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May 03, 2003

Antisemetism across the pond

Zogby in a very interesting blog informs us
"Tam Dalyell, the Father of the House, sparked outrage last night by accusing the Prime Minister of "being unduly influenced by a cabal of Jewish advisers".

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the Left-wing Labour MP named Lord Levy, Tony Blair's personal envoy on the Middle East, Peter Mandelson, whose father was Jewish, and Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, who has Jewish ancestry, as three of the leading figures who had influenced Mr Blair's policies on the Middle East."
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"The Prime Minister, Mr Dalyell claimed, was also indirectly influenced by Jewish people in the Bush administration, including Richard Perle, a Pentagon adviser, Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy defence secretary, and Ari Fleischer, the President's press secretary.

"They very much have captured the ear of the President of the United States. I said [to Vanity Fair] I thought that Blair was very sympathetic to them. I cannot understand why," Mr Dalyell said."
Zogby then goes on to tear Dalyell apart. Check it out.

A former "Pro-Palestinian Intellectual" Changes His Mind

I randomly got this piece emailed to me, apparently by a professor who used to be very "pro-palestinan", but then he did some research and found out that he was being misled.

The pice is: Anti-Semitism, Misinformation, And The Whitewashing Of The Palestinian Leadership
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But we don't want to be unilateralists, Mr Bush

WASHINGTON - If the unilateralist hawks in the administration of President George W Bush were hoping that the easier than expected military victory in Iraq would bring the US public closer to their views, they are likely to be very disappointed by the latest polling. It shows that much of the public appears to be more in tune with the views of "Old Europe" - a moniker applied by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to describe European countries that opposed Washington's rush to attack Iraq - than with those of the neo-conservatives around Rumsfeld.

While three in four US adults say they now believe the war was right, according to the most comprehensive poll to date, strong majorities reject either a more unilateralist or military-oriented role for the United States in the future and continue to see the United Nations as the best mechanism for dealing with international crises.

Moreover, almost two-thirds of a random survey of adults agreed with the assertion, "The US plays the role of world policeman more than it should," and only 12 percent agreed with the notion that "the US should continue to be the pre-eminent world leader in solving international problems". MORE
This poll is very surprising in that it indicates Americans want to use the UN and relate to the EU. They don't like unilateralism.

Opposing the RoachMap

The following letter to the editor was published today (May 3, 2003) on p. B5 of the "Ottawa Citizen":

Mideast terrorism dooms road map plan [headings are assigned by the editor]

Re: Mideast peace plan set in motion, May 1.

The "road map" plan for Middle East peace has now been unveiled, following the Mahmoud Abbas-Yasser Arafat agreement concerning the Palestinian cabinet.

This news was followed by two homicide-bombings in Israel, claiming the lives of four Israelis and wounding more than 70 others. As in previous instances of this kind, terrorist groups affiliated with Mr. Arafat's own party claimed responsibility.

There is little doubt that Mr. Arafat himself is behind the ongoing terrorism. Once again, Mr. Arafat has underscored that regardless of the public relations, he is in charge and his method of choice is terrorism. Thus, it took less than a day to vindicate those who warned against the "road map" plan and against caving in to terrorists.

In his lune 2002 speech, President George W. Bush endorsed the road map on the conditions that the new Palestinian leadership be untainted by terrorism and that Arab violence cease. Recent events have shown that neither condition has been met yet the road map continues relentlessly. This strange policy of rewarding terrorists is bound to embolden dormant Osama bin Ladens to the detriment of all democracies.

The road map, which envisions a Palestinian state Within three years, must be stopped. Autonomy for Arabs in Western Palestine, under Israeli sovereignty, is the only way to safeguard the civil and religious rights of the Arabs in Western Palestine, while ensuring Israel's security.

Puerto Rico's model of autonomy under U.S. sovereignty should replace the road map, the sooner the better.

Joseph Alexander Norland, Ottawa
It is incumbent on Israel’s supporters to oppose the RoachMap at every turn and to offer an alternative. Let us not let Israel down in her hour of need.

Will Bush come to Shove Israel?

Forks in the Middle East road map appearing in Asia Times describes who's for and against the Road Map in the US

WASHINGTON - Will President George W Bush follow in his father's footsteps after a previous military victory against Iraq and exert serious pressure on Israel to implement the "road map" to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that was released by the State Department on Wednesday?

