(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The editor of the British medical journal The Lancet said on Thursday that he “deeply” regrets publishing an open letter this summer that accused Israel of a “massacre” in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.
Dr. Richard Horton was invited to the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa to see the Israeli medical system for himself, including its treatment of Palestinians as well as Syrians wounded in their country’s civil war. Horton also gave a lecture to hundreds of Rambam doctors.
“I need very honestly to set the record straight with you,” he said. “First, I deeply, deeply, regret, the completely unnecessary polarization that publication of the letter caused. Irrespective of our intentions, which I am very happy to discuss, this outcome was definitely not my intention. Second, and contrary to some incomplete accounts of a conversation I had with a journalist recently, I was personally horrified at the offensive video [made by white supremacist David Duke] that was forwarded by two of the authors of that letter.”