Monthly Archives: September 2021

New York Times Attacks “Powerful Rabbis” for Iron Dome Funding

Catie Edmondson cited no support for her “reporting” on the pressure placed by “powerful rabbis,” nor did she name them, because her “reporting” simply was not true. She just made it up, because it supports the anti-Semitic narrative that AOC and her Squad deploy to deflect justified criticism of their anti-Israel, anti-American votes.

Edited by Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

By Alan M. Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute 

After much criticism, the New York Times quietly removed the reference to “rabbis” without apologizing for its reporter’s mendacious anti-Semitism.

New York — September 29, 2021 … In purporting to “report” – not editorialize – about why AOC changed her vote from “no” to “present” on the Iron Dome defensive funding, The New York Times congressional correspondent Catie Edmondson “reported” the following:

“[Progressives] have been caught between their principles and the still powerful pro-Israel voices in their party, such as influential lobbyists and rabbis.”

Edmondson cited no support for her “reporting” on the pressure placed by “powerful … rabbis,” nor did she name them, because her “reporting” simply was not true. She just made it up, because it supported the anti-Semitic narrative that AOC and her Squad deploy to deflect justified criticism of their anti-Israel and anti-American votes.

No powerful rabbis or lobbyists were needed to pressure the nearly 500 Democrats and Republicans who voted to fund the Iron Dome defense system that was jointly developed by the United States and Israel and that is currently being used to defend American troops from rocket attacks.

The Iron Dome kills no one. It saves the lives of Israeli Jews, Muslims and Christians who are targeted by Hamas rockets. It’s also saves the lives of Gaza residents by reducing the need for Israel to invade in order to stop the rockets.

No objective person should oppose funding for this life-saving system. But Edmondson decided to “report” – make up – a canard that has deep roots in the sordid history of anti-Semitism: namely, that powerful rabbis—sometimes called “The Elders of Zion”— pressured elected officials to surrender their patriotic American “principles” by voting in an unprincipled way in support of a foreign power. This not only demeans Jews as having dual loyalty, but it also insults every member of Congress who voted for this allegedly “unprincipled” result, presumably because of illicit pressure from lobbyists and rabbis, and not because they believed it was the right thing to do for America and its ally.

No mention was made by the New York Times of powerful pro-Palestinian lobbyists or Imams, or of the pressure placed on AOC and others by radical leftists who hate Israel. No: it was supposedly “principles” that motivated the anti-Israel votes, and “powerful” rabbinical pressures that determined the “yes” and “present” votes. And this purports to be objective “reporting” from the newspaper of record.

After much criticism, the New York Times quietly removed the reference to “rabbis” without apologizing for its reporter’s mendacious anti-Semitism or disciplining her for her journalistic malpractice. Just imagine how quickly a journalist would be cancelled if she engaged in comparable bigotry toward another group. But the New York Times has long suffered from a double standard toward Jews and the Jewish nation.

The New York Times has repeatedly felt the need to apologize for its persistent insensitivity — and worse— toward Israel and its Jewish supporters. Remember the Der Stürmer-like cartoon it published in its international edition? It must do better. It must take steps to identify and control biased reporters, such as Edmondson, and reporting, such as her false claim about powerful rabbis, before they have to apologize for the damage that has already been done.

The New York Times has the right to editorialize against Israel, as it constantly does. It has the right to publish multiple columns and op-eds that are skewed against Israel, while employing only one pro-Israel columnist. But it has no journalistic right to editorialize on its news pages, as it repeatedly does. It defrauds its readers by disguising its subjective and biased opinions as objective unbiased reporting of the news. In this regard the Times is among the worst offenders of any influential newspaper.

So let the reader beware. You are not getting “all the news that’s fit to print” about Israel. You are getting only the “news” that its reporters and editors fit into their preconceived and biased narrative.

I challenge the Columbia School of Journalism, or any other objective academic institution, to conduct a study of the New York Times “reporting” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the last few years. The results will shame the New York Times and caution its readers to skeptically evaluate what passes as “reporting”.

In the meantime, the New York Times must publicly, clearly and substantively apologize for its reporter lying about “powerful rabbis” and explain how its editors could permit such an obviously anti-Semitic canard to be published on its pages. Quietly eliminating the offending words from its online version is cowardly and insufficient. It must acknowledge the harm that its false reporting has caused.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School and served on the legal team representing President Donald Trump for the first Senate impeachment trial. He is the author of numerous books, including his latest, The Case for Color-Blind Equality in an Age of Identity Politics. His podcast, “The Dershow,” is available on Spotify and YouTube. He is the Jack Roth Charitable Foundation Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Democrats Cut $1 Billion for Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System, Then Reverses Decision

