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September 27, 2002

Jewish Groups Pressed On Iraq

Pressure is growing for Jewish groups to abandon their deliberately low-profile pose and dive into the intensifying battle over the Bush administration’s plans for a military strike against Iraq.

The mounting pressure comes as Congress considers an administration resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq — and as some Democrats, led by former Vice President Al Gore, try to galvanize a strong opposition movement.

In recent meetings with Jewish leaders, congressional GOP leaders have called for an active Jewish lobbying campaign on behalf of the Iraq resolution.

The Bush administration is being more cautious — spelling out the reasons for their strong focus on Iraq, but not demanding that Jewish leaders take a high-profile role in the mounting struggle.

The administration “did not make an explicit request for support,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, whose top leaders met with congressional and administration officials last week. “They just laid out the case in a very straightforward way. There was no direct call for endorsement.”

But some congressional leaders, he said, did ask Jewish groups to back the Iraq resolution.

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Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan U. reports in NRO that If Attacked, Israel Will Respond:

[N]o one in Washington should assume that the Sharon government will decide or be able to "show restraint." While a single exception to the rule of retaliation [during the Gulf War] may have left Israeli deterrence relatively intact, a second instance forms a dangerous pattern. Perhaps a few conventional-missile warheads that do little damage can be waived off, but major casualties or any signs of chemical or biological weapons will make Israeli restraint unstoppable. For a people and a nation formed in large part by the survivors of Europe's Holocaust, and for whom the concept of self-defense is a cardinal principle, another and potentially far more costly round of "sitting back and taking it" is unimaginable.

Sharon links Arafat siege to Iraq war

JERUSALEM — In the face of mounting international criticism, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says the real reason for his siege of Yasser Arafat is to prevent Palestinians from escalating militant attacks in the run-up to a U.S. war on Iraq.

"A great deal of thought went into the operations in Ramallah," Sharon said in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with the Jerusalem Post published today.

"I see here a Palestinian intention to escalate the terror attacks before a possible U.S. action in Iraq. Their operating assumption is that as the U.S. operation against Iraq gets closer, it will become more difficult for Israel to act against them because Israel will not want to make things difficult for the U.S. administration."

Sharon told the Post it was never his intention to physically harm the Palestinian leader, but rather to shrink the operational space of suspected militants believed trapped with Arafat in his besieged Ramallah headquarters.

"The problem is that this sort of operation involves the possibility of physically harming Arafat ... so I didn't order (troops) in," Sharon said.

"We took down the buildings in the compound and left him in a little hovel. We took them down until we got to the point where any further action was liable to cause the structure he is in to fall on top of him."

The prime minister's comments came amid signs Israel may be ready to back away from the week-long standoff, which has been mired in futile negotiation as the Sharon administration bears the brunt of political attack, including censure from the United Nations Security Council.

Israel may be willing to drop its demand that Arafat hand over as many as 50 suspected militants in exchange for assurances they will be placed under "genuine arrest" in the West Bank, a senior Israeli source told the Ha'aretz newspaper.

The security official said the crisis can only come to an end if Israel gets "a satisfactory result" on the matter of the wanted men.

In his interview with the Post, Sharon described growing criticism of Israel by U.S. President George W. Bush over the siege as a disagreement between good friends.

Sharon also spelled out his policy on how Israel would respond in the event of an attack by Iraq, reserving the right to fight back if harm comes to its citizens regardless of U.S. calls for restraint.

"If Iraq attacks Israel, but does not hit population centres or cause casualties, our interest will be to not make it hard on the Americans," he said.

"If on the other hand, harm is done to Israel, if we suffer casualties or if non-conventional weapons of mass destruction are used against us, then definitely Israel will take the proper actions to defend its citizens."

But Sharon downplayed either scenario, saying the U.S. learned a lesson during the 1991 Persian Gulf War after not taking sufficient steps to eliminate Iraq's missile capabilities. During the first conflict, Iraq launched 39 Scud missiles toward Israel.

"Because (the U.S.) learned this lesson, I think that they will carry out the necessary operations to prevent a situation where Israel will need to take action," Sharon said.
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Israel: Lebanon to Thwart U.S. Strike

Iran has been supplying Lebanese guerrillas with thousands of missiles for an attack on Israel that would apparently be timed to disrupt a possible U.S. strike on Iraq, a senior Israeli official said Friday.

Mark Steyn's Erotic Fantasy

Perhaps stimulated by the recent interviews with Saddam's supposed mistress, Mark Steyn seems to have been dreaming about Saddam's sex life. I do not know what to make of it.

Last camel from Baghdad

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48 Ways to Wisdom: Way #9 - Total Concentration

This is a regular Friday feature on Winds of Change, wherein we cover one more way to wisdom from Rabbi Noah Weinberg (see Table of Contents for previous entries). The materials come from an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, but they're written in such a way that they retain their full value no matter what creed you follow.

Think of it as a gentle and modern way of sharing 5,000+ years of accumulated wisdom. In this segment, Rabbi Weinberg talks about learning to focus....

Bigger Bombs.

So Israel did not kill Mohammed Def - Chief Hamas bomb maker (read murderer) and Israel's most wanted man. The Kofi Annan Variety Show condemned Israel for taking military action in civilian areas with the UN calling on Israel to "conduct itself in a manner that is fully consistent with international humanitarian law". Implying that Israel does not do so.

Def lived to murder again. I think there is a good chance, in light of the Shehadi affair, that Israel did not attack the car with all the fire power it could in order to avoid collateral damage. It will be interesting if Def does kill again because we will see a cruel calculus of calculating Jews killed as a result of avoiding Palestinian deaths. I wonder if the Israel's will debate, if such a tragic case arises, whether or not they should be more willing to inflict collateral damage on their pals in order to stop the pals murderous attacks.

Note to Kofi Annan. It is a valuation of international humanitarian law ("IHM") to put military targets (Def) in civilian areas. It IS NOT A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW TO ATTACK A MILITARY TARGET IN A CIVILIAN AREA. If the benefit outweighs the harm such an attack is permitted. At least it is permitted by the the IHM that applies to all countries except Israel which is held to a higher standard.

Protocol 1 to the Geneva Convention, Part IV: Civilian Population Chapter IV: Precautionary Measures
Article 57: Precautions in Attack
1. In the conduct of military operations, constant care shall be taken to spare the civilian population, civilians and civilian objects.
2. With respect to attacks, the following precautions shall be taken:
those who plan or decide upon an attack shall:
. . .
c. refrain from deciding to launch any attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated;

Def may not have been killed, but 'Gaza First' is dead

It did not need an Israel Air Force helicopter missile strike in the heart of Gaza City on Thursday afternoon to prove that the "Gaza and Bethlehem First" plan is not actually being implemented in the Strip.

For quite some time the Strip has been taken out of the cease-fire plan that was initiated by Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer. On Wednesday night Kassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Sderot, in the Negev, and earlier this week the IDF carried out wide-scale operations deep into Gaza to destroy factories used to produce rockets.

In Bethlehem, on the other hand, relative calm has prevailed, and the Palestinian side is making an effort to maintain order and quiet. Israel is actually making the implementation of the cease-fire in the Bethlehem area difficult. On Thursday work was resumed in paving a bypass road from an area southeast of Beit Sahur, and tractors accompanied by armed plainclothes men began digging on private land.

At present Israel prefers to avoid wide-ranging operations such as sending in armored divisions to occupy the Gaza Strip, and prefers to focus on nabbing those responsible for suicide bombings. Even if, as now appears likely, the head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza, Mohammed Def, evaded an assassination attempt on Thursday, he and his cohorts know that Israeli intelligence is tracking him, and that even if he goes further into hiding, it is a matter of time until he is killed.

If he was not killed Thursday, Def will be forced go deep into hiding. Wanted men know that the operation Thursday, like the assassination of Salah Shehadah in July, is impossible without the infiltration of Israeli intelligence into the terrorist organizations' military wings. The assessment in Israel is that Def was in one of the cars that was hit Thursday; a car cannot be hit without knowing who is usually in the car and who was in it when it set out.

It is now clear that even if Def was not killed, he will try to avenge his attempted assassination, although in the past he did not need such an excuse to initiate terror attacks.

In the meantime, until the details of the result of the operation in Gaza are known, Israel is carefully wording its statements. On Thursday Israel refrained from issuing an official announcement on the attack, and details on the circumstances of the operation and on Def himself were provided only as background information.

Israel has a long and bloody account to settle with Def, and to some degree with the Palestinian Authority regarding Def. Despite his involvement in the murder of civilians and soldiers, in suicide bus bombings, and dispatching terrorists to attack settlements, he visited the Preventive Security offices in Gaza on several occasions, even during periods when there was formal cooperation between Israel and Palestinian security services. Israeli intelligence did not cease seeking an opportunity to nab Def, and tried to do so on several occasions in the past.

Now we must wait to see what criticism the world will direct towards Israel. Those that criticized the decision to impose a siege on the Muqata in Ramallah questioned why Israel was not taking action against senior Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, after the organization claimed credit for the suicide bus bombing on Allenby Street in Tel Aviv last week. Foreign ambassadors asked similar questions this week in a meeting with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

By Ze'ev Schiff, Ha'aretz Correspondent

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Uniting Jordan, Iraq post-war goal?
Establishment of Hashemite kingdom being floated in diplomatic circles

An idea to unite Jordan and Iraq in a pro-U.S. Hashemite kingdom after a U.S. war is being floated in diplomatic and opposition circles, reports Stratfor, the global intelligence company. The plan could be Washington's best scenario for ensuring a stable post-war Iraq.

