A week ago I mentioned this:
Netanyahu has warned he would not be able to satisfy all the protesters’ demands, ranging from tax cuts, to expansion of free education and bigger government housing budgets.
And I asked:
You want the government to spend a bunch of money on a load of new goody programs, and you want them to cut taxes. What, are you people stupid?
Well J.E. Dyer over at The Optimistic Conservative did all the heavy lifting to put it all together.
What possessed NBC-Universal properties MSNBC and TWC to feature protests in Israel in their news coverage this morning? That’s an interesting question. It is not, shall we say, made less interesting by the report of Maariv’s Kalman Libeskind, referenced by Arutz Sheva on 3 September, that American Democratic strategist Stanley Greenberg orchestrated the protests in Israel’s major cities this weekend.
Greenburg is apparently responsible for “what happened in Bolivia in 2002, when a group of US consultants helped a candidate win the presidency only to see the country slide into near-total chaos.”
Why does this matter? Because it is of a piece with the manipulative, media-theme-building approach to politics Greenberg keeps being associated with. He doesn’t have a history of being anti-Zionist; that’s not the point here. Although he bills himself as a triangulating, “Third Way” centrist, his affiliations are very much with professional left-wing manipulators of public sentiment, and that is how he comes off in the latest instance with the protests in Israel.
To the question, “Why now? Why in the summer of 2011?” the obvious answer would be, “Because the UN vote on Palestinian statehood is coming up in September.” But I don’t assess Greenberg to be a mastermind here. He’s a hired strategist. His specialty is positioning politicians to be the turn-to guy. Something else is going on. As usual, the fact that GE-owned NBC networks are pointedly reporting faux “social ferment” as if it’s the real thing suggests a manufactured-news campaign. Rockets from Gaza aren’t the only thing coming at Israel as the UN vote nears.
Take the time to visit the link and read the whole thing.
And as long as we’re talking about Israel…
Egyptian police made no attempt to intervene during the day as crowds of hundreds tore down an embassy security wall with sledgehammers and their bare hands or after nightfall when about 30 protesters stormed into the Nile-side high-rise building where the embassy is located.
Back on August 18th PRC (Palestinian Popular Resistance Committee) terrorists wearing Egyptian uniforms staged a series of attacks on Israel. During the Israeli counterattack targeting the PRC, a number of Egyptian soldiers were also killed. Now, almost five weeks later, someone managed to work a group of Egyptian protesters into enough of a frenzy over the issue that they attacked the Israeli embassy.
I imagine these are the same sorts of people, if not in fact the same exact people, who burn down Egyptian Coptic churches and then turn around and blame that on Israel too.