Like a cat ready to pounce, the Israel Above All clique has been waiting for its chance to snare America's most senior journalist, the redoubtable Helen Thomas. One false move and she is trapped. The attackers only exposed the extent to which they will go to stifle opposition to Israel's policies, the extent to which they are able to quickly organize their attacks, the extent to which they are able to publish false information, the extent to which they are capable of controlling media, and the extent of their self-immolation.
Israel's apologists always manage to use their debts as collateral. Note that the killings of nine innocent humanitarians in international waters have principally collected a warning to Israel that it is losing the public relations battle and should refrain from being too aggressive in the near future. Now, only a few words, which harm nobody, are used by Israel's apologists to create a frenzy that destroys the body and soul of a valiant nonagenarian woman and portrays the Israelis as victims of an inhuman attack. A careful analysis of the incident reveals a backfire to which those who disapprove of Israel's policies should use to advantage.
(1) Helen Thomas did not relate the statements as they were reported and interpreted by the media.
(2) Helen Thomas only replied spontaneously to provocative questions,.
(3 Helen Thomas only made a few remarks, which others interpreted for their convenience as recommending "ethnic cleansing.' Israel has had consistent policies of "ethnic cleansing.' Those who attacked the few words from Helen have never contradicted Israel leaders' words that recommend expulsion of Palestinians nor Israel's policies of ethnic cleansing.
Start with Helen Thomas' statements and the reporting of them.
Although media headlines quoted Ms. Thomas as having said "The Jews should get the hell out of Palestine," and "go home to Germany and Poland," the dean of White House correspondents never used the word Jews nor uttered the quotes as they were presented.