The Independent misleads with photo illustrating Naftali Bennett’s 2-state comments

UK Media Watch

A guest post by CAMERA intern Aron White

Here is a screenshot from the top of the Middle East Homepage of the Independent, which links to an Associated Press (AP) article published at their site.


On the basis of this headline and photo, one would assume that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, said that Israel now has the opportunity to ‘end the Palestinian state’.

They would be wrong – Mr. Netanyahu did not say any of that. The comments were made by Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Education Minister and leader of the Jewish Home Party. Yet in reporting the story of Mr. Bennett`s comments, The Independent led with a photo of Netanyahu, which implies to the reader that it was Netanyahu who made the comments.  He did not make the comments, and his position, whereby he supports the two state solution, remains unchanged. (Whilst Mr Netanyahu’s

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