“Once I did bad and that I heard ever. Twice I did good, but that I heard never.” (Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People.)
We, in Israel, can sympathize with Mr. Carnegie. For some months our southern border has come under attack from mobs of Palestinian terrorists under the guise of “protesters”. Our troops have been attacked with everything from stones to hand grenades. The border fence, the only obstacle between several peaceful kibbutzim and thousands of blood-thirsty savages, has been damaged and, on several occasions, breached.
Our courageous troops, defending our border, have managed to keep the terrorists out. Hamas has claimed, with no supporting evidence, that many 14-year old children have been shot and killed. The world’s press, ever ready to condemn Israel, has reported these lies without question. They have not asked, for example, why the brave Hamas leaders, hiding in their bunker, force children to the front line. They never wonder why they are always 14 years old.
But, today, with our towns and villages under a deadly rain of more than 400 rockets, the world is silent. The Telegraph is still droning on about Brexit, lots of football and wet wipes blocking UK sewers. If you are really persistent, you might find the article headlined “The moment an Israeli air strike hits Hamas’ TV station”. Yes, those troublesome Israelis destroyed a TV station! If you actually read the article, you will find another attempt to deceive you – “the Television studios’ employees had received advance warnings from the military to evacuate.” A casual reader would assume that it was the Palestinian military who saved their lives when it was in fact the Israel Defense Force who gave the warning.
But such half-truths are not new. From the Independent’s famous headline back in 1989: “Five Palestinians Killed on Tel Aviv Beach” (they were fully armed terrorists in a speedboat, aiming for a massacre on the crowded beach, but security forces got there first) to the Telegraph’s recent article on the UK’s royal family’s travel plans stating that Israel has not welcomed the Queen (probably because she has never shown the slightest interest in coming, preferring to visit evil dictatorships and terrorist regimes).
It seems that the world is only interested in a couple of dead terrorists but has nothing to say when Israel is attacked with hundreds of rockets, fired at civilian targets.
We aren’t winning many friends and we certainly aren’t having much luck influencing people. Perhaps our government should read Dale Carnegie’s book.
(They should definitely read my books – The Len Palmer Mysteries from Amazon. Len would get Gaza sorted out in no time!)