Accuracy in Media

It might have taken a terrorist attack that included the death of an American, about a mile away from Vice President Joe Biden’s meeting in Jaffa, Israel, this week, to wake up Americans to the ongoing terrorist wave that has been sweeping Israel for months. The victim was Taylor Force, a 29-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, killed by an Islamic terrorist. Force’s wife was among 10 others stabbed by the same Palestinian terrorist, and she is in critical condition.

The futility of Biden’s last ditch effort to help give President Obama an additional notch on his legacy belt was underscored by the event, especially since the administration has sought to undermine Israel on several key issues, including the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement.

Through the use of U.S. Customs and Border Control, the Obama administration recently further politicized trade with Israel by requiring that imports from the West Bank be labeled as being from that area rather than from Israel, reported The National Interest in February.

“The penalty states that products must no longer be labeled ‘Made in Israel,’ because the United States views the West Bank as territory illegitimately controlled by Israel,” report Asaf Romirowsky and Benjamin Weinthal. In other words, the Obama administration is playing politics with trade, and with Israel’s legitimacy.

While members of the BDS movement often liken Israel to an apartheid state, it is interesting that one of Israel’s highest ranking soldiers is a Muslim. Yet pop culture shows continue to demonize the Israelis. According to the Zionist Organization of America, the ABC TV show Quantico “falsely claimed in Episode 4 that Israel bombed the Gaza greenhouses, when, in fact, Israel gave these multi-million dollar greenhouses to Gaza’s Arabs, and Palestinian Arabs looted and destroyed the greenhouses.” It also portrays the Israel Defense Forces as “war criminals.” Those are just two of many examples from this show that demonizes Israel and its people. With such misinformation as part of the common culture, it is not surprising that some Americans have called for divestment. Divestment is often defined as the opposite of investment, in this case done for political purposes.

“From the beginning of Obama’s time in office his administration demanded that Israel halt settlement activity,” write Romirowsky and Weinthal, arguing that President Obama assumes that solving the Israeli-Palestinian debate would resolve Middle Eastern tensions. Of course, the informal arrangement with Iran, known as the Iran deal, is supposed to bring about peace, too—ostensibly eliminating Iran’s ability to construct nuclear weapons.

As we have reported, the unsigned Iran deal is a debacle and farce that will empower Iran to conduct terror throughout the Middle East. This, in reality, is President Obama’s foreign policy legacy. In fact, just this week it was revealed that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is no longer allowed to disclose any possible Iranian violations of the so-called agreement. As a result, Fred Fleitz of the Center for Security Policy argued that “This is more evidence that the nuclear deal with Iran is a fraud. U.S. officials gave away everything to get this legacy agreement for President Obama that will not stop Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons.”

If you recall, the agreement between the IAEA and Iran was the one agreement in this whole arrangement that was supposedly signed, and we were told at the time that Secretary John Kerry and President Obama weren’t even allowed to see it. Now we understand why we were told that. Also this week, Iran has threatened to walk away from the “deal,” now that they’ve received their $100-plus billion dollars. That’s all they were ever looking for. They never had any intention of giving up their nuclear weapons program, a program they never acknowledged having in the first place.

When Congress signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act, it expressly outlined that American government policy would be against the BDS movement, including against sanctions on the territories it controls. Naturally, according to The New York Sun, President Obama claimed that the law was contrary to “longstanding bipartisan United States policy.”

“Somehow Mr. Obama, in his reference to ‘longstanding bipartisan policy,’ forgot to mention the vote in the Congress against boycotts and sanctions against the territories was a bipartisan tally,” reports The New York Sun. “But when he inked the measure, he put out a memorably obnoxious signing statement. He derided the law he’d just signed as ‘conflating’ Israel and Israeli-controlled territories and suggested he might defy it,” said the Sun editorial. The law, in fact, didn’t conflate the two.

While there is longstanding bipartisan Congressional support for Israel, there has been little support for this long-time ally coming from President Obama. Instead, he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have had an acrimonious relationship, at best. Daniel Greenfield has recounted much of the acrimony in this piece for FrontPageMag, which argues that Obama’s plans for his final year in office are designed to put unprecedented pressure on Israel, and would be “BDS’s biggest gift.”

Greenfield writes that “Obama is planning to deal a final blow to Israel,” possibly through a UN resolution that “would amount to an 800-pound thumb on the scale of the peace process by giving the PLO everything it wants, giving Israel nothing…”

The New York Times reports, with a different emphasis, that President Obama wishes to leave a legacy framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Such a framework would undoubtedly favor the Palestinians. The Times reports that President Obama hopes to “enshrine the proposals Secretary of State John Kerry made during his last failed effort at peacemaking in 2014,” and that President Obama is frustrated “about his failure in the peace process and its impact on his legacy.”

Each article the mainstream media pens discussing President Obama’s legacy contains a great deal of spin—and omits important details. Back in 2014 Kerry sought the input of Israel’s detractors, including Qatar, for a peace deal with the Palestinians.

As we wrote in August 2014, “the Kerry proposal speaks in broad language about ‘ending all hostilities’ and addressing ‘all security issues.’” However, “No mention is made of Hamas’ underground tunnels, or underground attacks at all.”

Newsweek’s Yardena Schwartz reported on March 8 that “Hamas is Tunneling its Way Into Israel, Again.” Schwartz writes of Israelis who hear construction underneath their homes, knowing that these tunnels will eventually bring death and destruction.

