Eyeless in Gaza:
Israel turned over control of Gaza to the Palestinians there, removing Israeli settlements by force. To rule Gaza, the Palestinians elected Hamas, which is expressly dedicated to the total destruction of Israel. Instead of taking steps to create a state, Hamas smuggled rockets and other weapons into Gaza, built an intricate web of tunnels, and has stockpiled the weapons in hospitals, religious sites, and crowded residential areas, from which it fires multiple rockets into Israel. When Israel bombs the rocket sites, injuring civilians and destroying the hospitals and religious sites, the Western press publicizes, with painful photos, injured and grieving civilians. And when Israel gives advance notice to civilians and urges them to leave before its retaliatory rocket attacks, Hamas tells them to stay where they are.
The pro-Hamas, anti-Israel reporting from Gaza is inevitable. Any reporter who reported the full truth would be expelled from Gaza, if not killed. The story is told of one reporter who said to another, “A Swiss mugged me and stole my Palestinian watch.” The other said, “I think you mean that a Palestinian mugged you and stole your Swiss watch.” To which the reply was, “Remember, you said that, not me.”