As I have said many times, the MSM (main stream media) in the states (and around the world) lacks the depth and background to make sense of what is happening in Israel, Gaza, and the Middle East. It is a scary neighborhood where Israel lives, and the MSM often misses the nuances and background. But one example: take a quick look at Memri.org (Middle East Media Research Institute) and you will see that what is being said and seen in Arab countries is far different from what the same Arab leaders are saying in the English press. Yet the MSM English press misses it often.
That is why I suggest different sources for news about Israel, including the daily rundown, compiled by Random Thoughts blog as well as the blogs on the bottom right column of this blog. Also
- Review Ha’aretz newspaper for news from Israel. Then Jerusalem Post, Ynet and others.
- Hit the blogs, starting with Jack’s Gaza Round Up Part Three, following links all over the blogsphere. A Soldier’s Mother, reminds me of the importance to call my niece in the IDF (army)
Along comes the New York Times, not known for its balanced reporting about Israel, with an article that gets most of it right. It illuminates a reality in Israel: that the vast majority of Israelis (at least the Jewish Israelis) support the offensive in Gaza. The war is seen almost unanimously as a just war:
…voices of dissent in this country have been rare. And while tens of thousands have poured into the streets of world capitals demonstrating against the Israeli military operation, antiwar rallies here have struggled to draw 1,000 participants. The Peace Now organization has received many messages from supporters telling it to stay out of the streets on this one.
“It is very frustrating for us not to be understood,” remarked Yoel Esteron, editor of a daily business newspaper called Calcalist. “Almost 100 percent of Israelis feel that the world is hypocritical. Where was the world when our cities were rocketed for eight years and our soldier was kidnapped? Why should we care about the world’s view now?”