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From time to time, articles surface about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which are so illuminating that they deserve full exposure. This one by Uri Avnery, the founder of Gush Shalom, an Israeli based peace activist group, is such an article. It tells us what was really happening behind the scenes for most of the past 45 years. The last lie is not actually covered: Netanyahu’s claim to support a Palestinian state, but the thinking that went on before is revealed.
THIRTY YEARS ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed.
Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered legitimate instruments of war. Lebanon War I (as it was later called) was a glorious example.
From beginning to end (if it has ended yet) it was a war of deceit and deception, falsehoods and fabrications.
THE LIES started with the official name: “Operation Peace in Galilee”.
If one asks Israelis now, 99.99% of them will say with all sincerity: “We had no choice. They launched katyushas at the Galilee from Lebanon every day. We had to stop them.” TV anchormen and anchorwomen, as well as former cabinet ministers have been repeating this throughout the week. Quite sincerely. Even people who were already adults at the time.
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