Monday, September 16, 2013

BBC, Wonderful! Israel Wasn't Mentioned in Its Syria News

While trying to find out more about the shooting in the American Navy location that killed at least a half a dozen people, we had the BBC on.  Most details about the shooting were still considered top secret, so they had a long piece about Syria, its refugees, Turkey and Lebanon.  I kept listening and listening for a mention of Israel and didn't hear one.  Honestly, I was surprised.  It's not that Israel is involved with Syria, it's just that for some really dangerous and fokokt  reason Obama and Netanyahu have made it an Israeli issue, rather than one of Middle East and World Peace.

screen capture: Channel 10 news
The Newscast focused on Lebanon and Syrian refugees. It was just such a pleasure not to hear them talk about Israel.  What could they say about Israel? Well, they could say that Israel has accepted quite a number of injured Syrians and given world class medical care.  It's pretty obvious that the international press isn't going to give that story much play.  It'll make Israel look good.  Of course I like the idea of Israel looking good.  We are the best country in the world, warts and all.  Nobody's perfect...

A good thing for Israel in that most international media aren't talking about the great chessed, loving kindness Israel does for the Syrians is because we don't need the Syrians to focus on us as allies of their enemies.  I have no doubt that Assad knows perfectly well that we've been helping, but I think we're safer if the fiction of isolation continues.

PS The United States is looking more and more dangerous.  I feel a lot safer in Israel.


Netivotgirl said...

A few weeks ago there was a piece on this topic on the BBC on the wonderful 'Outlook' They interviewed a physician from the Ziv hospital in Tzefat. They said they've treated citizens and fighters from both sides. Once while undressing an injured unconscious guy they discovered a grenade on him. So let's get real Batya...they did their biennial good report on Israel and we'll have to wait a while for the next one!!

Batya said...

Netivotgirl, I had forgotten about the grenade. In all honesty, I don't think we should be spending our money saving the Syrians.

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