As a U.S. war against Iraq appears to be nearing, both Washington and Middle Eastern players also are working to make sure the expected American victory will result in strategic long-term gains. The idea of a central Iraq populated by Sunni Arabs joining with Jordan to form one Hashemite kingdom is being considered as one way to secure such gains.

Such a plan reportedly was discussed at an unusual meeting between Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and pro-U.S. Iraqi Sunni opposition members in London last July. In September, Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronoth stated that the U.S. goal in Iraq was to create a united Hashemite kingdom embracing Jordan and Iraq's Sunni areas. Israeli terrorism expert Ehud Sprinzak recently echoed this sentiment on Russian television Sept. 24.

In a nutshell, the plan may involve uniting Jordan and Sunni-populated areas of Iraq under the rule of the current Jordanian regime.

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Militant 'survives' Gaza attack

An Israeli missile attack in the Gaza Strip failed to kill a senior leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, an Israeli cabinet minister has said.

The reports I received were that (Mr Deif) was indeed injured but did not suffer a life-threatening injury

Israeli minister Matan Vilnai

Science Minister Matan Vilnai told Israel army radio that Mohammad Deif - who heads the military wing of Hamas - was not seriously wounded in the attack

Israeli officials initially said Mr Deif had been killed in Thursday's missile strike in Gaza City - although this was denied by Palestinian sources.

The strike in a crowded area killed two of Mr Deif's bodyguards and wounded about 40 others, drawing criticism from United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

"The reports I received from our people were that (Mr Deif) was indeed injured but did not suffer a life-threatening injury," Matan Vilnai said.

Mr Vilnai, a member of Israel's security cabinet, added that Mr Deif survived because Israel had not used powerful weapons for fear of causing too many civilian casualties.

Most wanted

The BBC's Jonny Dymond in Jerusalem says Israel's government and defence establishment will be sorely disappointed: Mr Deif was their most-wanted man.

Nicknamed the "Head of the Snake", he is held responsible for a number of devastating suicide bombings in the mid-1990s and for guiding Hamas's military strategy in the last two years.

Annan issued a firm statement

"Deif has constantly initiated and led attacks against Israel," Mr Vilnai said.

The strike occurred in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood - a Hamas stronghold in the north of Gaza City.

Mr Deif escaped a similar Israeli attack last year, when he jumped out of a car seconds before it was struck by a missile.

The UN secretary-general condemned Thursday's attack and called on Israel to halt military action in densely-populated areas.

Mr Annan's spokesman urged Israel to "conduct itself in a manner that is fully consistent with international humanitarian law".


Hamas has promised retaliation, and security forces across Israel are on high alert.

An Israeli flag has been raised over Arafat's compound

Hamas militants have killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings during the two-year-old Palestinian uprising.

Also on Thursday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defended Israel's siege of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound.

He said wanted men holed up inside the compound are "the biggest terrorists that exist".

Israeli forces invaded and started destroying the compound on 19 September following two suicide bomb attacks in two days.

Meanwhile, reports from the West Bank say Israeli soldiers killed a Hamas member as he tried to flee when they went to arrest him.

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September 26, 2002

Garibaldi Street, Ramallah

September 26, 2002

After two years of relentless Palestinian terror, there is something refreshingly ironic about Yasser Arafat’s current plight.

Holed up in what remains of his Ramallah compound known as the Mukata, Arafat now finds himself surrounded by Jews in uniform, members of the very same people he has devoted his career to mercilessly killing and destroying.

With their rifles at the ready, these proud young defenders of the Jewish people stand prepared to bring the Palestinian leader to justice, if only Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will give the order.

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Israeli-Arab Hero Is Praised, but Not Embraced

FULA, Israel, Sept. 25 — Something about the tall thin man waiting at the bus stop struck Rami Mahamid as suspicious. There was all that dust on his shoes and then there was that big black duffle bag in his hand.

He was a fellow Arab. But Rami, who is 17 and Israeli, thought the stranger was Palestinian, and feared he was a suicide bomber.

What happened next illuminates the problems faced by Israel's Arab minority, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the population of 6.6 million. It may also, perhaps, supply proof that Jews and Arabs can live together here, along with evidence of the suspicions that drive them apart.

Rami saved an untold number of Israelis by alerting the police. But he was wounded after he stepped in, and he later found himself bound in a hospital, suspected by the Israeli police and the internal intelligence service of being the bomber's accomplice. They kept him shackled for two days after he was lucid enough to explain what happened, he said. Other Israeli Arabs, after all, had helped Palestinian terrorists.

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Police: Strike Killed Hamas Leader

JERUSALEM –– The chief Hamas bombmaker, Mohammed Deif, who has topped Israel's wanted list for years, was killed in an Israeli air strike Thursday, Israeli sources and TV reports said. Hamas insisted Deif was alive.

An Israeli government spokesman, Daniel Seaman, confirmed that Deif was the target of Thursday's air strike, but said he did not know whether Deif was killed.

Several Israeli police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they had been informed by the Israeli military that Deif was killed.

In Gaza City, a Hamas leader, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, said Deif, who escaped an Israeli attack earlier this year, had again survived. "The Zionists failed again in killing Deif," he said.

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As fight shifts to urban Gaza, risks rise for Israel

GAZA CITY - The Israeli siege of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's devastated office complex in the West Bank is now at the center of international attention.

But Israel appears to be incrementally opening a new front in Gaza City, taking the battle to the senior leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who are based here.

Almost nightly, Israeli forces stage raids into this densely populated coastal city. Tuesday's attack – with helicopters, dozens of tanks and armored vehicles – was by far the largest and most dramatic in the two years since the intifada started.

Israeli troops moved a half-mile into the Zeitoun and Sajaiya neighborhoods, killing nine Palestinians. Six were civilians and three belonged to militant groups, according to hos- pital sources and family members. The raid's stated aim, however, was the destruction of 13 metal-working factories which the Israeli army said were making weaponry and the demolition of a house belonging to a slain Hamas militant.

But Israeli analysts point to a larger agenda: The raid, they say, signals that Gaza is likely to follow in the footsteps of the West Bank, whose cities have been reoccupied by Israeli forces and placed under protracted curfew. "I would say this is inevitable even though it will be a disaster for both sides," says Reuven Pedhatzur, a political scientist at Tel Aviv University. "This action was partly to prepare public opinion for a major attack and partly to say, 'We are doing something against terrorism.' "

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Damascus Has First Riots in Years

26 September: The construction of a new ring road around Damascus was the pretext for an outbreak of popular anti-government fury in the Syrian capital this week. Until now, stringent measures by the Syrian authorities have kept any hint of the unrest from leaking out.
DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources have discovered that, last week, when the highway’s road-works began edging into the southeast Damascus neighborhood of Kabas, angry residents tried to block the incursion bodily. When this was unavailing, they began demonstrating. Last Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, the demonstrations escalated to violent anti-government riots that raged for two days and were marked by violent slogans against the Assad regime. Sympathizers streamed in from other parts of Damascus to join the protesters.
After 48 hours in which the police failed to quell the unrest, army troops were called in. The next day, Monday, September 23rd, President Bashar Assad sent bulldozers escorted by troops into the defiant Kabas neighborhood with orders to continue building the road. The bulldozers also knocked down several houses.
The series of clashes ended with an unknown number of arrests and casualties. Some reporters who covered the outbreak were arrested and every scrap of reporting - print, photo and footage - was confiscated. Our sources add that the total blackout clamped down on the episode is part of the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of unrest - sparked as much by popular disaffection and economic suffering as by a local incident - to other parts of the capital


September 25, 2002

More Than Half In P.A. Support Suicide Attacks

A recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) reveals that 51.3% of Arabs in Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) and Jerusalem are in favor of murderous suicide attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers in pre-1967 Israel. 45.4% of those surveyed feel that the PLO-initiated Oslo War should continue. In addition, 71.8% feel that Palestinians should support Iraq as they did in 1991, if the United States strikes it again. 1,085 Arab adults participated in the random sample survey.

A Palestinian terrorist was caught today by IDF soldiers and local guards while he was trying to infiltrate the community of Oranit, just north of Rosh HaAyin. He was arrested while cutting the fence around the town, and was transferred to the GSS for questioning.

Hospital officials report a significant improvement in the condition of 9-year-old terrorist shooting victim Yehoshua [Hershel ben Rivka] Shapira, who is now conscious and listed in moderate condition. His two brothers, Pinchas, 12, and Yehuda, 18, who were less seriously hurt, are also showing signs of improvement. Their father, Shlomo Yitzchak Shapira, 48, was murdered in the attack that took place in Hevron two days ago.

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News Updates from Israel

Updated Wednesday Sept. 25 - (9:40pm) Six persons were wounded in two separate terror attacks tonight, one in the Shomron and the second in southern Israel, in the Negev region.

The first attack took place shortly before 8:00pm. Gunfire was directed at a passenger vehicle traveling in the Benjamin Regional Council district of the Shomron, between the communities of N'vei Tzuf and Ateret. Army officials report at least 15 AK-47 shells were found at the scene, fired at the intended victims, with 6 shells striking the vehicle. The victims, 43 and 19, were transported to the trauma unit of Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem where they are reported to be in moderate and light condition respectively.

Elsewhere, a short time later, Qassam rockets were fired from northern PA-controlled Gaza into southern Green Line Israel. Magen David Adom emergency medical service officials reported four persons were treated and transported for smoke inhalation. Security officials report damage was sustained as a result of the attack.

Other Oslo War news tonight includes the following attacks, all reported without injuries. A tank was targeted by gunfire in the Gush Katif district… security guards on the Trans-Israel Highway were targeted by gunfire from PA-controlled Qalkilya.

