Israel’s security professionals are taking a common-sense approach to peace talks. That increasingly puts them on a collision course with right-wing ideologues.
Israeli politics were turned upside down this week by the surprise acquittal on Wednesday of Avigdor Lieberman, the blunt-talking, Arab-bashing, Soviet-born former foreign minister and head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party. He had been charged with fraud, witness tampering and breach of trust for allegedly promoting a crony to an ambassadorship. The promotion was allegedly in exchange for leaked information about an ongoing police investigation into Lieberman’s business affairs.
Secretary of State John Kerry called on American Jews to support the peace process, but when they look to Israel, they hear two very different messages.
Some say ‘Gatekeepers’ doctored the anti-occupation opinions of Israeli security insiders. They will have to eat their words when Israel TV starts airing parts of the documentary.
With Israel’s hawks sounding so much like doves, Jay Michaelson asks what these categories really mean. Shouldn’t the real question be what is best for Israel’s security?
Im nationalen Diskurs Israels spielen die Sicherheitskräfte gewöhnlich eine überdimensionierte Rolle. Zwei dieser Organe - Armee und Mossad - umgibt eine geradezu legendäre Aura. Nach dem Sechs-Tage-Krieg wurde jedoch das für die innere Sicherheit zuständige Organ Schin Bet zur zentralen Größe in den Diskussionen der israelischen Entscheidungsträger. Seit die israelischen Truppen 1967 einen triumphalen Sieg über die Nachbarländer davontrugen, überwacht der Nachrichtendienst eine zahlreiche, feindlich gesinnte Bevölkerung in den von Israel besetzten Gebieten. Es ist die Aufgabe von Schin Bet, diese Bevölkerung in friedlichen Zeiten wie in Unruheperioden unter Kontrolle zu halten.
Two documentary films from Israel were passed over for Oscars. Despite missing out on the golden statue, makers of both films claimed victory for their causes.
The Academy Award for Best Documentary went to “Searching for Sugar Man,” shutting out both “The Gatekeepers” and “5 Broken Cameras,” two films that were extremely critical of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.
‘The Gatekeepers’ and ‘5 Broken Cameras’ both take aim at Israel. But the Academy Awards judges would send a very different message to Israel by choosing one over the other.
Israel’s consul general tried to put the best face on its two Oscar-nominated documentaries. He said the films, which both harshly criticize Israel, showcase the country’s open debate.