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Former IDF Spokesman: Army Radio Hosted Anti-Disengagement Voices While Israel Radio Blocked Dissenters

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Brigadier General Avi Benayahu, formerly the IDF Spokesperson, on Saturday shared with the Yediot Aharonot weekend supplement that Israel’s official radio channel, Kol Israel, was instructed to block access to MKs wishing to speak against the uprooting of some 8,000 Jews from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip in 2005.

“During the disengagement (the laundered, government issue term for the mass deporatations), all the rebel MKs, those who objected to the move did not receive access to Kol Israel,” by decree from above, Benayahu recalled. “I allowed them, of course, to be interviewed on Army Radio, and was receiving messages from [Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon that I was providing a platform for the extreme right, the marginal voices.”

“Back then we understood that to be our role,” the former IDF Spokesperson said, reminding many readers that the left-leaning military station used to be a small l liberal outfit.

According to the Israeli media monitoring NGO Keshev (Listening), the Israeli media systematically overstated “the threat posed by those opposed to disengagement and emphasized extreme scenarios.” Keshev’s report states that “throughout the weeks before the disengagement, and during the evacuation itself, the Israeli media repeatedly warned of potential violent confrontation between settlers and security forces. These scenarios, which never materialized, took over the headlines.”

Keshev’s report suggests the Israeli print and TV media “relegated to back pages and buried deep in the newscasts, often under misleading headlines” items that “mitigated the extreme forecasts.” Editors delivered “one dominant, ominous message:,” such as Channel 1’s Aug. 14, 2005 story: “Police Declare High Alert Starting Tomorrow, Close to a State of War.”

“The discrepancy between the relatively calm reality emerging from most stories and the overall picture reflected in the headlines is evident in every aspect of the disengagement story: in the suppression of information about the voluntary collection of weapons held by the settlers in the Gaza Strip; in reporting exaggerated numbers of right-wing protesters who infiltrated the Strip before the evacuation; in misrepresentation of the purpose of settler protest (which was an exercise in public relations, not a true attempt to thwart the disengagement plan); and in playing down coordinated efforts between the Israeli security forces and the settlers,” Keshev reports.

According to Keshev, the price for this misrepresentation was paid, at least in part, by the settlers, whose public image was radicalized unjustifiably. After the disengagement was completed without violence between Israelis and a sense of unity and pride pervaded society, “the media chose to give Israeli society, and especially its security forces, a pat on the back.”

David Israel

Bennett Rebukes Netanyahu on Misrepresenting Terror Tunnel Record

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Education Minister and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett on Tuesday morning tweeted a response to the statement by Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu Monday night, that the security cabinet discussed the Gaza terror tunnels before the 2014 Protective Edge Operation. Bennett said Netanyahu should accept responsibility for the ramifications of his decisions, not try to conceal them.

“Any company commander in the army learns his lessons at the end of an exercise, to avoid making future mistakes, and what’s true for an infantry company is doubly true for the political and security leadership of the State of Israel,” Bennett tweeted. “In preparation for the next war, we must learn from the mistakes of the past and not deny them. Drawing real lessons is a sign of strength and self-confidence. He who does not learn from the mistakes of the past is doomed to repeat them,” Bennett concluded.

Netanyahu has been saying in closed sessions that the IDF had been seeking operational solutions to the terror tunnels since 2013, and the security apparatus had dealt with it numerous times. The PM was responding to the harsh attacks on his administration’s conduct of the 2014 Gaza War.

On Sunday, 32 bereaved families of fallen IDF soldiers in Gaza demanded in a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Liberman that a state commission headed by a judge investigate the government’s decision-making process throughout the war.

Bennett stood out during the war weeks as the most stubborn advocate of sending the IDF in to demolish the Hamas terror tunnels, and was behind the popular notion that the Netanyahu security cabinet was unaware of the tunnel threat. But Walla, which in recent years has emerged as Netanyahu’s other favorite media outlet, reported on Tuesday that the cabinet held at least eight debates on the tunnels, and hosted 20 professional discussions with IDF and Intelligence officials to examine ways to locate and demolish the tunnels.

