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By Alan Hart — My Catbird Seat –

It is true that in the eyes of many if not most peoples of the world (and probably many of their governments behind closed doors) Israel is increasingly being seen as a pariah state. But that’s a consequence of Israel’s policies and actions, war crimes and all.

In a recent speech at an ADL (Anti-Defamation League) dinner, Rupert Murdoch, arguably the most influential mainstream media chief on Planet Earth, made some extraordinary statements which must be challenged. But first it’s necessary for us all to be clear about what ADL’s role is.

Its proclaimed objective is to “fight anti-Semitism”. In reality its main purpose under the leadership of Abe Foxman is to smear, harass, silence and preferably destroy those of all faiths and none who are critical of Zionism in action – critical of Israel’s policies in general and its contempt for international law in particular; and critical of the awesome power of the Zionist lobby, in America especially.

In his speech Murdoch said his own perspective on the evil of anti-Semitism was “simple”. He put it this way (my emphasis added):

“We live in a world where there is an ongoing war against the Jews. For the first decades after Israel’s founding, this war was conventional in nature. The goal was straightforward – to use military force to overrun Israel.”

That was Murdoch’s carefully understated way of endorsing Zionism’s assertion that for the first decades of its life Israel lived in danger of annihilation, the “driving into the sea” of its Jews. As I document in detail through the three volumes of the American edition of my book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Israel’s existence was never, ever, in danger from any combination of Arab force. Zionism’s assertion to the contrary was the cover that allowed Israel to get away where it mattered most (in America and Western Europe) with presenting its aggression as self-defense and itself as the victim when, actually, it was and is the oppressor.

The main event during the period in which Murdoch asserted that the Arabs were trying to “overrun” Israel was the 1967 war. Zionism’s story of it, which the mainstream media still peddles to this day, is that Israel went to war either because the Arabs attacked first or were intending to attack. Both, the either and the or, are Zionist propaganda nonsense. It was a war of Israeli aggression.

I don’t expect Murdoch to pay any attention to what the Gentile me has to say on the subject, but if he is not an agent of Zionist deception (i.e. if he is merely ignorant), he ought to consider what various Israeli leaders have said. I quote them in America Takes Sides, War With Nasser Act II and the Creation of Greater Israel, Chapter 1 of Volume Three the American edition of my book, which is sub-titled Conflict Without End?

I preface the quotes of Israeli leaders with this observation.

“If the statement that the Arabs were not intending to attack Israel and that the existence of the Jewish state was not in danger was only that of a goy, it could be dismissed by Zionists as anti-Semitic conjecture. In fact the truth the statement represents was admitted by some of the key Israeli players – after the war, of course. Before we look at what actually happened in 1967 and why, here is a short summary of some pertinent, post-war Israeli confessions.”

In an interview published in Le Monde on 28 February 1968, Israeli Chief of Staff Rabin said this: “I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent into Sinai on 14 May would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.”

On 14 April 1971, a report in the Israeli newspaper Al-Hamishmar contained the following statement by Mordecai Bentov, a member of the wartime national government. “The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory.”

On 4 April 1972, General Haim Bar-Lev, Rabin’s predecessor as chief of staff, was quoted in Ma’ariv as follows: “We were not threatened with genocide on the eve of the Six-Days war, and we had never thought of such a possibility.”

In the same Israeli newspaper on the same day, General Ezer Weizman, Chief of Operations during the war and a nephew of Chaim Weizman, was quoted as saying: “There was never any danger of annihilation. This hypothesis has never been considered in any serious meeting.”

In the spring of 1972, General Matetiyahu Peled, Chief of Logistical Command during the war and one of 12 members of Israel’s General Staff, addressed a political literary club in Tel Aviv. He said: “The thesis according to which the danger of genocide hung over us in June 1967, and according to which Israel was fighting for her very physical survival, was nothing but a bluff which was born and bred after the war.” In a radio debate Peled said: “Israel was never in real danger and there was no evidence that Egypt had any intention of attacking Israel.” He added that “Israeli intelligence knew that Egypt was not prepared for war.”

In the same program Chaim Herzog (former DMI, future Israeli Ambassador to the UN and President of his state) said: “There was no danger of annihilation. Neither Israeli headquarters nor the Pentagon – as the memoirs of President Johnson proved – believed in this danger.”

