Bradley Burston, writing in the Israeli Haaretz asks the question as to whether or not the world media leans over backward to see negative actions when it comes to the state of Israel. For example, all wars entail at one point or another violation of human rights, so why did the recent Israel invasion of Gaza cause such a huge outpouring of anger because of misdeeds on the part of Israel soldiers? Burston agrees in certain units of the IDF there was use of excessive firepower most probably because soldiers expected Hamas to fight more openly and be ready to sacrifice their lives. When they did not, the IDF wound up firing huge artillery and air strikes at non-existent targets which resulted in large scale deaths of civilians.
Burston argues many journalists accept without verification statements made by Palestinians concerning the immoral behavior of Israel soldiers but do not accept the unchecked comments of Israel soldiers or civilians. He concludes with a powerful explanation of why Israelis are so inept at public relations:
“It is also because Israelis hate the very idea of public relations. They live in a country which has been under effective world quarantine for nearly all of its history… They speak a language which is light years and thousands of literal years away from television English. They are bathed in a culture which insulates itself and armors itself and has had little reason to believe the world will give it a fair shake. They have a shared, largely unspoken truth which is based, in part on the world’s inability to fathom their behavior. And, they believe that no matter what they do, much of the world is likely to condemn them. And in this at least, they have seldom been proven wrong.”
This is a powerful summary of why Israel has lost contact with the reality of the world. The election of Benjamin Netanyahu and the idiotic foul mouthed Avigdor Lieberman as foreign secretary will wind up turning off even American Jews. It is time for Israel to be true to its moral socialist heritage and reach out anew to those Palestinians who seek an honorable peace. Those Palestinians exist.