Usually, it is Israel that stars in the grandiose conspiracy theories spun by
the Middle East’s hateful – but highly imaginative – media outlets and the
regimes that fund them. Besides being held responsible for the 9/11 attacks (a
claim still widely believed by significant minorities in numerous Muslim
countries) the “Zionist entity” has been blamed for a long list of acts of
espionage, clandestine military operations, and intrigues directed against
Most recently, an Israeli backed by 100 Jews was singled out as
responsible for producing the short incendiary film called Innocence of
Subsequent verified reports – circulated as early as September 13
– that “Sam Bacile” was the pseudonym of Nakoula Basseley Nakoulanot, a Coptic
Egyptian behind the making of the movie, failed to convince the Muslim
Terrorists belonging to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes, a Salafi jihadi
group, declared that their September 21 killing of twenty-year-old Netanel
Yahalomi of the IDF Artillery Corps – while he was giving water to African
migrants on the Egyptian border – was carried out in response to the anti-Islam
And Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated the libelous
claim that the “Zionists” made the film on September 25, the night before he
addressed the United Nations General Assembly. Earlier this year, Ankara claimed
Israel was using a type of bird known as the European Bee-Eater to spy on
Turkey. The bird’s “unusually large nostrils” were said to be the damning bit of
information that aroused Turkish suspicions that the bird was “implanted with a
Two years ago, when a shark attacked several
tourists and killed one while she was swimming off the Egyptian shore of the Red
Sea, high-ranking Egyptian officials did not rule out the possibility that the
Mossad had thrown the shark in their waters.
They were being quite
These conspiracy theories – and myriad others – follow in a long
ignoble tradition of blaming Jews for anything from plagues and communism, to
fascism and world domination.
But now a Middle East media outlet is
disseminating a new conspiracy theory or perhaps a confirmed news report – and
it has nothing to do with Israel. This time Syria, together with Iran, Hezbollah
and Russia are the targets. According to Syrian intelligence documents
purportedly leaked to and published by Al-Arabiya on Saturday, the two pilots of
a Turkish F-4 Phantom which was shot down by Syria in June were not killed in
They were captured, tortured and them murdered on Russian
orders. A file sent from President Bashar Assad’s palace allegedly approved the
Russian order to “eliminate” the pilots in a “natural way.”
claimed that the plane was downed by accident, and at one point asserted that it
believed the plane was Israeli – hence the need to down it.
the Al-Arabiya report, the plane was in international, not Syrian, air space,
and a Grad missile, not artillery fire, was used to bring the plane down, which
seems to point to a high-echelon decision – perhaps even by Assad himself with
close Russian coordination.
At one point, a plan to transfer the two
pilots to Lebanon, where they would be placed in the custody of Iran-backed
Hezbollah, was reportedly also considered.
Al-Arabiya is funded by the
Saudis who are staunch enemies of the Assad regime and of Iran and have a clear
interest in undermining the axis that has been formed by Russia, the Assad
regime and Iran with its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Whether this story
is true or not it is refreshing to see bitter enemies of the State of Israel
(Iran, the Assad regime and Hezbollah) pitted against a Sunni coalition made up
of Turkey, the Saudis and perhaps Egypt (President Mohamed Morsi has recently
backtracked from a call made at the end of August to intervene against Syria’s
Ideally, the Jewish people – and the vast majority
of humanity – hope and pray for a time when wars and bellicose coalitions will
become a thing of the past.
However, in the meantime, as the Jewish
people celebrate Succot, it is perhaps a small bit of consolation to know that
the most recent conspiracy theory (or unverified news report) does not focus on
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