Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Media Working Hard for Hamas

First, the headline:

Israel rejects truce, presses on with Gaza strikes

Conjures up certain images, right? Now, on to the story:

Both sides rejected any notion of a ceasefire soon, three days after Israeli leaders launched bombing raids with the declared aim of halting rocket salvoes from the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave....

Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas official, said: "We are not begging for calm and there is no room to talk about calm amid the continued aggression and siege."

Seems as if both sides are in agreement over the necessity of killing each other. So what's with the headline? Need to go down about 17 paragraphs or so to get to it:

The United Nations and the European Union's executive arm have called for an immediate truce. But Israeli Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit said "there is no room for a ceasefire" with Hamas until the threat of rocket fire had been removed.

There are no further details given in this 28 paragraph story. What were the terms the UN and the EU, both notoriously very pro-Israel, were recommending? We don't know, because Reuters refuses to report it. Most likely a return to the status quo - Hamas killing Jews while Israel sits on its hands - which, while popular with the Reuters crowd, is less and less so with their reading public. But hey - why ruin a good anti-Israel headline with backround or facts?

This will get worse before it gets better. Wait for Hamas to roll out the old "bombed ambulance" trick that worked so well for Hezbollah a few years back...

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