Israeli Trojan Horse Proves Lame: Syrians Unveil New Secret Weapon

DAMASCUS, Syria — The German newspaper Der Spiegel published a shocking piece of investigative journalism this week, providing a behind-the-scenes exposé of the run-up to Israel’s bombing of an alleged nuclear power plant in the Syrian desert in 2007.

The article relates how the Mossad, in a daring tale of high-wire international espionage, hacked into a Syrian government official’s computer while he was staying at a British hotel in late 2006. The Israeli intelligence agency then installed a “Trojan horse” on the laptop in order to obtain classified information about a Syrian nuclear reactor, located outside Deir Ezzore in Syria’s remote northeastern quadrant.

On the basis of this discovery, Israel would launch “Operation Orchard” several months later, destroying what they thought to be the top-secret nuclear site.

However, on the heels of the Der Spiegel article, new evidence has emerged from Syria suggesting that the computer hacked by the Mossad agents was a decoy deliberately intended to distract Israel’s attention away from a much more deadly Syrian secret weapon under development.

“The Syrians knew that the Israelis were following their official in the U.K,” says retired Russian intelligence specialist Vladimir Balakhoff. “So they loaded all of these false photographs of nuclear reactors, diagrams, and documents in North Korean onto his computer. And the Israelis fell for it.”

“Why do you think that no one in Israel made a big deal out of the bombing?” asks Greek political affairs expert Giorgos Kserolas. “Once they realized that they’d been caught with their hand in the cookie jar, they tried to sweep it under the carpet, but that’s hard to do when the milk’s already been spilled. If you catch my drift.”

High-level Syrian sources are now confirming that the laptop decoy was intended to veil a much more sophisticated security project, one with the potential to change the strategic balance of power in the region.

This project, known as the Syrian Computer Society (SCS), is headquartered in another remote town, Hassake, not far from the site of the fake nuclear power plant. It boasts three desktop computers – two IBM compatibles with 486 processors and an iMac G3 – and a 14.4 kbit/s dial-up modem.

Syrian Computer Society, Hassake

Syrian Computer Society, Hassake

Green Imac

486 PCThe project’s director, Dr. Samir Mahdoum, suggested that Syria could use these advanced machines to spy on Israel, thereby denying their arch-enemy the element of surprise.
“Using Google Maps Satellite View, we see all of Israel,” said Dr. Mahdoum, stroking an albino hamster. “Their troop movements, their weapons, everything!”

Dr. Fawwaz al-Kahrabji, the SCS’s director for research and development, says that this technological breakthrough has given Syria the edge in its rivalry with Israel.
“Why Syria wants a nuclear weapon? This is very stupid. The Israelis, they are stupid. If you drop nuclear bombs in Israel, Syria, Lebanon, they kill everybody, not just the enemy. Google Maps is much better weapon. We can spy on Israeli weaknesses.”

Sources in the Israeli Ministry of Defense say that they are monitoring the situation in Hassake very closely and are “not ruling out a military strike on the Syrian Computer Society.” Yitzhak Ben David, a spokesman for the ministry, said yesterday: “When it comes to protecting Israel’s security, we take every threat very seriously, from nuclear weapons to Google Maps. So, all options are on the table.”

Reporting by Jacob Tafnis (Qifa Nabki) for The Qnion

posted by Alex

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51. Alex said:

Tsk tsk tsk Jacob,

I just received from Mr. Kahrabji in Syria the following clarification:

“I made it very clear to Jacob Tafnis that we are not using intel 486 based computers anymore. In fact the system requirements for running Google Earth forced us to upgrade to their recommended system (see below)”


* Operating System: Windows XP
* CPU: AMD 2400xp+
* System Memory (RAM): 512MB
* Hard Disk: 2GB free space
* Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 32MB of VRAM
* Screen: 1280×1024, “32-bit True Color”

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November 5th, 2009, 10:27 pm


52. norman said:

Shai ,
The problem with the Israelis is that they are like an investor in the stock market , he sees his stock increase but keeps thinking that he will keep gaining more and greed blinds him so one day he finds that his stock values went down to zero ,

The Israeli keep winning , so they think that there is no end in sight and instead of taking their winnings and Dael while they have a good profit and reputation , they keep thinking that their winning will continue forever only to find out that their lock has run out and they are worse than where they started from .

I always think that this is the time for Israel to make peace with it’s neighbours a peace from strength as with time Israel might find itself forced by the international community to accept peace not on it’s strong term but built on international law .

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November 6th, 2009, 1:46 am


53. Qifa Nabki said:

Ahh yes, I forgot that small detail.


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November 6th, 2009, 1:51 am


54. jad said:

Hi Alex,
May I ask about the source of the photo you are using?
It’s driving me crazy, I saw it somewhere before and there was a whole analyzing article for it but I can’t remember the site.
In case you or Jacob the Phoenician took it from somewhere it is just fair to mention the source.

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November 6th, 2009, 6:12 am


55. Yossi said:


You might have been following the Israeli TV series “Polychuk”, and remember the episode in which the minister’s aides explain to him that the result of a survey are predetermined by the way the question is posed. Honestly, the way that question was phrased:

Some argue that if Israel withdrew to 1967 borders,
including the Golan, Israel will enjoy an eternal peace, because
the Arabs will not have further claims.
What do you think about this argument, is it simplistic and naive,
or is it true and reasonable ??

