Thursday, June 2, 2005


Psyops and the Israeli settler problem

Eretz Yisroel, a settler friendly site put up an article which I find rather interesting. It talks about Psyops used in within the settler community in order to influence both the settlers (through use of agents provocateurs) and Israeli public opinion (through information that filters as a result of these staged events) about a number of issues. While there is very much in the article I don’t agree with, mainly its ideological impetus, there is however some useful information that is worthy of being read. The author (unnamed) claims that undercover agents are posing as radical settlers and they engage in violent militant acts that then serve as evidence to portray the settlers to the Israeli common man as extremists. One of these agents also encouraged Yigal Amir to assassinate Rabin. This claim is interesting, as it implicates that the secret services of Israel had some part in the planning and implementation of this crime.

The author believes that Israel is staging events so as to aid in creating the favourable environment necessary for the implementation of the policies the government intends upon using. If the average Israeli believes that the presence of settlers in Gaza only leads to violence, because these people are extremists and against peace, they will not protest against the Gaza disengagement. It also is creating an environment of hostility between the two segments of Israeli society, those living in Israel proper, and those who are living in the occupied territories. It is preparing a scenario of the logic of a civil war, making it an unavoidable prospect.

Here are a few excerpts:

“The second task was to deal with 'labeling' the segment of Israeli population which would be need to be relocated as 'outside the national consensus'. The West Bank and Gaza 'settlers' became 'opponents of peace', 'extremists', and for merely holding on to what had been Israeli government policy for years, they were labeled 'dangerous radicals'.”

“But when the PM Ariel Sharon resurrected the spirit of Oslo (which is basically an Israeli retreat) in the form of his policy of 'Disengagement', he once again hit a potentially hard sell with the Israeli public. Normally when a country redraws its borders, the residents remain where they are. In a bold step, Sharon insists that the Jewish residents of Gaza and portions of the West Bank be expelled. He has even threatened to use military force against Israeli civilians who wish to remain in their homes in Gaza and the West Bank. New legislation requiring up to three years in prison for anyone who resists evacuation is being pushed through the Knesset. Sharon has claimed that by the end of the year 2005, "Gaza will be free of Jews" - a phrase that upset a portion of the Israeli public being reminiscent of phrases used during WWII. As time past, Sharon hit more and more resistance to his policies.”

Arutz Sheva writes: “As tensions over the withdrawal/expulsion plan intensify, talk of a civil war or violence between Jews is also heating up. Some fear another Avishai Raviv-type provocation against the right-wing.”

“MK Tzvi Hendel, a resident of Gush Katif, said that the alleged attackers "cause harm not only to our cause, but also to the entire country. But they are only a tiny fraction of the entire populace, and they must be related to in this manner. It's actually the Prime Minister who sees fit to mention Judea, Samaria and Gaza and extremist Kach members in the same breath. A citizen who hears the Prime Minister make such an equation is liable to believe him... I don't see anyone being arrested. I'm beginning to think that this is another case of [Shabak agent-provocateur] Avishai Raviv, and that [these incidents] serve Sharon's ultimate objective of de-legitimizing all of us."Avishai Raviv (pictured above) is believed to have encouraged Yigal Amir to assassinate Yitzchak Rabin in 1995. Among other evidence, two high school girls said they heard Raviv goad Yigal Amir into assassinating Rabin. Raviv was similarly the driving force behind the fictitious Eyal organization, which "took credit" for attacks against Arabs that never occurred - leading to the ostracizing of the nationalist camp by many.”

“The police department plans to grant "immunity" to police officers charged by settlers with undue violence during the expulsion from Gaza. So reports the Yediot Acharonot newspaper today. The report states that the police believe that the settlers plan to "intimidate" policemen from carrying out the evacuation by filing illegitimate complaints charging them with undue violence and the like. The police will therefore not suspend these policemen, in keeping with long-running custom, but will rather investigate the charges even as the policemen continue to carry out their jobs.”


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