Israel seeks to improve image in Arab world
Published: 15.12.12, 08:29
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1. Can you teach a mouse math?
tiki ,   belgium   (12.15.12)
2. I'm pretty sure this started a while ago
Mitch ,   Jerusalem   (12.15.12)
Ofir gendelman has been doing an incredible job
3. It's about time
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (12.15.12)
I cannot believe Israel has taken this long to reach out to the Arab world. I am not sure it will help, but it sure cannot hurt either. My only advice is to not talk down them and to be honest.
4. Improving Israel's Image
Syd Chaden ,   Palermo Calif USA   (12.15.12)
There are two ways in which Israel could improve its image in the Arab world. The first way would be to declare Israel to be part of the Muslim country of Palestine. That would enhance the Arab view of Israel, but not of Israelis, who would still be regarded as infidels. Even if Israelis converted to Islam, that would not improve Israel's image, because if they converted to Sunni Islam, the Shiites would consider them to be be infidels, and if they converted to Shiite Islam, the Sunnis would consider them to be infidels. But, I said that there are two ways. The second way is to fight another war with the Arabs and win decisively. Arabs have been fighters, through the ages, and they respect strength. They do not respect European diplomacy or American do-gooders.
5. to Syd
Goldenberg ,   Fran   (12.15.12)
You hit the nail in the head!!! Bravo!
6. Arabs know that zionists are stealing palestinien land
Ahmed   (12.15.12)
And resources. If you want modify the image that arabs have about Israƫl, stop those crimes, end occupation. Read the Arab peace initiative.
7. Naive propaganda doesn't help improving the image
Simo ,   Helsinki, Finland   (12.15.12)
What if the Germans would have started a media campaign when people of Warsaw Ghetto had been throwing stones? The Gaza rockets are and have been for south Israelis a much smaller mortal danger than cars driven by other Jews. The problem is the unsolved land dispute. The robber is hardly the victim.
8. #7 simo - The robber is acting like they are the victim...
solomon ,   bklyn   (12.15.12)
and they are the arabs. Before WW2, Jews never threatened to kill all Germans. Israel does not want to wipe out all arabs. Israel is responding to arab attacks, beginning in 1948. The arabs began attacking in the late 1800's, but there was no Israel then. The Nazis never treated wounded Jews, civilian or not. Your comparison is both despicable and ridiculous. Read some history, then post.
9. #6 ahmed - Arabs know...
solomon ,   bklyn   (12.15.12)
that they arrived late in history...with the moslem conquest, most in the early 1900's, many in 1948. Arabs are from arabia, get it? Oh, and you should read the arab "peace initiative". Even Saudi Arabia admitted they could only suggest to other arab countries whether to make peace with Israel; it will be up to each arab country...but [tellingly] only after the arabs get everything they want. The arab way of "making peace" is "give me everything I want, then we'll talk". No go. Only your silly mantras keep it going.
10. #7 Throwing stones?
Tahl   (12.15.12)
Hardly. I would like to see how you react, when half-ton "stones" loaded with TNT lands at your town. Small mortal danger you say? Well it's only because we, unlike the Palestinians, cherish our lives, and take extreme measures for protecting ourselves! Excuse us, really, for having sirens to alert us for the incoming rockets. Excuse us, really, for building homes with safety rooms. And excuse us for developing the Iron Dome at a staggering cost to shoot down many of the rockets. By your stupid logic, just because we take our safety so seriously, which makes our death toll smaller - then obviously we have no justification to protect ourselves, by attacking our aggressors. According to your stupid death-toll comparison, the Americans in WW2 were the evil side, and the Germans were the poor victims - because America bombed Dresden, while no American citizens were killed by German bombings. And if you equate the besieged Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto to today's Palestinians, then you are extremely ignorant and/or stupid. Those Jews back then were loyal, contributing citizens of their European countries, who did not wish to drive the Europeans out to the sea. They did not send suicide bombers or Grad rockets on European towns. All they wanted is to live peacefully and prosperously among their neighbors. Can you say the same about Hamas? Six years ago they got all of Gaza, there was no siege, and Israel offered them generous help in building their new country, building factories, infrastructure, and universities. Had the Palestinians cooperated, Gaza would have been the Hong Kong of the Middle East. But they made their choice, and now they have to live with it. What a b*tch. Do yourself a favor and get an education before spouting nonsense.
11. To # 6, Ahmed
Gabe ,   Canada   (12.15.12)
Good day Ahmed. Please get a copy of the Hamas Chart and also the Fatah Chart. Read it carefully, then shut up !
