Truce or Falsehood?
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Truce or Falsehood?

Jun 24, 2012 at 12:38:01 PM

Last week Hamas fired over 100 rockets at Israeli towns before agreeing to a ceasefire.

On Friday, following some more cross-border action, Reuters posted this headline:

Israeli Air Strike Kills Gaza Militant, Breaks Truce

According to Reuters, Israel broke the truce. That would be correct, if not for two key pieces of information:

1) The militant killed in the air strike was, according to Palestinian sources, preparing to fire a rocket at Israel from Gaza. Doesn't that count as "breaking the truce"?

2) As Reuters reports in the body of the article, the Israeli strike followed the firing of two rockets at Israel earlier in the day from Gaza. If Israel was responding to rocket fire, how exactly does Reuters conclude that Israel "broke the truce"?

Particularly in online news where users get their fix by scanning a list of links, it is imperative that headlines be clear and direct, leaving no confusion over "who did what."

I recall a few years ago when Associated Press issued this headline: "Rockets Hit Lebanon Despite Cease-Fire." Readers would presume that Israel had broken a cease-fire by attacking Lebanon. Only those bothering to read the article, however, discovered that the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah had fired 10 Katyusha rockets that accidentally fell short, landing in southern Lebanon – hence the technically-true-but-wildly-deceptive headline, "Rockets Hit Lebanon Despite Cease-Fire."

Even Israel's basic counter-terrorist measures are blamed for causing hostilities. When Israel stopped Hamas from building tunnels designed to ferry lethal weapons and kidnap IDF soldiers, the New York Times cited this as evidence of Israel breaking the truce and driving "the cycle of violence to a much higher level." ("A Gaza Truce Undone by Flaws May be Revived by Necessity," December 18, 2008)

It's a world turned upside-down, where Israel is blamed in knee-jerk fashion. Sometimes I think the solution is just to ignore the sophomoric condemnations and do whatever is needed to defend the citizens of Israel. Because if we're anyway damned if we do, and damned if we don't... why not "do"?

Published: June 24, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 5

(5) Anonymous, June 30, 2012 1:54 PM

My highest level of respect for you Rabbi Shraga, I support your article and especially your las line "Because if we're anyway damned if we do, and damned if we don't... why not "do"?" When we do, it is only to defend ourselves. We don't provoke, we simply defend ourselves, and must continue to do so in defending Israel right to exist. Priceless article, consice and clear for those who like you said, do not bother to read. May Hashem continues to bless your mind.

(4) Mary E Dow, June 27, 2012 2:55 AM

Shalom!

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

(3) charles lathrop, June 26, 2012 6:48 PM

There is no place or time where it is acceptable for peredjoces to exist. Especially in the people that we trust to report the news to us. It is impossible to form the correct decision from attitudes that developed from the half truths and all out lies that our news reporters (and world leaders) have been feeding us. C D L Southern Texas USA.

(2) Natalia, June 25, 2012 2:26 PM

I completely agree

I completely agree with you and Yaakov, just ignore the world´s nonsense and do whatever you have to do to protect the people of Israel. I find it vey hard to believe that there is such hatred towards Israel!

(1) Yaakov, June 25, 2012 6:28 AM

Could not agree more

Your last paragraph says it all - it should be plastered on the walls of the Knesset and on every street corner here in Israel.

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