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WashPo misreads Sharon plan

Today’s Washington Post staff editorial begins: A month after promising President Bush that Israel would withdraw all of its troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is overseeing the largest military operation there in years — yet another of the unpleasant surprises he has delivered to the administration as it struggles

Scale of values

The IDF commander in charge of Gaza forces, Col. Eyal Eisenberg, shares this piece of information that did not make it into your local paper: I haven’t told this to anyone but in the midst of this operation, we assisted a baby being born and evacuated an elderly woman who was injured and summoned a

Security fence, diligence are working

Josh Harvey has a important chart showing how Israel’s security fence, coupled with aggressive anti-terror measures and increased diligence, have thwarted the great majority of attempted terrorist attacks for the past two years.

CBC ‘addressing anti-Israel bias’

Toronto Star has a followup on the CBC’s apology for a highly biased Neil Macdonald report, critiqued by HonestReporting: CBC News is re-working its practices to avoid any future journalistic “mistakes” that may give its audiences the impression it has an “anti-Israel bias.” The changes stem from a report by Washington correspondent — and former

Friedman: Settlers = Shiite butchers

NY Times’ Tom Friedman today: Question: What do the Shiite extremist leader Moktada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army have in common with the extremist Jewish settlers in Israel? Answer: More than you’d think. Both movements combine religious messianism, and a willingness to sacrifice their followers and others for absolutist visions, along with a certain disdain

Admitting press errors

The UK’s Mirror published this front page after it became clear they had published fake photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq: Our question is, where was this front page after the monumental Jenin ‘massacre’ hoax of 2002, which took in the entire British press??

AP apologizes for Arafat

Yassir Arafat made this statement to Palestinians on national TV Saturday: “Find what strength you have to terrorize your enemy and the enemy of God.” The Associated Press informs readers how to understand Arafat’s call to terror: Arafat, whom Israel accuses of supporting militant groups, did not appear to be calling for new attacks on

A missing colon

On Friday the IDF found Palestinians using a United Nations ambulance to hide away the body parts of fallen IDF soldiers. Check out the Reuters headline: Israel Gunmen Used UN Ambulances to Carry Remains An accurate colon after ‘Israel’ would have made all the difference… Comments to: editor@reuters.com (Hat tip: Michael D.)

New NYT Jerusalem bureau chief

From NY Post: Steven Erlanger is out as cultural czar at the New York Times, and is being reassigned as Jerusalem bureau chief. Jonathan Landman, one of the few heroes in the Jayson Blair scandal, was made cultural news editor in his place.

CBC Watch

Canada’s National Post has started a column called ‘CBC Watch’. This inaugural edition critiques the Neil Macdonald segment that we ran a communique on earlier this week. In it, Macdonald lent a prominent voice to a Israeli-conspiracy nut by the name of Eugene Bird: Mr. Bird’s implication — that Israeli agents are secretly controlling American

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