"Obama, B'ona," says Israel
Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house—Genesis 12:1
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Heating Up the Theatre
The Hebrew headline reproduced above belongs to Yedioth Ahronoth, the largest non-free Hebrew newspaper. It reads: "Syria: Victims brought to the Land [Israel], 'To Investigate Chemical Weapons.'" Even sticking to loose Hebrew rules, while reading it, one gets the impression that Syrians were hit by chemical weapons and then brought to Israel in order to investigate the unconventional weapons used. That is not the case. The article purposely mixed up two different events. On the day Obama arrived in Israel, four Syrians were hit by a conventional mortar, near the border with Israel. They were captured by the IDF and were sent to an Israeli hospital. Two were returned on the same day to Syria, two were left behind. Probably Israel retrieved an injured informant in such a way. Entwined in this story is a different one. On the same day, Syria claimed that the rebels fired a chemical missile. Russia backs the Syrian claim, the USA opposes it. The article says that the issue must be investigated. This is a not very smart and not very subtle propaganda attempt. Considering the other news accompanying Obama in his visit, this seems to be a coordinated effort.
In one of the reports, a resident of Sderot said: "Obama is here, the 'red color' was expected." "Red Color" is the code name announced over loudspeakers when the launching of a missile is detected. During the 1991 Iraq War, the code used was "Cobra Snake." Back then, the television broadcasts were interrupted, and amidst a siren, one could hear: "nahash tzefa." In this case, Israel shouted at one snake while referring to a different one, which it cannot address directly on the issue.
Below the niceties level, Israel is heating up the theatre, creating an unpleasant image of subtle violence and escalation. Why? Obama is not Netanyahu's favorite cup of tea. This is well known and extensively reported. Yet, personal relations are not enough to explain the complex events we are witnessing. The answer is in the image above. While visiting Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, in Ramallah, President Obama said: "Palestinians deserve a state." "Palestinians deserve the end of the occupation," he also said. This happens at a time when Israel is pushing forward the One State solution and has even recruited Jordan for the complex task of expelling the Palestinians from the West Bank. In this scenario, Obama's words weren't friendly to the Israeli Administration. Four missiles were fired. The missiles missed; their message hit.
"B'ona B'ona, Israel," we are ready.
In proper Hebrew, the title of the last section should have been femenine, "Bo'i Ena, Israel;" instead, I chose to keep the rhythm and style.
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