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An Israeli general likened Israel’s bombing of three landmark towers in the Gaza Strip last year to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Speaking at the Future Forces for Homeland Security conference in Herzliya last week, Major General (ret.) Gershon Hacohen said:

“I need symbols, I’m talking about symbols. It is no simple matter. Because if I destroyed three towers in Gaza towards the end of Operation Protective Edge, and inflicted not only pain in the economic sense but also a symbol, and like the Twin Towers in New York were a symbol, what is significant is not only the physics but the significance of the matter.”

During the final two nights of the 51-day war on Gaza last summer, Israeli warplanes dropped American-supplied bombs on the Zafer Four tower, the Italian Compound, the Basha tower, and a four-story mall in Rafah. The mass destruction left hundreds of families homeless and struck a heavy blow to Gaza’s already crippled economy. These attacks were carried out when the ceasefire was imminent. The Italian Compound and Basha tower were destroyed only a few hours before the announcement of the ceasefire agreement.

Contrary to Israeli propaganda which claimed that the towers housed Hamas “command centers,” the general’s statement confirms my reporting from Gaza: the Israeli military chose these targets so as to attack the professional class, which is considered unsympathetic to the political goals of Hamas. These attacks are part of Israel’s continued strangulation of Gaza’s economy. Unemployment is now at 55%, the highest in the world.

Hacohen’s speech to a crowd of military and weapons industry figures was entitled, “Future battlefields and functions of the future soldiers in future military tactics.” Hacohen retired last fall.

Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip remains covered in rubble. The eight-year Israeli/Egyptian siege continues unabated and has prevented the delivery of reconstruction materials that were promised in Cairo. While indirect negotiations for a long-term ceasefire drag on, it is abundantly clear that another major Israeli attack on Gaza in a matter of when, not if.

With thanks to Dena Shunra for translation.

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen on July 27, 2015, 10:02 am

    Even the 9/11 commission concluded the 9/11 attack was blowback (although it made that generic, deleting the specific motivation of the rubber-stamping of Israel which the commission stated, but not for public consumption).

    We are suppose to equate Israel’s attack on the Gaza towers with motivations similar to those held by the 9/11 actors? I guess that makes Gaza regime analogous to the sole superpower’s romp over the Middle East in behalf Israel? Heh. Like comparing a nuclear arsenal to a Palestinian child’s thrown stone. George Carlin said all re symbols and those who deal in them.

  2. CigarGod
    CigarGod on July 27, 2015, 10:28 am

    Surely, the idf has an old Boeing refueler that could have been flown into that tower…

  3. Empiricon
    Empiricon on July 27, 2015, 10:38 am

    Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. ” Here we have an overt admission of what we’ve long known:

    Israel is a terrorist nation.

    • ritzl
      ritzl on July 27, 2015, 9:39 pm

      Bingo, Empiricon.

      Explicitly political.

      Admitted publicly the perps.

  4. just
    just on July 27, 2015, 10:43 am

    I remember your excellent report, Dan.

    I guess it’s good that Hacohen confirmed your report, if only to dispel the hasbara and other garbage we heard before, during, and since.

    It is chilling to read his words.

    Thank you, Dan~ that photo is iconic.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on July 27, 2015, 11:12 am

      “Thank you, Dan~ that photo is iconic.”

      In more ways than one. That steel-framed tower is still standing.

  5. MHughes976
    MHughes976 on July 27, 2015, 10:46 am

    ‘What is significant is the significance’ – well, yes. The falling tower is indeed a great symbol of death – functions as such in the Tarot pack, I think – a reminder even to survivors that they are surrounded by an annihilating power and have no future.

  6. eljay
    eljay on July 27, 2015, 11:28 am

    Speaking at the Future Forces for Homeland Security conference in Herzliya last week, Major General (ret.) Gershon Hacohen said:

    “I need symbols, I’m talking about symbols. It is no simple matter. Because if I destroyed three towers in Gaza towards the end of Operation Protective Edge, and inflicted not only pain in the economic sense but also a symbol, and like the Twin Towers in New York were a symbol, what is significant is not only the physics but the significance of the matter.”

