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July 13, 2008

Spyer on Changing Times

Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, aka "Israel's head of security" and "the nation's de facto leader," according to White

Jonathan Spyer describes the errors appearing in a Sunday Times interview with Tony Blair by Lesley White:

Lunch with Blair, we are told, takes place under parasols which overlook "east Jerusalem's temples and mosques." I have lived in Jerusalem for just under two decades. It does contain quite a large number of mosques. Temples, however, are conspicuous largely by their absence. The clue is that religions worshipping in temples - Hindus, Buddhists - have scant regard for Jerusalem, and hence don't bother to build facilities for worship in it. . .

Lesley White mentions the "Palestinians I spoke to" in her article. These, however, do not seem to have been offset by any Israelis that were "spoken to" - at least they appear nowhere in the text. This perhaps explains another, more interesting error. Lesley White refers to a person described as Israel's "head of security." This person, apparently, is called Gabi Ashkenazi, and he is, Lesley White tells us, "considered by many the nation's de facto leader."

Posted by TS at July 13, 2008 02:51 AM


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