The days of quiet diplomacy between the government of Israel and the New York Times are over.
Israel has declared an uprecedented war against the New York Times, for what it calls tendentious and unfair coverage of the Jewish state.
At the focus of the storm is the Goldstone report.
The Israeli delegation in the UN sent an official complaint to the newspaper’s editorial board.
The complaint, signed by the Israel UN delegation’s spokeswoman, Mirit Cohen, says that the newspaper uses subjective negative language about Israel and failed in writing fair and accurate coverage.
The New York Times has yet to respond. ========================
Letter sent on Nov. 5, 2009
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The description offered by the Reuters piece is a critical component of any factually accurate discussion of the Goldstone Report. In sharp contrast, the aforementioned Times articles fail to reflect this vital distinction as readers will falsely assume that the Goldstone Report found conclusive evidence of Israeli war crimes.
I wish to reiterate Israel’s position that the Goldstone Report is deeply flawed and one-sided as it offers legitimacy to Hamas terrorism and its deliberate strategy to launch attacks, store weapons and use as shields the civilian population and infrastructure of Gaza. At the same time, the report’s mandate predetermined its findings that wrongly condemned Israel’s legitimate exercise of its right to self-defense. The tendency of The New York Times to gloss over such realities must be rectified and I sincerely hope that paper will use accurate and appropriate language to ensure that its coverage of the Goldstone Report and the wide Middle East is fair and honest. I remain at your disposal if you would like to further discuss this matter.
Mirit Cohen, Spokesperson, Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN