Steinitz presents al-Dura report to Netanyahu 390.
(photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO)
For over 10 years, I’ve been fighting, along with many friends, to get out the
truth about the al-Dura blood libel.
For many years, the strongest
argument of our opponents has been the silence of the State of Israel when my
efforts were sometimes undermined by Israeli diplomats. So getting the support
of Israeli public diplomacy was an important objective.
On Sunday, Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu received Moshe Ya’alon’s and Yossi Kuperwasser’s
report, which confirms my accusation against French public TV.
milestone on the way to the truth.
Yesterday, a French court of appeals
was expected to release its verdict on another episode of my defamation trial
against France 2, but the verdict was postponed, for the second time. It is now
due to be given on June 26.
My victory in that case could be an important
step forward, but nothing is certain.
Five years ago, after I won the
appellate court trial, France 2 denied the report was a hoax and appealed to the
French Supreme Court on technicalities. Last year, they won and the verdict was
annulled. The highest French court said we didn’t have the right to look at
France 2’s raw footage to decide if I was right or wrong to accuse them of
having staged their news report.
Kafka was back! If I lose, you can be
sure Israel demonizers and France 2 will use the verdict to slander Israel, and
me, even if I lose on technicalities.
Almost 13 years after the
broadcasting of the Dura hoax, Israel is still trying to recover its good name,
and this should be a reason to worry for the State of Israel and its citizens.
Thirteen years and so many lives lost because of Israel’s silence, because of
Israel’s incapacity to understand global anti-Semitism is fed by Israel’s
reluctance to defend its point of view.
During all these years, I’ve been
undermined by Israelis; ambassadors, politicians, journalists and by a prominent
American Jewish organization which preferred to keep access to the French
politicians over fighting for the truth. Nevertheless, I was confident because
the truth has always been on my side.
NOW THAT the State of Israel has
taken the official decision to fight for its good name, it is important to
encourage it to continue and to analyze how this huge PR failure has been
allowed to go on for so long.
This Kuperwasser investigation committee
has been important and productive. I strongly recommend that the State of Israel
establish another investigative committee to determine the problems which led to
One day or another, Israel will face another lie, another
blood libel or other false accusations during military operations. Israel was
not prepared for this war, and Israel lost.
Since the creation of the
State of Israel, Arabs, with the complicity of some Western countries, have
tried to destroy this tiny nation by open warfare. They failed.
tried terrorism. In the end, that also failed. So, they turned to media war –
and here, unfortunately, they succeeded.
The result is that now, the wars
Israel wins on the ground, while respecting international laws and treaties, are
lost on the media battlefield, and then in the diplomatic arena.
official Israeli report, which was issued on Sunday, shows a turning point in
the Israeli authorities’ state of mind: they decided to fight for their good
name. This is good news, and will be effective only if they are able to analyze
their mistakes and draw conclusions in order not to repeat past
As in every previous war, Israel has no choice but to win. It’s
a question of survival, and I’m sure Israel will succeed.The writer has
been a truth fighter on the Dura case for more than 10 years.