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Monday, December 03, 2007

Israel's appallingly bad public relations

If you want to know what's wrong with Israel's public relations, you need look no further than our diplomatic corps overseas. The foreign ministry has been dominated by the left for years now. For most of the period since 1992, our foreign ministers were Shimon Peres, Shlomo Ben Ami and Tzipi Feigele Livni. The result is a diplomatic corps that is leftist and defeatist and that often does the country more harm than good. That's when it's not dominated by political hacks in the 'plum' positions. Then we need to add incompetent. (Recall the naked ambassador, and the woman who wanted to be ambassador to England with a 'rudimentary knowledge of English').

The following came from an email that was circulated by Israel's consulate general in Atlanta, Georiga, USA. I believe that it speaks for itself, but I'll add to it anyway, because frankly, I am furious about it.

Hat Tip: Lucius Septimius
From: Event News [mailto: information@atlanta.mfa.gov.il]
Sent: Mon 12/3/2007 9:57 AM
To:
Subject: Diplomat Discusses Importance of Annapolis

Ambassador Mansour Talks to University of Georgia Students About the Importance of Annapolis Summit

November 29, 2007 - The conflict in the Middle East is "not about good and bad...it's a struggle between moderate people on both sides who are trying to fight extremism." This was the message of Ambassador Reda Mansour, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast, during his visit to Athens and the University of Georgia.

Ambassador Mansour's visit to the Classic City coincided with the peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland. Speaking before an excited class of international affairs students, Mansour remarked that the conference "opens a window of opportunity to return to a peace process, a chance to negotiate over a year the important historical issues in the Middle East."

During his visit, the Ambassador also had the opportunity to meet with the UGA student organization, "Dawgs for Israel" The group of student leaders is a strong proponent of Israeli issues and and its members were enthused to meet the Israeli diplomat. Dawgs for Israel members are pictured above with Ambassador Mansour at the University of Georgia Arch.

In addition to student leaders, the Ambassador also met with UGA faculty and local media.
Consulate General of Israel to the
Southeast
1100 Spring St NW, Ste 440
Atlanta, GA 30309-2823

Michael Printy Arthur
Director of Media Affairs
(404) 487-6511
media@atlanta.mfa.gov.il
No, Mansour is not Jewish, he's Druze. But that's not the point. He's a representative of the government of Israel.

After more than ninety years of Arab terror against the Jewish presence in the land of Israel, for an official representative of the Israeli government to claim that "The conflict in the Middle East is not about good and bad...it's a struggle between moderate people on both sides who are trying to fight extremism" is beyond the pale. If with all our high falutin' moral standards, our own government's representatives cannot even bring themselves to portray us as 'good' struggling against 'evil,' it is no surprise that no one else does so. If we portray our struggle against Arab terror as a struggle between moderate people on both sides who are trying to fight extremism is it any surprise that Condoleeza Rice thinks that the 'Palestinians' in Israel are like the Blacks of her youth struggling against Jim Crow in the southern US? Who on the 'Palestinian' side is trying to fight extremism? Abu Mazen and his murdering cohorts?

I'd like each of you to send an email to Michael Printy Arthur to protest these kinds of statements being made by Israeli diplomats and being used as Israel's public relations. If I had Mansour's email address, I would tell you to write him directly, but for now, this will have to do.

4 Comments:

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Batya said...

I know you're not making this up. Truth, as the saying goes, is stranger than fiction.

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Israelis have always been bad at PR. This is amazing when you consider that so much of Madison Ave is Jewish dominated. Then again, while Israelis are genetically Jewish , 50% are culturally goyishe. ( as if thier "normal" culture-trailer trash lite -is something to be proud of.
Part of the problem is their world famous arrogance. Since they think that they are always correct and more intelligent , they don't need to explain themselve.
However I always thogh that they needed PR help and some of it would be very basic.
First, istead of parroting the NYTimes line that Israel was created in '48, they should follow Begin's victory speech and the Lubav rebbes advice- Israel was created 4000 years ago at Mt. Sinai.
Take the term "Israeli". Yes that is how it is said in Hebrew, but if the goyim say "Israelite" and rastas sing about Israelites, wouldn't using that term make the most Supersecccionist think twice?
Since our biggest supporters are religious xtians, should the forign service people flaunt their lack of tradition. I know thta when Begin took over, foriegn ministry officials had to publically keep kosher. It wouldn't suprise me if that was changed by Barak or Olmerde.

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger RadicalRon said...

I can't help but wonder who will be the first to validate The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Moonbats at Foggy Bottom, or the Israeli Foreign Ministry?

It's as if the two have joined together for the sole and distinct purpose of turning Israel into a circular firing squad.

Sad, sad, sad.

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Batya,

I'm happy to bounce you the original email if you'd like. It was actually distributed by the Atlanta consulate.

Daniel,

This isn't a question of being 'bad.' It's intentional!

 

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