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January 19, 2011

Israel Prime Minister's Office on Time

In terms of the quality and objectivity of its Israel coverage, Time keeps on slipping.

On its Sept. 13, 2010 cover, a Jewish star made of daisies was meant to signify the superficial thesis, laid out in the cover story, that Israelis don't care about peace because they're too wrapped up in their economic success. Shortly thereafter, it published another attack on the Jewish state that not only adopted the language of anti-Israel activists (the security fence is described throughout as a "wall"), but also introduces language that's even more inflammatory and deceptive (the fence, to Time, is an "iron curtain"). Most recently, the same author, apparently having abandoned all attempts to disguise his hostile editorializing, announced that "self-righteous indignation is a staple position for an Israeli public...."

This last article prompted the Office of Israel's Prime Minister to send a response, which was published on Time's website:

Dear Mr. Stengel,

I wanted to bring to your attention a recent article in Time entitled "Israel's Rightward Lurch Scares Some Conservatives." I hope that you will agree that the article's obvious bias and numerous distortions are not worthy of the standards of your prestigious magazine.

Israel is depicted in the article as essentially sliding towards fascism. Your correspondent refers to Israel's Shin Bet (the equivalent of the FBI) as a "secret police," claims that the Israeli government "increasingly equates dissent with disloyalty," and accuses the Prime Minister of "taking a page from neighboring authoritarian states."

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by at January 19, 2011 10:24 AM


Fabulous letter! It should be a full page ad in all the major newspapers in the major cities of the world!

Posted by: Yael taubman at January 20, 2011 11:54 AM

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