“The Gaza Bombshell,” by David Rose

The Gaza Bombshell
by David Rose April 2008
Vanity Fair

After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, David Rose reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever…. (Continue)

A must read — Qifa Nabki writes: "This expose is massively worth reading… shocking if it's true."

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51. Qifa Nabki said:

Breaking news:

Lebanon & Saudi Arabia to be invited to summit by Syria.

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March 5th, 2008, 2:12 pm


52. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Einstein was a Zionist and by the way one of the founders of the Hebrew U and sat on its board until his death. Not only that, in his will he bequeathed all his writings to the Hebrew U. They can be found at: http://www.albert-einstein.org/

I view the Hebrew U as one of the most important Zionist achievements and I am very proud that Einstein was so instrumental in establishing it. And lest we forget, Freud also sat on the board of the university at its inception. Trying to portray them as non-zionist will just not wash.


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March 5th, 2008, 2:25 pm


53. Qifa Nabki said:

The list of signatories to that editorial doesn’t actually include Albert Einstein. It includes “Herman” Einstein.

Who is that?

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March 5th, 2008, 2:35 pm


54. Mikael said:

Dear Joshua,
The story on Gaza appeared in September in Jeune Afrique (an investigation by Jan Fallstrom): “WHAT REALLY HAPENED IN GAZA?”
or PDF version on
David Rose is bringing some new facts, but slightly ignores the internal fight within the Fatah, I believe, not irrelevant to understand Dahlan’s failure?

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March 8th, 2008, 8:12 pm


55. David Rose said:

Thank you all for reading my article. I am pleased it has stimulated debate. If anyone doubts it is true, please read my blog posts at vanityfair.com and also look at the documents posted there. (The blogs are in the VF daily section.) You will note that neither the administration nor Dahlan have denied its substantive contents.

Of course, I accept that seasoned observers of the Middle East had a good idea of what was hapening before this was published. However, it does contain a great deal of new material. And believe me, there are a lot of generally well-educated Vanity Fair readers out there who are NOT close observers of politics in Gaza. For these people, the article is a bombshell, I’d venture to suggest.

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March 9th, 2008, 11:19 am


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