The Gaza War is now nearing its fourth week, and the mainstream media coverage has been relentless since the fighting erupted.
But in the wake of so much reporting, something sinister has been exposed: The American press has an anti-Israel bias.
Jesse Rosenfeld, of The Daily Beast, provides a standard example of such reporting: “These were crowded neighborhoods less than three weeks ago. Now, they have been literally depopulated, the residents joining more than 160,000 internally displaced people in refuges and makeshift shelters. Apartment blocks are fields of rubble, and as I move through this hostile landscape, the phrase that keeps ringing in my head is ‘scorched Earth.’”
Yet other reporters have gone much further than that. Amazingly, some simple-minded journalists have even accused Israel of war crimes. The fact that such twisted reporting exists in the mainstream press is truly appalling, yet these stories continue to populate the airwaves.
This week, the press has been crying about Israel knocking out the lights in Gaza. I say it’s about time! Israel has been showing too much restraint. It should’ve hit the Gaza power plant on day one of this Hamas-bred war.
The only reason Israel waited to hit this strategic power plant is U.S. lobbying. Obama was hard at work pretending to be Israel’s ally, even as our government stabbed the country in the back instead.
Truthfully, the White House has been in a twist since Secretary of State John Kerry’s effort to force a ceasefire on Israel was universally rebuked. Since then, the administration has offered talking points such as, “This is not the way that partners and allies treat each other.”
But here’s the thing: Israel didn’t start this war. The war was instigated by a rain of rockets on the heads of Israeli civilians and children.
A Despicable Strategy
And now that Israel is winning on the ground, Hamas wants to turn the tide by engaging in media theatrics.
Hamas has been playing up recent child casualties because it knows that European and American audiences only get distorted news coverage. The truth is that Gaza’s leaders know America’s left-wing media is as compliant to Hamas as it is to Obama.
Particular criticism has been leveled at Israel for bombing schools. But in reality, Hamas’ craven policy is to blame. It uses schools, hospitals, and mosques as arms depots and staging grounds.
For instance, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced last Tuesday that another rocket stash has been discovered in one of its schools in Gaza. That’s the third time that a Hamas weapons arsenal has been found at an UNRWA school.
These terrorists want to maximize civilian casualties, even as Israel has repeatedly tried to limit civilian deaths. Heck, before the engagement ever began, Israel warned Gaza’s civilians to leave. Leaflets in Arabic warned Gaza’s citizens of the coming offensive.
Frankly, after suffering infantry attacks from underground tunnels and rocket attacks from above, Israel has a strategic right to ask that Gaza become a demilitarized zone.
Luckily for the Israelis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems determined to disarm Hamas. He said that it’s untenable for Israel to suffer “death from above and death from below.” If the country stays the course, it can end the rocket barrage, stop the threat of Hamas tunnels, and finally end the rule of Hamas in Gaza for good.
Here at home, John Kerry and Barack Obama should just butt out and let the Israeli Defense Forces finish the task.
And as for the American press… if you’re still relying on them for your news, then you’re keeping yourself ill-informed.
This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.
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