Gaddafi Jewish Star 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
We Israelis didn’t even know it, but according to some, on both sides of the
great turbulence lately sweeping across the Arab world, the underlying cause of
all the havoc is – as ever – Israel.
The assorted hoaxes share persistent
common denominators – Israel’s long hand stirs the Arab pot, manipulates the
naïve Arab masses and stage-manages their current melodramas.
side of the beleaguered rulers, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh last week
conjured images of a nefarious command center in Tel Aviv that orchestrates the
varied Arab riots. The demonstrators, according to what Saleh contended when
addressing students and academics at Sanaa University, are Israel’s lackeys,
“who do its bidding and who serve Zionist purposes.”
were unexpected, as he’s considered pro-American and relatively accommodating in
the battle against al-Qaida. The recipient of hefty US military aid, Saleh
indeed reconsidered and phoned the White House to apologize for a
But his harangues before the cameras belie his
As hundreds of thousands marched in Yemen’s streets clamoring
for his ouster, Saleh was evidently attempting to besmirch his opponents as
traitors in cahoots with the enemy, which, axiomatically in the Arab setting,
just had to be Israel.
“I am going to reveal a secret,” Saleh repeatedly
intoned to his audience. “There is an operations headquarters in Tel Aviv which
oversees the aim of destabilizing the Arab world. The operations room is in Tel
Aviv, and it is run by the White House.”
Saleh’s fanciful theories can
easily compete with the classic canards that have emanated from the Arab world
in the past, among them the bald-faced assertions that it was Israel which
engineered and executed the 9/11 attacks, that Israel poisoned Yasser Arafat or
that the US Air Force colluded with Israel in 1967. We may dismiss the
falsehoods as absurd cock-and-bull stories, but the multitudes who fall for them
throughout the Muslim/Arab realm frame them in a more sinister
ANOTHER ACCUSATION hurled at Israel last week was that the same
Tel Aviv nerve center, which purportedly kick-started the extensive Arab
uprisings, was also slyly plotting against the dissenters. Thus Al- Jazeera
professed to divulge the identity of the co-conspirators who have ostensibly
enabled Libyan despot Muammar Gaddafi to unleash mercenaries against his own
Here are some of the highlights from Al-Jazeera’s
“revelations,” in turn eagerly picked up by Iran’s Press TV online, about
Israel’s machinations: “Israeli arms distribution company Global CST has, under
the authorization of Tel Aviv, provided Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi with
African mercenaries to clamp down on anti-government protesters. Egyptian
sources have revealed that the Israeli company has so far provided Gaddafi’s
regime with 50,000 African mercenaries to attack the civilian anti-government
protesters in Libya.
“The arms company was previously convicted in an
African country over illegal deals. Sources say Global CST had obtained the
permission for providing the mercenaries to Gaddafi from the Israeli officials
“Earlier, Global CST general manager had met with the head of
the Israeli Intelligence Agencies (Aman) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak and
obtained the permission for the measure. The company representatives also met
with Abdullah Sanusi, the head of Libyan Internal Intelligence, in Chad to
discuss the details for a final agreement.”
The question of why Israel
would even remotely contemplate aiding a sworn enemy like Gaddafi is never
addressed. Tainting anyone with suspected Israeli associations suffices to cast
him beyond the pale.
THIS PREMISE of Israel as the ubiquitous bogeyman is
the most worrisome aspect of the tall-tales, amusing as we ourselves may be
tempted to consider them.
Lies trigger dynamics and take on lives of
If nurtured, they grow, multiply and spawn untold
Lies bind and enslave. Spurious grievances confine and
scourge those they ensnare. Real freedom – the real freedom so many in the Arab
world so plainly seek – is predicated on enlightenment, not benighted deception.