What Israel Won't Tell You
Today’s edition of Haaretz says that Defense Minister Ehud Barak had instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the Gaza operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas.
Ostensibly, while the ceasefire gave Hamas the opportunity to rally its troops it also gave the Israeli Army time to prepare for the Gaza offensive. Barak also ordered a comprehensive intelligence-gathering drive to map out Hamas' security infrastructure, along with that of other militant organizations operating in the Strip. This intelligence-gathering campaign helped to dig out information about permanent bases, weapon depots, training camps, and to identify the homes of senior officials.
The Haaretz newspaper also says that in its summary announcement for a cabinet meeting to decide on the Gaza attacks, the Prime Minister's Bureau devoted one line to the situation in Gaza. What actually went on at the cabinet meeting was a five-hour discussion about the operation in which ministers were briefed about the various blueprints and plans of action. Here is a short excerpt from the newspaper's article, "Disinformation, Secrecy and Lies":
“At the end of the discussion, the ministers unanimously voted in favor of the strike, leaving it for the prime minister, the defense minister and the foreign minister to work out the exact time.
While Barak was working out the final details with the officers responsible for the operation, Livni went to Cairo to inform Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak, that Israel had decided to strike at Hamas.
In parallel, Israel continued to send out disinformation in announcing it would open the crossings to the Gaza Strip and that Olmert would decide whether to launch the strike following three more deliberations on Sunday - one day after the actual order to launch the operation was issued.
"Hamas evacuated all its headquarter personnel after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday," one defense official said, "but the organization sent its people back in when they heard that everything was put on hold until Sunday."
The final decision was made on Friday morning, when Barak met with Chief of Staff General Gabi Ashkenazi, the head of the Shin Bet Security Service Yuval Diskin and the head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Amos Yadlin. Barak sat down with Olmert and Livni several hours later for a final meeting, in which the trio gave the air force its orders.
On Friday night and on Saturday morning, opposition leaders and prominent political figures were informed about the impending strike, including Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu, Yisrael Beuiteinu's Avigdor Liebermen, Haim Oron from Meretz and President Shimon Peres, along with Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik.”
This account of the premeditation and stealth with which Israel has launched this, the first Gaza War, is truly abhorrent and should be condemned by the world community and the UN. Everyone was curious to see how Obama (the one who can do no wrong) would react. His office has gone on record to say that: Hamas is a terrorist Organization and that Obama sympathizes with Israel’s right to defend itself.”
Disappointed? Were you really so naive as to believe that the change of guard in the White House would really change the ground situation in the Middle East or elsewhere?
What Israel Won't Tell You
- » Published on December 29, 2008
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