Discussing the riots in the UK, The Guardian’s Martin Wainwright was interviewed. He said the following (some of which was drowned out by the Israeli presenter’s Hebrew explanation but which I have taken the liberty of translating from the Galei Tzahal website):
“Pictures of any sort of disorder can give a completely false impression and I’m in Birmingham and I can assure you that, you know, if you wanted to come and have a nice meal in the center of Birmingham, you’d have a great evening and the pictures that have gone around the world will be a very damaging influence because through those pictures it appears that this is a war zone.”
Now substitute Birmingham for Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Need I say more?
And coming directly from the mouth of a Guardian reporter? Absolutely priceless.
(The interview can be heard here by clicking on the August 11 show. The relevant section starts 32 mins in.)