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Missing the Point: CBS’ 60 Minutes Does it Again

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Iron Dome Missile System
Iron Dome Missile System
After watching Sunday night’s CBS’ 60 Minutes segment on Israel’s Iron Dome Missile system, the average viewer is once again jolted back into reality. Lest, we sit back, put our feet up and delude ourselves into thinking that the mainstream media can actually present an objective, unbiased perspective on one of the greatest game changers in the history of the defense industry.

That’s precisely what the Iron Dome anti-missile system represents. During the recent war that Hamas in Gaza launched on Israel, it was only through the technological superiority of the Iron Dome that Israel did not sustain scores of casualities. It helps to bear in mind that the long range, Iranian made Fajr 5 rockets that Hamas incessantly shot at Israel had the ability to wreak the kind of horrific devastation, the likes of which we have never witnessed.

Having proved itself as a literal life preserver, the Iron Dome system could have been rigorously examined in the media for the litany of benefits it provides and could possibly provide in the future. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Middle East is an increasingly volatile region, marked by government instability, revolutions and the existential danger of an impending nuclear holocaust.

Rather than asking probing questions concerning the genesis of the Iron Dome system and its long-term trajectory, CBS News’ Bob Simons decided to use this international platform of “journalistic gravitas” to interrogate Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the nuances of US foreign policy as it pertains to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It leaves one wondering about the exact breadth of influence that the White House wields with such outlets as 60 Minutes. After all, when President Obama wanted to express his gratitude to Hillary Rodham Clinton after she completed her term as Secretary of State, he decided to help cement her legacy through the 60 Minutes vehicle. Rather than asking hard hitting questions on national foreign policy and of a possible cover up in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, 60 Minutes threw proverbial “soft balls”; offering questions specifically designed not to challenge the subject of the interview but to buttress them.

However, when it comes to a subject of derision such as Israel, 60 Minutes and others like them swing into heavy confrontation mode, with the hopes of continuing to portray Israel as the perennially intransigent player in the seemingly intractable conflict with the Palestinians.

Bob Simons wants to know why there is no signed peace accord between Israel and the Palestinian Authority since the installation of the US supported Iron Dome system? After all, according to Simons one factor is inextricably linked to another. We would be safe to assume that in the mind of Simons and others of his ilk, that the US and Israel have some kind of unwritten agreement that compels Israel to abide by the current administration’s notion of “peace” in order to save itself from destruction from such terrorist organizations as Hamas and Hezbollah.

Simons would do well to do his homework on the Iron Dome and to come to the realization that this defense system will not only save Israeli lives but American ones as well.

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