Once again, Israelis have been forced to shelter against bombardment by hundreds of rockets fired from Gaza. Once again, Israel has been forced to take military action to defend itself against increasingly deadly attacks. Once again, much of the western media has presented this as if Israel wakes up in the morning and decides to bomb Gaza through some insatiable lust for violence.

At time of writing, with the fragile truce holding between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group, the number of civilian casualties in Gaza has been small. The opportunity for a malevolent media to manufacture blood libels against Israel has therefore been reduced.

As it was, the BBC last week instantly swung into its default mode of selective reporting, omission and distortion to represent Israeli defence as aggression and Palestinian Arab aggression as defence.

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This year, we want to do more to bless Israel and the Jewish people.

We know that as we bless Israel this year, God will bless us, just as He promised in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Now is the time to bless Israel and the Jewish people.