Israel Intelligence Chief Betrays Israel

 

After reading the accusations about IDF Intelligence Chief, Maj. General Aharon Haliva, I still can’t believe that this man has not been kicked out of the IDF, never mind not imprisoned. The level of treachery that he committed that may actually destroy the country of Israel is mind-boggling. Basically, the man discounted, with overwhelming evidence at his fingertips, that Hamas posed a threat to Israel.

How is that possible?

The evidence was not leaked immediately. But following the October 7 attack, a couple of women from the Fields Observers unit at Nahal Oz base who survived spoke up:

Days after their friends were slaughtered, raped and kidnapped, the two surviving members of the unit and a number of former members started coming forward to tell their story. In interviews with Channel 11, two women related that in the months before the invasion, they were warning it was in the works. The women saw Hamas terrorists training to take over kibbutzim and IDF bases. They watched terrorists practicing taking hostages and blowing up tanks. They saw terror commanders watching the drills. They saw spies probing the fence for weaknesses. They saw it all and reported it all. 

Rather than giving them medals, unnamed top-level officers in the intelligence corps ordered them to stop. When they continued reporting, the observers were warned that they would be disciplined and removed from the unit if they kept raising their concerns.

 A civilian hacker, Rafael Hayun, was equipped by the IDF to monitor Hamas activity:

In late 2019, Hayun began reporting on Hamas training exercises involving invading Israel, penetrating the security fence at multiple points, taking over communities, committing mass murder and kidnapping. Over time, the training became more intense and detailed. Hayun alerted the units he was working with about Hamas’s activities in real time.

Five months before the assault, his colleagues in the IDF were ordered to seize all of his equipment and stop working with him. Around the same time, the IDF’s Intelligence Directorate Unit 8200 signals intelligence unit also stopped monitoring Hamas’s communications. 

An intelligence NCO submitted reports on the plans Hamas was making:

In a series of three, increasingly detailed and urgent reports over succeeding months, the NCO set out in granular detail how Hamas was preparing a broad invasion of Israel that included the invasion of IDF bases, border towns and kibbutzim. Her reports included all aspects of the invasion that took place on Oct. 7, including Hamas’s use of paragliders, pick-up trucks and motorcycles. She detailed Hamas’s plans to massacre and kidnap civilians and soldiers. She warned that their intention was to use provocations along the security fence in the weeks leading up to the operation to get the IDF used to breaches and so lull its commanders into complacency. She even secured Hamas’s own training manual for the operation. She was able to get the information in front of Unit 8200’s commander and a top officer in the Southern Command. They apparently did nothing.

The behavior of Maj. General Haliva has been outrageous on several counts. First, he believed that Hamas was not a threat and was just posturing for show. In spite of the comprehensive planning they were doing, he didn’t take Hamas seriously. Second, a slide presentation with the details of Hamas’ plans was presented by the Gaza Division’s intelligence officer:

In a follow-up report from August, the intelligence officer even explained that Hamas intended to carry out its plan either on Shabbat or on a holiday when only a small cadre of soldiers would be on duty. His work was dismissed as unrealistic and out of line with Hamas’s true intentions by senior intelligence officers at Tel Aviv headquarters.

Third, he ignored the advice of his intelligence professionals, choosing to make his own judgments in a vacuum.

Fourth, he never informed Prime Minister Netanyahu about these threats.

Fifth (although it doesn’t incriminate him), several members of his own family were leaders in the movement against Netanyahu’s proposed reforms. He made no secret of his own opposition to Netanyahu’s government.

Finally, although many people have agreed not to investigate the causes of the October 7 attack until the war is over, we have a high-level officer who, due to his own arrogance, lies and gross mismanagement, has put the entire country of Israel at risk. Netanyahu called the war an existential threat:

Three days later, in his first public remarks since Oct. 7, Haliva rejected Netanyahu’s description of the war as an existential conflict. Speaking to graduates of the Intelligence Corps officer training course, Haliva insisted, ‘It’s a war we have no choice but to fight. It isn’t an existential war.’

Tell that to the Israeli people, Haliva.

At the very least, shouldn’t he be removed from a decision-making position?

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  1. Rodin Member
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    Susan Quinn: At the very least, shouldn’t he be removed from a decision-making position?

    Yes. If not, I would like to know in what we he is so valuable retaining his command that it justifies ignoring what he has done? 

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: At the very least, shouldn’t he be removed from a decision-making position?

    Yes. If not, I would like to know in what we he is so valuable retaining his command that it justifies ignoring what he has done?

    It’s tricky (no pun intended). I’m sure they don’t want to take focus away from the war, which it will surely do. And yet, something should be done.

