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June 9, 2015 5:36 pm

Former Israeli National Security Adviser Calls on Breaking the Silence Soldiers to Reveal Identities (INTERVIEW)

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Maj.-Gen (res) Ya'akov Amidror. Photo: Wikipedia.

Maj.-Gen (res) Ya’akov Amidror. Photo: Wikipedia.

A recent Breaking the Silence report is a “worthless propaganda” piece unless the soldiers behind its testimonies of alleged Israeli abuse reveal their identities, said Former Israeli national security adviser Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror on Tuesday.

The report, which collected supposed testimonies from Israeli soldiers who engaged in combat during last summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, is “one of the biggest [pieces of] propaganda … that you might find,” Amidror said, in an interview with the Algemeiner.

The former security adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also headed the Israel Defense Forces military intelligence research department, called the report “evil,” and said the intention of Breaking the Silence “is to destroy Israel, for sure.”

Because the report does not feature the names of the soldiers providing testimonies, Amidror said its veracity is impossible to corroborate, though he added that if the soldiers who provided testimonies came forth, Israel should investigate their accounts of alleged abuse.

At one point, Amidror questioned whether soldiers even provided the testimonies.

The former national security adviser, who among other accomplishments led Israeli efforts at rapprochement with Turkey following the 2010 Mavi Marmara IDF raid that left nine Turkish activists dead, defended the Israeli Defense Forces’ engagement in the latest conflict with Gaza, saying nearly half of the casualties in last summer’s war were fighting for Hamas. He said that women, accounting for 50 percent of Gaza’s population, “were less than 20 percent of all casualties.”

The identity of casualties in last summer’s war is the subject of heated dispute, with the Palestinian Center for Human Rights claiming about 76 percent civilian deaths. Israeli figures put that number at about 45 percent.

Amidror said that funding for Breaking the Silence comes almost exclusively from abroad, “partly from Arab sources.”

Breaking the Silence’s latest transparency report indeed indicates a majority of its largest donors are foreign, though the organizations are mostly European.

Amidror, who is a senior fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for strategic studies, was visiting New York for meetings and to address a youth movement.

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  • Marduk

    Dear Editors
    Thanks for censoring my comment. Now we really know on which side the devil sings

  • Marduk

    Perhaps someone should look at the initial report that said that over 70% of the Siah Lochamim book was censored. Since no one denies the validity of the book that came out should you not check with the censor, before making any comments

  • Liz Wagner

    “Breaking the Silence’s latest transparency report indeed indicates a majority of its largest donors are foreign, though the organizations are mostly European.” – “…though the organizations are mostly European” is an odd phrase, in this context. If not for Europe, organizations such as Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem and many others could not stay in business. By funding these allegedly “pro-peace” anti-Israel organizations, Europe continues its tradition of undermining all things Jewish.

  • Arthur

    Anonymous complaints with no attempt to have the matter addressed through official channels makes the BtS stories entirely suspicious, even without the fact that they are being paid salaries for their ‘testimonies’.

    There is no excuse for not having tried to file complaints with the IDF. Even if one claims that nothing would be done about such complaints, that would not have stopped the individuals from sharing their stories (as they are doing now) and would have added the dimension of showing how nothing is done.

    Clearly there is another agenda at work with BtS.

  • Lynne T

    A good article, but why on earth did the contributor refer to the deceased Turks from the Mavi Marmura incident “activists”, when what they very clearly were, were hopped up extremists prepared to kill an unarmed IDF boarding party trying to enforce a legal blockade?

    • RiverKing

      Next, we’ll learn that the IDF was attempting to enforce the embargo were rogues, not acting as agents of the Israeli government.

  • Mwarkus Elkana Brajtman

    Are these really Jewish Israeli soldiers?
    Or are they Arabs who could pass as Jewish, slandering the IDF.

    Why dont they comeout in the open to show who they really are?
    If they are Jewish,they should be sentenced to long prison terms for treason.
    If they are Arab sould be taken to the UN where they would have to identify themselves so that the world will know the truth.

  • steven L

    EU NGOs intensely active against Jews and IL.

  • Arty Cohn

    What I have read is that most of the “testimony ” is second hand or even third hand. The testifier heard someone say they heard someone else making the accusation.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    The relentless sabotage campaign will eventually break something indeed, but I doubt it will be our fantastic military and civilian will. Tzahal may have not performed to what we consider is classic military ruthlessness standards because of excessive concern with collateral harm. That will end…
    Everyone involved on the preparations to start another Holocaust, plans that were known to at least some of us for decades, is in for some breaking indeed. Israel will crush ALL enemies, no exceptions.
    Those “soldiers” should carefully consider coming clean and ID themselves… NOW!

  • The world can be divided up into those that matter and those that don’t.

    Fortunately for the Jewish state, those that matter in the world KNOW what is true and what is not.

    Therefore the Jewish state can afford to, and should, take demonisation and delegitimisation with a pinch of salt.

    • Avi

      Ben -Nathan you are wrong. There are many good innocent people who fall for this antisemitic propaganda. Europe is already lost. America is on its way.

  • Scott

    This entire “Breaking the Silence” movement is as believable as Hamas.
    For indeed, they with their European acolytes, most likely invented it, wrote it and are it’s chief promoters.

    Why don’t we start a “Breaking the Silence in Gaza” movement?
    The Israeli’s have facts, but no one will listen. Hamas has propaganda and everyone listens.

    Welcome to George Orwell’s world…..

  • Harold Merskey

    Anonymous claims of abuse are worthless. Coming from
    a culture that uses over-statement for emphasis they
    are counter-productive to their content.