‘NYT’ and ‘Haaretz’ and world opinion are now greatest threat to Israel, Netanyahu reportedly said

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This is interesting. A year or so back, Netanyahu said that Israel’s greatest threats were Hamas and Iran and Richard Goldstone. Now he has apparently revised that assessment and said that Israel’s greatest enemies are Haaretz and the New York Times, per this account.

I have to believe that Netanyahu is serious and this is his logical conclusion– which is why his office rushed to deny the account today. But the original assessment squares with Ali Abunimah’s belief that the walls of international opinion are closing in on Israel. The Netanyahu assessment is proof that the truth is what will set Palestine free– knowledge of the occupation and conflict, overcoming the hasbara. We complain all the time about the New York Times here, but even it is reflecting more critical views of Israel…

JTA:

On Wednesday, [Jerusalem Post] editor, Steve Linde, addressing a conference in Tel Aviv of the Women’s International Zionist Organization, said that Netanyahu made the remark to him about the newspapers at a private meeting “a couple of weeks ago” at the prime minister’s office in Tel Aviv….

“He said, ‘You know, Steve, we have two main enemies,’ ” Linde said, according to a recording of the WIZO speech provided to JTA. “And I thought he was going to talk about, you know, Iran, maybe Hamas. He said, ‘It’s The New York Times and Haaretz.’ He said, ‘They set the agenda for an anti-Israel campaign all over the world. Journalists read them every morning and base their news stories … on what they read in The New York Times and Haaretz.’ ”

Linde said he and other participants at the meeting asked Netanyahu whether he really thought that the media had that strong a role in shaping world opinion on Israel, and the prime minister replied, “Absolutely.”

57 Responses

  1. Shmuel
    January 19, 2012, 10:00 am

    Ah, the ol’ “hostile media” (tikshoret oyenet) meme. The right loves that sort of thing. Is it election time already?

  2. seafoid
    January 19, 2012, 10:16 am

    The real threat to Israel is religiofascism .

    link to haaretz.com

    .field-unit commanders say they detect a growing trend. Soldiers from hesder yeshivas, which combine military service with religious studies, protested when they had female instructors for shooting, artillery and other activities.
    This kind of disobedience is relatively new and reflects a more extreme religious approach. Reserve officers who served with hesder soldiers in the 1970s and 1980s say thousands of religious students were trained by female instructors without a murmur.
    The officers school where a scandal over women’s singing broke out in September is now hammering out a lesson plan to teach future officers how to command soldiers from different religious and ideological backgrounds. The plan emphasizes the precedence of the military discipline and framework.
    Four of the nine religious cadets who walked out of a ceremony in which female soldiers sang in September were ousted from the infantry officers course. Two of them were allowed to take the course again.
    As in an argument over the wording of the Yizkor prayer, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz made an effort to clarify the regulations dealing with women’s status in the army after the uproar in the officers school. But numerous similar incidents are giving the IDF a bad reputation, even among its well-wishers overseas.
    In the middle of the month a delegation of retired, senior American officers, including generals with three and four stars, visited Israel. The visitors showed understanding toward internal Israeli conflict over fighting terror in civilian population centers. But they had no tolerance for the involvement of civilian rabbis in the army, or for women’s exclusion.
    “A chaplain, like a priest, has one duty only – to provide religious services,” one of them said. “Nobody in Washington can understand or accept incidents of offending women or infringing on their dignity. If you continue this way, you will lose your friends in the world.”

    Bibi denies the haaretz story

    link to haaretz.com

    • Don
      January 19, 2012, 1:29 pm

      The wackiest army in the world?

      • seafoid
        January 19, 2012, 3:19 pm

        The Orthodox in the army have the guns AND they have the numbers.

        It is very interesting to follow the public statements of Yishai who is the Sephardi Haredi head of the religious Shas party. He is like any other politician in the way he speaks to his people but his people are special. Or desperately ignorant and with a huge chip on their collective shoulder.

        Here he says that the reason Hezbollah whipped IDf ass in 2006 is because the soldiers didn’t pray enough

        link to haaretz.com

        He doesn’t do competence and any criticism is a slur on all his people

        link to israelnationalnews.com

        Minister Yishai intimated that the attacks on him stem from his ethnic background, religious affiliation and personal views: “Someone wrote on the internet that the reason they picked on me is a combination of my Sephardic background, my nationalist views, and my hareidi-religiosity. This is a combination that people like to attack, whether the person is right or not. I don’t like speaking this way, but it does express the feelings of a large public. Any other minister who did what I did would have been praised for acting on time.”

