So, as usual, those of you relying on the “mainstream” media for your news and information have probably not heard about the several days of rocket fire hitting Israel from Gaza.
So, just you know, some 150 rockets have rained onto Israeli cities since Saturday, according to reports in the Jewish press.
You have probably also not heard that Israeli government officials have said that if this constant, deadly bombing of its population centers can’t be made to stop by whoever’s in charge in Gaza, then, Israel will make it stop.
Sounds like fair warning to me. Sounds pretty much like what any country, any person would say were they in similar circumstances.
What’s different, is that unlike what would be happening were this any other country, you have not heard about it.
Know when you’ll hear about it? When Israel finally reaches its breaking point and strikes back.
And you know what the headlines will look like?
Ex-number of Palestinians killed/injured in Israeli air attack, or something like that. It will not be revealed until deep in the story, that this was in response to several days of constant shelling.
This is one of the ways the media reveals its institutional bias against Israel.
One journalism rule is to provide context, so readers understand the “Why” and not just the “What” of the story. It’s basic, but it’s left out of most stories about Israel, and that can’t be by accident. Like I said, it’s really basic. Journalism 101.
In the latest story you likely didn’t see on Monday, the Jewish press reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a room full of foreign envoys that Israel will “take whatever action is necessary to put a stop” to the rocket fire which has so far lasted three days.
Netanyahu is quoted saying he doubts any other country’s leaders or citizens would put up with such a situation, and he’s right, of course. We in the United States certainly wouldn’t.
I have said this before, but it bears repeating, that I believe the second bomb hurled across our boarder would be the last one. Unless something in the American psyche has drastically changed while I was preoccupied elsewhere, the first bomb fired into our country would be the “what-the’hell-was-that?” one. The second would be the “I-don’t-think-so-buddy” one that would elicit the end the situation.
Netanyahu is quoted saying he believes the entire world would find the situation Israel’s in “unacceptable” as the Israeli’s do, “So we’re going to fight for the rights of our people to defend themselves. We’ll take whatever action is necessary to put a stop to this.”
The only problem with this is that, for reasons that escape me, the world he refers to sees Israel as somehow a different kind of animal than other countries – with a different set of rules and different definitions of things applied to it.
For instance, take a look sometime at the official definition of “terrorism,” and then take a look at how it’s applied worldwide and with respect to Israel. I have, and what I find is that the exact same set of circumstances/actors called “terrorism” or “terrorists” anywhere else, are actions by extremists or gunmen in Israel. It is clear that there is no such thing as terrorism if the victim is an Israeli or a Jew. Look at the recent world conference on terrorism to which Israel was not invited, and the list named by our own Secretary of State of nations that have suffered terrorist attacks upon which Israel doesn’t appear.
There is similarly no such thing as a massacre when the victims are Jews or Israelis though there certainly is when the victims (or alleged victims in some cases) are Palestinian Arabs. Google “Jenin massacre,” Deir Yassin myth or “al-Dura,” for examples.
Meanwhile, Israel evidently wants the world to know it “has lost patience with the situation on the Gaza border” and to not be surprised when she reacts to put a stop to it.
“The prime minister is interested in preparing international public opinion for an Israeli military operation in Gaza,” Haaretz reported a source in the Prime Minister’s Office as saying.
Unfortunately, he’s wasting his time, because the mainstream media is simply going to ignore the story until Israel actually takes action, so most of the “liberal media”-informed public will only hear of it through the prism of an Israeli response. This leaves the impression that Israel is the aggressor. And that is the media’s agenda, interestingly, one shared with the Islamists, the ultimate purpose of which can only be to further turn public opinion against the Jewish state.
This will not a difficult feat, but it’s one that makes no sense for journalists, since a free press will be the second thing to go, after the Jews, once the Islamo-Fascist sympathizers are swept into power on the anti-Semitic wave this agenda is creating.
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