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    • 10.05.10 | 16:52 (IDT)

    'Hubris' is over-weening pride or self-confidence as when a man or state shows itself to be God-like." - definition In recent months we are witnessing the failure of one Israeli security organization after another. The common thread is "Hubris". It reminds one of the period following the six-day war victory which ended when Hubris prevented the recognition of the war to come (on Yom Kippur). To wit: 1. The Mossad operation in Dubai. Using 32(!) agents to assassinate an easily replaceable person, thus risking, and probably losing, these agents' ability to remain anonymous. Israelis understand this crazy failure, and the Mossad chief will be replaced this year. 2. Very high level IDF officers plot assassination of Palestinian militants who could otherwise be arrested, in complete disregard to Supreme Court decisions. Why not, if the Defense Minister disregards the Court order to evacuate ILLEGAL settlements. 3. Shin Bet goes on an expedition to harass and silence Uri Blau, a journalist doing his job to the benefit of the State, like many others, just because he exposes criminal behavior by IDF officers. (Reminds me of Nixon trying to use the CIA to explain away the Watergate crew.) 4. Now we have another variety of such nonsense when the military censor forbids publication of an arrest, which is discussed over the internet and the rest of the world knows about it. Can't the dummies absorb the recent lesson of the Anat Kamm case?

    from the article: A Special Place in Hell / If the secret police ran a Jewish state
    First published 14:44 10.05.10 | Last updated 16:53 10.05.10
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