        These people are slowly taking over Israel

  3. justicewillprevail
    January 19, 2012, 10:18 am

    The truth sets an agenda of anti-Israel campaign. Change the truth and change the agenda. Shooting the messenger is the last redoubt of charlatans, liars and propagandists.

  4. teta mother me
    January 19, 2012, 10:20 am

    Does Israel have influence over US legislation or not?

    Would control over internet provide comfort to Netanyahu?

    Is SOPA PIPA an Israel-lobby driven or at least Israel lobby influenced proposal?

    • HRK
      January 19, 2012, 1:17 pm

      I wondered about this myself.

      At least in the U.S., Israel was one of the prime beneficiaries of the alternate, Matrix-like reality far too much of the mainstream media presented us.

    • American
      January 19, 2012, 1:48 pm

      I don’t know if it was, but SOPA failed to pass.
      I read that either 7,000 or 70,000 internet sites went dark in protest.

      • Charon
        January 19, 2012, 10:16 pm

        SOPA has been ‘shelved’ which means it will secretly seep into to a future bill. Laughably, the RIAA said this was a bad day for democracy. They’re essentially throwing it in our face that if the majority protests the minority ruling class, it’s bad for democracy. Because democracy=plutocracy.

        Anyways, all the recent Israeli hackings will bring about a SOPA of their own. I’m sure there is a common ancestor.

  5. dumvitaestspesest
    January 19, 2012, 10:23 am

    In a way, Netanyahu is right. Jewish tribalistic solidarity is breaking, there are some cracks in once very united , propaganda wall.
    “Tous pour un, un pour tous” (all for one, one for all) motto ain’t working anymore.
    People start to see more and more unaltered Truth, and they start to wonder who is really the Bad Guy in all of it. Truth doesn’t work well for Israel.
    They are afraid of it, and they also know the power of the Media.
    Powerful Media, that they can’t control become ,automatically, their enemy.

  6. lysias
    January 19, 2012, 10:31 am

    If you had asked P.W. Botha in the 1980′s who the greatest threats to South Africa were, I suspect he would have given a similar answer.

    • seafoid
      January 19, 2012, 11:16 am

      The settlers and their political supporters never understood how important the peace process was in terms of diplomatic and popular consciousness cover for Israel.
      It is very obvious now even to the NYT that the Palestinian future in the Zionist space is as stateless Untermenschen under a Zionist Jewish heel.

  7. pabelmont
    January 19, 2012, 10:36 am

    If Net’hu believes that today’s NYT is an enemy of Israel, he must have a very thin skin. I thought NYT was a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIPAC and acts as though it believes that Palestinians are like drugged-cockroaches in a bottle, — I thought the NYT a toady, a worm, a monster without regard for Palestinian human or national rights, a less-than-sentient (sorry, I got carried away).

    But seriously, how much better would the world be today if the NYT had seriously carried out the duties of journalism (instead of propaganda) since 1967!

    • dumvitaestspesest
      January 19, 2012, 12:00 pm

      It is not like Net’hu has a very thin skin. He certainly does not.
      He is reacting in a typical Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder pattern, nicely described by Gilad Atzmon.
      “Within the condition of the Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the stress is the outcome of a phantasmic event, an imaginary episode set in the future; an event that has never taken place. Unlike the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in which stress comes as the direct reaction to an event that (may) have taken place in the past, within the state of Pre-TSD, the stress is the clearly the outcome of an IMAGINARY POTENTIAL event.
      Within the Pre-TSD, an ILLUSION pre-empts reality and the condition in which the fantasy of terror is focussed is itself becoming grave reality. If it is taken to extremes, even an agenda of total war against the rest of the world is not an unthinkable reaction. ”

      Or maybe he reacts according to the rule: “let’s strike first, before they have the chance to do so”?? Either way, I smell confusion and I smell fear.
      Fear of Desperado?? Not the best kind of fear.

    • Chu
      January 19, 2012, 12:28 pm

      I’m dumbfounded as well that he is calling NYTimes the greatest threat to Israel.
      What he likely intended to say was, ‘greatest threat to our never-ending
      neo-colonial occupation”.

    • Les
      January 19, 2012, 12:53 pm

      The power of the Israel Lobby is not AIPAC or even money from Jewish Zionists. It is the US media, of which, the uncontested Lobby leader is the New York Times.

