Tom Friedman Doesn’t Let the Facts Get in His Way
Tom Friedman’s New York Times op-ed, “Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir” (December 13, 2011), is filled with falsehoods and omissions of important facts seasoned with the classic anti-Semitic canards that all too often appear in anti-Israel writings. Unfortunately for Friedman, Ronald Reagan was right when he said facts are stubborn things. more
Panetta Tells Israel to “Get to the Damn Table,” Where Israel Will Apparently Have to Sit Alone
On Friday, December 2, 2011, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addressed the opening session of the 2011 Saban Forum, an annual gathering of U.S. and Israeli officials and policymakers organized by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.
After a speech in which Panetta urged Israel “to lean forward on efforts to achieve peace with the Palestinians” and take risks but asked nothing of the Palestinians, Panetta was asked several questions. The last question asked Secretary Panetta what steps Israel should take now. The Secretary answered, “Just get to the damn table. Just get to the table. The problem right now is we can’t get them to the damn table to at least sit down and begin to discuss their differences.” more
Why a Campaign for Truth?
Over the past several years, a concerted effort has been made in the media and at the grassroots level to undermine Israel’s sovereignty. The efforts are primarily manifested by attempts to link Israel to atrocities and regimes that have carried out terrible human rights abuses without proving these allegations. The goal is to isolate Israel by making it a “pariah nation.” The intended result is to make it difficult for people to support Israel. more