Posts Tagged ‘hizbollah

06
Jan
11

Israel’s Quandary: Defensible Borders

From American Thinker 2 Jan ’11: The Occupied Territories Revisited: The Doctrine of Defensible Borders by Harry Kanigel. The article examines the philosophical moorings of Israel’s enemies and the Jewish state’s requirements for defensible borders with a backdrop of international law and the realpolitik jockeying of Israel’s early days. The essay revisits the proposed map of Israeli strategist Yigal Allon of 1967 vintage and extrapolates a neo-Allon plan applicable to present day geopolitics.

“It’s a puzzle – isn’t it? A tiny state of a few million industrious souls is viewed as a truculent, sneering imperialist bully. Surely there’s a story behind such a cognitive burr. Why would we dispute the morality of a nation that retains territory of high military value gained in a defensive war?” [read more]

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06
Jan
11

The Power of Information Warfare

From Jewish World Review 6 Jan ’11: Hizbullah and the Information War. See Carolyn B. Glick’s clear-eyed analysis of the effects of propaganda and news management.

Excerpt:

On May 8, 2001 a group of Palestinians from a village adjacent to the Israeli community of Tekoa in Gush Etzion got their hands on two Jewish children Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran from Tekoa. The two boys were bludgeoned to death with stones. The details of the butchery are unspeakable.

The question is what can make human beings butcher children? How can a person hurt a child the way that their killers hurt them?

The answer is Palestinian television.

In the weeks before the murder, PATV (funded by foreign donors) broadcast doctored footage around the clock of what they claimed were atrocities carried out by Israel. They showed doctored images of mutilated corpses and claimed that Israel had mutilated and abused them. Israel and Jews were so demonized by these false images that after awhile, the Palestinians watching these shows believed that Jews, including Jewish children, were all monsters who must be destroyed and made to pay for their imaginary crimes.

This was an act of information warfare that in the event, led Palestinians to butcher Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran.

As for information warfare aimed at Westerners, here too, the Palestinian Authority, like Hizbullah has a long track record of success. Journalists know that the PA has no compunction about kidnapping, arresting and beating up reporters. They do it to Palestinian reporters routinely. With their sure knowledge, Western reporters who come in to the PA recognize that if they want to be safe, they have to report stories that will make the PA happy.

For instance, after a television crew from Italy’s Mediaset network broadcast footage of the PA police-supported lynch mob murdering and dismembering IDF reservists Vadim Nozhitz and Yosef Avrahami in Ramallah in October 2000, Ricardo Cristiani, deputy chief of Italy’s RAI television network’s Jerusalem bureau published an apology in the PA’s newspaper Al Hayat al Jadida.

Among other things, Cristiani wrote, “We [RAI] emphasize to all of you that the events did not happen this way, because we always respect (will continue to respect) the journalistic procedures with the Palestinian Authority for (journalistic) work in Palestine and we are credible in our precise work.”

Fearing Palestinian revenge attacks, Mediaset was forced to shut down its offices. This week, Swedish and Danish police announced the arrest of four Muslim terrorists who were en route to carrying out a massacre at the Jyllands Posten newspaper. The attack was supposed to avenge the newspaper’s publication of cartoons of Muhammed in 2005. [read more]

15
Sep
10

Two State Solution

See trenchant analysis of bleak prospects for a two state solution here:
http://jewishworldreview.com/mort/zuckerman072610.php3




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