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Report: Israel company recruiting Gadhafi mercenaries
Published Tuesday 01/03/2011 (updated) 01/03/2011 20:19
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TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An Israeli company is recruiting mercenaries to support Moammar Gadhafi's efforts to suppress an uprising against his regime, an Israeli news site said Tuesday.

Citing Egyptian sources, the Hebrew-language news site Inyan Merkazi said the company was run by retired Israeli army commanders.

The report claims that many high-profile former Israeli officers have been illegally trading weapons in several African nations, and have faced interrogations over their activities in the past.

The news site said the head of the company recently met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli intelligence chief Aviv Cokhavi. It added that the officials all approved the company's recruitment of mercenaries to help Gadhafi.

The leader's brutal crackdown has killed at least 1,000 Libyans so far, human rights groups say.

According to the report, Israeli officials approved the recruitment out of fears that if toppled, Gadhafi would be replaced by an "extremist Islamic regime."

During Gadhafi's four-decade rule of the north African state, he has been one of Israel's most vocal critics.

Company representatives recently flew to Chad to discuss the matter with a high-ranking Libyan intelligence officer Abduallah Sanusi, the report said. During the meeting, Sanusi agreed to pay the company to recruit up to 50,000 mercenaries from African countries, according to the news site.
1 ) Fadel / Nablus
02/03/2011 04:34
also kassafi's saif is in an relationship with a zionist whore who i would not like to mention...

2 ) marge / USA
02/03/2011 13:10
No surprise that Apartheid, Zionazi Israel would try to protect Gadhfi to deny the Libyans democracy. The Apartheid, Zionazi State wants to remain the only democracy and superpower in the ME. This is racist State that tried to sell Apartheid South Africa nuclear bombs to suppress black South Africans and maintain its Apartheid System.

Bet the US, UN, and EU will not criticize or warn the Apartheid, Zionazi State against meddling in the internal affairs of Libya and trying to cause civil war.

3 ) Tony B? / ME
02/03/2011 14:20
"Citing Egyptian sources". They key part of the article that tells us we can dismiss it as anti-Iraeli propaganda.

4 ) David Mivasair / Canada
02/03/2011 20:32
Would you provide a link to the original story? That would make it easier for us to get to the source. Thanks! David

5 ) David Mivasair / Canada
02/03/2011 20:39
Be careful with your credibility. I just read the Hebrew article in ???? ?????. It never names the Egyptian source of the report or the name of the company. So, honestly, it makes me doubt the credibility of the report. That doesn't help my sense of your credibility. Where does this report originate? Without knowing that, I cannot rely on it. I'm saying this to be helpful, not critical. I appreciate what you are doing, but hope you'll be more careful for your own credibilty. David

6 ) Colin / World
02/03/2011 22:40
Yeah, this doesn't sound made up.... I can't wait to hear what else Israel will be blamed for tomorrow.

7 ) Barbara / USA
03/03/2011 06:53
I'm no big fan of the Israeli government, but it would be pretty stupid of any Israeli corporate entity to participate in this atrocity. Then again they might be inured to atrocities...

8 ) Jay / USA
03/03/2011 12:15
I want to see the "documents" that are cited in this article. I'm not going to put this past Israel, but multiple times did this article say something along the lines of "Official Israeli documents say...". If these documents say so, produce the documents.

9 ) abdumia / south africa
03/03/2011 19:47
Gadaffi is descended from jews on his grandmaother's side. So is it not Israel's duty to help propping him up?

10 ) Amos Elroy / USA
03/03/2011 20:43
Despicable behavior by any commercial military company, be it Israeli, American, Australian or any.

If the allegations are true regarding the seal of approval from the Israeli security services, this would be sufficient grounds for demanding resignation and a step down of the responsible individuals.

It is however rather cheap to attribute such an unethical act to Israel as an entity. I assure you if this news item was more widely circulated & publicized, most Israelis would be appalled.

11 ) Amos Elroy / USA
03/03/2011 22:24
Is this board filtered for content conforming to a particular slant, or is it a place for open discussion. I have posted a comment that has never made it to the page. What gives?


12 ) Lou / France
03/03/2011 23:47
Mondoweiss: http://mondoweiss.net/2011/03/report-israel-company-recruiting-gadhafi-mercenaries.html Report about Israeli recruiting of mercenaries from Al Jazeera Arabic http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C36A7C61-8874-4D82-9CC2-4886B4E58739.htm Hebrew report about Israeli recruiting of mercenaries from Israeli press http://www.news-israel.net/Article.asp?code=24935

13 ) Joe / Spain
04/03/2011 01:54
And for what reason? I mean... really? Israel killing innocents in Palestine is one thing but.. in Libya? WTF? Why would Israel have any interest in doing that? Really, I expected more seriousness by Ma'an. Now I don't know if I can really believe everything posted here any more.

