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According to Fox, Everyone Agrees Israel is Right

Reported by Janie - July 18, 2006 -

Fox News Correspondent Jim Angle filed a report concerning the Israeli conflict last night (7/17) on "Special Report with Brit Hume", which was one of many reports on Israel that permeated the hour. What made this report "special" was Angle's attempt to present the idea that there is no opposition to Israel's actions, and persuade viewers to stand firmly with Israel, which is a far cry from any sort of semblance of journalistic integrity.

The report began with Angle discussing how the world is focused on diplomatic efforts to stop the conflict, and aired a video clip of State Department official Sean McCormick saying just that. After which, Angle turned his attention to the G-8's statement which "lays the blame squarely on terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas..."

After laying the foundation, Angle then turned to explaining various opinions on the conflict, beginning with the G-8:

JA: "The G-8 statement acknowledged that Israel is exercising the right to defend itself, but also said that 'we call upon Israel to exercise utmost restraint' in an effort to avoid civilian casualties.

The statement went on to say, the most urgent need is to stop the violence and laid out the necessary steps.
The return of the Israeli soldiers in Gaza and Lebanon unharmed
An end to the shelling of Israel territory and an end to Israeli military operations, among other things."

Next on Angle's list were Democrats, who of course, he couldn't resist the putting down while praising at the same time:

JA: "Here at home however, Democrats are often eager to criticize the administration's foreign policy, there were no partisan differences today, on full support for Israel."

Hillary Clinton (clip): "We will support her efforts to send a message to Hamas, Hezbollah, to the Syrians, to the Iranians, to all who seek death and domination instead of life and freedom…"

Frank Lautenberg (clip): "We cannot listen to those who define how strong a response ought to be. It's up to Israel to decide how strong her response ought to be."

And finally, Angle turned to the Arabs:

JA: "The Arab League met over the weekend, and even it was critical of the Hezbollah attacks that ignited the current hostilities, a stand one US official called unprecedented. And a Saudi official was also critical of Hezbollah's actions calling them 'unexpected, inappropriate, and irresponsible'."

Thus ended the report, with everyone all across the world joining hands and praising Israel - oh wait, no - the report just ended with Angle giving the impression to his viewers that everyone agrees with Israel and there is not one single problem with what Israel is doing, nor how Israel is executing its plan.

Sadly, this isn't the case. While Israel obviously has the right to defend herself, Angle in all his unfair and unbalanced glory, refused to mention that some nations, namely the EU, find Israel's response to be "disproportionate". While others, those closer to the situation, have a different view entirely:

"But what is at stake here is not proportionality or the issue of self-defence, but symmetry and equivalence. Israel is staking a claim to the exclusive use of force as an instrument of policy and punishment, and is seeking to deny any opposing state or non-state actor a similar right. It is also largely succeeding in portraying its own "right to self-defence" as beyond question, while denying anyone else the same. And the international community is effectively endorsing Israel's stance on both counts.

From an Arab point of view this cannot be right. There is no reason in the world why Israel should be able to enter Arab sovereign soil to occupy, destroy, kidnap and eliminate its perceived foes - repeatedly, with impunity and without restraint - while the Arab side cannot do the same. And if the Arab states are unable or unwilling to do so then the job should fall to those who can.

It is important to bear in mind that in both the case of the Hamas raid that led to the invasion of Gaza and the Hizbullah attack that led to the assault on Lebanon it was Israel's regular armed forces, not its civilians, that were targeted. It is hard to see how this can be filed under the rubric of "terrorism", rather than a straightforward tactical defeat for Israel's much-vaunted military machine; one that Israel seems loth to acknowledge."

These views were not portrayed in Angle's report, and "Special Report" viewers weren't given the American opportunity they deserve - to understand and decide on their own.