WikiLeaks: Advancing an Israeli Agenda?

Like 9/11, WikiLeaks has been singularly good for Israel.

Asked on the night of September 11, 2001 what the terrorist attacks meant for U.S.-Israel relations, Benjamin Netanyahu, the then former prime minister, tactlessly but accurately replied, “It’s very good.” And on the day after WikiLeaks’ publication of U.S. diplomatic cables, Netanyahu “strode” into a press conference at the Israeli Journalists Association, looking “undoubtedly delighted” with the group’s latest embarrassment of U.S. President Barack Obama.

“Thanks to WikiLeaks,” Aluf Benn wrote in Haaretz, “there is now no fear Washington will exert heavy pressure on Israel to freeze settlement construction or to accelerate negotiations on a withdrawal from the territories.” Instead, also courtesy of WikiLeaks, the world’s attention had been shifted exactly where a “vindicated” Netanyahu wanted it – toward Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapons programme.

“Our region has been hostage to a narrative that is the result of 60 years of propaganda, which paints Israel as the greatest threat,” Netanyahu told the assembled journalists. “In reality leaders understand that that view is bankrupt. For the first time in history there is agreement that Iran is the threat.” While there is considerable dispute about the extent to which Arab leaders share Netanyahu’s understanding of “the Iranian threat,” the Arab public overwhelmingly considers Israel to be a far greater threat.

Nevertheless, according to Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit, Julian Assange “has shattered the accepted dogma on the understanding in the Middle East in the 21st century.” WikiLeaks, crowed Shavit, “proved” that the Israeli occupation and colonisation of Palestine was not the main cause of instability in the Middle East. Instead, the secret cables “revealed” that “the entire Arab world” is concerned about “one problem only — Iran, Iran, Iran.” Thus, Shavit concluded, the only way to bring peace to the region was to deal with “Iran first.”

Strangely, the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seems to accept the Israeli vision of “war is peace” in the Middle East. In an interview with Time magazine, Assange singled out Netanyahu as an example of a world leader who believed the publication of Arab leaders’ provocative privately expressed comments “will lead to some kind of increase in the peace process in the Middle East and particularly in relation to Iran.”

Even more puzzling, Assange had an op-ed piece in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian, in which he quoted something the media mogul had written in 1958: “In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.” In choosing another pro-Israel apologist as a model of transparency, is it possible that Assange is ignorant of the key role played by Murdoch’s media empire in propagating the lies that led the New York Times to dub the war in Iraq “Mr. Murdoch’s War”?

Assange seems equally oblivious to the significant contribution made by the New York Times itself to the war whose conduct he now claims to oppose. On September 8, 2002, the paper of record led with a front-page story by Judith Miller and Michael Gordon, which falsely claimed that Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy aluminium tubes as part of its “worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb.” As Michael Massing later wrote, “In the following months, the tubes would become a key prop in the administration’s case for war, and the Times played a critical part in legitimizing it.” Chosen by Assange to publish its leaked documents because it is one of “the best newspapers in the world for investigative research,” the pro-Israel Times is now busily spinning the leaks to push America into an equally unnecessary but even more disastrous war with Iran.

Given that the WikiLeaks revelations have been such an unexpected diplomatic coup” for Israel, its American lobby appears to be strangely divided over the issue. On one side, there are those like David Frum, Jeffrey Goldberg, and Michael Ledeen who delight in being able henceforth to cloak their incessant Iran warmongering behind a specious Arab cover. “Those who suggest that it’s some ‘Israel lobby’ or Jewish cabal that is driving the confrontation with Iran” should be embarrassed by the leaks, writes Frum. “WikiLeaks confirms that the region’s Arab governments express even more anxiety than Israel about the Iranian nuclear weapons program.”