    A Zio-supremacist general (ret.) admits what is already evident to many others: The “Jewish State” of (Greater) Israel wilfully commits acts of terrorism.

    • amigo
      amigo on July 27, 2015, 2:31 pm

      “A Zio-supremacist general (ret.) admits what is already evident to many others: The “Jewish State” of (Greater) Israel wilfully commits acts of terrorism. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/israeli-general-symbol#sthash.pfK132Nb.dpuf” Eljay

      Once upon a time .(not so long ago , Israel would have been claiming it had all been a terrible accident and Israel goes out of it,s way to avoid civilian causalities blah blah blah.Now they just come right out and brag about it and the crowd calls out for more.

      Do you get the feeling that in the not too distant future, Israel,s leaders will be ordering the expelling thousands and claiming it is for Israel,s security.

      These b——s are just getting started.

      • eljay
        eljay on July 27, 2015, 2:41 pm

        || amigo: … Do you get the feeling that in the not too distant future, Israel,s leaders will be ordering the expelling thousands and claiming it is for Israel,s security. ||

        As “liberal Zionist” R.W. put it when discussing the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes and lands: “Current its [sic] not necessary.”

        I have no doubt that, at some point, Israel’s leaders and its Zio-supremacist supporters will once again consider ethnic cleansing to be “necessary”.

      • Marnie
        Marnie on July 29, 2015, 4:37 am

        @amigo –

        And they’ll say – we either expel them or keep killing them – what can you live with? And how will the world respond? With everything at their disposal I hope.

      • eljay
        eljay on July 29, 2015, 9:09 am

        || eljay: … “Current its [sic] not necessary.” … ||

        Correction: … “Currently its [sic] not necessary” …

    • Abierno
      Abierno on July 27, 2015, 6:12 pm

      Wow! Major General Hacohen openly admits to deliberately and during the last hours of Operation Protective Edge inflicting massive civilian destruction and damage in the magnitude of 9/11, which itself was decried across the world as one of the worst terrorist acts committed in history. The analogy itself underscores the significance of the matter – in order to attain high levels of sheer terror among a civilian population, inflict random but disproportionate acts of death and destruction – defined within the Israeli lexicon as the Dahiya Doctrine.

      General Hacohen, it was these acts, as were acts such as the deliberate seeding of southern Lebanon with cluster bombs in the last hours of the Lebanese war, that have so inflamed world opinion against Israel’s policies of war. Those towers stand as a talisman and a symbol of Israel’s total disregard for the civilian lives of non-Jewish persons, the dehumanization of labeling these actions as “mowing the grass” and, labeling as “war” a situation that the majority of on lookers believe was orchestrated by Benyamin Netanyahu to bolster his image as a “tough guy” thereby boosting his election chances. Over 2,000 died, the majority of whom were civilians – children, women, the elderly. Additional thousands were gravely disabled. None could flee owing to the Israeli siege – more ordnance was rained down on these imprisoned people than in the famed bombing of Dresden in World War II.

      Reflect sir – your symbol and significance analogy tracks a 51 day operation, which you yourself define, albeit indirectly, as the terrorist slaughter (or is it defined as a massacre?) of more than 2,000 human beings. And you wonder why the persons of conscience throughout the world cringe at the mention of Netanyahu’s war.

      • just
        just on July 27, 2015, 6:19 pm

        +1, Abierno!

        “And you wonder why the persons of conscience throughout the world cringe at the mention of Netanyahu’s war.”

        The massacre that 95% Israeli supported/celebrated.

    • ziusudra
      ziusudra on July 28, 2015, 2:25 am

      Greetings,
      Oy vey, you vant symbols ?
      Hacohen: Gershon the Priest.
      Priest : ‘Eye of the wise’ in Greek.
      ziusudra

  7. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia on July 27, 2015, 11:33 am

    Its a very sad infamous analogy with deep psychologically complex confusing attempts to hide the true nature of the psychopathic pleasure at the loss of loves in 911.

