netanyahu.

Ira Stoll..
01 November '17..

The New York Times runs a truly overheated and ridiculous “Memo From Jerusalem” by Isabel Kershner under the headline “Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future.”

Rather than focus on the many silly aspects of the article, I decided, for once, to focus on something worth praising. Describing Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, the Times writes:

Mr. Rivlin champions the old-school nationalist but liberal democracy envisioned by the right-wing Zionist Revisionist movement of Zeev Jabotinsky and Menachem Begin, who pushed for a greater Israel territorially but were sticklers for defending minority rights and the rule of law.

This made me laugh out loud. The Times now declares that Jabotinsky and Begin were liberal democrats, “sticklers for defending minority rights and the rule of law.” What a change — and a welcome change — this is from how the Times covered Begin and Jabotinsky in years past.

Let’s review the record.

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