NEW YORK, NEW YORK-Jim Fletcher
During his first term as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu coined a phrase—“A Battle for the Truth”—and pro Israel advocates the world over understand just how precise and on-target he was/is.
In the years since the giddiness over the Oslo Accords settled into a grim reality check, pro Israel advocates have recognized the sophistication and relentless nature of the other side. In short, the so-called Palestinian Narrative is a well-organized machine that has now found itself welcomed into American churches. Such a scenario calls for a little honest reporting.
That’s exactly what Joe Hyams and his team at HonestReporting provide on a daily basis. High-tech, rich in content, and devastating to those in media who don’t like to tell the truth about Israel and the wider Israeli-Arab conflict, HonestReporting has for a dozen years provided the kinds of resources pro Israel advocates need to combat Palestinian propaganda.
HonestReporting director Joe Hyams also recognizes the value of enlisting the help of Christians.
“The worldwide Jewish community relies on the support of millions of Christians around the world. The well-being of the state of Israel depends on it. At a time when some churches are actively pushing for a boycott of Israel, it’s extremely important that the Christian public understand that not everything they read in the media is correct and agenda-free.”
Hyams believes that a sophisticated counter-response to propaganda can touch on a wide range of issues. One such issue is the persecution of Christians.
“While Christians are being persecuted across the Middle East, we are proud that Israel treats all of its religious communities with the respect they deserve.”
Indeed, HonestReporting’s team provides video analysis, backgrounders, and presentations that anyone can use in any setting. In particular, many of HonestReporting’s resources are tailor-made for small or large presentations. Further, HonestReporting’s resources make it easy for those interested in media fairness to hold the press to accountability.
(The Balfour Post encourages readers to support HonestReporting, and to use the resources available: www.honestreporting.com)