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Thursday, May 20, 2004
Sir-- I took a look at Al-Ahram Weekly , and it felt like I was reading the Israeli newspaper Haaretz . So many stories about the Palestinians and Israel; most of the rest dealt with Iraq.
With a population many times larger than that of the Palestinians and Israelis combined, one would think that Egypt itself would be able to generate more front-page local news stories.
Berel Dov Lerner
Sir-- As a child of Egyptian Jewish parents, I follow news from our former home with interest. I notice that almost all of your articles are about Israel.
It seems to me that your obsession with Israel is unhealthy. Israel is not the cause of all your problems, and conflict with Israel has not solved any of them.
The chance of a brighter future for Egypt lies inside the country, not across its Eastern border.
Well, comparing Haaretz, whatever its faults, to Al-Ahram is certainly a cheap shot against the former, and “obsession” may be a bit of an understatement here, but, gracious goodness, well said. But perhaps this was just an editorial slip-up.