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  3. Percival Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn:

    At the very least, shouldn’t he be removed from a decision-making position?

    I’d say that would be a good idea. I was given to understand (by a source of unknown provenance, on the internet) that the IDF was more on guard on the West Bank than they were on Gaza. One of Murphy’s Laws of Combat has it that the diversion one is ignoring is actually the main attack.

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn:

    At the very least, shouldn’t he be removed from a decision-making position?

    I’d say that would be a good idea. I was given to understand (by a source of unknown provenance, on the internet) that the IDF was more on guard on the West Bank than they were on Gaza. One of Murphy’s Laws of Combat has it that the diversion one is ignoring is actually the main attack.

    Now that is intriguing, Percival. Those in the West Bank are happy to see what Hamas is doing. We’ll have to watch.

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  5. BDB Member
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    Firing him doesn’t take an investigation.  You just assign him to be at home during working hours.

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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Firing him doesn’t take an investigation. You just assign him to be at home during working hours.

    That’s what I was thinking. Just move him aside. That doesn’t necessarily demand a lot of attention, either, unless the General blows it up.

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  7. BDB Member
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    What a miserable turd.

    I confess that as I read here, I slid back up to see what the linked source was, thinking it would be some angry blogger.  Holy crap, it’s Caroline Glick.

    I’m in.

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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    BDB (View Comment):

    What a miserable turd.

    I confess that as I read here, I slid back up to see what the linked source was, thinking it would be some angry blogger. Holy crap, it’s Caroline Glick.

    I’m in.

    Yeah, she has her biases but she’s pretty reliable.

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  9. WillowSpring Member
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    Thanks for the details. 

    I had heard some of this before and put it on my “Huh, I’d like to see more about that.  It seems important”

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  10. BDB Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):

    Firing him doesn’t take an investigation. You just assign him to be at home during working hours.

    That’s what I was thinking. Just move him aside. That doesn’t necessarily demand a lot of attention, either, unless the General blows it up.

    I hope that they’ve done this and left him in place to avoid that attention.

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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    I just read that Haliva has admitted he screwed up and originally said he’d resign after the war is over. Others say it will be sooner. I vote sooner.

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  12. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    I read a lengthy piece by the Middle East Forum in which Daniel Pipes described the absence of any sense of threat prior to the attack that pervaded the entire government. They went to the extent of, as shown above, quashing any information which countered their beliefs. The absence of understanding of the Muslim mindset while living in close proximity to Muslims for so long does, truly, puzzle me. Apparently, the assumption was that by providing jobs and, therefore, income to Palestinians who crossed the border to work in Israel was somehow buying them off is incomprehensible. The western oriented mind which seems to pervade in Israel doesn’t seem to comprehend the nature of Islam and its total world view. How often do Israeli politicians need to hear the words that Palestinians are in love with death before they fully understand what that means?  They are dealing with a culture that is totally anathema to western thinking. Projecting western values on them is as absurd as Biden, et al., thinking that they understand the Chinese mindset, and can actually bargain with them. This is an old problem for western nations attempting to deal with the east. It is just very surprising that Israel, in such proximity, cannot see the forest for the trees.

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    It is just very surprising that Israel, in such proximity, cannot see the forest for the trees.

    I hate to say it but I think it’s the dominance of the Left that has led them astray. Yes, some of it is the Western values, but the idealism of the Left has skewered them. It’s awful.

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    What really scares me is that most of this betrayal is due to Leftist beliefs. How far would our own military go, beyond transgender issues and DEI, to meet their agendas?

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  15. BDB Member
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    How often do Israeli politicians need to hear the words that Palestinians are in love with death before they fully understand what that means?  They are dealing with a culture that is totally anathema to western thinking. Projecting western values on them is as absurd as Biden, et al., thinking that they understand the Chinese mindset, and can actually bargain with them. This is an old problem for western nations attempting to deal with the east.

    Ahh-yup.

    It’s important to have some sort of tentative model as to how your conterpart/adversary will react, but we keep veering back and forth between exoticising bizarre aliens and encompassing projected fellows.

    If I had to choose between nuking the State Department and nuking the Intel Community, I’d ask how long to get a second bomb.

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  16. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    I think for me that the years I spent working with sociopaths taught me a lesson that needs to be learned by those who negotiate for us and for Israel. I prided myself in being able to essentially crawl into the heads of the kids I was working with and to look out through their eyes and so see how they perceived the world. That can be a shocking thing. shocking enough that you retreat back to your own values and project them instead of what it is really there. 

