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Riveting Thai cave story was missing one element — Israel to the rescue!

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The most gripping story in the world is of course the global effort to rescue the Thai boys’ soccer team who were found alive deep in a cave in that country after a week of going missing. The story affirms the very best of humanity, when people from many nations come together under extreme circumstances for a purely altruistic purpose, and ethnic and religious differences mean nothing.

But the story has been missing a key component for days: the Israeli contribution. For it is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever the world comes together to save people who aren’t Palestinian, the Israeli emergency teams are right there in masks and scrubs and wet suits.

Well not to worry. In the hours since a British diving team found the boys on July 2, Israeli news organizations have rushed to inform us, Israel is involved! In fact, two Israeli companies are claiming credit for supplying radio technology being used in the effort. Though the reports– see below–are muddled so far, Israel is sure to assert a bigger role as time goes by.

I don’t like being so cynical. But humanitarian rescue is an important part of Israel’s international marketing efforts at a time when its human rights record in Palestine is so miserable. The point is made most achingly by a Palestinian man in Gaza who speaks in ruins of his village in the new documentary Killing Gaza, by Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen. You see Israel involved in all these rescues, he says; but look at what they are doing right here, slaughtering families and reducing communities to rubble.

Here’s some of the time line on Israel’s involvement. On July 1, reports had it that seven outside countries were involved in the rescue effort. The U.S., Australia, Britain, China, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

The Times of Israel jumped in to say that Israel was in on the action. Though the rescuers weren’t that well informed.

Israeli rescuers have been part of an international effort to reach 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than a week in a flooded cave in Thailand, and have told Israeli media that some divers involved in the operation are now feared dead.

Since the boys were found on July 2, two Israeli radio companies have issued claims that they are involved in the effort.

The Israeli business site Calcalist featured a radio company called Add-On. 

 Israeli businessman Moshe Ashkenazi, founder and CEO of technology reseller Add-On APAC Innovative Solutions, told Calcalist on Tuesday that he was approached by the Royal Thai Navy Special Command on Thursday to provide a mesh radio network to the search and rescue efforts taking place inside the Tham Luang cave network in northern Thailand.

But another Israeli company is also taking credit: Maxtech. An Israeli outlet reports:

In an interview with Yisrael Hayom, Uzi Hanoni, CEO of Yavne-based Maxtech, said that when the youths went missing over a week ago, the government of Thailand placed an order for his company’s ad-hoc mesh network communications devices – and when he found out what they wanted them for, Hanoni donated the system to the rescue cause.

Another Israel promotion site, endorses the Maxtech angle:

Rescue workers and humanitarian aid arrived from at least six countries – including the United States and Israel. Helping with the efforts is an Israeli company called Maxtech Networks, which allows for mobile communication in places where there are no cell phone networks.

As soon as they heard about the mission, employees from the company gathered all the necessary equipment and hopped on a plane to Thailand.

“[C]utting-edge Israeli tech,” says this Israeli innovation website.

While the Times of Israel goes all in on the Maxtech narrative.

Yuval Zalmanov, who is taking part in the rescue efforts for Israeli company Maxtech… said Maxtech had managed to set up a wireless communication system in “almost no time” upon reaching the site.

“This is the only communication device rescuers have,” he said. “It’s an Israeli technology that we’re very proud of, that we are able to help them.”

The Maxtech ceo told Israel Hayom that the company couldn’t afford to give away equipment but it is doing so, as “our Israeli contribution.”

“There’s a guy by the name of Assaf who lives in Thailand and he markets our systems,” Hanuni said. “They approached him and said they want them. The systems facilitate communication in areas without reception. We gave them our devices and they took them into the cave. This is our Israeli contribution. We did it voluntarily.”

Hanuni and his business partner made the decision to donate the devices despite their high cost.

“The systems cost upwards of $100,000. And we are a tiny company with nothing. The company lives on its sales,” he said.

Of course Israel also is living on sales today. Typhoons, tsunamis, forest fires, boys in caves are its best answer to international human rights reports on the massacre of unarmed protesters and apartheid road systems and the bulldozing of Bedouin villages. So watch for more and more reports of the “Israeli contribution” in coming days.

