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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The media is partly to blame for the ongoing conflict between Israel and the
Palestinians, Israeli Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub told a crowd of British
Jews on Sunday at Limmud UK, a Jewish educational confab held in
The diplomat said “the media is anti-peace” because of its
preference for controversial stories over those relating to
“I was the head of a peace-negotiating team and I had
journalists call asking what’s happening,” he said. “I would say ‘I cannot tell
you but there are a couple of good stories about Israelis and Palestinians
co-existing.’ The response I got was always ‘nobody wants to hear about it.’”
later added that while he did not believe the media was the main reason why
Israel and the Palestinians have not signed a peace agreement, it didn’t help. A
bigger hindrance, he said, was the inability of both sides to reach the middle
ground based on past experiences.
During his speech the British-born
diplomat spoke about the disparity between how Israel is perceived in the world
and how it is in reality.
He said the Jewish State was “Woody Allen, not
That perception, he said, has now been
“reversed.” Its complexities and, at times, stark contradictions are much
Taub also shared his own experiences making aliya
decades ago and his first job in the country, writing speeches for the late
Israeli president Chaim Herzog.
He said that while living in an
absorption center he naively sent a letter to Herzog offering his services.
“Miraculously,” they called him back and hired him.
“Only in Israel,” he