By A. Schreiber
This may be seen as a peripheral detail in the breaking news today where ax wielding terrorists infiltrated a Jerusalem Synagogue, massacring six pure, innocent men during prayer while critically injuring four others – but a CNN headline this morning read, “Four Israeli’s and two Palestinians killed in attack this morning in Jerusalem.” The truth however is, that this is not merely a marginal nuance – in many cases it is the entire story. And despite an issued apology by the CNN news desk, the damage has arguably been done and it is unforgivable.
You see, there are two parallel wars being fought alongside each other simultaneously. Although one battle involves human lives and the suffering of the victims and their families, the media war for the legitimacy of Israel and the unbridled terroristic nature of Hamas, Fatah and all of its groups and sub groups is what shapes world opinion and will ultimately be the piece in the puzzle that could bring down the face of terror in the middle east and wherever it exists. Because, the first step towards neutralizing terror is identifying its players and until that has been done the next steps cannot be taken.
There were countless instances during operation protective edge where inaccurate reporting was committed by CNN and countless other anti-Israel media outlets where reports were kept vague in order that viewers have a difficult time distinguishing between the good guys and the bad guys. It certainly is possible that a report be made before all the details of a story are clear, however, if you are CNN or MSNBC and you have gone out of your way time and again to see this as a struggle between two equally guilty parties or worse take on the case of the poor Palestinians who in many instances staged this poor, victimized posture for the cameras only to later reveal that it was all a fake – then ignorance is guilt in these instances as well. I would bet that nine out of ten people at least, who got their news from CNN this morning have no knowledge of a retraction or clarification, because to them it is all the same. News outlets that are responsible for reporting to the world and shaping world opinion on these matters play a pivotal role in setting the geopolitical battlefield for world opinion and if the call is muffed – well that is an egregious and very costly error for the innocent parties in this struggle.
Israel is fighting for its existence. Israel is fighting to afford its citizens quality of life, to pursue their dreams and ideologies and make a positive imprint on its society and in the world. Contrary to what our very own President has asserted in the past, Muslims have not built or even contributed to the fabric of American society. That is not to say that there aren’t peace loving, family oriented Muslims – rather that is to say that they are not the pivotal contributors to the American dream, built by the founding fathers of the declaration, rather they are beneficiaries of Americas freedom but at the same time their very own family are disturbing those dreams and aspirations at the very same time. That there is an attempt to bring Israel to international Court for alleged war crimes is to breathe life in the terrorist regimes of ISIS, Hamas, Boko Haram and Al Nussra. We can’t continue to condemn with one side of the mouth and justify with the other, because those are mutually exclusive sentiments and it sends a weak message to the promulgators of terror in the world that there are no repercussions to their actions.
The true colors of BBC and Al Jazeera are pretty much known to the world. People who tune into these news outlets are looking for an outlet to base their tainted, bias views against Israel on. Like President Bush said after the 9/11 attacks, you are either with us or against and I believe we could direct this selfsame exhortation to the news outlets who for too long have swaddled the fence and have failed to choose sides in this struggle, you too are either with the war on terror or promoting terror – ask yourselves that question let the world know the answer so we could part ways and get on with the fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which every democracy promises its people.