Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Massive Israel PR WIN

Netanyahu has now personally condemned the video depicting an Israeli soldier belly dancing next to a female Palestinian detainee. This is a strong, unequivocal signal that this incident is not tolerated by the government or representative of Israel. Needless to say, peace talks are putting the squeeze on Netanyahu, making it more likely for him to be outspoken on an easy issue like this one.

Nonetheless, this statement is an example of Israel controlling the narrative and using the media power of the Prime Minister to get Israel's message out in the media space. Kol haKavod, Government of Israel.


On an unrelated note, the Knesset's loyalty oath bill, in which Arabs whose families have lived in the region for centuries would have to refer to Israel as the Jewish homeland, looks likely to pass. Netanyahu offered a softer wording for the oath that all citizens would be required to take, but appears to not have pushed it through. Between this and the settlement stalling, Netanyahu has engaged in significant capitulation to the far right, at the expense of his capital with the American government.


Hypothesis: Netanyahu is softening up the right because he is under significant pressure to approve a new settlement freeze and will eventually do so. Discuss.

UPDATE: Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks this.

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