"By way of deception, thou shalt do war."
God gave certain commandments to Moses, among them numbers six and nine, specifically against the killing and the lying. The Mossad motto flies in the face of those commandments, but it's rude to notice tsk tsk.
Anyway, this handsome fellow here is Michael Oren, and Bibi just selected him (with Avigdor's help) to be Israel's new ambassador to Washington. Such a nice face. He looks intelligent and kind, no?, and he supports Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank. How very reasonable. I bet with a face like that and such a reasonable position to work with, he's going to be the talk of the town.
So tell us how you really feel, Michael Oren.
Establishing a Palestinian state would require the evacuation of tens of thousands of Jewish settlers from the West Bank and from holy cities like Hebron, Oren said. To take such a traumatic step most Israelis must be convinced that they would be getting "absolute peace" and the "end of the conflict," he said. Oren said he supported the disengagement from the Gaza Strip. After they started firing Qassam rockets from Gaza, he said Natan Sharansky asked him if the disengagement wasn't a mistake.Israel first you know. It would be nice if things could work out with the Palestinians, and some people like to make little grumbling noises in that direction, but when it comes right down to it it never seems to work out, does it. And that has something to do with the fact that even the most "reasonable" Israelis like Michael Oren consider themselves superior to the Palestinians, a little nuance that comes out in their language all the time for those with eyes to see. They'll deny it but once you get the whole Talmud thing these little remarks take on their full three-dimensional reality and you can't un-see them anymore. But since he has some other assets useful for fooling people who live in a one-dimensional world where Israel is a Only Democracy in the Middle East and the Jews are the Chosen People blah blah blah, he's going to work it you just know it, and he will have plenty of help.
Oren said he replied that it had not been. The mistake was Israel's failure to react to the Qassam fire, which sent a message of weakness to the entire Middle East.
Oren also spoke about his personal experience regarding the Gaza Strip and said he had "traumatic relations" with the Gaza Strip and Hamas leadership. He said he could only regret the killing of civilians in Gaza in the course of Operation Cast Lead and especially the daughters of Dr.Az A-Din Abu Ayash. But as an Israeli, he also cannot forget that his sister in law was killed by a suicide bomber from Gaza and that 70,000 Palestinians cheered the attack in the Gaza stadium, he said.
Nonetheless, Michael Oren is Mossad, and the Mossad motto is as stated up top, so any confidence placed in this man is egregiously misplaced by definition. You don't trust people who lie for a living unless you're a damned idiot.
I ended up a sand-eating drudge and he got the best the army could offer, induction into the Mossad. Michael looked tall, blond and gentile, so he was given a press card from the Kansas City Star, and toured Middle Eastern capitals as a journalist, not for Kansas, but for Israel.But but but... Who Cares? He's Tall and Blond and Reasonable! WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?????? People in the Mossad are Human Beings, too, you know.
If you have a really strong stomach and you want to see how gleefully they're rubbing their hands together at the Jerusalem Post over this guy, read this but bring a bucket. He is like Goldilocks. He's going to get everything Just Right.