2. Siege Continues
IDF and PA representatives were said to meet this afternoon in an attempt to end the ongoing siege around Arafat's Mukata complex in Ramallah. Israel demands that the 50 wanted terrorists inside - who are responsible for many fatal attacks against Israelis - give themselves up. Saeb Erekat of the PA, however, said that the Arab representatives did not show up to the planned meeting, in protest of Israel's refusal to allow Arafat to meet EU representative Migel Mauritinus.

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres says that Israel wants to end the matter "quickly and without bloodshed, but also without giving away free gifts." He met with Ambassadors from the U.S., Great Britain, and other countries today, many of whom grilled him on the purpose of the siege around the Mukata. Peres emphasized that Arafat is in no danger.

3. More Than Half In P.A. Support Suicide Attacks
A recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) reveals that 51.3% of Arabs in Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) and Jerusalem are in favor of murderous suicide attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers in pre-1967 Israel. 45.4% of those surveyed feel that the PLO-initiated Oslo War should continue. In addition, 71.8% feel that Palestinians should support Iraq as they did in 1991, if the United States strikes it again. 1,085 Arab adults participated in the random sample survey.

A Palestinian terrorist was caught today by IDF soldiers and local guards while he was trying to infiltrate the community of Oranit, just north of Rosh HaAyin. He was arrested while cutting the fence around the town, and was transferred to the GSS for questioning.

Hospital officials report a significant improvement in the condition of 9-year-old terrorist shooting victim Yehoshua [Hershel ben Rivka] Shapira, who is now conscious and listed in moderate condition. His two brothers, Pinchas, 12, and Yehuda, 18, who were less seriously hurt, are also showing signs of improvement. Their father, Shlomo Yitzchak Shapira, 48, was murdered in the attack that took place in Hevron two days ago.

4. More Terrorism Attempts
Israeli military forces blew up another workshop for the production of war materials during an overnight anti-terror offensive in Gaza. Among the nine Arabs killed in the Gaza operation was Nassin Naif Nasser Ali, a leading Hamas terrorist. The army also razed the homes of several terrorists. This afternoon, they demolished three abandoned buildings near Netzarim, in which three ready-to-fire anti-tank launchers were found. The destroyed structures also served as terrorist hideouts.

An IDF Nachal force on its way to arrest a Hamas terrorist today was attacked by bombs and gunshots. The soldiers, unhurt, returned fire - and then proceeded to the Hamas terrorist's house, where they arrested him... Arabs stoned an Israeli bus south of Gush Etzion this morning, and an IDF force was targeted by gunfire this morning in Gush Katif; no one was hurt… Israeli soldiers destroyed the homes of the terrorists who murdered four Israelis, including a 5-year-old girl, in Adura five months ago… Israeli security forces arrested 13 wanted Arab terrorist suspects during the night in the Tul Karem and Jenin regions… The army removed the curfew from Ramallah and Tul Karem this morning, for the first time since the deadly Tel Aviv attack of six days ago...

5. US Ambassador Pays Holiday Visit To Rabbis, And More
Ambassador Dan Kurtzer, saying that the Sukkot holiday is a time for him to visit "Torah giants," called on three rabbis in their Sukkahs last night: Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party; the Belzer leader, Rabbi Yisachar Dov Rokach; and Rabbi Shalom Yosef Elyashiv, leader of the hareidi yeshiva world. Rabbi Rokach said that the U.S. support for Israel is "not a simple matter, and it stems from Divine Providence..."

Work on Israel's first desalination facility was begun today. Construction on the plant, in the port city of Ashkelon, is expected to be completed 18 months from now, in March 2004. It is designed to produce 100 million cubic meters of water a year...

A joyous ceremony was held this afternoon in Rechelim, between Ariel and Shilo, in honor of the town's newest neighborhood. It is the first Rechelim neighborhood to be built by the Housing Ministry. Rechelim was established as an outpost in 1992. Rabbis, Knesset Members and other public figures were among the more than 1,500 people in attendance...

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Interesting Site

Someone emailed me the addresses of two mirror sites: and the interestingly named

Poll: 70% of Palestinians support Iraq against US

Slightly more than 70 percent of Palestinians would support Iraq if it is attacked by the US, according to a poll released yesterday.

The survey also found that 51.3% of Palestinians think suicide attacks within the Green Line should continue, while 35.1% think they should stop.

More are needed

I generally don't like posting an article without comment or analysis, but in this case, I will make an exception because the article is so well written that I have little that I could add to it. I present a translation, couresty of MEMRI, of course (take that Mr. Whitaker), of an article written by liberal Egyptian author Amin Al-Mahdi, in al-Hayat. Suffice it to say that if more in the Arab world felt as Mr. Al-Mahdi does, we'd be far closer to peace in the Middle East:

Arafat & Camp David 2000

"Historic moments usually force peoples and their leaders to make a fateful choice between participating in the making of history, and falling beneath its wheels. There is no doubt that the second half of 2000 was a fateful and dangerous moment in the history of the Palestinian people, and its ramifications have spread across the entire Arab world. The results show that the Palestinian leadership, and behind it the Arab political and media atmosphere, have not risen to the level required in order to make a [correct historic] choice."

"One of the consequences was that the Palestinian issue has reverted to a point below zero. Not only did the Palestinians miss a genuine opportunity for a reasonable settlement that would have enabled the Palestinians to integrate into the modern age, taking the reins of change [into their hands]; they lost its previous gains: the Camp David II negotiations."

"The Palestinian people had a state in the making that had clearly progressed. [This state] included eight large cities and 400 villages, and serious negotiations [were underway] regarding two villages inside Jerusalem... [It had] a port, an airport, an airline, and headquarters in Jerusalem... a parliamentary building under construction in Abu Dis; active tourism; reasonable tax revenues; fledgling industry; considerable trade with Jordan, Israel, and the European Union; agriculture that had accumulated knowledge. It had... 127,000 workers in Israel with an average income of $100 [a month]... esteemed educational institutions and an
identity; [It had] police and intelligence apparatuses and prisons (more than necessary); media institutions; a government administration; and international political and economic support."

"Most important, there was an entity and an urban elite capable of leading the first Intifada with success rare in the Arab world. This elite was capable of addressing the Israeli people and mobilizing broad sectors of it to support the Palestinian cause. President Arafat held the record for visits to the White House. The national Palestinian entity was visited by many presidents, headed by Clinton and Chirac, and most of the world's prime ministers and foreign ministers. The declaration of the state was within arm's reach or closer. President Clinton's proposals... made an opening for a chance for change and progress."

"Although President Arafat has admitted that he was mistaken in his rejection of Clinton's proposals (Haaretz, June 21, 2002), his words are of no avail. But he should have explained honestly why he rejected these proposals, why it was a mistake, and why admitting the mistake had taken so long. I think the situation deteriorated to a point that exceeds the mistake of rejecting the Clinton peace proposal. That rejection was a link in the tragic chain of errors that included turning to violence (as it is written in the Mitchell Report which was accepted by all sides), forming a direct and organic alliance with the factions of political Islam prior to the negotiations, and transferring the leadership of the Palestinian street to the 'punks of the Al-Fakahani republic.'(2) Thus, the principle of peace
negotiations was completely defeated. This significantly helped the fall of the Israeli left the center of gravity [of Israeli support for] a peaceful resolution and with it fell the peace camp."

"In the clamor of the world battle against terrorism, the violence with a religious nature particularly that fueled by young men and women who come from poverty, oppression, and despair, who have been brainwashed to carry out suicide attacks against civilians with criminal results has become a remake of the September 11 events, and a permanent reminder to the world that terror is Arab and Islamic. Thus, the moral weight of the Palestinian issue began to erode; the difference between Sharon's violence and Palestinian violence faded away; and the third Palestinian transfer that is, the Jordanian solution became more imminent than ever, especially if we consider the political vacuum that would be created were the Iraqi regime to be forcibly replaced."

"... The external [Palestinian] damage is even worse. The new American administration is made up of neo-conservatives... according to whose mentality the Palestinian leadership is incapable of choosing the path of peace. When [the administration] demanded that President Arafat fight 'terror,' it asked the impossible, because [Arafat] has already gone very far down a path from which there is no return..."

The Arab Regimes and Camp David II

"When Arafat returned from Camp David, his masses carried him on their shoulders as a symbol of respect for his achieving nothing. The Arab propaganda apparatuses and the statements by top officials in some Arab countries played a significant role in these strange festivities. It was the right moment to add conditions making the problem irresolvable, such as adherence to the refugees' right of return to Israel meaning, simply, the establishment of two Palestinian states. Furthermore, a demagogic attack lacking any objective basis [was launched] against Clinton and the U.S. policy (there are many reasons to criticize American policy, but I do not think that Clinton's peace plan was one of them)."

"All this was evidence of the retrograde direction in which the peace process had gone... Along with this was the exaggerated aggrandizement of the Hizbullah victory [in south Lebanon], which took on nearly mythological proportions while it was a mere tactical victory that changed nothing in the balance of power. This continued for six miserable months, until all hope of preserving the principle of peaceful negotiations was lost when Sharon came to power as Sharon is the best possible partner for this dance of death."

"...In my personal opinion, no matter what peace proposal Clinton presented to the Arab side, it was sure to be rejected. This is because the Palestinian issue was always the main source of legitimacy for the revolutionary [Arab] regimes that established rural or tribal military republics. The Palestinian issue was always the subject of 'Announcement No. 1' of all these [Arab military coups]. More important, it was the prop for the war declared on democracy and modernization [by the Arab regimes], an eternal pretext for the bill of divorce from the free world and for imposing various laws, from emergency laws through military laws."

