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July 26, 2014 / 28 Tammuz, 5774
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Israel Says ‘To Hell with PR’

Netanyahu has decided that the lives of Israeli are more important than looking good for Obama, U.N. and the NY Times.
Gaza children buying toy weapons, August 16, 2012.

Children are Hamas' favorite PR tool.
Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90

Foreign media already are running over  each other with unconfirmed Hamas claims of dead children and instant analyses that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to send ground troops into Gaza precludes bloodbath.

Israel has everything to lose and nothing to gain by standing pat and continuing to gamble that Hamas will not score a direct hit a crowded mall, school or factory while the terrorist regime’s policy of using human shields thwarts the Air Force’s ability to rid Gaza of terrorists and storerooms of thousands of rockets and missiles.

Hamas has nothing to gain from a ceasefire, which would strengthen the hand of its rival Fatah faction, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

“Operation Death Wish” is how The Jewish Press described Hamas large-scale attacks on virtually all of Israel, and by all accounts, Hamas has lived up to the name.

If it was counting on Netanyahu to be too afraid to order ground troops into Gaza, it again was mistaken.

If it was counting on the international community to stop Israel, it again was mistaken.

Israel will not win many compliments from foreign media and from supposedly friendly countries, with the possible exception of Canada.

President Barack Obama has been more or less quiet since Israel launched the Protective Edge counter-terror campaign 10 days ago.  He has opposed a ground operation, but Israel no longer considers him as its de facto Secretary of Defense.

Hamas’ decision to bomb try to explode rockets in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and even Haifa finally got the message across to the Israeli government to stop playing footisie.

After a decade of sustaining approximately 15,000 mortar shells, rocket and missile attacks and  after retaliating only enough to draw a ceasefire until the next round of attacks, the government now is ready to admit it is “kill or be killed.”

Hamas’ best weapon right now is the international media. After Wednesday’s raid of a Gaza beach used by terrorists but also crowded with children, several of whom were killed in the bombing, Hamas is reporting that children have been killed left and right.

Foreign media lap up the reports without verifying the facts.

However, one offsetting factor was an official announcement by Egypt late Thursday night, “It is all Hamas’ fault” for not accepting a ceasefire. Hamas in effect gave Israel the green light to hit back at Hamas as hard as it can.

Israel’s decision hold up its head and enter Gaza, even if it means a long-term operation and turns Israel into an “occupier,” puts the international media in its place. It can report deaths of women and children, but it cannot disguise the well-documented fact that Hamas is guilty of war crimes by using innocent civilians as shields for terrorists.

The discovery by UNWRA of a Hamas stockpile of weapons in one of its schools Thursday is only the tip of the iceberg.

Hamas will have a harder time ever in trying to win the war for PR, but if that is the only war it can win, it will be left with nothing.

Sympathy from The New York Times, CNN and the U.S. State Dept. is not going to buy Gazans a sack of potatoes.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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180 Responses to “Israel Says ‘To Hell with PR’”

  1. PR is costing lives. Bibi is doing the right thing. The bastards at the NY Times don’t have to live with sirens and bomb shelters.

  2. Norma Biblow says:

    Aha!…it’s about time

  3. Dani Katz says:

    Was always going to come with this. Two attempts to get a cease-fire/truce with Hamas failed and in light of the massive rocket attacks after the end of yesterday’s humanitarian cease-fire, euphemism for allowing time for Hamas to reorganise, it was always going to end up with a ground attack.

  4. I know I am Not up for the language…but I understand the intent and do agree…God bless Israel again… thank you God for a strong leader that upholds the right….

  5. Lynn Bateman says:

    Screw BHO before he screws you.

  6. Minoo Bral says:

    FINALLYYYYYYYYYYYYY******THANK UUUUUUUUU*****BEST OF LUCK***********

  7. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF

  8. Mike Khanian says:

    Now u r leader of Israel !

  9. Good for you Netanyahu

  10. Uzi Kattan says:

    I hope that it’s true.

  11. Thank YOU, GOD!!!!!

  12. Chaya Mindal says:

    Baruch Hashem! May Hashem protect him and every Jew! May Hashem change the arab heart to make peace!

  13. act with honour…

  14. Jews must unite worldwide!

  15. Don Speer says:

    Finally, how much tolerance can one nation endure anyways? Any leader can tell you Obama is a joke, and Putin will be the first to tell you.

  16. God be with you and protect you.

  17. Susan Reyes says:

    i think bibi tried to show the world if the ideas of other state leaders will work…it didn’t.so now,israel can proceed with the best solution possible…getting to the root of the problem-disable the hamas!

  18. Thomas Riley says:

    Things are certainly heating up in the world!

  19. Jim Little says:

    Way to go BiBi! Proud of you!

  20. Mel Wilde says:

    God bless Israel!

  21. wonder where y’all are geting that info from. Obama supports Israel morally and financially.

  22. Diane Hudson says:

    Hell with Obama! I stand with Israel!

  23. Tammy Arstin says:

    Tzvi Ben-gidalyahu (person who wrote this article) really needs to proof read his freakin articles first before sharing it with half the world.

    I agree with the content/information 100%, but it was very sloppy delivery

  24. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a Muslim and no friend of Israel…Liberal American Jews support Obama and therefore are also traitors to israel.

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