TEL AVIV: The Israeli government is delighted with the reaction from the international press to its latest deadly military assaults on Gaza, according to sources.
“Of course, we always knew we could rely on our friends at Fox, CNN and the like to push the whole ‘protecting Israeli citizens’ line, but it’s so nice to see the BBC getting behind our cause too,” said Max Schaffer from prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s communications team.
“Full marks to the corporation for its rolling coverage of the kidnapped Israeli teens, but we’re pleased as punch to see that the reporting of ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’ has allowed our media trained team of spin-doctors and politicians plenty of airtime to talk about Hamas rockets, while relying on mostly angry, incoherent and shouty opinions from the Palestinian side.”
Israeli airstrikes and naval gunfire have been pounding targets in Gaza continuously since Sunday, resulting in a reported 70 deaths so far, with entire families killed in their homes, while troops have assembled on the border for a possible ground assault. Several hundred rockets have reportedly been fired from Gaza into Israel, without any casualties.
“I mean, we’re essentially dropping bombs on one of the most densely occupied places on the planet, a refugee camp we’ve already reduced to an open-air prison cut-off from basic water, electricity and medical supplies, so to come out of this with any sort of positive spin is a huge tribute to the efforts of our team.”