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Sundown: Mossad Posed as CIA

Plus Ed Koch presides over his bridge, and more

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Ed Koch at his bridge.(NYC Media/NYDN)

Tablet Magazine will be dark Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day (and in defiance of Ron Paul’s wishes). Enjoy the best sports weekend of the year.

• In a false flag operation that made President George W. Bush livid, Mossad agents reportedly posed as U.S. intelligence agents to recruit members of a Pakistani terrorist group into conducting operations, including assassination, in Iran. Huge scoop. [FP]

• Frequent Tablet Magazine contributor James Kirchick links the contemporary use (typically on the left) of terms like “Israel-firster” and “dual loyalism” to the anti-Semitic far-right. [Haaretz]

• Entering roughly the same debate, Eric Alterman defends his own record and accuses critics of think tanks like the Center for American Progress and Media Matters of practicing “Jewish McCarthyism.” [Forward]

• Iran continued to allege that Israel and the United States were responsible for yesterday’s and other assassinations of nuclear scientists (which the U.S. strongly denies) and hinted at reprisals. [NYT]

• Yet weirdly the head of Iran’s nuclear agency showed up at the scientist’s funeral, almost as though the scientist had not been merely a scientist. [Golnaz Esfandiari Twitter]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledged that sanctions are indeed harming Iran’s economy and possibly working toward their goal of making the country compliant with international nuclear standards. [Haaretz]

• The head of the Kremlin’s Security Council accused Israel of pushing the U.S. toward war with Iran. [Haaretz]

• The Palestinian Authority set a Jan. 26 deadline for concrete progress or else it will pull out of the series of talks in Amman. It’s … unclear what the stick is here. Or the carrot, for that matter. [JPost]

• PolitiFact says that the Democratic accusation that the leading Republican candidates (excepting Paul) would “zero-out” aid to Israel is ridiculous. [JTA Capital J]

• Which religion, out of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, offers the best average pay for clergy in America? Hint: Don’t over-think this one. [Slate]

• Tila Tequila is going to convert to Judaism. I am ashamed to admit that I have heard of Tila Tequila but proud to boast that I have no idea who she is. [TMZ]

• The Frugal Traveler (aka Matt Gross) visits Jerusalem! Now if only Bourdain would go. [NYT]

• According to American Airlines, Tel Aviv is the Middle East’s best gay city (well, duh). That’s just to distract you from the occupation, though. [ThinkProgress]

• Saad Hariri’s tweet “@” an Israeli Defense spokesperson could make things … awkward for the former Lebanese prime minister. [Abir G Twitter]

I imagine this video, starring Mayor Michael Bloomberg and with a cameo by former Mayor Ed Koch and set to the music of Lady Gaga, lets you feel what it’s like to take a lot of acid.

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

It seems that there may well be lot less than meets the eye in the FP report that ostensibly the Mossad ran a “false flag” operation at the expense of the USA. The author of the FP piece, Mark Perry, served as an adviser to that (ex?)darling of the progressobabbelian set, Yasser Arafat. Perry is a long-time apologist and advocate for talking to terrorist groups, particularly Hamas & Hezbollah (apparently they kill enough Jews to cross his threshold of worthiness).

But most importantly the supposed false flag operation occurred during the reign of Meir Dagan at the Mossad. In the past when an Israeli official sinned in the eyes of the US defense or intelligence establishment, they were quickly declared a persona non grata & banned from visiting the USA, usually forever. Some, e.g., ex-national security adviser Uzi Arad were even forced, under US pressure, to resign from their Israeli positions.

However Dagan was **NEVER** banned from visiting the USA, both during and after his Mossad stint. Quite the contrary. He was and is always welcome in the USA particularly for discussing all matters Iranian. This would not be the case had he or the agency he ran sinned against the US in the very subject of Iran of which is views were and are sought.

It would have behooved MT and the Tablet staff to have checked or at least thought a bit about the FP story before deeming it gospel truth.

For more on this (with links) see here:
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/01/16/israel-false-flag-operation-in-iran/#more-780711

I will provide an addition URL in a separate post (in order to avoid the 2 URL black hole).

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

And another, related dissection of the charges in the FP piece.

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/01/16/foreign-policy-israel-slurs/#more-780738

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David B. says:

PERRY also ran or co-runs Conflict Resolution which is a PR company that pushes Islamist discourse to Western politicians from Beirut. An insane outfit which works under the guise of fermenting “understanding”, yet reading their pdf’s written by Islamists we are confronted by classic Muslim insanity and it’s supremacist belief.

Perry’s son is the Al Jazeera Jerusalem Station chief no less.
Perry has a great interview on C-Span which he finishes off by saying that Usama should not have 9/11nd NYC, but he could tell him where he should have ordered the planes. We are left to wonder, Riyad? Tel Aviv? Cairo? The man is on the faaar left wing fringe.
And his article is pure speculation. He brings ZERO proof. It is all he said she said.

Tablet should have noted that the article which alleges that Israeli intelligence officers claimed to be CIA officers in order to recruit Pakistani agents against Iran (thereby jeopardizing US officials) is from a story (linked in your article) by Mark Perry, a former aide to Arafat and well know purveyor of anti-Israel disinformation (http://blog.camera.org/archives/2012/01/exarafat_advisor_mark_perry_sp.html ).

It’s disappointing that Tablet published this without including this important information. Perry is a minor league version of about this minor league “Joseph Gobbels”.

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