Ha’aretz fancies itself as the Middle East’s “newspaper of record”. It champions those who seek an Israeli affirmation of their anti-Israel attitudes
Over the past two weeks Israel has been rocked by a major espionage scandal in which Ha’aretz newspaper plays a central role. To understand the significance of the scandal, it is worthwhile to preface a discussion of it with a look at a smaller story Ha’aretz developed this week.
On Sunday, Ha’aretz’s Amira Hass reported that in January the IDF published a new military order that paves the way for the mass expulsion of illegal aliens from Judea and Samaria. The story sported the disturbing headline, “IDF order will enable mass deportation from West Bank.”
In a follow-up on Monday, Hass reported that ten self-described human rights organizations, (all funded by the New Israel Fund), sent a joint letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak asking him to rescind the orders. She noted too that, “the international media also has taken great interest in the story.” And indeed, on Wednesday, a Google news search for, “IDF West Bank deportation order,” drew nearly 20,000 results.
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