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Michael Kuttner

Reports from our man on the ground.

First published in jWire


21 February, 2017

The long anticipated meeting between Israel's Prime Minister and President Trump has taken place. Fallout has been swift with reactions ranging from shock to pleasant surprise.

It is obvious to any observer that the personal chemistry between the two leaders is vastly different to that prevailing under the Obama Administration. Gone is the spectacle of Israel's PM being lectured by those whose sole objective was to impose a solution which would have inevitably led to another terror State threatening us. Missing was the rhetoric of “we know what's best for you” which in reality was a recipe for future disasters.

Obviously there will still be differences but the atmosphere has lost its toxicity and narcissist hectoring. Problems can now be discussed and thrashed out in a mutually acceptable manner. Above all the common interests of both countries are now more closely aligned. This means that the challenges of Islamic terror and Palestinian Arab fostering of it can be tackled more successfully .... More

Media Down Under

Radio New Zealand does it again

June 22, 2016 by Michael Kuttner from J-Wire
Israel media monitor Honest Reporting has found Radio New Zealand incapable or unwilling to ascertain the veracity of news reports about Israel emanating from well-known suspect sources.

The latest example of repeating blatantly biased news revolves around a news item issued originally by Al Jazeera in which Israel is accused of shutting off water supplies to the “West Bank” and its Palestinian Arab residents. Picked up by the likes of The Independent (UK), International Business Times and the Times of London this modern-day equivalent of the medieval well poisoning libels against Jews soon went viral.

Despite evidence provided by Israeli authorities demonstrating that the accusations were false, Radio NZ decided to air an interview with a Palestinian Arab “expert” who of course recycled this litany of lies. Once again no interview with any Israeli official was aired to counter the falsehoods broadcast.

As a result of representations by many parties Al Jazeera and the Telegraph at least modified their report somewhat in order to present a more balanced perspective. Radio New Zealand however remains deaf and oblivious to facts and instead prefers to continue the drip feed of erroneous reports concerning the Jewish State.

Yarden Frankel of Honest Reporting Down Under told J-Wire: “The Radio New Zealand interview is false and needs to be removed from their website. This is what happens when you rely on a single biased source without further investigation.”

A full report by Honest Reporting on this false story in the international media can be seen here: honestreporting.com/water-apartheid/

Also see on Shalom Kiwi - Radio NZ Spreads Anti-Israel Water Libel

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