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  1. eljay on July 4, 2018, 12:08 pm

    Israel’s offers of aid during crises are like the rapist’s volunteer work at the local homeless shelter: They’re generous acts, but they don’t absolve either Israel or the rapist of responsibility or accountability for the acts of evil they commit deliberately and with impunity the rest of the time.

    • John O on July 4, 2018, 1:02 pm

      Oldest trick in the book. One of Britain’s worst sexual predators – DJ and TV “entertainer” Jimmy Savile – used charity work and a phony pious Roman Catholic persona to cover up his crimes all his life.

    • m1945 on July 7, 2018, 9:32 pm

      Good deeds should be encouraged.
      Praise motivates people to do more good deeds.
      If someone does a good deed , that’s a very bad time to remind him that that doesn’t absolve him of bad deeds. That’s like punishing him for doing a good deed.
      Even if you think that someone has done bad things, you should still praise him when he does good things. That not only encourages him to do more good deeds but also encourages other people who see that he was praised to do more good things.
      Save you criticism for when the person does a bad thing.

      • eljay on July 7, 2018, 10:05 pm

        || Jack Green @ July 7, 2018, 9:32 pm ||

        You are truly entertaining, Jack.  :-)

    • rmbraun on July 9, 2018, 10:01 am

      Like supplying food, water and electricity to Gaza while they’re shooting rockets into Israel. Damned those Israelis.

      Why can’t they be more noble and kind like Russia and turn Gaza into Grozny or like Syria and Egypt who used poison gas to kill thousands of civilians?

      • eljay on July 9, 2018, 10:10 am

        || rmbraun: Like supplying food, water and electricity to Gaza while they’re shooting rockets into Israel. Damned those Israelis.

        Why can’t they be more noble and kind like Russia and turn Gaza into Grozny or like Syria and Egypt who used poison gas to kill thousands of civilians? ||

        Congratulations for nailing it on your very first try:
        – The rapist should be applauded for feeding and clothing those ungrateful bitches chained in his basement who keep lashing out at him.
        – Israel is a “moral beacon” and “light unto the nations” state that isn’t quite as bad as Russia, Syria or Egypt (or Saudi Arabia, Mali, African “hellholes”, China and 19th-centuryAmerica).

      • rmbraun on July 9, 2018, 10:13 am

        Thai cave rescue: Israeli diver Rafael Aroush proves nationality does not matter. Are we listening?

      • Keith on July 9, 2018, 10:32 am

        RMBRAUN- “Like supplying food, water and electricity to Gaza while they’re shooting rockets into Israel. Damned those Israelis.”

        It takes a truly sick mind to try to normalize the ongoing strangulation of the captive and defenseless population of Gaza, over half of which are children being slowly poisoned by the lack of clean water due to the immoral blockade used to punish them for voting the wrong way. Has your Zionist solidarity totally robbed you of any empathy for anyone not Jewish?

      • eljay on July 9, 2018, 10:47 am

        || rmbraun: Thai cave rescue: Israeli diver Rafael Aroush proves nationality does not matter. Are we listening? … ||

        Apparently not: The article mentions a 13-member international team but identifies only one nationality. I’m surprised that a Zionist would link to an article that anti-Semitically “singles out” Israel.

      • annie on July 9, 2018, 11:35 am

        this article says aroush is 53 and has lived in Thailand for more than 30 years. sounds like he split young.

      • echinococcus on July 9, 2018, 11:28 am


        Wasn’t that the triathlete Aroush, who got leave from his sniper duty after murdering a dozen kids in Gaza to go help some kids in Thai?

      • oldgeezer on July 9, 2018, 12:01 pm


        Supplying them at a profit it should be noted.

        I guess Israel has a captive market to line it’s pockets from.

      • JNN2 on July 25, 2018, 3:10 am

        They sell electricity to Gaza after destroying their only power plant. So please spare us your sarcasm and try to contribute to the conversation.

