The Watercooler ~ Media Becoming Hysterical Over Israel
Joel B. Pollak at Breitbart hit the nail on the head in his analysis regarding the explanation for the media’s increasing shrill cacophony of criticism toward Israel’s handling of the battle against Hamas. Naming MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Fox’s Shepherd Smith, and the White House Press Corp as just three examples of the criticism — just yesterday — reaching a collective fevered pitch of near hysteria, Pollak’s explanation is succinct:
The reason for the hysterics is that Israel is refusing to play by the usual script. The media are used to a familiar pattern: terrorists attack Israel, Israel fights back for a while, a major civilian casualty event happens, the U.S. pulls its support, and Israel stops whatever it is doing. That pattern has been the same across Republican and Democratic administrations–from the Second Lebanon War to Operations Cast Lead.
This time, however, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignored White House exhortations as well as international criticism, and has vowed to continue to destroy Hamas terror tunnels, with or without a ceasefire. The media are incredulous: Israel has not just defied the UN and the U.S., but it has defied them. And the media are not used to anyone pushing back–least of all Israel, which journalists believe can be bullied with impunity.
Personally, it is really gratifying to me to watch Benjamin Netanyahu — with majority support from Israeli citizens — ignore the biased media hysteria and do what he has to do to protect Israel. There comes a point when even tiny Israel — essentially abandoned by the Obama administration — must accept that all of their good faith attempts to assure the world they are acting with integrity will never be recognized by certain people. But those of us who are not blinded by stupidity and a perverse love for terrorists will always stand with her.
God bless Israel. And pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Psalm 122:6
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