Saturday, September 02, 2006

The sad story of the Palestinian man who entered the British embassy in Tel Aviv can be linked to the lack of success in the last Lebanon war. It is no secret that one of the keys to Israel's successes in the wars against its enemies has been the information provided by Palestinian and other collaborators. Israel's failures to take proper care of its collaborators in the territories and in Lebanon partly explain why often since Oslo and since Israel's withdrawal from Southern Lebanon crucial intelligence for military operations was missing. Few collaborators cooperated with Israel for idealist reasons, but these days people on 'the other side' really have to be desperate to be willing to cooperate with Israeli security services, knowing that as far as Israel is concerned they are totally expendable.

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