Prime Minister Netanyahu: Learn from PM Shamir – How to Respond to NYT Cartoon

The blatantly anti semitic and anti Israel cartoon which ran in the New York Times leaves one to wonder how Prime Minister Netanyahu should respond.

The time has come to learn from the example of Prime Minister Shamir who chose an effective way to respond to an unusually blatant anti Israel feature on a major American TV network that ran in June, 1987, on the 20th anniversary of the June 1967 war.

Shamir, in consultation with his creative press attaché, Avi Pazner, simply told that network that Israel would no longer give them access to interviews, press conferences or vital information.

Within 48 hours, the corporate vice president of that network rushed to Israel and asked for a chance to produce less biased coverage.

Shamir did not remove their press credentials.

He acted in a much more threatening manner. He removed their access.

Imagine what would happen if the Israeli government were to cut access to the New York Times until the proponents of that cartoon are removed?

It would work. Why? Because what the New York Times wants is access.

The blatantly anti semitic and anti Israel cartoon which ran in the New York Times leaves one to wonder how Prime Minister Netanyahu should respond.

The time has come to learn from the example of Prime Minister Shamir who chose an effective way to respond to an unusually blatant anti Israel feature on a major American TV network that ran in June, 1987, on the anniversary of the June 1967 war.

Shamir, in consultation with his creative press attaché, Avi Pazner, simply told that network that Israel would no longer give them access to interviews, press conferences or vital information.

Within 48 hours, the corporate vice president of that network rushed to Israel and asked for a chance to produce less biased coverage.

Shamir did not remove their press credentials.

He acted in a much more threatening manner. He removed their access.

Imagine what would happen if the Israeli government were to cut access to the New York Times until the proponents of that cartoon were removed?

It would work. Why? Because what the New York Times wants is access.

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About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at: http://tinyurl.com/lxc6xvs
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