Gaza MadnessMar 11, 2012 at 05:17:59 AM
With world attention focused on the coming of March Madness, the real madness is taking place in southern Israel. Over the weekend, following an Israeli pinpoint strike against a leading terrorist, Palestinians fired over 100 Grad missiles, rockets and mortars deep into Israel. With just 15 seconds to run into a shelter before impact, this put a million Israelis into a veritable war zone. 200,000 kids were kept home from school due to the danger.
What’s amazing to me is the total lack of an international outcry. Has the intolerable become commonplace?
The answer, of course, lies in the media’s constant downplaying the threat to Israel. On prior occasions, as rockets rained on Israeli towns, the New York Times published the ludicrous claim of Hamas spokesman Ahmed Yousef that “We did not intentionally target civilians. We were targeting military bases, but the primitive weapons make mistakes.” Meanwhile, The Economist made the strange claim that “the rudimentary [Palestinian] rockets have maimed more Gazans than Israelis.” (More on this farcical media coverage can be found in chapter 9 of my book, David & Goliath.)
In response to this weekend’s attacks, Israel has knocked out 16 terrorists – while causing zero civilian casualties. (The Arab League, predictably, condemned Israel's strikes as a "massacre.") Elder of Ziyon blog notes:
Dead terrorists, no dead civilians. That's the way it should be. Of course, Israel will be condemned anyway. Which makes her ability to minimize civilian casualties all the more remarkable. It shows that IDF morality comes from within and is part of its very fabric; it is not a fake morality that comes from outside pressure or worries about appearances. The IDF has been steadily improving its methods to take out terrorists and only terrorists over the years, and now it is the best in the world at it.
Here’s a video of one of these pinpoint Israeli strikes: