TLR Bulletin – The Barzini Moment

Don Corleone: Tattaglia is a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn’t know until this day that it was Barzini all along.
— The Godfather, Part 1

Last week, Israel had its Barzini moment. The Israeli public, with the very active assistance of the Israeli media — and, I am pretty certain, thanks to an intense ‘educational’ effort on the part of the government, the army and the ‘intelligence community’ — was made aware of the fact that the war in which it was/is engaged is not merely with Hamas. The terrorist organisation running Gaza is, of course, the primary entity engaged in firing mortars at the areas immediately adjacent to the Gaza Strip, small rockets to the nearby towns and cities and much larger ones at the Tel Aviv conurbation and other, more distant, targets. Hamas is, furthermore, the organisation that has painstakingly constructed the network of tunnels that unexpectedly became the focus of the recent military incursion, as well as the much larger network within Gaza city, which serve as shelter, barracks, communications and much else for Hamas’ commanders and rank and file. As such, it remains the immediate enemy.

Read the bulletin: The Barzini Moment — 7th August 2014

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