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Sunday, January 13, 2008 

Ms. magazine is so hostile to Israel it won't even take an ad featuring Israeli female leftist politicians

Michelle Malkin and Gateway Pundit have pointed to a double-standard being displayed by Ms. Magazine, which wouldn't run an ad featuring three left-wing - I repeat, LEFT-WING - women who have high positions in Israeli politics and government: Tzipi Livni, Dorit Beinish, and Dalia Itzik. It's very bad, because it shows that Ms. is hostile to Israel even when it's leftists who are the focus.

First, to all who've been reading about this: if you want to get a viewpoint from an Israeli citizen, while I do agree that Ms. are a bunch of cruds, the women featured in the ad from the AJC are not worthy of praise in the first place. And to anyone who thinks that Tzipi Livni is worthy, I suggest you take a look at this article from the BBC, where she shook hands with Mahmoud Abbas, a terrorist. She is also a member of Ehud Olmert's very corrupt political party, Kadima, which heads the government now. On the other hand, Ms. is showing how anti-Israel they are by refusing even to take an ad featuring highly placed Israeli female leftist politicians.

However, if you are aware that Livni has been one of those negotiating-with-terrorist politicians, let me ask you something: is this the kind of person you, who claim to be conservative, think is worthy of attention in promoting Israel? What does this mean, that when leftist women happen to be Israeli, that's when they become legitimate in the eyes of a conservative?

I fail to see the logic here, because if you realize that Hillary Clinton is bad business, then Livni, to name but one leftist or pseudo-conservative, is too. How can there be any difference? And what next, if Livni becomes head of Kadima and runs for premiership, are you going to just blindly go miles out of your way to support her without a single second thought?

Let us be clear: I agree that Ms. isn't worth the paper it's printed on and no women need consider it on their side, but ironically, Livni, Beinish and Itzik, who was part of the left-wing Labor party, are not deserving of any praise or admiration, and in the eyes of this American-born Jew now living in Israel, it's not a big deal if the ad wasn't taken, even if it does demonstrate Ms. is anti-Israel, even against Israeli female leftist politicians.

At the same time, I find it very troubling that the very same conservatives who find this case dismaying never said a word of condemnation against Ariel Sharon for abandoning the Gaza strip 2 and a half years ago, and have to question their pro-Israelism. Take a look at what's in this previous topic. This, to my knowledge, has never been reported by a prominent conservative, pro-Israeli source. I think it's a shame, because even outside of Israel, people should and have every right to know if Sharon did something wrong and in his old age fell back upon it. And it's not a crime in any way to report about what wrongdoing a so-called hero does to his own public. Sharon was elected PM against Ehud Barak in early 2001 because people wanted him to lead the fight against Arab terrorists, but he did not do so until the Park Hotel massacre on Passover 2002.

Even conservatives make mistakes, yet it is a shame when they are unaware that people whom the American left discriminates against are really on the same side as the American leftists. What Ms. did is very bad, but the women who were featured in the ad are personally not worthy of admiration.

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