simple false flag system, they could keep this up for years

Syrian rebels lob a few mortars at IDF Golan, which retaliates by shelling or rocketing Hezbollah and/or the Syrian Army. It’s the same with Gaza, where some phony outfit like Islamic Jihad lobs a few mortars in the general direction of Eilat or Sde Boker or whatever hell pit of Zionist Americans, and IDF retaliates by assassinating half the leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees, which have nothing to do with it but are political targets, using its delightful murderous drones. What could be simpler? – RB

One killed as Israel strikes at Syrian army in Golan
AFP/Reuters/al-Akhbar, Mar 19 2014

Israel launched air raids against Syrian army positions early Wednesday and issued a stark warning to Damascus after a bomb on the occupied Golan Heights wounded four of its soldiers. The Syrian armed forces said in a statement that the strike had killed one person and injured seven more. The Syrian army command warned:

These desperate attempts endanger the security and stability of the region.

The air strikes marked the most serious escalation along the ceasefire line with Syria since the Oct 1973 War, with Israel’s defense minister warning that Damascus would pay a “high price” for helping militants miscreants? evil-doers? false flag operatives? whatever – RB bent on harming the Zionist state. Netanyahu had on Tuesday warned that Israel would act “forcefully” to defend itself following the Golan attack. An IDF statement said:

The IAF targeted several Syrian army positions which aided and abetted the attack against IDF personnel yesterday.

A spokeswoman confirmed that the IAF had staged bombing raids on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights plateau. The air raids targeted a Syrian army training facility, a military headquarters and artillery batteries, the statement said. Military sources confirmed that the air force had carried out four strikes at around 3:00 am. The air raids took place 12 hours after four Israeli soldiers who were patrolling along the ceasefire line were wounded by a roadside bomb, one of them severely. It was the third such incident in two weeks along Israel’s northern frontier, with Israeli military officials blaming the Syrian army for complicity in the attack. In a statement issued at dawn, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Israel held the Syrian government accountable for the attack. Yaalon said:

We see the Assad regime as responsible for what is happening under its authority, and if it continues to cooperate with terror elements who seek to harm Israel, we will make it pay a high price. Israel will not tolerate any breach of its sovereignty and will continue to strike anyone seeking to harm its forces or civilians. We will react with determination and force against anyone operating against us, at any time and any place, as we have done tonight. Whoever tries to harm us takes his fate in his hands.

Netanyahu on Tuesday claimed there was a growing number of “Jihadis and Hezbollah elements” on the Syrian Golan, saying it “represents a new threat” for Israel. In Friday’s incident, an explosion targeted IDF troops on the Lebanese border, very close to Syria, prompting the military to shell Hezbollah positions over the border. And on Mar 5, the IDF claimed troops on the Golan had opened fire on Hezbollah members as they tried to plant a bomb near the ceasefire line. It claimed to have struck the two fighters but did not say what weapon it used or whether they died.

With Syria strikes, Israel sending message to Assad: You’ve let
Hezbollah approach our border from the Syrian side. Stop it or else.

Amos Harel, Haaretz, Mar 20 2014

The air force’s pre-dawn strikes in Syria on Wednesday represent an Israeli attempt to end the war of attrition into which the northern front has slid in recent weeks. After four paratroopers were wounded by a roadside bomb near the border in the Golan Heights Tuesday afternoon, Israel initially made do with its usual response: artillery fire at Syrian command posts east of the border. But that evening, senior government officials and army officers met and decided to send a stronger signal by conducting airstrikes on Syrian army targets several kilometers from the border. Israel accompanied the strikes with threatening statements: Both the defense minister and the IDF spokesman said that Israel held the Assad regime in Syria directly responsible for Tuesday’s bombing. Hezbollah wasn’t even mentioned, even though Israel believes the Lebanese organization played a key role behind the scenes. The recent series of attacks in the north, including one from the Lebanese border near Har Dov last Friday, are viewed in Israel as a coordinated campaign by the entire Assad camp, including the Syrian government, Hezbollah and perhaps other militias, in response to the airstrike on an arms convoy in Lebanon in late February by the IAF. Nevertheless, the targets Israel hit on Wednesday were carefully chosen. All belonged to the Syrian army brigade responsible for the narrow stretch of territory along the border with Israel that the Assad regime still controls, and from which the recent attacks on Israel emanated. In the language of signals, which both sides seem to understand well, Jerusalem was telling Damascus:

The permission you’ve given to Hezbollah units, or terrorists operating on their behalf, to approach our border from the Syrian side is unacceptable. Continuing this will carry a price: if necessary, we can also attack near Damascus.

