Israel/Gaza: Western ledes on New Year’s Day


This is a sampling of headlines and ledes in selected major western news sources. It is, of course, by no means exhaustive. But I wonder if any consistent bias in coverage is evident after reading each story’s opening lines.

AFPCanada calls for ‘sustainable and durable’ ceasefire in Gaza:

Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon called for a “sustainable and durable” ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip after nearly 400 Palestinians have died since Israeli air raids began Saturday.

ReutersIsrael says bombing has damaged Hamas capabilities:

Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip has damaged Hamas and will continue until the Jewish state no longer deems the Palestinian Islamist faction a threat, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Thursday.

BBCMissiles greet Gaza at new year:

There were more than four Israeli air strikes in Gaza City in the first hour of 2009. The sounds of bombs and explosions were heard all over the city.

New York TimesStriking Deep Into Israel, Hamas Employs an Upgraded Arsenal:

By firing rockets deep into Israeli territory, the militant Palestinian group Hamas has in recent days displayed an arsenal that has been upgraded with weapons parts smuggled into Gaza since it seized control of the territory 18 months ago, according to American and Israeli officials.

Washington PostIsrael’s punishing assault on Gaza continues for sixth day:

A top Hamas leader and several members of his family were killed Thursday in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, as Israel pressed its offensive for a sixth day and a Hamas rocket destroyed part of an apartment building in the Israeli port city of Ashdod.


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