More blatant pro-Israel bias on yesterday's SBS' 6.30 pm World News Australia:
The segment Iran tensions flare is introduced thus by the newsreader:
"And in Iran tensions sparked by renewed opposition protests have flared again with clashes reported of supporters and opponents of the country's Islamic regime. Tensions are also brewing between Iran and its arch-enemy Israel, which has warned both Iran and its ally, Lebanon's Hezbollah against any provocation."
The take home message? While Iran (even with its current internal troubles!) and Hezbollah are constitutionally provocative, Israel, as usual, just stands around, minding its own business.
Having first covered the demonstrations in Iran, SBS reporter Vesna Nazor goes on:
"Israel's also reacted to the latest threat from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah after its leader told supporters to be ready to invade northern Israel in the event of any new conflict."
Just the latest in a long line...
The report then cuts to Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah: "I tell the warriors of the holy Islamic resistance... to be ready in case war is forced on Lebanon. The resistance command may ask you to take over Galilee."
Followed by Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu: "Hezbollah's leader announced that he intends to conquer the Galilee. Well, I have news for you - he won't."
Nazor concludes with a comment stressing Israel's always peaceful intentions: "Reacting to Egypt's uprising... Israel's leader said his country should hope for the best but prepare for the worst."
Poor, put-upon little Israel, just trying to live a normal life in the toughest of neighborhoods with psychos around every corner!
Except that Nasrallah's "latest threat" didn't just come out of the blue. Completely missing from SBS' shifty and deceitful little propaganda package was the following context: "Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that Israel Defense Forces may be called into Lebanon in the future, during his first military tour with new IDF chief Benny Gantz along the northern border. 'Hezbollah remembers the heavy beating they suffered from us in 2006, but it is not forever, and you may be called to enter again', Barak told the IDF soldiers, adding that 'we must be prepared for every test'." (Barak: IDF soldiers may be called into Lebanon in the future, Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz, 15/2/11)