    • Kathleen on July 9, 2018, 2:42 pm

      Eljay….nailed it

    • rmbraun on July 9, 2018, 10:14 pm

      “Israeli doctors who saved thousands of Palestinian children honoured by UN” UK Independent Saturday 30 June 2018

      “Save a Child’s Heart” lead surgeon said treating children with heart disease ‘is like planting a seed of peace’

  2. Rusty Pipes on July 4, 2018, 12:21 pm

    I’m just waiting for the photo op of one of the trapped soccer players giving birth to a baby named “Israel.”

    • RoHa on July 4, 2018, 8:04 pm

      That would be a truly impressive demonstration of Israeli know-how.

  3. annie on July 4, 2018, 1:37 pm

    this is the first i’ve heard of the missing thai soccer team. not sure how it was off my radar — no tv i guess. just wow!

    • RoHa on July 4, 2018, 8:12 pm

      I read the story on the internet. My first thought was, “Give the boys a few square meals to restore their strength, teach them how to use diving equipment, and then get the divers to lead them out. They’re boys, not pensioners with Zimmer frames.”

      But apparently the passage is challenging even for experienced cave divers.

    • CigarGod on July 5, 2018, 8:29 pm

      Been on NPR every 30 minutes for a week or so.

  4. Ossinev on July 4, 2018, 2:16 pm

    The Zioland input (if any ) in this rescue mission has been minimal and Zio coverage of it has been minimal because there has been no conventional PR scavenging opportunities for them such as the archetypal earthquake/tsunami scenario where they get to set up their tents flying the Star of David flag etc. Additionally their is no Zio cave diving expertise. So true to form and clutching at the usual Hasbara straws they have grossly inflated the role and the relevance of their “high tech” which has been provided nb free of cost !! and inflated this to would you believe a situation where the rescuers ” are relying on Israeli tech”. Truly nauseating all the more so given the courage bravery and skills of the cave divers themselves which the boys are actually relying on. Not to mention the fact that conventional fibre optic is being set up to communicate with the boys:

  5. Nathan on July 4, 2018, 9:44 pm

    Gee, Phil, it’s really hard to imagine why you would care that an Israeli company is taking credit for its contribution in finding the missing boys. It sounds rather obvious that taking credit is a type of normal advertising. Why would it be an issue in an anti-Israeli publication? Anyway, if indeed the Israeli company has made a contribution in rescuing the kids – well, that’s nice. Why would it bother anyone? Apparently, any private Israeli citizen or company is responsible for any real or imaginary grievance that is on your agenda. You’ve got to admit that it’s a rather strange obsession.

    • CigarGod on July 5, 2018, 8:31 pm

      You either didn’t read, or didn’t comprehend.
      It’s ok, the average person only comprehends 60% of what they read…at best.

      • Mooser on July 6, 2018, 1:46 pm

        “It’s ok, the average person only comprehends 60% of what they read…at best.”

        True, but “Nathan” comprehends about even less of what he writes.

  6. Qualtrough on July 4, 2018, 11:25 pm

    Thailand is currently led by a military dictatorship that brooks no dissent. These thugs have always had close ties with their Israeli (and US) counterparts. The country is also a very popular destinations for young Israelis needing a break from their involvement in helping make life miserable for Palestinians. Or even ending their lives. Turning to Israel would be a reflexive move for the generals.

  7. Marnie on July 5, 2018, 12:12 am

    Oh FFS, fuck ‘israel’. Nothing but self-promotion without a drop of humanitarianism because religious ethnosupremacists don’t see non-tribal members as human to begin with. So fuck ‘israel’ and whatever it does to try to promote an image of compassion and love of humanity while murdering, burning and raping palestine and her people.

    They should have been turned round at the airport. But most of the rest of the world, unlike ‘israel’, do not pull people out of lines at their airports and send them back to wherever they came from because they had the wrong name and have the wrong ethnoreligious affiliation.

  8. Ossinev on July 5, 2018, 11:13 am

    “It sounds rather obvious that taking credit is a type of normal advertising”
    In case it slipped your warped mentality Phil is talking about a group of terrified teenagers. and not a marketing sales convention.
    Zioland true to form will grasp at any form of human disaster around the globe to parade it`s so called “humanitarianism” whilst terrifying torturing and murdering children at will in it`s own backyard.