  8. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia on July 27, 2015, 11:45 am

    Suppose this example were used by Iran or Palestine against an enemy target ,against a structure in an enemy land ,we would be hearing nonstop on TV and from GOP pimps how our enemy is motivated by the jealousy,by the hatred against freedom and prosperity ,animosity against free society ,against our values and so on and on . They will repeatedly refer back to highlight the possible complicity of Iran in 911,and ask to open the investigation . They would declare it as another example of Iranian fixation with mass death and destruction. They would remind that ” Death to America” is being reenact again by thuggish Iranian. To the neocons ,this would be seen as another expression of joy and glory by fanatics Iranian and Palestinian.

    Always without fail, Israeli managed to portray an exact similar event as evil or good depending on who is doing and who is affected .

    • ritzl
      ritzl on July 27, 2015, 9:56 pm

      I wonder how many Gaza first-responders were killed trying to evacuate civilians living in the towers who were “double-tap” notified of their imminent execution.

      They were idolized here for their bravery. Why not there?

      And wasn’t there some fund or other set up to aid the families of these heroes, using the 9/11 perps (or someone’s) frozen assets.

      • just
        just on July 28, 2015, 9:01 am

        Israel killed a great many of Gaza first- responders. They were targeted and incinerated. I’m sure that the IOF regards them as ‘terrorists’.

        Regular folks rushed to help, many of those bombed to smithereens, too.

        “Report details IDF ‘double tap’ bombings that hit first responders in Gaza

        Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A new report by Physicians for Human Rights authored by a team of international medical experts documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. …

        The Red Crescent described the “double tap” practice as one of the central factors behind the deaths and injuries of their medical teams. A total of 23 medical personnel, 16 of them on duty, were killed during the war; another 83 were wounded. According to the team of experts, 45 ambulances were damaged by army attacks, including an ambulance station, 17 hospitals and 56 clinics that were entirely destroyed or damaged. And all that was after the UN transmitted to Israel the precise coordinates of every medical facility in the Gaza Strip. …”

        http://972mag.com/report-details-idf-double-tap-bombings-that-hit-first-responders-in-gaza/101627/

        Can anyone say war crimes?

      • ritzl
        ritzl on July 28, 2015, 10:05 am

        Thanks, just. I was being cynical. I didn’t know the reality was worse than even my very jaded view.

        I hate it when that happens. I really do.

      • just
        just on July 28, 2015, 11:13 am

        I guessed that might be the case, ritzl.

        I just seized the opportunity to reiterate the enormity of the war crimes perpetrated against the Palestinians of Gaza in case Fatou Bensouda reads MW.

        ;-(((

  9. Egbert
    Egbert on July 27, 2015, 1:18 pm

    So by his analogy, the IAF are the equivalent of the Saudis who piloted the planes (as weapons) into the WTC? If so, who were the equivalents of the Dancing Isrealis? The audience watching the entertainment from the hill close to Gaza?

    These guys are absolutely morally depraved.

    • Marnie
      Marnie on July 28, 2015, 12:22 pm

      “If so, who were the equivalents of the Dancing Isrealis?”

      My guess would be the Israelis dancing, laughing, and cheering on the beach during the bombing of Gaza.

  10. Kay24
    Kay24 on July 27, 2015, 2:00 pm

    Not only do they take advantage of tragic events to justify their actions, they also imitate the actions of those who perpetrated crimes on them. What’s with these zionists and their crazy ways? They are lunatics.

    • ritzl
      ritzl on July 27, 2015, 10:00 pm

      Great observation, Kay24.

      Whatever works. It all seems to.

  11. Qualtrough
    Qualtrough on July 28, 2015, 1:00 am

    Kay24 – There is definitely some pathology going on with Israel. I wonder if it isn’t some variant of the Stockholm Syndrome, but in this case rather than empathize with their oppressors the victims instead emulate their behavior? We can see that this sometimes happens to victims of child abuse, with some victims themselves growing up to become child abusers. The parallels between what happened during WWII and what Zionists have been doing to the Palestinians are too striking to ignore. As the psychiatrist in a very funny Fawlty Towers episode said after observing Basil Fawlty’s behavior, “There’s enough material there for an entire conference.”

