lunedì 18 aprile 2016

Richard Silverstein :il tunnel di Gaza scoperto dall' IDF tra verità e offuscamento



.חשיפה: צה”ל שיקר לתושבי הדרום לפני פרסום…
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Ieri, ho rotto il  bavaglio dalla censura militare israeliana segnalando la scoperta di un tunnel che da Gaza entra in territorio israeliano. Oggi il censore ha tolto la censura permettendo ai  media  di  segnalare questa notizia  . Tuttavia non possono segnalare alcune nuove informazioni che ricevuto  e che evidenziano un importante livello di offuscamento e bugie riguardanti  gli aspetti chiave della storia.
IDF scava tunnel di Hamas

bulldozer dell'IDF scavano il sito del tunnel di Hamas (Eliyahu Hershkovitz)
Haaretz e altri  riportano l'affermazione   che  IDF  ha scoperto il  tunnel  grazie alla nuova tecnologia  utilizzata Questo è in gran parte falso. Naturalmente l'esercito fa uso di tali mezzi tecnologici,ma  in questo caso il tunnel è stato scoperto in quanto un membro di Hamas ha disertato. Avi Melamed ha  raccontato in un articolo  ,due giorni fa , della  defezione di una figura importante dell"Autorità del tunnel di Hamas."
Sembra probabile che  la scusa della  innovazione tecnologica   sia  in realtà una cortina fumogena per coprire le tracce del disertore che, presumibilmente, non è più a Gaza .
C'è un'altra ammissione  nella segnalazione di questa storia: sia l'esercito che il ministro della difesa hanno ammesso per la prima volta che  i  tunnel di Hamas  sono costruti per operazioni sia   offensive che difensive.  Cò non verrà mai detto nè da Bibi Netanyahu  nè da  Dennis Ross nè da altri  . Essi  sono addestrati a ripetere che i tunnel di Hamas 'sono progettati per uccidere gli  israeliani. Questo non è vero o meglio è in gran parte falso. La stragrande maggioranza dei tunnel di Hamas sono  progettati  per proteggere Gaza in caso di  attacco israeliano. Ci sono alcune gallerie che sono di natura offensiva. Esse sono progettate  per consentire un attacco contro le forze militari israeliane all'interno del territorio di Israele (ma non utilizzate contro bersagli civili )in caso di guerra 
Sussiste quindi una falla nella  comunicazione tra politici e militari  o,  più probabilmente, si evidenzia che l'esercito israeliano  conosce le capacità militari di Hamas in modo più approfondito rispetto alla classe politica. Non sarebbe la prima volta.
Non troverete le suddette informazioni in qualsiasi quotidiano israeliano o in un sito web. Né lo troverete in qualsiasi sito  straniero . Si tratta di articoli originali in esclusiva per i lettori di questo blog che necessita del vostro contributo per poter continuare .
La scorsa settimana, il corrispondente Israele del prestigioso Le Nouvel Observateur della Francia, ha pubblicato un articolo (pdf in francese) sul regime di censura militare israeliana  e mi ha intervistato



BREAKING: Israeli Media Report Discovery of Hamas Tunnel, But Intelligence Officials Engage in Cover-Up


.חשיפה: צה”ל שיקר לתושבי הדרום לפני פרסום גילוי המנהרה, והסתיר את תפקידו של עריק החמאס בגילויה
Yesterday, I broke a gag by the Israeli military censor against reporting the discovery of a tunnel from Gaza entering Israeli territory.  Today, the censor lifted the gag and the media are now permitted to report this.  However, the media may not report some new information I’ve learned, which indicate a major level of obfuscation and outright lies concerning key aspects of the story.
idf excavates hamas tunnel
IDF bulldozers excavate the site of the exposed Hamas tunnel (Eliyahu Hershkovitz)
Haaretz and other outlets, for example, report the IDF’s claim that they uncovered the tunnel through major new technological advances which enable them to detect Hamas operations they couldn’t detect earlier.  This is largely untrue.  Of course, the army does use such technological means.  But in this case, the tunnel was discovered through one of the oldest tricks in the book of spycraft: a senior Hamas operative who defected.  Israeli intelligence analyst, Avi Melamed, filed a similar report two days ago alleging the defection of a major figure in the “Hamas Tunnel Authority.”
It seems likely that the claim of technological innovation discovering the tunnel is actually a smokescreen to cover the tracks of the defector who, presumably, is no longer in Gaza.
It’s important to note that Israeli intelligence officials would like nothing more than to be able to report it had penetrated Hamas’ tunneling operation.  It would be a major blow to morale.  So it’s important to treat this claim with a few grains of salt.  But until I hear otherwise, it seems a credible claim.
In another bit of dissembling, the IDF lied to the two Israeli settlements closest to Gaza, Kerem Shalom and Sufa, telling them that explosions they heard were from anti-terrorist activity in Sinai and that Israeli helicopters they saw overhead were engaged in training exercises.  In effect, they were deflecting the public’s attention from the truth: the explosions were IDF sappers blowing up the tunnels and the helicopters were part of the anti-tunnel efforts.
There is another critical IDF admission in the reporting of this story: both the army and the defense minister have conceded for the first time that Hamas’ tunneling operations have both offensive and defensive missions.  You wouldn’t know this from listening to Bibi Netanyahu or Israel Lobby mandarins like Dennis Ross.  They robotically repeat the mantra that Hamas’ tunnels are designed to kill Israelis.  This is not true-or rather it is largely untrue.  The vast majority of Hamas tunnels are designed for fighters to protect Gaza from Israeli attack.  There are some tunnels that are offensive in nature.  They are designed to permit an attack on Israeli military forces inside Israeli territory (but not used against civilian targets).  They are meant to be used in the event that Israel attacks Gaza (which it most certainly will).  But even those forces attacked inside Israel are engaged in activities against Gaza.
What we have here is a failure of the military echelon to communicate with the political echelon.  Or more likely, it indicates the Israeli military understands Hamas’ military capabilities and mission far better than Israeli (or American) leaders.  It wouldn’t be the first time.  But the next time Hillary pulls this meme out of her bag of pro-Israel hasbara talking points remember that she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.
You won’t find the above information in any Israeli newspaper or website.  Nor will you find it in any foreign media site.  It is original reporting exclusive to readers of Tikun Olam. Further, if you want to tell the Israeli censor–who threatened to get even with me for this reporting–to put it where the sun don’t shine, please contribute either through Paypal or Network for Good (tax-deductible). Click on the respective widgets in the sidebar.
Last week, the Israel correspondent of France’s prestigious Le Nouvel Observateur, published an article (pdf in French) about the Israeli military censorship regime.  He interviewed me for the article.  I thank Maya Papineau for her translation of this excerpt from the article:
Richard Silverstein is one of the privileged recipients of these leaks. This American Jew, who is…critical of Israeli politics, has specialized in publishing details of material censored by the Jewish State on his website Tikun Olam. His source?
“Journalists, of course, but also members of various security services who want to circumvent the burdensome restrictions imposed on them,” he says.
Simply mentioning his name in an article might precipitate a prohibition against publication. His case illustrates military censorship has lost the war in the digital era. Faced with social media and the instantaneous transmission of information, the system, designed to function on the basis of a “gentleman’s agreement” with a few established publishers, has reached its limits.
“Journalists who write on these subjects are constantly running into censorship. There is a dialogue, a negotiation on what is publishable or not. It’s a process of give and take confirms Oren Persico, who writes for 7th Eye, a site specialize in the analysis of Israeli media.
“But how can you censor a blogger who tweets from another country? You can’t.” They are powerless in this situation.
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