'Israel must concentrate on Arab media'
Roee Nahmias
Published: 14.10.05, 00:22
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1. What A Strange Response - The PA Street Is Pleased...
Adina Kutnicki ,   NJ, US   (10.14.05)
While it is of course important for Israel to train better Arabic speaking individuals to counter all the opposing propaganda, his contention that now the PA street is more positive toward Israel due to the expulsion is a nonsensical notion. Afterall, why shouldn't they be happy with a country that destroys their own communities? If Israel self implodes even more, imagine how even more "pleased" the PA Arabs will be!
2. NO!
Rose ,   Israel (forever)   (10.14.05)
The reason Israel is hated within the Arab media is *because of* the Arab media and the tyranical leaders of the Middle East. The Arab world is brainwashed 24/7 to hate Jews and Israel. It is deeply routed and embedded within their society. The only way for this to stop is for all the people in the ME to once and for all fight for freedom within their countries. With freedom comes truth.
3. Right on some points wrong on others
Joey ,   ISrael   (10.14.05)
Disengagement only damaged Israel's position of strentgh. Arabic pro -Israel media is indeed essential. Not everyone in the middle east is muslim or Arabs but all of them almost without exception speak/understand arabic There are pro-israel christians in lebanon , Iraq and even Egypt. They are potential allies and there is no reason why we should not reach out to them as well.
4. who are you kutnicki
dave ,   herzliya   (10.14.05)
With all due respect Adina, the man speaking is one with extensive experience in the field.
ani   (10.14.05)
what an idiot this guy... we need more PR with our enemies ?!?! Perhaps the Holocaust occured because we didn't have good PR back then with the Germans ??? WAKE UP IDIOTS at the IDF, the ARABS ARE OUR ENEMIES!!!!
6. Self Hating Jew? Not quite!
Joel Leyden ,   Israel   (10.14.05)
This former officer from the IDF Spox is far from self-hating. He is talking about the lack of psychological operations for which the IDF Spox office suffers from. Wake up? You are right - wake up - we need a realistic budget for this department to get the job done - with our "enemies" and friends in the Arab world.
7. He's right
Howard ,   Pacific Coast, USA   (10.14.05)
This is common sense. Israel is a small country surrounded by a sea of people who (in most cases) speak nothing but Arabic. Most Arabic speakers in the countries surrounding Israel see Israel only through the distorted lens of propaganda provided by either the terror gangs or the thug-ocracies that support them. Whereas Israel has many advantages in the military sphere, it is virtually helpless in the Arab "information marketplace," because it relies on its enemies and on so-called neutral parties to translate and explain its people, words and actions. That's like sending the IDF into battle without weapons. It's also like not investing in roads and bridges. It's insane that the state of Israel has a less well-developed Arab media presence than terrorist gangs like Hamas and Hizballah. Israel would be well advised to follow Mr. Arussi's recommendations. Israel does not even need to propagandize in Arabic (and should avoid propaganda); all its Arab media needs to do to be unique would be to be professional, always speak the truth and to bother to show Israelis as ordinary people with differing views rather than as alien monsters. This alone would be a vast improvement.
8. More Appeasment,More Begging
Marcel ,   Florida   (10.14.05)
The plan does not go far enough. Every Jew in Israel must commit suicide to help comfort the Arab's in their midst. This will work ! Israel has turned from Sabra into a crawling and beggardly, grasshopper. When the wicked are in authority ,the people mourn. proverbs.
9. T0 # 4 - Dave
Adina kutnicki ,   NJ, US   (10.14.05)
Dave, you need to learn to read between the lines. That is why it is always good to question the "authorities". I repeat - Having a well prepared and articulate Arabic bureau is doubtless a good idea. However, we cannot lose sight of our limits in winning the "hearts and minds" of the Arab street. You must get it into your head that for the most part the Arabs want Israel IN THE SEA. They do not want to be bought off with economic incentives. If Oslo taught us any lesson, the economic canard has been proven correct with the unbearable cost of many dead Jews. Peres (the Godfather of "the PA Arabs will love us if they are economically satisfied") knows this to be the truth, yet for personal gain and fame is giving all of Israel the proverbial finger. Deal with it.
