(By Jennifer Hanin). Imagine if there were evil forces out to frame you no matter what you did or how you did it. Then consider Israel. Just two days ago, IDF soldiers performed routine maintenance by clearing bushes to improve the line of sight along the Israeli – Lebanese border.
Then “suddenly” – a word that parents reading children’s books are all too familiar with when the plot turns to the wicked antagonist – Lebanese soldiers fired and murdered a senior IDF commander. When the story broke, evenhat made the world believe that Israel had deliberately breached the security fence into Lebane “reputable” news organizations like Reuters and BBC helped demonize Israel by publishing photos tse territory. In reality, the security fence and the border demarcation are not the same in all areas. The attack occurred on Israeli territory. In fact, IDF even cleared this routine work in advance with the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) to prevent any potential violence. Nevertheless, the violence occurred against Israel and like clockwork, the lynching had begun. The world descended upon Israel and again painted it as the aggressor. Even the US gave a response best described as “neutral.” But this story, like dozens before it, may as well been concocted in La La Land. Critics of Israel are fast to point the finger at the Jewish State but are speechless when trying to rattle off even one incident where Israel fired first. There simply is none.
Throughout its 62-year history, Israel has retaliated to unprovoked attacks yet never once instigated an attack. The border incident was no different from previous incidents that endangered Israelis. Like the others, Israel fired back. Honest Reporting did a good job of questioning why UN officials and journalists were onsite at the time of the ambush. After all, the UN had full knowledge that the maintenance was occurring. It also explains why several journalists linked to media outlets controlled by terrorist Hezbollah were also onsite.
Think about the blood that is now on the hands of those responsible. UN officials and journalists don’t just show up at borders where tension are high unless someone has asked them to be there. So is it the Lebanese government or the UN that needs to take full responsibility for the murder of the Israeli officer, the journalist and three Lebanese soldiers? The UN has now admitted that the attack occurred on Israeli soil but it is also couching the Lebanese attack as a “misunderstanding.” Hmm. Does that mean the Lebanese commander that authorized the attack was confused about where Lebanon’s territory ends and Israel’s territory begins? Hardly. It’s more likely that the Lebanese commander knew exactly what he was doing and violated UN Resolution 1701 by knowingly committing an act of war. Where is the international outcry? How can the UN boil down a premeditated attack to a “misunderstanding?” Like the Gaza flotilla, Israel used necessary force to defend itself from brutal aggressors. Unlike the witch-hunt the UN has generated into the IDF’s involvement with the Gaza flotilla, the families of those slain are likely not gaining comfort knowing the UN has rubber stamped the deaths of their loved ones with a “misunderstanding”.
It’s high time the world investigates the UN for the crimes it has committed and the special sessions it holds to investigate Israel while turning a blind eye to countries that commit genocide. Talk about a bunch of hypocrites. But that’s another blog post (or series of them) all together. Consider recent threats to Israel over the last month or so. I tweeted about the rocket recently fired from Gaza on the Israeli city of Ashkelon. Then there were rockets fired from Sinai on the Jordanian and Israeli cities of Aqaba and Eilat. Next, the Lebanese army opens fire. It’s clear that Hezbollah has infiltrated the Lebanese army and we know that Hamas is responsible for the rockets launched from Gaza and the Sinai. But I haven’t seen the international outcry in the media against these aggressors. Israel and the international community should be able to see these violent incidents and “terrorist factions” for what they are: attempts to rip the peace process right out of its seams.
Then there is the never-ending parade of flotillas to consider. What a farce! The Turkish flotilla comes no surprise as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan recntly became Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s BFF. And where did the following flotillas come from? Not the Emerald City. Oh no, they came from rogue countries that either serve as launching pads for terrorists like Lebanon or fund worldwide terrorism like Iran and Libya. These highly propagandized incidents targeting the only true democracy in the Middle East should serve as a reminder that while Israel seeks harmony with its neighbors they are the same lot sacrificing lives and creating media misdirection to derail peace.