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February 02, 2009

Israeli Law Expert Considered Libel Suit Against Ha'aretz

Daniel Reisner, the former head of the IDF International Law Division, told the Jerusalem Post he had considered suing Ha'aretz for libel after it wrongly claimed he criticized his successor, Pnina Sharvit-Baruch. According to the Post article, Ha'aretz

claimed [Sharvit-Baruch's] predecessor at the head of the army's International Law Division, Col. (res.) Daniel Reisner, had criticized her enabling of the military's "trigger-happiness" during the war.

The response to the assault on Sharvit-Baruch was quick in coming.

"I was cheated outright by Haaretz," Reisner told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. "In an hourlong interview, I told them the opposite of what they wrote. [Sharvit-Baruch] was my deputy for 15 years. She's an incredible lawyer and a friend. Many of her interpretations actually continued my own legal developments. I have considered suing the newspaper for libel."

According to Reisner, the newspaper even rejected his on-line talkback on the paper's Hebrew Web site, in which he denied he had criticized Sharvit-Baruch.

If true, this wouldn't be the first time Ha'aretz "cheated" in its reporting.

Posted by GI at February 2, 2009 09:13 AM

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