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.
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.