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THE MIDDLE EAST:  TWO BLOGS BY DANIEL PIPES
By Dr. Daniel Pipes
MEDIA DISTORTION ABOUT ISRAEL:  THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA MISLEADS, EVEN AS IT INFORMS ON THE SUBJECT OF ISRAEL. *** THE ARAB WORLD & INNOVATION IN TERRORISM:  THE AREA WHERE ARABS SEEM MOST ADEPT AT INNOVATION IS TERRORISM. AIRPLANE HIJACKINGS, SUICIDE BOMBINGS, & MEGA-TERRORISM ARE AMONG THEIR CLAIMS TO ORIGINALITY.
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I.  MEDIA DISTORTION ABOUT ISRAEL:  ONE EXAMPLE

By Daniel Pipes

January 4, 2011

Mark Lavie, a long-time Associated Press reporter in Israel, should know a thing or two about the politics in that country. But he wrote, in a January 3, 2011, Associated Press article, "Israel's Labor: We'll Quit if No Progress to Peace," about tensions in the coalition of political parties governing Israel, stating:

    "An exit by Labor, a moderate party sitting uncomfortably alongside hawks in the ruling coalition, could undermine Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's parliamentary majority and force an election. That would sideline Mideast peace efforts for months."

These two sentences contain much loaded language ("moderate," "peace efforts") but what's really noteworthy is that Lavie writes later in the same article:

    "Even if Netanyahu loses Labor's 13 seats, his parliamentary majority would remain intact, though barely. Counting Netanyahu's own Likud Party, the five hawkish parties in his coalition have 61 seats in the 120-seat parliament, a tiny majority, even if Labor leaves."

Not only does Lavie contradict himself here would the government fall or not? but he makes multiple other errors. For starters, he fails to mention that:

Netanyahu could invite the National Union, a right-wing party with four seats, into the coalition.

Narrow coalitions are the rule in Israeli politics and large coalitions like Netanyahu's are the exception.

Coaltions of 61 have been stable for years in the past.

Yitzhak Rabin passed the Oslo Accords in 1993 with just 61 votes.

Kadima, the largest party in the Knesset, broke from Likud; Netanyahu could potentially split Kadima and pick up another 10 seats.

Were new elections to take place, polling strongly suggests that Likud and affiliated parties would gain seats. Here is a sample poll, from December 5, 2010, with current parliamentary seats in brackets:

    32 [27] Likud
    26 [28] Kadima
    18 [15] Yisrael Beiteinu
    08 [13] Labor
    09 [11] Shas
    05 [05] Yahadut Hatorah
    03 [03] Jewish Home/NRP
    02 [03] Meretz
    04 [04] National Union
    03 [00] Centrist party headed by Yair Lapid
    10 [11] Arab parties

Doing the arithmetic, the coalition parties that now control 61 seats would, if these figures come true, control 67 seats in a new Knesset.

Comments:

(1)The mainstream media, even the once-reliable Associated Press, misleads, even as it informs on the subject of Israel.

(2) Fortunately, there's CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, and HonestReporting.com on the case of biased, incompetent, and dishonest journalism.


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II  THE ARAB WORLD: INCUBATOR OF INNOVATION IN TERRORISM

By Dr. Daniel Pipes

December 29, 2010 (Updated January 4, 2011)

It's been a very long time since Arabic-speaking peoples brought benefit to humanity by, say, developing new medicines and technology or advancing democracy and human rights.

Indeed, the area where the Arabophones seem most adept at innovation would be terrorism. Airplane hijackings, suicide bombings, and mega-terrorism are among their claims to originality.

And now comes the wave of suicide bombers. Note the news from Iraq, "3 Suicide Bombers Used to Kill Tenacious Iraqi Cop," concerning the assassination of Police Commander Lieutenant Colonel Shamil al-Jabouri by al-Qaida:

As al-Jabouri slept Wednesday morning on a couch in his office, three men wearing police uniforms over vests laden with explosives slipped through an opening in the blast walls surrounding the compound where his building stood, police said.

Police manning one of at least four observation towers surrounding the compound shot one of the attackers in a yard and his vest exploded. Under the cover of that blast, police said, the other two suicide bombers charged about 100 yards (90 meters) and made it into al-Jabouri's single-story building.

They detonated their vests simultaneously -- one at the door of al-Jabouri's office -- killing the Commander instantly and injuring a policeman sleeping in a trailer nearby. The two blasts brought the whole building down, burying the slain Commander under the rubble, police said.

Comment:

The effectiveness of this cruel new tactic makes it likely to be repeated, and not just in Arabic-speaking countries, either.


Daniel Pipes 2010
Originally Published in Daniel Pipes Mailing List, January 4-5, 2011
Republished with the Permission of Daniel Pipes
http://www.danielpipes.org/2011/01/media-distortion-about-israel-one-example
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2010/12/the-arab-world-incubator-of-innovation-in


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Dr. Daniel Pipes, a Ph.D. in Islamic History (Harvard University, 1978), is Founder and Director of the Middle East Forum, Publisher of Middle East Quarterly, Founder of Campus Watch, Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, a signatory of the Project for the New American Century, a former board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a former adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Golden Circle supporter of the U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon, a former member of the U.S. Department of Defense Special Task Force on Terrorism and Technology, and a former lecturer at the U.S. Naval War College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pipes was the Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute from 1986 to 1993.

Author or co-author of eighteen books, Dr. Pipes is a regular columnist for National Review Online, Front Page Magazine, the New York Sun, and the Jerusalem Post. His analyses of world trends and of forces and developments in the Middle East have appeared in numerous North American newspapers, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears on American network television, as well as at universities and think tanks, to discuss the Middle East, Islam, and the Islamist threat to the U.S.A. and the West. He also has appeared on BBC and Al Jazeera, and has lectured in approximately twenty-five countries.

Dr. Pipes is a Polish-American Jew whose parents fled Poland in 1939, immigrated to the U.S.A., and assimilated well into American society and culture. His father is Richard Pipes, an American historian specializing in Russian and Soviet history and serving as Professor of History at Harvard University from 1950 until his retirement in 1996. During the Cold War, the worldview of Richard Pipes was strongly anti-Soviet and anti-Communist.




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