On November 10, 2012 Palestinians fired an anti-tank missile at Israel from Gaza, prompting Israel to defend itself, leading Hamas (the attacker) to issue a "call to arms."See detailed timelines here and here.
Four days later Americans like me who enjoy reading Gawker learned that Israel assassinated a Hamas (terrorist) military leader "In Opening Salvo of Widespread Campaign."
The only "problem" from a factual point of view is that Israel was not inexplicably launching a round of attacks on innocent civilians but rather targeting hostile terrorists who use innocent civilians as ground cover in an ongoing war against the State of Israel. The military operation was a response to "four days of intensive rocket strikes form the Gaza Strip," a fact which is acknowledged in the article itself.
"Call to arms." Isn't that usually what the victim does? Yet Hamas, a terrorist organization with an avowed goal of destroying, eliminating, wiping Israel off the face of the earth (oh wait, that's Iran) uses it.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Dec. 27, 2011:
"The armed resistance and the armed struggle are the path and the strategic choice for liberating the Palestinian land, from the (Mediterranean) sea to the (Jordan) river, and for the expulsion of the invaders and usurpers (Israel)...We won't relinquish one inch of the land of Palestine."
Terrorists like Hamas use words well. They manipulate words. The use of those words is no accident. Anti-Semitic propaganda against Israel has reached heights of sophistication that communication majors can only dream about. And the sad thing is that young Jewish people have absorbed this self-hatred and march happily to their own demise.
For example, the organization "Young, Jewish and Proud" claims that the Jewish community is dominated by a wealthy few (shades of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion") focused on perpetuating a "right wing" agenda. They say that foreign aid goes to "sustaining Israel's occupation" mostly by "going directly into the pockets of US-based arms-makers."
The Congressional Research Service, March 2012, describes foreign assistance and loan guarantees to Israel in depth noting that the purpose of this aid is U.S. national security. Here is the speech quoted in the report, describing those goals in depth.
People who aren't interested in manipulating the truth tend to say things that are complex and plausible. The formerly kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was interviewed about his experience and his remarks summarized in the The Daily Beast, Oct. 19, 2012. In fact, said Shalit, "his captors treated him reasonably well."
The myth about Israel is that it is pursuing genocidal policy against the Palestinians, whose origin as a nation is a matter of disagreement but is nevertheless real today. In fact it is terrorists who have used innocent Palestinian civilians as human shields, literally and from a policy perspective. It is clear that having an oppressed people serves the terrorist cause of eliminating Israel.
Israel wants peace. It has always sought peace, and to establish itself as a democratic country characterized by equality for all its citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.
Terrorists - not innocent Palestinians, but terrorists - continue to want to wage war.
Do not be fooled by their hatred and propaganda.
(As always, all opinions are my own.)