12.  The advice
sam ,   colorado-USA   (12.15.12)
My advice for you don't do that now, should have been done a long time, but now does not make sense
13. Israel seeks to improve its image
Harold ,   USA   (12.15.12)
Ha Ha Ha. This article made me laugh loud. For Israel to improve its image can only be done by going back to its 1948 borders. Period
14. No 7 Simo, you are either enormously
ignorant and stupid or you must be another rabid anti-Semite leaving some shadow on earth. Better go jump into a toilet and flush the water.
15. Are they serious or only trying to make some money?
Mikesailor ,   Miami, FL   (12.15.12)
Oh yes, another PR offensive by the Israelis trying once more to defend the indefensible. The next article will be the one decrying the futility of this campaign and promising it will be better if only funded more lavishly. And when that doesn't work, you can always fall back on the standard lie"..Nobody believes us because the universe is antisemitic..". So, what else is new?
16. #15 Talk about a PR offensive...
Tahl   (12.15.12)
Looks like your contract has just been renewed. How much are you being paid per column now? Have you negotiated better conditions?
17. #1 Tiki: INTUITIVE MATHS with CHEESE :)
Jerry ,   The Netherlands   (12.15.12)
18. Image will improve when hell freezez over...
Marco ,   Spain   (12.15.12)
How can you improve the image of a war criminal?
19. Can you bring back the children of Kana?
20. Can you bring back Mohamad El Dorra?
21. Leave the PR/BS and give the Palestinians
Ralph Bacall ,   Warsaw , Poland   (12.15.12)
land and peace. This is the best thing for Israel to regain its legitimacy.
22. #6. One may as well speak of Narnia or Oz Land..
Chaim ,   Israel   (12.15.12)
#6. No state called Palestine has ever existed or will ever exist. One can't steal land from a fictional entity. Judea and Samaria have belonged to Jews for more then 3,500 years. One may as well speak of stealing Oz or Narnia land as "Palestinian land".
23. Well said
Amos ,   Canada   (12.16.12)
24. #21 ralph - leave your BS ...
solomon ,   bklyn   (12.16.12)
and talk to the arabs. They're the ones that refuse to accept Israel, They're the ones that started every war. They're the ones that teach their children that's it's ok to kill Jews, and ok to die doing it. You have it all backwards.
DAVID ,   JUDEA   (12.16.12)
Israelis born here do not understand anti-semitism and its from birth instilled hatred for Jews. The only way for Israelis the improve their image with the Arabs and the rest of the world who hate Israel is to walk into the mediterean sea en masse like lemmings do and dissapear for ever. Afterwards the Arabs and other nations will dedicate museums to the Jews. If you don't believe me just travel to Europe and see for yourself how judenrein countries have dedicated empty synagoges as memorials to Jewish culture.
26. Marco no 18
LION OF JUDAH ,   Jews fight like LION   (12.16.12)
We should bring your ancestors to the criminal court what they done to the Jews. You are one of the most criminal nation on earth.
27. I've got news for Israel
Roo   (12.16.12)
The cities of London, Paris, New York etc, don't hold communities, states or foreign counties under siege. The last time I visited these places, there were no ugly concrete walls being put up in the middle of peoples properties. None of these cities announced that they were putting people of a certain ethnicity or race "on a diet". Israel has an impossible task winning over Arabs, let alone anyone else in the world. Israel should think about relocating....
28. Image
Get Real ,   UK   (12.16.12)
Perhaps they should start with explaining the Israeli entreprenurial motion at the UN that was rejected by the Arab bloc 31 states.Don't neglect the PR war in the West to counter all the distorted views being disseminated by the pro-Palestinian supporters.
29. #27 roo - I've got news for you...
solomon ,   bklyn   (12.16.12)
London, Paris, New York etc, do not have neighbors that are trying to kill them. London, Paris, New York etc, do not have neighbors proving their intentions by suicide bombings, rockets, etc. London, Paris, New York etc, do not have neighbors that claim land to which they were late-comers. London, Paris, New York etc, did not have to fight wars, each one started by their neighbors. London, Paris, New York etc, do not have neighbors who attacked them even before their countries came into existence. Your comparison is ludicrous. It is only your blindness that prevents you from seeing it. The rest of us prefer to deal with reality, as bad as that might be.
30. New York was attacked by Brits in our revolution.
APRIL ,   NEW YORK CITY   (12.16.12)
Britain faced the blitz as Germany tried to obliterate it. France gave in to Germany. And Israelis, in creating their state, ran arabs out and took their houses. That's a simple fact. Which necessitates demonizing Palestinians. No Israeli PR campaign will work until Israel STOPS, not freezes, the occupation, then accidentally unfreezes it when VP Biden is there. The new land grab, as you know, will make peace impossible. American Jews are organizing to oppose it. We're tired of bankrolling your dome and military for wrongful acts. Arabs are not animals and saying so it too reminiscent of anti semitism. Most young American Jews could care less about Israel. They don't like what they see. Don't expect AIPAC to bankroll you forever.
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