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Anybody out there still doubt some Israeli military planner's are crazy...


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How Israeli Plot to Kill Saddam Became a 'Training Accident'
Richard H. Curtiss, Special to Arab News

WASHINGTON, 2 January 2004 What has long been called a "training accident" has finally been revealed in Israel. The tale begins with an unbelievable botch-up which the Israelis never fully described.

Let's start from the beginning. The Israelis wanted to be involved in the war on Iraq in 1991. The United States desperately wanted to keep Israel out of the war because it might so anger all of the other Arabs that the carefully crafted coalition would quickly unravel.

Meanwhile, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein began firing missiles at both Saudi Arabia and Israel. Day after day the United States warned Israel to stay out of the war despite Iraqi provocations.

The Israelis did not become involved and in fact only two Israelis, one Saudi, and 30 Americans were killed despite the fact that more than 39 missiles were fired from Baghdad.

The Israelis, however, thirsted for revenge, and set out to assassinate Saddam Hussein. The plot was an ingenious one. But, as usual, with the Israelis too clever by half.

The mechanics of the scheme were first suggested by an Israeli intelligence officer, Nadav Zeevi, on Oct. 2, 1992, when it was learned that Saddam Hussein would be likely to attend the impending funeral of his maternal uncle and father-in-law, Khairallah Tulfah, who was dying of diabetes. The then-Prime Minister of Israel Yitzak Rabin signed off on the plot, but he also said that he would have to sign off a second time when the uncle actually died and the timing was perfected.

The elite Israeli commando unit Sayeret Matkal was put in charge of the plot, dubbed Operation Bramble Bush. Then, a large number of Israeli dignitaries were invited to the Tzeelim training base in the southern Negev Desert on Nov. 5, 1992, to see a dress rehearsal of the assassination scheme.

As Zeevi put it, "It was basically a show for the generals." A number of Israelis wearing uniforms similar to those used by Iraqis played the part of Saddam Hussein and his bodyguards. As the event began, the Israeli actors took their places.

Incredibly, however, the Israelis made one ghastly mistake. Somehow they used a live missile rather than a dummy one to start the sequence of events. Of course there was a huge explosion. Five Israelis were killed in the action and another six injured.

The Israelis scattered and headed for home. Even today there is some confusion as to who all of the dignitaries were, but stories had it that then-Israeli chief of staff Ehud Barak did not even wait to see which actors lived and who had been killed. (Barak was elected prime minister in 1999.)

Israeli military censorship clamped a very tight lid of secrecy on the entire incident. The Israeli Defense Forces censor finally allowed Israeli media to report the event after Saddam Hussein's Dec. 14 capture in Tikrit. Moshe Y'alon said even now, after 11 years, publicizing the 1992 event was "irresponsible."

In the days after the accident, the Israelis came up with a totally false scenario to explain the rumors that kept circulating. The Israeli government planted a story in two foreign newspapers saying the commandos were training to assassinate the Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. They even suspended the reporters' press credentials as part of the deception. By artfully blending in the cover story of the Lebanese assassination, they concealed the fact that it was Saddam Hussein who was supposed to have been killed.

Thus, the story stood until Saddam Hussein's recent capture, when details of the plot were released for the first time. As the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported, the plan had called for commandos to be flown into Iraq and split into two groups. One would serve as lookouts giving the signal to their colleagues that Saddam had arrived for his uncle's funeral.

The second group would be 13 km away, where they would fire two custom-made guided missiles called "Obelisk." When the missiles exploded, the Israelis would seek to escape to a temporary airfield where a helicopter or perhaps two would be waiting and they would be flown out of Iraq. If they were not successful, the elite commandos were instructed to go down fighting and not be caught alive.

Critics of the planned operation in 1992 included Shimon Peres, who then was Israel's foreign minister, and the current head of the Labor Party. Peres recently told the Israeli newspaper Maariv, "If the operation had not ended in an accident, it would have caused a world war." Whether the attack succeeded or failed, according to Maariv, it could have triggered Iraqi retaliation in the form of a biological attack.

The commando unit that prepared the faulty plan, Sayeret Matkal, has figured prominently in many Israeli events. It was used in the 1976 raid in Entebbe that released Israeli hostages from a hijacked plane in Uganda.

Now 13 reservists from Israel's elite military commando unit have said that they will no longer serve in such operations in the West Bank and Gaza. These elite soldiers said they are taking the dramatic step of publicly criticizing Israel's policies "out of deep fear for the future of the State of Israel as a democratic, Zionist and Jewish country and out of concern for its moral and ethical image." This condemnation of Israeli government policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by Israeli commandos echoes similar remarks by 27 reserve pilots, four former chiefs of Israel's security service, and the Israeli military's current chief of staff, and a separate list of 574 army reservists.

