Nearing Midnight: Israel Always the Problem

Terry James –

Often I use the line: No matter which way the cameras and microphones of the world media are focused, they will always turn back to the Middle East, and to Israel and Jerusalem in particular.

This has again been proven correct. The most turbulent presidential election in U.S. history, at least from my perspective, taking place in the middle of one of the most horrific storms to hit a highly populated area of the country, was front and center for news coverage. Almost as if those things never happened, the microphones and cameras as well as the international diplomatic community’s attention are again turned squarely on the tiny Jewish state.

The interim event-the Al-Qaida murder of the American ambassador to Libya and three others at the consulate in Benghazi began the swing of media cameras and mikes back in the direction of the Middle East, a movement mainstream news organizations did all within their power to avoid covering while the presidential election was going on. They have had no such reservation getting back to doing their jobs in throwing light on Israel’s threat to invade Hamas-infected Gaza because of the incessant rocket attacks Israel has suffered.

The emphasis they chose-as they always do-was on Israel, not its attackers, being the problem. For example, mainstream news outlets zeroed in on and seem to relish in dwelling on comments about who is the culprit in the death and destruction taking place in the region. They all readily reported, with little explanation of the facts, the words of the Turkish leader, who continues to take his nation farther away from a working relationship with Israeli leaders.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A top Turkish official has claimed that Israel is committing acts of terrorism by bombing Hamas targets in Gaza.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told the Eurasian Islamic Council conference in Istanbul that the Jewish state is systematically mass-killing Muslims. “Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza,” Erdogan said, according to Reuters. “For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts.” (CBS, AP, Reuters)

Those same journalists-if they can honestly be termed as such after the bias they continue to display- imply with cynical speculation that Israel secretly wanted to engage in the military action against Hamas for reasons other than to stop the rocket attacks, or at least to engage in the action for reasons more important than merely to defend against the attacks from Gaza.

Some of the Sunday major network programs had “experts” as guests who speculated that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) welcomed the military interaction in order to prepare for missile fire that would ultimately come from Lebanon and points north. All of the Hamas activity is, some of these experts offered, a welcome action against an Iranian proxy war surrogate.

Washington Post defense writer David Ignatius suggested Sunday, November 18, on Face the Nation that Israel’s purpose was to test its air strike capabilities for “a likely war with Iran.” He said further: “Some people think… Israel [is] testing the rockets that would be fired against [Iran] from Gaza, next from Lebanon.” Ignatius said during a round-table discussion, “So we may see something with Lebanon soon because it’s a preliminary; this is a, kind of, warm-up round for the real conflagration that’s ahead that involves Iran.”

While it is totally within reason to expect any military brain trust to learn from battlefield action in regard to dealing with future contingencies, the unified tone of the mainstream news media seemed bent toward assigning the darkest of intentions to Israeli thinking. That Israel is always the problem is consistently the tenor of mainstream journalistic analysis.

One encouraging bit of news in this latest round of attacks on Israel is that the newly reelected American president, at least for the moment, has spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and has indicated that the U.S. stands with Israel. U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was dispatched to the region to offer an American presence in striving for a cease-fire.

The Obama administration has firmly supported Israel’s right to self-defense, saying only that the U.S. ally should seek to avoid civilian casualties. And the U.S. can only hope to exert influence over Hamas by proxy, because it considers the group a terrorist organization and doesn’t allow contacts between its members and American officials. For that reason, it is relying on countries such as Egypt, Turkey and Qatar to deliver its message to Gaza’s rulers. (“U.S. Tries Behind Scenes to End Israel-Hamas Warfare as Egypt Hosts Cease-fire Talks,” My thanks to Jonathan Stettin.)

On the not-so-bright side of things, some key players within the European Union, as well as within the Israel-hating majority of the United Nations body, have joined turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in classifying Israel as a terrorist state for its determination to defend itself. Zechariah the prophet had it right (Zechariah 12: 1-3). At the wrap-up of human history, Israel will be the problem in the eyes of the world. One day, however, God’s prototype nation will be considered a blessing to all nations, when this raging, satanic, sin-fever that infects the world of nation-states has run its course and the King of all kings reigns from Jerusalem. 

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