Posted on July 11, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
The first question that came up when thinking about the deaths of three teenagers kidnapped on June 12 in Israel, and how that tragedy led to what is occurring now, was “is this an Israeli false-flag operation?” Of all the information on the Israel-Palestine situation that I’ve come across, the only mention about the kidnapping and murders of the three was that a Hamas breakaway group was responsible, not ordered by Hamas top officials. That was alluded to by Max Blumenthal on a Real News Network short interview in the past few days. If any one reading this could share information about Israeli evidence on the kidnappers/murderers of the three teenagers, please enter in the comments.
So, hopefully a fuller understanding about the status of Israel’s evidence confirming (or denying) their allegation that Hamas carried out the original crimes can occur here. Hamas has denied involvement in the original crimes. In the Crosstalk RT segment below there is mention by one of the guests that Hamas did it, but unfortunately the host didn’t ask him to provide evidence to verify his assertion. One of the other guests asserts the opposite, that there has been no evidence provided to prove the claim that Hamas was the guilty party. Again, if any person reading this can help nail down whether Israel’s claim that Hamas is the guilty party is true or false, please do so in the comments.
From the standpoint of the kidnapping/murder of the three teenagers that sparked this disaster being a possible “false flag” by Israel, getting to the bottom of whether there is evidence or absence of evidence to verify Israel’s Hamas allegation is all-important.
The second question that comes up is in regard to reports that Israel knew early on that the teenagers were already dead, yet kept the world from knowing so through media “gag orders” to not report any details of the investigation. This fact that the teenagers were dead was not made public for at least two weeks, and Israeli law enforcement went so far as to keep the fact that their children were dead from the teenagers’ parents. It was during that two-week period that Israeli military went door-to-door in Gaza and arrested around 560 people without charge. Why would Israel not tell the world that the teenagers were dead, especially to the young men’s parents?
If Israel arrested and jailed 560 men to capture those responsible for the original crimes, did it take 560 men to kidnap and murder the teenagers? Will the names of those 560 men be found in the evidence Israel used to finger Hamas? Living in the United States, if three teenagers became kidnapped and murdered, law enforcement would work in typical, routine ways to gather evidence, detectives will talk to all persons who’ve become identified as possible witnesses or able to provide important facts, etc., then narrowing and boiling down the information gathered in hopes of finding and arresting the perpetrators.
It seems about impossible to imagine any triple-homicide scenario in the U.S. or any nation where 560 people would be arrested before it became known that they were “persons of interest.” As a law enforcement action, this example by Israel is extreme, unusual, extraordinary and raises questions about Israeli evidence. U.S. officials are unaware of any evidence pointing to Hamas’ responsibility for the kidnap/murders.
One report said that the families of the three kidnapped/murdered teens have contacted the family of a young man killed in a revenge action and joined in calling for an end to the heightened violence and tensions.
Rallies in Israel have occurred where hundreds chant “death to Arabs”, Israeli calls for violence have reached unprecedented levels, while at the same time large rallies of non-Zionists are calling for an end to hate speech and widespread clashes across the region. One hundred thousand Palestinians were warned away from Gaza’s border areas, but have no place to go as Egypt has apparently closed its border.
determination”, which is contradicted by other guest with “Israel is not in Gaza.” Finkelstein, in one of the more tense parts of the program, challenges that assertion by asking who David Cameron’s “guards” were when Cameron compared Gaza to a “prison”. He tells the “not occupied” guest to “not embarrass himself in front of the world, we’re on television.” Finkelstein then notes that out of 69 (since then over 120) deaths since Tuesday 60 have been civilians.
No Israelis have died.
The third guest accuses the man arguing the Israeli case of using “meaningless slogans and unsupported assertions”, and that “facts are facts, and at a certain point people are going to have to deal with them.” Hamas and the Palestinian Authority had formed a unity government, Hamas had agreed to go along with provisions of a European Union-United States plan, and the unity Palestinian government was ready to begin negotiations with Israel on a settlement.
Some analysts believe Israel is intentionally sabotaging any efforts to reach a settlement based on international law. There are those who view Israel’s building of more and more hundreds of apartments and homes on occupied territory as an intentional action to prevent the “two-state solution”, and its current military campaign an effort to slow the trending negative international public opinion of Israel, including a growing “Boycotts, Divest, Sanctions” movement, increased criticism from the world’s political, religious, and human rights leaders, and increased media reporting of Israel’s actions to prevent a Palestinian independent nation.
Norman Finkelstein ends the program by saying “the whole world wants a negotiated settlement, except the lunatics in Tel Aviv.”
Given the Middle East’s energy resources, a link to a Guardian article that talks about Palestinian offshore natural gas deposits, and how they may play a role in the violence is below. After reading a large number of comments at the Guardian site, there were hardly any which approached solutions-focused suggestions but most reflected an unfortunate polarization of viewpoints from pro-Israel and pro-Palestine commenters.
Some thought that the points discussed in the article were off the mark, and that the relatively small gas deposits ($4 billion) were of zero relevance with regard to the current actions by Israel. Others praised the writer for pointing out what they thought was a factor to some extent of Israeli military actions.
Once again, any help or additional clarifying information in the comments section would be appreciated.
The best guess this writer can offer is that the Israeli government has decided to do whatever it takes to prevent a Palestinian independent nation. Some hold that, because of the large number of illegal settlements through the years, it is now about impossible for a two-state solution. It is possible that the current bombing campaign is intended to drive Palestinians out of the region altogether. That would mean that Palestinians would leave the land of their ancestors, an unjust and tragic possibility which is unacceptable because it is immoral.
Thank you for any other facts or aspects not presented or covered in this post. In particular, because “sunshine is the best disinfectant” – truth is critically important to solve this decades-old struggle, it would be beneficial for information either censored by or falsely reported in the mainstream media come to the world’s awareness.
It is becoming increasingly clear powerful international pressure like that exerted on apartheid South Africa, namely the Boycotts, Divest, Sanctions movement, is the only option left which will resolve the Israel-Palestine tragedy.