Contrary to what you may think, Israel has been battling more than just one enemy during Operation Protective Edge.
There is no question that the onslaught of rockets fired by Hamas directly resulted in the decision by Israel to take measures to defend its citizens and led to Israel’s attempt to restore a sense of quiet and stability to the region. Yet, Hamas is not the sole adversary that Israel is forced to engage in battle during this difficult period.
Not only is Israel fighting a war against terrorism; it is also fighting a war in the court of public opinion. Throughout history, there are people who relish the opportunity to criticize Israel and denigrate the Jewish State. These critics anxiously wait for an opening, and, when it materializes, they are prepared to pounce and malign Israel.
Israel is facing a public relations offensive that it is trying valiantly to deflect.
To make matters worse, the United Nations Human Rights Council greatly exacerbates the situation and turns the tide against Israel. In an absolutely deplorable move, the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an investigation into what they deliberately call “war crimes.”
Hamas is using civilians as human shields, and it is Israel that is in the crosshairs? Hamas is indiscriminately firing thousands of rockets at populated areas. That a so-called human rights organization can turn a blind eye to the blatant human rights violations being wantonly perpetrated by Hamas is preposterous.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was outraged at the UN’s actions. “The UNHRC is sending a message to Hamas and terror organizations everywhere that using civilians as human shields is an effective strategy,” he said.
It is no surprise that the UN Human Rights Council, with its long-time record of prejudice against Israel, launched this bogus and biased investigation into Israel’s actions. The UN vote may have been the last straw.
Those seeking to censure Israel attribute the disparate number of deaths in Gaza to the fact that Israel, in their opinion, is using a disproportionate show of force. This incredibly successful public relations effort by Israel’s enemies to label the people in Gaza as victims of Israeli aggression.
They do not mention the Iron Dome missile defense system, without which there would be thousands of casualties in Israel. Hamas’ intent to kill civilians is clear; more than 3,000 rockets and missiles have been thrown at Israel. The critics do not say Hamas fires them from schools, hospitals and mosques in heavily populated areas, putting every resident in Gaza in harm’s way. Hamas threatens to kill their own people if they leave after getting warnings from Israel that an attack is imminent.
Critics do not refer to the sirens and bomb shelters everywhere in Israel. In Gaza, residents do not have a safe haven from Israel’s attempt to defend itself. Instead of constructing bomb shelters, Hamas built an elaborate network of terror tunnels to launch attacks against Israel.
As Israel struggles to fend off the tsunami of denunciation, it is having a difficult time turning the tide of public opinion in its favor, but the real struggle Israel has been forced to contend with is protecting its people. If Israel is able to neutralize Hamas, Islamic Jihad, ISIS and the other terrorists in Gaza intent on annihilating the Jewish State, they will have won the war that matters most.
It is like the story of David and Goliath. On the surface, young David had no realistic chance of besting the mighty and powerful giant Goliath—and Hamas and ISIS and their terrorist partners are the Goliath that threaten Western Civilization, not just Israel. Yet, just as David persevered against all odds, let us hope and pray that Israel will prevail against its enemies on the frontlines. Not just for the sake of Israel, but for civilization as we know it.
N. Aaron Troodler is an attorney and principal of Paul Revere Public Relations, a public relations and political consulting firm. Visit him on the Web at TroodlersTake. blogspot.com, www.PaulReverePR.com, or www.JewishWorldPR.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @ troodler
ByN. Aaron Troodler, Esq.