Meanwhile, the most virulent attacks on WikiLeaks have come from some of Israel’s staunchest supporters. William Kristol, editor of Rupert Murdoch’s Weekly Standard, wants Congress to enable Obama to “Whack WikiLeaks.” Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, appear only too willing to oblige. Both senators have called for the prosecution of Assange under the 1917 Espionage Act. Feinstein is also working with Senator Charles Schumer on media legislation that would allow the prosecution of organizations like WikiLeaks.

How do we reconcile the Israel lobby’s apparently schizophrenic reaction to WikiLeaks? Could it be that Julian Assange has killed two birds for Israel with one document dump?

Thanks to WikiLeaks, the well-publicised remarks of a few Arab leaders provide much-needed cover for pro-Israelis as they relentlessly press America to whack Iran. At the same time, the disclosure of U.S. diplomatic secrets has given the likes of Joe Lieberman another excuse to “kill the internet” — to prevent Americans from ever finding out how they got into such a mess in the Middle East.

But just like 9/11, no matter how much WikiLeaks has benefited Israel, most observers still seem loath to consider the Tel Aviv connection.

Maidhc Ó Cathail writes extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. Read other articles by Maidhc, or visit Maidhc's website.

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  1. MichaelKenny said on December 11th, 2010 at 8:36am #

    I don’t think Wikileaks has benefitted Israel, precisely because the idea that the claims by American officials in those documents that practically every leader the Middle East suddenly wants the US to attack Iran is so totally improbable and, indeed, far too convenient. Over on the right-wing sites, they’re hyping much the same thing but with East European leaders in regard to Russia. In fact, what I think happened is that Wikileaks caught Israel red-handed in the process of fabricating false intelligence in regard to Iran and Russia, just as they did in regard to Iraq and Afghanistan. That caused the scam to go off at half cock. Which, in its turn, explains both the fury of the neocons and the attempts of various other Israel supporters to try to salvage something from the wreckage.

  2. bozh said on December 11th, 2010 at 11:26am #

    israel wld always be a threat to palestinians, syrians, lebanese, and jordanians.
    and, not only because of its cultishness, but also because it can only house, feed, and care for about 2 mn people.
    or even, say, 5mn people; with or w.o. pal’n pop. so, i suggest, israel or its leadership appear itchy about waging a war against any of its neighbors.

    it does seem that nato is preventing the next israeli war in order to expand their meager and poor holdings. nato is probably also preventing the ouster of pal’n pop from all of palestine.

    let’s recall that israeli raid dec., ’08 did not result in an exodus of pal’ns. egypt had, as far as i know, closed its borders with gaza to ensure it does not happen.

    we do not know whether israel waged the raid against mostly civilians in order also to drive gazans to egypt and then prevent their return.

    the raid itself may have had but one message: israel will never make peace with pal’ns, syrians, or lebanese.
    the question arises, whether u.s-nato or u.s agree with that position?
    we also do not know that egypt expected the raid to kill that many civilians? did really anyone?
    did i? no, not that many civilian casualties! nor did i expect that egypt wld bar gazans from seeking safety in egypt.

    so far, leaks do not tell us anything about questions i brought up. but, then, perhaps nothing had been recorded!

    i cannot see what israel had strategicly [for end goal] achieved by that raid? and in view that israel had not expanded; it being sole reason for any raid or war?
    no, i give no hoot what people say about their need for warfare.
    cause for warfare, fire, or a cancer is one and not dozens and all of them at given point in time!
    giving reasons for one’s actions is not a reason for taking them anything in any way, but as lies. tnx

  3. Rehmat said on December 11th, 2010 at 2:42pm #

    Wikileaks like the Wikipedia – has obvious Israel stamp. The later had a preview of the new Wikileaks files on the US-Turkish relations before they were made public on Sunday.

    Benji Netanyahu admitted that his government was already aware of the contents of the leaks. On November 29, 2010 – Fox News boasted: “All in all, WikiLeaks did not succeed in penetrating the most sensitive channels of U.S.-Israel relations”.