"Since regional tensions, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, were one of the fronts of the Cold War, when the reorganization of the world began...the military (ex-revolutionary) Arab democracies suffered from pressure caused by this reorganization for example, with the erosion of national sovereignty, the free market, the globalization of human rights, the [establishment of] international courts, and the rise of the era of the peoples. The Arab regime tried to create a kind of new Cold War, by forming an alliance with Islamic fundamentalism and establishing a new shadow empire in Central Asia."

"The centers of tension, such as the Palestinian issue, [the war in] southern Sudan, and the friction in the Gulf, took the place of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall, making it possible to man the barricades, to close themselves off, and to create polarization with the entire world...The situation became so extreme that these military republics allowed themselves to become royal houses, where political cloning was allowed through offspring."

"Clinton's proposal was no more than a peace offensive against this Arab regime, and against its iron curtain in Palestine and southern Sudan. The aim [of this offensive] was to open the region to the changes of the post-Cold War era. It was a perfect American achievement and thus encountered cruel resistance, with no examination of what was good for the Palestinian people. When President Clinton left the White House, he took his proposals with him, leaving it to new tenants that do not believe [in his way]..."

"Thus, Abu Ammar [Arafat] again turned the Palestinian people into a human shield protecting the Arab regime from the aggression of modernism and freedom. That is, he actually made the Palestinian issue revert to being an Arab [issue]. If only he would have settled for this but he compensated political Islam for its humiliating defeat in Afghanistan and southeast Asia, for its bad reputation, and for its persecution throughout the entire world..."(3)


(1) To read other articles authored by Amin Al-Mahdi, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 104: Once we started fighting Israel we lost Democracy; A
Cultural Profile of an Egyptian Peace Activist and Special Dispatch No. 169: An Egyptian Intellectual in Support of Peace.
(2) A reference to the PLO's rule in West Beirut during the 1980s.
(3) Al-Hayat (London), September 9, 2002.

Dead End

I had posted a piece by Ramzy Baroud yesterday. That article stated that going after Arafat was plain silly since Arafat had no control over the terrorists. Today, Tom Frieman in the NY Times, similarly suggests that Sharon is making a mistake by again going after Arafat and bringing down his compoud when in fact the Israeli effort ought to be directed elsewhere.

I post the Friendman piece here. You can decide if in fact a very anti-Israeli writer and a pro-Israeli writer have come to the same understanding about Sharon, and, if so, what might be a wiser course of action. I hope you will comment with your views on this issue.
happened to be in Israel on Sept. 11, 2001, and on Sept. 12 went to the Israeli Defense Ministry to talk to security experts there about what Israel had learned from dealing with Palestinian suicide bombers that might help America. The main lesson, they said, was this: In the end, the only people who can effectively stop suicide bombers are those in the community they come from. Only if their political and spiritual leaders delegitimize suicide bombing, only if their security forces and intelligence agencies are mobilized to prevent it, can it really be stopped. Israel, they told me, could never penetrate Palestinian society the way Palestinians could. Therefore, the ultimate task for Israel was to find the right pressures and incentives to get the Palestinians themselves to stop the bombings.

Unfortunately, that message does not seem to have reached Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who, I believe, has never had a plan for how to reach a stable accommodation with the Palestinians, is only interested in making the West Bank safe for Israeli settlers to stay, not to leave, and is going to lead Israel into a dead end — if he sticks to his present course — and will take America along for the ride.

For the complete article (reg req'd, NY Times) [click here]
MDA Threatens to Limit Services in Yesha

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( Magen David Adom Director-General Avi Zohar explains that due to the serious fiscal crisis, the emergency medical service will be forced to close services in many Yesha (Judea, Samaria, & Gaza) areas, as well as in certain Negev municipalities.

Zohar explains that advanced life support paramedic ambulances in communities including Ariel and Ofrah would be cut if the badly needed funds are not handed over to MDA. MDA officials add that the government must handover 3.7 million shekels or the EMS provider will have no alternative but to reduce services in outlying communities in Yesha and southern Israel.
Shots Fired At Home Of Ex-PA Minister Who Challenged Arafat

Now we know what the PA savages mean by "reform."
(Jerusalem Post) Tension was running high in Ramallah last night after masked gunmen opened fire at the home of Nabil Amr, a former Palestinian Authority cabinet member who has openly challenged PA Chairman Yasser Arafat and called for wide-scale reforms in the PA.

No one was hurt in the attack.

The shooting incident was strongly condemned by many PA officials in the city, and Arafat reportedly phoned Amr, who is also a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, to condemn the incident.

Palestinian sources in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post they believed the attack was carried out by Fatah gunmen as a warning to some senior PA officials who are suspected of trying to undermine Arafat's rule.

The attack came hours after the armed wing of Fatah, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, issued a statement threatening to kill any PA official who holds contacts with Israel over the establishment of a new leadership.

"At a time when our people are supporting Arafat, here comes a group of Palestinian collaborators who are trying to impose an alternative leadership with Israeli and American backing," said the statement.

The statement named Amr as one of the "traitors" trying to create a new leadership. It warned that the gunmen of the brigades would "deal" with him and his like if they insist on pursuing their plan.

September 24, 2002

Arafat-Saddam-Bin Laden Links Surface

24 September: DEBKAfile’s readers were not taken aback by the Israeli Shin Beit’s (Security Service) disclosure on September 23 that it had custody of a three-man Palestinian cell from Ramallah who trained in Iraq with Iraqi instructors in the execution of strikes against Israeli targets - in the company of al Qaeda terrorists.
Their admissions - which link Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in a collaborative relationship for the pursuit of terror – were included in a sensitive file carried to Washington this week by a team of Israeli officers.
DEBKAfile pointed attention to this association right after the Passover massacre at the Park Hotel in Netanya on March 27, 2002. Three months earlier, in January 2002, we highlighted secret rendezvous taking place regularly in Amman between two childhood friends: Col. Tawfiq Tirawi, chief of West Bank General Intelligence and one of Arafat’s most trusted aides, and another Palestinian terror executive, Mohammad Abbas, known as Abu al-Abbas, head of the Baghdad-based Arab Liberation Front. The two men were born and went to school in the village of Tirah north of Ramallah. From 1991, they have been meeting regularly in Amman, which is halfway between the West Bank and Baghdad, to trade directives, intelligence, funds and messages between their respective bosses.
Abu al-Abbas is better known for hijacking the Achille Lauro pleasure craft in 985 in an operation ordered by Arafat’s and throwing the American Jewish Leon Klinghoffer overboard in his wheelchair.
Tirawi’s importance to Arafat is such that is willing to see his government compound in ruins rather than hand his senior aide over with his pockets full of incriminating secrets.
According to DEBKAfile’s military and counter-terror sources, the Israeli officers brought to Washington two further pieces of information:
1. The interrogations of Palestinian and Iraqi terrorists and agents picked up in recent weeks in the West Bank, at the Jordan Bridges crossings from Jordan and in Jordan itself, yielded the discovery that Yasser Arafat’s hand was behind the assassination in Baghdad on August 16 of the terror master Abu Nidal, his notorious former partner turned rival, with four of his aides. Indeed, Tirawi and Abu al-Abbas were entrusted with setting up the murder. Arafat asked Saddam Hussein to get rid of Abu Nidal, claiming he was on the point of passing to American parties in the Persian Gulf evidence of the three-way partnership-for-terror forged by Arafat, Saddam and bin Laden. Arafat relayed his request to the Iraqi leader through Ahmed Azzam, Arafat’s special envoy to Baghdad, together with Al-Abbas.
Saddam gave his assent at the beginning of August. The plan of operation entailed Abu Nidal’s regular contacts in Iraqi intelligence calling on him and, when he opened the door unsuspectingly, standing aside for the Palestinians to burst in and do the deed..
2. The second piece of information relayed to Washington exposes another hidden facet of the working relationship binding Arafat and his PLO with Saddam and al Qaida. That facet surfaced after Italy seized a ship on August 5, carrying a suspected al Qaeda cell of 15 Pakistanis. The ship’s smudged name appeared to be “Sara”. The Pakistanis were detained in Sicily after US naval intelligence deciphered coded messages and gathered evidence on some of the men. One coded note used the expression “united in matrimony”, which was similar to a reference intercepted during the first attack on New York’s TwinTowers in 1993.
DEBKAfile ’s counter-terror sources reveal exclusively one of the most telling discoveries of the Italian investigation: The “Sara” was owned by the same shipper as the Karine-A, the freighter captured by Israel last January with 50 tonnes of arms bound for the Palestinian Authority. Both vessels were also purchased by the same Palestinian-Iraqi company; the Palestinians negotiated the purchase with money put up by Iraq. Both ships flew the Tongan flag of convenience.
Whereas the Karine-A carried a cargo of contraband weapons provided by Iran, the Sara carried a suspected al Qaeda terrorist cell.
Arafat may protest he is innocent of terrorist activities and make a show of demanding a halt to terror. However, ample evidence continues to pile up demonstrating his hand in violence not only against Israel, but also in al Qaeda’s global terror campaign and Iraq’s machinations against the United States.

This piece found at DEBKA.COM


Arafat has no control over suicide bombings in Israel. Period.

For those of you unfamiliar with Ramzy Baroud, author of the article which I have linked to, he is to be found at just about any Arab media site one turns to.

His claim is simple: Arafat has no control over terror or terrorists.

