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Israel Social TV Video on Israel’s Hijacked Drone and Secret Military Mission in UAE


This is my latest video for Israel Social TV which combines reporting on two of my most recent scoops embargoed by Israeli media. In the first, I discuss the Israeli advanced Shoval drone hacked and hijacked by either Iran or Hezbollah, then destroyed by Israel when it lost control. This is an escalation in the Cold War between Israel and Iran in the region.

The second scoop is the secret military-intelligence mission Israel opened in the past year in UAE in an ongoing attempt to build a Gulf “moderate crescent” (Israel’s term, not mine) anti-Iran alliance under the tutelage of the U.S.

Please promote and share it through your social media accounts, especially among Israelis, who can’t read the full truth concerning these stories.

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  • The Mighty Cynic May 19, 2013, 9:47 PM

    Israel likes to use its propaganda apparatus to trumpet fake coalitions versus the hero on the Arab streets, Iran. Part of the intention is to make Iran “paranoid of its region”, or in diplomatic terms, to advance a means of isolating Iran.

    This works as well as hasbara, the “we hope you don’t have Google and are utterly stupid” approach to lying.

    • Noam May 19, 2013, 11:41 PM

      funny you mention google in iran, wasn’t it partially “restricted” last year? problems with search engine and other applications?
      i guess that was hasbara also.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19700910

      • Richard Silverstein May 20, 2013, 1:39 AM

        How does this relate to the post? If it doesn’t it’s off-topic.

      • The Mighty Cynic May 20, 2013, 12:10 PM

        Yes, the Iranian government often censors and prohibits items that appear to be “soft” or “hard” encroachments on their society, power structures, etc. — i.e. the agents of foreign meddling. Google is a multinational corporation with political gravitas. This is a stupid statement coming from someone who probably supports fraudulent economic sanctions on one of the only normally functioning countries in the entire Middle East.

        Banning things is not an Iranian exclusive, and no, you’re not going to tug at any liberal heart strings here by trying to advocate for the overthrow of the Iranian government (reform/revolution can only come from indigenous Iranians, just as it did in 1951 and 1979) or speak negatively about Iran in order to create a bloody war that will kill Americans, Iranians, and Israelis alike so that more land can be stolen in the name of Zionist fanaticism.

        The web is purposely filled by hasbara, “explainers” (read: liars), with disinformation. Circa 2005, the focus of hasbara was on perpetuating the Iran bogeyman lie. They wanted America to go into Iran right after the Iraq fraud. In 2006, it was all about wilfully deceiving people by using the term “kidnap” for an active soldier, Gilad Shalit, and pretending like it was a first shot by Israel as an illegal excuse to invade Lebanon (and get their asses beat).

        By 2008, a holocaust of Palestinians was necessary to keep the Zionist menace afloat. The military disasters of 2006 against Hezbollah, and also the impotence in the face of Iran (it is idiotic strategy to falsify a threat and then never intend to actually strike the target), gave the plunderers of Palestine a reason to think they needed to strike fear into the hearts of the Arab world. They saw this as Iranian hegemony.

        To fix it, Israel massacred women and children. “The Punishment of Gaza”, as Gideon Levy put it, was insane from every point of view. In no way did it even serve Zionist interests. The hasbarats were busy again and again, explaining to everyone that Israel had a right to defend itself by massacring innocents and committing offensive strikes after falsifying threats.

        In 2009, hasbarats quickly pivoted to “supporting” Iranians in their inborn green reform movement, and then subverting and hijacking the same from abroad in 2009. By 2010, the focus was of the propaganda was covering up Israel’s widely watched massacre of humanitarian activists trying to bring food and aid to the Gazans, then totally blockaded, starved by systematic calorie counts, subject to daily military strikes and worse for 5 years. Those victims were called terrorists and it took 3 years for even a half-assed apology.

        Along the way, failures in Israeli leadership, like the Mount Carmel fire that proved bellicose Israel is extremely vulnerable (despite having the most stolen/gifted technology on the planet) were simply not covered by American press. A little censorship here, self-censorship there, and voila ~ Israel was back to punishing Gaza by 2012.

        But, the most crucial and differentiating pivot occurred when President Obama ran for re-election. Suddenly, the hasbara morphed into the GOP, and the GOP merged with the Zionist faction. Netanyahu lent Romney his personal campaign financier, Sheldon Adelson, and proceed to place all of Israel’s marbles behind the Romney ticket. Of course, for years before, tension between President Obama and the Used Furniture Salesman not fit to shine President Obama’s shoes (no offense to shoe polishers) was widely apparent. But this unprecedented foreign meddling in the US election was absurd. Foreigners being utilized as paid hasbara were issuing propaganda against the sitting President.

        Thus, Iran has a good justification to block companies like Google, whose stock price, for instance, is incredibly overinflated, reflects manipulation rather than corporate performance, and is basically a data mining service for the likes of those with claws all over the internet trying to control the entire spectrum information flow, the expansionist and supremacist, Zionists.

        • Richard Silverstein May 20, 2013, 2:28 PM

          @The Mighty Cynic:

          one of the only normally functioning countries in the entire Middle East.

          Say what? Iran a “normally functioning country?” Hardly.

          • The Mighty Cynic May 20, 2013, 4:58 PM

            Sorry, the replies got stuck in the ether:

            Agree to disagree here, Richard. Iran, like it or not, has some form of a true democracy whereby there is a comprehensive political spectrum in line with revolutionary aspects intended to rid the country forever of foreign meddling (an ever-present and existential danger to Iran for centuries now). The politicians are not bought, but reflect a trajectory branded in line with the main objective of independence. The Presidents also reflect a wide range along the political spectrum. The fact that the Presidents have to be approved for candidacy by a council indicates that one decision-making body of the government, among many, also reflects a wide variety of views.

            Indeed, in the last Iranian Presidential elections, there were two reform (liberal) candidates and two conservatives. Mousavi and Karoubi aired commercials on state approved TV that called for significant domestic reform, a second review of the political prisoner situation, increased tending to women’s rights, etc. With only speculation to prove any so-called vote rigging in 2009 (to that juncture, provided exclusively by the mistranslated declarations of the propagandist, private “Western” press), it still is true that the government approved the reform candidates as a possible option for the people. This indicates a form of liberalism coming from the top of Iran’s government towards the attitude that plagues common Iranians (even the most pious) who want to be under their own private supervision in daily tasks not pertaining to politics the most. For, e.g., the “morality police apparatus”.

            Iranians are used to la dolce vita despite the foreign meddling. The latest government, however, has faced the foreign menaces head on, and as a result, the country has experienced a lot of external pressure translated into internal issues germinating from the effort to spoil oft-used techniques of foreign espionage. This can be as subtle as getting blue jeans into the country (the Russian experience). OR, it can be as violent as arming Saddam Hussein to the teeth (with chemical weapons) and getting “the world” to cheerlead him into invading Iran after it was softened by a revolution by the people. The Iranian government has been hair-trigger sensitive in this regard, and it has spawned human rights issues of which it is aware and has given indication it intends to ameliorate. That’s just the progress of a nation that has to go through revolution to unchain itself from foreign (namely, Zionist) meddling. This reflects an independent process or “normal” process. Maybe we have different definitions of “normal”? Quite a possibility as “normal” tends to be a subjective and nebulous label.

            The other nations in the Middle East face far greater democracy impairing issues than Iran: Bahrain (corrupt puppet regime that quashes its Arab Spring), Cyprus (corrupt puppet regime that caters to foreign interests and can’t function independently in its current geopolitical landscape), Egypt (under a neverending military transition — an “incomplete revolution” or “TBD”), Iraq (semi-independent, but under strong influence due to recent Zionist/Neocon actions), Israel (4 self-immolations, runaway economic problems… not to mention the slow motion ethnic cleansing of an entire people over 65 years for colonization purposes in line with religious beliefs that never should allow anyone to take anyone else’s land — period), Jordan (corrupt puppet regime), Kuwait (corrupt puppet regime), Lebanon (Willing Iranian proxy, but due to Israeli invasion and meddling over several years, not functioning consistently in its entirety), Oman (Corrupt Puppet Regime), Qatar (Corrupt Puppet Regime), Saudi Arabia (Corrupt Puppet Regime of the Most High), Syria (yadda yadda yadda), Turkey (high level secretive dealings with Israel in disregard for its own slaughtered humanitarians), United Arab Emirates (see outside Dubai), and Yemen (yadda).

            Besides, Iran also has the oldest continuous Jewish community on the planet. How many of those other countries can say the same?

          • Richard Silverstein May 21, 2013, 3:04 AM

            @The Mighty Cynic:

            Iran, like it or not, has some form of a true democracy…

            With the operative words being “some form.” We’d have to debate what form that is. Iran is by no means a full-fledged democracy. We can say that it holds elections, though we can’t say the process is very democratic. It is a semblance of a democracy.

            To say that Iranian electoral politics reflects a broad spectrum is false. Candidates are vetted & expelled from elections based on whims, by a Guardian Council seeking to protect the prerogatives of the clerical regime.

