Once again we have serious conflict between Israel and Hamas. Hamas fires rockets, Israel fires back. Repeat daily.
Israel seems to be getting hammered by the U.S. media this time around – at least from what I have seen on NBC. Formerly very pro-Israel, NBC now seems to be covering the story from the Hamas side; giving heavy play to the destruction and loss of so-called innocent life in Gaza while devoting little airtime to the Israeli point-of-view.
Don’t get me wrong, I oppose America’s blind, no-questions-asked support of Israel. It’s a ridiculous policy that has fostered hate against America around the world and has served as a foundation for Israeli bad behavior like building illegal settlements, illegal land appropriation and the flagrant mistreatment of Palestinians.
But what Palestinians and their supporters around the world need to understand is that their problems are completely and concisely rooted in their staunch determination to destroy Israel and their refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist. This one thing represents the impediment to peace.
I doubt America’s relationships with Canada or Mexico would be so friendly if they were sworn to our destruction and murder.
So, America’s blind support of Israel is not even the issue at hand. The issue is Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself against those who seek to destroy it. Hamas has insidiously woven its weaponry and military through the neighborhoods, schools, hospitals and markets of its own people. Of course Israel’s attacks to destroy Hamas’s military capability and weaponry will result in civilian casualties. That was Hamas’s plan from the start along with its plan to use those casualties as propaganda to weaken support for Israel.
But Israel is not the aggressor here. Israel has been under siege for weeks and has exercised great patience and discipline in its responses to Hamas. The time for patience, however, is ending and Israel must do what it must do – what we all know it must do.
NBC News and the world media need to stop buying into the Hamas propaganda that Israel is killing innocents. Those so-called innocents are all sworn to annihilate Israel. Those so-called innocents elected Hamas as their leadership and, in doing so, endorsed Hamas’s methods. They are no more innocent than the Germans who elected Hitler and then stood by while he committed the worst genocide in history.
If the Palestinians truly care for the innocent women and children who are in harm’s way, they have the power to remove Hamas from leadership and denounce the destruction of Israel. If they do that, I am quite confident that Israel will be the first ones to the peace table.