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Public affairs/strategic consultant in Israel. Former Israeli diplomat in DC. Author of "American Interests in the Holy Land in Photos." RT ≠ endorsement
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Jun 5, 2023 9 tweets 7 min read
I am enthralled w #ghostsofbeirut, but a tinge of PTSD.
I was in Beirut in 1982. Alexander Hotel (Bob Simon's room). It had a nice outdoor cafe (used to be indoors til a bomb). Watched the IDF missile shooting down a Syrian jet, Syrian troops evacuate, Arafat & crew sail off. 1/ ImageImage #Beirut 2/ Silly me. I bought a postcard & went to a post office to buy a stamp. Everyone howled. No service in yrs.
Went to Bashir Gemayal's office to talk with an aide about the president-to-be's PR in DC.
Not to be: the office & Gemayal were blown to smithereens 2 wks later. Image
Mar 11, 2023 8 tweets 5 min read
"3D analysis shows how Israeli troops fired into group of civilians."
WaPo deep dive is a classic case of JOURNALISTIC MALPRACTICE by Evan Hill who just left NYT where he crucified Israel for the May 2021 war in Gaza, He lied hid evidence, old clips. 1/
washingtonpost.com/investigations… Journalistic Malpractice 2/
@EvenHill, formerly from NYT, Al Jazeera, Human Rights Watch. He wrote civilians were killed in Israeli raid that nabbed "several Palestinian fighters." At least 8!, including commanders.
The civilians - & all of Nablus - are used as human shields. ImageImage
Mar 10, 2023 5 tweets 4 min read
#Purim's over; costumes are in the attic. With some trepidation, many Jews see the #Passover preparations & cleaning ahead.
Traditionally, this is a time to get Matza for the holiday.
125 y.a. students at Mikve Yisrael ag school were harvesting wheat. Why was a Rabbi there?
1/ Making of Matza is very meticulous. No water can enter the process until the last minute, lest the grain, flour, or matza becomes leavened. Must complete the process from the second H2O is added to the flour, kneaded, rolled out & baked in under 18 minutes.
Rabbis supervise.
Jan 6, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
This is outrageous on so many levels. 1/
1. The Palestinians deny the existence of the Jewish People in Biblical time, even the existence of the Temple.
2. Palestinian looters & grave diggers plunder archeological sites constantly.
3. Most Pals aren't...
nytimes.com/2023/01/05/art… 2/ "Palestinian relic"
3. Most Arab residents did not show up in Palestine until maybe 1400 yrs ago & many only in last 150 yrs. Erakat's claim to have been a Canaanite is bunk.
4. Dangerous precedent by US. Imagine US Embassy trucks emptying Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book...
Jan 3, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
.@USAmbIsrael Thomas Nides is upset that an Israeli visited the holiest Jewish site, the Temple Mt.
We have been "very clear in conversations w the Israeli gov'f on the issue of preserving the status quo in Jerusalem’s holy sites. Actions that prevent that are unacceptable.”
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2/ Amb Nides, the position of the High Commissioner of the Palestine Mandate ended in 1948.

Since Min Ben Gvir's visit took place during the middle of night DC time, I presume you got no guidance from DC, which would have been much tougher, like calling for an FBI interrogation.
Nov 30, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
Nothing is staler & more anti-Israel than former "Jim-Baker's-Boys" calling for Admin pressure on Israel's FUTURE govt.
Their formula for pressure on Palestinians amounts to 24 words.
40 yrs ago, Kurtzer argued vs even "natural growth"of settlements. 1/ washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… 2/ Hey Aaron, @aarondmiller2 who poisoned you in a month since you tweeted this?
"Biden isn’t Obama on Israel. He won’t press Netanyahu on Pal's and Israel at same time. If accurate (sic) @BarakRavid reporting suggests Biden will give new govt wide margin to act responsibly."
Nov 14, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
What's behind the USG decision to investigate (prosecute) Israel for the death of @ShareenAbuAkhla?

USG knows there was no intentional hit, scores of Palestinian gunmen were in Jenin, Jenin terrorists had just killed 19 Israeli civilians, & Pals wouldn't help investigate.
1/ 2/ So why's the US prosecuting Israel?

