Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley): It’s interesting how last week Israel had no idea what Hamas was up to, and yet this week they know every mosque, school and hospital that Hamas is hiding in. When you live under an empire of lies you’ll be asked to believe
“The best propaganda is that which, as it were, works invisibly, penetrates the whole of life without the public having any knowledge of the propagandistic initiative.” Joseph Goebbels
“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.” Mark Twain
Your work is invaluable Caitlin, thank you.
Reminds me a bit of 9/11. Could the US Intelligence System be so lacking? Or was it deliberate to excuse actions such as the Patriot Act to curtail our freedoms and to unconstitutionally attack Iraq?
SECURITY EXPERTS BLAME ISRAEL GOVERNMENT FOR ATTACK : THEY HAD SOURCES INSIDE
Posted by Yudi Sherman October 11, 2023
¨Security experts are blaming Israel’s government for Saturday’s invasion in which Muslim forces from Gaza massacred over 1,200 Israelis and kidnapped at least one hundred hostages.
So far no investigations have been launched into how the invaders were able to cross Israel’s heavily fortified border unimpeded, nor why it took Israel’s highly trained security forces over six hours to respond to calls for help.
Since 2005, when Israel expelled all Jewish residents from Gaza and ceded the territory to Muslims, Israel has been building sophisticated defense systems along the border. Foreseeing a possible above-ground invasion, Israel spent $220 million to develop an advanced security system “with no margin of error.” This includes barbed wire fences and a 23-foot high wall. Motion sensors are embedded in the ground along the electronic fences, which are accompanied by watchtowers armed with remote-control machine guns. The border is also patrolled by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, and Humvees operated by highly trained troops. Hundreds of night-vision cameras placed along the border constantly transmit to command centers which are operational 24/7.
Also deployed along the Gaza border is at least one semi-autonomous robotic vehicle called the Jaguar, equipped with dozens of cameras, sensors, transmitters and a 7.62mm MAG machine gun. The Jaguar sports a remote-controlled PA system and can self-destruct if captured by the enemy.
To stave off underground invasions, a 40-mile-long underground “smart fence” equipped with hundreds of AI-powered cameras, radar, and other sensors. The fence can detect infiltration by sea and is connected to a remote-controlled weapons system. One hundred and forty thousand tons of steel and concrete were reportedly used to build the barrier.
Israel’s Gazan border security also includes Sky Dew, a giant airborne balloon designed to help the Israel Air Force detect threats such as missiles and aircraft.
Video footage from Saturday’s invasion shows Muslim forces using a single bulldozer to dismantle a barbed wire fence. Media operatives have tried to claim that the invaders were able to cross the border after first dropping bombs on observation towers, somehow evading detection by Sky Dew, UAVs, electronic sensors and patrols. There is also no explanation for how the loss of transmission escaped notice by the military and intelligence units in the command centers.
Those units conduct regular drills and maneuvers. According to one military commander who was stationed at the Gaza border, one of those drills is a daily “dawn alert” during which both the night and day shifts inspect the border’s defenses. The Muslim forces, who invaded during the dawn hours, would have stumbled into a massive surveillance exercise by hypervigilant troops.
“In the 40 or more years that I’ve been following Israel one way or another, I’ve never seen this happen,” commented Trump-appointed former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. “I’ve never seen the border breached in this manner. Usually, even one person from Gaza gets close to the border, they’re intercepted and neutralized long before they can do anything. This is just something I’ve never seen before. It’s of course a large intelligence failure.”
Israeli officials have also not addressed how hours after the attack began and Israel’s forces had been alerted, the invaders were able to return the way they came, taking hostages on dirt bikes back to Gaza.
“It is almost inconceivable how they missed this,” said CIA counterterrorism veteran Marc Polymeropoulos.
Security experts are also baffled as to how Israel’s intelligence network, which includes the feared Mossad and the country’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, could have been ignorant of the operation.
“I’m truly astonished for something of this magnitude to go down and for the Israelis to have no clue that this is about to happen. I’m just speechless,” said Senior Fellow Colin Clarke at the global security research tank Soufan Center. “They have had sources inside these Palestinian groups for years.”
