‘New York Times’ covers up a key Netanyahu motive for the vicious Gaza attack

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It is openly recognized in Israel that Benjamin Netanyahu’s assault on Gaza is at least partly aimed at winning votes in the upcoming Israeli elections, but you would never know that from reading the New York Times.  The newspaper’s report today goes on for 28 paragraphs, but has almost nothing to say about why Israel is attacking now.

You have to get to the 13th paragraph to before you find this single, convoluted, oblique reference to the Israeli vote:

The attacks on Gaza were undertaken at a delicate time for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nine weeks before elections, and may have partly reflected his administration’s own sense that it needed to send a message of deterrence beyond Gaza.

Deterrence to whom?  To other unnamed, mysterious but always dangerous Arabs? Or to Israeli voters, who might be starting to see that Netanyahu’s policies, including his de facto endorsement of Romney, continue to weaken Israel all over the world?

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  1. pabelmont
    November 15, 2012, 11:33 am

    NPR (or WNYC) this morning were terrible, Israel replying to unacceptable rocket attacks, no mention of elections. MOUTHPIECES reading scripts prepared by Israel/AIPAC/Susan-Rice.

    Can you imagine: JANE HARMON at CIA, SUSAN RICE at State?
    I’m wringing my hands and ringing alarums. Is Obama afraid of assassination or what?

  2. Les
    November 15, 2012, 11:37 am

    What is the connection between Israel’s redo of Cast Lead and Abbas’ upcoming request for Palestinian statehood by the UN?

    • JennieS
      November 16, 2012, 1:14 am

      A lot stronger than any connection with up coming Israeli elections as far as I can see from regular reading of Haaretz and occaisional glances at the Jerusalem Post. It looks as if Netanyahu will probably win the elections with an increased number of seats for the new Halikud Beitenu party. On the other hand Palestine’s upgrade to non-state member status at the UN terrifies them. I sincerly hope that Abbas will not back down this time.

  3. Citizen
    November 15, 2012, 11:45 am

    Deterrence to whom? Additionally to Obama band? As in don’t mess with Bibi (the “crazy armed Israelis” hole card).

  4. David Samel
    November 15, 2012, 12:55 pm

    There’s something very strange going on in the comment section of the the Times article. Early this morning, this article had 840 comments, and the vast majority of the readers’ recommendations were pure hasbara letters defending Israel and condemning Hamas. I found this quite striking, because readers picks are generally very critical of Israel. It seemed to me that there was an organized effort to recommend pro-Israel letters to get them to be more prominent. Around 9 or so, those 840 comments disappeared, and there were only a handful of new comments. Now there are 352, and as usual, the most popular readers picks condemn Israel. Anybody know what’s up?

    • Les
      November 15, 2012, 6:50 pm

      I don’t know which, if any, of our big print and broadcast media outlets, is not a functioning part of the Israel Lobby. They honor the freedom of the press not to report as their greatest liberty. Has the Times ever used the term “occupied East Jerusalem” to make that fact clear in readers’ minds?

  5. Citizen
    November 15, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Fox News is screaming about 3 Israelis killed by random Palestinian rocket attacks as I comment here. Jewish Israelis being interviewed, “What would Americans do if somebody was shooting rockets at you?” “Israeli forces move toward Gaza,” and the situation is “spiraling out of control.”

    Here’s the full White House note today:

    “Today, President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Morsi about the rocket attacks being launched from Gaza into Israel, and the escalating violence in Gaza.

    The President reiterated to Prime Minister Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians. The President urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties. The two agreed that Hamas needs to stop its attacks on Israel to allow the situation to de-escalate. The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch in the coming days. Earlier today, Vice President Biden received a briefing from Prime Minister Netanyahu on the events in Gaza.

    President Obama also spoke with President Morsi given Egypt’s central role in preserving regional security. In their conversation, President Obama condemned the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense. The two leaders agreed on the importance of working to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible and agreed to stay in close touch in the days ahead.”

