“as the White House called on Israel to avoid civilian casualties.”


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And the US press and political apparatus wonders why Israeli-Palestinian peace is so “elusive.” 

Why must the NYT always flip the narrative? Their report describes Israelis running from rockets that have killed ONE person so far before describing the scenes of horror in Gaza, among them children getting out of school as bombs started falling. It is such seemingly innocuous journalistic shifts that reveal media bias — along with the endless repetition of air strikes “in response” or “in retaliation” to homemade rockets that land in fields or sand in Israel.

After the initial airstrikes, which also wounded about 600Palestinians, dozens of rockets struck southern Israel. Thousands of Israelis hurried into bomb shelters amid the hail of rockets, including some longer-range models that reached farther north than ever before. One Israeli man was killed in the town of Netivot and four were wounded, one seriously.

A military operation against Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, had been forecast and demanded by Israeli officials for weeks, ever since a rocky cease-fire between Israel and Hamas broke down completely in early November and rocket attacks began in large numbers against Israel. Still, there was a shocking quality to Saturday’s attacks, in broad daylight on about 100 sites, as police cadets were graduating, women were shopping at the outdoor market and children were emerging from school.

Compare this to a current report in Ha’aretz:

Israel launched Saturday morning the start of a massive offensive against Qassam rocket and mortar fire on its southern communities, targeting dozens of buildings belonging to the ruling Hamas militant group. 

Palestinian medical sources said that at least 205 people had been killed in the strikes, which began with almost no warning at around 11:30 A.M. 

Medical personnel in Gaza said that more than 200 people were also wounded in the series of Israel Air Force strikes. Egypt has opened its long-sealed border with Gaza to allow in the wounded for medical treatment. Hamas said that the attacks had caused widespread panic in the Strip. 

The first wave of air strikes was launched by a 60 warplanes which hit a total of 50 targets in one fell swoop. The IAF deployed approximately 100 bombs, with an estimated 95 percent of the ordnance reaching its intended target. Most of the casualties were Hamas operatives. 

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