Saturday, May 15, 2021

Don't believe Jerusalem Joe

If you weren't inclined to believe everything that Baghdad Bob said about the great victories of the Iraqi military, you shouldn't be stupid enough to take Jerusalem Joe at his word either. While more than a few philo-IDFites have swallowed the "we totally meant to do that" line of the announced ground invasion that wasn't, and exulted in the "brilliance" of total destruction of Hamas's elite forces though a press release, I was more than a little skeptical of US media Jews reporting on the astonishing cleverness of Israeli military Jews in outwitting a group of unsuspecting gentiles, who were totally defeated by little more than deceitful words.

Let's just say the narrative struck me as a little bit... familiar. Also, the idea that enemy troops on the ground - indeed, underground - were completely destroyed by artillery and air strikes tends to be one that lasts right up until the moment that the ground troops actually go in. Let's just say "no one could have survived that" is a concept that has been repeatedly disproven everywhere from Normandy to the South Pacific.

The Israeli military apparently used a brilliant deceptive maneuver to take out Hamas’s terrorist fighting force and underground tunnels — in a single blow.

In what could only be described as killing two birds with one stone, the Israel Defense Forces on Thursday night told news reporters that the Israeli ground forces were on their way to Hamas-held Gaza.

The news spread quickly through the mainstream media and affiliated social media accounts. Believing an Israeli ground invasion to be imminent, Hamas ordered its terrorist fighters to seek shelter in the tunnel network dug up under the Gaza city.

What followed the Hamas mobilization was a massive wave of Israeli airstrikes — comprising of 160 aircraft — on the Gaza tunnel network with the jihadi group’s top terror brass sitting underground, right where the IDF wanted them.

The fact that the failure of this "brilliant deceptive maneuver" was going to be apparent as soon as the next round of rockets were launched doesn't seem to have occurred to any of the idiots who didn't hesitate to celebrate Israel's total victory through extreme cleverness by applied average 115 IQ. And indeed, while more sober and experienced Israeli sources dutifully stuck by the official "ruse" report, they were considerably less convinced about its results.

An IDF ruse was behind the “embarrassing leak” to world media on Thursday night, May 13, reporting the start of an IDF ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, It was denied early Friday morning and explained by an “internal communication problem.” DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal that this false story was in fact planted deliberately to bring Hamas elite forces out of their bunkers to confront the “invaders” – whereupon they were to be clobbered by Israeli warplanes. How far this trick worked has not been disclosed. A similar subterfuge was tried 13 years ago – in reverse. On Dec. 27, 2008, IDF sources leaked to world media that the military had been ordered to refrain from responding with ground action to a past Hamas rocket barrage, Its commanders were taken in and staged a police school graduation parade in Gaza in the open. They were bombed by Israeli jets.

For now, the IDF has not given up on a ground operation inside Gaza. Whenever it goes forward, it is planned to be a fast in-and-out raid for well-defined targets before pulling back. Up until Friday, May 14, Hamas and Islamic Jihad had exhausted no more than a quarter of their rocket stocks, dozens dropping short inside the enclave. The bulk, however, remained out of reach of Israeli air strikes, tucked away deep inside underground stores. Destroying this stockpile would be the main target of any Israeli ground operation.

Hamas has also kept its elite Izz e-din Al Qassam battalion safe and whole by dispersing its members among well-fortified bunkers, designed to withstand both aerial and ground assaults. In contrast, around half of the 15 ordinary units, split into four regional brigades, have been knocked out of action.

So, neither the leadership nor the elite were knocked out by the stunning ruse after all? What's the real story? We don't know yet, but we do know that the pace of the rocket launches by Hamas doesn't appear to have slowed considerably, which tends to indicate that the Jerusalem Joe narrative was a false one.

For the fifth night running, Hamas and Islamic Jihad spread a barrage of some 190 rockets over large parts of Israel. 

Personally, I think it's much more likely that someone in the IDF media department screwed up in the erroneous belief that the planned ground invasion had begun, but rather than simply admit the embarrassing mistake to the world press, they decided to sell it as intentional in order to support the increasingly creaky narrative of the invincible IDF, which took a serious hit in the Second Lebanon War of 2006.

In any event, remember that the only thing we can be absolutely sure did NOT happen is whatever the mainstream media is reporting.

UPDATE: Ahem....

