A free pass at the BBC

A free pass for Hamas, that is.

Under the BBC‘s headline Gaza crisis: Israel-Hamas ceasefire agreement holds, the text runs:

A ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement that runs the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding on Thursday.

Israel radio said some rockets had been fired from Gaza, but there was no sign of an Israeli response.

Hello? Is anybody there at the BBC? “Israel radio said some rockets had been fired from Gaza.” Said? Either they were or they weren’t – it’s not a matter of opinion. It’s not a matter that is in contention. After – I’ll say that again – after the ceasefire started, Hamas fired 20 rockets into Israel. Now, to me, that’s not much of a cease fire, and the BBC’s weasel words (once again) let Hamas off the hook.

Meantime, I can do no better than quote the legendary Elder of Ziyon:

It appears that this is the world’s definition of a cease fire – only Israel can break one.

Israeli restraint is to be admired. But, I fear the wise words of the cynic: no good deed goes unpunished.