    The Islamist view of the world is essentially psychotic. That it is reinforced by the multitude makes it extremely dangerous to any who would attempt to deal with them and does not see them as they really are. Their vocabulary may use the same words, but they mean something totally different. Given the essential tribal nature of humans and because of that our willingness to project on others our perceptions of reality, rather than seeing theirs, it is easy to delude ourselves into believing that we are actually communicating. 

    Think, if you will for a moment, about someone you think you know really well, and then think about how many time you might have misunderstood something one or the other of you might have said. Then project that globally to different cultures and realize how nearly impossible it is to truly understand what is being said, and how easy it is to assume you understand what they are saying. It is far better to judge by their actions. Islamists have given us more than enough scenarios to judge from and to truly understand what they want and what they are likely to do, no matter what they seem to say with their words.

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  17. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    It is far better to judge by their actions. Islamists have given us more than enough scenarios to judge from and to truly understand what they want and what they are likely to do, no matter what they seem to say with their words.

    I completely agree.

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  18. JosephCox Coolidge
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    Sexism and overconfidence. He should be done for – the question is when. The challenge with sooner is that the general apparatus has to function as well as it can now and he won’t go until the intelligence organization can take a break.

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  19. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    To me, this is   cover story needed to cover for the fact that ultimately, the buck must stop with Netanyahu.

    Far too many Israelis were starting to ask questions about why the most well defended, most surveilled border in the world suddenly allowed a troop of Hamas terrorists to cross and snuff out the lives of Israelis.

    Plus the idea that too many IDF members had been sent over to the West Bank does not hold water in Israel. Here in America, we think of one side of a nation being 3,000 miles from the other. But in Israel, the West Bank area is a 5 to 7 minutes helicopter ride at most. (And Israelis know this.)

     

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  20. Chris O Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    What really scares me is that most of this betrayal is due to Leftist beliefs. How far would our own military go, beyond transgender issues and DEI, to meet their agendas?

    You mean something like refusing the chain of command and assuring a foreign power that they would be signalled early if there was an intended attack? 

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  21. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Chris O (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    What really scares me is that most of this betrayal is due to Leftist beliefs. How far would our own military go, beyond transgender issues and DEI, to meet their agendas?

    You mean something like refusing the chain of command and assuring a foreign power that they would be signalled early if there was an intended attack?

    Touche!

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  22. Ekosj Member
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    It’s political animus pure and simple.    I think there is an Israeli version of Trump Derangement Syndrome centered on Netanyahu.

    From The Guardian in Jan 2023….

    a new ultranationalist, hard-right religious coalition government in Jerusalem that includes racist, anti-Arab ministers determined to annex all the Palestinian territories.

    In critical respects, Israel under prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s self-perpetuating leadership is a liability. It obstructs a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict and scorns the UN and international law. It refuses to back sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. It rubbishes the 2015 Iran nuclear deal while threatening war. It sells spyware and arms to authoritarian regimes that abuse human rights.

    Worse still, perhaps, Netanyahu’s band of bigots is actively undermining Israel’s democratic institutions and civil rights, such as peaceful protest and LGBTQ rights. Many Israelis, both Jews and Arabs, passionately oppose the government. Senior politicians warn of “civil war”. Diplomats and generals are mutinying. But reckless, opportunistic Netanyahu doesn’t care.

    The idea that Israel is besieged by hostile regimes was true once, but no longer. It has proved many times it can look after itself. The so-called Abraham Accords with the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco reinforced an established trend towards coexistence, if not friendship, with the Arab world. Netanyahu hopes the Saudis will sign up next. Hateful anti-Israel ogres of yore – in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Libya – have all been vanquished, one way or another.

    Anything that might rally support for Netanyahu … like an impending  war … must be false.   And if some small incursions do happen and the failure can be laid at Netanyahu’s feet … so much the better.  Sacrifices must be made, right?

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  23. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Ekosj (View Comment):

    It’s political animus pure and simple. I think there is an Israeli version of Trump Derangement Syndrome centered on Netanyahu.

    From The Guardian in Jan 2023….

    a new ultranationalist, hard-right religious coalition government in Jerusalem that includes racist, anti-Arab ministers determined to annex all the Palestinian territories.

    In critical respects, Israel under prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s self-perpetuating leadership is a liability. It obstructs a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict and scorns the UN and international law.SNIP

    Worse still, perhaps, Netanyahu’s band of bigots is actively undermining Israel’s democratic institutions and civil rights, such as peaceful protest and LGBTQ rights. Many Israelis, both Jews and Arabs, passionately oppose the government. Senior politicians warn of “civil war”. Diplomats and generals are mutinying. But reckless, opportunistic Netanyahu doesn’t care.

