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July 30, 2016 / 24 Tammuz, 5776

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Down Rabbit Hole with Anti-Israel Conspiracy Crowd after Nice, Munich, Tweets

Monday, July 25th, 2016

To start our review of how the world’s conspiracy theories crazy crowd is lumping together Israel with every evil, real and imagined, let’s begin with the following headline, in a website called Veterans Today: “BREAKING! Same Israeli photo-propagandist pre-positioned in Nice AND NOW MUNICH.” And the story (one line, really) goes: “Mossad photographer Richard Gutjahr was pre-positioned in both Nice AND Munich! Talk about chutzpah.”

Richard Gutjahr, 43, is a German TV moderator, journalist and blogger. On July 14, 2016, Gutjahr was present at the truck ramming attack in Nice, which he reported on Twitter and on German media.

Gutjahr is married to former Israeli MK Einat Wilf. They have two children. That explains the “Israeli photo-propagandist” part. Gutjahr is not himself Israeli, but his wife is. Wilf is equally connected to the Labor party (served as consultant to Shimon Peres) and Likud (writes columns for Yisrael Hayom).

Richard Gutjahr

Richard Gutjahr

Now it gets complicated: after shooting the truck massacre in Nice more than two weeks ago, journalist Richard Gutjahr was also present during the police operation at the Olmypia shopping center in Munich and tweeted pictures from the incident. Gutjahr shared one picture of a group of armed police at the mall entrance, and another of armed officers crouching behind a wall.

Then he tweeted: “I made mistakes today. Could not believe that I once again ended up in such a situation. The images are now gone. #OEZ” The hashtag stands for Olympia-Einkaufszentrum, the mall where the attack took place.

Gutjahr tweet

What are the chances that the same journalist, who lives and works in Europe, would be present during two separate terrorist attacks within two weeks? Gutjahr himself appears stunned by this coincidence, as his tweet attests. He lost the images he had shot, admittedly that’s suspicious, but could also be explained so many reasonable different ways.

Enter former Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, whose Saturday night Tweet linked Israel to the two acts of terrorism: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies,” McKinney tweeted, pointing to the Veterans Today page, and asking, “How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis?”

Cynthia McKinney tweet

The “dancing Israelis” is a reference to a real rabbit hall drop, a September 11, 2001 story about a moving van with five young Israeli tourists which was stopped by NJ police in a Jersey City parking lot for what could best described as inappropriate behavior. The men were eventually detained and interrogated by the FBI. The FBI report about the incident remains classified until 2035. In the conspiracy theory universe, those five Israelis constitute the proof that Mossad was behind the 9/11 attack. Because, as we know, Mossad agents always dance in open parking lots after taking down major US targets.

Cynthia McKinney is no stranger to Planet Crazy. McKinney was defeated by Denise Majette in the 2002 Democratic primary. Her loss was a rejection by the voters of her support for Arab causes and her suggestion that President Bush knew in advance of the Sept. 11 attacks. Her father, State Rep. Billy McKinney, said on Atlanta TV that his daughter was fighting for her political life because the “Jews have bought everybody. Jews. J-e-w-s.”

On March 29, 2006, Cynthia McKinney struck a Capitol Hill Police officer for stopping her to ask for identification. In 2007 she left the Democratic Party. She ran for President as the Green Party candidate in 2008 and received 0.12% of the vote.

As to Richard Gutjahr, the video McKinney linked to claims: “The fact that this guy happened to be at both [terrorist attacks], there’s no way it’s a coincidence.” Add to that Gutjahr’s Israeli wife, who served in the IDF Intelligence unit, and the video concludes that “it’s 100 percent clear that Israel’s fingerprints are all over these events.”

The sad fact is that in many communities and many countries, you don’t need more than the above conspiracy silliness to convict, and attempts to explain that while it’s unusual for a German journalist to be present in two terror attacks, it’s far from impossible, or that being married to an Israeli does not make one a Mossad agent—immediately dub the explainer an agent of the same conspiracy. Because when one denies there is a conspiracy, isn’t that exactly what someone behind the conspiracy would say?

JNi.Media

Analysis: Herzog Mocks Netanyahu, Israel’s SpongeBob SquarePants

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

In a witty speech, riddled with poisoned arrows, the leader of both the Zionist Camp and the Knesset opposition MK Isaac Herzog used his keynote address on the third and final day of the 16th annual Herzliya Conference to paint a grotesque image of the failures of the Netanyahu government, coupled with promises for a better future under his own party’s rule. Despite his repetition of ideas that have already proven themselves to be dangerously delusional, Herzog’s heartfelt bitterness was almost delightful:

“Finally we have a Right wing government,” he began. “Finally we have a right-wing prime minister, right-wing defense minister, right-wing Minister of Education, right-wing justice minister, right-wing Minister of Agriculture and even right-wing Minister of Transport… Now there is no one on the left to litter the agenda!”

And yet, he persisted, even without a shred of leftwing involvement, “look at what is happening around us: the waves of violence are stronger. An Intifada of stones has turned into terrorism of Kalashnikovs and Carl Gustavs and the citizens are scared to walk around Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion.”

“What’s the greatest mistake of the right wing government?” he continued to joke, answering his own trick question: “That there is no real left wing to blame. It really is a tragedy: even I thought we were getting a bunch of heroes with super powers – but it turns out we got SpongeBob leaders.”

SpongeBob SquarePants is the hero of an animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon, chronicling the adventures and endeavors of SpongeBob and his friends in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series has been involved in several public controversies, including one centered on speculation over SpongeBob’s sexual orientation.

Herzog, who is often self deprecating regarding his own effeminate public persona in Israel’s macho political jungle, obviously picked the SpongeBob imagery to suggest his seemingly macho political enemies were, in fact, the effeminate ones. Not a sure-win choice on the week of the Orlando gay club massacre.

Herzog reminded his audience that “for years the Right preached that we had to remain in Lebanon, and had to sacrifice hundreds of soldiers every year to secure the northern border. Then came Ehud Barak and he took us out of Lebanon and created a political situation that is not ideal but the number of our fatalities decreased dramatically, and Northern agricultural workers and tourism are thriving…. For years the Right has preached that talking with the other side would be the end of the state, the end of the Zionist enterprise, the destruction of the Third Temple. Then came Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin z”l who talked with Arafat, the head of a dangerous and deadly terrorist organization, and they reached understandings that turned the other side and its leadership from one of hijackings and murdering civilians indiscriminately to a diplomatic organization that worked with us on political and diplomatic issues.”

Delivered outside the context of the several thousand murdered Israelis who have been the casualties of the Rabin-Peres-Arafat peace deal, Herzog’s ideas sounded outright reasonable. He did fail to mention the rivers of blood that ensued each time Israeli leaders on both sides of the aisle have attempted to ply Arafat et al with territorial concessions.

Herzog continued to list his perceived highlights of the various governments and leaders of Israel, again without the benefit of knowing what followed those brave men’s best plans: “Begin, Rabin, Peres and Sharon were not afraid to put their personal fate on the altar for the good of the country and won spots in the Hall of Fame of Israeli leadership.”

He did say that “in the context of the current wave of terror in which dozens of Israelis were killed and hundreds injured, I identified a new path… an opportunity for peace… I worked toward this solution with international and regional leaders directly and indirectly.” Presumably, his planned territorial concessions would not end in more bloodshed, possibly because the polls at this point predict a drop in Herzog’s party’s Knesset mandate from 24 to the low teens.

Herzog insisted, however, that although the idea of cooperation between Israel and the moderate Arab states was not new, the time was ripe for such collaboration, “it’s a unique and rare opportunity.” He continued, “Unlike the previous generation of Arab leaders, nowadays many Sunni leaders have less of what I call an ‘Israel complex,’ which their predecessors suffered from. They are bolder, younger, more independent and willing to work with Israel, as long as it serves their national interests. These leaders are willing to engage on issues important to both sides.”

Except that those same younger Arabs out there, as was seen from a poll commissioned by the Herzliya Conference in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, no longer care about the fate of Israel’s Arabs on either side of the green line. But Herzog plowed on: “Today there is a golden opportunity. The United States must take the lead and the international community should support it along with the regional leadership of the Middle East. With bold leadership and bold steps, we can realize this opportunity and create a better future for us and for our children. I and my partners in the Zionist Camp see this as a window of opportunity that could ultimately bring about a two-state solution.”

Herzog concluded, “I opened the door for Netanyahu and offered him my hand saying that he was the engine of the Right, I was the engine of the Left and behind us was a wagon” of citizens. “But the Right did not succeed in turning on his engine… Netanyahu preferred to think of his political survival.”

Indeed, Herzog’s own failure to lead his party to political victory, and his failed coalition negotiations with Netanyahu will likely not bode well for his own political survival.

JNi.Media

Again with the Binoculars

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Ever since former Defense Minister Amir Peretz was photographed looked through binoculars with the covers still on, it’s become the photo everyone looks for first whenever our political leaders visit an IDF lookout point.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took the obligatory binoculars photo today, and the covers were off.