“Israel has exquisite, world-class intelligence collection and analysis capabilities and would have a far better picture of what’s going on in its own backyard. This one falls squarely on the Israelis,” he added.
Former Kerem Shalom Battalion Commander Yoram Erez wrote: "Something here doesn't add up to me!!! This is a mystery that I can't find an answer to since yesterday?
"I happen to know how things work in Gaza and on the border. I was the commander of the Kerem Shalom sector (Rafiah), I was in charge of Kissuf sector, I know the perimeter fence very well, I know how the army works there. I was in the Shatti refugee camp in Gaza, I was in charge of the Jibaliya refugee camp, I would make ambushes on the fence and deep in the area. I met Gazans, ate and breathed Gaza.
"The obstacle is built so that even a fox cannot pass it:
"Alerts are set according to 3 levels of pressure. It must alert when it is cut. There are, 24/7, forces that are responsible for arriving within a few minutes, if not seconds, to the point where there is an alert in the fence.
"Every day they do at least one penetration drill. Each subdivision has a standby squad whose role is to increase the force in an emergency situation. Observations scattered along the border cover every inch of it.
"The female observers are champions at identification. They don't miss. They detect movement even before it even approaches the obstacle - day and night. At problematic points (dead areas) they place a tank with observation and detection capabilities, and a terrifying firepower. In some cases snipers are deployed in the field.
"Every day before dawn there is a ‘dawn alert’ procedure. At this hour all the forces are awake (in this case also the hour when hundreds of terrorists entered Israel). The night shift alternates with the day shift. The commander of each force inspects the axis to make sure there were no infiltrations during the night.
"Trackers that move on the axis know how to recognize traces. They know who crossed the fence, how much and even when.
"Each scenario has a clear procedure. For example, a procedure for infiltrating terrorists, a procedure for taking hostages. Everything is written in blood and has been proving itself for years.
"There are several other layers of security that this is not the place to talk about. In short, we are talking about an obstacle that proves itself for years and years.
"So how the hell does a Palestinian tractor move towards the fence without anyone reacting to it?
"How did the tractor manage to sabotage the fence for a long hour and open access to Israel without anyone reacting to it?
"How did hundreds of terrorists and civilians cross the barrier without anyone on our side lifting a finger?
"How did terrorists arrive on foot and in vehicles, armed from head to toe, to dozens of Israeli settlements, without any reaction from our side?
"How did hundreds of terrorists stay in Israeli territory for long hours, shoot hundreds of Israelis, loot property, without there being even a single reaction on our side?
"How did it happen that hundreds of terrorists kidnapped dozens of Israelis, woke women, children, babies, old people from their deaths, surprised soldiers, officers when they were not ready, and kidnapped them to Gaza, without anyone stopping them?
"How is it that one bullet was not fired?
"How did all this happen under our noses?
"Where did an entire division go?
"Where did 3 brigades go?
"Who swallowed 9 battalions?
"What happened to 36 companies?
"Where did an entire regular infantry brigade go that usually outnumbers the elite?
"Where were all the reserve battalions that augment the regular army?
"Where did thousands of soldiers go???
"Someone here needs to provide explanations!!"
"President Biden made some noises on Wednesday about how important it is that Israel “operate by the rules of war”"
To be fair, when a US president talks about 'the rules of war', we should laugh. The US indiscriminately napalmed villages, used agent orange on crops, tortures, sets up back site prison/torture camps, drone strikes civilians, destroys city electrical and water systems, etc. We really haven't improved much in our practice of war since we fire bombed Japanese cities and used B-52's to level villages throughout Southeast Asia.
Thank you for this writing, Caitlin. These attacks against civilians are most definitely war crimes and the atrocities need to stop. It seems Israel gets impunity to kill Palestinians simply because it’s Israel. This is genocide and I hope that Natanyu and his cabinet face a war crimes tribunal. But of course that will never happen because Israel has the backing of, you guessed it, the USA.
The blood drinkers, the cabal want war. This is what they want. General Wesley Clark comment about war in the Middle East. The last country was Iran.