    Truly a shite unto the nations.

  9. Rashers2 on July 5, 2018, 11:47 am

    Hasbara Central is desperate to generate ANY positive publicity as, just for now at least, it’s losing the PR battle: earlier, I clicked on the link to yesterday’s emergency Westminster parliamentary debate on the crimes described in Allison Deger’s piece about the Abu Nuwar and Khan Al-Ahmar demolitions. Impressive to observers of the British political landscape were not only the stony silences with which the expected Zio-apologists’ contributions were greeted and the sight of a mid-ranking minister, Alistair Burt (standing in for the Foreign Secretary), looking throughout as if he wished he could be more positive than his policy brief from above allowed but also the passionate cogency with which establishment grandees such as Nicholas Soames (former minister and Winston Churchill’s grandson) spoke against Israeli actions in the OWB. Despite many of the contributors to the debate belonging to the “Conservative/Labour Friends of Israel”, the strength of feeling was clear.
    There is some way to go before Britain imposes even limited sanctions on settlements’ goods let alone on “Israel proper” but it seems more plausible than previously – always assuming that it’s not to late and Trumpanyahu don’t try to impose a “final solution” on the OWB and Gaza over which the Palestinians remain wholly un-consulted; which happened once before, in 1917….

  10. genesto on July 5, 2018, 12:33 pm

    While I completely understand and sympathize with all the cynicism surrounding what Israel has done to help free the Thai soccer team, I do think we should acknowledge that some of its citizens have basically done a good thing here. If the state chooses to use this action for propaganda purposes to whitewash its crimes against Palestinians, that’s another story. But, at least for those who donated time, effort and resources to help free these people, we should give thanks.

    • CigarGod on July 6, 2018, 8:43 am

      Of course, but it is sometimes important to state the difference between official Israeli government help, or simply private citizens or private companies.

  11. HannahNan on July 8, 2018, 12:01 pm

    I read about the Israeli technology used so the kids could get in touch with their parents. I also read in the papers from different countries all about what was going on in Thailand and that there were international teams helping out, In any case, the emphasis was on the boys, their families and the preparations to get them out. When I checked out the Israeli press, all I read was about Israel being so helpful and pretty much advertising their technology. Hardly a mention of anything else. I love Israel. I also hate its press.

    • jon s on July 9, 2018, 1:01 am

      ברוכה הבאה

      • Mooser on July 9, 2018, 5:13 pm

        Welcome to “Jon s’s” outpost.

      • HannahNan on July 10, 2018, 3:45 am

        Todah raba, Jon S.

      • Talkback on July 10, 2018, 8:51 am

        Mooser, its “handhold”, not “outpost”. Please abide to Ziospeek.

      • Mooser on July 11, 2018, 12:20 pm

        “Mooser, its “handhold”, “

        Hasbara must be dead if Zionists have to grope at Mondo.

    • Talkback on July 9, 2018, 5:29 pm

      HannahHan: “I read about the Israeli technology used so the kids could get in touch with their parents. ”

      I read about the Israeli technology that is tested also on Palestinians kids so that they can’t get it touch with their parents any longer, because they were killed.

      What’s not to love about Israel?!

      • Talkback on July 9, 2018, 5:40 pm

        Especially the IWI TAVOR Bullpup assault rifle which it now sells to Ukraine’s antisemitic neo Nazis known for torture, sexual violence and targeting of civilian homes and have their own advanced laws forbidding “race mixing” (does that sound familiar to Zionists and their dungeon masters?). You see, Israel has no problem with Nazis as long as they don’t target Jews.

  12. jon s on July 9, 2018, 1:06 am

    Regarding rescues, last year a settler family was involved in a traffic accident. A Palestinian man was first on the scene and heroically pulled them out of the wreck. See the video:

    • annie on July 9, 2018, 7:26 am

      a similar circumstance occurred after the accident that sent the hares boys to prison for 15 years each. a palestinian doctor arrived on the scene and treated the little girl after her mother slammed into the back of a stopped truck on the side of the road and then blamed children.