JNi.Media

Liberman Reads Riot Act to Army Radio Chief Despite AG’s Objections

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

New Israeli defense minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) has spent his first month in office directing the military apparatus in substantially different directions, most notably his order for the generals to come up with a concrete plan to remove the Hamas government in Gaza — it turned out they hadn’t thought it would be useful to have one. And as the defense ministry and the army are starting to sound and act in a different manner than they did under Liberman’s predecessor, Moshe Ya’alon (Likud), the new defense boss is mending the more ideological aspects of the military system. He has added his support to the chief of staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot’s call to shut down the left-leaning Army Radio station, and on Thursday he became directly involved in the same station’s programming.

To be precise, earlier this week the Army Radio station devoted a program to the poetic works of Mahmoud Darwish (1941 – 2008), a member of the Israeli Communist party who is widely perceived as a “Palestinian symbol” and served as an artistic spokesman for Arab opposition to Israel. In 1988, one of his poems, “Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words,” was cited in the Knesset by Yitzhak Shamir (Likud) for demanding that the Jews leave Israel:

“O those who pass between fleeting words / As bitter dust, go where you wish, but / Do not pass between us like flying insects / For we have work to do in our land,” Darwish called on Israel’s Jews, and concluded: “So leave our country / Our land, our sea / Our wheat, our salt, our wounds / Everything, and leave / The memories of memory / O those who pass between fleeting words!”

Following the broadcast on Army Radio, which included Darwish’s texts in its “Broadcast University” series on “Israeli founding texts,” Defense Minister Liberman summoned Army Radio commander Yaron Dekel to a disciplinary hearing Thursday at noon.

“On its face it appears to be a serious issue, whereby someone who wrote anti-Zionist texts that are still fueling acts of terrorism against the State of Israel merits to be included along with his texts by the military station in the foundation texts of Israeli society, together with Jerusalem of Gold and The Silver Tray (two popular and very beautiful song by Naomi Shemer and Natan Alterman respectively),” Liberman said. “Obviously this constitutes an [ideological] eclipse which cannot be ignored.”

On Wednesday night Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit phoned Liberman to inform him that he does not have the authority to intervene in the Army Station’s programming. Mandelblit based his warning on a 2015 opinion by Vice Counsel on Legislation Affairs Dina Zilber, that ruled against ministers intervening in the military station.

And now Liberman decided to ignore Zilber’s opinion, which is almost unheard of in Israeli governmental politics. In many ways this might prove to be Liberman’s bravest act so far, and he may live to pay for it as an irate judicial civil service could rise up against him.

Already the president of the Press Council, retired Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner, told Israel Radio that the intervention by the Minister of Defense in Army Radio broadcasting was dangerous, and said that it frightened her. “I cannot believe this is happening,” she told left-leaning hot Aryeh Golan Thursday morning. Yes, the red wagons are being circled.

David Israel

Liberman, Eizenkot, Agree on Shutting Down Left-Leaning, Elitist Army Radio

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Israel’s most popular radio station, especially among younger, draft-age listeners, Army Radio, has been under the threat of elimination for decades now, mostly from rightwing politicians who couldn’t understand why the IDF should finance a leftwing station that more often parrots the views of Ramallah than of Jerusalem. Now, with the new defense minister, Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) at the helm, and with the support of IDF chief of staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, the station is as good as gone, say Israeli media experts.

A review board headed by Defense Ministry Director Udi Adam is expected to submit its recommendations to Liberman in two weeks, and those are expected to be to take the successful station off the security budget, but not necessarily to shut it down.

Unlike the previous chief of staff, Benny Gantz, who had a soft spot for “Galatz” (the acronym Galay Tzahal, or IDF Waves), Eizenkot has no hidden sympathy for the station and, in fact, already recommended publicly to his previous boss, defense minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud), to dump Galatz. Ya’alon refused, and the station crew were hoping this threat would end like all the similar threats of the past decades, and then Liberman’s shadow darkened their door.

According to Ma’ariv, the only question now is whether the station will be closed or be transformed into a civilian outfit. MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Camp), who used to be the Galatz commander at one point, is convinced this time it’s for real: “It always used to be that either the defense minister wanted to change things or the chief or staff did, but this time it’s both of them together. Liberman has no love lost for Galatz.”

MK Shai does not fault Liberman for the decision, especially since it came originally from the commander of the army, and does not represent a Liberman vendetta against those leftist editors and hosts. Shai is also convinced the public couldn’t care less either way. Gone are the days when Galatz was the only light music outlet in Israel’s centrally controlled media. There’s a plethora of Israeli FM stations to choose from on the dial today, plus numerous online sources for Israeli music.

Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) couldn’t be happier with the decision to shut down Galatz, which she has identified as a bastion of Ashkenazi, leftwing, elitist culture. Regev was also among the politicians who have been calling on Ya’alon to shut down the station, “but he failed to do so, despite a clear recommendation from chief of staff Eizenkot,” she said, adding, “I count on Minister Liberman to lead the needed change.”

The last straw in Galatz’s elitist load was the Gidi Orsher affair — Orsher, the station’s movie critic, posted a particularly offensive Facebook status in which he described Jews from Muslim countries as superstitious savages — which got him suspended and made him the subject of weeks of torrential attacks from everywhere, especially from his friends on the left. In a sense, at this point all Liberman has to say in order to quash further debate regarding the Galatz future is: Gidi Orsher. Because, at last, this Ashkenazi-elistist-secularist-anti-settlement radio ship has sunk.

JNi.Media

IDF Attacks Two Syrian Army Targets Over Rocket Near Border Fence

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The IDF announced it had attacked two Syrian army targets Sunday overnight in retaliation for shots fired at the security fence on Israel’s border with Syria. According to the report, on Sunday morning security forces noted a rocket that fell in open territory on the Israeli side of the fence. It did not cause damage or injuries. The retaliatory strikes were launched by artillery shelling.

“The gunfire did not endanger the residents in the area or our forces,” the IDF said in a statement. “The IDF is not involved in the fighting in Syria but is determined to defend itself and will respond to any unusual incident.”

David Israel

Local Settlers Enforce Siege after Army Deserts Post Outside Murderers’ Village

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Dozens of Kiryat Araba and Hebron Mountain Jewish residents who arrived on Sunday morning at the exit road of Bani Na’im village, home to the murderer of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel and many more terrorists, discovered to their chagrin that the total siege declared by the IDF on the village Friday had deteriorated to a mere dirt barricade on the road, with no soldier in sight to enforce the rule — and with the Arabs bypassing the dirt mound without difficulty.

The Jewish residents decided to take matters into their own hands and enforced the siege themselves, with protest tent and signs, and blocked the village’s access road the way it was supposed to be blocked — earnestly.

Blocking Bani Na'im exit

Blocking Bani Na’im exit

The protesters are demanding that the Israeli government live up to its own rules and enforce the closure around the murderers’ village, and evict from the village the Triara family, which to date has produced three terrorists: one who carried out a ramming attack with his car at the entrance to Kiryat Arba a few months ago, one who murdered Hallel Ariel, and one female terrorist who was killed Friday trying to stab a soldier at the Cave of the Patriarchs.

In addition, the protesters are demanding the eviction of every family connected to terrorism.

David Israel

Israel Demolishes Home of Terrorist Who Murdered US Army Vet After PA Praises the Murder [video]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Security forces on Monday night demolished the northern Samaria Hajjah village house belonging to the family of terrorist Bashar Masalha who murdered an American tourist, 29-year-old US Army veteran Taylor Force, and wounded 11 others last March. Masalha embarked on a stabbing spree near the Jaffa harbor promenade on the same night US Vice President Joe Biden was appearing at the nearby Peres Peace Center. In the end, the terrorist was shot by an Israeli policeman and then killed while lying wounded on the grass by an Israeli police volunteer. Both men were commended for their resolute action.

Israel handed Masalha’s body over to the Palestinian Authority, whose official TV channel glorified him by calling him shahid-martyr 11 times, according to Palestinian Media Watch. The PA TV reporter said, among other things, “His family, friends, and people of the region took it upon themselves to ensure that this [burial] would be a large national wedding befitting of martyrs… The martyr was accompanied to his last resting place in the cemetery for martyrs in Hajja.”

The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also honored the martyr, saying, “Masalha died as a martyr on March 8, after carrying out a stabbing operation in Jaffa, in which he killed an American tourist.”

Or, as the PA TV reporter put it, “Martyr Bashar Masalha, 22, ascended to Heaven in Jaffa on March 8. He returned and was embraced by the soil of his homeland as a martyr.”

Someone should tell the State Dept. how the PA, a recipient of generous US aid, treats the murderer of an American citizen.

David Israel

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