Bibi's attacks on media are an election strategy

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped up his campaign against the Israeli media with ferocious and ad-hominem attacks on local news organisations.

Meanwhile, his attempts to shut down the new public broadcasting corporation have hit a wall and do not have the necessary Knesset majority.

While some of Mr Netanyahu's rivals accuse him of paranoia, it seems more likely that these broads


Bibi mulls law to stop secret taping by journalists

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interested in passing a law in the next Knesset session that will prohibit the recording of conversations without the permission of all participants.


Media: the next bogeyman

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2016

Few politicians enjoy long honeymoons with the media.

Few remember that Benjamin Netanyahu enjoyed a relatively prolonged one when he entered politics in 1987.


Haaretz conference revealed peace camp's weaknesses

By Vernon Bogdanor, July 7, 2016

On Sunday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz held its first conference in Britain. Haaretz is the Israeli equivalent of the Guardian and many of the views expressed at the conference could have been taken from the Guardian, mirroring as they did the left-liberal critique of Israel which has become fashionable in the West.


Cash for terror: how PA duped British backers

By Ian Birrell, March 31, 2016

Ahmad Musa looks like a character in a gangster movie with his black leather jacket, slicked back hair and self-possessed stare. Perhaps this is unsurprising: he first went to jail aged 15 and has been behind bars for double murder.

As this stern man sits beside me, I ask him if he killed the two men as charged? He pauses, then replies softly: "Yes, I shot them dead."


Media backlash after police detain Jerusalem journalist

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 18, 2016

Police detained for questioning one of the most prominent foreign journalists stationed in Israel on Tuesday following an anonymous complaint that proved to be baseless.

The Washington Post's Jerusalem bureau chief, William Booth, was working on a report with two other Post reporters, Sufian Taha and Ruth Eglash, on the recent terror attacks near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City.


Charedi paper writes: 'Please don't kill us'

By Nathan Jeffay, November 5, 2015

A Charedi newspaper has sparked outrage by appealing in Arabic for terrorists to leave the strictly Orthodox alone.


Monitoring group set to challenge BBC over Israel coverage

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

A group monitoring the BBC is hosting two events that will call on the corporation to revise its "negative" media coverage of Israel ahead of its charter renewal next month.

BBC Watch asks if the BBC lives up to its self-proclaimed standards of excellence and accountability in its reporting of the Middle East.


TV station red-faced over Yom Kippur Nazi gaffe

October 1, 2015

A Chicago-based television station broadcasted a news feature on Yom Kippur using a background image associated with the Nazis.

The presenter of WGN TV's feature about Yom Kippur last week sat in front of a photo of the yellow Star of David that the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.


Netanyahu opposes new 'gagging law'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he wants to remove a clause added to a new broadcasting law that prevents journalists on Israel's state channels from expressing opinions on air.

The clause had been proposed by United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler and was supported by the minister in charge of public broadcasting, Ofir Akunis.