Those are three of the recommendations made by Frank Luntz, a political consultant and pollster, in an internal study he wrote for the Washington-based group The Israel Project (TIP) on effective ways to talk to Americans about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
The 117-page study, titled The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was commissioned by the nonprofit group, which aims to promote Israel’s side of the story, and leaked to NEWSWEEK. It includes chapters with such titles as “How to Talk About Palestinian Self Government and Prosperity” and “The Language of Tackling a Nuclear Iran.”
The report is strewn with bolded examples of “Words That Work” and “Words That Don’t Work,” alongside rhetorical tips such as “Don’t talk about religion” and “No matter what you’re asked, bridge to a productive pro-Israel message.” Taken together, the 18 chapters offer a fascinating look at the way Israel and its supporters try to shape the public debate in their favor.
Asked about the document, TIP’s founder and president, Jennifer Laszlo-Mizrahi, told NEWSWEEK it was based on polling and work with focus groups and is used to formulate communications strategy. She said setting people straight about settlements is particularly important: “The idea that some have in Washington that unilaterally putting pressure on Israel to make concessions on settlements is going to lead to peace is unfortunately shortsighted.”
The settlement issue has been the single biggest source of friction between the United States and Israel since Benjamin Netanyahu became Israel’s prime minister in March. President Obama has said he wants to see a complete halt to housing construction in Jewish communities of the West Bank. About 300,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank, not including East Jerusalem; Palestinians regard the area as the heart of their future state.
Luntz, who has advised mostly Republican candidates, appears to have tested a variety of messages on the focus groups. He concludes that “public opinion is hostile to the settlements,” even among supporters of Israel. “Nothing is tougher to articulate effectively to neutral Americans than a message in favor of the settlements,” Luntz writes. “Let me be clear about this conclusion. Plenty of Israeli and American Jewish leaders have tried, but American and European audiences rejected almost everything we tested.” Luntz did not respond to NEWSWEEK’s request for comment.
The report cites three particularly ineffective arguments Israeli officials often make in defense of settlements:
(1) The religious argument: “Quoting from the Bible in defense of the current settlements will have absolutely the opposite impact. Even your Jewish audiences will recoil at an attempt to use Biblical passages to justify the settlements.”
(2) The ownership argument: “Some of those reading this document will reject this advice ideologically but to claim that Israel ‘owns’ the land that the settlements are on will cause most listeners to reject everything else you say. Semantics does matter, but if we correct Palestinians using the words ‘disputed territory’ when they say ‘occupied territory,’ we have to accept that the settlements are disputed territory as well.”
(3) The scapegoat argument: “Claiming that Palestinians and other Arab groups are using the settlement issue to gain political advantage may be correct but it does nothing to legitimize Israeli policy.”
In the report, Luntz describes the “best settlement argument” as one that draws a parallel between the Arab communities in Israel and the Jewish settlers in the West Bank—and refers to the idea of evacuating Jews as racist. “The idea that anywhere that you have Palestinians there can’t be any Jews, that some areas have to be Jew-free, is a racist idea,” he suggests saying. “We don’t say that we have to cleanse out Arabs from Israel. They are citizens of Israel. They enjoy equal rights. We cannot see why it is that peace requires that any Palestinian area would require a kind of ethnic cleansing to remove all Jews. We don’t accept it. Cleansing by either side against either side is unacceptable.”
One line of argument that Luntz says actually harms the cause is Israel’s policy of restricting Arab housing construction in East Jerusalem: “The arguments about demolishing Palestinian homes because they are not within the Jerusalem building code tested SO badly that we are not even going to dignify them with a Word’s That Don’t Work box. Americans hate their own local planning boards for telling them where they can and can’t put swimming pools or build fences. You don’t need to import that animosity into your own credibility issues. Worse yet, talking about ‘violations of building codes’ when a TV station is showing the removal of a house that looks older than the modern state of Israel is simply catastrophic.”
Jim Shaw is one of the highest ranking Freemasons to ever defect to Christianity. Billy Graham took part in Rev. Jim Shaw's 33rd Degree Masonic initiation. This was before Shaw left the Lodge for Christ. Only 33rd Degree Masons and candidates participate in that initiation. Jim Shaw refers to Billy Graham's presence at this Masonic ritual on page 104 of his book co-authored with Tom McKenney titled 'The Deadly Deception' Lafayette, LA: Huntington House, Inc. 1998. Huntington House refused to print this book unless they took out Billy Graham's name and substituted it with a general description on page 104 ("internationally prominant evangelist" ) Before Jim died he confirmed this fact to many people. At page 109 I have included a letter from Tom McKenney stating that p104 definitely refered to Billy Graham. For those of you who do not have the time to read through Jim's whole testimony, I recommend you read page 104 and the letter located on page 109 to verify the fact that it was
Unlike in Greece, in Israel archeology is considered more than a tax-generating business by the state. It offers the opportunity to rewrite history, to delete Palestinians and recreate Biblical Israel. Recently, two events provided colorful reminders of these industrious fabrications.
