Israel’s Propaganda War on Iran
“Threats to Israel have declined in the past year”
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Much afterwards, a few days ago, I published “Israel will win due to Technological Advantage!”, which analyzed Western propaganda techniques in the post-Nazi era. I claimed that Goebbels ruined it. The Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda in Nazi Germany had been so effective in his propaganda that it transcended the Reich’s borders and timeline. Even now, such an attempt of manipulation by the state would be immediately recognized and rejected by the masses. Since then, Western governments have been subtler in the implementation of propagandistic techniques, subsequently described. Several readers were distressed at what was claimed there; after all Westerners are fond of their manipulative media.
Against all odds, these two provide the perfect background to an astonishing statement uttered by NATO's European Commander, U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis to the U.S. Congress. The statement was as a central item in the September 5, 2012, online edition of Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper which is known also as “The Voice of the Shin Beth,” the local secret police. Before commenting on the admiral’s words, I must say that even Haaretz acknowledged in the body of the article that the news was old. The testimony had been given last spring, on an unspecified date. Later on, the testimony to Congress was published on the website of the Federation of American Scientists, where Haaretz claimed to have found it. In other words, this data was being oddly delayed.
Netanyahu Ruined It!
Before giving to the words of Admiral Stavridis the place of honor they deserve, one must warn the readers that in his years as Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has behaved like the boy in Aesop’s Fables, crying “Wolf, wolf!” at every opportunity. The only update he allowed himself was to replace the cry with “Iran.”
Regardless of the occasion—a meeting with voters, AIPAC or a casual visit at the White House—Netanyahu keeps warning of Iran’s aggressiveness and of an imminent war. The justifications change according to the circumstances, yet the mantra seems eternal: “Iran is an existential threat to Israel.” Netanyahu—like his ministers—constantly ignore any assessments showing their claims are false, including the CIA assessments regarding the defensive nature of the Iranian military forces. For so long has Netanyahu been shouting “Iran, Iran!” that probably even the most dedicated Zionists are beginning to question the cry. Simply, even they have noticed that the real problems in Israel are social in nature; the recent images of an Israeli man setting himself on fire were a very convincing point in that direction.
Who is the Wolf?
Let me begin with the admiral’s bottom line: “Threats to Israel have declined in the past year.” This is amazing and contradicts everything we hear over the self-defined “balanced media” of Western Democracies. Most articles published these days run along hysterical tones, predicting violent attacks on Israel from almost every sheep in the neighborhood. It is worthy to cite a few more words by this admiral:
“While Israel is certainly in a volatile region of the world, I would argue that the threats to Israel have not increased in the last year. If you take the broad view of the history of the modern state of Israel, it is certainly more secure now that it was in 1948, 1967, 1973, or even during the First or Second Intifadas.
It is very difficult to read Western media and dismiss the events surrounding the Iran-Israel bilateral relations. A disaster is being cooked up; the cook is a Westerner. A subtle reminder of this came in the form of the odd article reported here. Think about it. Haaretz placed it as the central item in the “Diplomacy and Defense” section, but only months after the statements were made. The more serious among the readers probably stopped reading it after they found the age of the item. Then, access to the article was restricted. It was a locked item, accessible only to subscribers. Haaretz wanted to restrict access to the news and keep track of who read it.
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