Richard Silverstein
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About me

I blog about the Israeli-Arab conflict, and expose secrets of the national security state.

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Anti-Iran Media Drumbeat, Fueled by Israel, Increases as Deal Deadline Nears
Anti-Iran Media Drumbeat, Fueled by Israel, Increases as Deal Deadline Nears
As the deadline looms for the P5+1 nations to achieve a framework for a nuclear deal with Iran, the steady drumbeat of hostile coverage directed at Iran in the media increases. Jim White at Empty Wheel, in two good posts, noted a tendentious Washington Post op-ed by Ray Tayekh, Michael Hayden, and Ollie ...
Israel Honors Ex-Mossad Officer Who Rose Through Rank by Sleeping with Her Boss
Israel Honors Ex-Mossad Officer Who Rose Through Rank by Sleeping with Her Boss
On Israel Independence Day, several exemplary Israelis are chosen to light the torch at a special national ceremony marking the commencement of the day. This year, the theme of the ceremony will be: trailblazers. One of those chosen was Israeli Palestinian TV host, Lucy Aharish, a notable safe, liberal ...
Shin Bet Partially Lifts Gag Order on Golan “Spy” Case
Shin Bet Partially Lifts Gag Order on Golan “Spy” Case
Israel’s Shin Bet has partially lifted the gag order (in English) on the Druze “spy ring” which allegedly passed on IDF military secrets to the Syrian regime. It’s named a few of the detainees whom I’ve already named (but hasn’t identified others whom I’ve already named and laid out the charges against ...
Bibi Played Elections Race Card, Implying Obama, Israeli “Arabs” Conspired to Defeat Him
Bibi Played Elections Race Card, Implying Obama, Israeli “Arabs” Conspired to Defeat Him
An Israeli has just sent me some very compelling evidence I hadn’t yet seen about Bibi’s election day shenanigans. In the sturm und drang over his anti-“Arab” tirade, another important Bibi-meme has gotten lost. In my election post, I translated the PM’s infamous video exhorting Jews to vote because ...
UCLA: Adam Milstein’s Pro-Israel Student Mentor Network and BDS Obsession
UCLA: Adam Milstein’s Pro-Israel Student Mentor Network and BDS Obsession
A portion of this post deals with UCLA Hillel. Before I launched into it, I wanted to juxtapose my own experience as a graduate student at this Hillel back in the 1970s. Then, I was pursuing an MA in Comparative Literature. The campus Hillel, led by Rabbis David Berner and Chaim Seidler-Feller, was ...
Shmuley Boteach, CodePink and the Priestly Malediction
Shmuley Boteach, CodePink and the Priestly Malediction
I saw this photograph a few days ago and I had to look at it a few times to see the most bizarre aspect of it. Obvious to anyone is Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on the left side and CodePink founder Madea Benjamin on the right. The event was a Washington DC panel Boteach was hosting including Sen. Ted Cruz ...
Israeli Election Post-Mortem: Rearranging the Deck Chairs
Israeli Election Post-Mortem: Rearranging the Deck Chairs
I use the term “post-mortem” deliberately, because the results of Israel’s election have been a sort of death for many Diaspora Jews and even Israelis who hoped finally to be rid of Bibi Netanyahu. There is a sense that Bibi, with his last minute racist pyrotechnics in effect stole the election, or ...
South African Intelligence Cables Expose Mossad Africa Operations
South African Intelligence Cables Expose Mossad Africa Operations
A shorter version of this post was published at Middle East Eye. Al Jazeera English (AJE) published a treasure trove of secret “spy cables” it appears to have procured from a South African intelligence source. Almost all the documents either originated in that country or refer to it in some explicit ...
Israel’s Election: Bibi and Blood in the Water
Israel’s Election: Bibi and Blood in the Water
Post by ‎Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו‎. A translation of Bibi’s press conference statement: All day, politicians speak to the media, Tzipi, Bougie, leaders of the left, they…make crude election propaganda. The party of “Just Not Bibi” [Labor] speaks ceaselessly to the media. It’s no surprise, ...
Real Estate Developer and Convicted Felon, Adam Milstein’s History of Pro-Israel Fraud
Real Estate Developer and Convicted Felon, Adam Milstein’s History of Pro-Israel Fraud
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the misdeeds of Adam Milstein (aka Tuvia Milsztein), the convicted felon, millionaire Los Angeles real estate developer and donor to far-right Israel advocacy. He was born and raised in Israel, graduated from the Technion in 1978 and arrived in America in 1981. ...
Israeli Elections 2015: Likud Losing, Labor Rallying
Israeli Elections 2015: Likud Losing, Labor Rallying
A curious thing happened in the past few days in the Israeli election race. Something I didn’t expect at all. Bibi Netanyahu’s Likud has lost momentum and fallen in a number of polls to 21 seats from a previous high of 24 seats or so. The Zionist Camp has advanced marginally to 24 (and in some polls, ...
Purim: Till You Can’t Tell the Difference Between Israel and ISIS
Purim: Till You Can’t Tell the Difference Between Israel and ISIS
Purim, the Jewish holiday that happened a few days ago is a strange one. It’s an amalgam of genocide and celebration, drunken revelry, hitting perfect strangers in the street (with toy hammers), raucous noise, and donning crazy costumes. It’s a little bit Halloween and a little big Super Bowl. But ...
Israeli Secret Police Arrest Another Syrian Druze Under Gag Order
Israeli Secret Police Arrest Another Syrian Druze Under Gag Order
Israel’s Shabak arrested yet another Syrian Druze under gag order. Though his identity and arrest may not be reported inside Israel, I’m doing so here: he is Hisham Sha’alan, a sheikh from the Golan village of Ein Qiniyye. The case is most assuredly connected to the alleged “serious espionage” scandal ...
Happy International Women’s Day: Signed, Your Friends in the Israeli Police!
Happy International Women’s Day: Signed, Your Friends in the Israeli Police!
The State of Israel just announced who would receive the honor of lighting the torch that marks the start of Israel Independence Day. It went to Israeli TV news anchor, Lucy Aharish . She is a young Israeli-Palestinian who grew up among Moroccan Jews in Dimona. Her politics during this period were ...