Alan Dershowitz in The Jerusalem Post on misleading media coverage on the conflict in Gaza. Dershowitz argues that the death count among Hamas and Israel is not an accurate representation of the conflict in Gaza, and that the media should stop fixating on the extremely lopsided number to imply wrongdoing on the part of Israel. "Palestinian civilians are killed despite Israel’s best efforts precisely because Hamas wants civilians to be killed, especially if these civilians are children, women or the elderly. Hamas stands ready to parade these human shields in front of the media which is eager to show the dead and count the bodies." Dershowitz points out that while Israel explicitly seeks to avoid civilian casualties, Hamas welcomes it as part of a strategy aimed at garnering international outrage towards Israel. "Indeed some media and international organizations seem implicitly to be condemning Israel for protecting the lives of its own citizens, by repeatedly pointing out that none have died, while Palestinian deaths have reached nearly 200. The reason there have been no Israeli deaths so far is because Israel spends hundreds of millions of dollars trying to protect its civilians, while Hamas spends its resources deliberately exposing its civilians to the risks of Israeli counterattacks."
Jill Lawrence in Al-Jazeera America on how the U.S. border crisis can still spark a comprehensive immigration reform policy. The U.S. border crisis, which has seen tens of thousands of immigrant children streaming into the United States from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador has seemingly made any hope of bipartisan effort at comprehensive immigration reform null and void. Lawrence argues that, in fact, it should have done the opposite. "There is a fatalism in the political class about immigration reform, fueled by Obama’s saying House Speaker John Boehner told him it was not going anywhere. But strategists for both sides have told me that achieving it this year is not 100 percent impossible — if Democrats press for more than damage control at the border and if there is a conversation between Obama and Republicans." Lawrence says those in the GOP worried about appearing too soft on immigration should be focusing attention on their quickly eroding support in the Latin-American community. "... it’s not all blue skies for the GOP. Only 23 percent of respondents in the ABC/Washington Post poll approved of how Republicans are handling the border situation — even worse than Obama’s rating. Simply saying no to the money would reinforce the image of a party that is not interested in solutions. And the debate over what to do about the children is highlighting fissures between hard-liners and those who want reform, as well as the perception that the GOP is hostile to immigrants."