Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hollywood silk purse

Some days there is nothing to blog about, and other days, like today, there is too much.  So I’ll start with a small but telling thing concerning the Israeli Foreign Minister (found via the Angry Arab News Service; my emphasis in red):

“Foreign Minister Tzipi Livini, who is also currently in Los Angeles, met with actor John Voigt, Angelina Jolie's father. Voigt told Livni that Israel is very dear to him and that he is willing to assist in any way he can.

During the tour of the Fox studios, the Foreign Minister also met with senior representatives from the American film industry, including Steven Spielberg.”

The Israelis, like the Americans (remember the quixotic battle of Karen Hughes, trying to make Arabs feel the love that Americans have for them, while the United States approves the predations of Israel against the Palestinians and Lebanese, and kills its own Arabs in Iraq), have come up with the brilliant idea that the perception of Israel held by the rest of the world – some little thing involving dead children and unprovoked attacks and stolen land – is entirely a PR problem, and can be corrected with the proper spin from a clever advertising program.  Tzipi Livini is behind the ‘re-branding’ program.  What better place to go for product placement than Hollywood? What Zionist propaganda is next on Spielberg’s agenda after Munich?  There is an old expression in English that isn’t very Kosher:  you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.