In Netanyahu’s Israel, Lying Pays

How can a minister or the prime minister lie without batting an eye? No problem. It’s simple: Sling as much mud and lies at your rivals as possible and something will stick. What do you have to lose? At most they’ll catch you in a lie so big or slander so disgusting, like the Likud campaign video featuring the Mount Herzl military cemetery. Then you’ll slough it off and in the next sentence let loose another lie. In the meantime, your rivals do your work for you. When in a raging fury they menti...
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Will Israel Abet Hungary’s Whitewash Museum?

Nationalist parties and governments across Europe are investing a lot of effort to cultivate their narrative, or to put it more simply, to rewrite history. In particular, they understate their countrymen’s role in the Holocaust. This is the backdrop for Hungary’s Holocaust museum scheduled to open next year, another link in the chain of attempts to whitewash Hungary’s collaboration with the Nazis. Now it turns out, as Channel 10 News has reported, that representatives of Prime Minister Benjam...
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The Deep State Conspiracy Theory Hits Israel

Its a well-known obsession of power-hungry political leaders that has now reached the prime ministers people in Jerusalem. Its called Deep State, an old and dangerous conspiracy theory. Its similar to other conspiracy theories spread by the boisterous right la Yair Netanyahus anti-Semitic cartoons, though this conspiracy theory is also fed by the absurd garbage running around the internet. Deep State is a hidden and terrifying entity that promotes interests without taking into considerati...
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Israel's Right Clings to Conspiracies Again

During the social protest in August 2011, when small tents covered the boulevards in Tel Aviv, one of the Likud leaders tried to prove to me that this was an organized conspiracy of the left and the New Israel Fund. Because I was there from the first evening, I told him that was a lie. Not only was the left not a partner, it was as surprised as everyone else, and parts of it even kept their distance from the protest – which turned out to be a fatal mistake: of the left and the protest. In tha...
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