Question: In what way does he represent the Palestinians as their leader if he can not control those supposedly under his rule? Baround suggests that since Arafat can not control the terror groups we ought to leave Arafat alone and go after the terrorists. Sure: and then he will find reasons to leave them alone.
Only someone who relies on the New York Times or CNN, admires the opinion of columnists such as Thomas Friedman, and finds the official statements of Israeli government spokespersons convincing, would find a direct relationship between bombings in Israel and keeping Palestinian President Yasser Arafat "isolated".
Those who have the will or power to fight off the official, and non-official Israeli propaganda which is bombarding the world, but mostly the United States, must immediately realize the obvious fallacy in the Israeli logic.

Arafat has no control over suicide bombings in Israel. Period.

For the complete nonsense by Baroud, [click here]

U.N. Joke by Gary Bauer, Christian Evangelical leader.

The United Nations Security Council, with the U.S. abstaining, has just passed a resolution demanding that Israel end its "siege" of Yasser Arafat's compound. This is the same Security Council that is resisting President Bush's call for a strong resolution on arms inspections in Iraq. This is the same body that looks the other way while Mugabe in Zimbabwe is encouraging mobs to attack white farmers (hate crimes?) and is attempting to create a famine to starve his black opponents. This is the same Security Council that sits silently as the thugs in Beijing threaten the free people of Taiwan. This is the same Security Council that has failed to act on the genocide in Sudan. But the U.N. can always find the time to pass another resolution condemning Israel and bailing out the leading patron of Middle East terrorism, Yasser Arafat.

This is why none of us, least of all the President, should worry for one second about U.N. permission or cooperation in doing what must be done to protect our people and our country. The U.N. does not have a higher moral calling - it is merely a collection of other countries all with their own self-interests and many of them run by dictators, unelected "kings," tyrants and America-haters.

He'Brew - the Chosen Beer

I have recently had both the Genesis Ale and Messiah Stout put out by the Schmaltz Brewing Company and they are both excellent (although a bit pricey in the New York area). They are brewed at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company which is a top brewery.

European Cowboys

Not that bad

So once again, the UN security council resolution (full text in that link) critical of Israel. I know, I know, and the sky is blue, so what?

This resolution is significant for a number of reasons. First, and most obviously, the US abstained from the vote, allowing it to be passed, indicating that the White House is none too pleased with the siege of the Mukata. Second, the resolution represents a compromise between a Syrian proposal and a US proposal. The notion US introducing a resolution critical of Israel is rather startling, however, give the outcome of this Security Council vote, it appears to have been a shrewd move.

While the US resolition called for the cessation of the Mukata siege, it also critcized Palestinian terrorism and called for Hamas and Islamic Jihad to be classified as terrorist groups. Unfortunately, the actually UN resolution fell far short of that goal, it did, for once, actually critcize the Palestinians and demanded action from them. This is a rare event indeed. However, had the US not introduced a proposed resolution, it would have been far harder to work against the very one-sided Syrian one.

Moreover, this resolution gives Israel good cover for ending this pointless siege. I've never been one to begrudge Israel's right to defend herself, but I find it difficult to see how the siege falls under that category. What this siege has done is focus attention on Arafat (who was rapidly become irrelevant) and make him, once again, look like a sympathetic figure. Furthermore, it has inflamed the Palestinians who are now actively protesting in the street over this siege, thereby bolstering Arafat's support.

With this resolution in place, Israel can withdraw from Ramallah, claiming to be merely abiding by a Security Council resolution, and demand that the PA live up to its half of the bargain. Then Israel can focus on more useful measures, like its recent raid in the Gaza strip which targeted Hamas terrorists. (The civilian casualties are, of course, regrettable).

Ad Orientum

Ad Orientum deals with attacks on Harvard President Lawrence Summers' warnings of anti-Semitism.

He also links to this article in which Dershowitz fisks Chomsky (the judeonazi) and challanges him to a debate.
Looking for Sponsors

Reader Ronnie Schreiber is looking for sponsors for his bike ride for Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem. Check out the web page.

Denbeste Does it Best

There is no denying that Steven Denbeste's blog, USS Clueless, is one of the most thoughtful out there. Last week he had a fantastic piece which everyone should read detailing "Who is our enemy?". It is a great essay and comes to the conclusion that "Arab culture" is the enemy of the U.S.

Why am I posting this - because the enemy defined by Denbeste is the same enemy that Israel is fighting and has been fighting since 1948.

The enemy that has been fighting Israel for 50 years reached out to the United States on 9/11 and the war that Clinton assiduously tried to avoid has been visited upon us. It is almost an Israelization of the United States. The war Israel has been fighting and the violence it has been suffering from (and the lack of support from most of the world) is now being faced by the U.S. The 1982 bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor is the kind of preemption Denbeste is now calling for 20 years latter.

Well worth the time to read.

French lawyer Klarsfeld becomes Israeli and heads to U.S. campuses

High-profile French lawyer and pro-Israel activist Arno Klarsfeld has taken Israeli citizenship and is about to embark on a tour of U.S. college campuses to try and convince American students of the justice of Israel’s cause. “The time had come for me to become a part of the collective experience of the Jewish people,” Klarsfeld, 36, told The Report on his return to France from Jerusalem, where he was granted Israeli identity papers, although he will continue to reside in Paris.The fiery, flamboyant Arno, son of Nazi-hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, took Israeli nationality even though Interior Ministry officials refused to registerhim as a Jew since his mother, detained in the past in Syria, South America and her native Germany for pro-Jewish activities, is a nonpracticing Lutheran. “They wanted to register me as a Protestant but I refused. I am a member of the Jewish people,” said Klarsfeld, who once ended up black-and-blue after single handedly jumping on stage at a rally of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s extreme-rightist National Front party to denounce it as anti-Semitic. (Klarsfeld gained fame as a lawyer for Holocaust victims in the trials of French collaborationists Maurice Papon and Paul Touvier and also

campaigned for the creation of the international courts now trying the perpetrators of genocide-like massacres in Rwanda and Kosovo.)

For complete article, [click here]
Round and round the ragged rock the ragged rascals ran.
A senior Hamas leader says that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's threat to crush his Islamic militant organisation is doomed to failure. "It is not Sharon's first threat. What more can Sharon do than he has already done? His threats don't frighten our people," Hamas politburo head Khaled Meshaal told Reuters in an interview.


"The resistance, in all its forms including the martyrdom operations, is the only means that can force the Israeli enemy to withdraw because it is the only language that the occupation understands. We have no other option but resistance," he said. "The martyrdom attacks will continue until the withdrawal of the occupiers. This is our legitimate right as Palestinians," said Meshaal, adding that a decade of U.S.-brokered peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinian Authority produced no results.

In other words, as long as there is 'occupation' there will be 'resistance' and as long as there is 'resistance' there will be 'occupation' and as long as there is 'occupation' there will be 'resistance' and as long as there is 'resistance' there will be 'occupation' and as long as there is 'occupation' there will be 'resistance' and as long as....................................................[continue indefinitely until everyone is dead.]

Iraq and the Israel Question

The most recent upsurge of violence in Israel has opened new opportunities for Iraq to use diplomacy to deter or complicate an American attack. The key to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's survival is preventing an invasion. The key to preventing an invasion is denying the United States use of facilities in Kuwait and Qatar. Hussein's only hope for that lies in Saudi Arabia.

Israel and the Arafat confrontation now figure into the equation. For comple analysis,
[click here]
UN Security Council Passes Anti-Israel Resolution With Implicit US Support

The US, which is already guilty of financing and training PLO terrorists, gave implicit support last night to another anti-Israel security council resolution demanding that Israel stop defending itself from terrorism.
(Ha'aretz) With the U.S. abstaining, the Security Council approved a compromise resolution on the Mideast early Tuesday demanding that Israel cease actions around Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Ramallah compound in the West Bank while condemning terrorist attacks.

The compromise resolution was negotiated by the European Union and based on two competing proposals from the United States and the Palestinians.......

Using unusually harsh language to criticize Israel, the U.S. draft... expressed grave concern for Israel's actions at Arafat's compound which "aggravate the situation and ... do not contribute to progress on comprehensive Palestinian civil and security reforms."

The U.S. draft called on the Palestinian Authority to bring to justice those responsible for "terrorist acts," and "consistent with Israel's legitimate security concerns, calls for the withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from Palestinian cities."

Palestinian UN observer Nasser al-Kidwa accused Israel of defying three decades of Security Council resolutions and asked the 15-nation body to "shoulder its responsibilities" and ensure these were enforced.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned Israel at the morning start of Monday's debate that its battering away at the Palestinian Authority was "a bankrupt policy" that bolstered extremists and would never end Middle East violence.
Left-Wing Traitors Support "War Crimes" Charges Against Sharon

The vile traitors on the left never rest in their support of the Israel's enemies. Now they are assisting the anti-Semites who are attempting to charge Ariel Sharon with "war crimes" for defending Israel from the murderers.
(UK Independent) In an astonishing letter to the Palestinian survivors of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila camps massacres, nine Israeli women's peace groups have told Palestinians in Beirut that they support their efforts to indict the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, for "war crimes'' committed against them almost exactly 20 years ago.

The women's letter, which was sent via the United States, has amazed the Lebanese lawyer representing the survivors of the massacre, for which Mr Sharon was held "personally responsible'' by an Israeli inquiry. "It is a wonderful gesture,'' Chibli Mallat said yesterday. "It is a wonderful message to receive in these very dangerous and violent times.''

