LA Times Corrects After Confusing Two Very Different Israeli Political Parties

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CAMERA’s Israel office prompted a correction at The Los Angeles Times last week after the paper confused two very different political parties. The Jan. 8 article by Noga Tarnopolsky (“Israel in uproar after chief rabbi calls ex-Soviet Jews ‘religion-hating goys’“) had originally reported online:

In the last year, that leverage has shifted to Jewish Home, the secular, right-wing party founded by Avigdor Lieberman, a former defense minister, who has successfully parlayed Israel’s growing exasperation with the power of religious authorities to become Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most tenacious nemesis, and Israel’s most consequential political leader.

In fact, Lieberman founded the secular Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party. The Jewish Home (HaBayit HaYehudi) party is a religious party, formerly the National Religious Party, and now headed by Rafi Peretz, the education minister and a former chief rabbi for Israel’s military.

As the same reporter correctly reported Sept. 22: “Avigdor Lieberman, a secular right-wing nationalist whose ‘Israel is Our Home’ party won eight seats in the Knesset . . . ”
In response to communication from CAMERA, editors commendably amended the digital report. It now corrects refers to Yisrael Beiteinu as opposed to Jewish Home.