How Hezbollah Tricked Senior Israeli Officials Into an Interview

The documentary on the Second Lebanon War by a Hezbollah-linked channel featured interviews with former Israeli generals, ministers and combatants.

Amir Peretz interviewed on 'What Happened in 2006'
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A Hezbollah-affiliated television network just aired a documentary with senior Israeli interviewees, which begs the question, how did they pull this off?

Among those interviewed in "What Happened in 2006," a documentary about the Second Lebanon War that aired on the Hezbollah-linked Al-Mayadeen channel on Saturday, were Maj. Gen. (res.) Eyal Ben-Reuven and Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, as well as then-Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Tomer Weinberg, a combatant who was injured in the initial stages of the conflict.

Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth revealed Tuesday that the interviews were conducted by an Italian journalist, Michela Moni, who told his interviewees that the footage was intended for Italian television and the BBC in Britain.

"I, too, didn't know the interviews I was sent to conduct in Israel were intended for Hezbollah," Moni told the daily. "Ahmad Barghouti, the producer who contracted me in Jerusalem, told me he was preparing the interviews for shows that would be broadcasted on the BBC and Al Jazeera."

Barghouti declined to speak with Yedioth Ahronoth, but Moni said he confronted him when he found out that his footage was aired on Al-Mayadeen. Moni said Barghouti claimed not to know how the interviews made their way to the Hezbollah-affiliated network.

According to the promo at the end of the first episode, the following two episodes will feature more senior Israeli officials, including former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

The documentary 'What Happened in 2006' YouTube