Associated Press Writer Josef Federman wrote a largely technical “Israeli unveils tank-defense system of the future” in which nevertheless a prominent bias strikes the eye.
We read: “If successful, the “Trophy” system could radically alter the balance of power if the country goes to war again against Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon or Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.”
1. The whole report fails to mention the enormous and continuous build-up of offensive weapons by Hezbollah and Hamas that disrupts the balance of power as time goes on, (starkly contrasted by a total lack of building defensive shelter for their populations).
2. It contemplates what will be when Israel will go to war, portraying (may I say: again portraying) the Jewish State as the aggressor.
A proper editing could leave the sentence more truthful, something like: “If successful, the “Trophy” system could radically restabilize the balance of power between the country and its violent neighbors, possibly preventing a next war with Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon or Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, notwithstanding their enormous and continuous build-up of offensive weapons.”
We are all biased one way or the other, at least if we can believe our spouses. Still the questions to AP are: Why do I never spot any pro-Israel bias in AP reporting? And Why don’t you catch such glaring anti-Israel embarrassments? Are these not valid questions?
With best wishes from Jerusalem,