The Israeli government is very rapidly losing control of its own hasbara efforts.
As documented in recent posts, Israel’s Consulate in New York first claimed no commandos were detained by activists, then Israel’s navy said there were, and just now the consulate wrote me again (@HybridStates) to say no IDF troops were captured at any point.
Excuse me? I think its time for the consulate’s Twitter manager to call Tel Aviv and get their story straight.
More to the point, The Times (UK) now reports that one commando killed six civilian activists, and he is now in line to receive a “medal of valor” for his supposed bravery in shooting in the head multiple civilians. This new spotlight on Staff Sergeant S, as he is referred to in order to protect his identity (valor indeed!), gives him a marvelous opportunity to earn himself an actual award—for helping to prove just how false is the IDF version of events.
In his testimony, he explains how he came to murder so many people. As reported by The Times:
As he landed on the ship’s top deck, he said he saw three of his superior officers who had landed ahead of him lying wounded, one with a bullet wound to the stomach, another shot in the knee and the third beaten unconscious.
Taking charge, he formed his men in a perimeter around the wounded, pulled his 9mm Glock pistol and opened fire on passengers.
Did you catch that? He told The Times that he pulled out his 9mm Glock pistol.
Yesterday, however, we were informed by a navy officer that navy commandos don’t carry 9mm guns, and that the empty 9mm casings were proof that the humanitarian activists had brought guns with them. Oops, someone forgot to tell Sergeant S. Then, of course, Michael Oren parroted a recital of this “evidence” on the op-ed pages of the New York Times, unchallenged by any differing opinions or contradictory testimony, as usual.
Thankfully, Staff Sergeant S has done at least one positive thing in the otherwise highly criminal last few days: help the world see the very distorted if not outright fabricated fantasy that is the IDF story about the flotilla massacre.