On the eve of Israel's second free and fair elections in half a year, The Washington Post claims that Israel is increasingly illiberal. But a look at the relevant history and facts say otherwise.
CAMERA prompts correction after AFP erroneously reported that Israel's extremist far-right Jewish Power party is in an electoral alliance with other right-wing parties. While such a pact existed in the April 2019 election, Jewish Power is running alone in the September race.
Jim Krane, of Rice University's Baker Institute, alleged in Forbes that "the Israeli president has been braying for America to attack Iran, just as he urged Congress to do in Iraq," and tenaciously clung to the unfounded falsehood when challenged about its veracity.
A photo caption misidentifies a billboard showing the Prime Minister alongside far-right politicians as "a campaign ad for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies." In fact, it's an ad for the competing Blue and White party, keen to paint Netanyahu as a close ally of extremists.
CAMERA prompts correction of a series of articles in Haaretz's English edition which erroneously reported that a Russian-Israeli meeting was dedicated to the "strengthening of the security coordination between Israel and Syria's armies." In fact, Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Vladminir Putin will address coordination with the Russian, not Syrian, army.
CAMERA prompts correction of an NBC article which falsely reported that PM Netanyahu promised two ministries to the Otzma Hayehudit party, the political descendant of the banned racist Kach party. In fact, the promise was made to the mainstream right-wing Jewish Home party.
Days after The Jerusalem Post fully and transparently clarified its initial misreporting of Netanyahu's remarks about Polish collaboration withh Nazis, The Los Angeles Times falsely alleges that the prime minister's office "modified the statement by removing a single word – 'the' – to remove the implication that all Poles were implicated."
The Washington Post used an obituary for former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens to belittle the current prime minister of Israel. The obituary displayed the newspaper's anti-Netanyahu zeal and its inability to present readers with the full story.
Months after numerous Israeli journalists determined a Channel 11 report claiming Prime Minister Netanyahu demanded that the National Library build an underground bunker to house his father's work was baseless, Haaretz's Uri Misgav repeats the story. Instead of correcting, editors add the library's denial.
AP photo captions mislead with critical omissions: Israel identified a reported cultural center bombed in Gaza as a Hamas facility. Also, Prime Minister Netanyahu criticized protesters not only for waving Palestinian flags but also for chanting, "With blood and fire, we will redeem Palestine."