REALLY OFFENSIVE: The left's offensive against Israel

israelunderattack Israel is under heavy criticism for daring to respond to missile attacks on its citizens by the Hamas terror regime in the Palestinian Authority’s Gaza Strip.

israelmap If you read the Age, you’d assume Israel had launched a unilateral attack on the troubled hell-hole.

The truth of it is that Israel’s government is responding just like ours would.

If New Zealand or PNG or Indonesia were launching missile attacks on us, we would strike back to the fullest extent possible in order to stop the attacks continuing. Why should Israel be expected to act differently?

As the map on this page clearly indicates, rockets in the Hamas arsenal are capable of striking many towns, cities and vital infrastructure within Israel. Forget the image of kids throwing sticks and stones at soldiers, this is full-scale, fully-funded murderous terrorism launched from a failing quasi-state that persistently refuses stop its citizens from waging war on its neighbours.

A wire story reports this morning:

Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip slammed into the Israeli port city of Ashdod on Monday night, fatally injuring one person, injuring another critically, and three others lightly.

The Russian-produced Grad missiles which hit Ashdod, over 30 kilometres from the Gaza Strip, marked the furthest a rocket fired from the salient has landed in Israel, although one rocket landed south of the city on Sunday.

At the same time as the strike on Ashdod, other missiles slammed into Israeli communities closer to the Strip, killing one person, bringing to three the number of people killed in rocket attacks on Monday and to four the number killed by the missiles since the Israeli offensive began…

[Terrorist] factions in Gaza, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, nevertheless continued their rocket and mortar attacks from the enclave at southern Israel, launching at least 50 by late on Monday afternoon…

Israel launched the Gaza offensive one week after a six-month, Egyptian-mediated truce ended, which Hamas had announced it would not renew.

During that week, Gaza militants fired more than 200 rockets and mortars at southern Israel.

The copy filed by The Age’s Israel correspondent is much more neutral than its previous reporter who descended into propaganda most of the time. But by the time it is slopped onto the page by its leftistes operating at Spencer Street, it quickly descends into the same old cliches. In their world, terrorists are militants or Islamists, are harmless even if armed with Soviet made missiles, are always the underdog despite having immense lethal capacity and intent. In their eyes, Israel is always the aggressor even when responding to an attack or attempting to defend itself from ongoing attacks and most perniciously of all, Israel is perfectly safe and is over-reacting to existential threats frequently uttered and acted on by hostile neighbours.

Why it is that attacks on Israel are never quite the same front-page material as attacks by Israel in its self-defence is something that one struggles to understand without resorting to that most serious of accusations: anti-semitism. We can hope and perhaps naively expect that there is little of that in The Age newsroom. But this ongoing struggle in journalism that prevents the whole story about Israel being told continues to eat away at it.

Yes, journalism is about afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted. That’s all good. But its essence is truth. And it always seems that truth is the first casualty of the left-wing’s war on Israel.

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23 responses to “REALLY OFFENSIVE: The left's offensive against Israel

  1. Anonymous

    Using American supplied F-16 jets and laser missiles blasting away at refugee camps and civilians sounds fair to me.

  2. Franco

    Anonymous in the first posts sez……

    “Using American supplied F-16 jets and laser missiles blasting away at refugee camps and civilians sounds fair to me.”

    Corrections in truth that the progressive left can not deal with.

    CORRECTION: “Using American supplied F-16 jets and laser missiles blasing away at radical Islamic Hamas opperations sounds fair to me.”

    The progressive left can not enter the arean of discussion/debate and win so they have to use mis-information and or ad hominem attacks in effort to off set their impending loss when engaging in itellectually honest disscusion/debate.

    Thank you VEXNEWS for showing the world that there still are intellectuallh honest people in Ausssy land. God bless you.

  3. Anonski

    All power to Israel as it defends it itself against attacks from Hamas.

  4. Anonymous

    Yes, those 8 year old schoolgirls being killed by Israeli warplanes are a great threat to the Zionist state.

  5. Anonymous

    5 girls in one family killed by the Israeli war machine.

    I guess supporters of the Israeli’s will claim these girls were a national security threat and had to be eliminated.

  6. Anonymous

    Israel needs to get a win under its belt after failing in Lebanon

  7. Franco

    Anonymous sez…..

    “Yes, those 8 year old schoolgirls being killed by Israeli warplanes are a great threat to the Zionist state.”

    “5 girls in one family killed by the Israeli war machine. I guess supporters of the Israeli’s will claim these girls were a national security threat and had to be eliminated.”

    False: This is an ad hominem argument which makes it a fallacy, and yet that is not the worst of it. Anonymous intentionally exploits the victims to make the false assertion. He might as well just spit on them.

    Truth: Israel is strictly targeting specific Hamas operations. Hamas on the other hand targets specifically schools and civilians in Israel. Additionally, Hamas (like all terrorist groups in Lebanon and else where) set up their operations among the civilian population as a defensive measure. Israel knows this and before the attacks Israel, using both radio and television, went on the Gaza airwaves and told the Palestinian people to move away from any and all known Hamas operations for their safety.

    Even though Israel took these measures to warn the civilian population to get out of harms way, this dose not, and can not guarantee that no civilian will be injured or killed, as is the case anywhere in the world.

