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Does this sort of censorship work?

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With the Internet, I assume people in Israel can readily read news from other countries. Here’s the story:

Israel has enforced a news blackout on a recent air strike inside Syria. “The Israeli government has made no comment about the raid on what is believed to be a nuclear installation in Syria and Israeli newspapers have been forbidden to write anything on the subject.”

Written by Leisureguy

19 September 2007 at 10:05 am

Posted in Mideast Conflict

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  1. You are incorrect, the Israeli press has reported on the raids. The Government has not commented or announced the details of the action. The news blackout was a blackout of governmental comment.

    Robert Rich

    19 September 2007 at 4:40 pm

  2. Interesting. That’s not what the story at the link says. To quote it more fully:

    Israel has enforced a news blackout on what may be its air force’s most audacious raid since its jets destroyed Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor in 1981. The Israeli government has made no comment about the raid on what is believed to be a nuclear installation in Syria and Israeli newspapers have been forbidden to write anything on the subject.

    When asked about the raid, Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, refused to provide details. “The security services and Israeli defence forces are demonstrating unusual courage. We naturally cannot always show the public our cards.”

    Instead the details of the raid have been leaked to a series of foreign newspapers. According to the leaks, eight Israeli F-15 bombers entered Syrian airspace in the early hours of September 6. They successfully evaded Syrian radar and air defences and attacked a research establishment on the Euphrates river in northern Syria, destroying it completely.


    19 September 2007 at 5:36 pm

  3. The Guardian has an anti-Israel bias in its reporting. I guess that the articles in the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz are figments of my imagination. See their web-sites to see if I am correct. Here is one article from Haaretz-published in its print edition at 2:00 AM today in Israel-Tuesday your time:

    Last update – 02:29 19/09/2007
    NY Times: Israel informed U.S. before Syria raid
    By Yossi Melman and Anshel Pfeffer , Haaretz Correspondents, and AP

    American and Israeli sources say the Israeli government informed the Bush administration of the planned raid in Syria shortly before the attack, The New York Times reported yesterday. It remains unclear whether the Americans expressed support for the raid or were opposed to it. Nor is it known whether U.S. intelligence agencies shared the Israeli assessments regarding the facility targeted. According to the newspaper report, some officials questioned Syria’s financial and scientific ability to initiate a nuclear program.

    In an indirect reference yesterday to the Israeli air incursion over Syria on September 6, President Shimon Peres said that tensions between Syria and Israel have subsided and that Israel is ready for direct peace negotiations with Syria.

    “I do believe the nervousness in the relationship between Syria and ourselves is over,” Peres told foreign journalists. “Why go back to rumors and speculation when we say clearly we are ready to negotiate directly with the Syrians for peace.”

    Peres made the comments at an event at the President’s Residence marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Foreign Press Association.

    In a related development, Syria and North Korea yesterday denied claims that they are cooperating on a Syrian nuclear program. Both accused U.S. officials of spreading the accusations for political reasons – either to back Israel or to block progress on a deal between Washington and Pyongyang.

    The two countries spoke out amid widespread speculation over the Israel Air Force operation in Syria two weeks ago, in which U.S. officials have said Israeli warplanes struck a target.

    Details of the raid remain unclear, with Israel remaining silent. Syria has said no airstrike took place and that warplanes violated its airspace and dropped munitions to lighten their load as they fled Syrian air defenses.

    Last week, a senior U.S. non-proliferation official said Syria was believed to be approaching secret suppliers for nuclear technology and that North Korean personnel were in the country, raising theories that the Israelis were targeting a nuclear installation.

    A Syrian Cabinet minister yesterday ridiculed the speculation.

    “All this rubbish is not true. I don’t know how their imagination has reached such creativity,” Bouthaina Shaaban said of the reports of Syrian-North Korean nuclear cooperation.

    She said the reports – including ones of a recent North Korean shipment to Syria – were all “fabricated stories which have no value and truth.”

    “Regretfully, the international press is busy justifying an aggression on a sovereign state and the world should be busy condemning it instead of inventing reasons and aims of this aggression,” Shaaban told Lebanon’s Hezbollah television station Al-Manar.

    North Korea yesterday also strongly denied it secretly helped Syria develop a nuclear program, claiming the charge was fabricated by U.S. hardliners to block progress in North Korea’s relations with the U.S.

    The North Korean foreign ministry said the suspicions “are nothing but a clumsy plot fabricated again by dishonest forces who do not want to see progress in the six-party talks and in the (North Korea)-U.S. relations.”

    The Syrian state-run newspaper Tishrin said in an editorial yesterday that the U.S. was fomenting the accusations to excuse Israel’s incursion. It compared them to American claims in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq that then-leader Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction.

    The accusations against Syria recall those false claims that the Americans and the British circulated about Iraq’s nuclear programs, the paper, which reflects Syrian government thinking, said in a front-page editorial.

    It said Washington’s blatant bias toward Israel has hurt – and continues to hurt – the image the U.S. and its role of justice, fairness and the preservation of international peace.
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    Newspapers in Israel are mindful of the security implications of its reporting. How many rockets have fallen on Northern California in the past month? Siderot, an Israeli town in southern Israel has had hundreds of rocket hits in the past weeks.

    Robert Rich

    19 September 2007 at 6:22 pm

  4. Aha. So the Guardian simply misreported the story.

    I don’t believe that any rockets have fallen on Northern California in the past month.

    Where are the rockets coming from that are hitting Siderot? Is this part of the Gaza war? (In looking at Google, it seems to be.)

    I’m surprised to read of Washington’s “blatant bias toward Israel”. I assume that this must be DC. I thought Washington provide enormous amounts of money and arms to Israel. Am I missing something?


    19 September 2007 at 7:14 pm

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