"The State of Israel is not entitled to let thousands of its citizens live under fire."
Ignored was that rocket fire follows Israeli provocations. Self-defense is inviolable.
Haaretz stressed the limits of blockade, border fences, bombing and shelling, as well as targeted killing. These and other measures haven't "deterred the Gaza terrorist organizations from attacking Israel"."
Like Western media, Haaretz calls Palestinian resistance fighters "terrorists." It knows better but does it anyway.
It also doesn't call Israeli force lawless aggression. At the same time, it advocates alternative options to achieve "a more submissive enemy."
Hamas is Palestine's legitimate government. It wants the same rights as other sovereign states. So do all Palestinians. They're entitled to them.
Harsh occupation, siege, and provocative Israeli belligerence deny them. Like Western media, Haaretz blames the victims.
So does the Jerusalem Pos t (JP). It's more hardline. An op-ed headlined "Living under Hamas's rockets."
JP calls Hamas leaders "terrorists." They "crave power".It isn't their own sons they send on suicide missions".(A)narchy in the Strip would bode ill for Israel"."
"Not a day goes by without (southern Israel) being attacked from within the Strip."
"Hamas (has) the best of both worlds - terror attacks continue, and its power isn't threatened."
This is what passes for most Israeli journalism. Ugly distortion and lies substitute for vital truths. More bombing, shelling and perhaps Cast Lead 2.0 is suggested to stop "terror." Many, perhaps most, Israelis support it.
A JP editorial headlined "Explaining Gaza," saying"
Israel should enlist international community support before launching another major military operation. Gaza rocket fire was called "unprovoked." Israelis live under "constant fear."