The following post is by Tom Gross for National Review’s excellent media blog. The first part, referring to Ahmed Yousef’s op-ed in The New York Times and Washington Post, is a perfect example of how Arab terrorist leaders use our own media to lessen the West’s willingness to do what is necessary to defeat them. Bin Laden and Hassan Nasrallah do likewise, albeit rather crudely. More subtle means include cultivating self-censorship and access journalism among Western reporters, or having those who support Jihad against the West pose as journalists for international news agencies (see Abul Taher and Dilpasier Aslam, or, of course, Talal Abu Rahmah).
The second piece of the post, about the threats of new Qassams, highlights the ridiculousness of those who call for Israel to negotiate with Hamas. While the rockets remain inaccurate, sometimes flying backward or falling back into Gaza, Hamas has managed to smuggle vast amounts of first-rate explosives and weapons into Gaza.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
NY TIMES AND WASHINGTON POST “COMMENT WRITER” THREATENS TO KILL ISRAELIS
In June, I wrote an item about how Ahmed Yousef, senior advisor to deposed Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, had become the new darling of the comment editors at The New York Times, Washington Post, and the NY Times-owned International Herald Tribune.
He fooled the Times and the Post into running the same piece of propaganda masquerading as an op-ed on the same day.
(See: Congratulations Hamas: Getting an opinion piece into the NY Times and Washington Post on the same day is unprecedented:http://media.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZGU2Y2JmYjhhYWQ3MGJkZTFmZWUyYTIyOWMzYjQ4ZjA=
Now we read of Ahmed Yousef yesterday:
Ahead of summit, Hamas threatens to make deadlier Qassam rockets
By News Agencies
Hamas can make the rockets it fires at Israel much deadlier by packing them with more explosives, a senior official in the Islamic militant group said in a statement.
The official, Ahmed Yousef, made the threat just two days before the start of a U.S.-hosted Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland.
Israeli officials have warned that Hamas may try to disrupt the conference with more intense rocket fire. Gaza militants, including Hamas members, have fired hundreds of crude, homemade rockets at Israeli border communities in recent years, killing 12 people and disrupting life along the border.
In a statement sent to reporters, Yousef said that the rockets currently being fired have limited effect because they don’t carry lethal enough warheads.
“They can be developed in a short period to create sufficient terror and fear and make the Israelis live in pain no less than what our people live through because of the repeated incursions into our villages and cities in the West Bank and Gaza,” wrote Yousef, an adviser to deposed Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh.