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    • Proud Zionist
    • 02.02.11 | 20:44 (IST)

    I totally understand the apprehension with which Jews and Israelis view the events in Egypt right now. HOWEVER, the biggest issue Israel faces internationally right now is image...and shitty hasbara. Well first of all, to oppose the democratic yearnings in Egypt is to go against the old advocacy addage, always offered with lament, that ´Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.´ Now we have a CHANCE at smashing that and we balk!? Well then that line was never honest or we´re being dishonest and unjust now. I refuse to be a part of either. Secondly, just as far as hasbara efforts go, the organized Jewish communities around the world, Israel´s (lousy) foreign ministry, pro-israel journalists, and advocacy organizations are all expressing concern and dismay....AS 2 MILLION PLUS MARCH FOR DEMOCRACY IN CAIRO!!! Are you kidding me?? If the goal of advocacy for Israel is to ´win hearts and minds´ and have people understand the unique position Israel is in, positing ourselves as the fuggin´ enemies of democracy and trying to justify it while more than 2 million march in the streets...Uhmmm, most people are going to find it impossible to sympathize with that, however legit the concerns are. Wouldn´t it make more sense to unequivocally support democratic yearnings right now, and y´know, wait a week or two and THEN offer our concerns? Individually we´re brilliant. Collectively we´re bloody morons.

    from the article: As an Israeli, I want the Egyptians to win
    First published 17:42 02.02.11 | Last updated 17:42 02.02.11
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