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HISTORICAL AMNESIA
Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Bar-Illan, David
Date: Apr 3, 1992
Start Page: 8.A
Section: Features
Abstract (Document Summary)

EVERY so often Israel bashers take a holiday. The longest such vacation was declared during the Gulf war. Even the likes of Washington Post columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, who after the invasion of Kuwait blamed President Bush's "Zionist advisers" for his anti-Saddam rhetoric, avoided attacking Israelis while they were cooped up in sealed rooms wearing gas masks.

A similar, though far shorter hiatus, occurred when the Israel Embassy in Buenos Aires was bombed. True, The New York Times - now more anti-Israel, not just anti-Shamir, than ever - did not see fit to mention, let alone condemn, the bombing in its editorials. But some fervent pro-Palestinian outlets, such as the Christian Science Monitor's radio station in Boston, suddenly expressed understanding for Israel's "paranoia" about security.

History does not seem to exist in today's news world. It has become an instant-gratification affair, a snapshot of reality with no past and no future. Accordingly, the momentary sympathy for Israel during the Gulf war disappeared even faster than the world's deafening cheers for Israel during and immediately after the Six Day War in 1967. And the "decent interval," after which the embassy atrocity was entirely forgotten, lasted only hours.

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