This is how hysteria is spread. Like in the sketches on the political satire television program Eretz Nehederet (Wonderful Country), when the newscaster asks the reporter, “What’s your story?,” television analysts and journalists create make-believe headlines.
On Sunday the IDF gave Israeli military reporters a tour in the area of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights and later there was a briefing with senior commanders in the Northern Command. As is usually the case with such briefings, facts and assessments were presented. They were rather routine. There certainly was not anything dramatic in the IDF’s comments that suggested a change, an increased state of preparedness or higher level of alert.
But to drive 200 km. from Tel Aviv in each direction and to go a whole day without filing news? No way. So after the tour and the briefings, journalists were filmed in a fighting stance with the northern Golan Heights border fence in the background, delivering reports on an IDF plan for a ground attack in Syria. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»