It was unmistakable: an ocean of writing influentials inundated the web with pro-Rouhani content during his UN visit, while simultaneously disseminating an almost uniform hostility toward the position of Israeli PM Netanyahu – the elephant who will appear in the UN room this Tuesday.
We wondered why.
What first caught our eye on the issue was this tweet from Al-Monitor‘s Laura Rozen identifying the obstacles to a nuclear deal with Iran: “IRGC, Congress, Israel.” This remark came the same day as the CSM piece “Israel on sidelines as world rushes to embrace Iran’s Rouhani” – an article then enthusiastically retweeted by many, including none other than CNN‘s Ben Wideman.
Meanwhile, NYT headlines made their own contribution (here and here), as did the countless tweets airing Rouhani’s call for Israel to join the NPT – most of them merely circulating the Iranian’s comment as is.
All this made us curious regarding the Israeli press. According to EA WorldView, “Israel’s media has served up a large plate of skepticism – with a side order of doubt – about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s successor.” We dug a bit deeper and found this eye-opener from respected Ha’aretz columnist Ari Shavit (apparently no right-winger himself), who expresses support for Netanyahu’s stand on Iran – and explains:
The international community of 2013 is posttraumatic. This stems from the economic crisis, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tahrir Square and Syria. The statesmen meeting at UN headquarters in New York this week represent a feeble policy of whitewashing the situation and deceiving oneself. The world lacks proper management or spine; it lacks the vision to stand up to the Iranian nuclear program. So it ignores the fact that Israel is right and drives Israel into a corner.
There’s clearly a media gap between the west and Israel (as well as other parts of the Middle East). We urge the western media to look into this – before Tuesday.