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Israel: Leper or Light Unto the Nations? Part 2: That Bird Could Be a Mossad Agent!

How Israel’s neighbors convert light into darkness.

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P. David Hornik

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August 11, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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What a relief. It turned out recently that a bird detained in Turkey, on suspicion of spying for Israel, was cleared of the charges.

The bird was a kestrel, a type of small falcon. It was discovered by residents of the Turkish village of Altinavya in the Elazig province. It had a metal ring on its foot stamped with “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.”

Worried residents of the village turned the bird over to Elazig’s Firat University. There, as Britain’s Telegraph reports:

medical personnel…initially identified the kestrel as “Israeli Spy” in their registration documents. Intensive medical examinations—including X-rays—determined that the bird was, indeed, just a bird. There were no sign of microchips that might transmit information back to Israel, local media reported. The kestrel was allowed to fly off after authorities determined there was no need to press charges.

Turkey, it should be noted, was long considered a prime example of a Muslim secular democracy. It even had extensive economic and strategic relations with Israel.

Many date the deterioration of those relations from the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, when Israeli commandos, attacked by a mob, killed nine Islamists on a Turkish ship headed toward Gaza. But Turkey’s Islamist prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had already started curtailing those relations over Israel’s 2008-2009 operation against his fellow Islamists, Hamas, in Gaza.

Turkey, in other words, has moved closer to the anti-Israeli attitudes prevalent in the region’s Arab countries. Both in those countries and in Turkey itself, the kestrel incident was hardly the first of its kind.

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It's a weak attempt at moral leveling, insinuating that the shtetl Jews of East Europe were 'just like the Muslims of the Middle East.' It's a nice try, but a fail.
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Insofar as I can tell, the Egyptians have done just fine ruining their economy. Why would the Israelis bother with a task natives are already doing perfectly?
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There are way too many instances of Obama helping the Muslim Brotherhood for it to be a coincidence. I believe Obama himself is a Muslim. After all he has two members of the MB as his advisers.
31 weeks ago
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what isn't as funny is that erdogan is obama's BFF. and so are the savage death cult acolytes of the muslim brotherhood.
34 weeks ago
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P. David Hornik made me laugh out loud until I realized how effective the Israeli myth is. I am glad the kestrel lived. People seem gravitate to extremes on Israel and Jews. I am an admirer of their grit and determination and their people. I cannot fathom how it must be to live in a tiny country surrounded by people who actively want you dead. Being perceived as super-human is one technique and being really good at defense is another. This is, after all, a country a few miles long and wide that took in every refugee that wanted to come and some, as in Africa, who were disenfranchised-close to 5 million in all. I wish my country still could boast that moral backbone. http://coldwarwarrior.com/
34 weeks ago
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Islam offers all of the dysfunction of Latin America with none of the fun. I do enjoy the hummus however.
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What a fun article Mr. Hornik. This is the first time I'm hearing this one and I thought I'd heard them all. This is the greatest country in the world. Do come to visit.
34 weeks ago
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Not sure which country you're referring to, but if Israel, been living in it almost 30 years.
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When referring to Israel one must first separate its majority population from its leadership.
The fact of the matter is that the leadership couldn't be more craven nor obsequious. A lethal combination.
The majority population are Jewish Zionists and they are, for the most part, industrious, creative and downright bold. This is why so many groundbreaking innovations, in all spheres of life, have come forth from a nation which is as imperiled as any on earth. Despite it all, Israel IS indeed a start up nation.
As to its leadership, the bottom of the barrel barely describes them. The reasons are manifest, many of which are contained within this interview - http://www.inquisitr.com/671508/the-inquisitr-interviews-adina-kutnicki-the-reality-of-life-for-an-israeli-patriot/
Bottom line: the paranoia Israel's enemies exhibit when it comes to this or that is irrational from the onset. One cannot argue with insanity. Hence, let us save ourselves the trouble!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

34 weeks ago
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Speak for yourself.
34 weeks ago
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Insofar as I can tell, the Egyptians have done just fine ruining their economy. Why would the Israelis bother with a task natives are already doing perfectly?
34 weeks ago
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I think we are missing a golden opportunity...Whenever one of these insane moments arises, we acknowledge that the bird, fish, dog, cat, mouse...whatever it is...is indeed a Mossad spy, and apologize for intruding on the sovereignty of the nation in question. It would be great for them to think we can actually do that!..And if you disagree with this, I am sending my parrot, whom I have taught to spout Zionist propaganda to your children...
34 weeks ago
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Yes, I suppose Israel could play coy, neither confirming nor denying their use of wildlife as intelligence assets, and offer "no comments" about an military intelligence project code-named Flutter (which you just made up) involving butterflies.