    • Real Jew
      January 19, 2012, 1:34 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Pable. The NYT has been an unrelenting reel of pro Israel propaganda for decades. And now that a few truthful articles have slipped through AIPAC’S iron grip, Netanyahoo is gettin’ all sensitive. What a clown!

  8. yourstruly
    January 19, 2012, 11:46 am

    while it’s not unusual for a nation’s leader to slam msm for its alleged bias against his/her government, when has a leader implied that a newspaper was the nation’s (not merely the government’s) greatest threat? goes to show how precarious israel’s (the entity, not its people) status in today’s world. take heart, ye who support justice for palestine, liberation day is nigh.

  9. Dan Crowther
    January 19, 2012, 12:00 pm

    bibi to mort zuckerman: for 500k – i’ll bash the NY times
    mort: sold
    bibi to adelson: i owe you one, gonna bash on haaretz for ya
    adelson: my man!

  10. munro
    January 19, 2012, 12:30 pm

    HuffPost France not a threat
    link to observer.com

  11. American
    January 19, 2012, 1:19 pm

    The media has always had a main role in fostering support for Israel, particularly in the US.
    I dare say the zionist believe it is the most important propaganda tool in keeping the public sympathic to Israel or at least apathetic about Israel, I/P and the US-Isr relationship.
    That was the major focus of the 1963 Senate Foreign Relations investigations and hearings on Foreign Agents…specifically the ZOA and AIPAC.
    Their efforts to infiltrate and control US media thru bribery and intimation were well organized.
    When I read what this hearing turned up about their operations it looked to me that bribery and organized writing campaigns against Arabs were their main methods then.
    For some time now however they have stepped it up and gotten rougher, they now use the anti semite smear and character assassinations as means of control. I don’t know if that means they think too much is coming out about the real facts (maybe due to the net) or if they have been licensed bullies for so long they just naturally escalated.

    Documents on the Senate Hearings:

    link to irmep.org

  12. American
    January 19, 2012, 1:24 pm

    I have to say that picture of Netanyahu reminds me of a pig rooting around or bloodhound trying to find a trail to enemies, enemies,…..gotta sniff and root out more enemies!

    • dumvitaestspesest
      January 19, 2012, 3:42 pm

      If one is paranoic, then Everything and Everybody is THE ENEMY.
      Seeing the world through “the paranoic glasses” must be sad and scary thing,
      not too mention time and money consuming ( if done on a massive scale).
      “He did not smile at me, how dare”
      “He did smile at me, how dare”
      “He smiled and then, suddenly, he stopped, how dare”
      “He didn’t smile and then, suddenly, he started, how dare”……………………….

  13. DICKERSON3870
    January 19, 2012, 1:45 pm

    RE: “Netanyahu…said that Israel’s greatest enemies are Haaretz and the New York Times” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: How dare he not give Mondoweiss at least honorable mention!
    How dare he!
    How dare he!
    How dare he!

    • lysias
      January 19, 2012, 3:50 pm

      I think they don’t want to give Mondoweiss publicity when they can avoid it.

      • DICKERSON3870
        January 19, 2012, 11:41 pm

        All the more reason to taunt them!

  14. Polly
    January 19, 2012, 1:55 pm

    Biggest threat to Israel is Israel.
    If they just for example, stopped the settlement building right where it stands – even keeping the stolen land, I reckon there would be tearful gushing plaudits all round, not to mention instantaneous US backed military pulverizing of any Arab ungratefulness.
    As unfair to the Palestinians as it would still be I seriously think even they would take it over the status quo – it would set middle-east relations on a course it has not EVER really been on before.
    An actual positive after an eternal negative.
    That’s the advantage of being a conceited bully, everyone falls over themselves with praise the second you show a glimpse of compassion.
    Israel may have half a century of unrelenting bastardry (is that a word?) to cash in on.

    • seafoid
      January 19, 2012, 3:21 pm

      Another massive threat to Israel is time.

      And of course how could I forget the other side of the axis of Israel hating- money

    • pineywoodslim
      January 20, 2012, 5:27 am

      Yes, I foresee Bibi being replaced by a more “moderate, sensitive, liberal” type zionist in the future. And, of course, a more PR savvy one too.

