Daily Israel Report

Op-Ed: Where Were You?

This is World War III - and it started on 9/11.
Published: Thursday, August 07, 2014 1:03 AM


Despicable! Outrageous! Do I have to dig back into my Thesaurus, Wolf Blitzer, to find more adjectives for your coverage over the past four weeks? You took sides. You fell flat on your face, disgraced yourself, disgraced everything that’s ever been taught in the schools of journalism.

In this topsy-turvy world this will probably win you an Emmy. Do I hear Pulitzer?

I swear, if soldiers are apt to be court-martialed, so too journalists for deception. Yes, I hold you criminally negligent for manipulating emotions to favor terrorism.

I watched your interview of yesterday with your chum Barghouti, wishing him all the best after he smeared Israel. You two need to get a room.

Where the hell do I begin? This minute? Okay this minute you admit that international journalists now emerging from Gaza are slowly saying what we always knew – that Hamas was firing from homes, schools and UN shelters. They were hiding behind women and children, their own women, their own children.

Journalists themselves were human shields, some willingly, some unwillingly. Either way, they were complicit, along with the UN.

But in a flash you and your man on the scene switched to Gaza suffering. Nice work, pal. That’s what you’re selling.

So it’s not about news, it’s about ratings. I remember how you kept chasing after that missing Malaysian airline. Got you good numbers, nearly catching Fox, so you kept after it round the clock -- and now away we go with Gaza as long the Jewish State keeps getting hammered.

Brother, does this stink.

There need not have been Gaza suffering if you and your staff and your confederates at the BBC and The New York Times had an eye for truth.

Where were you during all that time when Hamas rockets were falling on Israel?  For something like 15 years Israel kept dialing you up but you refused to answer. Israel kept saying, “Bring your cameras. Bring your reporters. Tell the world what Israel is being forced to endure.”

Thousands of rockets, kids dashing for bomb shelters, parents terrified every minute of the day. If nothing else, it would have made “Good TV.”

If you had shown up, you could have made the difference. You could have stopped this war from starting in the first place. Yes, this war, your fault.

But where were you?

You could have galvanized world opinion to prevent Hamas from stockpiling and gaining strength. You had the power of the press and you misused it terribly.

Last week you showed us the tunnels. Last week? Where were you last year? Last year would have meant something.

Always with you guys it’s “both sides.”

Here’s late-breaking news – this is World War III, Buster. Yes, it’s World War III and Israel is on the front lines fighting it for itself and for the entire universe.


This third world war officially began September 11, 2001 when Fanatical Islam came from out of the blue skies to murder 3,000 Americans.
You report the scourge of ISIS trampling throughout the Middle East as if it’s a separate story. No it’s the same story starring Radical Islam all over.

For once try talking about the immoral equivalence between Hamas and ISIS.

This third world war officially began September 11, 2001 when Fanatical Islam came from out of the blue skies to murder 3,000 Americans.

It’s been hell on earth ever since.

Israel has been fighting this war since about the time of Pharaoh.

Did both sides bomb the World Trade Center? Even Obama didn’t sit down to have a nice chat with Osama bin Laden.

Again this minute you’re showing French and Indian TV proving that journalists operating in Gaza feared for their lives, feared to tell the truth. At the point of Hamas guns they were compelled to lie and to begin each story with “innocent civilian casualties.” They acted well.

For all that time journalists were reading a script. They were in a movie written, directed and produced by Hamas thugs.

Too late to make amends, though I doubt it’s what you have in mind. You poisoned the air and now Israel will have to undo the PR damage that you wrought.

Israel must now go out to undo a world of lies and tell the truth. Given your bias, you won’t be around for that, either.

Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard wrote the int’l bestseller Indecent Proposal that was translated into more than 22 languages and turned into a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. New from the novelist, the anti-BDS thriller Compulsive. Website: www.jackengelhard.com