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We're Number One?

By Michael Freund
3/6/2007, 12:00 AM
Well, the results are in, and guess which country has the worst image of any in the entire world?

If perhaps you thought it was Mad Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust-denying, terrorist-training, nuclear-wannabe rogue state of Iran – well, you guessed wrong.

And don’t think for a second that Kooky Kim Jong-Il's hermit kingdom of North Korea, where millions starve while the Dear Leader dines on caviar, was the one to win this dubious title.
This poll tells the extent to which the media is tarnishing Israel and its image through its biased and unfair coverage of events in the region.


Sadly, it was Israel, which was named the country with the most negative image worldwide in a major international survey conducted by the BBC.

The BBC asked more than 28,000 people in over two dozen countries to rate 12 nations. Israel was found to be viewed negatively by 56 percent of respondents and positively by just 17 percent. Iran came in second, with 54 percent negative versus 18 percent positive, while the US came in third.

Frankly, however, I think this says more about the media than it does about the Jewish state. After all, how is a country's "image" created? Who conveys information and impressions to worldwide audiences?

Hence, what this poll is really telling us is the extent to which the media is succeeding in tarnishing Israel and its image through its biased and unfair coverage of events in the region.

Which is all the more reason why those of us who love and care for the Jewish state need to start speaking out as much as possible in her defense.