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The greatest danger facing Israel right now is not what you think

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces recently told me that Israel isn’t just waging a ground war in Gaza. It’s also fighting an information war globally. Despite perpetrating the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust, Israel’s enemies want to paint it as the true murderer for daring to respond with military force. They hope to isolate Israel – a key element to its potential defeat. Western leaders and institutions must foil that plot, which requires summoning far more moral clarity than they have to date.

Isolation is the greatest immediate danger facing Israel. It would deprive the country of the money and material that are key to destroying Hamas and fending off attacks from Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies, and perhaps Iran itself. Isolation would also lead to strong and sustained pressure on Israel to reach a ceasefire or otherwise ends its military response to the October 7 atrocities. Either way, the terrorists win, all but ensuring their ability to launch another – and likely even deadlier – attack on Israeli soil.

Isolation has momentum. The Arab world is engulfed with anti-Israel protests, limiting the actions of even pro-Israel Arab governments. Russia and China have largely sided with Hamas, sensing that Israel isolation’s ultimately injures the United States. And while the U.S. and European countries have largely sided with Israel, with strong rhetorical statements and less strong pledges of aid, they’re feeling rapidly growing internal pressure to limit their support and stay Israel’s hand.


Second, more media outlets should consider explicitly taking Israel’s side, especially in the legacy media. They should strongly caveat any claim that comes from Hamas, recognizing its history of lying. They should point out that Hamas is using human shields, making clear that there’s no moral equivalence between Hamas’s murders and Israel’s self-defense. And when they see antisemitism on college campuses or city streets, journalists should condemn it as clearly as they can. It’s not slanted coverage to take sides in a battle between good and evil.

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The alternative is to let Israel be isolated, putting it in even greater danger and perhaps paving the way for its eventual destruction. No doubt, Israel will continue to fight for its survival no matter who stands with it. But Israel is far more likely to win this war and prevent more atrocities against Jews if it first wins the information war.


Marion Smith is president and CEO of the Common Sense Society.


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