The letter, from the Coalition of Women for A Just Peace in Israel, speaks movingly of the suffering of the Palestinians in 1982. "Our hearts ache to recall the terrible massacre that took place in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps 20 years ago, which Israeli leaders allowed to take place,'' it says. "We condemn the brutal murderers of your loved ones and we condemn the leaders who must be held accountable for these war crimes, Ariel Sharon above all.''
Father Killed, Three Sons Wounded In Hebron Shooting Attack

Even as Peres and Ben-Eliezer eagerly try to return Hebron to the savages, Jewish children continue to be slaughtered in the holy city of the Jewish patriarchs.
(Jerusalem Post) Shlomo Yitzhak Shapira, 48, of Jerusalem, was killed and his sons aged eight, 12, and 18, were wounded when gunmen opened fire at the family near Hebron's Avraham Avinu neighborhood early Monday evening. The attackers then escaped into the nearby market.

Shapira died shortly after arriving at Hadassah-University Hospital in Ein Kerem. The youngest boy, Yehoshua, was seriously wounded; he underwent surgery for wounds to the hip and thigh, according to a hospital spokesman. His two brothers were in light-to-moderate condition.

Hebron Jewish community spokesman Noam Arnon demanded that the IDF "sterilize" the market area and said that "the terrorists will not break us... as thousands visited the city today, thousands will visit here tomorrow."

He told The Jerusalem Post that "the Jewish community in Hebron is the real answer to the Islamic terror. We demand from the IDF and the government of Israel to return to the rightful Jewish owners all the Jewish property in the market as well as other parts of the city that the Arabs dwell in. The area must be cleansed of terrorists, and the rightful owners be allowed to return to their homes."

September 23, 2002

Who Are The Fugitives?

Of the 50 fugitives holed up in Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Ramallah headquarters, the most wanted are Tawfik Tirawi, the head of the West Bank General Intelligence Service; Eini Alhalo, head of the West Bank General Intelligence Service's special forces; Mohammed Damra (Abu Awad), the Force 17 commander in the Ramallah area; and Khilad Shawish, a Force 17 member.

For the full list, click here

Random Fact:
Fact 80: "From October 2000 to February 2002, there were 922 incidents involving grenades thrown by Palestinians against Israeli targets (including unarmed civilians)."

for more facts, see factsofisrael
Iraq Link to Terror II
Qaida tested chemical weapons in Iraq
A group of Qaida activists conducted experiments with chemical weapons a few months ago in Iraq. The experiments were conducted in northern Kurdish Iraq, in an area controlled de facto by a extremist Islamic group known as Ansar al Islam.

It is doubtful that Saddam Hussein knew in advance about the experiments, but due to Ansar al Islam's close ties to conservative elements in Iran, Iraqi intelligence is making special efforts to penetrate the organization. While Iraqi agents may not have known of the experiments before they took place, they most certainly knew of it after the fact.

Iraq Link To Terror
IDF officers to brief CIA on terror cell that trained in Iraq

A delegation of senior IDF officers has left for Washington in order to brief the CIA on a Palestinian terror cell discovered in Israel that had trained at military camps in Iraq.

New tack by the anti war crowd - Blame Israel- U.S. Senators Warn of Possible 'Arab-Israeli' War

The new tact of the anti Iraq War (Operation Lets Roll) crowd is to blame Israel. These guys love the war but will not support it since they worry that if the U.S. attacks Iraq, Iraq will attack Israel, Israel will respond to Iraq and an Israel Arab war will break out which will hurt the U.S. This theory is Rub Goldbergian in scale. This plays off of recent Israeli statements that it would reply if attacked (although it would coordinate with the U.S. (and basically do what the U.S. says)).

Israel bombing Iraq would only serve to enlarge Israel in the eyes of the Arabs who are beginning to think or Israel as weak.

To combat this strawman, the U.S., as a result, may end up twisting Israel's arm into agreeing not to retaliate if attacked. This will of course weaken Israel in the eyes of the Arabs and actually increase the chances of a war. A possible Israel end run would be to bomb Lebanon over recent diversions of water and/or Syria over Hizbullah actions to demonstrate before the war that Israel bombing Arab countries will not cause an Arab Israeli war.

Prominent members of the U.S. Congress warned on Sunday that a unilateral U.S. attack on Iraq could draw in Israel and lead to a wider Middle East war.

Sen. Joseph Biden, a Delaware Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said if the Israelis became involved "it becomes an Arab-Israeli war." . . .
Sen. Richard Shelby, ranking Republican on the Senate intelligence committee, said any retaliation by the Israelis could mean "a widespread war in the Middle East."

"And also we'd be perceived, we'd be fighting side-by-side with the Israelis against all the Arab interests, and the war could spread," the Alabama senator said on "Face the Nation."

One Israeli killed, three children wounded in Hebron shooting attack

"One Israeli was killed and three children were wounded Monday when a Palestinian gunman opened fire on a crowd of Israelis who were visiting the city of Hebron. "

This has added resonance for me since just yesterday I was eating lunch at the house of friends. The family had just visited Israel at the end of the summer. Our hosts told us about their moving experience visiting Hebron and the wonderful people they met there. They specifically mentioned visiting the casbah where the shooting apparently took place and where the family of murdered ten month old Shelhevet Pass now lives, whom they visited.

Egypt leads Arab efforts to lift Arafat siege

What I find notable about this is that Arab nations are always calling out to put an end to violence which they somehow refuse to recognize is in large measure of their own doing. The difference here though is that none of the Arab nations are likely to send a military force to help their brothers as they have done in the past. Send money. Speak out. Show solidarity. But then sit back and watch Arafat betray his own people.

Egypt is leading Arab states in urging the United States and other powers to halt Israeli attacks on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who has sent them calls from his besieged West Bank headquarters.
Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher telephoned the Palestinian leader and expressed Egypt's solidarity with him and the Palestinians in the face of Israeli aggression. Maher briefed Arafat on Egypt's efforts and contacts, the last of which is the urgent message President Hosni Mubarak has sent late on Saturday to US President George W. Bush to make Israel end its siege of the Palestinian President's offices.
In his message, the President said Israeli actions endanger the stability and security in the region as a whole. He called on the US administration to intervene effectively and immediately to halt the Israeli actions and secure the safety of the legitimate Palestinian leadership to avoid possible grave consequences.
Arafat demanded from Maher to deliver to President Mubarak his thanks and appreciation to the efforts he exerted in the interest of the Palestinian cause. Maher has received a phone call from the EU's chief of foreign policy, Javier Solana, and discussed the deteriorating situation in the region.
Speaking to reporters, Maher stressed that Israel's continuation in its aggressive and inhumane policies can't be accepted by the world. Referring to an emergency UN Security Council session scheduled for today to discuss the siege, Maher called on the global community to bear its responsibility to help end the crisis.
Presidential political adviser, Osama el-Baz also telephoned the Palestinian President to discuss the situation after the recent Israeli military escalation.
Arafat's aide Nabil Abu Rdainah said that the Palestinian leader had briefed el-Baz on Israel's preparations for a long stand-off and the re-imposition of the siege on Arafat's Ramalla headquarters and on Palestinian towns and villages.
Meanwhile, Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinian protesters yesterday as thousands of people took to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to demonstrate against the siege of Yasser Arafat, witnesses said.
The protests, which erupted after midnight and resumed around midday, were the first sign of popular support for Arafat since troops besieged his West Bank headquarters on Thursday and prompted aides to suggest the army's siege could backfire.
Marching under pictures of the Palestinian leader and chanting "We will give our soul and blood for Arafat", protesters poured onto streets after midnight.
Palestinian hospital officials said two protesters were shot dead overnight in Ramallah and two others were killed in the early hours of the morning in the northern West Bank.
Palestinian hospital sources also said an Israeli soldier killed a teenager who defied a curfew in the West Bank city of Nablus. They said the soldier fired from a tank-mounted machinegun but the army had no information about the fifth reported death.
Thousands of people staged new rallies in Gaza City and in Hebron, Tubas, Salfit and Bethlehem in the West Bank after the deaths in the overnight protests.
Buoyed by the support, Arafat vowed never to surrender to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and refused to hand over 50 suspected militants who Israel says are holed up with him in his devastated presidential headquarters in the city of Ramallah.

"He reiterated he will not kneel before Sharon and has issued an order to his men that no one may surrender from the building," said Hatem Abdel Khader, a Palestinian aide

For source, [click here]

Sharon's War

Before Palestinian Arabs can earn a state of their own, they will have to fight and win a war — but not a war against Israel. Before they can claim readiness for sovereignty, the Palestinian majority must put in place leaders brave enough to win a civil war to crush rebellious zealots who demand the conquest of Israel.

The unwillingness of the aging returnees from Tunis to confront the insurrection of Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Palestinian authority was the greatest obstacle to Palestinian statehood. Needed now are new Arab leaders courageous enough to take on the victory-or-nothing absolutists responsible for the death of thousands and misery of millions.

But those men of the future have in the past failed to move into the vacuum at the top.

For complete article [click here]

Why one should oppose a second Palestinian-Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza - Part 7 of 23

This piece continues a series of which the first six parts were posted on September 8, 9, 11, 17, 19 and 22, 2002. The object of the series is to provide a data base that is not only reliable and well-documented but also one for which documents are easily accessible, preferably from web resources.

The text below cites passages from the tome written by the renowned historian, Sir Martin Gilbert. Where this is done, the relevant pages are noted. The full reference is as follows:

Gilbert, Martin. Israel, New York: William Morrow and Co., Inc., 1998.

7. Israel is in possession of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) as a consequence of the 1967 defensive war that Israel was forced into. The areas of Judea/Samaria and Gaza were occupied from 1948 to 1967 by Jordan and Egypt, respectively, but no calls for "Palestinian sovereignty" were heard during that period. Since Jordan and Egypt have renounced their claims to these territories, Israel has the strongest claim to Yesha.

The 1967 War is discussed and documented so extensively that only a brief summary is needed to establish the foregoing argument.