Israel Defense Forces say false Gaza invasion report to foreign media was ‘mistake’ and not manipulation to lure Hamas into trap.

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Blogger LoneWolf May 15, 2021 8:27 AM  

I await the unbiased reporting of Jake Tapper.

Blogger rumpole5 May 15, 2021 8:35 AM  

"Jews in outwitting a group of unsuspecting gentiles, who were totally defeated by little more than deceitful words." Some would says that this is just what has occurred here in the USA."

Blogger Silent Draco May 15, 2021 8:36 AM  

Also a narrative heard from Passchendaele to Petersburg. One thing IS true: it's always an unlucky sergeant or corporal with their squad, who has to report that the Big Firepower Idea failed again.

Blogger dienw May 15, 2021 8:45 AM  

@2 Exactly.
Some Christians perish because for lack of knowledge; other Christians perish for deliberate stupidity.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan May 15, 2021 8:50 AM  

Of course in twitter's whats happening this morning its "fighting escalates" along with in small print of course "#freepalestine" , so new, new narrative.

Speaking of the IDF I would really be interested in what Israel does with all that aid money across all the recipient categories not just their military. I say that because in one of those linked stories it showed a soldier standing on an M-113 APC, a few years ago I remember seeing a picture of an up armored old M-60 tank tooling about the edges of Gaza and way back in 2006 a well shot video of a Hezbollah ambush of an IDF convoy showed the convoy being lead by an old Jeep the kind we had back in the early 80s.

I'll take the bet that Israel has done some pretty good strategic planning and implementing and allocating its resources and of course American resources. FTR I think they are losing that edge since infrastructure and their fixed airbases will be vulnerable going forward.

Blogger The Last Roman May 15, 2021 8:55 AM  

The artillery and airstrikes actually make it easier for the ATGM teams to hide and then knock out the Merkavas from behind.

Blogger Unknown May 15, 2021 9:09 AM  

Something other than the truth was reported. Media relations screwed up. They did a head fake to see where HQs were. They started to do it and get pressured out of it or chickened out at the last second. Something happened.

Blogger Didas Kalos May 15, 2021 9:19 AM  

And the reports of rockets coming from Syria are more suspect.

Blogger Rick May 15, 2021 9:19 AM  

You make some interesting points.
However, this runs counter to Gen Wictor’s assessment, and, he’s all I got on the “Tump is in control” front.
I need to believe.
10 extra points for the Baghdad Bob reference. We need more of those. Never forget (Baghdad Bob).

Blogger Bernard Korzeniewicz May 15, 2021 9:37 AM  

1/ If it is a the war-on-demand the Izraelis will not behead Hamas, because Izrael owns that people.
2/ If it is Iran action it is quite cheap way to empty Izraeli airdefense stores.

Only way for victory is to take over Gaza to repatriate its citizens across Jordan.

Blogger Harambe May 15, 2021 10:25 AM  

They always have the same script:

Our enemy is really dangerous and organized. But they're also comically inept and dumb.

It's the same deal as the swastikas on the synagogues with the one crooked leg. They just can't help themselves.

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 15, 2021 11:01 AM  

We are lied to about everything.
And were lied to about everything.
Possibly seeking the truth as a means to freeing the mind is folly, when at hand is the knowledge that everything were are told is a lie.

Blogger Newscaper312 May 15, 2021 11:29 AM  

FWIW DebkaFile was pretty unreliable back during the early years in Iraq. Just because they deviate from the MSM doesnt mean theyre more correct. There are always multiple ways of being wrong.

Blogger Dan in Georgia May 15, 2021 12:09 PM  

Huh. Looks like Thomas Wictor was taken in on it too. He says he doesn't get insider info, but I have to wonder this time.

Blogger Daniel May 15, 2021 12:17 PM  

Ah yes. Press leak PsyOp ruse ground war against hearts and minds. That's going to work. Someday. Real soon.

Blogger محمد ایزدی May 15, 2021 12:37 PM  

The overrated 'Mossad', which is more interested in gathering compromising substance on gentile politicians through Epsteins and Ghislaine Maxwells of the world, caught completely off guard by the rocket stockpiles and resistance apparatus across the Levant.

If only Yossi Cohen had not spend most of his time groveling at the feet of Netanyahu and his family...

