Yesterday, we sent the following email to editors at i news which included the following:
An Oct. 25 article on page 2 (“Israel approves 2,800 settler homes”) omits crucial information that was covered by Associated Press (AP) and other media outlets in their stories about the announced settlement construction.
In addition to the 2,800 Israeli settlement homes, “Israel is also set to approve 1,600 units for Palestinians in the areas of the West Bank that it controls”, per AP .
This is important context, and I ask that, under the terms of the accuracy clause, a correction be issued clarifying this point.
When i reported that another illegal 1,355 homes were on the way, the CAMERA pro-Israel lobbying group was quick to complain that we hadn’t mentioned, that “Israel is also set to approve 1,600 units for Palestinians in the areas of the West Bank that it controls”, a fact that is said was needed for “context”.
Well, here’s some more context.
The Palestinians seek the West Bank, along with the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem — areas Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war — to build a state they don’t have. The presence of 700,000 Israeli settlers is the main obstacle to peace.
Settlement construction has accelerated in the last few years thanks the Netanyahu government and the Trump regime, which pandered to an unholy alliance between the conservative Jewish lobby and right-wing evangelists. Israel had carte blanche.
After this year’s one-sided mini-war with the Hamas thugs in Gaza, in which 67 Palestinian children died, there was an outcry among many US Democrats.
Soon after, Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz arrived in Washington, cap in hand, in search of $1bn in emergency military aid in order to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome defences and restock its bomb supplies.
However, the $1bn was only for Iron Dome defence rockets, not for offensive “bomb supplies”.
He closes with this:
Some Democrats questioned why billion-dollar military handouts should be given to a wealthy country like Israel, whose per capita income ranks 19th in the world. Those Democrats were clearly in a minority, however,
A month ago, with overwhelming bipartisan support, US Congress agreed to hand Israel the $1bn it wanted. Even with Trump and Netanyahu gone, it seems very little has changed.
Day’s disgust with US aid towards the Iron Dome system is as palpable as it is incomprehensible.
The reason why only a handful of House members voted against the bill is because it’s hard to justify opposition to a system which protects innocent civilians from rockets launched by religious fanatics who oppose, in principle, the very idea of ever living in peace with the Jewish state.
Also, as some observers have argued, Iron Dome actually serves to protect Palestinian lives (as well as Israeli lives), as, without such a system knocking down deadly projectiles, Israel would be far more likely launch large-scale wars and initiate ground invasions of the territory in response to such attacks.
Moreover, as the House of Representatives noted in announcing the bill’s passage, the funding “is consistent with the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding” between then President Obama and Israel, “which commits the United States to providing additional assistance to replenish the Iron Dome after periods of fighting to allow Israel to continue to defend itself from attack.”
Day, clearly out of his depth in trying to explain the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, grossly misled inews readers – another example of why CAMERA’s mission, grounded in the imperative on journalism being governed by facts rather than narratives, is so vital.