A couple of weeks ago there was a report in the Israeli media that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said: "Two of Israel's enemies are the New York Times and Haaretz," or words to that effect. As I recall, the PM's office came out with a strong denial.
I do not for one moment believe that Israel's PM would like to gag the press. On the contrary, he, and all thinking Israelis, are very proud of our country's vigorous democratic freedom of the press. And yet, if PM Netanyahu did say (or think) such a thing, today's Hebrew edition of Haaretz (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012) certainly provides food for thought.
On the front page, in the boldest and largest print on the page, the main news item concerns the trials and tribulations of a woman at Malpensa Airport in Milan when she went through security checks prior to boarding an El Al flight to Tel Aviv. Really? Does the editor of the newspaper find that the Iranian atomic threat to world peace is less important? That the dreadful events in Syria don't even rate a front page mention? Aren't even the Republican primaries in the USA important to Israelis? Apparently...More >>