Meanwhile, here's a current story, somewhat typical in its details and in the fact that it's not likely to appear in any non-Israeli media.
An 18-year-old Palestinian was arrested near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron today after he was found to be carrying an improvised pistol, two knives and a suicide note. For our slower-witted readers, the Jerusalem Post helpfully reports that the Arab was "intending to carry out an attack in the area". He's now been invited to take part in "further interrogation".An anonymous reader of This Ongoing War sent the following question to us earlier today (we no longer publish anonymous comments): "Does our media report every attack in Iraq that does not cause casualties? No. Why should it do so for Israel?" (Refer to the previous blog entry to understand what is being asked.) The answer is - because it's impossible to make sense of Israel's extraordinary self-defence measures without knowing about the extraordinary security situation that all Israelis face.
Routinely, systematically, deliberately - reports of terror attacks on Israelis, both actual and thwarted, are buried by editors at media channels throughout the world. One of the reasons we started this blog was to be an outlet for the information buried by others. Israel is in the midst of an ongoing war. To believe differently is to take unconscionable risks and foolish steps.