One has to wonder why any reputable media outlet would invite the truth-challenged Palestinian official Saeb Erekat for an interview. It must be for the entertainment value of the outlandish things he’s bound to say.
And his recent appearance on Israel Army radio did not disappoint.
Erekat revealed that a full 96% of all Palestinians killed were civilians. The number well exceeds the figure cited by the UN, based mostly on reports by the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, which stands at around 75%. Israeli officials claim that just about half of the Gazans killed in the war were members of Hamas or other terror groups.
The dispute over casualty figures is likely to continue for many months. In fact, the ultimate winner of the Gaza war, at least in the court of public opinion, is the side that persuades the public that it acted with greater morality and care. And Erekat’s Big Lie is intended to bolster the Palestinian claim that Israel used excessive force in Gaza.
Erekat, of course, was the Palestinian leader who claimed that 500 Palestinians were killed in Jenin in 2002, when the number was actually nearer 50, alongside substantial Israeli casualties. “Massacre, massacre,” he screeched.
I can just imagine Erekat rising every morning and saying to his mirror. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most divine liar of them all.” “Why, you are, dear Saeb,” the mirror replies. It must give him such comfort to know that when it comes to a big whopper, he’s the best game in town.