Camel Rider …. with highlighting imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi
Attached is a video clip of a statement made by Yair Lapid on 24 October which (thank God) was broadcast on RUSSIA TODAY. You won’t find it in the Western media. It serves as a reminder that people do need to watch RT because that’s where you can find all the juicy news the West ignores.
Yair Lapid stated,
“If the international media is objective, it serves Hamas. If it just shows both sides, it serves Hamas. My argument is that the media can’t just claim to bring both sides of the story. If you do that, you are only bringing one, Hamas’ side. That’s cowardly and it’s lazy. It’s an insult, insult to the victims including the Palestinian victims. It is also an insult to the core idea of what journalism is. Believe me, I know, I was a journalist for 31 years. — Yair Lapid, Israeli Prime Minister, July- December 2022.
What is wrong with Lapid’s statement? This fanatical extremist presents us here with the worst kind of reasoning, a dreadfully fallacious argument, totally irrational to its core, and the worst propaganda imaginable.
His attempt to attack objectivity is the voice of a madman. It is objectivity that allows us to make sense of events, and to judge them correctly. Today, we can see every day the video footage of Israel’s war crimes in Gaza, as well as their extraordinary violations of the UN Charter, International Law, as well as the Geneva Conventions and its Protocols. Over 400 buildings have been destroyed including churches, mosques, UN compounds, schools, universities, hospitals, markets, apartment buildings (each holding around 50 + families), trees, orchards, roads, and not a single Hamas fighter to show for it. What we do see is that over 7,000 Palestinians have been killed, 17,000 wounded, and 2, 500 children killed. How many Israelis have been killed? 1,400.
In analysing Lapid’s words from a sociolinguistic perspective, we find he deliberately uses bad grammar by inserting the word “just” in the sentence “If it just shows both sides, it serves Hamas”. This is grammatically incorrect, but we can see he does it deliberately to emphasise his fallacious reasoning by claiming that if one “only shows both sides, then you serve one side“. That is fallacious and irrational.
In this sentence, it would be more grammatical to leave out the word ‘just’ because in English, the word “just” is used to refer to a singular not a plural. In other words, it would be more correct to say, “If it just shows one side, it serves Israel.” In fact, this is his unstated argument.
And here we see the truth of his words because what Yair Lapid demands of the world’s media is to only show one side, and not be objective, but just show Israel’s side, because it serves Israel. It’s serves Israel interest to destroy the Palestinians people. That is the logical way of making sense of what he is saying and what Israel is doing in committing these atrocious war crimes.
I agree with Martin Jay’s observations. Yair Lapid is mad. The world’s media must totally reject this insane statement because to adopt his argument would be cowardly and lazy. Contrary to his argument, to present one position only, to abandon objectivity would be an insult to the core idea of what journalism is. In other words, the opposite is true of what he claims.
It was equally appalling to see the insane rantings of Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan ranting and raging, using lies wrapped in strawman arguments to justify Israel’s intention to wipe out the Palestinian race as a proportional response. His demand that the UN Secretary General resign because he said the current conflict did not start in a vacuum is outrageous. Gilad Erdan is insane. He should have been detained by UN Security and taken to a mental hospital for psychiatric treatment. I am not being facetious here. He needs a psychiatrist.
These sorts of irrational mentally deformed insane statements coming from Israeli politicians and diplomats are doing Israel nothing but irreparable damage in the eyes of the international community. You cannot win people over with lies and insane statements like these. No country in the Global South will trust Israel ever again. We rejected the same insanity from Goebbels, and we should reject it when the same insanity comes from Israel.
Contrast this with the voice of reason coming from King Abdullah II of Jordan in his speech at the Cairo Sumit for Peace on 21 October 2023. His speech was also true. Every leader present at the Sumit could see and feel it.
Yair Lapid and Gilad Erdan are propagandists, lying to the world to deceive the world, so Israel can continue the endless slaughter of innocent Palestinians. The West is complacent in these war crimes because the EU, US UK, and Australia are enabling Israel to commit genocide. The truth is these countries now openly support the genocide of Palestinians. It will be a stain on the West for a long time to come.