Israel’s war against Jordan as a defensive war may be established by recalling that on the day the Israeli war against Egypt started, Israel warned King Hussein explicitly not to intervene on the side of Israel's enemies. This statement is substantiated by an official Israeli document sent to King Hussein on June 5, 1967, via a UN official, General Odd Bull. The document is available from the site of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MFA:

On the morning of 5 June 1967, Prime Minister Eshkol transmitted through the Chief of Staff of UNTSO a message to King Hussein asking Jordan to refrain from hostilities. Text:

We are engaged in defensive fighting on the Egyptian sector, and we shall not engage ourselves in any action against Jordan, unless Jordan attacks us. Should Jordan attack Israel, we shall go against her with all our might.

According to Gilbert, p. 385, This message was also conveyed by two other channels: the Israeli/Jordanian Mixed Armistice Commission and the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. The fact that Jordanian forces opened fire, shelling Jerusalem, and then began to advance, proves the defensive nature of Israel’s war on Jordan beyond any doubt.

The case against Egypt is based, first, on the casus belli created by Nasser when he closed the straights of Tiran to Israeli shipping on May 22, 1967. This is confirmed by
Nasser’s speech:
On 23 May 1967, Egypt announced that the Straits of Tiran had been closed and warned Israeli shipping that it would be fired upon if it attempted to break the blockade. The next day, Egypt announced that the Straits had been mined. Text of speech by President Nasser announcing the closure of the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping, 23 May 1967:

Yesterday the armed forces occupied Sharin ash-Shaykh. What does this mean? It is an affirmation of our rights, of our sovereignty over the Gulf of Aqaba, which constitutes Egyptian territorial waters. Under no circumstances can we permit the Israeli flag to pass through the Gulf of Aqaba.

On May 23, the closure of the straits of Tiran was condemned by President Johnson in these words:

The United States considers the gulf to be an international waterway and feels that a blockade of Israeli shipping is illegal and potentially disastrous to the cause of peace. The right of free and innocent passage of the international waterway is a vital interest of the entire international community.

Even had the closing of the Straits of Tiran been the only cause of Israel’s war on Egypt, it would have been enough to justify the war as one of self-defense. In fact, this closure was accompanied by a long series of other belligerent steps. On May 17, 1967, Nasser ordered the withdrawal of the UN buffer presence (UNEF, or United Nations Emergency Force) which was placed in the Sinai after the 1956 War. This was preceded by deploying Egyptian troops in the Sinai starting May 13, 1967, and by threats of annihilation against Israel. For Israel, the military pact among Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq, with the explicit objective of annihilating Israel, amounted to a noose, especially when the pact members started moving troops towards Israel's borders. Finally, Nasser resumed the murderous infiltration of the terrorist Fidayin, an act that was among the prime causes of the 1956 War. During the week of April 24, 1967, for example, Egyptian-controlled terrorists sabotaged a main road leading to Beersheba.

The following chronology is culled from Gilbert, Ch 21-22, and demonstrates the foregoing narrative.

May 13, 1967 - Nasser moves large numbers of troops into the Sinai.
May 16, 1967 - Nasser demands the withdrawal of UNEF; UN’s Secretary General, U Thant agrees immediately. Withdrawal completed by May 19, 1967.
May 22, 1967 - Nasser closes the Straits of Tiran, generating an unambiguous casus belli. (On March 1, 1957, Israel announced that closing the straits would be considered casus belli.)
May 25, 1967 - Egyptian armoured units moved to Sinai.
May 26, 1967 - Nasser declares, “our basic objective will be to destroy Israel”.
May 30, 1967 - During his visit to Cairo, King Hussein joins the Syrian-Egyption pact against Israel. Israel was now surrounded on three sides.
May 31, 1967 - Iraqi troops move to Egypt to support a possible war. (On June 4, Iraq joined the pact of Egypt/Syria/Jordan.)

Israel’s case against Syria is based on Syria serving as a launching pad for Palestinian-Arab terrorists and on Syria’s continual harassment of Israeli settlements in the valley below the Golan Heights. So intense did the shelling become, that the civilian population had to pass many a night in underground shelters. A favourite tactic of the Syrian-controlled terrorists was mining roads, as in the incident on May 8, when an Israeli car hit a mine on the road to Tiberias. Gilbert, Ch 21, describes the situation as follows:

The first three months of 1967 were marked by repeated Syrian artillery bombardments and cross-border raids on the Israeli settlements in the north. Israeli air raids against Syrian positions on the Golan Heights would result in a few weeks' quiet, but then the attacks would begin again. On 7 April 1967 Syrian mortars on the Golan Heights began a barrage of fire on kibbutz Gadot... More than 200 shells were fired before Israeli tanks moved into positions from which they could reach the Syrian mortars.

As the Israeli tanks opened fire, the Syrian artillery did likewise. Firing quickly spread along the border to the north and south of Gadot. Then Israeli warplanes - Mirage fighter-bombers purchased from France - flew over the Syrian border and over the Golan Heights, strafing several Syrian strongholds and artillery batteries. Fifteen minutes later Syrian warplanes - Soviet MiG-21s - took on the Israeli planes in aerial combat. Within a few minutes, six MiGs had been shot down and the rest chased eastwards to Damascus... One Israeli plane was shot down.

Following the Gadot clash, Fatah renewed its campaign inside Israel, using the Syrian border as a conduit. On April 29 a water pipeline was blown up, and a few days later mines were laid on the main road leading north from Tiberias, damaging an Israeli army truck.

Israeli control of Judea, Samaria and Gaza are a direct consequence of the defensive war that Israel was forced into in 1967. In the course of a meeting in Rabat, 28 October, 1974, the Arab Summit adopts a resolution recognizing the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. This in fact meant that the former occupiers of Judea/Samaria and Gaza (Jordan and Egypt, respectively) officially renounced their claims over these territories. When Germany lost WW I to the Allies, she lost Alsace-Lorraine to France. When Germany lost WW II, she lost East Prussia. There is a price to pay for aggression and for being defeated in a war in which the opponent is exercising self-defence. The Arabs, and especially the Palestinian Arabs, should not be exempt from the realities of life.

The issue of Israeli claims over Judea, Samaria and Gaza, together with the associated issues of "occupied Arab land" and "illegal settlements", will be dealt with in greater detail in a forthcoming article in this series.

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland

September 22, 2002

The Intifada's Cost to the Israeli Economy

As the intifada rages on into its third year, the violence may soon claim another casualty: the Israeli economy.

Since late 2000 the economy has been in recession, perhaps the most severe in Israel's history. Per capita income has declined by 7%, economic activity has stagnated, the tourism industry has been decimated, unemployment has risen to over 11% and inflation is beginning to run rampant. The government's budget, which required years of austerity measures to balance, has been plunged back into deficit. The shekel, after a long period of stability, was devaluated and has fluctuated sharply during the last few months. And interest rates have soared steeply.

The recession is not due solely to the violence. The global economic slowdown, particularly in the United States, and the bursting of the New Economy bubble have had a disproportionate effect on the technology-oriented Israeli economy. Furthermore, the growth engines of the early 1990s — gradual economic liberalization, mass immigration from the former Soviet Union and regional integration resulting from the peace process — ran out of steam by the mid-1990s.

But the cost of the intifada to Israel should not be underestimated.

For the complete article [click here]

Tirawi victim tells of torture

A Palestinian accused of collaboration who managed to flee from Hebron last week has accused Palestinian Authority General Intelligence chief Tawfik Tirawi's men of torturing him and many others suspected of working as "informers" for the Shin Bet.

The man, 32, is now hiding in an apartment in Jerusalem that was provided by the Defense Ministry. He is sharing the apartment together with two others who also managed to escape from Tirawi's prisons.

Tirawi is one of 20 wanted Palestinians who are reportedly hiding in PA Chairman Yasser Arafat's Mukata headquarters compound in Ramallah.

For full article [click here]
The White House Rescues Arafat Again

Once again the appeasement obsessed hypocrites in the White House have come to the rescue of their friend Arafat. To think, Israel actually considered ending his reign of terror! Who would lead, organize, and finance the murder of Jewish children if Arafat was exiled or killed? Thankfully, the terrorists will be able to continue their important work with the protection, training, and financing of the United States.
(Jerusalem Post) The IDF announced Sunday evening that it had completed its work demolishing buildings inside Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Ramallah headquarters compound. The announcement, made by a senior IDF officer talking to reporters at the Mukata (compound), was made at the same time as an announcement published by the White House, which said Israel's assault on the compound did not help the Mideast peace process.

The IDF pulled out its heavy bulldozers and said that it was sending in trucks filled with food and supplies for those inside, media reports said. The IDF has so far destroyed most of the buildings in the sprawling compound, leaving only the building housing Arafat's office.

"Israel's actions in and around... the compound are not helpful in reducing terrorist violence or promoting Palestinian reforms," White House spokeswoman Jeanne Mamo said. "We urge Israel to continue considering the consequences of its actions on progress" in reaching goals President George W. Bush has set: Arafat's ouster in upcoming Palestinian elections and creation of a Palestinian state within three years that exists peacefully with Israel.
Swastikas Daubed On Colorado University Sukkah

The left-wing anti-Semites in the Peoples Republic of Boulder continue their vile crusade against the Jews.
(Ha'aretz) BOULDER, Colorado - Swastikas were drawn on a temporary wooden shelter built on the University of Colorado campus to celebrate the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot.

"My first response was shock and terrible sadness, and I would not want my daughter to go to CU and come to the sukkah and find this," said Joshua Fallik, an art teacher who reported the vandalism Saturday.

