- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 7, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

U.S. should press Israel on Gaza” (World, Tuesday), essential details about the Council for the National Interest (CNI) were missing. CNI is an anti-Zionist group that has vilified Jews and Israel for years through propagandistic articles and ads, as, for instance, in a 2006 New York Times ad blaming Israel for the war in Iraq. Because the opinions of Stephen Buck, a participant in the CNI “political pilgrimage,” occupy much of the article, it would have been good to sketch the full nature of the organizing group rather than merely quote from its Web site.

Also, the article refers to differences in death-toll counts from Israel’s December-January operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It states that the Israeli army asserted that “most of the dead were militants.” As CNN and the Jerusalem Post have reported, the large majority of Palestinian Arabs killed were “terror operatives” and members of Hamas or other terrorist groups. Specificity would have strengthened this report.

AVIVA LENOFF

Washington research intern

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

Washington

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