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Washington — September 23, 2021 … U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) and other anti-semites forced House Democratic leadership Tuesday to cut $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome self-defense system from a short-term government funding bill.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts terror rockets from Gaza and Lebanon targeting both Jewish and Arab civilians in Israel. The Iran backed Hamas terror organization and other Jihadist groups have launched more than 4,300 rockets from the Gaza Strip since May.
Over 90 percent of the missiles fired at populated areas within Israel were downed by Iron Dome.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday then reversed their initial decision and easily approved a bill to provide funding for Israel’s Iron Dome after it was removed from a separate bill to prevent a government shutdown and suspend the nation’s borrowing limit. The $1 billion in funding allocated for Israel’s aerial defense system had initially been included in the must-pass legislation that the House considered earlier in the week, but the provision was removed from the final version to appease a group of progressives who said they would sink the legislation unless that funding was struck from it.

These people voted to murder Jews and Arabs in Israel: Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; Cori Bush, D-Mo.; André Carson, D-Ind.; Marie Newman, D-Ill., Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Chuy Garcia, D-Ill.; and Thomas Massie, R-Ky.

It’s time for Israel to reconsider the military aid that it receives from the United States, said Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador in Washington during the Obama administration. Oren made his comments on Wednesday, after “progressive” members of the US Congress succeeded in removing Iron Dome funding from a government spending bill.

“I think it’s very important that we begin a process of rethinking and restructuring our aid from the United States, the way the US aids us militarily,” he said.

“It does call for soul-searching and serious long-term strategic thinking.”

Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, said this evening:

“Thank you to the members of the US House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, for the overwhelming support for Israel and for the commitment to its security.

Whoever tries to challenge this support received an unequivocal answer today.

The people of Israel thank the American people and their representatives for their steadfast friendship.”

Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s responded following approval by the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill submitted to secure funding for the replenishment of the Iron Dome:

“On behalf of Israel’s defense establishment, I would like to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Chairwoman of Appropriations Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member of Appropriations Kay Granger and members of the US House of Representatives for demonstrating their commitment to Israel’s security and for backing the replenishment of interceptors for the Iron Dome Missile defense system.

US support for our missile defense system on a bipartisan basis is critical for Israel’s defense against rocket attacks conducted by terrorist groups such as Hamas in Gaza – but not only. Israel’s borders are surrounded by malign actors and terrorist groups who seek to harm our civilians and destroy the only Jewish State.

We saw this clearly in May 2021 when terrorist group Hamas launched over 4000 missiles at schools, hospitals, homes – Israeli population centers- and Iron Dome shot them down. The Iron Dome is a system designed to protect and save lives.

I thank the US government for recognizing the threats to civilian lives and for its steadfast support for the security of the State of Israel.”

Israel PM Bennett’s Rosh Hashanah Greetings to the Jewish Nation

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — September 5, 2021 … Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, today on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, sent his best wishes for a good year to the citizens of Israel and the Jewish nation:

“Citizens of Israel, we have many good reasons to be proud this Rosh Hashanah.

I am proud of our ability as a people to unite and join hands.

I am very proud of our new government – a government of much goodwill, a government that cooperates and is coordinated and balanced, that works only for the benefit of the people, and in which ministers do not bear grudges against each other.

I am proud that we fought for the livelihoods of the citizens of Israel and have reached the beginning of this year without lockdowns, in contrast to the previous waves in which the country was in lockdown. This was not easy, neither was it perfect, but with G-d’s help, we succeeded. You can go to work or relax at home, in a hotel or restaurant, or arrange to go out with friends according to the directives. The country is open and this was not a given. It is still too early to celebrate, we have a long campaign ahead of us, but we take each step and deal with it.

I am proud of the two million pupils who returned to school and preschool a few days ago. We insisted on it. We created the conditions for it. We will continue to safeguard our education system and cultivate the future generation of the State of Israel.

I am proud of our ability, after years without a budget, to formulate a state budget, set long-term priorities, especially strengthening and building up our security, strengthening the health system and enacting a series of reforms that will lower prices in Israel.

I am also proud that we have embarked on bringing the ultra-orthodox public into the labor cycle.

I am very pleased at our efforts in the diplomatic sphere. We are strengthening the link with the US and with the President, and the existing alliance, and are laying the foundations for new alliances.

I am proud of the soldiers of the IDF and the personnel of the security services who work near and far so that the miracle called ‘the State of Israel’ may continue to radiate strength, and will continue to defend and protect the citizens of our country.

And mainly, I am proud of you, citizens, for placing confidence in this government and giving it your backing. I have also seen you on the issue of vaccines, going to get vaccinated because you know that the third dose will give you health and protection, and will allow us to open the economy. I very much appreciate this.

I would like to wish all of you a good year, a good year for your families, for friends and – of course – for the soldiers of the IDF and the security forces.

May you have a good and sweet year.”