The Olympic Memory


The Rio Olympics are due to start this weekend. In many countries, the focus will be on that team’s prospects of winning medals, and the potential to become their most successful representatives ever. That’s certainly some of the media coverage in Israel. But there is another significant point of interest here, and it’s an important (and emotional) one. We will never forget.

Past, present, and future?

“if the leadership of the PA is not willing to disassociate itself from its terrorist past, and is unwilling to see the Munich massacre as a brutal act of terrorism, then in Israeli eyes there will be big questions regarding their true commitment to peace and reconciliation.”

See here.

The sad thing, the really sad thing, is that it’s only in Israeli eyes that there will be a question about the Palestinian leadership’s commitment to peace and reconciliation. Nobody else seems to care. Nobody else seems to notice. But, sure as hell, when they have a certain constituency to appease, they – the world’s political leadership – will be pressurising Israel to make more concessions. More concessions? What, I ask you, is the point? Abbas has shown no interest in making peace, and some say he never will.

Munich knew?

The Times of Israel headline:

Germany had a tip-off three weeks ahead of Munich massacre, Der Spiegel claims.


The detail:

Germany had a tip-off from a Palestinian informant in Beirut three weeks before the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre that Palestinians were planning an “incident” at the Games, a German news magazine charged Sunday.

The Foreign Ministry in Bonn took the tip-off sufficiently seriously to pass it on to the secret service in Munich and urge that “all possible security measures” be taken.

But the Munich authorities failed to act on the tip, which was passed on to Bonn by the German Embassy in Beirut, and have never acknowledged it in the ensuing 40 years, Der Spiegel said in a front-page story to be published Monday but made available online in German on Sunday.

Double Wow.

I am not sure which, if true, is worse: the failure to act, or the cover up.

Read the whole story here.