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1 Bob Levin  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 1:28:59pm

I wouldn’t go so far as to call this particular instance a Pravda moment. However, Gantz is explaining a complex concept, and the headline writer has to put it into five words. Add his statement to the series of contradictory statements made on the topic, and you have a befuddled press absolutely unable to comprehend one of the most important series events of the day.

I believe this happened once the governments of the wold began to see the press as a hostile nation, and began to treat it as so.

2 Reuters Middle East Watch  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 2:19:34pm

I would agree with you if it were only the headline but the lead is just as misleading (no pun intended) and in my view, deliberately so.

If you read Maayan Lubell and Jeffrey Heller’s update on this story, you can clearly see that they are attempting to pit a military expert against Netanyahu (a common Reuters tactic) by suggesting that the former believes the Iranian leadership is rational and therefore, unlikely to build a nuclear bomb (FULL STOP). If this were the case, Gantz’ assessment would undermine the official Israeli position that Iran is seeking the annihilation of Israel and dashing toward the bomb.

On the other hand, if you read the original interview in Haaretz, you can see that Gantz is focused on the strategic thinking of the regime. He believes that they are moving through all of the stages necessary to develop the bomb but will not make the final decision to build one until their facilities are immune from attack (at which time it will be too late). He says he doesn’t think they will go the extra mile but that there will be nothing to stop them from doing so once they are bomb-proof and that as Islamic fundamentalists, their calculations are ultimately unpredictable and dangerous.

Reuters has an agenda to portray the current Israeli government, particularly Netanyahu, as alarmists and war mongers, and seeks any opportunity to undercut it, including misconstruing the words of others.

3 Bob Levin  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 3:00:36pm

re: #2 Reuters Middle East Watch

I would agree, which is part of the confusion. There is no way to take all of the official statements from Israel and the US and make any kind of coherent sense of them. However, part of this confusion is the notion that Israel is ready, willing, and able to strike Iran at any time. Fortunately, Reuters is all too eager to help, even though they believe they are hurting and discrediting Israel.

The fact that Reuters plays their role so enthusiastically only helps the credibility of the smoke screen, convincing Iran, and many nations, that there’s got to be a fire in there somewhere.


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