Chomsky says, “Latest polls show] Arab opinion holds that the major threat in the region is Israel, that’s 80 percent; the second threat is the United States, that’s 77 percent. Iran is listed as a threat by 10 percent,” Chomsky says. “This may not be reported in the newspapers, but it’s certainly familiar to the Israeli and U.S. governments and the ambassadors. What this reveals is the profound hatred for democracy on the part of our political leadership.”“When they talk about Arabs, they are talking about the Arab dictators, not the Arab population, which is overwhelmingly opposed to the conclusions the analysts here, Clinton and the media have drawn. That’s the major problem. The minor problem is that we don’t know what the Arab leaders think and say. We know what was SELECTED from the cables, so there is a FILTERING process which has been distorted.” Noam Chomsky, Democracy NOW!
“Uh, one of the most interesting cables was a cable from the U.S. ambassador in Israel to Hillary Clinton which described the uh attack on Gaza which we should call a U.S./Israeli attack, Dec. 2008. It states, uh, correctly that there had been a truce, uh, it does not add that during the truce, which was really not observed by Israel, that during the truce Hamas scrupulously observed it according to the Israeli government. Not a single rocket was fired – that’s an OMISSION (in the Wikileak memo) but then comes a straight lie – it says that in Dec. 2008 Hamas renewed rocket firing and therefore Israel had to attack and defend itself. Now the ambassador surely is aware, there must be somebody in the Israeli embassy who reads the Israeli press, in which case the embassy is surely aware it’s exactly the opposite. Hamas was calling for a renewal of the cease-fire, Israel considered the offer and rejected it, preferring to bomb rather than have security. Also it is omitted that while Israel never observed the cease-fire it maintained the blockade, in violation of the truce agreement. On Nov. 4th the Israeli army entered Gaza and killed half a dozen Hamas militants… What the embassy reported (what Wikileaks passed off as a glimpse into “the truth”) is a GROSS FALSIFICATION and a very significant one since it has to do with the justification of this murderous attack. Which means the embassy doesn’t have a clue as to what is going on, or THEY ARE LYING OUTRIGHT”Noam Chomsky