Jewish organizations slammed Time magazine for its cover story appearing in its
September 13 issue, saying the article titled “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About
Peace” was “insidious” and borderline anti-Semitic.
The American Jewish
Committee and the Anti-Defamation League both responded to the article penned by
the magazine’s Jerusalem correspondent Karl Vick.
Ed Rettig, acting
Director of AJC Jerusalem, lambasted the author for quoting poorly sourced polls
and misrepresenting reality.
“Leaving aside the libelous nature of the
article (what awful people don’t care about peace?), its internalization by
decision-makers would be catastrophic,” he wrote. “The false belief that
Israelis are indifferent to peace will prevent them perceiving the conflict as
it really is, and cause a misreading of developments.”
ADL national director, was even more vehement about the article, saying it had a
strong bias against Jews.
“The insidious subtext of Israeli Jews being
obsessed with money echoes the age-old anti- Semitic falsehood that Jews care
about money above any other interest, in this case achieving peace with the
Palestinian,” wrote Foxman.
“At the same time, Time ignores the very real
sacrifices made by Israel and its people in the pursuit of peace and the efforts
by successive Israeli governments of reconciliation.”
In the article,
Vick argues Israelis no longer regard the conflict with the Palestinians as a
matter of urgency, deeply affecting their daily lives, but rather as a
“The truth? In the week that three presidents, a king and their
own prime minister gather at the White House to begin a fresh round of talks on
peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the truth is, Israelis are no longer
preoccupied with the matter. They’re otherwise engaged; they’re making money;
they’re enjoying the rays of late summer,” he writes.
“A watching world
may still define their country by the blood feud with the Arabs whose families
used to live on this land and whether that conflict can be negotiated away, but
Israelis say they have moved on.”