The statements by all the reservists are being organized by a group calling itself "Courage to Refuse."

Richard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs magazine.
yes, some Isreali leader's are crazy, but who is crazier still?... 04.Jan.2004 05:53

those they duped into war!


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Israeli Intelligence led the US-UK to launch on Iraq

By Richard H. Curtiss
Arab News

WASHINGTON, 19 December 2003 It's no secret that much of the news reported in Israel's Hebrew-language media never reaches the mainstream American press, for the simple reason that items unfavorable to Israel generally are not translated. And, because very few Israelis break this self-imposed censorship, items from the Hebrew press that do appear may be much more newsworthy than their anemic English translations indicate.
It was a bit stunning, therefore, to read an article in Strategic Assessment, the quarterly bulletin issued by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. The report, titled "The War in Iraq: An Intelligence Failure?" was written by Shlomo Brom, a brigadier general in the Israeli Army reserves, and said what no one seems to have dared publish since President George W. Bush decided to wage war on Iraq. Shockingly, it told the full truth about the American and British intelligence "sources" making the case for war.
In fact, according to Brom, these sources were utterly compromised by Israeli intelligence, which made the case for starting the war and kept it going as long as necessary. The retired general described Israel as a "full partner" in US and British intelligence failures that exaggerated Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs in the lead up to the US-led invasion.
Israeli intelligence sources and political leaders provided "an exaggerated assessment of Iraqi capabilities," raising "the possibility that the intelligence had been manipulated," wrote Brom, former deputy chief of planning for the Israeli Army.
Brom said his remarks were directed at Israel's Military Intelligence, Air Force Intelligence and the Mossad intelligence agency. Similar allegations have surfaced from US and British sources following months of futile efforts to uncover evidence of Iraq's pre-war weapons programs.
In a Dec. 5 article, Washington Post correspondent Molly Moore quoted from the report: "'In the questioning of the picture painted by coalition intelligence, the third party in this intelligence failure, Israel, has remained in the shadows...A critical question to be answered is whether governmental bodies falsely manipulated the intelligence information in order to gain support for their decision to go to war in Iraq, while the real reasons for this decision were obfuscated or concealed.'"
Articles by Laura King of the Los Angeles Times, Peter Enav of Salon.com.News, and the Associated Press also appeared on the report.
Brig. Gen. Brom's criticism of the Israeli intelligence community which many Americans believe to be one of, if not the world's best was unusual. Like many retired intelligence officers, Brom, who retired after a 25-year career, most likely continued to be privy to a great deal of sensitive government information.
According to Brom, Israeli intelligence "badly overestimated the Iraqi threat to Israel and reinforced the American and British belief that the weapons existed."
Attributing the poor intelligence to a lack of professionalism and poor supervision, Brom wrote, "Even if Iraq had any Scud missiles left, I can't understand how Israeli intelligence officers came to believe they threatened Israel, particularly when they hadn't been used in more than 10 years. It's a clear example of how an inability to think clearly is undermining the Israeli intelligence community."
"Brom also cited bitter memories of the 1973 Middle East war," Enav reported, "when Israeli intelligence failed to anticipate an attack by Egypt and Syria, and the country suffered thousands of casualties."
As Brom observed in his report, "Israeli intelligence agencies have tended to overstate the threat the country faces ever since 1973."
Wrote The Post's Moore, "The study did not cite specific exchanges of intelligence. Israeli officials frequently told foreign journalists before the war that Israel and the United States were sharing information, particularly regarding Iraqi missiles and non-conventional weapons that could possibly be used against Israel. The report accused intelligence agencies of being blinded by a one-dimensional perception of Saddam Hussein."
Moore continued, "At the heart of this perception lay the colorful portrait of an embodiment of evil, a man possessed by a compulsion to develop weapons of mass destruction in order to strike Israel and others, regardless of additional considerations."
"When 'Israeli intelligence became aware that certain items had been transferred by the head of the regime from Iraq to Syria," Moore quoted the report as saying, "Israeli intelligence immediately portrayed it including in leaks to the media as if Iraq was moving banned weapons out of Iraq in order to conceal them.'"
Brom criticized Israeli intelligence for failing to include the more probable scenario that Saddam Hussein and his aides were moving cash or family members out of the country in the face of an impending attack.
"The study noted," Moore wrote, "that Israeli and US governments have disagreed over the past decade on the 'weight of various threats in the Middle East.' The report said Israel has generally claimed that Iran poses a more serious threat than Iraq, because the latter was 'contained and under control.'"
Moore further quoted the Brom report as saying that "Once the Bush administration decided to take action against Iraq, it was more difficult for Israel to maintain its position that dealing with Iraq was not the highest priority, especially when it was obvious that the war would serve Israel's interests."
One thing is certain. Israel's competing intelligence services soon will begin if they haven't already to write scenarios explaining why it will be necessary to bomb Iranian weapons technology, and a whole new virtual weapons industry will materialize. The reason, of course, is to focus international attention on yet another "rogue state," so as not to have to deal with the real problem, making peace with Palestinians. How much longer can this flight from reality be allowed to last?

