It's become monotonous. The 'NY Times' reports
on U.S.-Iranian relations -- and leaves out the
Israel angle entirely.
By James North
March 20, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" - - "Mondoweiss"
- It’s become monotonous. The New
York Times runs a report on U.S.-Iran
relations, including the sparring over the nuclear
deal — and the paper leaves out the Israel angle
latest example the other day was headlined:
“Impasse Over Iran Nuclear Talks Sets Off
International Scramble to Save Accord.”
The article, in addition to the U.S. and Iran,
mentioned Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia
and the European Union — but no Israel.
The reporter, Lara Jakes, is a veteran
correspondent, with many years of experience,
including in the Mideast. She didn’t just parachute
into the story from covering town board meetings in
The Times’s editors are legendarily
powerful, which raises the suspicion that 1) they
either cut any reference to Israel, or 2) Jakes knew
better than to include one.
The omission is inexplicable. Israel fought
vigorously against the Iran nuclear deal back in
2015, a campaign that included Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress behind
President Barack Obama’s back. Since then, large
sections of the powerful U.S. pro-Israel lobby
cheered Donald Trump’s 2018 exit from the
agreement, and one of Israel’s main mouthpieces
here, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies,
loudly opposes a U.S. return to the deal.
The Times’s failure to include Israel’s
role is even more egregious in light of the
recent Op-Ed by retired Israeli Major General
Yair Golan, who said “key leaders in the Israeli
Defense Forces” welcomed the agreement when it was
signed in 2015. So far, neither reporters from the
Washington Post, (which ran General Golan’s
article), nor the Times have followed up on
his assertions, which also included the charge that
Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the agreement for selfish
political reasons, not because he thinks it’s a
genuine threat to Israel’s security.
Israeli daily Haaretz, citing the
Wall Street Journal, said that “Israel has
struck at least 12 ships carrying Iranian oil to
Syria” since late 2019. Israel is obviously not an
innocent bystander to developments in the Mideast,
but the New York Times apparently does not
always find that news fit to print.
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