The blatantly anti semitic and anti Israel cartoon which ran in the New York Times leaves one to wonder how Prime Minister Netanyahu should respond.

The time has come to learn from the example of Prime Minister Shamir who chose an effective way to respond to an unusually blatant anti Israel feature on a major American TV network that ran in June, 1987, on the 20th anniversary of the June 1967 war.

Shamir, in consultation with his creative press attaché, Avi Pazner, simply told that network that Israel would no longer give them access to interviews, press conferences or vital information.

Within 48 hours, the corporate vice president of that network rushed to Israel and asked for a chance to produce less biased coverage.

Shamir did not remove their press credentials.

He acted in a much more threatening manner. He removed their access.

Imagine what would happen if the Israeli government were to cut access to the New York Times until the proponents of that cartoon are removed?

It would work. Why? Because what the New York Times wants is access.

The blatantly anti semitic and anti Israel cartoon which ran in the New York Times leaves one to wonder how Prime Minister Netanyahu should respond.

The time has come to learn from the example of Prime Minister Shamir who chose an effective way to respond to an unusually blatant anti Israel feature on a major American TV network that ran in June, 1987, on the anniversary of the June 1967 war.

Shamir, in consultation with his creative press attaché, Avi Pazner, simply told that network that Israel would no longer give them access to interviews, press conferences or vital information.

Within 48 hours, the corporate vice president of that network rushed to Israel and asked for a chance to produce less biased coverage.

Shamir did not remove their press credentials.

He acted in a much more threatening manner. He removed their access.

Imagine what would happen if the Israeli government were to cut access to the New York Times until the proponents of that cartoon were removed?

It would work. Why? Because what the New York Times wants is access.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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