    This proves once again that the new Wikileaks information, most probably stolen by the agents of the powerful Israel Lobby (AIPAC) – and like the previous one, is meant to isolate United States from the rest of the world and create further division among Israel’s neighboring countries – which will make it more easy for the Zionist regime to control every US move.

    Shimon Peres had admitted last moth that Israel cannot survive without the financial, military and moral help of the US. The Jerusalem Post wrote not long ag that inspite of generous USAID of $6-14 billion per year – one out of three Israeli children live in poverty.

  4. hayate said on December 11th, 2010 at 2:51pm #

    Earlier sources in the Kremlin called for Assange being considered for a nobel peace prize. Now Putin comes to his defense vocally:

    Putin asks the West why it “hid Assange in prison”

    “Vladimir Putin comments on the arrest of Julian Assange, the founder of the scandalous WikiLeaks website. According to the Russian prime minister, the action does not live up to the ideals of Western democracy.”


  5. hayate said on December 11th, 2010 at 3:01pm #


    WikiLeaks scandal reveals shortcomings in Western democracy

    Anisimov Sergey

    Dec 11, 2010 18:48 Moscow Time


    “The scandal seriously hit Western democracy. Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin told reporters “if there is democracy, it must be a full one. Why did they jail Mr. Assange? Is that democracy?” commenting on the case. Brazil’s president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva shares this opinion saying that those who write foolish things should be punished not those who unveil them.

    The UN says Assange’s persecution is an attack on the freedom of speech. The Time magazine plans to name Assange the Person of the Year, the title which is given to a person who mostly influenced the globe in 2010. Assange is, undoubtedly, an ideal candidate for this.”


    Some wikileakers have started a new site, but with some differences to the old one:

    Assange’s colleagues launching new site


  6. bozh said on December 11th, 2010 at 3:26pm #

    did it really take russians, et al, this long [400yrs] to see u.s as a fascist region?
    and do i have to tell them that u.s is not even a country nor nation, but a region with thousand and one ethnicity; ruled by a few families and by just one or two folks; right now, by anlosaxons and a cult.
    and the ruling families are now quite happy and amassing bigger fortunes than ever.
    but how, u want to know? by printing more money and lending it to themselves at minus 2% interest! tnx

  7. hayate said on December 11th, 2010 at 7:21pm #

    Congress Announces Hearing Next Week on WikiLeaks
    Hearing Will Discuss New Laws to Silence Publication of Embarrassing Cables

    by Jason Ditz, December 10, 2010


    State Dept Decides: Julian Assange Not a Journalist
    Agenda of Seeing Truth Released Incompatible With Being Journalist, Crowley Insists

    by Jason Ditz, December 10, 2010


    House Approves Major Increase in Israeli Military Aid
    Increase Comes to $3 Billion in 2011 Aid, Plus $205 Million in Missile Funding

    by Jason Ditz, December 10, 2010


    Put the 3 together and what do you have in israel’s american colony? Restriction of of the internet, further control of the press and more money to massa.

  8. hayate said on December 11th, 2010 at 7:26pm #

    The zionist project of dumbing down of the american populace is nearly complete. They have just a few minor adjustments to do and they’ll be able to get americans to do just about anything. Anything.

    Disappointing Poll: Americans Largely Supportive of Censoring WikiLeaks
    Strong Majority Opposes Freedom of Press

    by Jason Ditz, December 10, 2010


  9. hayate said on December 11th, 2010 at 7:42pm #

    WikiLeaks servers safe in Stockholm nuclear bunker

    “On a main street in one of Stockholm’s hippest areas, a snow-covered hill topped by a church conceals a nuclear-proof bunker, home to a futuristic data centre holding 8,000 servers – two of which belong to WikiLeaks.”


    WikiLeaks’ bunker near Stockholm

    (photos of it)


    The fact those 2 servers are still allowed to function may account for this:

    Explosion in central Stockholm: there are victims

    Dec 12, 2010 00:26 Moscow Time


    A warning from the you know whos?