A picture is worth a thousand words: former defense minister Amir Peretz looking through a capped binoculars. The video became a huge hit.

A picture is worth a thousand words: former defense minister Amir Peretz looking through a capped binoculars. The video became a huge hit.

Former Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe 'Boogie' Ya'alon seen during a visit in the Golan Heights, Northern Israel.

Former Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe ‘Boogie’ Ya’alon seen during a visit in the Golan Heights, Northern Israel.

Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak during his visit at the Israeli Northern Command.

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak during his visit at the Israeli Northern Command.

Israeli President Shimon Peres looks trhough binoculars durign a visit at the Northern Israeli border.

Israeli President Shimon Peres looks through binoculars during a visit at the Northern Israeli border.

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin looking through binoculars during his visit in the Northern district border of Israel

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin look through binoculars during his visit in the Northern district border of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks through binoculars during his visit in the Northern district border of Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks through binoculars during his visit in the Northern district border of Israel.

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Peres Still Hospitalized After Chest Pains Return

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres remains hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Medical Center after being rushed back Sunday night (Jan. 24) in response to another round of chest pains.

Paramedics dispatched to his home Sunday night found he again was experiencing cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr. Rafi Walden, his personal physician and son-in-law, told Galei Tzahal Army Radio the 92-year-old elder statesman’s heart rate has returned to normal. But it’s not clear when he will be released.

The incident was an echo of a similar experience that took place on January 14, when Peres was taken to the same hospital with chest pains.

During that visit doctors performed an angiogram and discovered a narrowed artery had caused the elder statesman to suffer a mild heart attack.

Within hours Peres underwent cardiac catheterization and then remained for further tests and observation for the next five days.

Hana Levi Julian

Former President Shimon Peres Released from Hospital

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres was released Tuesday from Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv, five days after entering for treatment of a mild heart attack.

“Five exciting days have gone by for me,” Peres told reporters. The 92-year-old former statesman underwent cardiac catheterization last Thursday after an angiogram revealed the narrowed artery in his heart.

“I am very happy to return to work, and there is much work to do. This was the goal of my recovery,” he told reporters.

Peres was scheduled to participate tomorrow in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. However, doctors have advised him not to travel to the conference. It is not yet clear whether he will comply with the advice.

“I want to thank the wonderful team of doctors and nurses who treated me and who reminded me of the spirit of Tel Hashomer, where everyone is equal, and which treats people as well as the diseases themselves,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Peres in Stable Condition Following Heart Procedure

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres, 92, is reported in stable condition and resting comfortably after having undergone emergency cardiac catheterization Thursday morning.

Peres was rushed to Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer Medical Center after he reported feeling chest pains. A paramedic in his security detail encountered cardiac arrhythmia when he performed an EKG.

Personal physician (and son-in-law) Professor Rafi Walden came to the home and after two consulted, decided to send the former president to the hospital, according to Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

An angiogram performed after his arrival at the hospital showed the former president had a narrowed artery, which had caused a mild heart attack.

The artery was opened during catherization and blood flow to the heart is now reported to be “very good,” according to Professor Michael Eldar, director of the Heart Institute at the hospital.

There are no other signs of atherosclerosis in any of the surrounding arteries or blood vessels, he added.

A visit to the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, and participation in the third annual Ladino Festival in Tel Aviv were set for Thursday. Both have been cancelled.

Peres served twice as prime minister and most recently as president, until 2014. He also is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which he was awarded in 1994 during his tenure as Israel’s foreign minister, jointly with the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat, “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.”

Nearly his entire career was spent as a member of the Labor Party.

About two weeks ago, a rumor was floated around the Internet that Peres had died – a spokesperson squelched the claim and issued a statement saying, “Shimon Peres would like to clarify that he is alive and well. The only thing occupying him at this moment is his dinner.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have sent their wishes for a refuah sheleyma (quick return to complete, good health), via Yona Bartal, who is an assistant to the elder statesman.

Hana Levi Julian

Updated: Former President Shimon Peres Successfully Treated for Heart Attack

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is in stable condition after being successfully treated with catheterization for a heart attack, officials said Thursday morning at Tel Hashomer Medical Center’s Sheba Hospital.

Peres, 92, was brought to the hospital with chest pains early in the morning.

He was fully conscious upon his arrival and remained fully conscious throughout all tests and procedures, doctors told journalists.

The former president is the founder of the Peres Center for Peace, and has been the architect of numerous attempts towards co-existence with the Palestinian Authority.

Hana Levi Julian

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