Naturally, Israel was outraged and threatened to cancel an upcoming visit of the Argentinian Foreign Minister to the Jewish State, pending clarification from Buenos Aires. Apparently, the visit will now go ahead as planned, though the Argentinians have still not publicly disclosed what discussions, if any, they had with Iran, and whether there is any basis to the report in the Parfil. However, this entire drama is not our focus here; the nitwits of the BBC are. Observe:
Israeli media reported that the foreign ministry was considering cancelling a planned visit by Mr Timerman to Israel if the reports proved to be reliable.Mr. Natan Sharansky, head of the Jewish Agency, does not handle Israel's relations with other countries. This, my dear boobs at the Beeb, is the function of Israel's Foreign Ministry, and its head, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The Jewish Agency's mission, as is clearly posted on their website, is to "inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their people, heritage and land, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel." JAFI is today a public-private partnership operating worldwide for the betterment of Jewish communities and Jewish identity, often in support of Israeli government efforts, but independent of them. That Sharansky, as a person of stature, could avert a diplomatic incident between the two countries is a personal credit to him, but has nothing directly to do with the responsibilities of his office, or the mandate of the Jewish Agency.
Mr Sharansky, head of Jewish Agency, which handles relations with other countries, said the visit was still on, after his meeting with the Argentine foreign minister in Buenos Aires.
If the BBC cannot trouble itself to distinguish between Israel's Foreign Ministry and the Jewish Agency, which hasn't handled "relations with other countries" for the Jewish people since the 1940s, one wonders what else their correspondents are missing in covering the Middle East.
Update: Whether responding to me or some other observant chap, the BBC has now changed the offending paragraph. It now reads:
Mr Sharansky, head of the Jewish Agency - a government-backed organisation that facilitates the immigration of Jewish people to Israel - said the visit was still on after his meeting with the Argentine foreign minister in Buenos Aires.Cheerio! ol' boy. Carry on.