I often wondered why Israel seems to compete with most Gentiles in how glowing NOT to defend Israel against biased press reports. The Nation that excels at the battle field seems almost totally inapt when it comes to defending its good name and PR. How can this be?
I know that the international press associations often is dominated by or at least have some anti-Israel, anti-Zionism and anti-Jewish people (with the others too passive to interrupt their lying — there are no honest haters). Yet, where are Israel’s protests?
Where is their Zionist pride? Do they really feel so hopeless and inadequate that they must stay unresponsive? Why is hasbara mostly a people’s hobby, instead of coming from a national task force?
I sometimes have attributed maliciousness to such passivity. When hatred for Israel spreads through the Diaspora, more Jews make aliya. This would give Israel’s motive but does not prove its guilt. (And in any case, the real guilt lies with the perpetrator and never with the victim.)
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However, I do not see any motive for the inert “reaction” to Israeli-born attacks on Prime Minister Netanyahu. Why is he not defending himself? He just keeps repeating: There is nothing and there was nothing. He’s needlessly losing at the opinion polls.
Why do he and his allies not stand up and fight rumors and slander with facts and analysis? Even rape victims, after a lifelong prior conditioning of being fearful, often fight back. He who takes the UN and US president to task, can’t resist Israeli journalists and politicians blinded by envy and hatred for him?
How about replying: Innocent until proven guilty? That would not convince those who detest him, but it would surely help the vast majority of Israelis.
It is possible that Netanyahu has in mind what US President Abraham Lincoln said so eloquently:
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Nevertheless, I think that he should be calm and dignified when he denies the accusations: Innocent until proven guilty, and say so every time anyone accuses him in the media.
Netanyahu may add: Every time people play judge and give kangaroo court verdicts and others believe them, we collectively perpetrate baseless hatred – that which keep Redemption from happening.
Also: Our justice system when needed has not failed to investigate, prosecute and convict public officials. There is no reason and no justification for anyone in the press or in politics to sit at the judges’ chairs and sound like our enemies, do our enemy’s bidding.