Arab Israel conflict

Why Don’t More Democrats Support Israel?

Featured image The American public has consistently supported Israel in its many battles with Islamic enemies over the years. While the numbers bounce around as poll numbers always do, I don’t think there has been much change in this basic fact. Thus, the current NBC/Wall Street Journal survey finds that as to “the current conflict in the Middle East,” 46% of registered voters say their sympathies are with the Israelis, and only »

Eyeless in Gaza: 40 questions for the media

Featured image Professor David Bernstein posts the “40 questions for the international media in Gaza” posed by Saul O. at Harry’s Place. Professor Bernstein writes for the Volokh Conspiracy, now hosted by the Washington Post. The questions posted by Bernstein are properly addressed to the Washington Post itself, as well as to the Wall Street Journal, FOX News and CNN and the rest of the American media. In the case of the »

Obama’s reckoning

Featured image In the current Hamas hostilities against Israel, we have seen Barack Obama and John Kerry join in the war on the Jewish people. Not surprising, perhaps, but sobering. Obama and Kerry are working with Israel’s enemies in Qatar and Turkey to help Hamas emerge from the conflict with its key goals fulfilled. I take its key goals to include terminating Israel’s blockade (blockade of war matériel, that is) and facilitating »

Hadar Goldin’s abduction: The Hamas timeline

Featured image The staff at PJ Media’s The Grid has documented the evolution, shall we say, of Hamas’s statements regarding the abduction of IDF officer Hadar Goldin as the supposed ceasefire was to have gone into effect yesterday morning. The headline captures the story: “Hamas boasts about its capture of IDF soldier…then backtracks four times.” Stage 1: Not only did we do it, but what’s the big deal since it was before »

Annals of the ceasefire

Featured image The supposed 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by Hamas has been breached in a major way by Hamas. As I pick up the news on Twitter, Hamas continues to fire its rockets. A Hamas suicide bomber emerged from a Rafah tunnel and blew himself up on IDF soldiers. Two IDF soldiers were killed in the attack. And IDF officer Hadar Goldin of the Givati Brigade was kidnapped this morning. His fellow »

Tweeting Conor Powell

Featured image Hamas carefully manages civilian casualty statistics in Gaza as a tool of war. It embeds its men and materiel among civilian facilities such as hospitals, mosques and UN schools. When Israel targets weapons depots and sources of fire, these facilities may be targeted with resulting casualties. Yet Hamas itself frequently turns out to be the direct cause of the civilian casualties, as in the case of Jihad Masharawi in 2012 »

Tweeting Jake Tapper

Featured image We think more highly of Jake Tapper than we do of the standard cable talking head, and I follow him on Twitter, but his take on the current Hamas-Israel conflict demonstrates his limitations in a big way. Yesterday he tweeted out a sympathetic Hamas propaganda point: “More Palestinian children killed in last 3 wks than Israeli troops killed in military ops since 2006.” Maybe, but it’s a point that reflects »

Ms. Hillary’s pinpoint strikes

Featured image In an interview with Jorge Ramos Fusion TV, Ms. Hillary was asked about civilian deaths in Gaza. Hamas treats civilian death statistics as propaganda and carefully nurtures them. They are treated as gospel and routinely recited by the media without reservation. Bret Stephens took up the issue in an important Wall Street Journal column yesterday, addressing the officials and policymakers who use the statistics to criticize Israel or promote a »

The case of David Ignatius, cont’d

Featured image David Ignatius is the prominent Washington Post columnist who specializes in foreign affairs. He writes highly regarded espionage novels in his spare time. His column “John Kerry’s big blunder” leads the honor roll at RealClearPolitics this morning. I find Ignatius to be a vile columnist and, if his humanity is reflected in his journalism, a vile human being. In the course of his column this morning, he can’t help himself. »

Reporting live from Gaza, suppressed and deleted

Featured image Hamas threats don’t account for the relentless ignorance and stupidity of the coverage of the Gaza hostilities, but they account for some of it. Reporters and their media employers cooperate with Hamas not only in suppressing stories that do not serve Hamas’s purposes, but also by failing to report on the restrictive conditions under which they are working. By email alert disseminated last night CAMERA alerts us to two examples »

Hamas hits Shifa Hospital (with playground update)

Featured image Applying the theses explicit and implicit in my “14 Israel-Gaza notes,” I’m going with the IDF statement that Hamas is responsible for today’s attack on Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital. The best account I can find at the moment is the Algemeiner’s, at which Dave Bender reports as follows: he Israeli army said it was not operating in the vicinity of Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza on Monday, where an explosion reportedly »

14 Israel-Gaza notes

Featured image In the spirit of David Bernstein’s “Some Israel-Gaza notes” at the Volokh Conspiracy, I would like to add my own notes summarizing points I have been making here, some of which Bernstein also makes. 1. Hamas has promoted phony casualty statistics as a propaganda tool and the media have dutifully provided the statistics every day without any reservation. The media fail to report the source of the statistics as anything »

IDF on the Gaza UN school: It wasn’t us

Featured image The IDF has investigated its possible role in the deaths that occurred at the UN school in Gaza. The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg files this update: An Israeli army inquiry into fighting at a UN facility in Beit Hanoun Thursday found that IDF mortars did not play a role in the killing of 16 people in the school courtyard, dismissing claims that the military was responsible for their deaths. »

Kerry toes the Hamas line

Featured image In the adjacent posts John and I draw on the commentary of David Horovitz and Barak Ravid on John Kerry’s promotion of a ceasefire that toes the Hamas line in Gaza. Hamas is a genocidal terrorist organization with which Kerry is prohibited from dealing directly under American law. Kerry’s efforts nevertheless serve Hamas and betray Israel as well as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Hamas’s war on Israel. »

While Hamas celebrates

Featured image Times of Israel editor is providing the best ongoing commentary I can find online regarding Hamas’s war on Israel. His column today is “Whle Hamas celebrates, Israel focuses on its security.” Here are a couple of excerpts worth pausing over: Entirely unsurprisingly, Hamas is managing to further blacken Israel’s name wherever this conflict is depicted in terms that are the opposite of reality, which is most everywhere. Israel is under »

Tools of jihad: Protective Edge edition

Featured image BBC Middle East editor Paul Danahar happened to be on hand in Gaza for the opening of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012. When the son of Danahar’s BBC Gaza colleague Jihad Masharawi was killed at the outset of the operation, Danahar all but accused Israel of murder. Via his Twitter account ‏@pdanahar, Danahar tweeted his reaction to young Masharawi’s death: “Questioned [sic] asked here is: if Israel »

Hamas’s big plan disrupted

Featured image In an update providing the necessary context to Israel’s rejection of a ceasefire at this stage of its offensive in Gaza, The Israel Project‘s Omri Ceren writes: Leaks have begun to trickle out on what Israeli interogators are learning from captured Hamas fighters. One plot in particular is getting overwhelming attention. Hamas was apparently a few months away from conducting a mass attack on Israeli civilians during the upcoming Jewish »