Wash. Post's pro-Hamas propaganda: Put Israel in the dock

If you pick up the news section of the July 26 edition of the Washington Post, you’ll find that Israel supposedly has a lot to worry about.

A front-page article (“Two sides agree to ‘humanitarian pause’ in Gaza” by Sudarsan Raghavan, William Booth and Ruth Eglash) tells readers that “condemnation against the Israeli rejection” of Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal is on the rise.

Elaborating on the same theme, an inside-page article (“Kerry faces long list of complication in seeking Gaza cease-fire” by Anne Gearan, page A10) about Kerry’s difficulties in cobbling together a ceasefire plan again claims that  it’s getting to be Israel against the world – “The Obama administration, we are told, is squeezed between loyalty to Israel and the rising international criticism of Israel over what is frequently seen as callous inattention to civilian casualties and overwhelming use of force.”

And just in case readers still don’t get the point that Israel is under rising global criticism for alleged hawkish overkill, the same article sees an Israeli blunder for ignoring “rising international criticism.”

What’s interesting, however, about the Washington Post’s jeremiad about a supposed rise in international criticism of Israel is that it’s totally unsourced.  Where is the Post’s evidence to support its allegation that world opinion is taking a sharp turn against Israel?  There isn’t any.  Not certainly in the news section of the Washington Post.

On the other hand, there is ample evidence to back up the opposite – that Israel has wide support  among the global public.

For starters, there is the editorial page of the same Washington Post that totally contradicts its news pages.  A July 24 Post editorial puts the entire blame on Hamas – not Israel.  Mincing no words, the editorial blasts the “depravity of Hamas’s strategy” of using “women and children as cannon fodder” and slams Hamas for tunnel attacks inside Israel.

This doesn’t sound like Israel getting  pummeled on the world stage.

Beyond the confines of the Post, there is a recent Pew public opinion survey of American attitudes about Israel and the Palestinians in the course of the Gaza war.  The poll shows that Americans sympathize with Israel by a far greater margin than their sympathy for Palestinians – in fact, by more than a 3-to-1 margin, or 51 percent versus 14 percent.

This also doesn’t  jibe with the Post’s news section, with its doomsday warnings of Israel losing an international PR war.

And support of Israel isn’t just confined to the U.S.  Canada remains the staunchest supporter of Israel on the global scene with its government criticizing President Obama for tepid support of the Jewish state.  Canada instead is urging countries to come out squarely and unhesitatingly on Israel’s side. 

Australia also remains another important backer of the Jewish state.

About the only major place on the international map where Israel’s support remains shaky is, of course, Europe.  But that’s been a given all along.  Europe’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic stances haven’t been rising.  They’ve been around for a long time.

So where, oh where, is the Post’s evidence for its claim of “rising international criticism of Israel.”

Where is the beef?

But these aren’t really “news” articles, as the Post professes.  They aren’t even analyses.  If anything, they should be labeled Hamas propaganda diatribes, pure and simple.

Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers.

If you pick up the news section of the July 26 edition of the Washington Post, you’ll find that Israel supposedly has a lot to worry about.

A front-page article (“Two sides agree to ‘humanitarian pause’ in Gaza” by Sudarsan Raghavan, William Booth and Ruth Eglash) tells readers that “condemnation against the Israeli rejection” of Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal is on the rise.

Elaborating on the same theme, an inside-page article (“Kerry faces long list of complication in seeking Gaza cease-fire” by Anne Gearan, page A10) about Kerry’s difficulties in cobbling together a ceasefire plan again claims that  it’s getting to be Israel against the world – “The Obama administration, we are told, is squeezed between loyalty to Israel and the rising international criticism of Israel over what is frequently seen as callous inattention to civilian casualties and overwhelming use of force.”

And just in case readers still don’t get the point that Israel is under rising global criticism for alleged hawkish overkill, the same article sees an Israeli blunder for ignoring “rising international criticism.”

What’s interesting, however, about the Washington Post’s jeremiad about a supposed rise in international criticism of Israel is that it’s totally unsourced.  Where is the Post’s evidence to support its allegation that world opinion is taking a sharp turn against Israel?  There isn’t any.  Not certainly in the news section of the Washington Post.

On the other hand, there is ample evidence to back up the opposite – that Israel has wide support  among the global public.

For starters, there is the editorial page of the same Washington Post that totally contradicts its news pages.  A July 24 Post editorial puts the entire blame on Hamas – not Israel.  Mincing no words, the editorial blasts the “depravity of Hamas’s strategy” of using “women and children as cannon fodder” and slams Hamas for tunnel attacks inside Israel.

This doesn’t sound like Israel getting  pummeled on the world stage.

Beyond the confines of the Post, there is a recent Pew public opinion survey of American attitudes about Israel and the Palestinians in the course of the Gaza war.  The poll shows that Americans sympathize with Israel by a far greater margin than their sympathy for Palestinians – in fact, by more than a 3-to-1 margin, or 51 percent versus 14 percent.

This also doesn’t  jibe with the Post’s news section, with its doomsday warnings of Israel losing an international PR war.

And support of Israel isn’t just confined to the U.S.  Canada remains the staunchest supporter of Israel on the global scene with its government criticizing President Obama for tepid support of the Jewish state.  Canada instead is urging countries to come out squarely and unhesitatingly on Israel’s side. 

Australia also remains another important backer of the Jewish state.

About the only major place on the international map where Israel’s support remains shaky is, of course, Europe.  But that’s been a given all along.  Europe’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic stances haven’t been rising.  They’ve been around for a long time.

So where, oh where, is the Post’s evidence for its claim of “rising international criticism of Israel.”

Where is the beef?

But these aren’t really “news” articles, as the Post professes.  They aren’t even analyses.  If anything, they should be labeled Hamas propaganda diatribes, pure and simple.

Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers.

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