The Israeli-Palestinian conflict reignited again. It festers endlessly, bursting out every few years. No one has ever addressed the cause. Within the past several days, thousands of people have died because of politicians’ and pundits’ illusions that the real problem will disappear by avoiding addressing it. Ergo, again, the media are the crux of the problem. We have a war not because of conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians but because we do not have a candid public conversation about the underlying issues.
The media talk about the dead bodies, not the truth
What we hear about the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023, is a classic example. The press unquestionably bought the official Israeli claims that it was a surprise.
Since Adolf Eichmann’s capture in 1960, the Israeli secret service has enjoyed a reputation as the world’s best. In the ongoing struggle with Palestinians, it mastered infiltration methods. In particular, as the media report, it has a fair knowledge of the underground tunnels in Gaza. One could see an example of the layout of them on TV. Hamas built them in preparation for the Israeli bombardments or ground invasion.
Palestinians always struggled to smuggle military hardware into Gaza. In previous years, attacks from Gaza were just symbolic or highly inefficient. With Israel’s tight border control, it was hard for Palestinians to get modern weapons.
On October 7, 2023, Hamas launched a well-coordinated assault, deploying thousands of warriors. Also, this time, Hamas used precise rockets, some supposedly American, recovered from Afghanistan or the war in Ukraine. The press wants us to believe that Israelis knew about the tunnels but missed major firearms smuggling and had no clue about the thousands of militants preparing an onslaught. Despite that, their foreign partners warned them that Hamas was mobilizing.
The press repeats that Israelis put their guard down with a recent relatively low level of Hamas hostility. Kids know that if a sworn enemy is nice and quiet, it is plotting the next attack. Should we swallow without choking that people at the world’s best intelligence service do not know that?