The scale of Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip, and the almost daily reports of war crimes over the last three weeks, has drawn criticism from even longstanding friends and sympathisers. Despite the Israeli government's long-planned and comprehensive PR campaign, hundreds of dead children is a hard sell. As a former Israeli government press adviser put it, in a wonderful bit of unintentional irony, "When you have a Palestinian kid facing an Israeli tank, how do you explain that the tank is actually David and the kid is Goliath?"The piece is titled, Israel wanted a humanitarian crisis. Perhaps Ben could get a phd in "stating the bleedin' obvious" and now I think of it, King's College London might have a doctorate going spare.
January 20, 2009
Ben White: hundreds of dead children is a hard sell
Here's Ben White at Comment is free: