and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.—Revelations 14:19
Israeli Fiasco in Syria
On May 26, 2013, the Hebrew headlines on ynet, the website of the Hebrew newspaper Yediot Ahronot, was the dream of George Orwell. It was the closest possible representation in that media of Doublethink.* The snapshot here shows the relevant items. The top one claims: “Putin-Assad Deal not Cancelled;” the other says: “Russia cancelled sale of S300 Missiles to Assad.”
Israel: Yes and No Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement
Unwilling to pick a side, I kept the snapshot and waited. After all. It was a hilarious example of Shimon Peres’ “Yes and No” rhetoric.** Little I knew back then, how in June this would become relevant to the developing conflict between Israel, Syria, and… Turkey.
Qusair Aftermath—BBC Faith in the Fog of War
Where were the Russian S-300? It was difficult to trust any of the contradicting media reports. Instead, I waited for signs that they have been successfully deployed. Pictures and videos could not be trusted. I needed some solid proof that they were there. Trapped in Bolivia, I couldn’t take an afternoon stroll around Damascus and seek for the requested evidence. How could I answer this strategic question?
Russian S300 are similar to American Patriot missiles. If Syria deployed them, then the Israeli Air Force would be forced to stop its airstrikes (see Israeli Airstrike on Syria). After all, a missile capable of hitting another missile can easily down a jet.
Alas! I had just replaced one uncheckable statement by another. The IAF doesn’t report to me its airstrikes. How could I tell that the airstrikes had stopped?
In June, Syria provided me with three rather solid proofs of that. On June 10, Haaretz reported that President Assad said to Jordanian politicians visiting him: “Opening a front with Israel in the Golan Heights is a most serious decision. Syria doesn’t think in terms of a naive opposition for the sake of declarations alone, an opposition that understands its role as launching primitive rockets from time to time and leaves to the enemy an opening for retaliation and initiative. We seek an effective opposition that brings results.” He added: “We are ready for any scenario.”
This dramatic declaration contained a significant change of tone. It came three days after the Syrian Army regained control of Qusair, a strategic city on the northern border between Syria and Lebanon. On June 10, Syria opened an offensive against Aleppo, the country’s second city, its commercial heart and the main stronghold of the mercenaries.
In contrast to earlier events, neither Israel nor forces related to NATO defended the mercenaries called by them “rebels.” Bingo! Western jets cannot enter Syria’s aerial space. Syria has S300. That explains the recent rebound of the Syrian army.
June 2013 Protests in Turkey by Reuters
Israeli Grapes of WrathThe mentioning of Peres’ “Yes and No” at the beginning was not random. He is involved in the current events.
Shimon Peres’ reputation within Israel is very different from the one he enjoys abroad. Those in the know, often qualify Lawrence of Poland as the “Shin Beth Candidate;” Yitzhak Rabin definition of Peres as “indefatigable conspirator” in his memoirs makes direct allusion to this disturbing allegation.
Those in the know, laugh at his Nobel Peace Prize. In April 1996, while serving as Prime Minister after the assassination of PM Yitzhak Rabin,+ Peres ordered Operation Grapes of Wrath. Despite its limited duration, this was an especially cruel attack, in which 500,000 Lebanese were displaced, and much of Southern Lebanon’s infrastructure was destroyed. It was the worst bombing of Lebanon in history.
Israeli Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath
Peres English speeches sound nothing like his Hebrew ones. The latter, as everybody reading this website for a while knows, is difficult to translate into Indo-European languages. Literal translation is impossible. Those in the know who listen to his Hebrew speeches can’t help but shiver.
I like to call his style “begging assassin.” Let me provide an imaginary, but accurate, English parallel. Imagine President Obama addressing the American public while making reference to the recent elections: “For the love of our forefathers who suffered so much, please approve my Drones War, Mr. Romney just tried to kill my political career. Please!”
American readers may be laughing at this point. The Turkish Prime Minister takes this in a different fashion.
Israel Attacks Turkey
June 2013 Protests in Turkey by Reuters Faith in the Fog of War
Israel—Turkey relations are complex and plagued by personal interests. Hebrew media claimed recently that Turkey’s PM son has businesses with Israel. The two states have substantial military businesses between them that were tarnished by the Freedom Flotilla Affair; the most recent development is a lawsuit against Israel placed by Comoros. Following the ongoing thawing, Buffet completed the takeover of an Israeli company active in Turkey.A cultural bigot, our indefatigable conspirator was unlikely to restrict his soldiers to a single front. Was the Syria front blocked by the Russians? Let’s strengthen the activities in the other fronts! Regional destabilization is a worthy target for a compulsive conspirator. If successful the financial profits are huge.
Israel has more paths open in Turkey than in Syria. Its commercial, military and cultural relations allow it a full arsenal of manipulative tools; another Orwellian dream fulfilled by the Zionists. A few days ago, Turkish PM Erdogan blamed the ongoing protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on external, regional forces. That was not clear enough. He could be referring to Syria, the Kurds, or Israel.
Like with the issue opening this article, I was stuck. I couldn’t use his ambiguous statement. On June 13, Associated Press provided the answer to the riddle. In his answer to the European Parliament concern over “the disproportionate and excessive use of force by the Turkish police,” Erdogan said: “Those against whom we said ‘one minute’ are now delighted.”
“What’s wrong with you today,” an annoyed reader is thinking by now, “you usually shoot straight bullets! Turn on the fan, send away the fog of war! Shoot!”
OK, my antimissiles fan is on. Israeli President Shimon Peres wildly attacked Turkey during the 2009 Davos Economic Forum. Turkish PM Erdogan left the forum after Peres didn’t listen to his request to answer: “one minute,” Erdogan had said. In the indirect fashion favored by a byzantine Rising Ottoman, as annoying as today’s wandering bullets, Erdogan blamed Israel on what may become a “Turkish Spring.”++
* Doublethink “The keyword here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink. Doublethink is basically the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” George Orwell, 1984
** Four catchy phrases ruined Shimon Peres political life, relegating him to the simple formalities of Israel’s Presidency. “Yes and No” was coined by Sefy Rivlin, and cost Peres the 1981 and 1984 elections. A Peres puppet was shown answering “yes and no” to every question asked. Before that, in 1977, Yitzhak Rabin called Peres an “indefatigable conspirator.” Since this article is in English, I won’t analyze the brilliance of the Hebrew saying; in the feat of his lifetime, Rabin ruined Peres with three words. The other two phrases are related to Shimon Peres’ attempt in 1990 to replace Shamir’s government—of which he was Minister of Finances—by a narrow government led by Labor and supported by ultra-Orthodox parties. Peres failed, and Rabin hit again. He called the affair the “Dirty Trick” (literally “The Stinking Exercise”). In the popular protests that followed, the fourth slogan appeared: “Mush’hatim, nim’astem!” (roughly “corrupt people, we’re fed up with you!”). Rabin used it as the Labor slogan for the 1992 election, which he won. It was obvious that he included Peres in the culprits at whom the slogan was aimed.
+ The Shin Beth secret police admitted in Israeli Court having used Avishai Raviv (Agent Champagne) to Approach Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir. The latter passed a Shin Beth course on the use of small weapons. Rabin’s backside bodyguard is clearly seen in the Roni Kempler video (couldn’t have been filmed without the Shin Beth authorization; Mr. Kempler was within the “sterile area”) opening a path to the assassin. It is difficult to qualify the event other than “Shin Beth engineered.” If so, somebody in the political upper echelon must have signed the order. Peres, who was Rabin’s deputy at the time, is the most likely candidate for that. The reason? Rabin was about to sign a permanent agreement with the Palestinians, which was opposed by the security services. Sharon and Olmert suffered odd accidents while attempting the same. The first suffered an unexpected stroke, was given the wrong treatment, and his arrival to the hospital was inexplicably delayed (instead of using a helicopter, he was put in an ambulance and the vehicle was stuck in Jerusalem’s rush hour). Olmert was impeached on false allegation; later he was acquitted.
++ In the Middle East reality, the term “Arab Spring” can be understood only as a joke or in negative terms. The short Middle Eastern springs are characterized by sand storms (see Sand Storm Stops Obama); nobody likes them
Roi Tov is a graduate—among others—of Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition to his memoir, Tov is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Physics and other scientific journals. He won various travel writing and photography awards.
In his writings, he tries to reveal life in Israel as a Christian Israel Defense Force (IDF) officer—from human rights violations to the use of an extensive network of underground agents. He was recognized first as a refugee and subsequently as political prisoner of Bolivia.