In a clash over translations from the Farsi language, the Israeli government was quick to respond and preferred to stay in war rhetoric mode to greet the new president-elect of the Iranian people celebrating al-Quds Day in Tehran.
Over at Richard Silverstein’s blog Tikun Olam I had a run-in with an Israeli hasbara blogger persistent in lying about Israeli politics for the “good” of Netanyahu. Read the comments section to see how such a debate develops. Similar Likudniks you will find everywhere to distort the truth about Israel and its illegal settlement expansion on Palestinian land. In The Netherlands these persons from Jewish NGOs like CIDI [EN translated] and Likud in Holland are very active and get invited to important discussions in the media and on Dutch TV.
Another group of Jewish Americans who have become settlers in “Judea and Samaria” in recent years and damn Palestinians who are living on “biblical Jewish land.” A similar group of dual-citizens born in Israel and now living in the US with US citizenship are very active in local politics delivering the distorted pro-Israel rhetoric to an audience of evangelicals who just love hearing that prose. Half the world live in an alternate universe that bears no resemblance to reality. Many Republicans feel very comfortable living in such a fantasy world.
(NYT blog The Lede) – Last Updated, 6:46 p.m. | As my colleague Thomas Erdbrink reports from Tehran, Iran’s state media scrambled on Friday to correct comments wrongly attributed to the country’s president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, after he was incorrectly quoted calling Israel “a sore which must be removed.”
Rouhani’s Remarks to Iranian State Television:
Press TV, the English-language arm of Iran’s state broadcaster, subtitled Mr. Rouhani’s actual remarks, made to a reporter during the Islamic republic’s annual march for Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem. The video shows that the cleric did not mention Israel by name or call for its elimination, but did compare “the shadow of the occupation of the holy land of Palestine and the dear Quds,” to a “wound” or “sore” that “has been sitting on the body of the Islamic world for many years.”
Arash Karami, a journalist who blogs about the Iranian media, noted that two semi-official news agencies that initially misreported Mr. Rouhani’s remarks, subsequently corrected their reports in articles headlined: “The Occupation of Palestine Is a Wound on the Body of the Islamic World.”
International news organizations that had relied on the initial, flawed reports from Iran were forced to explain the error later in the day. Rana Rahimpour of the BBC’s Persian service explained what happened in an appearance on BBC World News.
BBC corrects erroneous translation of Rouhani’s remarks
Netanyahu reveals to the world his preferred war rhetoric towards Iran
After the video showed that Iran’s incoming president had been misquoted, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Israeli leader stood by his initial response, in which he said:
“Rouhani’s true face has been revealed earlier than expected. Even if they will now rush to deny his remarks, this is what the man thinks and this is the plan of the Iranian regime. These remarks by President Rouhani must rouse the world from the illusion that part of it has been caught up in since the Iranian elections. The president there has changed but the goal of the regime has not: To achieve nuclear weapons in order to threaten Israel, the Middle East and the peace and security of the entire world. A country that threatens the destruction of the State of Israel must not be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction.”
Hours later, the prime minister’s official spokesman to the Arab media, Ofir Gendelman, drew attention on Twitter to an Arabic translation of Mr. Netanyahu’s rejoinder without mentioning that there was no evidence the comment that prompted the response was ever made.
There was evidence of some confusion in the Israeli response, though, since Golnaz Esfandiari, a reporter who blogs on Iran for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, noticed that part of the statement initially posted on Mr. Netanyahu’s personal Twitter feed was deleted shortly after she replied to it.
An Israeli blogging from Kansas City from her own blog Shoula Romano Horing. She is a regular contributor to
Jerusalem on the table
Op-ed: Israel reaping sour fruits of its own ambivalent past actions and decisions regarding the beloved capital
(Ynet News) – It is disgraceful that the United States, Israel’s best ally and friend, has never recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital even though it recognizes the claimed capitals of numerous brutal dictatorships and enemy nations.
It is also shameful that the Europeans still call the eastern part of Jerusalem a “settlement” and part of the ” occupied territories” when that part of the city was the location of the capital city of ancient Israeli kingdoms for over 1000 years and was home to Judaism’s two Holy Temples.
But the ultimate shame for the distorted world view of Jerusalem is on successive Israeli governments, starting with Rabin and Peres, who agreed to put Jerusalem on the negotiation table as a final status issue of the Oslo Agreement, thus, giving legitimacy to the Arabs’ revisionist history of lies and myths that Jerusalem was ever the capital of an Arab state.
The slippery slope of giving away our rights in Jerusalem began immediately after the Six Day War in 1967, in which Israel in a war of self-defense routed the Jordanian Army and captured eastern Jerusalem. Then Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Dayan apologetically sacrificed Israeli’s sovereign and religious rights by handing total administrative control over the Temple Mount to Jordan’s Islamic Waqf. The same Jordanians who during their previous 19 year control of eastern Jerusalem, destroyed many Jewish synagogues and denied Jews access to their holiest sites, including the Western Wall and Temple Mount.
Ms. Romano-Horing apparently doesn’t like betrayal, how does she interpret her own selflish betrayal of US interests while earning a living in the United States? She also has an opinion about the Syrian sectarian/civil war and hopes on a stalemate and continued slaughter of innocent civilians. All for the good of her beloved Israel. Her biography in Wikipedia.