It's political.
Waited to announce til after US & Israel elections so it wouldn't be a campaign issue.
Pressure from Democratic progressives & pro-Pal lobby.
Recast USG policy: investigate UAE, try to avoid supporting Iran regime change,
Nov 14, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
FBI opens investigation of Israel into killing of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh.

THIS IS SO WRONG.
IT ECHOES THE CORRUPT UN.
IT IS AN EXPRESSION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN ISRAEL'S JUSTICE SYSTEM.
IT IGNORES ISRAEL'S MORALITY ON THE BATTLEFIELD. 1/ axios.com/2022/11/14/fbi… 2/
Oct 27, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
1/ The following is US Govt-supported anti-Israel propaganda:
A question to the US State Dept spokesman by Said Arikat, al Quds:
"Israeli occupational army kill[ed] 6 people last night alone in a home in Nablus. Do they have the right to resist a military occupation that is ... 2/ Said Arikat to @StateDeptSpox:
"Do the Pals have the right to resist a military occupation that is killing them daily, assaulting their villages, stealing their crops, destroying their cars, their homes?"
Ned Price mostly answered w even-handed pablum.
state.gov/briefings/depa…
May 28, 2022 17 tweets 11 min read
#JerusalemDay. Thread. 1/
I danced at the Western Wall on Jerusalem Day w/ fellow students from KBYeshiva in 1969 -- 53 y.a.
It's been a long tradition, but Jews were denied access before 1967.
Illustration by Elhanan Ben Uri answers US & Pal objections.
Pride & Determination. #JerusalemDay. Thread. 2/
I found this #Jerusalem "parade" from ~1915 when Jer'm was ruled by the Turks.
Jews were forcibly conscripted & marched into the Turkish Army. The army looted food & supplies from the Jews. (Ottoman Archives)

Jewish humiliation.
May 26, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
US leak saying Israel told US it killed #Iran colonel harms trust & isn’t true.
Sr politician denies Israel took responsibility for killing Revolutionary Guardsman in Tehran.
Israeli officials believe American counterparts talked to NYT timesofisrael.com/us-leak-finger… via @TimesofIsrael This US leak to NYT alleging #Israeli responsibility for an attack on #Iran is a repeat of petulant #Obama leaks that signaled to Ayatollahs that US had no role.
#Israel just went on alert, suspecting Iran feels it must retaliate.

Let's Go Brandon!
May 5, 2022 6 tweets 4 min read
Palestinian terrorists (apparently 2) entered the ultra-Orthodox town of Elad this eve, pulled out axes & started smashing heads. 3 dead, 3 critical.
Several pts.
- As an ultra-Orthodox town, it did not hold Independence Day celebrations.
- few if any gun owners. Few guards.
1/ 2/ Elad terrorist attack
- A Hareidi town, few TVs. Kids =60% and going out to local parks is their fun. Was site of attack.
-With burgeoning population, Elad has a lot of building & a lot of Arab construction workers, many illegal.
-Cops asked ppl who took vids of events to..
Mar 27, 2022 7 tweets 3 min read
The terrorist attack in Hadera that killed 2 tonight is a game-changer for many reasons:
1. The 2 terrorists were Israeli citizens from the Arab town of Umm al-Fahum. Last week in Beersheva, the terrorist who killed 4 civilians was an Israeli Bedouin.
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Terror in Hadera 2/
2. The terrorists were affiliated with ISIS. Around 2015, several dozen Israeli Arabs went to ISIS areas in Syria via Turkey.
Video of the two Israeli Arabs swearing allegiance to ISIS in front of the ISIS flag. (Facebook screenshot)
Jul 28, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
#HRW's predictably anti-Israel report on #Gaza quotes the UN that Israel killed "260 Palestinians, including at least 129 civilians."
Uh, Who were the other 131?

HRW doesn't say it: they were combatants & commanders - legit military targets.
Some of those civilians...
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#HRW continued...2/
Tragically, some civilians were #Hamas' human shields.
As I pored over lists of Gaza dead compiled in #Israel, I found a case that would repeat itself: a senior Hamas commander, his wife, & 15 y.o. daughter.
Legit in laws of war, but listed as 2 civilians.
Jun 29, 2021 5 tweets 5 min read
#BREAKING Proof of @nytimes fraud in its #Gaza Hit Job against #Israel.