¨So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" And he said, "Oh, it's worse than that." He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, "I just got this down from upstairs" -- meaning the Secretary of Defense's office -- "today." And he said, "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran." Read More
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Following my previous comments on the likelihood Israel knew in advance of the Hamas attack, now borne out by news items and Caitlin’s latest article, the killing by Israel of its people taken hostage by Hamas only serves to bolster again further Israeli actions against Palestinians. Israel has said it will not stop its action or return utilities and food and medicine to the Gaza Strip until all the hostages are returned. If Israel has killed them, they can’t be returned, at least alive.
I am pretty sure dropping bombs will destroy underground accommodation and infrastructure as well as buildings above ground.
All of this is done with US and UK blessing, support and weaponry and the tacit support of Western media and people.
I am totally disgusted by UK political support for Israel and denigration of Palestinians (I live in the UK and don’t expect better of the US). How the treatment of Palestinians during the last 70+years by Israel can be condoned by anyone is completely beyond me.
So 500 hundred children dead so far? Which is likely a very modest report Isn't that just a real feather in their cap. This is utterly disgusting. How can they even walk upright after this?
I found yesterday's comment from the Jewish guy so helpful. The young people who've grown up in the Gaza prison are not evil terrorists. They've grown up in the Gaza prison.
The Israelis are not scum. They've grown up being taught to hate Palestinians.
We are all products of our conditioning.
We don't excuse the crime but we understand with compassionate awareness; starting with ourselves.
¨Did you know that Hamas was really created by the Mossad of Israel for the strategic purpose of preventing the creation of a Palestinian state? Thanks to the Mossad, Israel’s “Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks”, the Hamas was allowed to reinforce its presence in the occupied territories.¨
I don't have the link to this article but if you do your own research on G o o, you will find other information. I am not defending Hamas actions that were horrible.
The Mossad didn't see it coming. Impossible.
This last Saturday event is similar to the 911 Agenda, a PsyOp Operation to create war, terror and control.
If Israel is exercising discretion and abiding by international rules of war, it has a funny way of showing it. I'd hate to see it at its worst because they are reducing Gaza to a pile of rubble, and the blood and dismembered bodies of children, pregnant women, aged people, the sick and all those otherwise unable to leave.
Israel's brutality is renowned, and this is another example. I believe they like this reputation.
The whole conflict/war is called Israel vs Hamas to further remove Palestinians as existing. It's like saying the Troubles were the British vs Sinn Fein/IRA and excusing any hypothetical bombing from the mainland as only targeted at Sinn Fein members.
=== the western press has the gall to use the phrase “Hamas targets” when describing Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza ===
Well, the western press is basically a shitload of midwit BAs with $100k in student debt; they're just smart enough to understand what they're required to write in order to not get cancelled.
Just to be sure, they scan antiSocial Media to ensure that literally every story sounds like it was written by ChatGPT using the exact same prompt.
"Hamas targets" is the new "Russian invasion", which was the new "Safe and Effective"/"Pandemic of the Unvaccinated"/"Flatten the Curve".
The reality is: 95% of their intended audience is sentient, but not sapient - capable of experiencing FEELINGS; incapable of (syncretic) THOUGHT.
Our species gets referred to as "homo sapiens sapiens" but the cognitive machinery in the skulls of most humans is sentient - AT BEST.
That's why slogans and repetition are the stock in trade of mainstream 'jernalists'.
Hamas is not just a terrorist organization with a Nazi-like ideology hiding out in Gaza. IT IS THE GOVERNMENT OF GAZA, and so bears responsibility for protecting Gazans.
Israel has the responsibility not to target civilians as Hamas does as a genocidal organization uninterested in peace with Israel. But it is Hamas that has the responsibility of protecting them--not Israel.
Caitlin Johnstone: " Israeli Intelligence Suddenly Knows Exactly Where Hamas Is "
In many ways, if I were living in an alternate universe; I just might be thinking:
This was an Israeli coup d'etat conducted through Hezbollah terrorists. Conducted to unite the divided Jewish population to allow the United States to escalate in the Middle East to cover the humiliating defeat in Ukraine. Hmmm. I might also think, these terrorists are completely synthetic in origin.