A Rare Opportunity for the BBC to Fix Its Israel Problem

Oct. 13 2020

While American Jews are familiar with the hostility and inaccuracy that have plagued reporting on the Jewish state in the New York Times and other major media outlets, in the United Kingdom the issue takes on a different character, as the principle offender is the state-run British Broadcasting Company (BBC), which has a near-monopoly on broadcast news. This summer, the BBC gained a new director, Tim Davie, who has expressed an emphatic commitment to bringing impartiality to reporting. Manfred Gerstenfeld sees at least the potential for change:

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More about: BBC, Media, United Kingdom

The War in Yemen Will End When the Houthis Are Defeated

Oct. 22 2021

The Biden administration took office with promises to “end” the civil war in Yemen and ease the humanitarian crisis there. And so it has reduced U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been supporting the country’s pre-2015 government against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and pressured Riyadh to scale down its military efforts. By doing so, Washington hopes it will encourage the two sides to negotiate a compromise, rather than simply encourage the Houthis to keep fighting until they conquer the whole country. Oved Lobel argues that this entire line of thinking is based on a fundamental misapprehension of the situation:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Iran, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, Yemen