Friday, November 6, 2015

Cellfire and brimstone

Ilan Ben Zion,

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[T]he brouhaha over Ran Baratz’s appointment as Netanyahu’s media chief also makes front page headlines after his Facebook remarks about US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry ruffle some feathers. ...
Uri Misgav writes in a Haaretz op-ed that Baratz’s comments should come as no surprise, remarking that the would-be Netanyahu spin doctor is part of the “Israeli Tea Party.”
“Baratz is a settler from Kfar Adumim and founder of the Mida website, a source of pride on the ideological right and part of an American model that has been scrupulously reproduced,” Misgav says. “Mida takes its holy ideological work seriously. It leaves the transparent propaganda to the daily Israel Hayom and the mockery and incitement to social media networks.”
Trying to get Baratz replaced by another appointee “won’t make any difference,” Misgav says, “in any case, someone similar would replace him.”
“As far as the settler right is concerned, the diplomatic and public diplomacy corps is just another platform that must be taken over. Just like the army, the Shin Bet security service, the media and academia. Baratz is an appropriate casting choice to market Israel’s current policies, and also to represent Israel’s current profile.”

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