In “Israeli offensive kills Hamas Chief” Tobias Buck vaults past years of history to reach his preposterous description that the “surge in cross-border violence between Israel and Gaza-based militant groups” started Saturday.
This “surge” is actually a Hamas escalation of its years of terror attacks on Israel.
And “cross-border violence” is an incredible understatement in describing the hundreds of rockets Hamas fires into Israel.
Buck fails to note the relentless rocket fire aimed at Israel from Hamas terrorists hiding among civilians in Gaza. Israel’s targeted strike against Ahmed Jabari was a response to a Hamas offensive. Hundreds of Hamas missiles in the last few days have forced more than one million Israelis into bomb shelters. They can’t go to school. They can’t go to work. They exist inside, in fear of the next round of Hamas attacks. But Buck doesn’t report that.
By writing off the situation as “cross-border violence” Buck absolves Hamas terrorists of their incursion into Israel. There is no debate about which came first—days of Hamas rocket attacks.
After Hamas’ offensive, Israel’s actions were a response, a defensive action to protect its citizens.
No other country would tolerate the attacks that Israel has.
Israel left Gaza in 2005. So why is Hamas firing rockets into a sovereign nation? That’s certainly worthy of investigation by Buck. But it’s apparently easier to omit key facts and use loaded language to blame Israel.
The most important message for your readers—Israel has every right to defend its citizens—is not conveyed in your reporting. Your readers deserve the full story.
Daniel S. Mariaschin
B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President
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