As Israel’s situation vis a vis Egypt becomes progressively worse, many media outlets are searching for explanations as to why the Egyptian “street” should be so angered by Israel. Nobody has yet mentioned decades of state-sanctioned anti-Semitism and incitement in the Egyptian media.
Instead, the deaths of five Egyptian soldiers accidentally killed as the IDF pursued the Palestinian terrorists responsible for the recent attack near Eilat, are posited as an immediate source of anger.
But look at how some media have inverted the incident. I was particularly struck by Sky News’s coverage of the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo:
Egyptian political analyst Nabil Abdel Fattah said: “This action shows the state of anger and frustration the young Egyptian revolutionaries feel against Israel, especially after the recent Israeli attacks on the Egyptian borders that led to the killing of Egyptian soldiers.”
So let’s get this straight – the terror attack launched from the Sinai has is now defined as an Israeli attack on the Egyptian border. Perhaps Sky News should reconsider using someone who appears to be is less a politicized rather than a political analyst.
Sky isn’t the only one allowing a Palestinian terror attack to be spun as an Israeli offensive. Unsurprisingly, The Guardian’s Peter Preston writes:
It [the Egyptian street] doesn’t like five Egyptian border guards shot dead as the hapless byproduct of yet another Israeli reprisal raid.
“Reprisal raid”? Only a few weeks after the event and already, the historical revisionism has begun.