OK, some of you may fall out of your chairs on this next statement from me; Obama and I actually agree on something.
Obama and I are actually on the same page as to who started the latest violence in Israel; the Palestinians.
I was pretty wrapped up in life last week and missed the onset of hostilities, so I Googled the topic to bring myself up to date. Oddly enough, I could only locate one story that mentioned that Obama was blaming the Palestinians for starting this latest round of violence. What? One article?
Normally when the President speaks, the press falls all over themselves to tout every word, to justify and even distort to avoid showing him in a negative light. This time, however, they were faced with a dilemma; support Obama as usual but in doing so, show Israel in a positive light. How conflicted they must have felt.
Being the thorough journalist that they are, they chose to almost completely ignore the President’s comments and just not report them at all. There, problem solved.
In the mean time, the New York Times took the opportunity to slam Israel as usual. They tried anyway, but backed off when the heat became too much. As reported by Warner Todd Huston:
“In a classic example of the media accepting the terrorist’s ideas that Israel is the bad actor in the Middle East, The New York Times had an interesting way to describe the more than 150 rockets that Palestinians have launched on Israeli civilians over the last week or so. The Times wrote that those attacks were “called rocket attacks” by Israel as if the Israeli’s were simply making unsubstantiated claims about the attacks.
They were “called rocket attacks” New York Times? No, they were rocket attacks, they weren’t just “called” rocket attacks. That these rocket attacks happened is not a claim but a fact.
It was in the third paragraph of its November 15 piece that the Times used the deprecating language saying, “The ferocity of the airstrikes, which Israel called Operation “Pillar of Defense” in response to what Israel called repeated rocket attacks by Gaza-based Palestinian militants, provoked rage in Gaza, where Hamas said…” (My bold for emphasis)
But, it gets worse. After being scolded for this rhetoric down in the comments section, the Times suddenly changed the whole paragraph and did so without bothering to inform readers that they’d made the change.
It now reads: (My bold)
The ferocity of the airstrikes, which Israel called Operation “Pillar of Defense” in response to repeated rocket attacks by Gaza-based Palestinian militants, provoked rage in Gaza, where Hamas said the airstrikes amounted to war and promised a harsh response. Civil-defense authorities in Israel raised alert levels and told residents to take precautions for rocket retaliation from Gaza.
Of course, there is another thing that must be noted. The premise of this story in its first important opening paragraphs is that it was Israel that “launched one of the most ferocious assaults on Gaza.” It is as if the Israelis just woke up one day this week and decided to start bombing neighbors for no reason. But the truth is that Israel has been under a renewed attack by Palestinian rockets.
The Hamas-sponsored attacks Israel has sustained without reply for some time was buried in the story and initially scoffed at as the Times characterized the attacks as something Israel was only claiming had occurred.
That isn’t the only place in the story where The New York Times sides with the terrorists by accepting their terms of the debate. In the fifth paragraph we see this bit of doggerel: (again my bold)
The abrupt escalation in hostilities between Israel and Hamas, the militant organization regarded by Israel as a terrorist group sworn to Israel’s destruction, came amid rising tensions between Israel and all of its Arab neighbors.
What? Only Israel “regards” Hamas as a terrorist group dedicated to the destruction of Israel? Uh, no, New York Times, Israel isn’t the only one that “regards” Hamas as dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Hamas also regards themselves this way.
Even the U.S. government has declared Hamas as a terror organization.
This article is a perfect example of how The New York Times sides with terrorists and those wishing genocide on Israel by accepting all their terms of debate and couching all reporting as if the terrorists are the ones on the right side of the issue at the outset.”
One might even feel sorry for the mainstream media when this type of thing happens. To be conflicted in such a way must add at least one additional counseling session with their psychiatrist. Remember, liberalism is a psychological disorder, even if the APA is hesitant to label it so. A bit of tongue and cheek on my part this morning.
I still lament our current situation with the press and long for the days when they actually had integrity and reported the facts, no matter how diametrically opposed those may have been from their personal beliefs. Gone are the “good old days” of honest reporting.
When it comes to the escalating border violence between Israel and the Gaza strip, Obama administration officials have made the U.S. position clear: Hamas is to blame.
Aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that the administration strongly condemns the on-going rocket fire from Gaza. Carney lamented the civilian casualties among both the Israelis and Palestinians over the last few days, but said it is Hamas, a U.S.-designated terror group, which governs the Gaza strip, that is instigating the violence.
“Hamas claims to have the best interest of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that is counterproductive to the Palestinian cause,” Carney said. “Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza or to move the Palestinian people any close to achieving self-determination.”
This is the worst flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians in several years. After contending with a steady stream of missiles being fired by Hamas into Southern Israel over the course of this year, the Jewish state launched its own offensive on Wednesday, killing Ahmed Jabari, a Hamas military leader. In retaliation, the group launched nearly 150 more rockets at Israel on Thursday. The attack killed three Israelis in the southern town of Kiryat Malakhi, with rocket fire reaching Israel’s largest city of Tel Aviv.
In just the last two days at least 15 Palestinians have reportedly been killed, in addition to the Israeli casualties. There are also reports that Israel may be preparing for a ground operation as it moves troops near the border. A ground incursion by Israel into Gaza could signal the beginning of an all-out war.
When asked about the possibility of a ground offensive, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call that the United States respects Israel’s right to defend itself, but would not like to see the conflict escalate further.
“Our view is the Israelis have a right of self-defense when their citizens are faced with the threat of indiscriminate rocket fire from within Gaza. Ultimately it’s up to the Israeli government to make a determination about how they are going to carry out their military objective,” said Rhodes. ”But we’ve also said the best course of action would be for there to be a general de-escalation of the violence, but the onus is on Hamas and those with influence over Hamas to help bring about that de-escalation so we don’t see a widening conflict. ”
See our articles Israeli Citizens Have the RIGHT to Live Without Terror – Stop Terror Attacks Against the People of Sderot, Israel and The Qassam Rocket – Pali Terrorist Weapon of Choice, An Overview.