MARCH 1, 2012 15:34BY SIMON PLOSKER
· January 18: The FT offers to publish a clarification that Hamas was referring to “Zionist” soldiers rather than “Israeli” soldiers. There is no mention of clarifying the real issue – that of the word “soldiers” being used to describe all Israelis. The FT also offers to “consider” publishing a letter on the issue.
· Plosker responds by suggesting that simply adding a few extra words to the FT’s proposed clarification could settle the matter: “Hamas’ bellicose statement last month about its violent attacks since 1987 claimed that the Islamist movement had killed 1365 “Zionist” soldiers, in reference to the total number of Israeli victims, both military and civilian.”
· The FT rejects both the wording of the clarification and the letter submitted by Plosker.
· Feb.28: The FT, as a result of the PCC’s intervention, reluctantly agrees to publish the clarification that eventually appeared in the paper, which Plosker accepted.