  13. jon s on July 9, 2018, 2:25 am

    As to Israeli relief efforts, imagine that Israel would never offer assistance to other countries in emergencies. Mondoweiss commenters and editors would be attacking us as racists, indifferent to the suffering of others…So it’s a damned-if-we-do-damned-if-we-don’t situation.
    I’m not naive, I realize that there’s always a pr aspect to joining international relief efforts. But that’s part of the package and is not unique to Israel.

    • echinococcus on July 9, 2018, 11:39 am

      As to Israeli relief efforts, imagine that Israel would never offer assistance to other countries in emergencies

      You know what, Buster?
      If you want to offer any assistance to other countries, what they need from you guys is that you clear out.
      Shoo. Back to Brooklyn or wherever, and don’t forget to collect the trash.

      • catalan on July 9, 2018, 1:08 pm

        “Back to Brooklyn or wherever, and don’t forget to collect the trash.”
        Indeed, I think that BDS – especially that of HP, Starbucks and Chevy will force them back to Brooklyn. No wonder Israel is in panic and spending more than $30 million to fight BDS. I don’t know the number but I do know it is huge. Much bigger than 30m. Perhaps even 40.

      • jon s on July 11, 2018, 5:17 am

        Leave it to echi to remind us that for the extremists the problem is not the occupation or the settlements or human-rights violations, or the fence … -it’s about our very existence here, on even one square meter.

      • Mooser on July 11, 2018, 12:18 pm

        … –“it’s about our very existence here, on even one square meter.”

        And what, exactly, did you think was going to happen? Look, boychik setting out on a colonial project which involves displacing and killing the people who are there is not the same as purchasing land and getting the necessary permits for a Jewish Center or Temple in suburban N.J.

        This is the game you Zionists wanted to play, and now you don’t like the rules?

    • Mooser on July 9, 2018, 1:46 pm

      “imagine that Israel would never offer assistance to other countries in emergencies. Mondoweiss commenters and editors would be attacking us”

      Why not simply say ‘an attack on Israel is an attack on the Jewish religion’? Won’t that solve all your problems with “attacks”?

      • catalan on July 9, 2018, 3:00 pm

        “Why not simply say ‘an attack on Israel is an attack on the Jewish religion’? “
        Mooser actually you inspired me to read Shirers rise and fall. I am in about 70 percent. I don’t know what effect it had on you but it didn’t make me sweeter and softer. In fact I am kind of in shock by the complicity of Europeans in the rise of Nazis. Shirer sure bring the point home better than anyone else. Guys like ossinev make perfect sense in this context.

  14. Ossinev on July 9, 2018, 9:51 am

    @jon s
    “But that’s part of the package and is not unique to Israel”

    No but what is unique to Zioland is that it milks it`s humanitarian role in providing aid and support in human catastrophe situations abroad whilst all the time blatantly committing war crimes in the territories which it controls including ethnic cleansing,collective punishment,extra judicial killings and that`s before we get to the Warsaw Ghetto standard concentration camp which it has imposed on nearly 2 million Gazans the majority of whom are under 17 (just to remind you the Thai boys being rescued are under 17).

    Hypocrisy at its finest.

  15. Kathleen on July 9, 2018, 2:43 pm

    Have not heard one mention of the who the rescuers are on NPR or the BBC. No mention of which countries are and are not involved.

    • RoHa on July 9, 2018, 7:22 pm

      On the ABC (the real one, not the American one) and sundry news websites I have seen that the initial contact was made by British cave divers. One of them had to return to Britain, and was given a hero’s send off at the airport. An Australian doctor who is also a cave diver is part of the team. Much mention of Thai Navy divers. No mention of Israel.

  16. jon s on July 11, 2018, 5:19 am

    Incidentally, Israel is planning an unmanned lunar landing, early next year.

    • JNN2 on July 25, 2018, 3:13 am

      Good thing America gives them 4 billion a year is if they were a developing nation.

  17. jon s on July 16, 2018, 10:31 am

    Next come the settlers…

    • Mooser on July 16, 2018, 3:48 pm

      “Next come the settlers…”

      Gee, aren’t you funny.

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