Read the quotes from the “senior Egyptian offical” in this New York Times’ story. This is not the spokesman for a state committed to a two-state solution, or any solution save the annihilation of Israel:
Speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid upsetting the talks with the Israelis, the Egyptian official argued that the West, which supports Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Gaza, was essentially blaming the victim.
“It is so strange people are talking about the rights of self-defense,” he said. “The self-defense of whom? Of the occupied people? Of the besieged people? Of the hurt people? No, the self-defense of the most powerful state in the region and the self-defense of the occupying force of Gaza and Palestine. This is what some of the international community are talking about.”
Israel is not occupying Gaza, period. It withdrew from Gaza years ago, and this sort of rhetoric telegraphs the new government’s slide into Islamist anti-Israel extremism.
It is necessary to read all reporting from the Middle East with great care so as not to miss the obvious. To understand why this is so crucial, read Powerline’s Scott Johnson’s exposition on the “reporting” of the BBC’s Paul Danahar.
The anti-Israel press is so numerous and their collective reporting so tilted against the Jewish State that the herd misses the most obvious stories, like this incredible diatribe from a “senior Egyptian official.” The U.S. needs to step up its vocal support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens to combat this slide towards moral equivalence.