My conversation, with editor of Covert Action Magazine, Jeremy Kuzmarov, is largely based on his article ‘Widening the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Yellow Journalism Stoking Potential War on Iran‘.

He looks at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and suggests there is a plan for a wider war with Iran.

Kuzmarov questions media reports that claim Iran’s involvement, saying that US foreign policy and the neoconservative warmongering nonsense (from both the Democrats and Republicans) have inflated Iran’s role without evidence.

Israeli airstrike on Gaza, circa October 2023

Iran’s alleged role in regional conflicts

Kuzmarov’s piece breaks apart a claim from the Wall Street Journal which presents Iran as a puppet master behind various regional conflicts, specifically citing the ‘Tribe of Nova’ massacre (which is the Hamas attack on Israel, 7 October 2023).

  • Hamas launched a ‘surprise’ invasion of Israel from the Gaza Strip.
  • They attacked a music festival celebrating the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
  • They killed 270 Israelis, with many more wounded and an unknown number of hostages taken.

The Wall Street Journal claimed that Ismael Qaani, the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, attended biweekly meetings in Beirut with leaders from Hezbollah and Hamas.

The meetings, according to the WSJ, are evidence of Iran’s hand in orchestrating the attacks, although Kuzomarov argues that this is nonsense and part of a broader agenda to vilify Iran.

A popular saying among members of the Bush administration during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq was: “Forget Baghdad, real men go to Tehran.”

Jeremy Kuzmarov

Propaganda and Israeli intel

Basically, Kuzmarov makes the point that Iran not not the bad guy and the US is actively looking for a war with Iran as part of a broader geopolitical agenda.

Meanwhile, what is going on with Israeli intelligence?

Given their apparent ‘failure’ to detect the build-up of weapons and militants that led to the ‘Tribe of Nova’ attack.

Kuzmarov suggests that the timing of the invasion is politically convenient for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who at the time was facing political pushback.

Similarly, for the US, the war could potentially serve as a distraction from its own domestic issues and its losing situation in Ukraine.

Why did Hamas attack?

Kuzmarov’s piece questions why Hamas would attack Israel, knowing that they’d end up with the short straw.

Was it a false flag operation?

Lest we forget that the Israeli government funded Hamas with the goal of weakening the Palestinian opposition.

Supporting the radical elements of Muslim fundamentalism sat well with the Mossad’s general plan for the region. An Arab world run by fundamentalists would not be a party to any negotiations with the West, thus leaving Israel again as the only democratic, rational country in the region. And if the Mossad could arrange for the Hamas (Palestinian fundamentalists) to take over the Palestinian streets from the PLO, then the picture would be complete.

Ari Ben-Menashe, Profits of War (1992)

The US government knows this.

Because the US government also funded Hamas, as Ron Paul pointed out.

After all, the Iron Dome – the world’s most advanced defence system – just happened to be offline for seven hours when Hamas launched its attack.

Here’s my conversation with Jeremy Kuzmarov.

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