CAMERA’s Israel office today prompted correction of an egregiously false Jerusalem Post headline which provided fodder for anti-Israel conspiracy theories linking Israel to ISIS. The Nov. 27 headline had alleged: “Report: ISIS, Israel Temporary Allies Against Iran.”
The word “allies” appears five times in the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report in question, but not once in relation to Israel and ISIS. While the report never vaguely hinted that Israel and ISIS are allies – temporary or otherwise – the headline nevertheless placed quotation marks around the word “allies,” as if the report actually used this term in respect to the two sides.
The report points to nothing more than what is already well known for a long time – that, as common enemies of Iran, both ISIS and Israel share a narrow interest. That doesn’t make them allies, despite the reporter’s unfounded assertion in the first paragraph: “A new report suggests that in a narrow arena of confronting Iran’s presence in Syria, ISIS and Israel’s interests may temporarily converge, which in a way makes them allies.” (Emphasis added.) Allies have agreements to help and support each other. Israel and ISIS have no agreements and do not help or support each other, and thus in no way are they allies.
In response to communication from CAMERA, editors commendably amended the headline. The headline now accurately states: “Report: Israel, ISIS interests aligned against Iran.”
Contrary to standard journalistic practice, editors did not append a note notifying readers of the change.