I’ve written here about as assassination and attempted assassination in Teheran a few days ago, which Haaretz’ Yossi Melman attributes to the Mossad. In these cases, the two scientists were driving in their cars to work with their wives. They’d pulled into the university parking lot when a motorscooter pulled alongside and the driver threw a magnetic bomb at the driver side window, pulled away and then detonated his device. In one case, the victim was killed; in the second, he was seriously injured.
Compare this account to the following from a May 15, 2009 Wikileaks cable:
In November 2008…Yaakov Alperon was assassinated in broad daylight in a gruesome attack on the streets of xxxx, only about a mile away from the Embassy. According to several media accounts, a motor scooter pulled up alongside Alperon’s car and the rider attached a sophisticated explosive device with a remote detonator to the car door. The bomb killed Alperon and his driver, and injured two innocent pedestrians. The hit was the latest in a series of violent attacks and reprisals, and indicated a widening…war…
What’s the difference? In the first case, criminality was used to pursue state policy. In the second case, criminality was used in pursuit of the ends of Israeli organized crime. In fact, the U.S. embassy cable includes this telling statement:
…The old school of Israel OC [organized crime] is giving way to a new, more violent, breed of crime…The new style of crime features knowledge of hi-tech explosives acquired from service in the Israeli Defense Forces…
This invokes one of the most profound insights of the film, M, that is, that the forces of the state and laws that govern them are sometimes no different than those of the criminals they pursue. Where do we think Israeli criminals learn their “skills?” In killing Palestinians of course while serving their nation. These two passages prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this experience is exploited for corrosive effect within Israeli society. Bringing the Occupation back home with a vengeance.
The entire cable linked above is instructive reading in terms of educating one about the penetration of organized crime into many corners of Israeli life and world commerce. One claim I find hard to believe is the following:
It is not entirely clear to what extent OC elements have penetrated the Israeli establishment and corrupted public officials. The INP [Israeli National Police] insists that such instances are rare, despite the occasional revelation of crooked police officers in the press.
In fact, the Israeli police are widely regarded by Israelis as corrupt, brutish and ineffective. In some regard, it doesn’t matter whether organized crime has penetrated the ranks. It might as well have considering how useless the cops are there. Besides the tour de force blog post written by Eyal Clyne which documents scores of incidents of police mayhem as reported in the Israeli media, note that only 41% of Israelis have full or partial confidence in the police. In a 2009 Gallup poll, 59% of Americans expressed full or partial confidence in their police. Israeli is a country in which the rule of law is a concept but not a reality. And a good part of the reason for this is the debilitating effect of the Occupation on every aspect of Israeli society.