Mofaz Calls Bibi Out on Ynet (Hebrew Only — Why Isn't It Translated...?)

Shaul Mofaz, the chairman of the Knesset foreign affairs and defense committee, wrote an op-ed essay on the Ynet Hebrew website on Wednesday May 25, savagely summing up Netanyahu’s American visit. Strangely, it doesn’t appear on the English site. In fact, it’s not so strange—the English site’s opinion section carries mostly right-wing material (Obama vs. the truth, Obama’s skewed worldview, Beware fake humanitarians, Say no to a Palestinian state etc. etc.) while the Hebrew opinion page is fairly balanced between left and right and varied in theme as well.

The failure to translate Mofaz is particularly telling — the Iranian-born ex-soldier has more credibility on defense matters than just about any other critic of Netanyahu right now, given his background as IDF chief of staff (appointed by Bibi), defense minister and ally of Ariel Sharon and reluctant convert to Kadima (he first mulled running for head of Likud after Sharon bolted). He’s someone the security minded would have to take seriously.

Here’s some of what Mofaz had to say:

(Before my fans to crazy, yes, are dovish pieces on the English opinion page as well. I count three right now, versus 12 right wing pieces. Of the three dovish pieces, two are by Yediot’s Washington correspondent Orly Azoulay and one is by Arab Knesset member Ahmed Tibi (who actually wrote a rather funny satirical piece, his version of the speech Bibi shoujld have given).

Here are some of Tibi’s best lines:

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J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg

Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).

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