Pro-Obama Media at War with Government over Iran (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 08/13/12)
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Israeli journalists who support U.S. President Barack Obama are
waging a full-scale war against the government of Binyamin Netanyahu
as Israel prepares to launch a preventive strike against Iran´s
nuclear Holocaust program.
"I have been a journalist since 1957," said veteran writer Shlomo
Nakdimon on Galei YIsrael Radio Monday morning, "and a reigning
government has never been attacked this way." He accused the press of
damaging the government´s ability to rule.
The accusation follows weeks in which Israel´s second-largest daily,
Yediot Aharonot – which also publishes the Ynet website – and both of
the commercial television stations, Channel 2 and 10, have been
pummeling the Netanyahu government over its military plans.
Yediot Aharonot contended in its Friday issue that the plan to strike
Iran is opposed by every single senior official in Israel defense
establishment. Its writers – and the analysts on Channel 2 and 10 –
portray Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud
Barak as men who are driven by "messianic" thinking to act against
the advice of the entire security establishment, both present and
On the previous Friday, Yediot quoted unnamed sources in the Obama
administration as saying that Saudi Arabia would shoot down Israeli
jets en route to an Iran attack. Other "spins" launched by the
newspaper recently are that the U.S. has presented to Israel detailed
plans for its own Iran strike, which is supposed to take place in
2013, and that a strike on Iran would help get Obama reelected rather
than hinder his reelection.
Naftali Bennet, who is running for the top spot in the Jewish Home
party, wrote in a Facebook post Monday: "The press has fallen on its
head – national strength is required!"
"This is the first time in the history of the state of Israel that an
orchestrated and thorough campaign is being waged against the right
of the state of Israel to defend itself – and this is being done from
the inside," he wrote.
"A day does not go by without a headline that says: ´Israel is not
ready for war´; ´Netanyahu will lead us to a disaster´; ´the home
front is unprepared´, and more – all in order to frighten the Israeli
public into opposing Israeli measures against Iran´s nuclearization…
"Friends, they are trying to portray Netanyahu as messianic,
delusional, crazy, irresponsible. Based on personal acquaintance with
him, let me state clearly: Netanyahu is taking care of the future of
the nation of Israel in its land, responsibly.
"What do they think? That Netanyahu wants to send people to their
deaths? That he yearns for missiles to fly into Tel Aviv? That I and
people like me are excited about wearing uniforms again, saying
goodbye to our families and fighting again?"
In the News1 website, founded by independent investigative journalist
Yoav Yitzchak, pundit Itamar Levin has penned two articles attacking
Yediot and Ynet as "traitors" and "liars," no less. Levin says Yediot
reported that Barak held a meeting with the Mossad´s senior leaders
in an attempt to convince them of the necessity of a strike on Iran,
but failed to win them over. It later turned out that the meeting
took place three years ago, but no apology or clarification was
issued, Levin wrote.
Levin accused Yediot of endangering Israeli pilots by publishing the
dates for a planned attack and the possible routes to be used by IAF
jets. He explained that Yediot is motivated by commercial
considerations, as it is fighting for its life in the face of the
growing popularity of Israel Hayom – the competing newspaper owned by
pro-Netanyahu Sheldon Adelson. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/13/12)
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