CAMERA Op-Ed: How the Press Covered the First Israel-Lebanon War

Forty years ago this month, Israeli military forces entered Lebanon to expel Palestinian terrorists who were using the country as a base to plot and carry out attacks. The operation, dubbed “Peace for Galilee,” would have lasting political and social ramifications for both Israel and Lebanon. It would also mark a turning point in press coverage of the Jewish state.

Yasser Arafat, the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, an umbrella association comprised of terrorist groups, believed that the media was an essential component in his war against Israel. Indeed, Arafat fondly referred to the press corps that was ensconced in Beirut’s Commodore Hotel as his “Commodore Battalion.”

(Read the rest of CAMERA’s June 16, 2022 op-ed in JNS here)