Thursday, December 6, 2007

Israeli leadership shows true colors in wake of NIE report

The paragraphs that followed appeared in the Jerusalem Post on December 5th 2007

"Several Jewish officials participated in a conference call arranged by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Tuesday, a day after the declassified report was released, to discuss the effect of the findings on their outreach efforts.

"It was a lot of people saying, 'Oh My God! How are we going to talk about this now? We have to be very careful about our messaging,'" said one participant who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said that he was struck by the lack of discussion of the implications of the report on its merits and whether it should cause any rethinking within the community on the issue of Iran.

"You have to take the report as positive. I was happy when I saw it," he said.

But, according to the official, the reaction was largely negative and the call mostly focused on how to reshape the message on Iran - away from the immediacy of the threat and towards an emphasis on Iran's role in terrorism and human rights abuses. "

You have to ask yourself why Israel learning about proof that their neighbor not having an active nuclear weapons program to be a negative thing. And the first thing the leaders are talking about is changing their message about why Iran is dangerous. Watching the news in the next few days is going to be like taking a advanced PR class.

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