On July 29, an explosion hit the electricity plant in Gaza, setting it afire. The cause of the explosion is unclear – perhaps from Hamas mortar fire or from Israel – but according to the Times, the uncertainty and Israeli disclaimers were not a reason not to blame Israel from the outset.
IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said repeatedly that Israel had “no confirmation” of striking the Gaza power plant and that it clearly “was not a target”.
Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said on CNN that it had definitively cleared the Israel Defense Forces as the cause of the fire as it had reviewed the activities of all of the IDF personnel in the area.
Regardless, the New York Times specifically blamed Israel for the attack in a caption on the front page “In Gaza, Israel bombed 150 sites, including the territory’s only power plant”. In the story on page A6, the paper continued “Israel’s military on Tuesday broadened its offensive, bombing 150 sites, and one strike set ablaze the territory’s only power plant,” The large color photograph alongside the article showed a huge ball of fire and smoke. The same article quotes Lt. Col. Lerner as “I don’t have a clear picture of what happened there.” Interesting that an article right below makes very different statements and there was no quote from Mark Regev.
The article in the Times below it was entitled “Israel Steps Up Airstrikes in Gaza as International Cease-Fire Efforts Stumble.” But reading the article and watching the news makes clear that Hamas rejected the cease fire while all other parties accepted. The cease-fire did not passively “stumble”, but was specifically rejected by Hamas. The article entitled “Loss of Shelter and Electricity Worsens a Crisis for Fleeing Gazans” also stated that “International efforts to secure even short-term cease-fires have so far failed,” fails to mention that it was Hamas that rejected the cease-fire.
In both of the articles, there is not a single mention of Hamas terrorism on the day. Nothing about the missiles that were fired into Israeli cities. Nothing about Palestinian terrorists using tunnels to go into Israel, killing five soldiers and retreating back through the tunnels.
In the world of the Times, there is only one party who suffers, one party at fault.