CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield said it herself with the first sentence out of her mouth to Ron Prosor, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations. She asked Prosor about how he felt about Hamas missiles landing near Jerusalem for the first time since 1970. However, she failed to ask him how he felt about the sustained rocket attacks on southern Israel from Gaza by Hamas this year alone. She also failed to ask him how he felt about the constant barrage of verbal threats by Israel’s longtime enemies that share her borders.
Aren’t these good and just reasons for Israel to defend herself against her enemies? Would our own country not act in a similar fashion if we were constantly threatened and attacked by our neighbors? Of course we would.
This opening statement was just the beginning of what I saw as fairly evident bias against Israel at CNN.
The transcript of the interview aired on CNN on November 16, 2012 concerning the recent hostilities in the Middle East can be found here.
From the start, Banfield criticizes the fact that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has conducted air strikes in Gaza, and that the aftermath of the strikes were causing “children bleeding” and “mothers that are dying”. She then describes the IDF strikes as a “sledgehammer” approach to the “problem” Israel is having. It seems she is suggesting the IDF military operation is causing too many civilian casualties.
This is the basic tenor of her interview. She was aggressively degrading the just nature of Israel defending herself, while ignoring the aggressiveness of the Islamic extremism in the region as the cause of the region’s instability.
Again Banfield blames Israel when she says, “what we have been told is that the trigger for this ground assault and the breach of the Gaza border would be increased missile attacks”. In other words, if Israel attacked Gaza, Hamas promised to attack more Israeli cities, which is what happened. It’s kind of like a little kid that’s bullied at school every day. Banfield is saying that if the bullied kid defends himself, he will sustain more bullying because he has now angered the bully. This is reverse common sense. Common sense tells us that when you defend yourself against an aggressor, this will stop the aggressor or at least deter the aggressiveness.
In another line of dialogue, Prosor attempt to be clear and make a point by saying, “It’s very simple. Missiles are falling…” He is defending his country’s stance that as long as missiles are falling on their cities, his country must defend its citizens. Prosor continues and makes a stark analogy to missiles falling on Manahattan, Paris, and London. Wouldn’t the US defend itself from such an attack? Banfield confuses his point and suggests that if Manhattan, Paris, and London were occupied (purportedly such as Hamas believes Israel is their occupier) then they would want to fight against their occupiers.
Banfield concludes the interview with discussing the killing of Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari. Banfield states, “we saw the targeted killing, the assassination of the military leader of Hamas earlier this week that has led to what we’re seeing now”. Again, Banfield shows Israel as the bad guy, and continues to blame Israel for Hamas attacking Israeli cities. In actuality, Israel is asserting its right to self defense, as the New York Times reported,
“Israel had already been facing growing tensions with its Arab neighbors. Israel has confronted lawlessness on its border with Sinai, including cross-border attacks. It recently fired twice into Syria, which is caught in a civil war, after munitions fell in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and it has absorbed more than 750 rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel this year. The rockets have hit homes, caused injuries and frightened the population. On Saturday, Gaza militants fired an antitank missile at an Israeli Army Jeep patrolling the Israel-Gaza border, injuring four soldiers.”
Banfield closes her interview with Prosor by sayng, “And I hope that both sides in this combat can reach some kind of resolution soon. And my best to, not only your side, but the Palestinians as well.” Good luck to Hamas, a designated terrorist organization by the Israelis and by the United States State Department, who is bombing Israel as we speak?
Now tell me again who the bad guys are?