I will not rehash Israel’s diplomatic situation with its neighbors here. I would however, like to warn Al-Jazeera that risking other people’s lives in the name of freedom of the press may not go over so well in other countries. Indeed, they have been banned in other countries as well, namely by their fellow Arabs in the Gulf States. The Qatari state media has been covering the Israeli-Arab conflict since the 90’s, and during that time we have witnessed a PR campaign against the state of Israel that has resulted in riots and worse, the deaths of many innocent Jews.
I call it the Qatari state media, because that’s exactly what it is. There are those in the US who erroneously believe that Al Jazeera is unbiased. They are funded by the same Qatari politicians who fund Hamas and Al-Qaeda. Qatar’s connections to terrorism is well known and they have a direct interest in de-legitimizing the Israeli state. I will not delve too much into it, but you can find general coverage of their terrorist links here. I will maintain focus on Al-Jazeera specifically.
Al-Jazeera has not just criticized Israeli policies or de-legitimized their existence, but have willingly aided Israel’s enemies at the expense of the lives of innocent civilians. They are an anti-Semitic organization that constantly flirt with holocaust denial; and the biggest irony is that they do all this within Israel’s own borders. The problem, however, is that they have been doing this for a very long time. In fact, it’s only questionable why Prime Minister Netanyahu didn’t do this sooner.
This is also why I describe this as both the best and the worst time for Netanyahu to ban them. The best, because Qatar has become a pariah within their own region. The worst, because Al-Jazeera has already succeeded in hijacking Israel’s narrative and has nourished groups like BDS; leaving few tools for Israel supporters to respond with. This decision will only delegitimize Israel as a democratic state for the time being.
To those that would criticize Israel for this decision however, let it be known that Israel never constitutionally guaranteed the right of free press to begin with. Israel, since its existence, never had a constitution, nor is it the only country to function in this manner. So after being allowed to freely report on government functions in Jerusalem, it takes some nerve to advocate directly against their very existence. It should have always been known, if you work against Israel’s interest in their own borders, you do so at your own risk. This has always been the rule.
With the recent riots on the temple mount last week, and rocket attacks since this morning, it is obvious that the Palestinian leadership have neither a desire nor motive for peace. As long as Al-Jazeera was a free, world-wide, mouthpiece for Hamas, there was no war Israel could win within the diplomatic arena. We can only hope that this move was not too late, and that this wave of antisemitism will start to fade. However, we can fully expect Al-Jazeera to continue pushing their anti-Israel agenda.
Pictured: The Saloman family, murdered in the Judea as result of Palestinian incitement.