Conflict and War

A Personal Perspective on the Israel/Hezbollah War

The following is a response by an Israeli citizen to an article that was published last Wednesday in the Israeli daily Ma'ariv. The Ma'ariv article by an anonymous Lebanese writer described her perspective on the war.

BBC Headline Falsely Charges Beirut Airport “Destroyed”

BBC reports on the Israel/Hezbollah crisis link to a story about a Jordanian relief flight to Beirut with the false and misleading link headline "Mercy Mission: A Jordanian aid mission flies into Beirut airport, which has been destroyed." In fact, as even al-Jazeera reported, the Beirut airport has not been "destroyed" and has suffered relatively minor damage to its runways.

A BBC Fable

Early media coverage of Hizbullah's aggression against Israel presented a generally sound picture of cause and effect, of the terrorist group's agenda and of Israel's right to remove the menace to its people. The BBC, however, is a frequent exception.

Mainline Christian Churches Respond to Hamas and Hezbollah Aggression

Mainline Christian churches and their umbrella organizations have routinely characterized the Arab-Israeli conflict as a consequence of Israeli intransigence and have ignored Arab refusal to accept the existence of a Jewish State in the Middle East. This trend persists in the face of recent attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah.

New York Times Story on UN Position Hit by Israel Omits Crucial Context

A July 27 article in the New York Times about four UN officers killed in an outpost hit by Israeli fire ("U.N. Says It Protested to Israel for 6 Hours During Attack That Killed 4 Observers in Lebanon" by Warren Hoge), omitted crucial context about Hezbollah firing from or near UN positions.

Hassan Nasrallah: In His Own Words

The Shiite leader of Hezbollah has a vast Iranian budget to pursue his anti-Israel and anti-American agenda. The terrorist leader uses these resources to incite attacks on Jews, Israel, and the U.S.

ABC Withholds Information on Transmission Towers

No doubt the control of information–a critical tool in psychological warfare–is part of any combatant's war arsenal. But when a July 22 ABC "World News Saturday" report on the Israeli bombing of television transmitters accuses Israel of controlling information "to sway public opinion," it is ABC which is controlling – and withholding – information.

Philadelphia Inquirer Discovers Hate Education – by Israelis

On July 22, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an unsigned editorial that, with unabashed moral equivalency, obscures the differences between Israel and its neighbors in terms of hate education, and erases the asymmetry between Israel and Hezbollah.

Noam Chomsky’s Support for Hezbollah

On May 8, 2006, MIT Professor Noam Chomsky began an eight-day visit to Lebanon, receiving a hero's wecome. He met with Hezbollah leaders, embraced them and repeated their rhetoric, publicly rejecting their disarming (contrary to UNSC Resolution 1559). Now that the terrorist group has launched a war, he mildly rebukes them as "irresponsible" but continues to wish them well.