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It's plain to see in the evening news

Reader comment on item: Spying on Friends: The U.S. and Israel

Submitted by Andrew Sc (Australia), Sep 14, 2015 at 01:18

I appreciate the courage of the author for writing about this. The phenomenon is not new.

Watching the evening news on BBC or CNN, the israeli tanks always appeared in close-up, their details displayed for all to see. By comparison, then American or European forces had to be deployed in desert conditions similar to Israel, the western equipment was only shown from proper distance, conveniently shrouded in smoke or sand.

The journalists themselves were "embedded" to NATO troops, meaning they could only go where they were taken and could only film what they were allowed to. On contrast, through each of Israel's wars and intifadas, western journalists were busy on the front line, in alleyways and Kasbahs.

Against this backdrop, the organised spying is a "natural" extension of the ambiguous western attitudes towards the Jewish state.


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