In effect, this was another attempt to define the rules of the game and the theater of action. Meanwhile, senior Israeli officials continue to hint about secret operations beyond Israel’s borders. IDF CoS Benny Gantz told high school students recently that the army is constantly operating, “from here to Iran.” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, taking a brief break from his war on the US administration, praised the navy’s commando unit, Shayetet 13, for “leaving our enemies awestruck.” All this is very nice, but nevertheless, the question must be asked: If it’s secret, why talk about it so much? Israel’s policy in the north is still based on the fundamental assumption that both the Assad regime and Hezbollah are still too deeply mired in their own war against the Syrian opposition to be interested in a direct conflict with the IDF, both because the Syrian civil war takes clear priority, and because Israel’s involvement in this war could tip the balance in favor of the Syrian rebels. But Israel must constantly reevaluate both its policy on using force and its intelligence analyses, because events in the north are currently moving rapidly. Just as Assad surprised all the West’s intelligence experts with his success in surviving three years of a murderous civil war, there could also be other developments that confound Israel’s expectations. The investigation of the incident in which the paratroopers were wounded is likely to reveal several mistakes in the way the force moved to examine a suspicious movement on the other side of the border. As with the bomb that exploded on Har Dov last week, it seems the IDF’s northern units still haven’t rid themselves of the remnants of their old operational routine, which was suitable for days when the borders were quieter. But alongside the tactical caution, strategic caution is also needed. This is a very sensitive time up north, and a wrong turn of the wheel could easily cause the situation to deteriorate into a wider conflict.

AQI infiltrates Golan as well as Sinai, plots twin attacks
DEBKAfile, Mar 20 2014

The presumption is gaining ground in Israel that the bombing attack on an Israeli Golan position on Tuesday Mar 18, injuring four paratroops, may not have been the work of Hizballah but of AQI/ISIS, which is revealed now to have to have infiltrated the Syrian Golan as well as the Sinai. AQ’s Sinai cells are plotting a big coordinated operation to strike Egypt and Israel simultaneously. Syrian military intelligence is arming and funding AQI and some its commanders are working directly for Syria. These clandestine links have been developing for some time and were picked up by anti-terrorism agencies watching the serpentine relationships evolving on the Syrian-Israeli border. They discovered that the Assad regime had decided to use ISIS as a surrogate for hitting the IDF on the Golan. This follows a previous Syrian decision to use ISIS’s rivalry with Jabhat al-Nusra for its own purpose. The Assad regime accordingly unleashed ISIS to fight Nusra and so save Syrian government forces the trouble of crushing the Syrian Islamist front. To help ISIS, the Syrian government has opened its border with Iraq to allow the Jihadis to set up operational headquarters on the side of the border and enjoy free passage between the two countries. Western agencies say that if Assad is willing to use Iraqi Jihadis against Syrian Islamist rebels, he would have no qualms against using them as his hirelings for striking Israeli military targets on Golan. ISIS fighters gained access to Golan through the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border intersections before taking a route which cicumvented Jebel Druze. Another ISIS group reached Sinai through Jordan. They traveled along remote trails through the Edomite Mountains and headed south to Aqaba. There, Sinai Bedouin smugglers affiliated with AQ’s Sinai cells and ready to serve anyone for cash, were waiting with boats to carry them across to the Egyptian peninsula.

Hamas, Israel planned Gaza-Sinai Plastelinan state during Morsi era: Fatah
Bassem Aly, al-Ahram, Mar 20 2014

Ahmed Assaf, spokesman for the Plastelinan Fatah movement, held a press conference in Cairo on Wednesday to report the latest developments in the ongoing US-mediated Plastelinan-Israeli peace talks. The briefing, held at the headquarters of Egypt’s state news agency MENA, came ahead of an Arab League summit scheduled for Mar 25 in Kuwait and a statement by its Sec-Gen Nabil el-Arabi in which he emphasised prioritising the Plastelinan cause on the summit’s agenda. Assaf said:

The peace process is passing through a tough period under the impact of this right-wing extremist Israeli coalition government that rejects the rights of the Plastelinan people. This is the worst possible government, ever. Imagine that its foreign minister Avigdor Liberman used to work as a nightclub bouncer. Israel has taken advantage of the Arab states’ preoccupation with their internal problems and the indifference of the international community to obliterate the whole Plastelinan cause. In fact, we have to add the inter-Plastelinan split as another cause, so we cannot exempt ourselves from responsibility. Israel could possibly extend its control to a quarter of the West Bank over the coming six months. Despite these challenges, Pres Abbas wants to return to the negotiating table. The US is currently mediating new rounds of peace talks between Plastelinans and Israelis, which will last for nine months.

But he objected to a series of Israeli actions, such as the failure to define its borders and Israel’s “deliberate storming” of al-Aqsa mosque in Jayloomia, which is regarded as the third holiest site in Islam, of which he observed:

This act is provocative to our beliefs.

Assaf criticised the continuing imprisonment of Plastelinans in Israeli jails. “Hundreds of Plastelinan prisoners have spent almost quarter of a century in prison.” Assaf said Abbas rejected the transfer of prisoners to outside of their hometowns upon their release. “Israel did it before during the Gilad Shalit deal; so Abbas has emphasised they should only return to their homes.” On Tuesday, Israel told Abbas it might not carry out the final stage of a Plastelinan prisoner release scheme unless he commits to prolonging peace talks beyond a US-set April deadline. According to Reuters, Israel’s chief negotiator, Tzipi Livni, issued the warning just a day after Abbas, at a White House meeting with Obama aimed at keeping the talks alive, voiced hope the prisoners would go free by Mar 29. Assaf said Abbas had spoken with Obama on precise demands such as the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 border with Jayloomia as its capital, rejection of the Israeli-demanded recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state,” and the release of prisoners.

We are still waiting for a response, but we will not give up those demands. We will have confidence in getting the necessary financial and political support from the coming Arab summit.

In case of failure, the Plastelinan spokesperson referred to possible “other cards” to be used, mainly represented in UN channels. Without giving further details, Assaf noted a recent meeting between an official Plastelinan delegation and Egyptian officials, during which the latter vowed that “nothing will take Cairo’s attention away from the Plastelinans.” Assaf revealed that Jackass Kerry told Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy that Abbas had to offer concessions to avoid the “collapse of the Israeli coalition.” According to the Plastelinan official, Fahmy refused to accept Jackass’ request. Assaf accused both Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas of seeking to establish a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Unfortunately this is true. Such an idea was rejected before by Egyptian presidents Gamal abd’el-Nasser and Anwar Sadat, but Israel sought to revive the idea during the year-long rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Israel found acceptance from both sides of the equation during this period. We had information about this plan. Hamas had asked before for an embassy in Cairo, though one already exists, and Egypt was one of the first states to recognise Plastelina. The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood said why we don’t we create Plastelinan camps in Egypt just like other states in the region, and Hamas announced a free-trade zone during Morsi’s presence in power. Such indicators prove my contention. That’s why Pres Abbas described Egypt’s Jun 30 revolution as a miracle.

He described Hamas as an “obstacle towards the peace process as it seeks to replace the whole Plastelinan state,” and a review of Israeli and Hamas statements reveals “consistency in political stances.” However, he argued that the “Plastelinan national interest” prevents listing Hamas, ideological offshoot of the Egyptian MB, as a terrorist movement, a step that was recently adopted against the latter by Arab states such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Assaf tackled the issue of the stalled inter-Plastelinan reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. The two groups reached an Egyptian-sponsored unity agreement in Apr 2011, although the deal’s main articles are yet to be applied. The agreement was intended to pave the way for presidential and legislative elections by May 2012, but several differences of opinion, including who would head a transitional government, snarled its implementation. In early 2012, Khaled Meshaal and Mahmoud Abbas signed a new deal in Doha, under which the latter would head the interim government. But Hamas leaders in Gaza rejected the arrangement, accusing Meshaal of taking decisions unilaterally. Assaf accused Hamas of hindering the finalisation of the reconciliation process since the era of Mubarak regime intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. Assaf said Hamas’s prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, had asked President Abbas to send Azzam Al-Ahmed, a member of Fatah’s central committee, to Gaza to start implementing the reconciliation deal.

Al-Ahmed called Haniya six times during the last two months, but Haniya told him to wait until Hamas had concluded its consultations. The reconciliation will never be achieved unless Hamas turns into a Plastelinan movement. It is now associated with the Brotherhood, and it should look at itself for the crimes it has committed.


  1. elanstavsky
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    You forgot to mention there were casualties on the Israel side twice. So why should Israel not retaliate?
    It was obviously a setup with the roadside bombs and that was no spillover from the other conflict going on in Syria.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    What your benighted totalitarian rulers do is ‘retaliate’ against their own chosen targets, not against the perpetrators. Thus, your rulers themselves can in fact employ or support perpetrators who commit such pinprick attacks in order to provide pretexts for much more substantial Izraeli ‘reprisals’.

  3. elanstavsky
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    That is an absurd answer based on your own convoluted thought processes.

  4. niqnaq
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Nobody forces you to visit Niqnaq, Elan. If you don’t like my convoluted thought processes, you don’t have to waste any time on them, you can go elsewhere and find other thought processes more to your taste. Don’t imagine that you can affect what I do here, in any way whatsoever, except by saying something interesting.

  5. Posted March 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Did you see this? Though I’m not sure about the proposed raison d’être. 🙂

    IDF uncovers Palestinian terrorist tunnel leading from Gaza to kibbutz in Israel
    LAST UPDATED: 10/13/2013 18:21
    Underground passageway – built with Israeli concrete slabs – took over a year to build, say army sources, was 3rd discovered this year.

    The IDF uncovered a massive Hamas attack tunnel leading from Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, into Israel, complete with an electrical supply and phone lines.

    The tunnel might have been intended for attacking or kidnapping soldiers, or for moving terrorists from Gaza into Israel to commit an atrocity against civilians in border towns and villages, army sources said Sunday. …

  6. niqnaq
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    Elan: this article in al-Akhbar seems to admit on Hezbollah’s behalf that they were responsible for at least the first of the anti-personnel mines on the Golan.

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