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Posted on 12/31/2005 2:56:23 AM PST by IsraelBeach
Israel: Spielberg "Munich" Dangerous; Rationalizes Terrorism
There is no excuse for terrorism, no rationalization for the murder of innocent civilians.
By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem----December 28......Steven Spielberg has made a very big mistake. And rather than admitting it: "you know it was an error, I overreached, I am going to pull it - my movie on the Munich Massacre," Spielberg hires a spin doctor from Israel. But Steven, no amount of PR spin will pull you out of this mess. You cannot ask Israel to hesitate for one tenth of one second on our war against terrorism.
Many in Israel will now argue that if Spielberg was truly sincere in his attempt to create a "prayer for peace" that he should have created a documentary. Both security and media analysts in Israel smell commercial exploitation of Israel terror victims. How much popcorn will be sold? Will that money go to Israel terror victims or into Steven Spielberg's bank account?
Steven Spielberg has hired one of Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's top public relations agents to counter massive negative feedback about his new film about Israel's retaliation for the Palestinian terror attack on its team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Eyal Arad, who helped mastermind the recent Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, said on Sunday he was promoting the film "Munich" in the Jewish state, where it has already stirred fierce debate. "This market is an important market," Arad told Reuters. "We are talking about a film that has generated a lot of interest here, and naturally that sort of interest can entail some negative reactions as well as positive reactions," he said.
Negative reactions? Spielberg is asking Israel to hesitate on its war against terrorism. To think about what we are doing as we defend ourselves. Spielberg is a friend of Israel. We appreciate his creative genius. But for Spielberg to suggest to the Israel defense establishment as to how to operate would be like the Mossad, Shaback, the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel police to advice Spielberg on lighting, sound and editing.
Steven, you never served one day in the IDF or in the Israel security services. You have a complete void when it comes to understanding Arab mentality and culture. Come for a ride with me on an IDF jeep patrolling the Lebanese border. We come under fire. We hit the dirt and immediately fire back in the direction of the enemy. We then get up on our feet and move towards the enemy while firing at them. Will you ask us as we fire back: "you know there may be a good reason why the Iranian backed Hizbullah wants to wipe Israel off the map."
You created such masterpieces such as Saving Private Ryan but yet totally lack the real knowledge of warfare. This is not E.T. saying "ouch." When we in Israel say "ouch" it means that innocent men, women, children and babies are being blown up on a bus, in a restaurant or in a shopping mall by people who call for Islamic Jihad. These Palestinians do not know of democracy. Attacking New York's World Trade Center and beheading Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is what they know best. Not all Palestinians or Islamic Arabs but it is in their culture to "support" their brothers even if they are wrong. Islamic terrorists are not born in Beverly Hills or Great Neck.
Avi Dichter, a retired head of Israel Shin Bet domestic intelligence service who attended a preview in Washington, likened "Munich" to a children's adventure story. "There is no comparison between what you see in the movie and how it works in reality," he said. There is a total lack of historical accuracy.
So when director Steven Spielberg, in his new film on the post-Munich reprisals, showed a Mossad case officer ordering agents to hoard receipts to recover expenses while in deep cover abroad, eyebrows were raised among veterans of the intelligence service. Its an absurd version of the modus operandi, former field agent Gad Shimron said when asked about Munich. Agents are expected to account for their expenses, but not if it means incurring the risk of discovery. They can just as easily declare their expenses from memory when they return home, and its accepted on trust. That is just one of a list of complaints made about Munich by those with direct knowledge of the Israel reprisal campaign.
The Spielberg's PR team worked on Ilana Romano and then she kindly noted that, unlike the book, the movie overlooks the Mossad mistake - the 1973 killing of a Moroccan waiter mistaken for a senior Palestinian fugitive in the Norwegian town of Lillehammer. "Had Spielberg wanted to harm Israel's image, he would have included the Lillehammer affair," Romano, whose weightlifter husband was the first Olympian killed, told Israeli television. "Don't let's over-analyze Spielberg's film."
No, let's over-analyze "Munich" for what it is. It's dangerous. It places doubt in the minds of all counter-terror operations from Washington, Russia, Spain, England, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey if they are doing the right thing?
Steven Spielberg calls his new movie, "Munich," a prayer for peace. The movie tells the story of the 11 Israel athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympics in Munich by Palestinian terrorists and Israels response to the murders. In an interview with Time Magazine ahead of the movies premiere, Spielberg doesn't hide his affinity for Israel, and says, there has never been adequate tribute paid to the Israel athletes that were murdered in 1972.