But their civilized, genuine concerns over the hapless birds means they patiently explain to these morons they're just engaged in scientific research - something they should try sometime. If they shame them by calling them out for what they are, they could well take it out on the birds.
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Gosh..I wonder what those urbane educated Jews in their villages thru-out Poland in the first World War made of the "Flying Crosses" over their heads....surely the local Rabbi made sure they knew it was just modern technology..and not some fiendish Christian plot to dominate the skies of God. Poking fun of ignorant peasants is kind of like frying ants with a magnifying glass...easy to do and the ants...while bring ignorant of the scientific principle, still come out badly as a result. Barrel of fish meet Hornik...Hornik..barrel of fish
35 weeks ago
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You chose to ignore certain facts. The first is that the people involved were not only peasants, but also doctors, experts, journalists and official authorities who are educated people. The peasants only discovered the birds. The educated doctors, experts, journalists and officials took it seriously enough to examine the birds using advanced technology.

Which leads us to another fact you chose to ignore, which is that genocidal anti-Semitism is often propagated from the top down - from intellectuals, clergymen, journalists and political leaders to the ignorant peasants, rather than being the genuine product of ignorant peasants. Ignorant peasants might suspect and dislike strangers and accuse the strangers of murder without proof, which forms the basis for blood libels. But the systematic irrational anti-Israelism, as well as open, naked, anti-Semitism so prevalent in the Muslim world is the product of systematic propaganda in the media, mosques, educational system and politics. The ignorant peasants are brainwashed by the elites. This is why both the peasants and the elites take place in such travesties - they both believe the same things about Israelis and Jews. Believe it strongly enough to consider such nonsense as Israel not only using a random mechanism like birds for the purpose of spying, but birds that announce themselves as Israeli spies by wearing a ring that says 'Israel'.
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I'm pretty sure we all "get" that Muslims hate the Jews. Lots and lots of historical data to back your point. Also judging from the 150 or so words in your second paragraph, you don't care much for them either. Nor from the article, does Mr. Hornik, that's fine. I believe that the intent of his article was to mock, well, so was mine. Shoe meet other foot, other foot, meet shoe.....
34 weeks ago
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Do you have any documentation or anecdotes about Jewish villagers panicking at the sight of aircraft early in the last century? Surely something would have shown up in the often anti-religious Yiddish literature or theatrical comedy of the time; I have a nodding familiarity with some of it, but have never encountered any airplane tropes. Or is this just something you're conjecturing, i.e. yanking out of your... imagination? Then again, there was little need to embroider "fiendish Christian plot[s]" at a time when multiple events, from the discovery of an unidentified corpse to a king's birthday, could easily trigger brutal armed attacks on those "ignorant peasants."
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Sorry, all my documentation was destroyed in the famous NE Ohio Anti-Epicopal Pogrom of 2006. There are numerous historical references to east European reactions to many of the advanced technologies the First WW introduced them to. From cars to medicines to basic hygiene practices. Of course in your world apparently there are "ignorant peasents" and then there are "Jewish villagers". A distinction with out a difference that anyone could see if they were able to yank their head out of their...
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It's a weak attempt at moral leveling, insinuating that the shtetl Jews of East Europe were 'just like the Muslims of the Middle East.' It's a nice try, but a fail.
34 weeks ago
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They were not urbane or educated, but they were much more so than these crazy malicious Arabs.
34 weeks ago
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I still like Andrew Klavan's idea: turn all of the Middle East over to the Jews: you'll have an educated, humane, democratic and advanced country with full civil rights for all Arabs, women, and homosexuals. Just like Israel. These anti-semitic barbarians would be laughable if they weren't so pitifully stupid!
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