Readers of Time should not be surprised when once again an article dealing with Gaza describes the situation thus:

         The Israelis have stubbornly maintained a stiff blockade after pounding Gaza into submission in January 2009.

It is revealing that Time has never characterized Hamas' animosity toward Israel as "stubborn" or that the 6,000 plus rockets
fired from Gaza had "pounded" Sderot before the conflict.

According to Time, for Israel to lift the blockade would require an end to rockets attacks, an end to arms smuggling,
and the release of Gilad Shalit. However, Time says that the rocket attacks have "pretty much stopped,” the arms smuggling
"can be negotiated," and the release of Shalit is an "insane sticking point." With a hostile power sworn to Israel destruction
in charge of Gaza, is it really so unreasonable for Israel to seek a complete end of rocket fire and arms smuggling? Is the
release of an Israeli hostage held in captivity for years really an "insane" issue?

According to the article, Israel has made a serious mistake in killing a senior Hamas leader in Dubai. Even if we skip the fact that nothing has been proven about the attack, isn't some background material on this Hamas leader relevant? Would readers form a different conclusion if they knew that the man who was killed was directly responsible for dozens of terror attacks?

What is revealing is that the reporter comes right out and explains how it is the press which is influencing world opinion against Israel.

         Israel's unilateral security and military actions - as justifiable and as effective as they may be - are souring world opinion
         against the Jewish State. Israel's role in the Western press is less and less that of embattled David and more and more the
         reckless Goliath: from the ongoing siege of Gaza to the intentionally disproportionate responses during both the war in
         Lebanon against Hizballah in 2006 and the war in Gaza against Hamas in 2009.

As he says, it is the Western press that has decided that Israel's self defense operations are disproportionate and will write about Israel in such a way. Again, it is not Hezbollah or Hamas that are to blame for the current situation, it is Israel's response.
The economy in the West Bank is improving. But this is all do to the work of the Palestinian Authority, not the easing of
restrictions by Israel.

         But the progress is taking place in the context of repression: the West Bank still has many aspects of a low-security prison.
         Israel controls the borders, the airspace, the water supply and the electricity. As you drive from Ramallah north to Nablus,
         illegal Israeli settlements and outposts command the tops of many hills - an infestation that most Palestinians, rightly,
         consider a continuing invasion of their land. Even the most optimistic Palestinians assume that the real Israeli plan is to
         wait them out, keep building settlements and force as many Palestinians into the diaspora as they can.

Look at the words that are used. "Repression," "prison," "infestation," "invasion." Israeli settlements are simply labeled "illegal" without mention that this designation is by no means unanimously accepted. No evidence is given to back up the claim that Palestinians are being forced into the diaspora. Time goes on to give Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a chance to make a dubious claim:

         "We are working hard. In fact, we have met every one of the obligations that we were assigned by the road map,"
         says Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, referring to the peace process instituted by George W. Bush.

But the top Palestinian obligation in the Road Map was to put an end to incitement. As documented by Palestinian Media Watch,
the demonization of Israel and the Jewish people and the glorification of violence – including the naming of public facilities after terrorists – continues unabated. Why should Time simply publish Abbas' remarks without telling its readers that he is lying?
The article concludes by questioning what excuse the United States would have for not recognizing the declaration of a Palestinian
State. Once again, the theme is one of a Palestinian leadership seeking peace against an intransigent Israel.
Quotes of the Day
March 3, 2010
  Quotes of the Day
" On Wednesday we clean
up Qatanah, and on
Thursday,God willing,
we come home."
The Quotes of the Day is from an Israeli solider who boasted of an impending raid on a Palestinian town. Once again,
Time highlights Israel as a nation of aggressive soldiers bent on destruction.
March 6, 2010
  Gaza: A Cartoon History
This article is actually a book review. But it is more. It is an endorsement of a perspective that sees Israelis as mass
murderers and Palestinians as no more than innocent victims of Israeli aggression.

         Joe Sacco's Footnotes in Gaza is a comic book like no other. It has no super-heroes, and not many laughs, but few
         would expect much levity in a story set in a territory under constant siege and bombardment by the Israelis. But
         Gaza's present plight simply forms the backdrop against which the book's main character, the cartoonist himself,
         wanders through 388 finely-crafted pages, dodging Israeli missiles and sniper fire as he tries to re-construct events
         surrounding two massacres of Palestinians in Gaza by Israeli soldiers in 1956.

While historians debate the incidents that form the basis of the book's plot, the reviewer makes clear his opinion that the
massacres described in the book are part of a continuing story of unrestrained Israeli aggression. Even more troubling,
though hardly surprising, is that the reviewer is Time's principle correspondent in Israel, Tim McGirk. McGirk uses the book
review as an opportunity to broadcast his own views on Israel.

