In major international news today which occurred in the last 48 hours–  none of which is currently on the home page of The New York Times:

  • Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, one of the most powerful men in the world, and one of the world’s richest men announced  he was getting a divorce from his wife.  Putin and his wife, Lyudmila hadn’t been seen together in public in a very long time.  It’s the first divorce since Peter the Great in 1698 by a Russian leader.  No mention in the article of what happens to Putin’s wealth, no “anonymous” pundits condemning him.
  • In a region which has recently seen the “Arab Spring” tens of thousands of Turks met Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the airport upon his return to the country from an overseas trip.  His supporters vowed to support him against the tens of thousands protesting against him for the past week in central Istanbul. Clearly this is a story which will continue to develop. The police violence and mass beatings are buried in the story. The story is currently the 12th story from the top on the International page of – beneath 91-year old Prince Philip having abdomen surgery, and the Miss World competition not having a bikini competition this year.
  • Tens of thousands of Syrians continue to be killed in Syria – no names or pictures of the latest to die in this brutal civil war.

The largest story on the front page of today’s NY TIMES? “Israel Prods Ultra-Orthodox to ‘Share Burden.”  A long story that goes on and on about how the haredim don’t work, need to join the army, etc.  It’s nothing new, nothing that hasn’t been featured in the paper again and again – and simply once again proof that there is an obsession with Israel in the media.

I do know that from reading the media that if not for the settlements there would be peace in the world.  If Israel offered “peace” to Syria then there wouldn’t be tens of thousands dead in their civil war.  If Israel was fairer to Turkey surely there wouldn’t be protests there.  Settlements – and Israeli intransience – are the danger and the most important thing.

Similarly, the small ultra-Orthodox community in the tiny country of Israel is more important than one of the world’s most powerful men getting a divorce after years of not being seen together, the possibility of civil war in Turkey and more.

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