DANIEL VAUGHAN: American media sides with terrorists against Israel

May 18, 2018

Last year, Israel and the United Kingdom celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the first document to signify commitment towards forming a Jewish state. This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary fulfilling the Balfour Declaration’s promise, the birth of the modern Jewish state of Israel.

As a show of solidarity with Israel, the United States moved its embassy into Jerusalem, recognizing it as the official capital of Israel. It was a move long overdue after multiple administrations spoke of making progress, but never followed the U.S. Congress’s bipartisan vote in 1995 that said the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem.

Those are three significant milestones for Israel in the past two years, and that success, along with Israel’s ascent to become the 26th wealthiest country on earth would have seemed “unimaginable to the Jews of 1948,” according to John Podhoretz. If you’re cognizant of these remarkable achievements and successes, it becomes increasingly apparent that media has a different agenda.

If you’ve followed the headlines of the last week and thought that Israel was slaughtering innocent men, women, and children while celebrating a new embassy, I’d forgive you. The news coverage of what is happening in Gaza and Israel’s response has been abysmal.

The riots have nothing to do with the embassy. Everything you see from Hamas and Palestinians was the pre-planned actions by a terrorist group with the explicit goal of murdering Jews.

Full stop.

This isn’t just my conclusion or the conclusion of a group of foreign policy experts. It’s what Hamas and the Palestinians say themselves.

One senior Hamas official told a local news station that the riots were not peaceful protests, they were supported by guns. The Washington Post, while running a headline accusing Israel of killing fifty Palestinians, quoted a Palestinian who, when asked what he’d do if he made it through the fence into Jewish residential areas, said, “whatever is possible, to kill, throw stones.”

In fact, despite all those headlines you read about dead Palestinians, Hamas admitted that most of those killed weren’t civilians. They were Hamas militants using other protestors as a smokescreen to break through the fence. Israel is using facial recognition software to target and eliminate terrorists in crowds, and they’re lethally accurate.

Jews live on the other side of the fence Hamas is attacking, which explains Israel’s defense. Since Israel has engaged in a successful campaign of eliminating “terror tunnels” running under the wall, Hamas is now charging that fence. Another tactic has been to fly firebomb kites emblazoned with Nazi swastikas over the wall. When you factor in that the Hamas charter calls for the outright genocide of all Jews, just like Hitler’s final solution, a clearer picture emerges of the threat Israel faces on the Gaza border.

The media saw all of this happening during the embassy ceremony and decided it was a pro-Hamas narrative worth pushing, even though attacks on the Gaza border have been happening for years.

Before this week’s riots, Israeli intelligence revealed that Hamas was being funded by Iran, and purposely hiding its militants:

“From the information we have, it appears Hamas is encouraging and sending protesters to the border fence in order to carry out violent acts and damage security infrastructure. In addition, it was found that Iran is providing funding to Hamas in order for it to carry out these violent activities along the Gaza Strip’s border fence,” the Shin Bet said.

Iranian funding of Hamas’ terrorist activities is nothing new; their relationship goes back years, with Iran providing money, arms, and military training for Hamas activities. Iran’s influence with Hamas is stronger in the Gaza section, which is where the riots took place. In the West Bank, which sits in Jerusalem, there were no protests from Palestinians — even though they were actually in the city where all the embassy festivities were taking place.

Incredibly, the American media hasn’t been skeptical at all. As Noah Rothman notes, “From the press, we’ve seen fewer questions being asked than conclusions being drawn.” He goes on, “These reactions are the result of what must be a deliberate effort to internalize only half the story in Gaza — Hamas’s half.”

American journalists have access to all the facts about Hamas’ true intentions. They have access to the viral video of a Palestinian faking the use of crutches along the border for propaganda purposes. The media is interviewing actual Hamas terrorists who tell journalists they want to kill Jews.

And yet we’re treated to coverage that paints Israel in a bad light.

If the United States was faced with a similar threat on our border, or abroad, we would have already sent drones out to conduct massive bombing raids to rid ourselves of the problem. Nearly every administration since WWII would defend the U.S. in that fashion.

But once again, the American media is enthralled with the story of another authoritarian group. In the early 20th Century, they became fascinated with communism and authoritarian fascists like Germany’s Hitler and Italy’s Mussolini. Later on, they fell in love with Cuba’s dictator Fidel Castro. More recently, some people in the press have fallen under the spell of China’s authoritarianism.

Here we are again in the 21st century with the same song and dance. The media is siding with authoritarian states and groups like Hamas and Iran and repeating their propaganda. It may be fun right now for them, in an attempt to attack a Presidential administration they don’t like, but eventually, the truth will be the only thing left.

History and hindsight always reveal the foolishness of short-sighted attacks. However, supporting Hamas and Iran looks even worse because you don’t even need hindsight to know Hamas and Iran are bad actors. We already have the evidence to condemn them — it’s a moral outrage the media can’t do the same.

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Daniel Vaughan

Daniel Vaughan is a columnist for the Conservative Institute and lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. He has degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Regent University School of Law. His work can be found on the Conservative Institute's website, or you can receive his columns and free weekly newsletter at The Beltway Outsiders. Connect with him on Twitter at @dvaughanCI.