CNN has published a new video interview with Ehud Barak about the Eilat terror attacks. In it, Barak contradicts himself and previous Israeli statements about the attack and its authors. Barak’s first lie is the claim:
“We killed most of the operators of this terrorist attack. We killed the people who launched them from Gaza…Most of the people who executed the operation were killed within 30 minutes. “
Actually, Israel killed a few of the terrorists, Egypt killed another three, but the remainder of the 15-20 which Israel estimates took part, escaped back across the border. And Israel certainly didn’t kill most in the first 30 minutes because the attack came in two phases six hours apart. Some were killed in the initial phase and others in the later one.
The interviewer asks Barak to respond to the denials of responsibility from Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committee. Instead of affirming Israel’s claim that they were responsible, Barak bizarrely asks CNN’s Jerusalem bureau chief:
Do you believe them?
Excuse me? That’s not what the reporter asked. Throwing the question back in the interviewer’s face is a method of diverting the debate when you don’t want to answer. It’s like the old non-denial denial. Later in the interview Barak contradicts his earlier statement that the attackers were from Gaza:
The event took place 150 miles from Gaza in the Sinai desert. Probably some Bedouins with Egyptian citizenship participated. I don’t know for sure.
When asked whether Israel would present proof that the PRC was involved, Barak shrugged his shoulders in that classic Israeli expression of disdain and launched this ‘flyer:’
We have no doubt. But we cannot bring it to the public so that we can intercept the future squads before the come to Israel or kill them immediately afterwards. If we shared the information with everyone, they would be careful enough not to fall into our crossfire [he means, “crosshairs”].
This only marginally better than Avital Leibowitz’s performance during her interview with Lia Tarachansky in which she claimed the IDF knew the terrorists were from Gaza because “they used Kalashnikovs.”