The heading “Why Israel doesn’t care about peace” was shouting at me from 20 copies of the latest edition of Time Magazine, as I passed a newspaper stand.
An article like this (excerpted here on-line) superficially certainly seems a paradox, since direct peace talks have just recommenced at the strong behest of Netanyahu, and against the foot-dragging of Abbas. Perhaps the title of the magazine was chosen 3 months ago, and Time is such a dinosaur that it can’t change so quickly?
Another point that shouts out is that the Israeli Magen David on the Time cover is in daisies; aha, so even if Israel appears to be wanting peace, it is just an evil Jewish trick that Time Magazine is clever enough to expose to the world.
As this excellent article here by Daniel Gordis in Commentary Magazine indicates, Time implies that the reason Israelis are not so concerned about peace is that they are more concerned about real estate and making money.
The Time article squarely points the finger at Israel as being responsible in advance for any failure in the current peace process. Now isn’t that convenient for any Israel-basher.
So just what is Time Magazine about? It’s difficult to know. I flipped through the magazine to see a couple of letters complaining about a previous article which suggested that any American who had a problem with a Ground Zero Mosque/Centre is Islamophobic… OK so that’s 2/3 of Americans who have it wrong! Also, here is the Wikipedia take on Time and their parent company Time Warner. .. worlds second largest entertainment conglomerate headquartered in New York City. Fortunately, others in the internet (could you imagine standard media criticising one of their own?) have picked up on this here, here, and here. I also like this expose by Omri Ceren entitled The decline and fall of Time Magazine: The editorial war on Israel .
If Time Magazine wants to “tell you what’s your view” it’s certainly making a statement with their cover. Maybe others of us can also make a statement .. and it won’t be “yeah you rite” a Meters track covered excellently here. Hopefully, Time will in the future be gracing less waiting rooms; you never know, it might lessen the pain.
As a postscript, it is good to see that the story is not going away, with Zionist Organisation of America’s Morton Klein challenging a Time Magazine operative to a debate.