In a rational world, Juval Aviv wouldn’t be trusted any more than a hot dog salesman who spits in his mustard.
You may remember that in the summer of 2007, the self-declared “intelligence expert” made the following prediction:
I predict, based primarily on information that is floating in Europe and the Middle East, that an event is imminent and around the corner here in the United States. It could happen as soon as tomorrow, or it could happen in the next few months. Ninety days at the most.
What they’re going to do is hit six, seven or eight cities simultaneously to show sophistication and really hit the public. This time, which is the message of the day, it will not only be big cities. They’re going to try to hit rural America. They want to send a message to rural America: “You’re not protected. If you figured out that if you just move out of New York and move to Montana or to Pittsburgh, you’re not immune. We’re going to get you wherever we can and it’s easier there than in New York.”
The Fox Friends show on Fox News hyped it, conservative blogs went apoplectic over it, and e-mails calling for Holy War shot around cyberspace. Senator Trent Lott wailed on national television about it…
… and as a result the Protect America Act (precursor to the FISA Amendments Act) was passed by a panicked Congress.
All that for terrorist attacks that never came. Juval Aviv was clearly full of it, and in a rational world we wouldn’t trust him any more than a hot dog salesman who spits in his mustard.
This is not a rational world. Having thoroughly eroded his credibility in the United States, Juval Aviv has simply moved on, traveling to Australia to deliver his message that Australians are all going to die, die, die:
CONTROVERSIAL global security analyst Juval Aviv briefed the community on Israel’s security amid growing international tensions over Iran this week.
Israeli-born, New York-based Aviv was the keynote speaker at WIZO Victoria’s gala dinner at the Palladium On Crown in Melbourne on August 27 in honour of Israel’s 60th birthday.
Aviv urged community members to make emergency plans in the event of a major terrorist attack, including arrangements for securing children and keeping back-up records of important documents.
Interviewed by The AJN earlier, Aviv, who runs a private security company in the US, said the world is no safer than it was immediately after the 2001 terrorist bombings in the United States…
Israel is now ready to destroy three or four nuclear sites out of 12 in Iran.
“I believe that Israel is planning to act on these reactors before Bush leaves the White House,” Mr Aviv said. “We’ve got to take a chance … the next president of America may not allow it.”
It’s the same old Juval Aviv schtick:
1. We’re all going to die
2. So we’ve got to go to war
3. Grab your kids, grab a towel, grab bottled water, and
4. Thanks for the honorarium.
Don’t fall for it like we fell for it, Australia.