The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

We suggest fact-checking

Haaretz is generally pretty good, but the first paragraph of an opinion piece by Uri Benziman, "History suggests restraint," is rather problematic:

From President Anwar Sadat's perspective, Israel's invasion of Lebanon in June 1982 was a major provocation. Shortly after Egypt had sent an ambassador to Tel Aviv, Israel violated a sister Arab state's sovereignty and put Cairo in an embarrassing situation. Nonetheless, Sadat refrained from retaliating sharply.

Perhaps his restraint was helped by the fact that he had been shot dead nine months beforehand.