How can one not answer “simplistic and naïve”?? Is there any promise for eternal peace, anywhere in the world, which is not naïve and simplistic? Do you know an Israeli which given the chance of appearing naïve, will not immediately hedge his position so as not to be caught “frayer” (sucker)? And if you weigh this proposition in a cool headed manner, isn’t it clear that there will still be a lot of area for possible friction:
– Islamic and Jewish fundamentalism/Access to holy places
– Refugees
– Water rights and other natural resources disputes
– Discrimination within Israel against Arabs
– Discrimination within Palestine against Jews (maybe it’ll happen, if Jews are allowed to stay)

Let’s say that the West bank and Gaza become a free state. If it’s in peace with Israel, then its population could marry with Israeli Arabs and very quickly tilt the demographic balance such that the Arab minority will approach 30% or 40% in a matter of decade or two. They have all the reasons in the world to want to do that: practically and ideologically. The Israelis will of course see that as an assault on their meager country. If Israel doesn’t live in peace with Palestine… well, then there isn’t eternal peace.

I think it would be very constructive to reverse the question: if Israel held on to all the territories it captured in 1967 and ignored all Arab claims, will it enjoy eternal peace? Over the last two days all of the scenarios Shai and I have been talking about here are taking shape: Abbas is stepping down. Saeb Arekat says maybe the one state solution is better now. Perhaps they’ll dismantle the PA soon? If you fool yourself that these voices will be dismissed forever then you’re wrong. The tide has clearly turned, even in America.

Israel doesn’t have an “out”.
1. Peace treaties will make it less Jewish, to the point of losing the majority.
2. Holding on to the territories will bring about a South African reprise. Again it will cease to be predominantly Jewish.
3. Israel could “disengage” from the West bank (maybe… not clear if it’s possible to disarm the settlers), but will not gain international recognition for the end of the occupation unless it withdraw to the 67 line and even then the party on the other side (Hamas probably) will not have signed a peace treaty and will be free to continue to fight against Israel, to liberate the rest of the land etc. This will be a continuation of the current situation but it will continue to deteriorate to a point of collapse—there will be very little reason to want to live there.

Clearly, the peaceful ways lead to an Israel that will be much more “Arab” then it is today. This is the real question that Israelis need to be asking themselves: are we ready for this inevitability and if not, what are we willing to do to avoid it? Leave? Conduct genocide? Manufacture continuous conflict?

Israelis realize that they don’t have too many options in the long run and that’s why it’s so popular in Israel to talk about an impending Armageddon between the “West” and “Islam”—there’s the hope that an all-out cataclysmic war will generate new options, options that today nobody would dare otherwise countenance…. (that is, in English).

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November 6th, 2009, 7:22 am


56. Shai said:


Sorry to respond only now. I think you’re giving Israelis too much credit. We don’t think about it in such depth. Rather than a conscious investor in stocks, we’re simply people intoxicated with power. This is 1967-1973 all over again.

I’m sorry to shine the light back at your side – Syria – but I really do hope it’ll be able to change perceptions in my country, soon. I honestly think Syria is making a mistake trying to depict itself as a nation NOT participating in the ongoing region-wide conflict, spanning from Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, to Iraq.

Why deny weaponry is passing through Syria, en route to Hezbollah? Why deny the possibility of a nuclear program, or nuclear aspirations? Why deny involvement in Iraq, even with rogue parties that oppose America’s presence there?

The more Syria denies these things, the weaker it seems, certainly in the eyes of Israelis and quite likely in those of America’s.

Why can’t Syria come out and say “We are a key and central party to this region and its conflicts. Embrace and accept our hand in Peace, and much will be resolved. Choose not to accept it, and our strategic goals may continue to differ from yours…” Both hints are obvious. But this needs to be said in public, directly at its various audiences. Not behind closed doors, only amongst diplomats.


I don’t think most of our countrymen are even thinking that far ahead. As usual, most of us will “discover” reality much too late to do anything about it. There’s no need for Erekat to warn of a one-state inevitability. It is happening already with each day that passes. If I was a Palestinian, I’d have “given up” long ago on my Palestinian dream, and asked Israel for my blue Israeli ID-card already. And the right-to-vote that usually comes with it. No Intifada would be as powerful as that little request. Israelis would be begging the Palestinians to let us withdraw to the 1967 borders.


Remember this: If WE don’t get off our rear-ends and our endless excuses, WE will be begging THEM for a two-state solution. And I’m not sure they’ll agree. You’re afraid of a Jewish minority in Israel? You should be pushing me out of the way, to join Peace Now faster than you can spell it. You should be sending little Palestinian kids candy, asking them to tell their parents to give the Jews a break, and to form their own state on the 1967 borders. Because if not, there are better chances than none that your daughter and mine will – God-forbid – marry a Muslim!

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November 7th, 2009, 7:25 pm


57. norman said:


I agree to this , but the others will open Syria to charges of breaking international law ,

(( Why can’t Syria come out and say “We are a key and central party to this region and its conflicts. Embrace and accept our hand in Peace, and much will be resolved. Choose not to accept it, and our strategic goals may continue to differ from yours…” Both hints are obvious. But this needs to be said in public, directly at its various audiences. Not behind closed doors, only amongst diplomats.))

Shai ,

I see a significant change in the atmosphere in the Mideast if Israel gives a clear commitment for the return of the Golan and a just settlement for the Palestinians , and Syria announcing and making it clear that the Hebrews are essential part of the Mideast and are not foreign to the area and they have the right to return as other semitic people.

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November 8th, 2009, 1:07 am


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