Israel systematically attempts to create what George Orwell called in 1984 "Memory Holes,"+ a fairytale that the state calls "history" while selling tickets to its national parks.
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) wants all Americans to serve their government, including women. On Friday he introduced one bill that would reinstate the draft and another that would require all women to register for Selective Service as well.
Rangel introduced the The National Universal Service Act (H.R. 747) for the sixth time since first being proposed in 2003 during the Iraq war. H.R 747 "would require 30 million people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform two years of national service in either the armed services or in civilian life."
Rangel also introduced the All American Selective Service Act (H.R. 748) which requires all women to enroll in the Selective Service System. This would essentially double the number of registrants. The current law requires only men ages 18 to 25 to register, leaving approximately only 13.5 million in the registry.
"Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts," said Rangel in a statement. "Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm's way."
Yes, it seems that Arab Christians are looked at as ARABS first and foremost by the christian and Isreali communities. They are considered animals even though they are christians. It is very sad indeed when a brother is treated in this way. Such a lack of respect....God did not want us to be this way....I know that for SURE! Men are equal! The race you belong to doesn't make you superior or inferior. Men have a choice to either live up to God's precepts or not! Men who treat other men like animals are NOT living up to God's precepts! Anyone who doesn't understand this doesn't have the spirit of God within them.
http://ethicalfocus.org/the-israel-palestinian-conflict-each-sides-contrasting-narratives/ ... ... ... ... Because this is a very difficult and emotional subject, I think it’s helpful for you to know something about my background. It is, at least in part, a basis for my point of view. I grew up in Antwerp, Belgium, and lived there until the age of 11. I came to New York in 1940 in what I think was the last boat before Germany invaded. The reason I’m alive and here is because of my mother. She was organizing a soup kitchen feeding refugees from Germany, and she heard the stories and convinced my fat ... [This message is long. Retrieve the whole message]
It is pretty pitiful when you hesitate to travel to other countries because you are ashamed of what the US is doing, and you know people in other countries will be asking where you are from if you travel.
I like to imagine the chinese and russians calculating ways to save the american people from their cruel masters. But I know the russian and chinese people feel just as oppressed as we the people. I remember my mother telling me she learned in high school that the communists said they would take over this country without ever firing a shot. Now she doesn't remember ever telling me that.
Why do we have to pay to live on the planet where we are born? Before that was the policy, tribes were on the war path for territory to farm, I suppose. And they used up the land until it wouldn't grow any more food, then moved on....
How might it be possible to live on this planet without feeling like a slave to anything or anyone? Especially when we are slaves to having these individual bodies that need food, shelter, air to breath, and water.
If the controllers of property were to provide more plentifully for us all, instead of stewarding the resources we put out, and there was no pressure on anyone to do any more than they wished to offer freely from a heart of inspiration, would anyone complain of being kept like fancy fish in a fish bowl?
Any hologram is unbearably boring in the absence of creativity. And the controllers of holograms are terrified of creativity as that is what destroys established matrixes.
We are on the edge of eternity, poking pin holes in the fabric that had been separating us from heaven. When the curtain finally falls many will faint away at the sight of the cities of gold and silver. They are spinning around us. Wheels spinning within wheels. We are in heaven. We just cannot see it yet. It will be revealed soon.
I wish I was an artist so I could paint a picture of gyroscopically spinning planets one within another, draped and decorated with lovely foliage and vines. Those fresh out of the garden were on a platform and didn't realize they had been expelled to the surface of a globe, that is why they believed the earth was flat.
There are too many of these spinning wheels to count. They are overlapping and intermingling freely. If anyone wants to escape, the way to do it is "be still and know that I am God"... There is no exit.
I just realized that I have hijacked another thread. Oh well. This all seemed to be related when I began writing it. I guess maybe what I am saying is that everyone could be doing the very best that they can, as horrifying as that may sound.... But what if? I suspect we are about to find out.
I wouldn't. The war was horrible. What happens to people in war is horrible. Everyone was afraid Fascism was going to spread to the whole world and HItler would the Lord of all. He did what he thought he needed to do, help to prevent that. But it didn't. Because as soon as that war was over, the same thing started happening to the Palestinians and Corporate America began to show it's true colors by controlling the men in Washington. I would simply understand that he was ignorantly taking part in a grand illusion that was in the process of unfolding, which would have the opposite effect. Instead of freedom, it would further control and enslave people for profit. And those who were exploited in prison camps would turn around and use it as a tool to manipulate and control Hollywood, and the banking system, and more...gotta go now
the holy one of israel is gonna clean house. then there will be peace. not until. its not what people want.
King James Version (KJV)
14 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the Lord for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
5 The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.
6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
22 For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord.
23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts.
24 The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
27 For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.
29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.
31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.
32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
Challenge the message and not the messenger! The first person to resort to name calling and personal attacks automatically loses the debate! Personal attack is often the best indication that the writer knows his logic is flawed and therefore tries to deflect attention by attacking the opponent, instead of attacking the arguments of the opponent.
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