“Hamas has started bragging publicly about its ability to reach into Israel,” Schwartz reports, continuing, “an Israeli intelligence source tells Newsweek that more than 10 tunnels already do, and that Israel has not yet pinpointed the exact locations.”

“The re-emergence of tunnels as a weapon of war has coincided with a series of attacks by individual Palestinians on Israelis in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Tel Aviv,” writes Schwartz.

“This latest Palestinian uprising, which began in October, has resulted in the deaths of 29 Israelis, three foreign nationals and 170 Palestinians—roughly two-thirds of them while attacking Israelis and the rest during clashes with Israeli soldiers, according to the army.”

Palestinians continue to zealously shed the blood of Israelis and refuse to recognize the state of Israel. Any framework for peace that President Obama creates must first require that the Palestinians recognize Israel’s right to exist, or there can be no peace. But the Palestinians have rejected offers to have their own state, side-by-side with Israel, three times since the year 2000. As we’ve reported in the past, President Obama’s heavy handed tactics toward Israel have actually made a deal between Israel and the Palestinians much less likely in the foreseeable future.

“Iran’s ally in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority, encourages the unyielding knife attacks against Israelis by Palestinians,” writes Pete Hoekstra for The Sacramento Bee. Hoekstra is a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and now with the Investigative Project on Terrorism and a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi. “Fatah, the political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas,” writes Hoekstra, “recently called for killing all Israelis throughout the country—‘in all their neighborhoods’—in a music video broadcast on the Fatah-run Awdah TV channel.”

Judicial Watch reports that “the Obama administration scrubbed [Homeland Security’s] ‘Terrorist Screening Database’ in order to protect what it considered the civil rights of suspected Islamic terrorist groups.” These “new Homeland Security documents confirm the modification of nearly 1,000 terrorist suspect reports,” said Judicial Watch.

President Obama’s foreign policy legacy will likely not be as the architect of a framework to bring about peace between Israel and Palestine. Instead, it will be a legacy of chaos in Libya, a nuclear Iran, Islamic State resurgence, and a possible arms race in the Middle East. But the complicit media are more interested in preserving President Obama’s legacy than informing its readers about the chaos that legacy has wrought.






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  • RMThoughts

    Some agenda driven pundits wrongly portray the boycott movement, modeled on the boycotts employed against Apartheid South Africa and used in the U.S. civil rights movement, to be an attack on the Israeli people or even on the Jewish people, as a whole. Nothing could be further from the truth. The movement recognizes universal human rights under the law for all people, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or color.

    Israel considers a “terrorist” anyone critical of Israel for some of its actions as an occupying power as well as for its reported war crimes in dealing with its neighbors. It takes a zealot to see anti-Semitism in legitimate concerns criticism.

    Certainly those standing against South African apartheid was seen as “anti-white” but those practicing apartheid in South Africa. The root of all injustice and oppression has always been the same – the dehumanization of the other. It is the obsession with Us and Them, chosen and unchosen that can lead us, regardless of racial or religious identity, into the abyss.

    Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions aims to end Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, to secure equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and to uphold the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the cities and villages they were violently forced out of in 1948 and 1967. Nothing nefarious.

    Mahatma Gandhi, has been on my mind. He prophetically said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” The BDS movement is fulfilling its promise and fits Gandhi’s description. Once dismissed by many as a futile strategy that would “never work,” BDS has gained much ground in recent weeks, bringing with it the expected backlash from the enemies of free speech.

  • Danny S.

    Well Obama has damaged just about everything of real value here in America and as part of his continued legacy of total failures he is going after a sovereign nation he sees through his muslim hate filled eyes.
    He lies to the uniformed masses here in America about the condition of our economy , he tears up our military, there is social wars on every front. He runs over the constitution. His justice department is no better then a third worlds , His foreign policy is a no action put your head in the sand policy of what seems to favor terrorists. Obama has lots of blood on his hands!!!
    It is not widely published thanks to liberal media of the assination of the Oregon PROTESTER who was gunned down with hands in the air and no weapon drawn. This murder was done for a reason to imtimadate anyone who challenges the federal government.
    Obama , should spend his time fixing the debt problem . There are to many problems here to be fixed first before enter fearing with our long time allies . Obama won’t help stop the genocide of Christians in Iraq and Syria but goes out of his way to destabilize Israel as he has done by pulling our remaining troops from Iraq and his proposed Iranian deal.
    If you ask me Obama actions seem more to the benefit of the terrorists then our Allies.

  • Danny S.

    You forget that muslim nations have sent thousands of missiles into Israel. Now , terrorists are going in and killing innocent people.
    Every peace deal that has been brokered has been broken by the Palastinians.
    Your comparison of GandI and the rest is crazy. You get rid of the mullahs in Iran and you then have a chance at peace.
    What do you think would be the result if Mexico were lobbing missiles into America?What would you do if our neighbor to the south was North Korea?
    Peace sounds so good when words are all that is needed.
    If I was a leader in Israel I would do everything I could to protect my people. If that included making guys such as you angry that would be okay .
    How about the muslims leaving the Israelis alone and you will see peace. It is that simple.Iran stop the hate , supplying missilies,paying rewards for suicide missions.
    Your positions hold no water. There are unfortunately lots of bad guys who hate the US and Israel. If you think we are the worst of the worst then wait until they rule what was then the free world.

  • Sam

    I speak for my fellow Americans when I say Americans consider the West Bank to be Isreal no matter what muslime Obama says.

  • johnnywoods

    Obummer will never support Israel because he is a Muslim.

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  • john robel

    Pray for MOSSAD to “double tap, the piece of crap”