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Sundown: Obama’s Big Spenders Still Back Him

Plus Dagan on Iran, Zuckerberg v. Zuckerberg, and more

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• They have nearly a year left to change sides, but so far President Obama’s big Jewish “bundlers” from 2008 are standing by their man. [Forward]

• Former Mossad head Meir Dagan continues to be the most prominent Israeli voice against attacking Iran, today warning that all the threatening talk may cause Iran to speed up its nuclear program. [Ynet]

• The new top conservative talk radio host in Iowa—a powerful position given the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses—is a British Jew named Simon Conway. [NYT]

• You know that dumb-looking NBC quiz show where people who get answers wrong are dropped into a suddenly-opened hole beneath them? That’s an Israeli export. [Ynet]

• So the Israeli techie who changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg did it on the theory that Facebook wouldn’t sue someone named Mark Zuckerberg. This Mark Zuckerberg was wrong. [Huff Post]

• Kibbutzniks debate the increasingly religious character of Israeli society. [Haaretz]

Marc Jacobs will not do poetic justice to disgraced anti-Semite John Galliano and take over his post at Dior. Le sigh.

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

A clip from Dagan’s talk was shown on Israeli TV news and he said that the military option should remain on the table, but it should not be the first choice.

Few, if anyone in Israel believe that an Israeli attack should be the first choice, only the choice of last resort. The real debate (poorly explained, if at all on “Tablet”) is a question of timing – what is the last point at which an Israeli attack would have a reasonable chance of success, and reasonable people could reasonably disagree on this.

What is generally agreed to in Israel is that the Western sanctions are anemic, at best and that the Obamanoids are hesitant about using real power, financial or otherwise. Indeed even Jeffrey Goldber, the ultimate Obama apologist on all things Israel has expressed doubts regarding the Iran policy about “those surrounding Obama” who seem to be influencing His O-ness.

Contrary to the impression given by MT’s postings, Dagan is not omniscient. No one is. Moreover the decision if and when to attack to a large degree is a function of predicting what Iran will do when in a program that by its nature is highly secretive. And as Niels Bohr, the great Danish-Jewish physicist noted, prediction is very difficult especially when you are talking about the future.

Also, contrary to P.C. belief, the issue is not a simplistic left-right issue, at least in Israel itself. There are certified lefties (e.g., former Mossad chief Danny Yatom & journalist Hirsh Goodman) who are more hawkish on Iran, and rightists e.g., Dagan himself who appear to be more dovish.

It would behoove Tablet to solicit a few articles on the Iran conundrum (and anyone who says it isn’t a conundrum is a fool) from BOTH sides of the issue, with a clear understanding that either position is legitimate and reasonable, is replete with trade-offs, and ultimately result from reasoning under uncertainty. Especially about the future.


Efrata / Jerusalem

Hell yes I’m going to stand by Obama. I can well imagine a wasteland of World War III if some mentally imbalanced redneck Republican like Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry gets at the reins of government. It would be like the country committing suicide.


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