...Bottom line: if Amir Oren is so unreliable a source of information on simple obvious matters, what does this tell us about the reliability of the rest of his work?
15 June '14..
Haaretz "must read" Amir Oren item demonstrates he clueless as slams Netanyahu and Bennett
The Haaretz English website features as a "must read" the following article:
Netanyahu and Bennett bear responsibility for teens' fate
By Amir Oren Haaretz 15 June 2014 13:00 14.06.14
Passing the bill to thwart prisoner releases has made it clear that Israel will skip all negotiating – a phase which could have allowed for gathering intelligence and planning a rescue operation.
Haaretz website: “Amir Oren is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and a member of the newspaper's editorial board. He writes about defense and military affairs, the government and international relations.”
I read the full article in the printed Hebrew edition to see if Oren was as clueless as the short passage available to English speakers not willing to pay to read the premium article indicates.
He is clueless.
A reminder, the bill now making its way through the Knesset relates to murderers who have yet to be sentenced. It will make it possible, when it becomes law, for judges sentencing murderers to determine that the murder was a particularly heinous murder - so heinous that the judges will have the option during sentencing to rule that the President does not have the authority to modify the punishment.
Is the text of the law so complicated and/or long that it is understandable that Amir Oren doesn’t know this?
OK. Here is the text:
Proposed Basic Law: The President of the State (Amendment - Prohibition of release of murderers)
Amendment to Article 11 1. In Basic Law: The President of the State, Section 11, after subsection (b) shall be inserted:
"(1) Notwithstanding subsection (b), in the sentencing of someone who is sentenced to life imprisonment for an offense under section 300 of the Penal Code, 1977, the court may determine that, for special reasons that are recorded, the President may not pardon him and not reduce his punishment by reducing the sentence or converting it."
That, dear reader, is the entire wording of the bill.
So now that we know more than Amir Oren, let’s consider the situation today thanks to the legislation in progress:
#1. On the one hand, the Israeli prisons are full of terrorist murderers who can still be released as the law does not apply to them.
#2. On the other hand, the terrorists who carried out the kidnapping may face life sentences without the possibility of being released in a future deal if they murder the boys.
Bottom line: if Amir Oren is so unreliable a source of information on simple obvious matters, what does this tell us about the reliability of the rest of his work?