Owning a PR agency, one may read Jewish & Israel related media through a different prism of spin. Some food for thought on media reports of the last few days:
- Imagine if anywhere else in the world, an Israeli Member of Knesset was denied entrance to a religious Jewish space and police kept them from the space? Wouldn’t there be world outrage? Yet, today Likud MK Moshe Feiglin was denied entrance to the Temple Mount on Monday as police claimed the place is under the sovereignty of the Waqf Arab charities. Is there not freedom of religion and worship? Why is it that no one talks about the fact that Jews weren’t allowed entrance to the Western Wall and so many other religious areas until 1948 – and after 1948 once the Jews controlled the region, Arabs were permitted everywhere? As usual, a media double standard which ignores the difference between the two.
- Last year, TIME Magazine ran a cover story “Why Bibi Netanyahu is the King Of Israel” and while today mass media attention worldwide is focused on Likud’s struggle to assemble a ruling coalition, perhaps at least one outlet can focus on the difference between the democratic nation of Israel and their neighbors in the Arab world who indeed have kings and dictatorships. Even “King Bibi” is struggling to gather a majority to rule Israel – even as he is maligned worldwide by the Western liberal media. There are no kings in the Israeli political system – while in the Arab world dictatorships rule. Report that.
- In an “It’s about time” story, The Jewish Federation of Greater Miami plans to invest tens of millions of dollars in Israel’s economy from the various funds they manage. Apparently, there’s more than $15 billion held by investment funds of the Jewish Federations of North America and given the start-up economy’s continued economic book, it’s clearly a good Zionist and capitalist move. Steven A. Schoenfeld of BlueStar Global Investors, a firm which invests in Israeli markets, “if a Jewish organization looks deeply into its portfolio right now they have more money in countries that hate Israel than they do in Israel.” It is indeed about time.