Yet again, Ha’aretz provides an example of how its distorted coverage provides fodder to anti-Israel writers abroad. Yesterday Ha’aretz’s Web site published the following headline:
This dismal headline implies that the Israeli army is seeking to upgrade means in which to harm civilian populations. Indeed, one must read the article itself several times to understand the new brigade’s actual purpose: to increase precision of attacks on combatants so as to minimize harm to civilians. But the dismal online headline, coupled with the lack of clarity in the article itself, points falsely instead to IDF intentions to massacre, a notion that anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein jumps on.
One need only look at the English print edition for a straight-forward headline: “IDF plans to set up first short-range rocket battalion.” Ha’aretz editors take note: an accurate subheadline would read: “New rockets would reduce casualties among non-combatants during strikes against terrorist targets in populated areas.”