Generally before showing the pictures of dead Palestinians or criticizing Israel for the civilian deaths a media commentator or Administration official will admit that "Israel has the right to defend themselves," "Hamas started the conflict by sending rockets and building tunnels into Israel," "Hamas uses it citizens as human shields," and Israel "Goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties,
Then comes the "but," the disproportionate response of Israel claim, the "slaughter" as Juan Williams called it on The Five Thursday, or even appearing "to be indiscriminate, is asinine," Joe Scarborough's words on Thursday's Morning Joe.
Now examine those words for a moment. If Israel has the right to defend itself but Hamas is using Gaza civilians as Human Shields and even though Israel goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties they still occur then Israel shouldn't be bashed for the civilian deaths--Hamas should.
Similarly, if Hamas started the conflict by sending rockets and building tunnels into Israel, and Israel has the right to defend itself, how can any response designed to stop the rockets and destroy the tunnels be disproportionate? I haven't heard any suggestions from the administration or the media on better ways to execute the destruction of Hamas weapons. The logic is absurd.
Some would say Israel should concentrate on negotiations. But how can Israel negotiate with an entity that doesn't believe it has the right to exist? How does Israel negotiate with an entity, which on Friday morning broke a ceasefire with a homicide bombing and a kidnapping of an Israeli soldier? That's the eighth ceasefire broken by Hamas in the 24 days of Operation Protective Edge.
By bashing Israel for the civilian casualties President Obama and his administration, as well as the mainstream media is appeasing Hamas and encouraging its use of human shields. It proves their strategy works, as the focus isn't on the Hamas aggression, but on blaming Israel for the Hamas-caused civilian deaths. If it works they are going to do it even more. Don't get me wrong the deaths of civilians are horrible but the blame is being placed on the wrong party.
Whether or not it is meant to be anti-Semitic, the hyper-focusing on civilian casualties is an indication of Jew-hatred. Two weeks ago Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch said this to U.N. critics of Israel.
If in the past year you didn’t cry out when thousands of protesters were killed and injured by Turkey, Egypt and Libya, when more victims than ever were hanged by Iran, women and children in Afghanistan were bombed, whole communities were massacred in South Sudan, 1800 Palestinians were starved and murdered by Assad in Syria, hundreds in Pakistan were killed by jihadist terror attacks, 10,000 Iraqis were killed by terrorists, villagers were slaughtered in Nigeria, but you only cry out for Gaza, then you are not pro human rights, you are only anti-Israel.In one hour, there is more attention by Israel's critics in the administration and the media give to the Gaza civilian casualties than those same people give to the civilian casualties Neuer mentioned above in an entire year. All civilian casualties are horrible. Those casualty numbers are much larger than the Palestinian numbers of the past 23 days. Besides being the only true democracy in the area there is only one difference between Israel and the above countries, Israel is the Jewish homeland.
In the end the singling out of Israel by the media and the Obama Administration has to be either a hatred of democracy or a hatred of Jews. You make the choice!