If you’ve been following our recent posts, you’re aware that the Guardian live blog on the Gaza War posted two entries a few hours ago that somehow managed to blame Israel for breaking the ceasefire which took effect this morning.
They made this claim despite the fact the dozens of rockets were fired at Israeli cities by Hamas since the time of the ceasefire, while Israel (who had accepted the ceasefire) held its fire for six hours until finally retaliating after it was clear that the Islamist group had no intention of standing down. (As we noted, US Secretary of State John Kerry forcefully condemned Hamas earlier in the day for violating the terms of the agreement.)
Well, a Guardian deputy editor named Phoebe Greenwood doubled down on the Guardian claim a few hours ago, and the rhetorical somersault she employed to defend the indefensible was truly something to behold.
Here it is, along with a response (above Greenwood’s Tweet) by Yiftah Curiel, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in London:
As one commentator suggested, Greenwood’s argument goes something like this.
- Israel accepted the ceasefire and held its fire for six hours, hoping Hamas would do the same.
- Hamas ignored the ceasefire and continued firing dozens of rockets at Israeli towns.
- Israel finally retaliated against Hamas rocket attacks which showed no signs of winding down.
- Ergo, Israel violated the ceasefire.
This is of course the time when we typically employ a rhetorical flourish, encapsulating the substance of the post in a few pithy lines.
However, on this occasion, given the jaw-dropping nature of the logic used by Greenwood, we find ourselves for once truly speechless.