    • Woody Tanaka
      November 15, 2012, 3:19 pm

      Jewish Israelis being interviewed, “What would Americans do if somebody was shooting rockets at you?”

      And these same dimwits would never ask “What would Americans do if 150 years ago a bunch of foreigners took over America, ethnically cleansed you, stuck you in open air concentration camps on less than half of your land, began stealling the rest of your land, kept you as stateless peons, murdered your children, blockaded you and made your life hell ever since.” I wonder how many would respond that they would love and embrace the criminals?

  6. Citizen
    November 15, 2012, 2:46 pm

    The usual American government framing of I-P conflict incidents continues. And the usual American main media coverage is absent or in line with the American government framing.

    The whole world is protesting (what’s quickly amounting to OP Cast Lead #2), and there’s protests going on right now in America, but it’s not covered by the American mainstream media.

    There’s seems no way for classic American journalism to report when it comes to anything Israel.

    If Americans only knew–but they don’t. How to inform the American masses who mostly don’t think about foreign policy at all and use the internet for shoe shopping or sports scores?

    • anonymouscomments
      November 15, 2012, 5:55 pm

      when the control of the press on certain issues, grave issues, is so shockingly complete, what can we do?

      the (somewhat reassuring?) thing is, despite the constant lies and false logic, and saturation with BS, so many americans see through it. they just largely stay quite, feel impotent, and avoid confrontation.

      there is a very eerie thing though, about the atomization of a country of over 300 million people, highly “plugged in”, busy working, and separated by social circles, ideology, religion, ethnicity, identity, location….

      in this very loose “society”, what actually defines reality? or at least, perceived reality?

      more than half the country can poll or feel or KNOW something. but if the highly concentrated media suppresses it…. it might as well not exist, and the americans who would buck the MSM, generally stay quite.

      manufacturing consent has reached new heights. and passivity or feelings of impotence are the norm.

      we need more than just getting the truth out, and more than getting it to a majority of americans; we practically are there anyways. this is NOT ENOUGH given the criminal elites with fingers on the MSM and the politicians.

      we need-
      1) new media which is reliable, and respected, and gains market share (clearly in motion already, but needs growth)
      2) many more americans need to take the time to find out what is going on, do something, and *voice* their opinions

      both are tall orders, but we need both, likely in that order.

  7. DICKERSON3870
    November 15, 2012, 4:58 pm

    ● RE: “The attacks on Gaza were undertaken at a delicate time for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nine weeks before elections, and may have partly reflected his administration’s own sense that it needed to send a message of deterrence beyond Gaza.” ~ NYT
    AND RE: “Deterrence to whom?” ~ James North

    ● ANSWER: Deterrence to Obama, among others. I see this as a “twofer” for Netanyahu because
    this is both his electioneering (burnishing his “Iron Wall” credentials) in Israel’s upcoming election, and also Netanyahu’s way of reminding (the recently reelected) Obama that Netanyahu is still the boss; lest Obama think his reelection was some kind of a mandate for him to seek peace in the Middle East! ! !
    In other words, Netanyahu is “marking his territory”*.
    Expect a lot more of the same in this period leading up to the Israeli elections on January 22nd of 2013 (while Washington D.C. is preoccupied with the “fiscal cliff” and otherwise pretty much oblivious/asleep/dormant/hibernating until Obama’s inauguration on January 21st of 2013).

    * Territory (animal) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territory_(animal)

  8. Nevada Ned
    November 15, 2012, 11:09 pm

    Yes, the mainstream media for the most part is part of the Israeli “team”.

    But what about this? The Washington Post had a picture of a father carrying his dead 11-month old baby, killed by Israel. The picture is on page one! The father is a Palestinian journalist.

    And this is the Washington Post!! (Not the UK Guardian, not CounterPunch). The company newspaper of a company town, where the company is the Federal government.

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