So, as the dust temporarily clears and Israel is granted but a brief respite from incessant Hamas rocket attacks in Gaza in order to conduct negotiations leading to a protracted truce it would appear that previously suppressed facts about the month long war have now surfaced. There is no doubt that Israel was treated like grist for the mill by the media since the war’s inception with undocumented claims being bandied about concerning the large number of civilian casualties in Gaza.
Of course, this data was provided to the media by the Hamas run Palestinian Health Ministry so one can only surmise that the numbers were significantly inflated especially as it related to non-combatants such as women and children.
The only authentic eyewitnesses in Gaza were members of the international media and as of late, they too, have began to speak out about Hamas intimidation. Most recently, the Foreign Press Association (FPA) issued a statement that said:
“In several cases, foreign reporters working in Gaza have been harassed, threatened or questioned over stories or information they have reported through their news media or by means of social media. We are also aware that Hamas is trying to put in place a "vetting" procedure that would, in effect, allow for the blacklisting of specific journalists. Such a procedure is vehemently opposed by the FPA.”
However reluctant they may be about swallowing the truth about the war in Gaza many in the international community are coming to terms that Israel was treated like the whipping boy of the Middle East.
We are especially proud of the fact that such notable dignitaries and elected officials from New York such as Governor Andrew Cuomo have not only voiced their stalwart support for Israel but have traveled there in a display of extraordinary solidarity.
While some cynics may perceive this trip as a method of pandering to their constituency in an election year, we interpret this visit to Israel as a genuine display of support by a governor who possesses a solid grasp on the nuances of geo-politics. He also knows that amongst many in his party, even those who currently reside in the White House, he stands alone in his unequivocal support of a war against the most egregious form of terror that is embodied by Hamas and its ally ISIS.
Kudos to Governor Cuomo and others like him all across this great land of ours for stepping up to the plate and supporting America’s one and only democratic ally in the Middle East.