    The idea that Israel is besieged by hostile regimes was true once, but no longer. It has proved many times it can look after itself. The so-called Abraham Accords with the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco reinforced an established trend towards coexistence, if not friendship, with the Arab world. Netanyahu hopes the Saudis will sign up next. Hateful anti-Israel ogres of yore – in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Libya – have all been vanquished, one way or another.

    Anything that might rally support for Netanyahu … like an impending war … must be false. And if some small incursions do happen and the failure can be laid at Netanyahu’s feet … so much the better. Sacrifices must be made, right?

    Israelis who are disapproving of Netanyahu are disgusted by one of the same major policy decisions that has led many Americans to be distressed by  both Trump and Biden.

    Namely, the fact that Israel was stricter than any other nation on the planet with regards to mandates on masking, lockdowns, social distancing and once available, getting injected with the bio weapon.

    Let’s put something in perspective: some 1500 people were murdered by Hamas terrorists on Oct 7th 2023.

    However by Dec 2021, some 104,000 Israeli senior citizens had been killed by their injections. (One out of 8 people over 60 was killed by COV injections by that date. Applies to all nations. Mark Skidmore, Michigan State University.)

    Countless other younger Israelis have suffered to the same degree as American service people in terms of MS, transverse myelitis, cardiac issues, turbo cancers, gastric problems, Bell’s palsy, infertility, miscarriage, suffering w/ a still born baby etc.

    Netanyahu was a fervent propagandist in terms of the wonders of the COV injections. (As was his brief successor.)

    Granted it is much more horrifically spectacular to be killed by terrorists, but still,  far more people in Israel have been killed by jabs. However now  there is the unifying situation of war to make “more minor” problems like vaccine deaths & injuries denigrated to the dustbin of history.

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  24. Ekosj Member
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    It’s political animus pure and simple. I think there is an Israeli version of Trump Derangement Syndrome centered on Netanyahu.

    From The Guardian in Jan 2023….

    a new ultranationalist, hard-right religious coalition government in Jerusalem that includes racist, anti-Arab ministers determined to annex all the Palestinian territories.

    In critical respects, Israel under prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s self-perpetuating leadership is a liability. It obstructs a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict and scorns the UN and international law.SNIP

    Worse still, perhaps, Netanyahu’s band of bigots is actively undermining Israel’s democratic institutions and civil rights, such as peaceful protest and LGBTQ rights. Many Israelis, both Jews and Arabs, passionately oppose the government. Senior politicians warn of “civil war”. Diplomats and generals are mutinying. But reckless, opportunistic Netanyahu doesn’t care.

    The idea that Israel is besieged by hostile regimes was true once, but no longer. It has proved many times it can look after itself. The so-called Abraham Accords with the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco reinforced an established trend towards coexistence, if not friendship, with the Arab world. Netanyahu hopes the Saudis will sign up next. Hateful anti-Israel ogres of yore – in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Libya – have all been vanquished, one way or another.

    Anything that might rally support for Netanyahu … like an impending war … must be false. And if some small incursions do happen and the failure can be laid at Netanyahu’s feet … so much the better. Sacrifices must be made, right?

    Israelis who are disapproving of Netanyahu are disgusted by one of the same major policy decisions that has led many Americans to be distressed by both Trump and Biden.

    Namely, the fact that Israel was stricter than any other nation on the planet with regards to mandates on masking, lockdowns, social distancing and once available, getting injected with the bio weapon.

    Let’s put something in perspective: some 1500 people were murdered by Hamas terrorists on Oct 7th 2023.

    However by Dec 2021, some 104,000 Israeli senior citizens had been killed by their injections. (One out of 8 people over 60 was killed by COV injections by that date. Applies to all nations. Mark Skidmore, Michigan State University.)

    Countless other younger Israelis have suffered to the same degree as American service people in terms of MS, transverse myelitis, cardiac issues, turbo cancers, gastric problems, Bell’s palsy, infertility, miscarriage, suffering w/ a still born baby etc.

    Netanyahu was a fervent propagandist in terms of the wonders of the COV injections. (As was his brief successor.)

    Granted it is much more horrifically spectacular to be killed by terrorists, but still, far more people in Israel have been killed by jabs. However now there is the unifying situation of war to make “more minor” problems like vaccine deaths & injuries denigrated to the dustbin of history.

    Vaccine Derangement Syndrome

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  25. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Firing him doesn’t take an investigation. You just assign him to be at home during working hours.

    Or accompany a foot patrol in Gaza. 

