Detractors of Israel often accuse it of being many things which it is not. During a recent debate on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, one of the speakers offered his opinion that Israel was a "grubby little racist state" but when challenged, he failed miserably to provide any justification for this claim (which probably explains why his organisation has so few friends).
It's a pity therefore that news such as this story from Haaretz - Israel grants rare entry to cancer-stricken Iranian boy hasn't hit the media in our country. Israel welcomes a 12-year-old cancer-stricken Iranian boy for emergency treatment on his brain tumor while the leader of his country President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants Israel "wiped off the map" and vows that Iran will support the anti Semitic Hamas movement which rules Gaza until the "collapse of Israel".
What a shame that neither of these stories are covered in our local press.