Richard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Magazine

in bizarre upside-down world...American traitor seen as hero to Israeli 04.Jan.2004 06:07

youth...American taxpayer's earned interest on in investment

of trillions of dollars that could have better been used here in America rather than frettered aboard to
reap such hellish dividends...let's fire our McCorporate Board and get better manager's in there that
will better protect our considerable wealth and invest it more wisely...

repostings 4 u

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Israeli youth see Pollard as a hero
Arutz Sheva
10:58 Sep 22, '03 / 25 Elul 5763

Some 10,000 people - some reports said 20,000 - took part in a vibrant and positive demonstration on behalf of Jonathan Pollard last night in downtown Jerusalem. Public figures such as former Soviet refusenik Yosef Mendlevitch and MKs Tzvi Hendel and Uri Ariel graced the stage together with musicians such as Lenny Solomon, Aharon Raz'el, Reva L'Sheva, and many others.

Thousands of teenagers attended the event, most of whom were not born when Pollard was imprisoned. "Israeli youth see Pollard as a hero," Mendlevitch said, "and his self-sacrifice is their inspiration to struggle for the Land of Israel."

"There are those who tonight are celebrating a decade of Oslo and 80 years of Peres," MK Uri Ariel said. "But here we have thousands of youth whom the nation should be proud of, who are concerned for Pollard and who don't have time for personal and irrelevant celebrations."

"This wasn't your usual heavy, intensive, speech-filled right-wing demonstration," said Arutz-7's Tamar Yonah. "It was just people enjoying themselves, knowing they were here for a good cause, in a very positive and upbeat atmosphere. People continued to come from all over throughout the evening because of the music."

"Whether you agree with Pollard or not," said another observer, "he put his career on the line for the People of Israel."

Pollard was imprisoned in the United States for spying for Israel nearly 18 years ago. The Israeli government has recognized him as an Israeli agent, and, in fact, he stealthily obtained information on Israel's enemies that the U.S. was supposed to give to the Jewish State openly under existing bilateral agreements. Rabbi Mendlevitch, who was imprisoned in the Soviet Union for nine years and who is now a staunch supporter of the campaign to free Pollard, said, "It is an unbelievable travesty that he has been in jail for 18 years. I don't know how he can take it. But solidarity is the key. When I was in prison, just the knowledge that the People of Israel were not forgetting me filled me with strength."

Performing on a professional stage, replete with sound and light show and two huge video monitors, the artists performed their own special songs written expressly for Jonathan Pollard, as well as their current popular hits. There were also news film clips of Esther and Jonathan Pollard set to music and their images constantly flashed across the video monitors in harmony with the music.

The driving force and chief organizer of the event, Eli Joseph of Maaleh Adumim, spoke live with Pollard's wife Esther, who was visiting her husband in North Carolina, and he relayed her words to the crowd in real time.

Mendlevitch said that the demonstration would prove to be a source of strength not only for Pollard, but for all of American Jewry: "Our solidarity for Jonathan passes through the Divine pathways not only to him, but to all Jews in America - giving us the strength to redeem Jonathan and all the Jews there and to bring them to Israel. I am planning to write to Jonathan that he must continue to hold on and continue his struggle, because all the thousands of people who gathered here tonight, mainly youth, look up to him as a model and an example, and they are headed towards showing the same dedication... His self-sacrifice is their inspiration to struggle for the Land of Israel."

It works both ways, however. Mendlevitch: "Tourism Minister Benny Elon told me that when he asked Prime Minister Sharon to try to have Pollard released, Sharon told him that the 'weak can't demand from the strong.' Unfortunately, the military [man] Arik Sharon sees himself in this manner, and this approach certainly affects other things that he does. But here at this rally, we are not 'weak.' All those who are here know that we have a great strength - because we have the power of faith and the connection to previous generations."

Many of the participants said that the government is not doing enough to bring about Pollard's release largely because of the fear of treading on U.S. toes.