14 ) SaloneBoy / UK
04/03/2011 12:59
You can understand that a parent doesn't want to throw the baby out with the dirty water, but there comes a time when the USA and Britain MUST condemn their wayward child. Israel is now synonymous with ALL is bad and dangerous in this world. I am almost looking forward to the day when Israel is challenged militarily and it's subservient people suffer the hurt their government is passing on to others.

15 ) Amos / USA
04/03/2011 19:15
I looked further into the story & my conclusion is it's completely bogus.

1. Aljazeera Arabic reported it in the manner of "When did you stop beating your wife?" There is no source for the story, instead they talk about the Israeli General denying the story.
2. The so called Israeli news paper turns out to be a made up publication. It is strictly a copy of the popular Israeli (http://Ynet.co.il) and the other articles are verbatim pastes from that publication.

Very dissapointed in Maan!

16 ) Medina / Morocco
05/03/2011 15:24
"Egyptian sources" is not a clear source. I am a "Moroccan source" and I can tell you that everyone blames everything on Israel (and also America when that is easier). A lot of things happen here everyday and people blame it on the Jews and Israel when there is absolutely No connection. Just a few weeks ago an American reporter in Egypt was beaten simply because they thought she was Jewish. There is a lot of hate, fear, and distrust in the world and I think Israel is a very easy target. Too easy

17 ) rnick / usa
06/03/2011 08:11
Need more detail, facts, etc

18 ) girlgeek / usa
06/03/2011 10:08
In response to: 9 ) abdumia / south africa 03/03/2011 19:47 Gadaffi is descended from jews on his grandmaother's side. So is it not Israel's duty to help propping him up No, it is not Israel's duty to prop him up. The jails in Israel contain Jewish criminals. They are not excused because they are Jews.

19 ) Vincent / USA
06/03/2011 14:42
Israel was "joined at the hip" with APARTHEID South Africa, and is currently building an apartheid wall around itself. Libya was part of the Israeli/South Africa weapons testing program, which would explain the Israeli support. I bet there are "RECORDS" in Libya that Israel does not want falling into the hands of FREEDOM loving People.

20 ) jojo from kosher canada / toronto
06/03/2011 20:53
Believe it not-Israel is a USA FUNDED private run military state.USA could include it as 51 st but the killings of Arabs would be blamed on USA at UN.
I read some folks here regarding not enough SOLID info---what kind would please you?--Sept.11.2001 attacks were all Israel Firster's doing but same folks like solid proff and no other than jr.Bush's sworn statement or dick Cheney. Creation of Israel was planned long time caused WW1 and WWII. Not only did Europeans suffer so did Arabs.Wake-up

21 ) not fooled / USA
06/03/2011 22:59
"were the victims, no seriously!! holocaust™!!! anti-semite!!!! wahhhhhhhhhh, shining beacon of democracy!!" yep another day in apartheid, racist, chosen one israel, wonder how much money US taxpayers are bleeding so another tinpot dictator can be held up for our satellite squatter "state"

22 ) Michael / America
07/03/2011 03:08
Really, the State of Israel is involved in trying to quash the revolution. Remember "the snake bites its own tail." So where really is the head and where is the tail? Fools step in where angels fear to tread. The out of control chaos will only be enhanced by mercenaries whose main god is money. When they are not paid then who will they follow? True patriots give their service for free because it is the right thing to do. But freedom is not free and war does have a choice of weapons.

23 ) Amos / usa
07/03/2011 20:07
Vincent, Jo Jo, and not Fooled, it appears you guys need no need no fact or base in reality to go off on a rampage. Good for you!

But you are not doing very much of a service to your point of view as you loose all credibility when you make far out accusations, which are easily dis-proven, or make no sense. You are far less convincing if your let your blind hatred show, than if you make fact based reasoned arguments. Than again the nature of your argument would inevitably change.

24 ) Cant believe this bull / USA
08/03/2011 06:25
Really if you believe this your on crack, this has to be one of the most ludicris things ive ever read...but then again we jews are always up to no good right...lol get off it, enough with the scapegoat crap....

25 ) Hadi / Egypt
09/03/2011 22:49
the rebel "leaders" r ex-ministers of gaddafi's cabinet & have nothing 2 do with the grassroots people movement. these self-appointed leaders r inviting foreign intervention & r jointly working with MI6/CIA & may be the next dictators. the real grassroots people movement strongly OPPOSE foreign intervention but they r being marginalized by mainstream media for obvious reasons. meanwhile israel is funding gaddafi with mercenaries 2 keep the conflict going, creating an excuse to invade & airstrike

26 ) Kory Satter / United States of America
22/03/2011 21:33
Do you all dislike Jews too? Or just Zionists? I don't mind Jews, but I do not like Zionists. There is a difference: Not all Jews are Zionists.

27 ) Arne / USA
18/06/2011 08:04
A story from unnamed Egyptian sources has as much credibility as Iran saying it isn't pursuing Nuclear weapons. Please, 50 thousand mercenaries, who will suddenly attack all at once!! HA HA HA!! Man that is so ridiculous!
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