A paper whose influence outstrips its circulation

A paper whose influence outstrips its circulation

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November 29, 2017 18:42
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The writer was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post between 1996 and 2002 (with a sabbatical year d

The writer was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post between 1996 and 2002 (with a sabbatical year during 1999-2000. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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The biggest news story during my stint as editor- in-chief of The Jerusalem Post was undoubtedly 9/11. And I missed it. I was stuck in Berlin, having traveled to the German capital to attend the gala opening of the Jewish Museum two days earlier.

As the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center, I was in a taxi on my way to interview then-German foreign minister Joschka Fischer. By the time I made it to his office, all his staff were glued to the television, watching the second plane fly into the South Tower. Fischer briefly stepped out of his office, looked at me, and said in English: “This is a declaration of war,” and then returned to his inner sanctum.

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