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Israelis and Palestinians have lived in different realities for nearly a century. On each side, there is an apparatus that manufactures the different histories from current events each day. As usual, in recent weeks there have been a spate of incidents that were reported quite differently by Palestinian sources and Israeli sources.
Sometimes the news is manufactured in ways that would be funny if they were not maccabre. Palestinians staged funerals to manufacture evidence for an Israeli 'massacre' in Jenin in 2002, but a camera caught one of the "corpses" as he off the stretcher, and got up and got back on. Recently, the Israeli settler's Web site Arutz-7 ran a story that insisted that leftist activists or Palestinians had uprooted olive trees in a Palestinian village.
The answer is that we can no longer believe the IAF apparently. There were certainly real casualties in that incident. This week, Israeli MK Yossi Sarid claimed that the IAF report on the strike was incomplete, and that the IAF had used additional weapons besides the two missiles. IAF admitted that it had not told the whole story, claiming security limitations. It is not clear that the missing information is related to the unexplained Palestinian casualties, but it is extremely suspicious.
Those who complain that Israeli "public relations" efforts are not good enough at explaining the Israeli position should take into account that sometimes the efforts may be much too good in fact.
Sarid: IAF's report on Nusseirat strike was incomplete
By Gideon Alon, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
The meeting Wednesday night at Israel Air Force Commander Dan Halutz's office with Meretz MK Yossi
Major General Halutz and Operations Branch Commander Major General Yisrael Ziv were supposed to
The explanations were meant to clarify the bottom line in the affair: information that
As far as the army was concerned this was not supposed to make a difference to what it thinks
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon published a clarification regarding the
Ya'alon said that due to security constraints and for operational reasons details of the weapons
But at the end of the meeting, Sarid seemed only partially convinced, saying he would continue to
But until the clarification of Sarid's bottom line, the IDF, with help from the political echelon,
The affair began with a briefing by senior officers to small group of military reporters and
According to the IDF, the collateral physical damage was limited in scope. The briefing was meant to
The reporters were told the helicopters fired Hellfire missiles. But on Wednesday the army suddenly
It also turned out Wednesday that other IDF announcements about "pinpoint preventions" in recent
It was all done in the name of security, but the results were diametrically opposed to what was
Irrespective of the IDF's desire for secrecy about the weapons system, which the military censor
Some officers Wednesday tried to argue that the need for keeping secret the information about the
Credibility is the only relevant currency in the relationship between the army and the press.
Another aspect of the affair touches on the already tense relations between Defense Minister Shaul
Indeed, it was Steinitz who brought the affair into the open, charging that Sarid had threatened to
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, asked by Steinitz to remove Sarid from Steinitz's committee also
Instead, after hearing out the generals, Sarid said, "It is now clear how incorrect the information
And as for Steinitz, Sarid only said that the Likud MK "had stuck his nose into the matter seeking
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