            While you & I may agree on many things regarding Israel, it just won’t due to turn the tables and pronounce Iran as pure as driven snow. THen you’re making the same mistake pro Israel apologists make.

          • The Mighty Cynic May 21, 2013, 7:09 AM

            “Candidates are vetted & expelled from elections based on whims, by a Guardian Council seeking to protect the prerogatives of the clerical regime.”

            Let’s change that to:

            Candidates are vetted & expelled from elections based on the whims of corporate media seeking to protect the prerogatives of the Zionist Neocon regime.

            When was the last time the people had a candidate and not Goldman Sachs?

            The directions from the top of these media stations are lockstep with the plans of Zionist Neocons, like Ari Fleischer, Daniel Pipers, William Kristol, et al., and also Likud. We saw this clearly with the media’s obvious bias against Dr. Ron Paul (during the debates especially).

          • Richard Silverstein May 21, 2013, 1:51 PM

            @The Mighty Cynic: U.S. & Israeli elections are different than Iranian & you know it. Corporations fund the candidates they like. Of course this distorts the political process. But candidates the corporations despise can & do get elected: witness Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a foe of your Goldman Sachs bogeyman.

            As for Ron Paul, don’t get me started.

          • Fred Plester May 21, 2013, 7:31 AM

            The biggest problem with Iranian democracy, is that the theocracy has its own completely parallel power structure and armed forces (the various branches of the Revolutionary Guard and associated plain clothes militias) with their own funding system which Parliament, the government and the President, have no control over at all. They don’t even have any reliable way of knowing what the Guard’s budget it, let alone control over it.

            So even if Richard is wrong an elections to Parliament completely fair, senior clergy can still do anything they want, anytime they want, in direct opposition to the elected Parliament.

            The Revolutionary Guard is decidedly larger and more aggressive than the Swiss Guard at the Vatican. The nearest thing to an armed force under clerical control in the United Kingdom is a single “Cathedral Constable” at York Minster. I am not sure whether this awesome power is answerable to the Dean or the Archbishop, but I suppose it’s the former.

            Iran is not simply undemocratic: it has a very powerful second army and what amounts to a shadow police force, that lies outside the control of the constitutional government, democratic or not. It is very difficult for any other state to negotiate with a government that doesn’t necessarily control all the country’s armed forces.

            This is not the basis of any dispute with Israel, because the IDF seems to want to emulate the structure.

            In my view, the Customers of all the Gulf States should be equally wary of both Iran and Israel.

          • dos737 May 20, 2013, 10:35 PM

            Mighty Cynic:

            Iran is ranked #159 in the 2012 Democracy Index. You can’t go much lower than that.

            (I assume that you will indicate that the Economist Democratic Index, is also a Zionist plot,right?)

            Your effort to present Iran as a democratic country is quite funny, or pathetic, works either way.

          • Richard Silverstein May 21, 2013, 2:59 AM

            @dos737: Yes, you can go lower than Iran, ranked 159. North Korea is ranked last at 167. We should also keep in mind that this is an Index compiled by The Economist, one of the media pillars of western capitalism. THey wouldn’t harbor much sympathy for non-western countries like Iran.

            That being said, The Mighty Cynic’s Iran-boosting is unpalatable as well.

          • dos737 May 21, 2013, 6:37 AM

            Richard, being 159 or being 167 is the same. It’s a deep and dark place, and you don’t want to live there.

            Are you saying that the Economist gave Iran those low numbers just because they are “a media pillar of western capitalism”, and it is not based on empiric analysis of pre-defined criteria, applied to all countries the same?

            You seem to doubt the objective integrity of the Economist regarding Iran, but you didn’t when you mentioned the index in the other blog regarding Israel being in #37?

          • The Mighty Cynic May 21, 2013, 7:11 AM

            @dos737: you’re right. Based on this subjective ranking by the writers of the Economist, which completely is errant and miscontextual based on the criteria I’ve shown, Hezbollah probably did not hack the best Israeli UAV in the fleet.

            Oh wait, no… yes they did. :O)

          • Richard Silverstein May 21, 2013, 1:54 PM

            @dos737: Yes, you’re right. It is a deep & dark place. But compared to how Israel sees itself on the world stage, 37th place is pretty deep & dark as well.

            I’m saying that The Economist is predisposed to rank non-western countries lower than western due to ideological, political, social, & economic biases. I’m not saying the overall rankings are bogus, just that they’re influenced by some non-empiric factors.

