To citizens of Israel, it’s often baffling how foreign media characterizations of the state seem to have almost no relationship to their daily reality. Sometimes, the criticism is so hyperbolic and fantastical it’s almost as if they’re covering a different country entirely. Among the most popular conclusions in search of evidence within the media echo chamber is that the state is becoming increasingly racist, moving “dangerously right” and that democracy itself is in danger.
The Economist’s latest edition includes a series of pieces on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, including one, titled ‘Right v far right: Politics in Israel no longer offers much of a choice’, which represents one of more egregious examples of this erroneous media narrative.
As with most media attacks on Israel, the Economist’s nearly 1500 word article on issues such as religion and state, terrorism and interfaith relations all but ignores the actions…
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