10. Truth defiled
Beorge Gush ,   front line   (10.14.05)
Rose I hate to be the one to break this to you but is a major source of Middle Eastern disinformation, as a matter of fact it is a CIA asset. People aren't 'brainwashed' into hating Jews and Israel. The Zionist agenda feeds the fire that is destroying it. you may support Zionism but I tell you this with all love and respect to ALL Semites. If you believe that you can steal and occupy land that the Creator promised to those that LISTEN AND OBEY His commands, and shed innocent blood, and heaken to the counsel of idolators and escape judgement you are gravely mistaken. I hope and pray that all those that name HIM as their Creator will repent and submit to the truth of HIS word. Time is running out and unrestrained death is soon to be unleashed.
Linda Rivera ,   New York   (10.15.05)
Global jihad is empowered as Islamofascists receive amazing help in the jihad against Israel from the international community. The entire world will pay the price of an Islamic terror state in Israel. THERE NEVER WAS AN ARAB COUNTRY OF PALESTINE. Jerusalem was NEVER the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. JERUSALEM IS MENTIONED OVER 800 TIMES IN THE BIBLE, not once in the Koran. Around 1948, Arabs violently ETHNICALLY CLEANSED about one million Jews from Arab countries. Arab governments seized the land, homes, bank accounts, businesses and assets of the Jews. Most of the Jewish refugees fled to Israel. THERE MUST NOW BE A JUST SETTLEMENT FOR THE JEWISH REFUGEES AND THEIR DESCENDANTS-COMPENSATION IN LAND AND FINANCES. In 1922, Britain illegally gave MOST OF PALESTINE-80% TO THE ARABS. The area became Jordan, giving the Arabs an Arab Palestinian state on JEWISH land. IT WAS ETHNICALLY CLEANSED OF JEWS. This area is part of ancient, Biblical Israel, and along with present-day Israel, including Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan was recognized by the League of Nations as the Jewish homeland. In 1948, Egypt invaded Gaza and ethnically cleansed ALL Jews. In 1948, Jordan invaded Judea-Samaria (West Bank) and east Jerusalem and ETHNICALLY CLEANSED ALL JEWS. Jordan, opposing G-D DESTROYED 58 synagogues in Jerusalem. In 1967 when Israel won Islam's religious war of aggression against it, Jews returned to the areas of their homeland they had been ethnically cleansed from for 19 years. Islamofascists DECEITFULLY call this return "occupation". Under international law, territories are considered "occupied" only when taken in an act of aggression which does not apply to Israel. Judea, Samaria and Gaza are not 'occupied territories' according to international law because they were not taken from any foreign sovereign. ALL of the Jewish land, homes, properties and businesses stolen from the Jews in the 1948 Islamic invasion must be returned to the Jews IMMEDIATELY
Linda Rivera ,   New York   (10.15.05)
Global jihad is greatly empowered as the U.S. EU and UN give astonishing support for an Islamic terror state in Israel that will threaten the world. There NEVER was an Arab country of Palestine. Jerusalem was NEVER the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. JERUSALEM IS MENTIONED OVER 800 TIMES IN THE BIBLE, not once in the Koran. Arabs FIRST took the name “Palestinians” in 1967. Arafat was the FIRST leader of this NEW PEOPLE. Before 1948, Jews were known as the Palestinians! The Jewish newspaper, the Jerusalem Post was called the Palestine Post. After the Jews miraculously transformed desert and swamps into rich, agricultural land (for which Jews are world famous!) Arabs came in large numbers from Arab countries for jobs from the Jews. The fact that the overwhelming majority of Arabs resided only briefly in Palestine is attested to by the special UN decree: that any Arab who had resided in Palestine FOR ONLY TWO YEARS BEFORE 1948, and then left, would be considered a refugee and so would his descendants!!! On March 31, 1977, Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein: “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
13. ah! look "chorizo chump" (Linda Rivera) is back.
so much for being able to have intelligent conversation. well you know together with Adina & Bunnie they could form a PR firm -- "The Three Little Chori-zettes" media advisors extra-ordinaire!
14. Important to tell truth - Linda is a man who works for MEMRI
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