Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BTW, a rocket fired by terrorists was shot down in the skies over Eilat during the night

...Back in our world, where this morning's attack is far from being what the BBC calls a "separate event" but just the latest stage of an ongoing war, the reports are more sober.

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
13 August '13..

The lead story on the BBC News website at this hour, Tuesday morning 8:30 am Israel summer time, is "Kerry hopeful on Mid-East talks despite settlement move", a basically upbeat story based on an interview with the US foreign minister who is visiting Colombia and who took time out to "underscore" the importance of "getting to the table quickly". Happily underscoring, the BBC's editors quote multiple voices from the Palestinian side - including those of Hanan Ashrawi speaking in the name of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and Abbas regime "chief negotiator" Saeb Erekat "reacting" "angrily" for some twenty paragraphs of reporting critical of one Israeli move or another. Magnanimously, the Secretary State is said to have urged the Palestinian Arab side "not to react adversely". A man of generous spirit.

Then in paragraph 21, at the very tail end of the Kerry story, the BBC's editors mention this:

In a separate development on Monday, Israeli police said a missile fired towards the Red Sea resort of Eilat had been successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system. Residents had reported hearing a loud explosion and a siren. [BBC]

leaving its readers to infer, quite reasonably, that a rocket attack worthy of Israel firing off one of its super-expensive high-tech anti-missile missiles might or might not have happened, depending on how willing you are to believe what the Israeli police say about this "separate development".

Naturally, given the doubtful nature of whether anyone really and truly would have fired something at Eilat, there's not a mention of it anywhere on the BBC News home page or in the news flash section. Because, you know, perhaps it's real, and perhaps because it's just a Zionist invention (though, as the BBC's even-handed editors are so fond of saying, "Israel disputes this").


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