Haaretz Angered by Non-PC Radio Man

Dr. Avshalom Kor, noted linguist, makes candid remarks about current events on IDF Radio daily segment; Ha'aretz demands an investigation.

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Radical left-wing newspaper Ha'aretz has demanded an official investigation by IDF Radio Monday, after respected linguist Dr. Avshalom Kor made remarks that ran against the dominant political groove on his daily radio segment. 

The report noted that Kor stated that he was not surprised to learn that the Palestinian Authority (PA) ambassador to Prague, Jamal Al-Jamal, was killed in an explosion earlier this month, and that the PA official had held explosives in his apartment.

"That is how it is, when the material that the ambassador goes over is explosive material," Kor joked. "After all, everyone holds the things dearest to his heart in his safe." Noting that the ambassador's wife had also been wounded, Kor quoted from the Talmudic sages who said that a marriage between two fools is not recognized, because "a person would not share his home with a snake." 

Kor went on to discuss the "peace talks" with the PA. "I saw the receptions that they hosted for child killers who were released from prison," he stated. Citing an idiom about a donkey who tries to climb a ladder, he asked whether PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas could "ascend the ladder of peace" if he conducts formal welcome ceremonies for child murderers. 

Ha'aretz claimed that Kor's statements constituted an abuse of political power. 

The office of the commander of IDF Radio promised the leftist daily that an inquiry would be held on the matter. "Avshalom Kor is an esteemed and veteran employee of IDF Radio," the statement read. "We will conduct a professional examination into the matter, and only after that will conclusions be drawn." 

While IDF Radio is a military unit and is staffed mostly by soldiers, it also employs civilians and its contents are largely indistiguishable from those of civilian stations. Its broadcasters are considered to be left of center, but Dr. Kor is an exception to that rule. During the first Lebanon War in 1982, Kor complained to the IDF General Staff that the radio station did not support the war effort as could be expected of a military station. In retaliation, the station's editors and broadcasters launched a personal campaign against Kor that included stickers branding him a "snitch."