    Now I have a question for you Anonymous. How many times has Hamas NOT targeted Israeli civilians, including women and children?

    Care to address that question with intellectual honesty?

  8. Anonymous

    However Franco wants to dress it up, Israel is killing civilians including schoolgirls.

    Who gives a stuff who is being “targeted”?

    Fact: The Israeli war machine has killed hundreds of innocent women and children these last few days. Saying they weren’t “targeted” is supposed to mean something? Those murdered by Israel are just as dead.

  9. Mick

    The media are begrudgingly admitting the vast majority of deaths are Hamas ‘militants’. Civilian deaths are only a small proportion of the total killed.

    ‘Hundreds’ = bollocks

  10. anon

    Let’s hope Iran gets off it’s arse to put Israel back in it’s box.

  11. Anonymous

    If Israel were to disappear, the world would be a much more stable place.

  12. anon

    If Iran tries to do anything against Israel, let us pray they get nuked back to the stone age. Won’t be such a step backwards for Iran anyway….

  13. Blinky

    Israel has the absolute right to defend itself. The PLO has been offered it’s own state many times, but has refused because Jerusalem was not part of the package. I wonder why we have heard so little from the largest palestinian state, Jordan?

  14. Franco

    Anonymous sez……

    “However Franco wants to dress it up, Israel is killing civilians including schoolgirls.”

    Never said otherwise. Now, care to comment on Israels efforts at both warning the civilians and their high sergical strikes on Hamas opperations all to minimize civilian casualities, and conpare this to what Hamas aims at with fireing its ever increasing range rockets.

    Can you find one once of intellectually honestly in doing so? I’m not holding my breath.

    Anonymous sez…..

    “If Israel were to disappear, the world would be a much more stable place.”

    If Anonymous were to disappear, this thread would loose over 70% of its ad hominem attack arguments and would be a much more intellectually honest place for meaningful discussion/debate.

  15. Anonymous

    Jews have no shame. Launching their attacks during the holiest week on the Christian calendar.

  16. Daniel Lewis

    “If Israel were to disappear, the world would be a much more stable place.”

    Sure. I’ll bet all the Islamists, who are slaughtering non-Muslims in dozens of countries worldwide, with not a Jew in sight, will immediately stop, once Israel’s not there.

    The Arab world will all of a sudden become a flowering democracy, where women and minorities have equal rights and children can all read.

    You idiot.

  17. Daniel Lewis

    “Jews have no shame. Launching their attacks during the holiest week on the Christian calendar.”

    I don’t recall the Arabs having a problem invading Israel on Yom Kippur, or shooting up Passover dinners.

    But then, there’s always been a different set of rules for the Jews, eh? Let me guess. You’re not an antisemite and some of your best friends are Jewish?

    In any case, the Christians aren’t complaining about the Jews. Israel is the one country in the Middle East (with Iraq catching up) where religious minorities can exist without persecution.

    The surest proof: That no Christian Palestinian has ever blown himself up. Only the Muslims. Hamas are driving Christians out of Bethlehem. They ransacked the Church of the Nativity. I don’t recall you complaining about that, given your obvious care for the Christians. I guess you must have a different agenda, Naziboy…

  18. Anonymous

    Daniel Lewis = Zionist.

  19. Anonymous

    The world needs to remember few things in here….
    1)Hamas and Palestinian sucide bombers are not militants..they are the rightful people of the land. Their land is occupied by isreal. They are fighting to get isreal out of their occupied land.So ISREAL IS THE TERROR and hamas if freedom fighter…2)Its about politics in Isreal…The Isreali govt is killing innocents for its internal political gain since next election is near the corner….The world will no nothing but see because ISREAL RULES THE WORLD BY PROXY(u.s.a)….that is the sad truth….OPEC should halt all oil export to any countries supporting ISREAL in this war and tis violence will automatically stop without using violence to stop it….

  20. Jillsy

    I know it’s hard for you to believe, Anonymous who can’t even spell israel correctly, but israel is the land of the Jews. just becasue a few Muslim Arabs lived there for awhile does not make it rightfully Muslim.

    Hamas keep saying they want to die for Allah. They dont’ seem too pleased about it after all do they?

    Regarding your comment that its about politics. You’re quite right, it’s about the politics of Arab Muslim supreamcy and Jew-hating.

    Thank you for the opportunity to help show up your dysfunctional grasp of history and geopolitics.

  21. Jillsy

    By the way, Anonymous, if you as a suicide bomber kill yourself, how can you live in a land you calim is yours? Doesn’t that whole “being dead” thing rule out a happy healthy life?

    Once more, thank you for the opportunity to show up your abysmal grasp of life as lived on this planet.

  22. Karl Marx

    The Jews of Palestine were called the Palestinans before the 1948 war of indepemndence.

    The UN partitioned Palestine into a Jewish State now called Israel and an Arab state (the latter wasn’t taken up because they thought they could destroy the Jewish state and grab all the land – they goofed!).

    Ironically, the Jews decided to call their new state “Israel” because they didn’t want it to be named “Palestine” which was the name given to the area by the Roman OCCUPIERS 20 centuries ago.

    The Arabs decided to retain the name Palestine.

    Go figure?

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