The New York Times is once again misrepresenting Israel’s ongoing struggle to protect its citizens from Iran, whose regime is dedicated to the Jewish state’s destruction and is on the precipice of obtaining the means to achieve that end.
In a 2,000-word report titled, As Hopes for Nuclear Deal Fade, Iran Rebuilds and Risks Grow, authors David E. Sanger, Steven Erlanger, Farnaz Fassihi and Lara Jakes flip reality on its head by describing Israel’s actions against Tehran as those of an aggressor instead of a response to what many agree is an impending crisis: namely, Iran’s atomic program.
And this, mind you, on the same day that an Israeli was killed in Jerusalem’s Old City by a member of Hamas, the US-designated terrorist group that just happens to be financed by the Islamic Republic.
NYT: Israel is ‘ultimately counterproductive’
Based on how the NYT article is structured, a reader from the onset might assume that Israeli military operations are being undertaken in a vacuum and without reason.
The piece opens with this paragraph:
Over the past 20 months, Israeli intelligence operatives have assassinated Iran’s chief nuclear scientist and triggered major explosions at four Iranian nuclear and missile facilities, hoping to cripple the centrifuges that produce nuclear fuel and delay the day when Tehran’s new government might be able to build a bomb.”
Buried in the sixteenth paragraph are the specifics detailing why Israel may be feeling the need to act:
The Iranians are declaring that they have now produced roughly 55 pounds of uranium enriched to 60 percent purity. That purity is below the 90 percent normally used to produce a weapon, but not by much. It is a level “that only countries making bombs have,” Mr. Grossi [head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ watchdog] said.”
But even this rather belated attempt to provide context falls short.
For years, the Islamic Republic has developed and tested ballistic missiles whose primary purpose is to deliver nuclear warheads. Moreover, some 100,000 files obtained in 2018 by Mossad agents from a secret atomic archive in Tehran proved that the Islamic Republic lied to the international community by denying it had pursued a nuclear program with military dimensions.
In other words, the threat that Iran poses to Israel is very real.
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But instead of providing readers with this critical background, The New York Times minimizes the effects of Israeli sabotage missions:
American intelligence officials and international inspectors say the Iranians have quickly gotten the [nuclear] facilities back online — often installing newer machines that can enrich uranium at a far more rapid pace. When a plant that made key centrifuge parts suffered what looked like a crippling explosion in late spring — destroying much of the parts inventory and the cameras and sensors installed by international inspectors — production resumed by late summer.
Would the NYT apply the same logic to the Stuxnet virus, for example, an alleged joint US-Israel cyberattack that struck Iranian nuclear infrastructure and reportedly set back Tehran’s atomic ambitions by up to two years?
Moreover, even though Israeli leaders, including the prime minister and foreign minister, reject reviving the 2015 nuclear deal — because they view its sunset clauses as a free pass for Iran to ultimately become a nuclear power — Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday expressed support for a more stringent diplomatic agreement that would actually prevent Iran, in perpetuity, from building the bomb.
Unreported: Iranian provocations against Israel
Beyond whitewashing the nature of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, As Hopes for Nuclear Deal Fade, Iran Rebuilds and Risks Grow seems to have been written without any consideration of the fact that a new hard-line government in Tehran has assumed an increasingly provocative stance against Israel.
In August, Iran was behind a deadly drone attack on a ship that was sailing off the coast of Oman. The Islamic Republic targeted the Liberian-flagged vessel because it was managed by an Israeli company. A report released the same month showed that Iranian military assets located along Israel’s northern border have more than doubled in size since 2018. It states that the number of military bases and outposts used by Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah and Shiite militias supported by the Islamic Republic rose from 40 to 88 in preparation for a potential future confrontation with Israel.
In October, a senior official representing Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reportedly called for the elimination of Israel. Meanwhile, Jerusalem recently warned its diplomatic missions around the world of an Iranian terror threat following the arrest of an Azeri national over an alleged plot to assassinate one or more Israeli businesspeople in Cyprus.
This comes as Iran’s new leader, President Ebrahim Raisi, has met with high-ranking officials from Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups. Tehran continues to deepen its ties to these organizations that are committed to Israel’s eradication. Indeed, Raisi’s election has put extremists firmly in control of all the levers of power in Tehran as nuclear negotiations in Vienna are set to recommence next week.
Yet without any of the aforementioned context, The New York Times manages to portray Israeli actions vis a vis Iran as being fuelled by little more than paranoia while seemingly attempting to drive a wedge between Jerusalem and Washington:
Israeli officials have said they have no intention of letting up, waving away warnings that they may only be encouraging a sped-up rebuilding of the program — one of many areas in which the United States and Israel disagree on the benefits of using diplomacy rather than force.”
New York Times allowing Israel to become Iran’s Trojan Horse?
The media’s minimization of Iranian belligerence can only be emboldening the mullahs to accelerate their plans for regional hegemony. When Tehran went so far as to launch a drone strike against a US military base in southern Syria, the NYT depicted this hostile act as retaliation for Israeli airstrikes.
Newsflash: Iran does not need excuses to target US assets in the Middle East, as has repeatedly been the case, especially in Iraq.
But the NYT knows this, considering the publication a few months ago printed, Iraq Is Caught in the Middle as US and Iran Spar on Its Soil.
For good measure, the NYT has reported on the Biden Administration’s authorization of airstrikes in Syria targeting Iranian-backed groups.
Yet, Israel is apparently to blame.
In reality, the “shadow war” between Jerusalem and Tehran was bound to spill over given that the Islamic Republic has always had the US, the “Great Satan” with Israel being the “Little Satan”, in its crosshairs.
The NYT, along with much of the media, would do well to finally wake up to an incontrovertible fact: Israel is almost always the canary in the coal mine — and what happens therein, specifically as it relates to Iranian-backed terrorism and the ramifications of Tehran’s accelerating nuclear weapons program, rarely stays therein.
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