The ‘Hasbara’ (Israeli Propaganda) Machine


AL Jazeera   By Avi Shlaim      Posted Thurs., Jan.12, 2017

“Israeli propagandists deliberately, yes deliberately, conflate (merge) anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in order to discredit, bully, and muzzle critics of Israel.”  Avi Shlaim, an emeritus professor of international relations at Oxford University.

A remarkable piece of investigative journalism by Al Jazeera titled “The Lobby”, is packed with concrete evidence of murky manipulations by Israel’s envoys and friends in Britain to empower its supporters and undermine its critics.

“The Lobby” not only alleges but documents covert operations by the Israeli embassy and improper interference at every level of British politics. It exposes the way in which the Israeli embassy “infiltrated” both the Conservative and the Labour parties in flagrant violation of diplomatic protocol.

The most shocking revelation is that Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy, set up a number of political organisations in the UK that operated as though entirely independent.

He was also secretly caught on camera plotting to “take down” MPs he regarded as hostile to Israel. Among the MPs that Masot wanted to “take down” was Sir Alan Duncan, the foreign office minister and vocal supporter of a Palestinian state.

Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador, made a full apology to Sir Alan for the incident and stated that Masot will soon be sent back to Jerusalem. Regev had little choice but to apologise: Al Jazeera produced the smoking gun.

Before being posted to London, Regev had served for eight years as chief spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Regev is essentially a PR man and a notoriously pugnacious one. He personifies his master’s mantra that the best defence is offense.

The British government seemed satisfied with the apology and declared the matter closed. But a number of MPs from all parties have expressed their concern over this gross interference in British democracy and called on the prime minister to launch a public inquiry.

It is a fair guess that despite the recent setback, the Israeli embassy under Mark Regev’s leadership will continue its campaign of targeted political attacks and that in its Hasbara – a polite Hebrew word for propaganda – it will continue to equate legitimate criticism of Israeli policies with visceral hatred of the Jewish people.

But in the long run, Israel and its envoys abroad have no chance of winning the battle for hearts and minds for the simple reason that Zionism itself has already ended up on the wrong side of history.

The above is an excerpt from the article titled “Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in British politics” written by Avi Shlaim.

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About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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4 Responses to The ‘Hasbara’ (Israeli Propaganda) Machine

  1. sheri roberts says:

    Hi Ron

    • ron abbass says:

      Hi Sheri! Thank you for your greeting. Your name looks familiar – do you live in Nova Scotia, Canada? Peace and blessings to you and yours, Hon!

      • sheri roberts says:

        Hi Ron, Greetings to you. My frustration stems from what appears to be a situation unchanging! We still give 38 billion to Israel. We still allow the illegal settlements to plow forward. Even Obama tried to speak about the settlements and Netanyahu had the audacity to come speak to our congress. What or who will ever be able to impose sanctions that would stop Israel from their heinous grievous, land grabbing?
        I am from Georgia by the way 🙂

      • ron abbass says:

        Hi Sheri! Thank you for your response – much appreciated. A Georgia Gal – I luv it! 🙂

        I hear ya, Sheri, re the present situation. I don’t believe any nation will impose sanctions on the Zionist entity – they (Nations) are under the control (monetarily, media and military industrial complex) by the Rothschild International Banking Dynasty and her gentile harlots. Eventually, that phoney so-called “Israel” will be destroyed. So say the prophets of the true ancient house of Israel.

        Take good care, Sheri! Peace, blessings and protection to you and yours. Cheers! 🙂

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