Obama and Netanyahu not including facts and statistics in their argument is more important than the actual facts they discuss. They do not provide solid facts and statistics to convince the audience that they are really trying to reach peace with Palestine. This lack of facts in a video that is supposed to inform the audience is not settling. If they had provided the
Root 4 causalities experienced by the people in Gaza then it would put things more in perspective for the audience. As stated in the newspaper The Guardian , “ Two people wounded previously died of their injuries yesterday, raising the Gaza death toll since the 8 July start of the campaign to 2,133 with 10,890 wounded. ” These numbers would greatly deteriorate the argument that the US and Israel are trying to reach peace with Hamas because the question that many people ask is: if you are trying to reach peace why do you keep on providing Israel with weapons to kill the people of Hamas? This is a very valid question and should be kept in mind when watching the video. The biggest concept that aids in the argument being made by the document is legitimacy. The document is filmed in the White House, property of the United States Government. The men in the video are Barack Obama, the most powerful man in the world and the President of the United States, and the Prime Minister of Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu. To an American viewer, Obama being in this document makes it completely legitimate and trustworthy. The same can be said for an Israeli viewer. Another thing that adds to their argument in terms of legitimacy is that Obama and Netanyahu are wearing very high quality suits and ties; this expresses that they are there to do business and get done what they are setting out to do. Another thing that adds validity to this in the minds of the American audience watching is that both leaders can speak fluent, and well-worded English. This is more relevant with Netanyahu because he is from a different country; viewers may find it surprising that he is easy to understand and has little to no accent, bringing no barriers to understanding what he has to say. The validity established by the overall visual appeal presented gives weight to statements such as “we’ll discuss extensively both the situation of rebuilding Gaza but also how can we find a more sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” which was made by Obama in the video. Things of this importance are given so much higher regard by the ethos that the President and Prime Minister have in this video.
Root 5 Although the two leaders say things like this, the knowledge that the average viewer of this video will have will contest this statement. The New York Times provides details on the most recent vote into horrors that are occurring in Gaza that contests Obama’s stand for peace: “ The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to establish an inquiry into human rights violations in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories… with only the United States voting against.”
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