The Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren writes in the Washington Post today about how the “lines in the Middle East have been drawn distinctly” between the “peace-seeking camp” and militant extremists.
Oren’s job is to professionally lie in order to boost the Israeli line, and I get that. But it’s another thing when his lies contradict a statement from an Israeli Defense Forces official.
Recent events have revealed the dimensions of this divide. On the same day last month that the Arab League authorized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to move from proximity talks to direct negotiations with the Israeli government, Hamas terrorists in Gaza fired a Grad rocket at the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
But Hamas, according to an IDF official, did not fire the Grad rocket Oren refers to. According to YNet:
A military official told Ynet he did not believe Hamas had fired the Grad rocket that exploded in Ashkelon Friday morning, though it remains unclear who was responsible.
“Hamas still wants to maintain the status quo in the Strip,” he said. “It continues to grow stronger, but is deterred by the IDF and doesn’t want to face a conflict.”
Lying in major U.S. newspapers is not new to Oren. In the wake of the deadly Israeli raid on the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla,” Oren published an Op-Ed in the New York Times. Here’s what Max Blumenthal, the independent journalist who debunked many of the Israeli propaganda tropes after the flotilla on his blog, had to say about that Op-Ed:
Nearly a month after publishing Israeli Ambassador the US Michael Oren’s apologia for the flotilla massacre, the NY Times has yet to correct two of the most glaring lies Oren made. The first of Oren’s deceptions was his assertion that “religious extremists embedded among those on board were paid and equipped to attack Israelis.” The notion that al-Qaeda affiliated mercenaries were on board the Mavi Marmara was discredited as soon as the IDF Spokesman’s Office changed a headline on a press release about terrorist “mercenaries” to read, “Attackers of the IDF Found Without Identification Papers.” The headline was quietly altered on June 3, the same day the Times published Oren’s op-ed. Shouldn’t their fact checkers and editors been better informed?