On 3 June 1972 Peled was even more explicit in an article of his own for Le Monde. He wrote: “All those stories about the huge danger we were facing because of our small territorial size, an argument expounded once the war was over, have never been considered in our calculations. While we proceeded towards the full mobilisation of our forces, no person in his right mind could believe that all this force was necessary to our ‘defense’ against the Egyptian threat. This force was to crush once and for all the Egyptians at the military level and their Soviet masters at the political level. To pretend that the Egyptian forces concentrated on our borders were capable of threatening Israel’s existence does not only insult the intelligence of any person capable of analyzing this kind of situation, but is primarily an insult to the Israeli army.”

The preference of some generals for truth-telling after the event provoked something of a debate in Israel, but it was short-lived. If some Israeli journalists had had their way, the generals would have kept their mouths shut. Weizman was one of those approached with the suggestion that he and others who wanted to speak out should “not exercise their inalienable right to free speech lest they prejudice world opinion and the Jewish diaspora against Israel.”

It is not surprising that debate in Israel was shut down before it led to some serious soul-searching about the nature of the state and whether it should continue to live by the lie as well as the sword; but it is more than remarkable, I think, that the mainstream Western media continues to prefer the convenience of the Zionist myth to the reality of what happened in 1967 and why. When reporters and commentators have need today to make reference to the Six Days War, they still tell it like the Zionists said it was in 1967 rather than how it really was. Obviously there are still limits to how far the mainstream media is prepared to go in challenging the Zionist account of history, but it could also be that lazy journalism is a factor in the equation.

For those journalists, lazy or not, who might still have doubts about who started the Six Days War, here’s a quote from what Prime Minister Begin said in an unguarded, public moment in 1982.  “In June 1967 we had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us, We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”

My own favourite Israeli quote is the one I use to draw the Prologue to Volume One of my book to a conclusion. In 1980 I had a number of conversations with the best and the brightest of Israel’s Directors of Military Intelligence, Major General (then retired) Sholmo Gazit. Over coffee one morning I said to him: “I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all a myth. Israel’s existence has never, ever, been in danger.” He replied: “The trouble with us Israelis is that we’ve become the victims of our own propaganda.”

In his speech to the ADL dinner, Murdoch said that phase two of the “ongoing war against the Jews” (after the failure to “overrun” Israel by force) was “terrorism” He seems to have no idea of reality on this front either.

One of a number of summary truths about terrorism is this. In Palestine that became Israel, it was the Zionists who turned to terrorism first – to drive out the occupying British and then the indigenous Arabs.

Murdoch spoke of the terrorists targeting Israelis at home and broad – “from the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich to the second intifada.” Fact: All but two of the Israeli athletes in Munich were killed by German security forces after Israeli Defense Minister Dayan insisted, against Prime Minister Golda Meir’s own best judgement, on a shoot-out to prevent a negotiated end to the hostage drama. Fact: The second intifada, which PLO Chairman Arafat was doing his best to prevent, was provoked by Ariel Sharon to improve his prospects of becoming prime minister by seeing off a challenge from Netanyahu.

A second summary truth about Palestinian terrorism is this. The Palestinians were not and are not “at war with the Jews”. Black September’s Munich operation, for example, was terrorism for a public relations purpose – to draw the attention of the world to the fact that the Palestinians existed, were occupied and oppressed and in need of some justice.

A summary truth about general Arab and wider Muslim terrorism is this. It is primarily a response of the weak and oppressed to Israel’s arrogance of power and insufferable self-righteousness; to the impotence, corruption and repression of Arab and other Muslim regimes which are correctly regarded by their masses as little more than puppets of America-and-Zionism; and to the deadly double-standard of Western foreign policy – in particular its unconditional support for Israel right or wrong. (In at least one respect the  Arab and other Muslim masses have much more wisdom than Western leaders. They, Arab and Muslims masses, know that unconditional support for Israel right or wrong is not in anybody’s best interests, not even those of Israel’s Jews).

According to Murdoch “the war against the Jews” has now entered a new phase. “This,” he said, “is the soft war that seeks to isolate Israel by delegitimizing it. The battleground is everywhere – the media… multinational organizations … NGOs. In this war, the aim is to make Israel a pariah.”

It is true that in the eyes of many if not most peoples of the world (and probably many of their governments behind closed doors) Israel is increasingly being seen as a pariah state. But that’s a consequence of Israel’s policies and actions, war crimes and all.

What Murdoch sees as the rise of anti-Semitism is, in fact, the rise of anti-Israelism. The danger for the Jews of the world is that it will be transformed into violent anti-Semitism at a foreseeable point in the future if the Zionist state is not called and held to account for its past crimes and is allowed by the major powers to go on committing new ones.

It is a fact that prior to the obscenity of the Nazi holocaust, most Jews were opposed to Zionism’s colonial enterprise. One of their fears was that Zionism would one day provoke anti-Semitism if it was allowed by the big powers to have its way. As I never tire of writing and saying, this fear was given a fresh airing by Yehoshafat Harkabi, Israel’s longest serving Director of Military Intelligence. In 1986 he published a remarkable book, Israel’s Fateful Hour. It contains this warning (my emphasis added):

Israel is the criterion according to which all Jews will tend to be judged. Israel as a Jewish state is an example of the Jewish character, which finds free and concentrated expression within it. Anti-Semitism has deep and historical roots. Nevertheless, any flaw in Israeli conduct, which initially is cited as anti-Israelism, is likely to be transformed into empirical proof of the validity of anti-Semitism. It would be a tragic irony if the Jewish state, which was intended to solve the problem of anti-Semitism, was to become a factor in the rise of anti-Semitism. Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world.

Nearly a quarter of a century on I think it can and should be said that Israel’s “misconduct” has become the prime factor in the equation that could transform anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism.

If I had the opportunity to address Mr. Murdoch directly, I would say to him the following. If you really care about the Jews (I mean the Jews as people as opposed to their money), you would put your media empire at the service of the truth of history.

I would also tell him that when I joined ITN (Independent Television News) as a very young reporter many years ago, its great editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Cox, gave me the mission statement in one short sentence. “Our job is to help keep democracy alive.”

I would then say to Murdoch that my charge today is (generally speaking) that the mainstream media has betrayed democracy. And I would add, “You, sir, are the greatest betrayer, traitor, of them all.”

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East.  His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its American edition.  He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets on www.twitter.com/alanauthor.

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  1. D Costa on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “I would then say to Murdoch that my charge today is (generally speaking) that the mainstream media has betrayed democracy. And I would add, “You, sir, are the greatest betrayer, traitor, of them all.”

    –Writes Alan Hart in the above artical.

    Actually, the poll’s intent is to create the shift it claims to portray, a shift that is, in fact, not happening because, as Republican Whip Eric Cantor said on October 2, American Jews are voting Democratic, as they always have, because “Jews are prone to want to help the underdog.”

    But not the American Jewish Committee, the most established and establishment of lobby organizations which, under its current leadership, is a bastion of neoconservative war-mongering and has put its once-respected polls to the service of the GOP.

    The good news is that Eric Cantor is right: American Jews (not him) are liberals and Democrats. But the “pro-Israel” establishment just follows lockstep behind Prime Minister Netanyahu who wants Republicans to win in November (he has a history of supporting the GOP) and President Obama gone in 2012.

    One, they are tired of even Obama’s timid pressure on settlements and (2) they want a President who will give Israel permission to bomb Iran. George W. Bush said “no” to that scheme as has Obama. But President Palin or Huckabee? They know that they would say “bombs away” in a heartbeat.

    That is why they are running these ads. That is why the American Jewish Committee (AJC), has become a Republican cutout. It’s all about the Middle East: preventing Israel from achieving peace with its neighbors and preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons, not through diplomacy but war.”

    –Writes M. J Rosenberg in another article

    Israel is looking into it

    Cantor said that a big part of the US dilemma surrounding this issue is due to the fact that Israel is part of the overall foreign aid budget, and not a separate one. He goes on to mention that hopefully some kind of separation can be made when it comes to the tax payers’ money going to Israel.

    Only eight days before the congress mid-term elections, there seems to be a growing chance of a power shift from a Democratic to a Republican majority in the House.

    Cantor explains that taking Israel out of the Sate Department’s annual budget will allow the US to continue protecting the security aid given to Israel, even if the rest of the foreign aid budget will be frozen due to a conflict between the Democratic president and a Republican House of Representatives.

    If the Republicans win the upcoming elections, there will be more Tea Party right-winged representatives supporting tax cut-backs and strict foreign aid policy. Some of them have already stated that they intend to vote against foreign aid

    Israeli officials are looking into the issue, even if at this point it’s only a proposal and not a practical discussion. Such a separation in the foreign aid budget might not be good for Israel, and may tie her down more when it comes to American interest and hurt her independence.”

    Taken from Ynetnews.com

    Virginia needs to vote this trator: Eric cantor out. Can someone tell us whwether Eric cantor’s wife worked for Goldman Sachs?

    Millions of US homeowners have lost their homes due to fraud by the bankers and many people have come to know about millions of homes being foreclosed including homes where there were no existing mortgage–because the mortgage had been paid off.

    Who are the people responsible for this massive level of fraud? How did it all start and when did it begin? It all started with mortgage backed security fraud –which led to the foreclosure crisis–and the criminals involved are the same bankster gangsters who looted the American people and who continue to print money through the illegal federal reserve system which funds illegal wars in addition to funding all different other crime.

    What did Zionist Jewish Eric Cantor want done regarding these fraudulent foreclosures which were making Americans homeless?–He wanted banksters to continue foreclosing on people’s homes. Eric Cantor has said [according to M.J Rosenberg] that Jews care about the “underdog”.

    In another story an attorney who was working with clients to protect their homes from being foreclosed had a frightening experience because 4 Jewish judges were trying to take away his law license in the state of RI. These show us the Jewish love and sympathy for the “underdog”. And how many people have been destroyed by Jews for speaking out against Israel or Zionism or writing about the Jew owned and operated black slave trade in America? We know what happened to Joe Sobran and black professor Tony Martin–and we have seen Jewish “love” for the “underdog” in the town of Lakewood NJ where they are trying to get rid of poor homeless people supported by the outreach program of Rev Steve Bingman while allowing an exclusive housing development [section 8 housing] for Jews only at the expense of tax payers.

    “Rep. Cantor: Stop Classifying Israel Aid as ‘Foreign Aid’
    ‘Special Case’ Israel Would be finded Directly by Military

    The ever growing US commitment to throwing massive amounts of foreign aid at Israel is a special case, insists Rep. Eric Cantor (R – VA), and so much so that it shouldn’t even be considered “foreign aid,” which is handled by US State Department. Rather, Cantor wants to see Israel’s subsidy seperated entirely from the State Department, and turned over to the US military directly.”

    The above was taken from the antiwar.com

    Most politicians on both parties are under the control of Jewish lobby and except for a small percentage of politicians in both parties they pander to Israel and other Jewish interests.

    Maidhc O’Cathail is right on! He points out America’s two party system and what it means to the voter.

    This right and left paradigm as spoken and writen about by people like M.J Rosenberg, Gordon Duff and others is a false notion. People of this country need to vote for the individual politicians who are not sell outs to Israel, Jewish lobby and other Jewish interest groups. No man can serve two masters. A politician who wants to be loyal to a foreign government at the expense of this country is a traitor and all traitors must be voted out.

    Bill Krystol and other Zionist Jewish individuals the so called neocons are communists and these warmongers have destroyed the reputation of the Republican Party. Democratic Party is a useless Party anyway because there are too many Zionist Jews who are senators and congressmen in that party. Those Jews in the Democratic Party and people like Eric Cantor and Arlen Specter in the Republican Party are the same. When it comes to Jews there is no party line but love for Israel and love for their own tribe–and love to take away freedom and individual liberties of Gentiles–and bring about wars on behalf of Israel–in addition to causing death and destruction to humans, animals and plant life to suit their Communist agenda–which the world has witnessed more than once. Whose plan was it to destroy Russian Christians and Muslims and the country Russia and then Germany and the nice German people through the creation of revolution and war?–there were communist Jews in Mao’s cabinet–and then the Vietnam war–and in more recent times wars and massacre in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan–and now the communist Zionist Jews are targeting Iran while spreading lies among various sectors of the world’s population about the Iranian president. It is all too clear what their agenda is!

    Love for Israel and love for Jewish interests are not going to help our nation. When billions of tax dollars are spent to please Israel and Jews that comprise only 2% of the population 98% of the population has to be neglected which is a parasitic existence on the part of Israel and the Jewish minority.

    The book “The Transparent Cabal” by Stephen Sniegoski and many articles of Philip Giraldi and Maidhc O’Cathail–who write with clarity because they have grasped the political situation well–are a must read.

    American voter needs to understand that Zionist Jewish interests and pandering to Israel by giving billions in aid have cost America too much.
    The real problem is the Zionist problem which means fighting wars for Israel, giving aid to Israel and believing the lies of mainstream media owned and controlled by the same group of people–and our government, military, FDA, CDC, FBI, CIA, police are all hijacked by the same people and we have allowed the Federal Reserve and mortgage industry to be run by the same people who have looted America–and the Israel loving politicians and those sell outs for the cause of Israel have done nothing about these things. This same group of people also spread false propaganda through magazines, by writing newspaper columns and various confusing articles such as the recent article of M.J Rosenberg and the 98% of the population need a break from these people at least for 10 to 15 years which can give time for them to heal their hearts and minds–to get rid of the toxicity from their lives. What we need is a real break from these people because their interests dont match those of the rest of the population. Like Minister Loise Farrakhan said to Wallace of 60 minutes: “You need to be quiet”!

    If all these disinformation agents here in the US and other countries remain quiet including Netanyahu and all those Jewish rabbis who speak total rubbish–we will have a much better world. Like Jeffrey Blankfort said “Israel is the most immediate threat to the future of the planet”. And those promoting Israel and its communist Zionist agenda are a great threat to us all.

    To add to all of this we also have ADL, SPLC controlled by the same tribe to frame patriotic Americans with false charges and this same group is also spying on Americans.

    American tax payer is paying for his own destruction perpetrated by Israel and Zionist Jews.

    Alan Hart,

    Zionist Jewish Rupert Murdock is working for the New World Order agenda of Zionist Jewish world domination and he is an agent of deception and outright lies–and so are Bill Krystol, Eric Cantor, Arlen Specter, Chuck Schumer and all other communist marxista who have destroyed this country.

  2. D Costa on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    How did Jews help the underdog by engaging in the black slave trade in America? Ask Rev Steve Bingham about area 8 housing development in Lakewood NJ which is solely for Jews and the blacks and other oppressed people have lost jobs in this county and Steve Bingham is having an out rech for these people while the local politician is trying to get rid of them from this area. Where is the Jewish love here for the underdog?

    In California politicians [Robert Waxman and the 2 Jewish senators:Barbara Boxer and Diana Feinstein] did not help the underdog either. Veterans’ land has been stolen from them and they have no place to go. They are homeless.

    Eric Cantor wants to praise the Jewish people even if that means they will be voting for the party on the opposite side of Eric Cantor. Boasting about the goodness of Jews is the most important thing for Eric Cantor instead of promoting his own party–because Cantor knows Jews will vote for him–He would rather use whatever platform available to him to boast about the Jewish virtue–in order to get Jewish politicians in the Democratic Party elected–and to promote other Jewish interests.

    Black professor Tony Martin’s career was destroyed by the Jews because he wrote about the Jew owned and operated black slave trade. Where was their sympathy for the underdog?

    You see these are lies. And more and more people everyday are getting fed up of Jewish Communist marxists lies and misrepresentation and misinformation.

    Read (1) the protocol of elders of Zion

    (2) Late Benjamin Freedman’s “Facts are Facts”

    (3) Essays of Dr William Pierce

    (4) Real Zionist News from our beloved Brother Nathanael Kapner

  3. Cold Wind on the 01. Nov, 2010 remarked #

    It’s simple: vote the Jews out of office, wherever they might be. Jews have proven they can not be trusted to put America’s real interest first and foremost over and above the ambitions of Israel.

    Secondly, never elect or give support to a Christian/Zionist or anyone who supports Israel in any way. This includes Rand Paul. Israel has proven its malignant influence and should be politically isolated.

    Thirdly stop supporting Jewish controlled media.

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