‘How Hamas used the weather to defame Israel’ Times of Israel: December 18, 2013
The bigger the lie, the easier it is to believe. This is especially so if those lied to are already in the mood to accept such falsehoods as the unvarnished truth. Gaza being deliberately flooded by Israel must be up there with the most inventive of them.
And it seems that Jews, no matter how much they might seek to have it otherwise, have always been prime candidates for the role as villains of the piece, the guys in the black hats with the pencil-thin moustaches, eternally at odds with the world outside and very rarely in its good books.
Right now, Israel is undergoing another of those extremely rough PR episodes. The Palestinian-Israeli peace talks are nowhere near any meaningful breakthrough, the Iranian nuclear deal is still very much an unknown quantity, international relations are at something of an all-time low and just who do you think is catching the flak for this sorry state of affairs? Even the region’s extremely bad weather can now be enlisted to provide additional ammunition for use in the blame game.
The thing to do here is not to wallow in self-pity and the injustice of it all. That simply will not help matters. It would be a far better bet if this whole charade could be stopped dead in its tracks, turned about 180 degrees and then forced to work directly in the interests of a lasting peace.
It seems to me that, unless some really radical change of pace and direction is chosen, Israel will soon find itself confined to an ever-decreasing patch on the moral high ground, a position from which its whole ethos and belief in itself may well be tested to breaking point.
‘Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry, and you cry alone.’
Keeping that world amused in these days of trial and tribulation is by no means the easiest of undertakings.
But not impossible.