I wanted to write all about my trip to Tel Aviv but yesterday Kfar Qana dominated our lives.
Despite the reports of Hizbollah using civilians as human shields, firing from residential areas and not letting civilians leave the war zone, The World acted surprised that this shocking and shockingly predictable tragedy occurred. Shields get shot at, whether human or otherwise, and Hizbollah have made it clear they want large numbers of civilians casualties to put pressure on Israel, who deplores civilian casualties on both sides.
Of course the UN and the international media immediately absolved Hizbollah of all blame and made baseless accusations that Israel is targeting civilians.
The Israeli government lumbered slowly towards a press conference meticulously checking all the facts while Hizbollah and the Palestinians rushing around whipping up hysteria against Israel. They understand that the world doesn’t want truth it want sound bites.
As with the Mohamed Dura case, by the time Israel is explaining the facts no one is listening.
As always the Israelis were lagging behind and didn’t present videos of Hizbollah firing from residential areas and hiding launchers in local buildings until it was time for the evening news.
Nor did they reiterate the fact that although the village had been evacuated after Israeli warnings and they didn’t realise that residents of a local infirmary had been moved to ‘shelter’ within one of the buildings at the centre of Hizbollah’s launching zone.
Most chilling was the report from the IAF that after careful comparison of photographs they were able to confirm that they had bombed the building but seven hours prior to it’s collapse. Why these people were left in a bombed and structurally unstable building is unclear. And why did the building suddenly collapse after seven hours?
Hopefully the answers will be revealed in consequent investigations although Hizbollah have already made sure to remove vital pieces of evidence.
Of course this report never appeared in the news. I saw the press conference with my own eyes, watched it on Channel 10 News but there is not one single mention of this significant discrepancy in either the Israeli or International news online. I am not hallucinating, as there was one reference to it on a Middle-East media blog.
But the rest of the media have already decided what the story is and aren’t interested in any facts.