The Daily Wire: It has just recently come out by historian Martin Kramer who pointed out in a recent edition of the Times; a false claim occurred on page A1 in an article by Max Fisher titled, “Israel, Riding Nationalist Tide, Puts Identity First. It Isn’t Alone.” The NY Times article claims that Israel’s founding prime minister David Ben Gurion wanted Israel to give up land it had conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War. Since the error was discovered, however, the NY Times has refused to make any retractions.
Excerpt from The Daily Wire:
The lead from the article read:
Amid a moment of national euphoria, Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, emerged from retirement in July 1967 to warn Israelis they had sown the seeds of self-destruction. Israel had just won a stunning military victory against its neighbors, elating Israelis with a sense that the grand experiment of a Jewish state might really work. But Ben-Gurion insisted that Israel give up the territories it had conquered. If it did not, he said, occupation would distort the young state, which had been founded to protect not just the Jewish people but their ideals of democracy and pluralism.
Kramer notes, “In the print edition, this claim about Ben-Gurion wasn’t sourced, but the online version provided a link. Where did it lead? To an article by the late Arthur Hertzberg, once a prominent American rabbi, in the New York Review of Books back in 1987. There Hertzberg claimed to have heard Ben-Gurion, right after the 1967 victory, ‘insist that all of the territories that had been captured had to be given back, very quickly, for holding on to them would distort, and might ultimately destroy, the Jewish state.’”
But Kramer comprehensively debunked the Hertzberg story in Mosaic Magazine three months ago.