Former Tel Aviv University historian Martin Kramer: “Nothing gives a historian greater satisfaction than correcting a persistent error. And nothing is more frustrating than the resurrection of that error even after it’s been corrected. Especially if it suddenly surfaces on the front page of the New York Times.”
Especially when it’s fake Israeli history intended to back the Pally cry against “the occupation” with a spurious quote from David Ben-Gurion.
“In the print edition, this claim about Ben-Gurion wasn’t sourced, but the online version provided a link. Where did it lead? To an article by the late Arthur Hertzberg, once a prominent American rabbi, in the New York Review of Books back in 1987. There Hertzberg claimed to have heard Ben-Gurion, right after the 1967 victory, ‘insist that all of the territories that had been captured had to be given back, very quickly, for holding on to them would distort, and might ultimately destroy, the Jewish state.’”
Kramer: “I went to the trouble of asking the Ben-Gurion Archives in Sde Boker to help locate the transcript of the talk that Hertzberg attended. They did, and there’s no evidence whatsoever that Ben-Gurion said what Hertzberg claimed he heard.”
UPDATE: The NYSlimes refuses to correct its error. Why am I not surprised.
Fake BG quotes are a dime a dozen, for sure. Not surprising at all.
Not surprising to find them in the NYT, either.
By the way, only yesterday I have looked at the name of the man who created this brouhaha, it is an ex-Vox man and now happy NYT employee named Max Fisher. The term “moron”, I think, was invented for him exclusively… check this out:
Yes, that’s our boy. Worrying about “disproportionate response.” Not his head the rockets will fall on. A perfect fit for the NYSlimes.