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  26. ctlaw Coolidge
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    I have long though that Netanyahu’s son was a Fredo without a Sonny to guide him. But I may be partially mistaken.

    This hit piece (notably it does not actually say he was wrong) from a few weeks back makes me think that the Israeli deep state is running CYA for its failures:

    https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-774010

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  27. MarciN Member
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    I read a lengthy piece by the Middle East Forum in which Daniel Pipes described the absence of any sense of threat prior to the attack that pervaded the entire government. They went to the extent of, as shown above, quashing any information which countered their beliefs.

    This is also just plain human behavior. We often see what we want to see. It happens frequently with watching over kids. It’s partly our intense desire to see the good in people but partly a little bit of laziness, I think. :)

    It’s hard to stand guard when nothing has happened for a long time. For example, I noticed the last time I flew out of Logan airport that the TSA was pretty relaxed. This was before the October 7 attacks in Israel, so they have probably stepped up their game once again. However, when I flew, the TSA agents were definitely shuffling through the carry-on backpacks much faster than I would have done. I think they were x-raying the carry-ons for only big weapons, not the bottles of shower gel they used to look for. :)

    People can become really numb over time. That’s what enables most criminals to get away with what they get away with pretty much every day. I read an interesting story years ago about security guards sitting in front of banks of television-like screens as their primary surveillance tools. There was a lot of falling asleep on those jobs. :)

    And we do tend to minimize danger. Again, it’s just human psychology. It was fascinating to read the stories about what had happened in Disney World that led up to the alligator grabbing and killing that little toddler off the beach in front of the Grand Floridian resort. I had been there recently, so I was very interested in the story, partly because the entire time I was there I never dreamed that there were alligators in the lake around which Disney World is built. But in addition to the guests not realizing there were active alligators in that water, the resort personnel had taken to feeding the alligators who lived in those waters. I could understand that–all those cute alligator topiaries placed around Disney World. They are all gone now, by the way.

    It is easy to lull any of us into a false sense of security.

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  28. BDB Member
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    I read a lengthy piece by the Middle East Forum in which Daniel Pipes described the absence of any sense of threat prior to the attack that pervaded the entire government. They went to the extent of, as shown above, quashing any information which countered their beliefs.

    This is also just plain human behavior.

    The whole point of having an intelligence service (a modern one anyway) is to institutionalize the habits which work against such fact-shaving and view-centering.

    I would expect Israeli intel (in particular) to be good at that.

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  29. MarciN Member
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    BDB (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    I read a lengthy piece by the Middle East Forum in which Daniel Pipes described the absence of any sense of threat prior to the attack that pervaded the entire government. They went to the extent of, as shown above, quashing any information which countered their beliefs.

    This is also just plain human behavior.

    The whole point of having an intelligence service (a modern one anyway) is to institutionalize the habits which work against such fact-shaving and view-centering.

    I would expect Israeli intel (in particular) to be good at that.

    And they are. They have an exemplary track record. 

    But human beings rarely achieve perfection. 

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  30. MarciN Member
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    Ekosj (View Comment):

    It’s political animus pure and simple. I think there is an Israeli version of Trump Derangement Syndrome centered on Netanyahu.

    From The Guardian in Jan 2023….

    a new ultranationalist, hard-right religious coalition government in Jerusalem that includes racist, anti-Arab ministers determined to annex all the Palestinian territories.

    In critical respects, Israel under prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s self-perpetuating leadership is a liability. It obstructs a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict and scorns the UN and international law. It refuses to back sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. It rubbishes the 2015 Iran nuclear deal while threatening war. It sells spyware and arms to authoritarian regimes that abuse human rights.

    Worse still, perhaps, Netanyahu’s band of bigots is actively undermining Israel’s democratic institutions and civil rights, such as peaceful protest and LGBTQ rights. Many Israelis, both Jews and Arabs, passionately oppose the government. Senior politicians warn of “civil war”. Diplomats and generals are mutinying. But reckless, opportunistic Netanyahu doesn’t care.

    The idea that Israel is besieged by hostile regimes was true once, but no longer. It has proved many times it can look after itself. The so-called Abraham Accords with the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco reinforced an established trend towards coexistence, if not friendship, with the Arab world. Netanyahu hopes the Saudis will sign up next. Hateful anti-Israel ogres of yore – in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Libya – have all been vanquished, one way or another.

    Anything that might rally support for Netanyahu … like an impending war … must be false. And if some small incursions do happen and the failure can be laid at Netanyahu’s feet … so much the better. Sacrifices must be made, right?

    I agree with this analysis completely. 

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