Israel's claims its summer attack on Gaza was a defensive campaign against Hamas plans for war. In attempting to defend this lie and the politicians who made it, Israel's Security Agency is caught in a trap. Eli Aminov explains.
The amusing display of two central generals of the security system throwing trash on each other proves yet again (for those who required additional proof) that the Israeli victory in the recent war on Gaza never occurred. The army's Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and head of the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) Yoram Cohen began campaigns of mutual attacks which forced the prime minister to intervene and demand they argue quietly, for fear the public will lose faith in the entire security system.
A fight, which is clearly reminiscent of the generals' war that broke out following the October 1973 Middle East war, when Israel was dealt a severe blow because of the policies of its leadership, is seemingly conducted around one central question: did the ISA supply in a timely manner a clear warning that Hamas was prepared for war last summer or not. In truth, however, this is not the real question but a smokescreen intended to protect the politicians who brought about the war and continued to feed the public fairy tales that Operation Protective Edge, to which the government of Israel led due to the stupidity of its leaders, was a defensive operation vis-a-vis the Hamas threat it came to abolish.
The pretend victory in its last slaughter campaign in Gaza was declared by the government of Israel, its security heads and a collection of spineless journalists, thus forcing the ISA to begin a campaign of lies to defend itself and those responsible for it in the government. Israel is the one who took steps that led to war; Hamas was dragged into it against its will, following the one-sided Israeli attacks. The kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli teens resulted in an operation of oppression and mass arrests in the West Bank, only because the victims were children of settlers. Moreover, Israeli leadership hid from both the victims' families and the entire world that the teens were killed soon after their kidnapping. This deception, known to the Cabinet, permitted the government to use the excuse of ostensibly returning the teens home to conduct a cruel attack of terror and oppression against the Palestinian population in the West Bank.
The attempt to destroy the Palestinian unity government agreement and simultaneously harm the occupied population in order to please the settlers – both those in and outside the government – resulted in a tremendous wave of oppression that lasted some two weeks. In addition to causing suffering for tens of thousands of Palestinians through searches that included intentional physical violence and destruction of property, more than six hundred senior Hamas figures were arrested in the West Bank. Freed prisoners were also detained, even if under false pretenses, and 16 civilians were killed by Israeli military activity. Didn't the heads of state and the military understand that an attack on the Hamas organisation in Hebron would result in a reaction in Gaza? Is it possible they believed that in the eyes of Hamas, just as they see it, the West Bank and Gaza are two separate entities? It seems that to be believed that you commenced a defensive war, you must contend that the other side began the war. If the other side began the war, why didn't our spy agencies warn of this ahead of time?
Faced with military contentions concerning a lack of sufficient information about the tunnels, which, according to army commanders resulted in the superfluous killing of soldiers, the ISA turned to its trusted weapon on which generations of its staff have grown up: the lie. The accumulative experience for tens of years, at least since the Bus 300 incident, teaches us that the ISAlies most of the time. Their people lie to courts, to investigative committees and of course to the public via the newspapers. Within the network of bragging that was created by the political leadership, the ISA also had to to emphasise its part in the “victory”. Thus the warning was invented of the Hamas' desire for a war this summer, as if the warninghad been passed along to the army and political leadership. The ISA head found himself entangled in a web of lies which those above him created, and he only tried to take control of it. This is the reason that Netanyahu, the one responsible for both the ISA and the army, chose to sweep the generals' war under the carpet and not send the fighting generals home.
Translated to English by the Alternative Information Center (AIC).