         And it is these ordinary people of Gaza - teachers, merchants and family men - all trying to survive in the midst of the
         lopsided battle between Palestinian jihadis and the Israeli army, that Sacco brings indelibly to life. In his Footnotes
         he has helped Gazans regain their memory and, through it, their bruised proud collective identity.

Should a reporter with such an obvious bias against Israel be responsible for informing Time's readers about the news from here?
Above is a viewpoint article that once again repeats the Time opinion that the alleged Mossad hit in Dubai was harmful to Israel.
   As with the earlier article, no background is given that might explain how many Israeli lives were saved by the death of this
   arch-terrorist. No, Israel should not have acted because they need overflight rights from Dubai to bomb Iran. The truth is that
   it is highly doubtful that Dubai would grant such rights, regardless of the assassination.

Here is the language that Time uses to begin an article on the diplomatic flap between the U.S. and Israel on housing
construction in Jerusalem.

         Israel's Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, apologized on Wednesday for "the distress caused" by his ministry's announcement on                   Tuesday that Israel would build 1,600 new homes for its settlers in East Jerusalem.

To call the development of apartments in a neighborhood of Jerusalem as new homes for “its settlers” is extremely misleading.
As we wrote at the time in a special report on the incident.

         In addition, some media wrongly and misleadingly started to scream about "new settlements" appearing in eastern
         Jerusalem. In fact, Ramat Shlomo, founded in 1995 and populated primarily by ultra-Orthodox residents, is located
         in north Jerusalem adjacent to other Jewish neighborhoods such as Ramot and Har Hotzvim. It is within Jerusalem's
         municipal boundaries despite its location just beyond the 1967 Green Line.

But Time leaves no doubt that once again, it is Israel which is blocking the way to any sort of progress towards peace:

         The issue is not simply the timing of the announcement, but also the substantive actions that Israel plans to take
         in East Jerusalem. So while Biden on Wednesday reiterated that achieving peace will require the Israelis and
         Palestinians to take "historically bold" steps, the contretemps over Jerusalem is a reminder that the Obama
         Administration faces tough choices if it hopes to bring an end to the Middle East's longest-running conflict.
According to Time, the peace process is an exercise in futility. Is it because of continued Palestinian incitement against
Israel or the refusal of Palestinian leadership to consider even speaking directly with Israel, let alone making meaningful concessions?
No, the fault is entirely with Israel. Israelis do not care about peace and their leaders are against making any compromises. Keep in mind, this article was written during the settlement freeze that Israel has enacted.

         Israelis previously did a better job of appearing to stick to the peace-process script, proclaiming their desire to see
         the conflict settled through the creation of a Palestinian state even as their own actions steadily precluded it.
         Settlement construction on occupied territory has mushroomed since Oslo, with the number of Israelis living on land
         captured in 1967 almost quadrupling since the beginning of the peace process...Beyond the diplomatic embarrassment
         of the Biden incident, the announcement of plans for new construction in East Jerusalem underscores the fact that
         the Israeli government is not willing to accept the Palestinian bottom line for a two-state solution - borders drawn
         loosely along the lines of those of 1967, with a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

Time's perspective that the 1967 borders and Jerusalem are minimum requirements for a Palestinian state match those of the Palestinians but certainly this is not Israel's opinion. If Israel is required to give the Palestinians everything being demanded,
what exactly is the point of negotiations?

March 16, 2010
  Quotes of the Day

" I'm really pleased with the
fact that the international
community and the U.S.
now have a realization of
the side that is trying to
obstruct the peace process.
Saeb Erekat, the notorious Palestinian official who has been caught several times lying to the media is given the Quotes
of the Day. A profile picture accompanies the quote which not surprisingly, blames Israel for the stalemate in negotiations.
March 16, 2010
  Photo Essay: Day of Rage

As if the Time articles did not articulate clearly enough the image of Israel as aggressor and Palestinians as innocent victims,
we have a whole photo essay in which every picture shows armed Israeli police attacking Palestinian “demonstrators." Although
most of the captions say that the demonstrators are upset at Israeli plans to build housing within a neighborhood of Jerusalem,
one caption says that they are upset over the opening of a snynogue in Jerusalem's Old City because it will endanger the Al Aqsa Mosque. Time should have let its readers know that the charge is demonstrably false since the Hurva Synagogue referred to is nowhere near the mosque.
Typical is the picture of the Palestinian
child walking past the Israeli soldiers.
Yet we see no pictures of Palestinians
as aggressors or Israelis as victims.
Is this photo essay reporting the news
or serving as propaganda for the Palestinians.