        • Noam May 20, 2013, 11:43 PM

          so let me just get this straight, at first you say that the hasbara lies can be easily refuted by a simple google search:

          ‘This works as well as hasbara, the “we hope you don’t have Google and are utterly stupid” approach to lying.’

          and then, a comment later:
          ‘Thus, Iran has a good justification to block companies like Google…. is basically a data mining service for the likes of those with claws all over the internet trying to control the entire spectrum information flow, the expansionist and supremacist, Zionists.’

          so which one is it?
          i suggest you use google to search which other countries have also blocked google – i’m sure you’ll think you are in good company.

          btw, i already caught you not once in giving false info (coincidently it was the drone thread). i doubt you even know what you are talking about .

          • The Mighty Cynic May 21, 2013, 12:05 AM

            @Noam: I don’t know which spy novel you’re reading, but Google IS a data mining service — that’s what adwords requires. Anyway… keep that info in a file for a rainy day. You might need it.

            @dos737: indices like this are contradicted sharply by my arguments. BTW – it’s not that difficult to fake the results and try to dictate trends. I wouldn’t package it as a Zionist plot, just a bad read of the Middle East based on my reasonable criteria above.

          • dos737 May 21, 2013, 3:42 AM

            Mighty Cynic: there is no point in discussing with you, right? Even the Economist is not an objective analyst, if
            they contradict your believes, correct? I admire those who don’t let facts confuse them.

            By the way, if you might do me the courtesy of answering, is it true that there are no homosexuals in Iran, as claimed by it’s president? (the same one that negates the holocaust).

          • Richard Silverstein May 21, 2013, 1:56 PM

            @dos737: I do NOT appreciate provocation & off topic meanderings here. Again, read the comment rules & stay on topic. If you want to bait the bears (read your Shakespeare) go elsewhere.

            And if you are the baitee, please don’t rise to the bait. Ignore this sort of nonsense.

          • The Mighty Cynic May 21, 2013, 7:02 AM

            Clearly, you need to make up your mind about whether you want to “discuss” anything with me. It seems you’re only interested in throwing false propaganda one-liners at me after being the one to initially reply to me and now you are asking me to discuss something further with you.

            Ahmadinejad was clearly giving a “wink, wink” move along with that reply, but your “completely unbiased” private media (with complete immunity to lie to the American people, about you know — THE IRAQ WAR, for instance?) painted it as some sort of idiot’s response.

            As for your schizophrenic dialogue: if there are no homosexuals in Iran, how can you purport they hang them at the same time? Clearly, they think there are homosexuals in Iran.

            How are the homosexuals and women doing at the Western Wall?

          • dos737 May 21, 2013, 7:09 AM

            Are you saying that Ahmadinejad was joking when he said that there were no homosexuals in Iran?

            Does he also “wink wink” when he denies the holocaust?

            LOL!

          • Richard Silverstein May 21, 2013, 1:49 PM

            There are comment rules here. Read them. This comment is off topic. Ensure your comments are ON-TOPIC & deal directly with my post.

  • Noam May 19, 2013, 11:35 PM

    @ Richard, i see that you haven’t read the comment a i made in the drone hijack thread.
    grounding the shoval fleet doesn’t proof or disproof any of your theory of what happened. it is a standart procedure to ground fleets of aircrafts that we’re involved in an accident or crash. you can check records of hundreds of past crashes in the IAF they always grounded the fleet involved until the investigation finishes and their conclusions implemented.
    again, standart procedure.

    what else are you basing your information on?

    • Richard Silverstein May 20, 2013, 1:38 AM

      An admission by the drone pilot himself. Do you want to see the video of my interview with him?

      I love people like you. You ask seemingly innocent questions to which you likely know the answer. Forcing me to give answers I’ve given scores of times to people much like you who’ve asked exactly the same questions before. That’s why you all seem like jets coming in for a landing at Ben Gurion. One after the other. Same thing, time after time.

      I base my stories on a reliable high level Israeli source. If that doesn’t satisfy you I could care less.

      • Noam May 20, 2013, 7:47 AM

        @ Richard, you’ve already made that joke… and you are jumping the gun here. i never said (i say again, like on the other thread) that a hostile take over is not a possibility. but if YOU say that grounding the drones is a sign that you are right then it’s just not true, plain and simple – it doesn’t mean anything since it’s a standart procedure.
        it’s an inaccuracy in your report, that’s all. and people are asking these question bcz if you live in israel you know these kind of stuff. and (like the other thread) you have failed to adress and correct that inaccuracy.

        • Richard Silverstein May 20, 2013, 2:18 PM

          It is NOT an “inaccuracy.” It is a fact that I believe supports my claim along with the primary proof which is my source.

    • The Mighty Cynic May 20, 2013, 12:21 PM

      Hezbollah’s claim that it hacked the drone should suffice, the bluff against Israel bearing no strategy as Israel would try to honestly investigate its own claims (regardless of decisions re: disclosure after the investigation was complete).

