As I write this, Israel is under attack. Sirens are going off non-stop in areas along the southern border. My wife’s app, which alerts her when there are attacks on Israel, has been blowing up all day. At least 17 have been injured. Yet here in America, we either hear a variation of this news that paints Israel as the aggressor or we don’t hear about it at all.
Imagine if a single rocket flew from Mexico and hit El Paso. Or one rocket crossed from South Korea to North Korea. Would it be big news if a mortar launched from Italy landed in Switzerland? In all these cases, it would be the big story of the day with speculation and commentary continuing for several days. But this is Israel. It’s Gaza. It’s the world’s punching bag getting hit once again because, well, they deserve it, right? In other words, it’s not a story.
You won’t see it prominently on Google News, Yahoo!, Fox News, or pretty much anywhere Americans generally get their daily dose of world events. They all cover it a little because they have an obligation, but it’s conspicuously below stories about Taylor Swift and Jack in the Box’ new television ads. That would be enough to make one upset, but the way it’s being covered is also abysmal. It’s being spun by most mainstream media publications as Israel attacking Gaza and being met with counterattacks. They don’t outright say that, but they cleverly position the headlines and opening paragraphs to give news skimmers the impression that Israel is the aggressor today and always.
Here’s what you’ll find on Twitter, which is regrettably becoming the only place to find good coverage of Israel. I say “regrettably” because as a platform it is littered with much more anti-Israel sentiment than positive.
The reality in Israel for the last 8 hours pic.twitter.com/CrcASE6c6h
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 9, 2018
It’s 4:18am here in Israel & sirens are going off again every few minutes, indicating new barrages. Some 100 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the last seven hours. Nine Israeli civilians have been injured. IDF is retaliating. Most world media not reporting. #pray pic.twitter.com/QG0zy5mWZo
— Joel C. Rosenberg (@JoelCRosenberg) August 9, 2018
Imagine you had only 11 seconds to take cover from rocket fire targeting your city and your family.
— Israel Foreign Min. (@IsraelMFA) August 8, 2018
As I write this, my wife’s phone continues to go off nonstop.
What can conscientious Americans do? Is it possible to sift through the propaganda thrown up against Israel without getting caught up in reverse bias? When so much press is stacked against them, how do we know when they do things that are truly wrong (and yes, the nation of Israel makes bad moves just like everyone else) and when they’re the victims of a world and media united against them?
More so than any other nation, we must practice discernment and carefully read what is said about Israel. Use multiple sources. Get the whole picture as best you can. Unlike other distant nations, Israel’s fate and direction are directly attached to us and visa versa. We must be aware of what’s going on there just as they must be aware of what’s going on here.
I’ll leave you with three important Bible verses to keep in mind when seeing how the world treats Israel today.
12 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
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