  10. Rehmat said on December 12th, 2010 at 6:41am #

    Anna Ardin, who also goes by the name Bernardin, claimed to be a victim of rape by Wikileaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange – has moved to the West Bank ruled by pro-US Mahmoud Abbas, as part of a Christian outreach group, aimed at bringing reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. She has moved to the small town of Yanoun (population 1990), which sits close to Israel’s security/sequestration wall. Yanoun is constantly besieged by fundamentalist Jewish settlers, and international groups have frequently stationed themselves there.

    Ardin recently mocked her detractors and the press by tweeting: “CIA agent, rabid feminist / Muslim lover, a Christian fundamentalist, frigid & fatally in love with a man, can you be all that at the same time …”

  11. hayate said on December 12th, 2010 at 9:46pm #

    Al-Qaeda claims one of its men carried out Sweden attack
    December 13, 2010 – 8:50AM


    Now why is al ciada be attacking Sweden? Because al ciada is run by the same ziofascists that ordered Palme assassinated.

  12. catguy00 said on December 12th, 2010 at 9:50pm #

    That man who died in the suicide attack is one dedicated CIA agent.

  13. hayate said on December 12th, 2010 at 9:59pm #

    “That man who died in the suicide attack is one dedicated CIA agent.”

    Just another dupe, like you.

  14. hayate said on December 12th, 2010 at 10:00pm #

    Julia Gillard’s Left flank revolts over Julian Assange

    December 11, 2010 12:00AM

    “JULIA Gillard is facing a revolt from MPs in her left-wing parliamentary faction, enraged at the treatment of Julian Assange.”


  15. mary said on December 13th, 2010 at 1:33am #

    13 December 2010 Last updated at 08:27

    Stockholm blasts: Police search house in Luton
    Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly is thought to have lived for several years in Luton

    Continue reading the main story
    Related stories
    Sweden probes ‘terrorist’ attack
    Swedish PM: Bomb blasts ‘unacceptable’
    In pictures: Stockholm blasts

    A house in Luton is being searched as part of the investigation into Saturday’s bombing in Sweden, in which one man died, police have said.

    A search warrant was executed at a property in Bedfordshire on Sunday night under the Terrorism Act 2000, the Metropolitan Police said.

    It follows the suspected suicide and car bombing in Stockholm.

    Unconfirmed reports say the man killed by the blast was Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, 29, who lived in Luton.

    Scotland Yard said no arrests had been made and no hazardous materials had been found at the property, the exact location of which has not been released. The search is expected to resume later.

    /….. {}

  16. Bandolero said on December 13th, 2010 at 2:45am #

    See here an excerpt from cable #07TELAVIV2652:

    11. (S) Dagan described how the Israeli strategy consists of
    five pillars:

    A) Political Approach: Dagan praised efforts to bring Iran before the UNSC, and signaled his agreement with the pursuit of a third sanctions resolution. He acknowledged that pressure on Iran is building up, but said this approach alone will not resolve the crisis. He stressed that the timetable for political action is different than the nuclear project’s timetable.

    B) Covert Measures: Dagan and the Under Secretary agreed not to discuss this approach in the larger group setting.

    C) Counterproliferation: Dagan underscored the need to prevent know-how and technology from making their way to Iran, and said that more can be done in this area.

    D) Sanctions: Dagan said that the biggest successes had so far been in this area. Three Iranian banks are on the verge of collapse. The financial sanctions are having a nationwide impact. Iran’s regime can no longer just deal with the bankers themselves.

    E) Force Regime Change: Dagan said that more should be done to foment regime change in Iran, possibly with the support of student democracy movements, and ethnic groups (e.g., Azeris, Kurds, Baluchs) opposed to the ruling regime.

    For me this looks like proof, that Mossad planned green revoution in Iran.