Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's spokesman has accused the BBC of tricking him into giving an interview for a documentary examining whether Sharon should be tried as a war criminal.
The documentary, to be broadcast on the BBC's domestic Panorama programme on Sunday, has sparked outrage in Israel where officials have accused the British Broadcasting Corporation of anti-Semitism and taking an anti-Israeli editorial slant in its reporting.
Gideon Meir, the Israeli Foreign Ministry's deputy director for communications, accused the BBC on Thursday of being anti-Semitic and "not operating according to normal journalist standards".
"There have been network decisions which are, systematically, entirely anti-Israel. Moreover, I tell you that sometimes there is also just a hint of anti-Semitism," Meir told Army Radio.