A message to foreign journalists and bloggers

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a message for the media currently covering and commenting on what is happening at the Gaza–Israel fence today. They have asked them to take the time to read a few points that are pivotal elements of the story. They have provided the context in the hope that foreign journalists and bloggers will report fairly on what is happening. Quote:

Hamas is a terror organization whose objective is the eradication of the state of Israel. This context is crucial to understanding the nature and purpose of the current events.

It is Hamas, not Israel, that is initiating the current clashes; it is Hamas, not Israel, which is seeking to enter the other’s territory; it is Hamas, not Israel, who holds the key to the end of the confrontation and violence.

Hamas is orchestrating this entire event – the rallies and riots, the attempts to infiltrate and overrun Israel with masses of people, the Molotov cocktails, the IEDs, the tire burning, the very presence of civilians, the exaggerations of the number of casualties, and so on.

Hamas has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since 2007 after violently overthrowing the Palestinian Authority. Hamas uses its rule to terrorize both Israel and the Palestinians of Gaza as well.

The current riots are neither spontaneous nor “popular” in any accepted sense of the word. They are an orchestrated campaign of violent confrontation with Israel.

Hamas leaders and operatives are leading these riots. The bulk of those killed in the first round of riots on Friday 30 March were Hamas terrorists, not innocent civilians.

These so-called peaceful demonstrations are being deliberately staged at the seam line between Gaza and Israel in order to provoke clashes with Israel.

If the same demonstrations were to be held inside Hamas-controlled Gaza, instead of at the fence, there would be no clash with Israeli forces. Israel has no presence inside Gaza. Gaza is controlled by Hamas, not anyone else.

If these so-called demonstrations were truly akin to popular uprisings against oppressive rulers, they would be directed AGAINST Hamas not BY Hamas.

Simplistic parallels between the current deliberate riots and legitimate demonstrations elsewhere are a disservice to the people of Gaza and only further entrench Hamas’ illegitimate rule.

Hamas is orchestrating this confrontation with Israel to advance its agenda of eradicating Israel and to divert Palestinian public attention from its own failings in ruling Gaza.

Hamas is using these riots as cover for deliberate, targeted efforts to damage and cause a mass breach of Israel’s sovereign territory.

These efforts are an act of war by a hostile terrorist organisation from which Israel has every right to protect itself and its civilians – some of whom live only 100 metres from the fence. In so doing Israel will continue to act in accordance with international law.

Concern for the well-being of Gaza’s civilian population should be addressed to those who are responsible for that population – the leaders of Hamas, not Israel.

Similarly, concern for the environmental damage caused by the deliberate burning of thousands of rubber tyres should be directed at those responsible: Hamas.

Instead of spending aid money on projects enhancing the well-being of Gaza’s population, Hamas continues to spend millions on its project of killing Israelis.

Pointing accusatory fingers at Israel while absolving Hamas of its total responsibility for these events only serves to encourage more violence, not less.

If the international community genuinely seeks to end the violence and confrontation on the seamline between Gaza and Israel, it must act to end Hamas’ provocations and deliberate attempts to damage and breach the fence separating Israel from terrorist-ruled Gaza, to fire on IDF soldiers and to violate Israel’s sovereignty and harm its citizens through terror tunnels, rockets and other terrorist attacks.

It is Hamas alone that has launched this violent campaign; it is Hamas alone that can stop it. End of quote

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