      Since Bibi has become the lightning rod for all things bad with Israel, the new guy/gal will be received everywhere with relief, marking a new day and new tactics for Israel complete with “magnanimous” concessions and much appreciation by the west for his/her reasonableness and the promise of hope and change.

      Nothing will change of course, but Israel will get another 5 years to snooker world diplomacy and continue its game under its new liberal sheen.

  15. tombishop
    January 19, 2012, 3:02 pm

    This is not going to make Netanyahu and the Lobby happy. Glenn Greenwald:

    “The “anti-Semitism” smear campaign against CAP and Media Matters rolls on” at:

    link to salon.com

    • seafoid
      January 19, 2012, 5:11 pm

      The Zionists know their world is slowly falling apart and they’ll destroy anyone who stands with the forces of reason and decency against them .

  16. Les
    January 19, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Is this equivalent to Ethan Bronner getting a bad report card from his teacher?

    • MLE
      January 19, 2012, 8:11 pm

      I can imagine him sitting in a corner with a dunce cap on.

  17. lysias
    January 19, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Greenwald is obviously infuriated by the smearers’ attempt to destroy the career of young writers. Good for him! The neo-McCarthyites are the epitome of bullies.

  18. Boycott Israel on Campus
    January 19, 2012, 3:50 pm

    The obstacle is not the Zionist lobby.

    The obstacle is your own terror of actually marching into some public body and demanding a “Boycott Israel” resolution.

    That terror dominates every campus, every city hall, and the gasbags on this blog can break that terror themselves: just go demand boycott where the newspaper reporters are sitting, at your student government or your city hall, or your legislature.

    But your own blog is so busy hyperventilating about “The Lobby” that you’re scared of it, too!

    You’re too scared to open your mouth in one little student government meeting. Try it. Please.

    • CloakAndDagger
      January 19, 2012, 10:27 pm

      With all due respect, you take the cake for a one-issue poster. Are you deliberately missing the bigger picture?

      • Boycott Israel on Campus
        January 20, 2012, 3:33 am

        To “Cloak”:

        Yes, I am deliberately missing Mondoweiss’s bigger picture. That picture is of “AIPAC” and “neo-cons” who are so powerful that boycott has no chance, and all we can do is whine.

        To hell with the whining. Demand boycott. Demand divestment. Don’t just cry in a corner because the Zionists are supposedly omnipotent.

        That is my one-issue, as you call it.

  19. split
    January 19, 2012, 4:36 pm

    So are the Inuits, Aleuts, Eskimos, Gurkhas, Yakuts, Amurians, Pygmies and the Apaches of course ,…

  20. lobewyper
    January 19, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Gee, and here I’ve been thinking that the two main media enemies were Steve Walt and MW. :)

  21. Talkback
    January 19, 2012, 7:07 pm

    ROFL. Netanyahu is a living joke.

  22. Chaos4700
    January 19, 2012, 7:15 pm

    I’m going to ROFL- my effin’ -AO when Israel moves to squash the NYT.

  23. thetumta
    January 19, 2012, 7:38 pm

    Maybe everybody is Israel’s greatest threat? Certainly simplify’s things. Perhaps Herr Bibi should cut to the chase?
    Hej!

  24. crone
    January 19, 2012, 7:44 pm

    Pepe Escobar outlines a real (economic) threat to US – and Israel, by extension… here’s an excerpt:

    “… As Xinhua has put it in its unrivalled all-inclusive style, what matters for the Beijing leadership is for China and Southwest and Central Asia to take “full advantage of their respective strengths and jointly strive for common development”. How come no one in Washington can ever come up with something as simple as this?

    It’s true that whoever dominates the GCC – with weapons and political support – projects power globally. The GCC has been absolutely key for US hegemony within what Immanuel Wallerstein defines as the world system.

    Yet let’s take a look at the numbers. Since last year Saudi Arabia is exporting more oil to China than to the US. This is part of an inexorable process of GCC energy and commodity exports moving to Asia.

    By next year foreign assets held by the GCC could reach $3.8 trillion with oil at $70 a barrel. With all that non-stop “tension” in the Persian Gulf, there’s no reason to believe oil will be below $100 in the foreseeable future. In this case GCC foreign assets could reach a staggering $5.7 trillion – that’s 160% more than in pre-crisis 2008, and over $1 trillion more than China’s foreign assets.

    At the same time, China will be increasingly doing more business with the GCC. The GCC is increasingly importing more from Asia – although the top source of imports is still the European Union. Meanwhile, US-GCC trade is dropping. By 2025, China will be importing three times more oil from the GCC than the US. No wonder the House of Saud – to put it mildly – is terribly excited about Beijing.

