Here’s a snapshot of the headlines to a current article about the Hamas terror offensive on the Guardian website.
What is the takeaway of anybody who reads these headlines? It looks to me like the message is that pressure is building up on Israel to agree to a ceasefire.
What does the article say?
The death toll in Gaza has risen as international pressure builds on Israel to end its four-day conflict with Hamas and Palestinian militant groups in the enclave.
The Guardian says pressure is building up. What pressure?
The White House said late on Thursday that Barack Obama had phoned the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to offer to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
“The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement,” the White House said.
Does that sound like pressure on Israel?
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said that ceasefire was “more urgent than ever” after an emergency security council meeting on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has also urged Netanyahu to consider a ceasefire.
Now that’s a bit more like it. Not pressure, in my opinion. But getting there.
And that’s it. To put it mildly, that headline is misleading bollocks. It’s almost as if the Guardian was projecting its own wishes. Please, you can hear them saying, stop killing Hamas and its supporters.
Pressure would be condemnation or a demand to have a cease fire from the US, or the EU, or the UN, or any combination of them. Funny how that is missing. It’s almost as if they realize Hamas are, again, creators of their own misfortune. Shame the ordinary folk of Gaza will pay a price for Hamas.
Meantime, you do get a taste of the real Guardian disappointment about the situation in this part:
But despite a barrage of rockets targeting Israeli cities including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – causing thousands to rush to bomb shelters for the first time in years – there have still been no Israeli deaths since the beginning of this latest conflict.
The Guardian sounds let down that there have not been more Israeli casualties.
You can read the piece, here, and make your own minds up. As for the Guardian, it has done enough making up of its own.