  12. funsdead
    funsdead on July 28, 2015, 12:03 pm

    he’s admitted to being responsible for both acts of terror

    I like symbols also, except for the symbols coming from zionist

  13. Marnie
    Marnie on July 28, 2015, 12:34 pm

    “I need symbols, I’m talking about symbols. It is no simple matter. Because if I destroyed three towers in Gaza towards the end of Operation Protective Edge, and inflicted not only pain in the economic sense but also a symbol, and like the Twin Towers in New York were a symbol, what is significant is not only the physics but the significance of the matter.”

    Confession of a serial killer. Bragging like Ted Bundy.

    Wasn’t that the same mentality behind the mastermind(s) of 9/11?

    I hope the ICC has taken note of this confession, especially since the IDF has been claiming all along how careful they were to minimize civilian casualities (but it was impossible of course, because Hamas was using them as human shields – ya, sure) and have been fighting tooth and nail the charges of brutality, targeting civilians, etc. If this wasn’t targeting civilians, then I don’t know what that expression means.

  14. Mondowise
    Mondowise on July 28, 2015, 1:10 pm

    ok, let me see if i got this straight,

    in a nutshell —

    so, a high level zionist iZraeli general essentially makes very clear to all the world this:
    israel is to Palestine exactly what the 9/11 terrorists are to the US …and… israel commits the same acts of terror against Palestinians as the 9/11 terrorists did to Americans.

    in response to 9/11 terrorists the US obliterates the middle east, murdering millions of innocents to rid terrorism — calling it justice.

    and in response to izrael’s terrorism, the innocent Palestinians are deemed terrorists and annihilated — all the while the US supplies izrael with more bombs, weapons & the means to deliver them so that self-admitted izraeli terrorists can continue murdering more innocent Palestinians.

    yep, i got it.

    can it get anymore f–ked up than that?

    • RoHa
      RoHa on July 28, 2015, 6:47 pm

      I’m sure it can, and probably will.

      I don’t know how, but reality is not bound by the limits of my imagination.

    • Marnie
      Marnie on July 29, 2015, 4:41 am

      It can and it will, because no one has given them a reason to stop what they’re doing. There’s no down side for them. It’s all been talk and no action from the Americans and Europeans. They’re daring the rest of the world to stop them and as long as no one does, they’ll continue to escalate. They haven’t been challenged by a bigger bully than themselves and until they get their asses whipped, they won’t stop.

  15. Rashers2
    Rashers2 on July 30, 2015, 10:12 am

    Couldn’t agree more with Marnie,”… until they get their asses whipped, they won’t stop.” There is no-one to tug the out-of-control delinquent by the ear and say, “If you do that again, you will get such a hiding you won’t be able to sit down for a month; and every subsequent time you breach the norms of civilised behaviour you will receive a similar tanning.” `Til then, there is no incentive for the delinquent to behave properly; indeed, the absence of chastisement exacerbates the problem because it allows ca. the 6-odd million Israeli Jews to believe that their behaviour is permissible, even acceptable. The behaviour will thus continue to deteriorate until something snaps, by which point (if it hasn’t already arrived) there will have occurred a causal disconnect; and the Israelis collectively will genuinely not understand the connection between their own transgressions and the retribution which will inevitably, at some juncture, follow. When the disconnect occurs (possibly, it has) the retribution then becomes capable of rationalisation with already-dishonoured and discredited trope, “Of course, it’s only because I’m Jewish.” The apathy and acquiescence of the US of A, the Europeans and others is far more dangerous than they wot.
    I wouldn’t exactly characterise it as “tough love” but the sooner someone convincingly tans Israel’s hide, the greater are the nation’s long-term chances of survival. I’m increasingly persuaded that, without something akin to “tough love”, the Zionist project could disappear completely within the limited balance of my lifespan.

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