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Mideast Truce in Tatters Only After Israel Acts


Media Blog reader Eli Rachlin spots an AP story that illustrates how the media keep score in the Mideast:

I almost went ballistic when I saw this story in Sunday’s paper (The Bergen Record — the story is AP, and I have never seen a more OBVIOUSLY biased sentence than the first one of this article).

Israeli airstrikes kill six militants

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A Mideast truce was in tatters as Israel killed six Hamas militants in a series of airstrikes Friday and early today after Palestinian fighters unleashed a deadly barrage of rockets and mortars.

That’s right, Israel KILLED people (the headline and thrust); coincidentally that happened after Palestinians unleashed something deadly.

Bias count: (1) Headline only identifies Israel (2) Terrorists are called militants (not THAT bad) (3) Palestinian action was coincidentally prior to Israel’s actions yet Palestinian action did not shatter the truce (4) Palestinian terrorists are called fighters (not THAT bad) (5) Palestinians didn’t kill anyone, they only unleashed something deadly, as though their act of killing was only indirect. (The object of the sentence about the Palestinians is “barrage”, not “civilians”.)

Could anyone imagine the sentence, “A Mideast truce was in tatters as Palestinian terrorists killed Israeli civilians with a deadly barrage of rockets and mortars. Israel reacted by unleashing helicoptor-based rockets, which were deadly.” Pinch me, I’m dreaming.

Also missing is the context, reported last week, that any truce with Hamas will always be temporary (via CQ):

Speaking to the Corriere Della Sera newspaper, [Hamas leader Mahmoud] al-Zahar said Hamas would “definitely not” be prepared for coexistence with Israel should the IDF retreat to its 1967 borders.

“It can be a temporary solution, for a maximum of 5 to 10 years. But in the end Palestine must return to become Muslim, and in the long term Israel will disappear from the face of the earth.”

But according to the AP, it’s all Israel’s fault:

Hamas threatened revenge for the airstrikes, which appeared to signal Israel’s resumption of targeted killings of the militant group’s leaders — something it agreed not to do when signing the February truce accord.
If only the Israelis would stop shattering those truces!


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