In 2014 during operation Protective Edge, the British medical journal The Lancet published an open letter from medical professionals around the world, falsely accusing Israel of a massacre. It provoked a firestorm of criticism. Amidst the backlash, the journal's editor Prof. Richard Horton, accepted an invitation to come to Israel himself. He expressed regret for the publication and indicated that The Lancet would publish a comprehensive survey of Israeli medicine.
Three years on, last month The Lancet devoted a special issue to health care in Israel. While explaining some of the challenges that remain, it highlights the enormous progress that Israel has made, delivering mostly free healthcare to almost 9 million people. It notes key accomplishments -- Israel's infant mortality rate is the lowest among 35 OECD nations -- but most of all it demonstrates the power of teaching and learning about Israel and the utter bankruptcy of the boycott movement.