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September 13, 2013 11:55 am

Karl Vick’s Latest Dispatch From Jerusalem is Just Laughable

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The latest dispatch from TIME magazine’s Jerusalem bureau chief Karl Vick would just be laughable if it wasn’t so downright ridiculous.

In a piece entitled “Cheer Up, Obama. Israel Is Happy With Your Syria Plan,” Vick purports to gauge “the verdict from Israel” on the outcome of President Obama’s diplomatic oscillation this week over what to do about the alleged recent use of chemical weapons by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

After earlier bringing the U.S. to the brink of a strike against Syria, Obama ended up agreeing in principle to a Russian proposal to allow Assad to give up his WMD arsenal to international control.

According to Vick, Israel then fell in love with President Obama. He is now “being hailed as a model of principled resolve, a Churchillian figure,” he claims.

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“Rather than focusing on what Obama could not do — line up anywhere near a Congressional majority for a military strike — Israelis focused on what he did: Use the consistent threat of military force to extract a promise from Syria and its most powerful patron, Russia, to remove tons of chemical weapons from Israel’s northern border,” Vick writes.

Unashamedly, the backup for his grand pronouncement on the consensus, mood and ultimate “verdict” of “Israelis” amounts to a series of handpicked opinion quotations from a total of two notoriously left wing Israeli newspapers.

Seeking to make his sources appear more diversified, Vick attempts a dishonest journalistic sleight of hand. After citing a columnist who writes for Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, he refers to another writer’s article published by Ynet.com, described by Vick simply as a “leading news site.” He neglects to mention that Ynet.com is just the online address for Yediot Ahronot’s website.

In his assessment of the Israeli position on Obama’s maneuvers, Vick omits such matters as say, what the democratically elected Prime Minister or President of the Jewish state, who each represent polar opposite sides of the country’s political spectrum, had to say on the matter.

“Hinting at dismay with Obama, PM says Israel can rely only on itself,” a Times of Israel headline declared. An Algemeiner headline read: “Israeli President Peres: ‘Assad Cannot be Trusted’ to Honor Agreement on Chemical Weapons.”

Politico had this evaluation of the Israeli media’s view: “A review of Israeli media by POLITICO shows a few clear story lines: Vladimir Putin has outplayed the president; Iran is strengthened; and Obama is a weak leader that Israel may no longer be able to count on to help stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.” And USA Today declared that the “Russian plan on Syria adds to uncertainty in Israel.”

One thing is for certain, Israel is not at all happy with Obama’s Syria plan.

From his writing it is clear that Karl Vick knows approximately as much about what Israelis think as an Amazonian Pirahã elder. Either that, or he is simply an agenda driven Brezhnev-era-like apparatchik who, unfortunately for well-meaning Americans, somehow ended up writing for the most widely read news-magazine in America.

The author is the Editor-in-Chief of The Algemeiner and director of the GJCF and can be e-mailed at defune@gjcf.com.

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  • Yale

    Dovid:
    >>Seeking to make his sources appear more diversified, Vick attempts a dishonest journalistic sleight of hand. After citing a columnist who writes for Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, he refers to another writer’s article published by Ynet.com, described by Vick simply as a “leading news site.” He neglects to mention that Ynet.com is just the online address for Yediot Ahronot’s website.

    You are assuming he knows this. Maybe he doesn’t.

  • lOU I AGREE WITH YOU,,,,,tHE MEDIA IS LEFTIST AND BASICALLY aNTI-iSRAEL–ex:-Sunday opinion article in NYT: Week in review,front page ,a half page.Some Professor telling the readership WHY Israel will not survive.Is it a coincidence that it appeared Sunday AM..Morning after Yom Kippur..??

  • Yenta Press

    The best description of the opinion the majority of Israelis
    share about Obama is:

    No, He Can’t.

  • JOHN TRAIN

    Karl Vick’s Latest Dispatch From Jerusalem is Just Laughable
    SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 11:55 AM 5 COMMENTS

    I like to read the comments. Only one shows(Jeff Class September 13, 2013 5:39 pm). This happens all the time. How do I get to read all of them?Ӭ

  • Stuart Hersh

    Time Magazine has a long history of celebrating such personalities as Al Capone, Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin.

    Furthermore, this propagandist-cum-editor, has decided to rewrite history. Obama is not considered Churchillian. He is regarded, by the majority of Israelis as a Chamberlainist.

    Mr. Vick has done for Time Magazine’s readers what Joseph Gobbels did for the German people.

  • Lou Adams

    One of these days Jewish groups are going to go after the racist hate inciting western journalists and and rip them a new pie hole. I encourage them to do it right after Sukkot.
    Peace to all in our oneness.

    • The left in the USA and Media haS TO BE PUT IN PLACE….THE ? IS HOW….

  • Efram Paul

    Since when does an American president return a gift from a friendly nation?

  • Jeff Class

    I find it very amusing that Karl Vick says: He (Obama) is now “being hailed as a model of principled resolve, a Churchillian figure”. Wonder if Karl knows that the first thing Obama did as President was to send a bust of Winston Churchill back to Great Britain. That bust was a gift from the Brits, that had been in the Whitehouse since WWII. Seems O shares his fathers hatred of Churchill and Great Britain.

    • Pam Kaye

      Sending back that gift ( which was not made to Obama anyway) was a shocking gesture to an ally. It showed his unfriendly feelings towards the UK. Who throws a gift back in the givers face, but an unmannerly barbarian

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