"I start from the premise that Israel had ample justification for its actions. If our cities, your cities, were subject to repeated rocket attacks, you would also believe that it was provocation enough to respond. So, it's justifiable."
In other words, when Israel attacks, it's self-defense. When adversaries respond defensively, it's aggression or terrorism. American and other Western viewers and readers get these views ad nauseam.
On November 15, Hart asked, "When Does Israel/Palestine Violence Start?"
"The conventional corporate media timelines usually stress, whatever the facts, that Israel is responding to violent attacks by Palestinians."
FAIR documented this numerous times over the past decade. The New York Times and other media scoundrels claim Israel only responds after "persistent Palestinian rocket fire."
On November 14, NBC's Martin Fletcher lied like he's told to do. He told viewers "Israel says it had no choice after Palestinians in Gaza fired at least 100 rockets at Israel in the last five days."
National Public Radio (NPR) is called National Pentagon Radio for good reason. On November 14, Audie Cornish said "the strikes were in retaliation for the launching of more than 100 rockets at Israel in recent days."
Facts on the ground are clear and unequivocal. They're mirror opposite what these reports claim. Israel acts aggressively and provocatively. It plays out the same way every time.
Killing a 12-year old boy enraged Gazans. In response, they attacked an Israeli military jeep. Four soldiers were injured. Three days of Israeli belligerence followed.
Reporters pick a "starting point" for good reason, said Hart. Doing so omits what viewers and readers most need to know.
A November 15 New York Times editorial was no better, saying:
"No country should have to endure the rocket attacks that Israel has endured from militants in Gaza."
Concern only about risks for Israel's long-term interests were raised. Rule of law principles, illegal aggression, and other relevant issues weren't discussed.
It's always the same way. Readers and viewers get manipulated managed news misinformation. Truth and full disclosure are verboten. Supporting imperial lawlessness is policy.
On November 15, a Washington Post editorial headlined "Heading off full-blown war in the Gaza strip," saying:
"THE IMMEDIATE cause of the exploding conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip was a series of attacks by Palestinian militants, including a missile fired at a jeep carrying Israeli soldiers inside Israel, and a rain of rockets against Israeli towns -- more than 180 in the course of a few days."