Spielberg began filming Munich in June, with an estimated budget of USD 70 million. He says, I don't think any movie, or any book, or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today, but it is certainly worth a try. Spielberg adds: "I'm always in favor of Israel responding strongly when it's threatened," he says. At the same time, a response to a response doesn't really solve anything. It just creates a perpetual-motion machine. There's been a quagmire of blood for blood for many decades in that region. Where does it end? How can it end?"
Steven war ends when one side hurts so much that they are forced to surrender. That's called the "Powell Doctrine" the use of overwhelming force is how one wins. "Munich" only adds a rationale to those in Syria, Iran, Gaza, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia who wish to destroy Israel. Steven you are naively taking on the role of "Tokyo Rose" and you don't even realize it.
You ask how can it end? Through objective and healthy education provided by the Palestinian Authority, programs such as Seed of Peace and the end of anti-Semitic incitement throughout the Arab media. It will end when good people like yourself turn your cameras towards making advertisements and documentaries for the Arab masses which call for peace. "Munich" does not call for peace - it demands that we who believe in democracy doubt our actions when we defend ourselves.
Israel consul-general in Los Angeles has criticized Steven Spielberg's film about the 1972 Olympic massacre in Munich as a "superficial", "pretentious" and "problematic" work that draws an incorrect moral equation between Mossad agents and Palestinian terrorists. Speaking to Israel radio, Ehud Danoch, said: "As a Hollywood movie, I assume that it will be defined as a well-made film, but from the standpoint of the messages it sends, the messages are problematic."
Danoch accused Oscar-winning Spielberg of equating Mossad agents to the terrorists saying: "This is an incorrect moral equation. We in Israel know this. There is also a certain pretentiousness in attempting to treat a painful decades-long conflict by means of quite superficial statements in a movie." But far from fostering reconciliation, early screenings have triggered considerable criticism from Israel hardliners. "Jews pioneered Hollywood," wrote Jack Engelhard, the author of the best-selling novel and film, Indecent Proposal. "If, as our enemies say, we own Hollywood, well, here's the plot twist - we have lost Hollywood, and we have lost Spielberg. Spielberg is no friend of Israel. Spielberg is no friend of truth. His Munich may just as well have been scripted by George Galloway."
Most Islamic Arabs would never know what your movie Munich was all about. To most Arabs, Spielbergs film is just another part of the vast "Jewish media conspiracy." They believe that the "Jewish media conspiracy" theory best explains why so many in the Western World sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians.
Example given - the Palestinian mastermind of the Munich Massacre said on Tuesday that he had no regrets and that Steven Spielberg's new film "Munich" about the incident would not deliver reconciliation. Mohammed Daoud planned the Munich attack on behalf of PLO splinter group Black September, but did not take part and does not feature in the film. He voiced outrage at not being consulted for the movie and accused Spielberg of pandering to the Jewish state.
"If he really wanted to make it a prayer for peace he should have listened to both sides of the story and reflected reality, rather than serving the Zionist side alone," Daoud told Reuters by telephone from the Syrian capital, Damascus. Daoud said he had not seen the film, which will only reach most screens outside the United States next month. "When I chose a long time ago to be a revolutionary fighter I prepared to be a martyr. I am not afraid, because people's souls are in God's hands, not Israel's," he said.
Israel, nor any modern Western democracy, has no partner in peace with those who believe that we are all infidels as they blindly embrace Islamic Jihad (holy war).
Steven you are a Jew, an American and a friend of Israel. As such Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, PFLP, Hizbullah and al Qaeda would not shed one tear in beheading you. Pull Munich. Create a documentary for the Islamic Arab market. But you will face one very large obstacle - they do not believe in democratic principles such as freedom of speech. Your "prayer for peace" documentaries would be burned in the same fashion that Hitler and his Nazis smiled as they watched thousands of books turn into tall pillars of fire.
As for your public relations company in Israel, I trust that not one employee of Eyal Arad wears an Israel Defense Forces uniform in the IDF reserves. That they advise you to take your profits from "Munich" and give it to the thousands of terror victims still suffering in Israel hospitals - those who have lost an arm, a leg or their eyesight. Start with the babies and children.
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and here we have it in the blaring light of day so bright, blind men can see it. real jews in israel who fight on the front lines everyday for life and death. on the other hand, you have steven who is pampered, wealthy, ignorant and yet will tell those true fighters how they should minimize their life into a cheap movie. simply amazing. watch this movie to get a train load of oscar nominations.
I do not plan to see the film. Is it true that the only 'suicide bomber' in it is a jew??? That would be outrageous
Stevie Spielberg! Leave the serious stuff alone. Stick to your field of expertise. Making science fiction for children
My goodness! This guy is a double traitor.