    So for the moment we have the pre-eminence of NATOGCC military, and USGCC geopolitically. But sooner rather than later Beijing may approach the House of Saud and quietly whisper, “Why don’t you sell me your oil in yuan?” Just like China buying Iranian oil and gas with yuan. Petroyuan, anyone? Now that’s an entirely new Star Trek. ”

    link to atimes.com

  25. RoHa
    January 19, 2012, 7:45 pm

    O.K. When they start saying the NYT is a threat to Israel, it’s time for straitjackets.

  26. HarryLaw
    January 20, 2012, 4:42 am

    RoHa It’s time for straitjackets. Thank you, straight jackets.

    • RoHa
      January 20, 2012, 8:13 pm

      Indeed.
      Straitjackets (or strait-jackets) are needed to “put on a violent person to control arms”. (OED)

      Straight jackets would just be a fashion statement, and I doubt they would help a lot.

  27. seafoid
    January 20, 2012, 6:07 am

    This analysis is AWESOME

    link to nybooks.com

    By contrast, the most belligerent Republican on Israel and Iran has turned out to be Santorum: he asserted, in a recorded conversation with a voter on November 21, that “all the people that live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians. There is no ‘Palestinian.’” A few days earlier, Santorum had said about the threat of Iran: “A country that is developing a weapon of mass destruction to use it to destroy another country must be stopped in a preemptive strike.” And on Meet the Press on January 1 he affirmed his view in different words: Iranian leaders must open their facilities to inspection and begin to dismantle their advanced equipment, or the US will attack.

    This statement comes at a moment of enormous tension—heightened by Israel’s warmest supporters in Congress. The Iran Threat Reductions Act, proposed by the Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, passed in the House of Representatives on December 14 by a vote of 410–11. This crudely assertive and possibly unconstitutional bill would prohibit all contact between Iranian and American officials without fifteen days’ prior notice to Congress. Bill Clinton, in 1996, complained of the “scandalous electioneering” practiced by Benjamin Netanyahu from abroad.

    Fifteen years later, ever since his visit to Congress in May, Benjamin Netanyahu has been working to intimidate the president and pull from Republican candidates and from Congress at large professions of loyalty to his project of bombing Iran to reduce its possible nuclear capability.

    There has been a change, however, since 1996. Clinton’s anger was registered in private. But it was Thomas Friedman, the American opinion-maker most highly regarded in Israel, who wrote in a column of December 13 that Netanyahu’s standing ovation in Congress last May “was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.” And five days later, there occurred a remarkable exchange on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN program Global Public Square. The subject was how the Republicans try to outbid each other in submissive postures of unconditional loyalty to Israel; the immediate pretext was Gingrich’s having said on December 9 to an interviewer for the Jewish Channel (a cable station) that the Palestinians are an “invented” people. Zakaria and his guests then passed on to the broader subject of avowals of love for Israel and unquestioning support for Likud policies:

    Zakaria: Michele Bachmann trumps them all by saying, “I went to a kibbutz when I was 18 years old.”

    David Remnick: A socialist experiment, I might remind her. A socialist experiment. You know, as a Jewish American I find it disgusting. And I know what he’s going after. He’s going after—he’s going after a small slice of Jewish Americans who donate to political funds—to campaigns and also to Christian Evangelicals. It’s—the signaling is obvious. What they’re doing is obvious. But what they’re describing in terms of the, say, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has no bearing on reality whatsoever. It’s ignorance combined with cynical politics and irrelevance. It’s really awful. It’s really awful.

    Zakaria: Do you agree?

    Peggy Noonan: Yes, I do.

    Zakaria: Gillian?

    Gillian Tett [of the Financial Times]: I do. And I think that actually given the current moves in Iran at the moment and what’s happening elsewhere in the region, that kind of rhetoric is likely to become more and more relevant going forward.

    Zakaria: And then the other place where I noticed that there is some traction is Iran. There’s this feeling, again, I think somewhat unrealistically that we’re going to be tougher on Iran. We’re going to be, so that Gingrich says he wouldn’t bomb Iran, but he would effect regime change. Good luck, you know?

    This was a breakthrough. Remnick’s comment is especially notable because it gives up the euphemism “Jewish voters” and refers frankly to Jewish donors. It is millions of dollars and not just a few thousand votes that the pandering Republicans are trawling for.

