CAMERA Prompts USA Today Correction on U.S. Aid to Israel

After contact from CAMERA, USA Today has changed inaccurate wording in a May 18, 2021 report.

That article initially claimed that “Democrats have been divided over the consistent economic and military support the U.S. has provided Israel since its founding.”

Yet, as CAMERA pointed out to USA Today editors, the United States did not provide military support to Israel at its founding. In fact, the U.S. initiated an arms embargo against the fledgling Jewish state. Further, as the Middle East scholar Dennis Ross detailed in his 2015 history of U.S.-Israel relations, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S. Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama, most scholars date the beginning of military cooperation between the two countries to President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 approval of HAWK missiles to Israel. Kennedy, Ross notes, “was the first American president to speak of a special relationship with Israel, to talk explicitly of our commitment to its security, and to overrule the prohibition on the provision of arms.”

Following contact from CAMERA, on June 10, 2021 USA Today changed the wording to note that “increasingly, Democrats have been divided over the long-term economic and military support [that] the U.S. has provided Israel.” USA Today also added a note to the top of the report notifying readers that “the article was updated to clarify the timeline around America’s economic and military aid to Israel.”
 
For additional USA Today corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.