18 Nov 2019

Propaganda from Gaza

It’s interesting, watching even “conservative” news sources spin what’s coming out of Gaza.

“Thuh” story will always be that Arab terrorists, ruling from Gaza after the Israeli pullout in 2005, are attempting to murder Israelis by firing hundreds of rockets.

We live in a fallen world, and one of the outcomes of the actions of Gaza’s Murder, Inc. is the deaths of Arabs, as well. Israel has no choice but to retaliate. The killers in Gaza know this and continue to use human shields, inviting violence from the Israelis.

We already know that much of world leadership hates Israel and Jews. Media hate them. So the Gazan crime bosses use that. They help the CNNs of the world craft a story that says Israel is committing war crimes if civilians die.

About 350 rockets have been fired; the Iron Dome has stopped 90 percent of them, with about 60 percent falling in open areas. What is somewhat different here is that Islamic Jihad is firing the rockets, not Hamas. Although the arch terror group has said it can get involved.

Why not? The world will stand by as Jews are in harm’s way.

Now, we hear that a certain number of Palestinians were killed. Media (and sadly, not a small number of “evangelical” leaders) claim these were 21 innocents. That is the perception. But according to the Meir Amit Terrorism and Intelligence Information Center:

“On November 13, 2019, the Palestinian ministry of health in the Gaza Strip reported 21 fatalities. An initial and partial examination conducted by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center of the names of ten of the Palestinians killed found that six were operatives of the PIJ’s military wing; three were operatives of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades/Nidal al-Amoudi Brigade (an organization that splintered from Fatah and is apparently participating in the rocket fire at Israel); and one was a Fatah operative.”

Huh. You mean that the real story is that a good number of those killed in Gaza are actually themselves murderers? Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews and Shane Claiborne won’t tell you that. They want you to think that the IDF literally targets sixth-graders.

Mediation efforts by Egypt and the comically ineffectual UN envoy Nikolay Mladenov are going nowhere. Islamic Jihad and Hamas know they have political cover. Media cover. Religious cover.

And here is a very interesting report from my friend Dexter Van Zile, with CAMERA (from March):

“Since when did Fox News start carrying water for terror groups in the Gaza Strip?

“It’s a strange question that must be asked in light of the short segment broadcast by the network on March 5, 2019. In the segment, Fox News correspondent Trey Yingst relays warnings from unnamed security analysts that a war could soon break out between Israel and ‘factions’ in Gaza Strip. The narrative that he offers to explain why war might happen places all the blame for the potential conflict on Israel.

“Yingst covers the story as if the ‘factions’ in question — Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad — bear no responsibility for the tensions along the boundary between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

“He does this in a number of ways.

“First, he reports that, ‘Each week, thousands of Palestinians gather at the Israel-Gaza border to protest the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip,’ and that Israel has responded to these ‘protests’ with ‘tear gas and live ammunition.’ The way Yingst reports the story, it sounds and looks like Israel is arbitrarily gunning down peace protesters who pose no threat to Israeli security.

“Yingst fails to report that these protesters don’t just ‘protest’ the blockade, but have sought to break through the security barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip. He also fails to note that Hamas leaders have called on participants to invade Israel and murder civilians who live nearby.”

Dexter ends the piece with an intriguing question:

“Why is Yingst assisting in Hamas’s efforts to deceive the world about the purposes of the March of Return? And why is Fox News letting him?”

Why, indeed?









11 Nov 2019

Bibi’s Nine Lives

What a weird, weird time in Israeli politics. With lethal threats on every border, the Knesset appears to be unstable, in that two elections cannot separate one candidate from the others for a full mandate as prime minister. Benjamin Netanyahu, now in office for a staggering 10 years, is perhaps the “victim” of a media machine so vicious, they make their American counterparts look like Donald Trump’s pr machine.

It was reported just last week that Benny Gantz, Bibi’s primary challenger for the top job, was given a chance to form a government. The leader of the “Blue and White” party is inexperienced in politics, but that generally doesn’t deter former military guys from running.

Now, more fireworks are going off, as Netanyahu has given the Defense Ministry portfolio to younger rival Naftali Bennett, of the New Right. His ally, Ayelet Shaked, is still hanging around too, but the small party didn’t do well in the last elections.

What makes the Bennett appointment even more intriguing is the fact that it was being reported that he was flirting with joining a Gantz government. Honestly, I didn’t think this was viable, and it turns out, it wasn’t. Gantz is willing to bring in Arab parties, and this strikes me as virtual treason. Can you imagine give the “Joint List” access to national security information?

And then we have “kingmaker” Avigdor Liberman making noise about entering a minority coalition with Arab parties (meaning joining forces with Blue and White), if Netanyahu doesn’t make the concessions Liberman demands; this is mostly about Liberman’s dislike of the ultra Orthodox parties that court Netanyahu.

So we have several career political opportunists playing fast-and-loose with Israel’s immediate future. At this moment in time, no leader is better suited to guide Israel than Netanyahu. Anyone to the left of him will be weaker-to-much-weaker, and that is cause for real concern.

Continue to pray for Israel, of course. The Lord is in control. I pray that he thwarts the plans of the wicked in the Holy Land.