  28. Yousef M. Aljamal
    January 20, 2012, 8:00 am

    Any Media outlet attempts to be honest even for a while is marked as a threat to Bibi’s radical government. Thomas Friedman was not supposed to decry Israel the other day!

  29. HarryLaw
    January 20, 2012, 10:17 am

    I think Netanyahu is definitely a candidate for a straight jacket and a rubber room, those eyes.

  30. dahoit
    January 20, 2012, 10:24 am

    The only thing that can kill Israel,is Israel,and they seem hell bent on their own destruction,so should we stand back and watch ,or try and help them with tough love and tougher criticism of suicidal policy?

  31. brenda
    January 20, 2012, 10:52 am

    I am seeing a bit of softening at the NYT, a bit of thinning of the propaganda veil. I think the Washington Post is more unyielding than the Times.

    Recently the Times ran a story on Iran/sabre rattling against Iran, sorry I don’t have the link, but it was a biggish story contributed to by 3 or 4 named reporters, and it ended with a short paragraph which could have come directly from the Ron Paul playbook — a direct quote from some US official saying something along the line of putting ourselves in Iran’s shoes, reminding the reader that US threatening of Iran is only going to bring about defensive/negative result.

    That made my day! — it doesn’t take much anymore, which I guess shows how dire I view the situation — but that quote placed where it was, the take-home message… yes, that was definately a good thing to read in the NYT.

    Also, here below is the NYT website highlighted reader comment on “Israel Says No Decision Yet to Attack Iran”, this comment prominently displayed on the left sidebar under the headline:

    James St. Paul, MN: “We now see the results of two failed and completely unnecessary wars. The deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents should be sufficient reason to never repeat such a war, and the lost trillions (according to most estimates) are among the largest causes of our own country’s current fiscal malaise. Nevertheless, many NeoCons and the Israeli leadership are pushing for yet another war. Iran is a strong and rich culture of many millennia (unlike Iraq, which was a forced combination of three tribal regions). Iran has pride and military strength. Iran will fight to the death to protect its history and culture. Any war in Iran will make the Iraq war look like a romp in the park. Only fools would ever wish for such a war.”

    Remember, this was the comment selected by the Times, and prominently displayed.

    There were 210 comments generated by readers of this story, and probably 90% of the commentary was NOT pro-Israel, pro-Iran war attack, the little bit of Israeli apologist commentary that appeared on this thread was very weak indeed. I notice in WaPo they often do not select ‘best reader comments’ if the commentary is running against Israel, which is usually is these days.

    Small things, but a little bit of good news goes a long way. I think things are better than they were, the propaganda veil is thinning out. If we can avoid being drawn into a military attack on Iran, an attack the Israeli government dearly wants us to do, it could be something of a turning point in the US/Israeli relationship. Not to say that I don’t deplore the sanctions on Iran. It seems pretty obvious the US is going for regime-change on Iran. But at least those horrific bunker buster bombs will not be deployed, hopefully. hopefully…

  32. James
    January 20, 2012, 11:41 am

    OT – have been out of the loop at mondoweiss but saw this and thought of all you. it has probably been shared here before, but one never knows…
    link to foreignpolicy.com

    False Flag
    A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.

  33. yourstruly
    January 22, 2012, 2:33 am

    the pm’s lament

    same old story
    us versus our enemies
    no problem, though
    cause we’ve got the book
    & god’s on our side
    or is she?

  34. piotr
    January 22, 2012, 4:58 pm

    There was a clarification from PM office: Iran is #1. No comments on positions of Ha’aretz and NYT, but it seems #2/#3.

    972+ mag and Mondoweis have work cut out for them. I mean, forget a number (top 10 would be nice) but it would help to be mentioned by name. I think that BDS campaign was mentioned once by B. N. as the top (a top?) treat.

  35. Justice Please
    January 22, 2012, 7:16 pm

    “the walls of international opinion are closing in on Israel”

    Just as it they before 9/11.

    So this time, the Mossad might attack the USS Enterprise (why else would Panette send a 50 year old ship into a semiwarzone?) and blame it on Iran. The war is on, and “international opinion” will have to take a backseat while “it’s civilization versus evil!” takes over.

    • lysias
      January 27, 2012, 11:35 am

      Especially in the age of the Internet, false-flag attacks diminish rapidly in credibility.

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