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Armenian news agency’s suspicious article about Hezbollah fighters aboard Iran’s Gaza aid ship

June 16, 2010

IntelTrends.

Today, Salon.com is carrying an article by Mark Arax titled: “Israel Flotilla Attack – Suddenly, the Israel lobby discovers a genocide” – a reference to Israel’s rift with Turkey and a shift to support Armenia in its genocide claims against the Turks.

But it seems that Israel has discovered more than merely siding with the Armenians. Rather, they have discovered Armenia’s media – a perfect “out of the way” venue to leak allegations about Iran’s humanitarian aid ship currently sailing for Gaza.

Yesterday, PanARMENIAN.Net (a Yerevan-based news agency) published the following article online. I’ll reproduce the full text because it’s only three sentences:-

    Iranian Gaza-bound ships will convey some 300 Hezbollah fighters
    ©  PanARMENIAN
    June 15, 2010 –  18:40 AMT   13:40 GMT

    PanARMENIAN.Net – Muhamad Ali Nurani, Deputy Secretary General of the Iran’s Society to Defend Palestinian People, stated that one of Iranian aid ships will be setting sail to Gaza on Friday. According to him, the ship will carry humanitarian aid a number of MPs, doctors, students and sports-persons. Meanwhile, Israeli intelligence says the Iranian ships will convey some 300 Hezbollah fighters. [End.]

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Interestingly, 24 hours have passed since this article was published by PanARMENIAN, and, while the first two sentences are reported by several media, the last sentence that reads “Israeli intelligence says the Iranian ships will convey some 300 Hezbollah fighters” appears to be found no where else but here.

A Google search (which I conducted incident to this post) using the search terms “Hezbollah fighters iran ship” results in the PanARMENIAN article appearing first, with no other stories about Hezbollah fighters on Iran’s Gaza flotilla. However, this is just the type of story that inevitably gets picked up by a wire service and disseminated worldwide as factual.

I interpret this Israeli “message” both as a warning to Iran (i.e. the ‘welcome’ that their aid ship will receive from IDF as it approaches Gaza) and also an attempt to prep global opinion for the inevitable bad press that will follow the encounter.

Israel will likely allow the Iranian vessel to pass into its territorial waters before initiating a response.

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