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Sundown: Winning the Flotilla

Plus the uncowardly Robert Ford, the Hasidic Sam Spade, and more

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Joe Levin, private eye.(NYT)

• Good piece on Israel’s wildly successful anti-flotilla diplomacy, which has on one front evolved into a “ bidding war between [Turkey and Greece] to help Israel.” [Guardian]

• Yet Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan insisted that Israel must not only express regret but actually apologize for last year’s flotilla raid. That will make Israel and Turkey’s negotiations toward formal diplomatic rapprochement more difficult. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• At least 12 died in anti-regime protests in Syria today, bolstered by U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford’s surprise visit yesterday to the dissident stronghold of Hama. [WSJ]

• Your weekend reading is this amazing profile of Joe Levin, the foremost private investigator specializing in the Hasidic world, courtesy the other daily magazine of Jewish life and culture. [NYT]

• China and Russia have reportedly been aiding Iran with its nuclear program since the 1990s. Thanks, guys. [Washington Times]

• Super-brief primer on next Monday’s Quartet talks from Aaron David Miller. [Wilson Center]

• Note the mutual useless stereotypes of Manhattan and Florida. [NYT Magazine]

• If you think of Lebanese politics as the English Premier League—“all about the relaxed rules about foreign ownership and player transfers—it becomes easier to understand (mainly if you already understand the EPL). [Karl reMarks]

• Francophilic intellectual Arthur Goldhammer blogs a review by Sylvie Kauffmann of an autobiographical book by Dominique Moïsi called Un Juif Improbable. But I’m sure there are plenty of non-Jewish French intellectuals. [French Politics]

• Influential film historian Robert Sklar died at 74. [NYT]

Viggo Mortensen as Freud? David Cronenberg directing? Keira Knightley receiving spank-therapy? Sign me up!

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Caroline says:

Audacity of dopes presents: “Guns guns guns” \ the #flotilla2 song:


“Viggo Mortensen as Freud?”

OK, so long as Mortensen is on the couch, too, as he needs it.

I saw him (Canadian TV talk show) make an off-hand, by-the-way, parenthetical, having-nothing-to-do-with-it excoriation of Israel. I was astonished.

My memory is that Mortensen said something along the lines of “I hate Israel.” Yes, it was that weird. Out of the blue and yet casually said.

Mortensen ought to be on the couch trying to understand his out-of-proportion feelings about Israel.

FTW says:

As someone who has proudly counted himself a Man of the Left for almost fifty years,I am ashamed and angry that so many of my ci-devant comrades(including dilletantes from Hollywood)have adopted an automatic “I Hate Israel” stance…when it was fashionable to pity poor,helpless little Israel(pre-’67)they all wanted to “work” on a kibbutz…now that Israel has evolved into a complex nation among the other nations of the world with all the contradictions and conflicts contained therein it’s easy for them to be seduced into the “Perfidious Jew”-hatred that is all too common among today’s so-called Liberals…there is nothing liberal about Jew-Hatred even when it masquerades as hatred of Zionism…

All true, but they needed someone who could portray Freud’s chiseled features and rippling torso.


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