The Sukkot holiday began Friday and lasts for a week. Students probably won't be able to pray at the sukkah because of the desecration, Fallik said.

Nick Anderson, Kentucky -- The Louisville Courier-Journal


GAZA CITY (AFP) - The Islamic militant group Hamas called for an intensification of the two-year-old Palestinian uprising in response to the Israeli army's encirclement of Yasser Arafat in his battered West Bank headquarters.

A militant group, meanwhile, warned of more suicide bombings against Israeli civilian targets.

"Hamas assures Abu Ammar (the Palestinian leader's nom de guerre) of its support and calls for an intensification of the resistance in response to events in Ramallah," senior Hamas official Ismail Haniya told AFP.

Israel is "responsible for the consequences that will ensue if it continues its siege of the Palestinian president and the brothers holed up with him," Haniya said, calling on the Palestinian people to "respond to Zionist terrorism through intifada (uprising)".

The Israeli siege of Arafat's headquarters was "an instance of the dangerous terrorism that the Zionist enemy conducts against our people," the Hamas official said.

Full article,
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The Tenet Plan: Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire and Security Plan, June 13, 2001

The security organizations of the Government of Israel (GOI) and of the Palestinian Authority (PA) reaffirm their commitment to the security agreements forged at Sharm el-Sheikh in October 2000, embedded in the Mitchell Report of April 2001.

The operational premise of the work plan is that the two sides are committed to a mutual, comprehensive cease-fire, applying to all violent activities, in accordance with the public declaration of both leaders. In addition, the joint security committee referenced in this work plan will resolve issues that may arise during the implementation of this work plan.

The security organizations of the GOI and PA agree to initiate the following specific, concrete, and realistic security steps immediately to reestablish security cooperation and the situation on the ground that existed prior to 28 September.

1. The GOI and the PA will immediately resume security cooperation.

A senior-level meeting of Israeli, Palestinian, and U.S. security officials will be held immediately and will reconvene at least once a week, with mandatory participation by designated senior officials.

Israeli-Palestinian District Coordination Offices (DCOs) will be reinvigorated. They will carry out their daily activities, to the maximum extent possible, according to the standards established prior to September 28, 2000. As soon as the security situation permits, barriers to effective cooperation - which include the erection of walls between the Israeli and Palestinian sides - will be eliminated and join Israeli-Palestinian patrols will be reinitiated.

U.S.-supplied video conferencing systems will be provided to senior-level Israeli and Palestinian officials to facilitate frequent dialogue and security cooperation.

2. Both sides will take immediate measures to enforce strict adherence to the declared cease-fire and to stabilize the security environment.

Specific procedures will be developed by the senior-level security committee to ensure the secure movement of GOI and PA security personnel traveling in areas outside their respective control, in accordance with existing agreements.

Israel will not conduct attacks of any kind against the Palestinian Authority Ra'is facilities: the headquarters of Palestinian security, intelligence, and police organization; or prisons in the West Bank and Gaza.

The PA will move immediately to apprehend, question, and incarcerate terrorists in the West Bank and Gaza and will provide the security committee the names of those arrested as soon as they are apprehended, as well as a readout of actions taken.

There follows a lot more of what the Arafat-led leadership did not adhere to. For full plan, see
[LINK to Tenant plan]

Why one should oppose a second Palestinian-Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza - Part 6 of 23

This piece continues a series the first parts of which were posted on September 8, 9, 11, 17 and 19, 2002. The object of the series is to provide a data base that is not only reliable and well-documented but also one for which documents are easily accessible, preferably from web resources.

6. "Palestine" is a geographic term, assigned to a region, and historically, has never referred to an Arab state. This underscores that a "Palestinian nation" does not exist except as an anti Israeli propaganda card. Hence, creating another sovereign Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza is unjustified.

In his article, “The year the Arabs discovered Palestine”, Daniel Pipes traces the beginnings of Palestinian-Arab nationalism as follows:

Palestine, then [prior to 1920] a secular way of saying Eretz Yisra'el or Terra Sancta, embodied a purely Jewish and Christian concept, one utterly foreign to Moslems, even repugnant to them.

This distaste was confirmed in April 1920, when the British occupying force carved out a "Palestine." Moslems reacted very suspiciously, rightly seeing this designation as a victory for Zionism. Less accurately, they worried about it signaling a revival in the Crusader impulse. No prominent Moslem voices endorsed the delineation of Palestine in 1920; all protested it.

Instead, Moslems west of the Jordan directed their allegiance to Damascus, where the great-great-uncle of Jordan's King Abdullah II was then ruling; they identified themselves as Southern Syrians.

Interestingly, no one advocated this affiliation more emphatically than a young man named Amin Husseini. In July 1920, however, the French overthrew this Hashemite king, in the process killing the notion of a Southern Syria.

Isolated by the events of April and July, the Moslems of Palestine made the best of a bad situation. One prominent Jerusalemite commented, just days following the fall of the Hashemite kingdom: "after the recent events in Damascus, we have to effect a complete change in our plans here. Southern Syria no longer exists. We must defend Palestine."

Following this advice, the leadership in December 1920 adopted the goal of establishing an independent Palestinian state. Within a few years, this effort was led by Husseini.

What, one may ask, was the history of Palestine before 1920 - wasn’t it a Palestinian-Arab state since the 7th Century? To substantiate the thesis that Palestine never was a state, suffice it to review the Palestinian-Arab version of history, from the Arab invasion until WW I. This history, given in the Palestinian site, Palestine Remembered, is quoted below if full, so that the arguments of “selective quoting” and “quoting out of context” cannot be raised.
638 - Arabs under the Caliph 'Umar capture Palestine from Byzantines.
661-750 - Umayyad caliphs rule Palestine from Damascus. Dynasty descended from Umayya of Meccan tribe of Quraysh. Construction of Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem by Caliph 'Abd al-Malik (685-705). Construction of al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem by Caliph al-Walid I (705-715).
750-1258 - 'Abbasid caliphs rule Palestine from Iraq. Dynasty, founded by Abu al-'Abbas al-Saffah, who is descended from 'Abbas, uncle of the Prophet.
969 - Fatimid dynasty, claiming descent from the Prophet's daughter Fatima and her cousin 'Ali, rule Palestine from Egypt. They proclaim themselves caliphs in rivalry to the 'Abbasids.
1071 - Saljuqs, originally from Isfahan, capture Jerusalem and parts of Palestine, which remains officially within the 'Abbasid Empire.
1099-1187 - Crusaders establish the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
1187 - Kurdish general Saladin (Salah al-Din who was born in Takrit northern Iraq, the birth place of Saddam Hussein too), son of Ayyub, the sultan of Mosul, defeats Crusaders at Hittin in northern Palestine and recaptures Jerusalem. The Ayyubid dynasty rules Palestine from Cairo.
1260 - Mamluks succeed Ayyubids, ruling Palestine from Cairo; defeat Mongols at Battle of 'Ayn Jalut near Nazareth.
1291 - Mamluks capture final Crusader strongholds of Acre and Caesarea.
1516-1917 - Palestine incorporated into the Ottoman Empire with its capital in Istanbul.
1832-1840 - Muhammad 'Ali Pasha of Egypt occupies Palestine. Ottomans subsequently reassert their rule.
1876-1877 - Palestinian deputies from Jerusalem attend the first Ottoman Parliament in Istanbul, elected under a new Ottoman Constitution.
1878 - First modern Zionist agricultural settlement of Petach Tiqwa established (click here to learn more about Zionist [sic] and its impact on the Palestinian people).
1882-1903 - First wave of 25,000 Zionist immigrants enters Palestine, coming mainly from eastern Europe.
1882 - Baron Edmond de Rothschild of Paris starts financial backing for Jewish settlement in Palestine.
1887-1888 -
Palestine divided by Ottomans into the districts (sanjaks) of Jerusalem, Nablus, and Acre. The first was attached directly to Istanbul, the others to the wilayet of Beirut.
1896 - Theodor Herzl, an Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist and writer, publishes Der Judenstaat, advocating establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine or elsewhere.
1896 - Jewish Colonization Association, founded in 1891 in London by German Baron Maurice de Hirsch, starts aiding Zionist settlements in Palestine.
1897 - First Zionist Congress in Switzerland issues the Basle Program calling for the establishment of a "home for the Jewish people in Palestine." It also establishes the World Zionist Organization (WZO) to work to that end.
1901 - Jewish National Fund (JNF) set up by fifth Zionist Congress in Basle to acquire land for WZO; land acquired by JNF to be inalienably Jewish, and exclusively Jewish labor to be employed on it, click here to read to Zionist [sic] apartheid & racist quotes.
1904-1914 - Second wave of about 40,000 Zionist immigrants increases Jewish population in Palestine to about 6% of total. Since the inception of Zionism in [sic] claimed that Palestinian was an empty country, click here to read our rebuttal to this argument.
1909 - Establishment of the first kibbutz, based exclusively on Jewish labor. Tel Aviv founded north of Jaffa.
1914 - World War I starts.
(To learn more about the anti-Israeli site quoted above, check out the mission statement of “The Home Of All Ethnically Cleansed Palestinians”).

Even this Palestinian-Arab version of history has no hint whatever of a Palestinian state, and as a previous article indicated, history also shows no indication of a “Palestinian-Arab nation” either. Against the historical background of neither a “Palestinian-Arab state” nor a “Palestinian-Arab nation” stands the Jewish claim of historical nationhood in Palestine, recognized internationally by such solid documents as the League of Nations mandate and the US Congress endorsement of the Mandate document in June, 1922. Is it not clear that the Jewish claim to sovereignty over Palestine is infinitely stronger than the Palestinian-Arab claim?

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Noralnd