Anti-Semitism, the Media, and the “Cult of the Occupation”

The Western news media’s deeply ingrained habit of elevating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict above all other conflicts in the world, and of bias against Israel, has fostered what Matti Friedman terms the “Cult of the Occupation.” Israel’s military control of the West Bank (and, somehow, its non-occupation of Gaza) is held to be the root of the Middle East’s problems and the world’s greatest injustice. Such an absurd belief can stem from but one place: hatred of Jews, who are now seen, just as in older forms of anti-Semitism, as a living symbol of the major social and political concerns of the day:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Matti Friedman, Media, West Bank

How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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More about: Israeli Security, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy