CNN aired Binyamin Netanyahu’s falsehoods yesterday. The Israeli Prime Minister held forth about Israel’s premeditated attack on international humanitarians, as well as its starvation siege of Gaza—both of which, let’s not forget, are acts of war. CNN challenged this Minister no more than facts confront Orwell’s Ministry of Truth once they’re dumped down Nineteen Eighty-Four’s "memory hole." No reporters queried his claims; worse, substitute anchor Suzanne Malveaux echoed many. Certainly, CNN’s very headline for the video, "Netanyahu responds to flotilla raid," casts the PM as a mere bystander to the attack he masterminded. His government threatened beforehand that it would do anything to halt the convoy.
Netanyahu repeated the mantra: "Israel has a great security problem and I want to put this into context." Where were the answers of Palestinians, humanitarians?
The P.M. trilled the usual Likud line, "The context is that Gaza has become a base for Hamas terrorists backed by Iran, from which they fire thousands of rockets into Israel. They’re amassing thousands of more rockets to fire at our cities, our towns, and at our children [BN’s emphasis]." No word on CNN of Hamas’s ceasefire–violated repeatedly by Israel–or the rockets’ relative harmlessness. Over eight years, the Qassams have killed only about as many people as Israel murdered in just one brutal assault on the Mavi Marmara.
Netanyahu topped the old with a new script: "Our policy is this: we try to let in all humanitarian goods into Gaza, all peaceful commodities, food, medicine, and the like." Why did no jaws gape? In food alone, Israel prohibits whatever its factories do not need to sell: sage, cardamon, jam, vinegar, chocolate, fruit preserves and dried fruit, seeds and nuts, biscuits and sweets, fresh meat.
Bibi reverted to a familiar deception: "What we want to prevent coming into Gaza are rockets, missiles, explosives and war material that could be used to attack our civilians." But Hamas can import weapons through the tunnels, and has repeatedly agreed to let international donors distribute aid to the people.
The PM added the traditional "Newspeak"–syllables that fill space, but don’t inform: "This is an ongoing policy and it is the one that guided our action yesterday," .
Now for the stunner. Netanyahu assured us, "We told the flotilla of ships, we said, ‘You can take all your cargo, put it in our port of Ashdod, we’ll just ferret out if there is any war materiels [sic], and the rest can go through.’" The Big Lie.
"We succeeded in doing this peacefully with five of the six ships." So, according to Netanyahu, the humanitarian relief has "gone through" to Gaza? The blockade is broken, but CNN refused to announce the breakthrough?
"The sixth ship, the largest, which had hundreds of people on it, not only did not cooperate in this effort peacefully, they deliberately attacked. The first soldiers that came on the ship, they were mobbed, they were clubbed, they were beaten, stabbed, there was even report of gunfire. The soldiers had to respond to defend themselves, defend their lives, or they would have been killed." That’s the IDF excuse whenever it attacks unarmed civilians. Why did no reporters snigger?
The PM sighed, "And regrettably in this exchange, at least ten people died." When will the U.S. demand that Israel tell the actual number and–crucially–the names of the killed and injured?" Bibi emoted: "We regret this loss of life. We regret any violence that was there." How passive from the booster of aggression. He effused, "We would like, I would like, to wish a speedy recovery to any of the wounded, including four of our own soldiers." How pitiable: the "poor little" but always invincible IDF, whose mercy is much-touted but never seen.
Netanyahu amplified the falsehoods: "Our policy was and will continue to be that Israel will let humanitarian aid, any kind of goods that are meant for peace into the civilian populations of Gaza. We have no quarrel with the people of Gaza." Two Big–and Maudlin–Lies. How did Netanyahu ooze this sentiment without giggling? His own ministers, as well as NY Times’s Tom Friedman, have long bragged about [illegally] punishing the people of Gaza for electing Hamas.
Netanyahu ends by repeating his deception: "We do have a conflict with the terrorist regime supported by Iran. We want to maintain a situation where we prevent weapons and war material from coming into Gaza and allow humanitarian aid to go to the population of Gaza." The siege is dead. Long live the siege.
See Netanyahu’s performance at: http://www.cnn.com/video/ under the "International" link.
NPR, CNN, and the BBC have all declined to report the real "context," while MSNBC was AWOL–couldn’t return from holiday for a mere atrocity at sea. So can we count on Comedy Central walloping Bibi’s deceptions? Yes, if Netanyahu were any other "pol."
Will "satirists" Stewart and Colbert unveil Israel’s murderous lies, as well as U.S. toadying? Or will we have to wait for truth until Season Two of "IDF Confidential: "Commandos Speak Out"? Till then, we can reread how "sci-fi" Winston Smith learned to love Big Brother.