Now he’s one of many young Israelis mourned by his survivors who, when they break from their grief, are hit with the realization their country is playing defense against the world media in spite of the atrocities committed by Hamas against innocent civilians Oct. 7.
Adi’s story is sad though perhaps not the saddest. He wasn’t tortured or his corpse mutilated upon his death. He died fighting for his country.
His “shiva,” a gathering for people to mourn lost loved ones, is one of many held in Israel these days.
Adi was the nephew of the producer for Joel Rosenberg’s “Rosenberg Report” on TBN.
“Last night I attended his shiva. He was killed in combat last week. For seven days people gather at a family’s home, and literally thousands have come into their home,” Rosenberg, also the editor and publisher of All Israel News, said on American Family Radio Tuesday.
“His name was Adi, and may his name be remembered. It’s just a terrible loss," Rosenberg told show host Jenna Ellis.
Adi may be remembered as a hero in Israel, but as Israeli soldiers defend their homeland in a military offensive against Hamas, that’s not how they’re portrayed in world media.
“The world pressure and international media attacks against Israel are growing,” Rosenberg said.
“If someone says, ‘I’m going to watch CNN, I’m going to watch MSNBC, I’m going to read The New York Times, The Washington Post,’ you have to start with asking yourself, ‘What questions are they not asking?’” Rosenberg said.
The questions The New York Times did not ask –-- or did not ask enough -- after the bombing of Gaza’s main hospital in the early days of the war were who and why?
“The hospital is bombed and Hamas puts out a statement blaming Israel," Rosenberg says of the bombing. "Now of course you expect the enemy to say that, right? It's propaganda. But for The New York Times to immediately run that as the banner headline, ‘Israel Bombs Hospital’, it shows you the bias already. That you literally can't trust the world's most historically important newspaper, because they take a press release from a genocidal enemy and they immediately think it's true."
Last Friday, the Times revisited the Gaza hospital bombing.The new story barely addressed its original coverage but did report more evidence has since emerged.
“At the time, there wasn’t much evidence that outsiders could assess on their own. The dispute revolved around competing claims from Israel and Hamas,” the Times wrote.
IDF is killers and Hamas just ‘confused’
For its story, the Times did not consider Israeli intelligence intercepts of a conversation between Hamas operatives as proof that a Hamas rocket hit the hospital, even though it reports that U.S. officials judged three similar conversations to be genuine.
The Times reported: “Israel has released the recording of what it says is an Oct. 17 conversation in which one Hamas member tells another that a Palestinian rocket caused the explosion. 'It’s from us?' one asks. ‘It looks like it,’ the other replies.
“Israel has also shared at least three similar taped conversations with the U.S., and U.S. officials have judged them to be genuine. Bottom line: The conversations are relevant evidence but they’re not proof. It’s possible that Hamas fighters were themselves confused.”
The Times did say the bombing story is caused to question the legitimacy of Hamas claims.
In the AFR interview, Rosenberg said the Times should have questioned Israel’s intent if it believed Israel had targeted the hospital.
“They didn't even question the premise, the premise being why would Israel bomb a hospital? I mean, maybe it was an accident, maybe their missile went awry, but they didn't even ask that question," he complained.
Why? Why would The New York Times not even consider Hamas lied to the world and blamed its hated enemy, Israel? Because, Rosenberg said, the Times newsroom believes Israel is the "monster" in the hospital bombing so naturally a monster would do such a thing.
'I understand BBC has taken a side'
Bias against Israel doesn’t come only from U.S. media. The famously liberal BBC conducted an interview (pictured below) with Naftali Bennett, the former Israel prime minister, who pushed back on the questioning from news anchor Victoria Derbyshire.
In the AFR interview, Rosenberg correctly recalled that exchange in which Naftali, frustrated with the questioning about Gaza, pointed out Derbyshire had not mentioned the 1,400 murdered Israelis.
"I understand the BBC has taken a side, on the Gaza side," Bennett said, "because all of your questions are only about the Gazan civilians---"
"That's not true," the BBC anchor insisted.
"You haven't asked one question---" Bennett continued.
"That's not true---" Derbyshire interrupted.
"You haven't asked one question about those children," Bennett continued.
"Mr. Bennett, that's not true," Derbyshire insisted. "I began by talking about the hostages."
"I'm not talking about the hostages," Bennett replied. "I'm talking about the babies that were murdered."
Israel’s leaders, officials and citizens are being prosecuted as though they’re on the witness stand, Rosenberg said.
He credited longtime conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh and former president Donald Trump with a key phrase that has helped Americans question their journalists.
“The phrase 'fake news' became a global phrase. It has been used all over the world now, certainly here in Israel," he said. "It's a phrase that Rush Limbaugh would use, and other talk radio show hosts would use, but it wasn't something a president of the United States would talk about directly to the face of the reporters."
Bennett basically called Derbyshire and the BBC "fake news" when his interview ended because he reminded the media about the lies it reported a week earlier when the Gaza hospital was bombed.
"What you guys did last week, shame on you," he said.