The NYT shows only 10 seconds of #Hamas narrow tunnels.
The video WAS TAKEN IN 2014!

Pic 1. 2021 vid. Min. 7:00. Man red Kaffiya.
Pic 2. Same man in 2014.
He's wearing PIJ emblem

nytimes.com/video/world/mi… 2/ NYT: There were no videos of the Hamas tunnels in May 2021?
Were NYT local fixers & photographers working for or scared of Hamas?
Was the 2014 clip added in the NY office?
Here's a trustworthy video from Qatari source.
Jun 26, 2021 6 tweets 7 min read
.@evanhill, @herbertnyt @PatrickKingsley your hatchet job on #Israel gets worse w every layer of research.
Thread 1/

NYT minimized #IDF intel on the tunnels, showing only 10 secs of a skinny non-threatening #Hamas tunnel.

What you DIDN'T show would have killed your narrative. On June 5, 2021 - BEFORE @evanhill tweeted his search for tech bomb expert to help him on NYT project - Iran's Mehr & Qatar's Al Jazeera broadcast a vid of #Hamas' tunnels w Command, Control, Plan & Operation chambers!
Can't deny a legit target.
en.mehrnews.com/news/174409/VI…
Jun 25, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
Thread. 1/ More questions for @nytimes @herbertnyt @evanhill
Hill amassed a massive team for his hit job on #Israel. What did the NYT spend?
$2 million for the intensive month-long operation?
No one could get into #Gaza. How'd you pull that off? Who interviewed, film, research? 2/ More Qs for @nytimes @herbertnyt @evanhill

At end of his list of staff, Hill thanks UNRWA & a Palestinian human rights group.
Were they his foot soldiers on the ground (ON, not UNDER to investigate #Hamas tunnels.)
Another essential group was necessary, but not credited.
Jun 24, 2021 9 tweets 7 min read
.@nytimes produced its war film vs #Israel that it's been working on for wks. The storyline: Israel used US weapons to bomb Gaza apt buildings & kill civilians.
I saw this coming. See thread.
Gaza’s Deadly Night: How Israeli Airstrikes Killed 44 People. nytimes.com/video/world/mi… 2/ The NYT ignored proof of tunnels & command center that CREATED A SINKHOLE.
3 wks ago NYT advertised for a tekkie who could help produce this video.
NYT ignored Hamas' reax to question about a command post, but bored in on IDF response.
Film's producer has HRW & AJ "history."
Jun 1, 2021 7 tweets 8 min read
Is #HassanNasrallah, the leader of #Hizbullah, dead?

Rumors abound.
Coincidence? A flash heat wave was felt in #Israel yesterday, as if the fires of hell were stoked with a new source of fuel. 🔥
1/ Thread: The #Nasrallah Obituary Album Image 2/ Nasrallah Obit Album.
Israel will regret that #Nasrallah died NOT at its hand.

And then there were none: The three men who led the 2006 #Lebanon war against #Israel - Qasem #Soleimani, Iyad Mughniyeh, and #HassanNasrallah debriefing Khomeini Jr in #Iran. Image
May 26, 2021 8 tweets 6 min read
"They Were Only Children." I have never seen worse anti-Israel propaganda disinformation than this @nytimes piece in my 40+ yrs of defending #Israel in media trenches.
Every child's death is a disaster, but the Times presents a blood libel vs Israel.
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nytimes.com/interactive/20… 2/ "At least 66 children under age 18 were killed in #Gaza," the NYT writes with pics of angelic kids. Per bios, most were killed by "Israeli airstrikes."
"At least 2 kids in Gaza "MAY HAVE BEEN KILLED killed when Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel that fell short"
May 13, 2021 7 tweets 6 min read
1/#HamasAttack Reports of Hamas flying drones against Israel. I've been waiting for this. Hamas has been training to use suicide drones & for spying.
Here's 1st of a thread.
1 #Iran-designed Ababil.
2 Quad-drones used for spying. Used by "photographer" during fence rioting 2/ How does #Hamas get its quad-drones? These models were smuggled in through crossing pts from Israel as "toys."
Besides spying, drones like this were used by ISIS to drop grenades on coalition forces.
Hamas had a drone lab in Tunisia w a drone wizard (who met an untimely end).