Posts Tagged: Israeli Diplomacy Results 3
Running against billionaires like cosmetics heir Ron Lauder, Einat Wilf didn’t have much of a chance of winning the election to lead the World Jewish Congress, and ultimately she bowed out of the race. The former foreign policy adviser to Shimon Peres tells the blog Jewess that she had “no realistic expectation of winning,” but was rather running to promote certain ideas. You can read the full interview here.
One interesting tidbit is that Wilf apparently sees nothing wrong with the Israeli Consulate in New York’s collaboration with Maxim on the magazine’s salacious “Women of the Israeli Defense Forces” photo spread. The Israeli government’s partnership with the raunchy lad-mag drew fierce criticism, particularly from several female Knesset members. Wilf, however, tells Jewess: “Too much has been made of it. It’s a nice initiative, and the IDF could do worse than being associated with beautiful women.”
As we noted earlier this week, not everyone in Israel is pleased with their government’s collaboration with Maxim magazine on its “Women of the Israeli Defense Forces” photo spread.
But that didn’t put the kibosh on the New York Israeli consulate’s plans to co-host a celebratory bash Tuesday night with the raunchy lad mag.
Israel needs allies — and it will take them where it can get them. Occasionally this has meant embracing some dubious characters. Sometimes these alliances come back to bite the Israeli government in the rear end. And that’s exactly what has happened with Israel’s latest such ally: Maxim magazine.