Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Israel: Serial Terror-Bomber

Israel: Serial Terror-Bomber

By Stephen Lendman

Israel operates like America, other rogue NATO members and Saudi Arabia. It claims a divine right to terror-bomb other nations, groups and individuals at its discretion.

It calls naked aggression "self-defense." It calls justifiable resistance "terrorism." It willfully targets civilians. It invents reasons to justify its lawlessness. They ring hollow every time.

Since Obama launched lawless aggression against Syria in March 2011, Israel terror-bombed the country numerous times - always claiming military or national security justification.

Aggression is a war crime at all times under all circumstances. Israel is a serial offender.

In late April, IDF warplanes killed four people it called "armed terrorists" allegedly trying to plant bombs near Golan's border between both countries.

The incident occurred in Israeli occupied Majdal Shams. An IDF spokesman claimed "terrorists" armed with explosives "were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force neutralized the threat."

No evidence corroborated Israel's  account of the incident. It does what it pleases. It invents reasons why post-facto. Often it neither confirms or denies attacks.

Netanyahu praised the "vigilance" of Israeli forces. Saying "(e)very attempt to attack Israeli soldiers or civilians will be met with a decisive response like this operation which thwarted the attack."

Imagine if every country used warplanes, attack helicopters or heavy ground weapons to counter alleged homeland or border area threats - real or invented. Imagine communities being battlegrounds more than already.

Four deaths were reported this time - perhaps noncombatant civilians wrongfully accused. 

Israel covertly collaborates with anti-Assad takfiri terrorists - arming them and treating their wounded.

On April 22 and 25, its warplanes struck alleged Hezbollah and Syrian military sites.

Reports indicated Syrian army divisions in charge of strategic weapons were targeted. No official word from Hezbollah or Damascus confirmed what happened. 

In mid-January, Israeli helicopter gunship fire killed Hezbollah commander Abu Ali Tabatabai, Jihad Mughniyeh (the son of senior organization military leader Imad Mughniyeh killed in Damascus in 2008), military commander Mohammed Isa, several other Hezbollah fighters, Iranian General Mohammad Allahdaddi and five other Iranians in Syria's Quneitra province. 

Reports indicated two Syrian soldiers died in the attack. Hezbollah and Iran warned of retaliation at their discretion.

The IDF lied claiming targeted victims were setting up a missile base to launch strikes against Israel.

Air Force General Amir Eshel called residential houses struck "essentially military bases" - targets Israel claims a right to attack.

"Lebanese civilians who live in or close to those homes have to know one thing," he added. If conflict erupts, "they should get out as soon as they can."

He warned Hezbollah of "an experience whose dimensions it cannot imagine. I wouldn't trade places with a single Lebanese." He barely stopped short of declaring war.

In March 2009, Israeli airstrikes destroyed trucks claimed to be carrying Iran-made missiles intended for Hamas.

In October 2012, Israeli warplanes attacked Khartoum, Sudan. An arms factory was struck. Israel accused Sudanese authorities of smuggling weapons to Hamas. No corroborating evidence was presented.

At the time, Israeli officials refused comment. Sudan's Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman said:

"Four military planes attacked the Yarmouk plant...We believe that Israel is behind it. The planes appeared to approach the site from the east."

"Sudan reserves the right to strike back at Israel." Two civilians were killed. The facility was partially destroyed. Osman added:

"We are now certain that this flagrant attack was authorized by the same state of Israel." 

"The main purpose is to frustrate our military capabilities and stop any development there and ultimately weaken our national sovereignty."

He said analysis of rocket debris and other material implicated Israel.

In November and December 2011, Sudanese media accused Israel of attacking two alleged Gaza-bound arms convoys. Four deaths and two injuries were reported. 

Sudan's military said little. Israel refused comment. It's usually silent about these type aggressive acts.

In July 2014, its warplanes bombed a site allegedly storing weapons intended for Hamas.

At the time, Sudan's army spokesman A-Sawarmi Khaled Saad reported "a local fire" unrelated to "external hands or a domestic act of sabotage."

Unnamed Sudanese sources indicated otherwise - blaming Israel for what happened.

It's at it again. Overnight Tuesday, reports indicate Israeli warplanes struck a Sudanesse military installation near the city of Omdurman.

Witnesses reported hearing large explosions, according to the Al-Araby news outlet.

A Sudanese army spokesman denied any military site was struck. He only confirmed anti-aircraft fire against something overhead resembling an aircraft or missile.

Press TV cited Lebanon's al-Mayadeen TV indicating a Sudanese army source saying it downed an Israeli drone after its warplanes struck sites near Khartoum producing and/or storing long-range scud missiles.

Israel had no comment. It claims Sudan is a key Iranian smuggling route for weapons destined for Hamas - with no corroborating evidence.

At the same time, It wants nations and organizations it attacks denied the right of self-defense. It wants the right to terrorize them freely.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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