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Ego vs Kilo

Shmuley Boteach has had his feelings hurt – by someone whose waist line is even larger than Shmuley’s ego.

On the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, from where I was broadcasting my radio show, I found myself sitting 10 feet from Michael Moore. He was chatting with journalists, so I decided to ask if he would agree to be a guest on my radio show. I wanted to debate him about his Bush-hating “Fahrenheit 9-11.” But when he saw me approaching, he dismissed me with a single, condescending flick of his finger as if I were a bug crawling up his arm.

I was initially offended by his arrogant gesture. And knowing of his hatred of Israel ñ he identified Israel as one of the three epicenters of evil in the world (New York Times, June 26, 2004) ñ I wondered if his attitude had something to do with my yarmulke and beard.

Maybe not, Shmuley. Moore had seemingly no problem talking to a reporter from Ha’aretz.

Filmmaker Michael Moore, attending the Democratic National Convention as a guest of former president Jimmy Carter, told Haaretz that he laments the state of the Middle East peace process. “I was just saying to his daughter here how sad it is that Jimmy Carter was the first to begin this process, and now we’re in such bad shape under this administration.

No, Moore. You are in bad shape because you eat too much, and don’t exercise.

It’s gone back to what it was before what Jimmy Carter did, and worse. Clinton was so close to bringing these two sides together and especially to knock some sense in Arafat’s head, So close! and then the whole country got distracted with Lewinsky and everything, and that was the end of it.

In other words: Close but no cigar?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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