In the interest of further squelching the shockingly disinformed contention that Wikileaks is somehow an Israeli cointelpro operation. From Juan Cole:
The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has summarized an Israeli military briefing by Israeli Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi of a US congressional delegation a little over a year ago and concludes that
The memo on the talks between Ashkenazi and [Congressman Ike] Skelton, as well as numerous other documents from the same period of time, to which Aftenposten has gained access, leave a clear message: The Israeli military is forging ahead at full speed with preparations for a new war in the Middle East.
Note: This war preparation is serious and specific, according to the paper, and clearly is not just a matter of vague contingency planning.
The paper says that US cables quote Ashkenazi telling the US congressmen, “I’m preparing the Israeli army for a major war, since it is easier to scale down to a smaller operation than to do the opposite.”
The general’s plans are driven by fear of growing stockpiles of rockets in Hamas-controlled Gaza and in Hizbullah-controlled Southern Lebanon, the likely theaters of the planned major new war. Ashkenazi does not seem capable of considering that, given a number of Israeli invasions and occupations of those regions, the rockets may be primarily defensive. …
Note that my post does not ‘voice support’ for Hezbollah, since (amazingly) that is now illegal under U.S. ‘law’. From Glenn Greenwald (emphasis in original):
Amazingly, Fran Townsend [formerly a Bush administration war criminal, now a CNN bigwig], on CNN, hailed the Supreme Court’s decision in Humanitarian Law — the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the DOJ’s view that one can be guilty of “material support for terrorism” simply by talking to or advocating for a Terrorist group — and enthusiastically agreed when Wolf Blitzer said, while interviewing her: “If you’re thinking about even voicing support for a terrorist group, don’t do it because the government can come down hard on you and the Supreme Court said the government has every right to do so.” Yet “voicing support for a terrorist group” is exactly what Townsend is now doing — and it makes her a criminal under the very Supreme Court ruling that she so gleefully praised.
Instead, just a reminder that the U.S. supports the outlaw Israeli state with at least $3 billion a year in U.S. tax dollars, and otherwise see my old essay, Singling Out Israel in Berkeley: 5 Reasons. Finally, don’t forget to support boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning Israel! It’s what its rulers fear most.