      In addition, Hezbollah has already released live video feeds from Israeli drones that were obtained since 1996, authenticated by intelligence agencies around the world. Israel’s drones have had known security vulnerabilities since their creation.

      Any nation purchasing Israeli drones are subject to the consequences of their own stupidity. Purchasers: beware. The demonstration is right before your eyes.

      • Richard Silverstein May 20, 2013, 2:30 PM

        @The Mighty Cynic:

        Hezbollah’s claim that it hacked the drone

        I’m not aware Hezbollah has made such a claim. In fact, I don’t believe it has. Do you have any evidence for this?

        • The Mighty Cynic May 20, 2013, 6:51 PM

          “Yesterday, Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah claimed Israel was behind the 2005 bombing that killed Lebanese prime minister, Rafiq Al Hariri. Part of the evidence for that claim, produced by Nasrallah for reporters, were still photos and video feed taken in 1997 from Israeli aerial drones hovering above Hariri’s home. While that might not be sufficient evidence to implicate Israel, it does show that Hezbollah was able to intercept Israeli drone feeds as far back as 1996.”

          Read more: http://defensetech.org/2010/08/10/hezbollah-claims-it-hacked-israeli-drone-video-feeds/#ixzz2Tt6dYjwo
          Defense.org

        • Nimrod May 21, 2013, 1:16 AM

          Yes, Hezbullah published in 2010 footage which was taken by an IDF’s UAV, probably from an old “searcher” model, sometime in the middle 90’s.
          According to an article in Maariv, the video feed was not scrambled and Hezbullah picked it up and used the intel to ambush IDF’s Seal unit in 1997.

        • Nimrod May 21, 2013, 1:24 AM

          I should have added, that picking up unscrambled video feed is not considered “hacking”, just as using your neighbor’s unprotected wifi network is not considered hacking.

          It is possible that Hezbullah possess such capabilities (correct me if I’m wrong, but Iran pulled a similar trick with US made drones), and if it does – IMO, it would probably use them in a real conflict with Israel and present them as a “surprise”, and not waste them and allow the IDF to patch the problem.

          • Richard Silverstein May 21, 2013, 2:53 AM

            @Nimrod: Based on Hezbollah’s disastrous (for the IDF) ambush in 1997 in which the IAF was found not to be encrypting its video feeds, I’d say it is doing so now. Therefore, it’s highly likely the hackers were intercepting the Shoval’s video feed. That would allow them to know what Israel was interested in surveilling.

          • The Mighty Cynic May 21, 2013, 7:05 AM

            Nimrod, actually, Hezbollah would fall under the definition of hacking under US law. They gained unauthorized access to the video feed. Whether or not Israel was stupid enough to design a drone they intended to sell with such a huge security vulnerability as not encrypting a video feed is irrelevant to the verb.

            Whatever makes you feel better, kiddo :)

  • dickerson3870 May 20, 2013, 10:42 PM

    RE: “Please promote and share it through your social media accounts, especially among Israelis, who can’t read the full truth concerning these stories. ~ R.S.

    URI AVNERY ON THE SORRY STATE OF THE ISRAELI MEDIA/PRESS: “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

    [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia - J.L.D. ]
    All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis.
    [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .
    . . . Speaking about peace, they [Israel's major political parties] believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.
    The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”, the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.
    How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying.
    If peace is impossible, why think about it? Why even mention it in the election campaign? Why not go back 44 years to Golda Meir’s days and pretend that the Palestinians don’t exist? (“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969) . . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/04/israels-weird-elections/

    • dickerson3870 May 20, 2013, 10:56 PM

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Silence is no longer an option: A call to action from Israel”, By Daniel Bar-Tal, By +972blog, Published May 18, 2013
      It is imperative that Jews around the world who cherish humanistic values publicly express their concern about the current situation in Israel, and call for the government to return to peaceful, moral, democratic, and humanistic values.
      [Daniel Bar-Tal is a professor of political psychology at Tel Aviv University. He recently launched a project to encourage involvement of liberal Jews around the world to create a critical watch group to monitor Israeli legislation, policies and actions.]
      LINK – http://972mag.com/silence-is-no-longer-an-option-a-call-for-action-from-israel/71703/

  • dos737 May 21, 2013, 7:20 AM

    I never commented on someone hacking or not the Israeli UAV.
    Might have happened, might have not, and I have no way knowing (neither do you).

    But, you can believe in whatever you want, Hezbollah hacking the UAV, Iran Democracy, Ahmadinejad being a
    stand up comedian (“wink wink”), or in the Great Pumpkin.

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