- - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It is rare to read an article in The Washington Times that fails to inform and that is balanced and fair. The Oct. 12 Associated Press article “Israeli strike kills mother, child in Gaza” by Aron Heller and Fares Akram is something one would expect to read in the newspaper across town, but not in the Times. Even worse, it plays into the hands of Israel’s enemies by parroting a narrative that Israelis kill women and children deliberately.

After the highly charged title, one doesn’t read what might have precipitated the “strike” until the sixth paragraph, where we read there was renewed rocket fire from Gaza and subsequent Israel Defense Forces airstrikes targeting Hamas weapons-manufacturing facilities. But the Times published a title based on the statement of a Hamas spokesperson. Do we believe this source or is it possible that Hamas uses the sensitivities of western journalism to paint Israel as the aggressor, not the victim?

This source did not comment on whether the targeted site might have been a missile-launching site in addition to a weapons-manufacturing facility, nor whether the site was situated inside or atop the civilian house occupied by the family. Could Hamas be using human shields (a longtime favorite tactic of terrorists) in order to gain a public-relations advantage?

WARREN MANISON

Potomac

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