Do Israeli Jewish Lives Even Matter to the Media?

Israeli security forces and firefighters gather at Israel-Gaza border as smoke rises from a bus that was reportedly hit by a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave on November 12, 2018. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Imagine that you hear wailing sirens while sitting with your friends in a Manhattan restaurant.  The Islamist Canadian regime that seeks America’s destruction has just fired two long-range rockets toward New York City. Luckily, nobody is injured this time. As far as most of the international media is concerned, any trauma experienced by you and other New Yorkers isn’t worth reporting. But when America retaliates in self-defense, the media regularly blasts the U.S. for using “disproportionate force.”

This hypothetical North American analogy is the harsh reality for us in Israel. Last week, two rockets from Hamas-ruled Gaza were launched against Israel’s densely populated commercial center, Tel Aviv. While a similar rocket attack on New York or London would have been widely reported in the media, this naked aggression against Israeli civilians received scant international media coverage.

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In recent years, Iranian-backed Hamas has launched thousands of rockets against Israeli towns adjacent to the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip. International media has largely ignored the Hamas regime’s systematic war crimes against Israel. Israel’s sovereignty has been under attack for years by enemies seeking her destruction. Islamist terrorists deliberately target Israeli civilians, including Israeli children, while hiding behind Arab civilians—a double war crime.

Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad's armed wing set-up home-made rockets during training at an undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip on August 13, 2008.

Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad’s armed wing set-up home-made rockets during training at an undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip on August 13, 2008. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Biased media coverage normally commences on cue when Israel hits back. The Jewish state is frequently blasted in international forums and media for using “disproportionate force.” In reality, Israel is using far less force than any other democracy facing similar threats would. In 2014, an independent international study conducted by generals and senior officers from several democratic NATO states and India concluded that Israel’s military has done more to minimize civilian casualties than any other army, including the U.S. military.

The West normally views the conflict through the media lens of disputed territory and alleged grievances against Israel. The terms “Israeli occupation,” “Jewish settlements” and “desperation” are frequently cited by self-appointed Western liberal decisors of morality to justify the ongoing terrorism against Israel. However, such arguments do not stand up to careful scrutiny. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Today, not a single Jew lives in Gaza and not a single Israeli soldier patrols its streets. Israel left 100 percent of Gaza but received not a single percent of peace. Instead, Gaza terrorism against Israeli border communities increased dramatically. Israel’s lawful blockade of Gaza is a consequence of Hamas prioritizing terrorism against Israeli civilians over the well-being of its own population.

The Arab-Israeli conflict was never about specific borders. Muslim Arab leaders have repeatedly rejected a peaceful two-state solution. The conflict is not about establishing a 23rd Arab state but about a deeply entrenched ideological racist opposition to the existence of a tiny Jewish state within any boundaries.

A member of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas burns the Israeli flag on the roof of a building during a rally in Gaza City on January 12, 1996.

A member of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas burns the Israeli flag on the roof of a building during a rally in Gaza City on January 12, 1996. MANOOCHER DEGHATI/AFP/Getty Images

If poverty and desperation were the main reasons behind global terrorism, Tibet, Ethiopia and Haiti would be mass-producing terrorism. The corrupt leadership of Hamas and the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organization, has diverted billions of dollars to anti-Israel terrorism and financed their luxury lifestyles at the expense of their own population.

Israel is frequently demonized as an obstacle to peace. More UN resolutions have hypocritically been passed against the democratic State of Israel than against the rest of the world combined, including despotic serial human rights violators like Iran, Syria and North Korea. The PLO was established in 1964, when not a single Jew lived in the Jordan-occupied West Bank or the Egypt-occupied Gaza. Yet, the territory that the PLO and Hamas still seek to “liberate” is Tel Aviv and all of Israel within internationally recognized boundaries. While Israel yearns for peace, the real obstacle to genuine peace is the systemic anti-Semitic ideology demanding that the Jewish state rest in peace.

Daniel Krygier is a writer and political analyst based in Israel. He is a fellow with the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center.

Do Israeli Jewish Lives Even Matter to the Media?