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CBC Amends Report Claiming U.S-Israel Relations Strained Following Natanz Attack

by Mike Fegelman

On April 12, CBC News published an Associated Press report on the recent attack on Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear facility that claimed that the attack – which Iran blames on Israel – as having further strained relations between the U.S. and Israel.

The article stated the following that we took issue with:

The attack further strains relations between the United States, which under President Joe Biden is now negotiating in Vienna to re-enter the nuclear accord, and Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to stop the deal at all costs.”

As we told CBC, fundamentally, there’s no proof that the alleged Israeli attack on the Natanz enrichment facility that damaged centrifuges “further strains” relations between the U.S. and Israel.

This is an unsubstantiated claim and the AP writer’s opinion disguised as news. For all we know, the attack was jointly carried out by both countries and the U.S. is playing good cop/bad cop, or perhaps, Israel didn’t carry out the attack at all.

Either way, it was not objective journalism to present this claim as a fact.

We are pleased to report that CBC News agreed with our analysis and amended this report to now feature this statement as a hypothetical. It now states the following (emphasis added):

The attack MAY further strain relations between the United States, which under President Joe Biden is now negotiating in Vienna to re-enter the nuclear accord, and Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to stop the deal at all costs.”

We thanks CBC News for amending this report.

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