Blogger Jack Ward May 15, 2021 1:13 PM  

Seems to me the IDF has fallen far from the days of 1967 and Dayan. I was in I corp in 67 with the Marines and we were major league impressed with the IDF after that short 67 war. I mean like we were all agreed that the US should retain the services of a regiment of IDF regulars to complete the stalled war in Viet Nam for us.
Not so much now, I think.

Blogger Peter May 15, 2021 1:34 PM  

Lol, 115? 95 is the official number in that... country. But it's been told that they're as high as two full standard deviations above the White average. That's why they take over whatever industry they're in. Because they're soooooo smrt. Has nothing to do with aggressive nepotism and a commitment to destroying whatever host they infect.

Blogger Unknown May 15, 2021 2:04 PM  

2. rumpole5 May 15, 2021 8:35 AM
Some would says that this is just what has occurred here in the USA."

the difference being, that Palestinians weren't stupid enough to let Jews own and run their news media.

17. Jack Ward May 15, 2021 1:13 PM
I mean like we were all agreed that the US should retain the services of a regiment of IDF regulars to complete the stalled war in Viet Nam for us.

you fail to grasp Strategery.

the primary reason the Vietnam effort failed ( as with so many of our military failures ) is entirely because Johnson expanded the war while at the same time setting hard and artificial geographic limitations on the combat areas entirely due to Legal Fictions rather than the combat on the ground.

it is always going to be almost impossible to "win" an engagement in which the primary sources of supply and manpower are not permitted to be attacked and eradicated.

Blogger Balkan Yankee May 15, 2021 3:05 PM  

Call me when they send in the cadaver dogs. Otherwise it's just military PR.

Blogger Unknown May 15, 2021 3:35 PM  


Blogger Derrick Bonsell May 15, 2021 5:08 PM  

How's Syria doing these days? Is Assad dead?

Wictor makes things up basically from whole cloth and it's time to stop listening to him.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell May 15, 2021 5:11 PM  

I'm reminded of how the US would bomb the Taliban around the clock, only for the Taliban to pop out of hiding and engaging Coalition and ANA troops that tried to take their positions. Much the same no doubt happened here.

Blogger JovianStorm May 15, 2021 5:12 PM  

What we're all waiting so anxiously to hear is the vaccination status of Hamas leadership... Since the vaccine has an exponentially better chance at killing Hamas than Jewish press releases.

Blogger Based Boomer May 15, 2021 7:40 PM  

Wictor predicted the fall of Assad? I've seen his talks commending TGE for holding Syria together, while giving the Kurds some autonomy. I know he's against Russia and Iran leadership in general, but there is agreement with detractors on Obama fumbling and making Syria worse under his watch, primarily by funding ISIS.

Blogger MEGAMUS Maximus May 15, 2021 8:54 PM  

The one and only thing that we know is true about the Mainstream media is that their narrative is always wrong. Especially in regards to Israel.

Blogger Canada78Bear May 15, 2021 9:28 PM  

Soon as Hamas runs out of rockets the IDF can claim victory.

Blogger Unknown May 15, 2021 11:30 PM  

@22 Bashar is alive, kicking, and laughing at the Great Satans of USA and Israel.

Blogger Gareth Cooke May 15, 2021 11:53 PM  

The German Reich stands with Israel

Blogger moretorah May 16, 2021 12:01 AM  

You need to adjust your meds

Blogger Moonman's Ray-Ban Sunglasses May 17, 2021 9:18 AM  

Those Israeli dancing mooooooves are myth, not meant to manipulate you into seeing Lambada: The Forbidden Dance by those movie-making moguls at Cannon Films.

Blogger Andrea Daley Utronebel May 18, 2021 6:14 PM  

Well, well, don't conzos always say that social platforms are all controlled by the 'far left' and that it censors only 'conservatives'?

Lookie here.... BDS, mostly associated with the Left, is being censored big time.
If social platforms are controlled by the Left, why would this be happening?

Of course, the truth is JEWS CONTROL BIG TECH, and they censor anything deemed threatening to Jewish supremacist power. So, the targets of censchwarzship could be dissident rightists and Donald Trump(even though he kisses Zionist butt). Or it could be BDS and the Palestinian cause. Or Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges.

The censorship is primarily tribal, not ideological. In other words, social platforms prefer Neocons(associated with the GOP) than with BDS(associated with the left).

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