/pre-emptive vs Moonbat arguement
"No one ever died from reading Der Sturner, but the culture it served caused 6 million jews to drop dead" - George Will
I heard the same thing too--one of his his " messages " ( from the ENLIGHTENED ONE of course...) is that " Recognition of Plights only COMES from seeking revenge--but the ACTION that would cause that REVENGE is relative.
To Libbies--EVERYTHING is " Relative " .
Just like--does anyone remember :
WHAT happened to the dems asking for TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY when WE " Deal " with Iraq- and how WE treat OUR " terrorist captives " !!
But what happened to Them and their media seeking answers to the BRIBED UN MEMBERS from Saddam Hussien??
I don't see too many INVESTIGATIONS of PROBES into what FRANCE, RUSSIA, GERMANY and China did to affect UN Votess!
You don't see any MOVIES coming out about the Niggest Social Rip-Off in History so far--let alone the 235 seperate Mass graves found in Iraq!
Happy New Year,
AirBorne Chris, Linda, Tom
Evil exists, and Israel has every right to defend itself, as do we all. This is Nazi terror redux, and God help the world if we let them roll over the world without a fight. It's eerily frightening to hear the nonsense of 'oh, can't we all get along' from people on the West Coast. Pray for peace is fine, but keep your powder dry and aim for the whites of their eyes. Islamofascists don't care how many they kill, they don't care if they die...they're going to paradise. Well, they're trying very hard to get nukes and fully intend to use them.
Spielberg and the rest of the moral relativist crowd are like that scientist in the old black and white version of 'The Thing'. The title might be 'It Came from Another World'. Anyway, the scientist allows the alien access to blood supplies at an arctic base and finally rushes down the hall to warn him that he's walking into a trap. (We can learn so much from you! We can live in peace! Blah, blah, blah.) Naturally, the monster bashes his head in.
The problem is that Spielberg and his pals are playing with our lives, not just their own. But I forgot, they're the elite, so smart, so much more ethical and self-righteous, they know so much more than the rest of us. In the immortal words of John F. Kerry, we should just sit down and shut up.
Spielberg is no freind of Israel. He is one of those liberal Jews who would have sold out his own to stay alive. Any sympathy toward Jordainias who call themselves palestinians and murder the innocent is a treasonous act against the Jewish people.
Long live Israel.
I'd sooner rip my own fingernails out with a pair of needle-nose pliers than see this movie.
before this article, jus thought movie would be more entertainment; though controversy reported might make more $$ for director....
More than anything, people like and including Spielberg are completely disconnected from the realities of human actions in any relationship with what they/Spielberg does.
He's just completely and utterly disconnected on an emotional level as to the hideous and torturous realities that have and still can affect people's lives. And almost everyone like and similar to him is in the same degree of protected disconnect.
For instance, many years ago, Spielberg was heard to exclaim a description of some degree of poverty struck helpless by circumstances, as finding "only several hundred thousand dollars remaining" in "one of" your bank accounts. ~Only~.
That statement (I paraphrased) he made in all seriousness, as some sort of empathy response about the idea of personal struggle, that statement well describes his degree of protected disconnect from the harshness of our world, of just how painful some situations are and can be.
Many of these sort of people are among the Left nad exist in a sortof academic utopia realm, which also explains their popularity among academics, rebellious youth and disenfranchised, antisocial adults otherwise.
He is "a Bolshevik Jew," as are many of his peers and cultural Jews who are dedicated Leftists, support the ACLU, and similar. They are still attempting to work out a communist-marxist state in some foolish, misguided belief that it's a protective, provisional state. It isn't. Bolsheviks, sadly, is what they are and remain and it IS communism that's their ideal. Shame that they've supplanted religious beliefs with such destructive ideology.
"What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul."
That's too easy on Spielberg. He can and has made serious, meaningful films, such as Saving Private Ryan. He chose however with Munich to take a serious subject and use it to push a liberal, appeasement POV, and in so doing has betrayed his blood.
It seems he has with 'Munich"
This is a time to remember another famous Jew who, faced with outrageous mortal inevitability uttered these approximate words:
"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do"
Don't allow yourself to be goaded into outrage...for the glee of hateful so and so's.
I didn't like Private Ryan too much. It got boring, quit watching after 40 minutes. I'll admit the 20 minutes of the D-Day landing and invasion was very well done
If he keeps going down the "path" he's going with "Munich", maybe the next movie of his "mudlum" appeasement will be the title used by one of the comedians (Zak)in the HBO "Comedians of Comedy":
"Schindler's List 2: Let's Get This Party Started"
It wouldn't surprise me......