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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan used to say: facts are stubborn things.
The global news media and people of the world would be wise to remember these words regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict in general and the current situation in Gaza in particular.
It's a well-established fact that since its founding in 1948, the democratic State of Israel has historically been the victim of unyielding aggression and war by hostile Arab countries and/or radical Islamist terrorist groups. The goal is the same: to eliminate the Jewish State from the map of the Middle East.
It's worth reminding Americans and the world that Israel is our closest Middle East ally and the only real democracy the Arab world has ever known. Yet global news media have intentionally played the role of willing accomplice to Israel's terrorist enemies by fomenting anti-Israeli public opinion via biased news reporting.
The international media has spread myths and lies about Israel and the anti-Western terrorists attacking the Jewish state, like radical Islamist extremist militant group Hamas in Gaza.
It's as if the media want the world to ignore the fact that Israel has historically been forced to militarily defend its very existence.
Debunking Malicious Myths
Two global media myths that appear to be intentionally malicious must be debunked. They are:
1) The current conflict in Gaza is Israel's fault, and
2) The Jewish state is a proactive military aggressor.
The facts prove just the opposite - and, as President Reagan and other historical figures have said: facts are stubborn things.
The fact is that the Hamas is a terrorist group that has committed egregious and unprovoked attacks on Israel by firing hundreds of missiles into civilian populated cities and towns. Moreover, Hamas has consistently broken all attempted cease-fire agreements with Israel - for which there is an abundance of indisputable evidence.
The latest United Nations and American supported cease fire extension was agreed to by Israel even as Hamas rejected it and the terrorist group continued firing missiles into Israeli civilian populations.
In fact, since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, there have been over 15,000 missiles fired into Israel by Hamas terrorists, according to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Palestinians Miss Another Opportunity
It's been said by some Middle East experts that the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
When Israel withdrew from Gaza, for example, the Palestinian people had a golden opportunity to form a viable democratic government and build a prosperous, peaceful society. But, once again, they turned to ant-Israeli terrorists instead.
As AIPAC points out: "Hamas is a U.S. designated terrorist group with the self-proclaimed goal of destroying Israel. The Gaza-based Islamist organization, which now controls the Gaza Strip, has killed hundreds of Israelis as well as dozens of Americans in suicide bombings and rocket attacks" ever since the 1980s when the militant terrorist group was founded with a charter clearly stating its mission was to completely destroy Israel.
In short, Hamas is a terrorist enemy of Israel and America. Hamas is a terrorist group with American blood on its hands, just like al Qaeda and others.
Gaza Civilians as "Human Shields"
Question: Why does Hamas house its missile batteries and weapons of terror among the civilian population in Gaza, including near or inside schools, playgrounds, hospitals and mosques?
Answer: Because Hamas knows full well that civilians in Gaza will likely be injured or killed if and when Israel retaliates. In effect, Hamas uses Palestinians in Gaza - whom they purport to protect - as so-called human shields, just as Saddam Hussein did to Iraqi civilians during the Persian Gulf War.
On the other side, the democratic Israeli government makes all possible attempts to limit civilian casualties and even phones residents in Gaza - as well as dropping leaflets - to warn them in advance of impending retaliation against Hamas to destroy its weapons of war.
Moreover, as AIPAC notes: "Hamas refuses to accept the long standing requirements of the Quartet [United States, European Union, United Nations, and Russia] in order to be recognized: reject violence, recognize Israel and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements."
The Right to Exist
When it comes to self-defense, Israel should be held to the same international standards as other sovereign nations - by the media and the world. These standards include the right of defend itself, the right to stand its ground and protect the Jewish people from terrorism and, most importantly, the right to exist.
Question:What other country throughout world history, besides Israel, has been consistently castigated by the international media, the United Nations and the world for defending itself from literally being wiped off the map?
David B. Grinberg is an independent Washington, D.C.-based writer who has worked in the Clinton White House and the Office of the House Majority Leader of Congress, in addition to global political consulting firms and the news media. Follow him on Twitter at @DBGrinberg.