Pushing him to do precisely that will be two powerful world figures - British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US Secretary of State Colin Powell - who stuck by the president through thick and thin in the runup and conduct of the war in Iraq, continually reminding him of the importance of following up, as his father did, with a major initiative to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (That was a failure-Ted)

State Department and Central Intelligence Agency experts argue that Washington's failure to move on that issue will only stoke the anger and sense of humiliation that has reached new heights in the Arab world as a result of the US military victory. (Nonsense-Ted)

So far, the administration has sided with both its Quartet partners and the Palestinians in insisting that the obligations are mutual and simultaneous. But how hard Bush and key policymakers are prepared to push Sharon remains in question.

Several senior Bush officials and advisers - the same hawks around Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney who led the charge for war against Iraq - are known to sympathize strongly with Sharon's views about the road map, as well as his hopes of retaining at least one-half of the West Bank in any eventual settlement.

Richard Perle, the powerful former chairman of the Defense Policy Board (DPB), has denounced the road map's simultaneity provisions explicitly. His views are believed to reflect those of the director for Mideast affairs on the National Security Council, Elliott Abrams, and the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Douglas Feith.

Other neo-conservative members of the Rumsfeld-appointed DPB, including former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is believed to have been given the green light by senior Pentagon officials for a savage attack on Powell last week, have also spoken out against the plan. They have also attacked the role of the European Union and the United Nations in the process, arguing that they are biased against Israel.

Significantly, Perle, Abrams and Feith, another undersecretary of defense, Dov Zakheim, and Michael Mobbs, a top Justice Department official who now holds a senior post in the occupation authority in Iraq, all signed an ad in the New York Times 11 years ago publicly denouncing Bush's father for pressing then-Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir into negotiations with Arab states after the first Gulf War. That pressure eventually resulted in the beginning of the Oslo process.

"As friendly as the United States is with many Arab states," they wrote, along with 30 other former senior government officials who called themselves the Committee on US Interests in the Middle East, "when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the United States must be squarely on the side of the Israelis".

In recent weeks, Sharon's US allies among other neo-conservatives and in the Christian Right - a core constituency for Bush - have also spoken out strongly against the road map, as have their publications, including The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal.

The powerful Republican Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Tom DeLay, for example, warned that any negotiations with Palestinians would "amount to a covenant with death". "We are absolutely right to stand with Israel, and our opponents are absolutely wrong," declared DeLay in a speech to a Christian Right group earlier this month.

The most powerful Israel lobby groups, the hawkish American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, have also flexed their muscle against the road map's simultaneity provisions.

Eight-seven of 100 senators and 297 of 435 representatives have so far signed on to a letter backed by the two groups that urges Bush to demand that the Palestinians stop all violence and demonstrate Abbas' independence and control over the Palestinian Authority before Israel is obliged to do anything, including stop settlement activity.

Even Bush's political advisers, who see an opportunity to make unprecedented inroads on Jewish support for the Democratic Party in 2004, have reportedly warned him against pressing Sharon into major concessions, insisting that the president not only risks reducing historically high approval ratings for his performance among traditionally liberal US Jews, but he may also disappoint his core supporters among Christian Right activists.

In the wake of such a mobilization against the road map, some Jewish activists who support the plan have called on Bush to follow through with it. Earlier this week, 14 major Jewish philanthropists, led by World Jewish Congress President Edgar Bronfman, sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to support it.
Is the MEALAC Department [Columbia University]Balanced?

Columbia University's Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Culture is heralded by other top ranked schools as a department to emulate! Not so, says this article
[brief extract. Read in its entirety]...
In the debate over academic objectivity, Professor Joseph Massad's name appears frequently. He is a favorite target of not only Campus Watch, whose constituents he referred to in his Al-Ahram article as "thought policemen," but he also receives criticism from students and professors on-campus. Although Massad declined to comment for this article, he is usually vocal in expressing his views and does not deny their role in his class.

Students say that on the first day of his Palestinian and Israeli Politics and Society class, Massad warns his students not to expect an even-handed analysis of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. However, Massad says he does not seek to intimidate students. "My policy is always to have students, whatever their political coloring, to feel comfortable to express their views freely in class," Massad said in an interview with the Electronic Intifada in September 2002.

While Massad's self-admitted bias bothers many students, some find value in his teaching style, subjective as it is. One student reviewer for the Columbia Underground Listing of Professor Ability, himself half-Israeli, acknowledges that "although it was perhaps the most difficult class to sit through at times, Massad's class is a necessary fixture in the mealac dept. [sic]"

Another student writes that although "I agree with Massad's stance, ... the lack of zionist [sic] voices in the ... reading list and the strict guidelines on paper topics (they steer you towards making Massad's own points) make this class not as thought-provoking as it should be."

Whether students approve of his style or not, no student of his seems oblivious to the fact that Massad offers only one perspective on a complex issue.

However, the question of its academic value remains. Bulliet believes that incorporation of one's own politics into the classroom, however self-aware or unavoidable, is inappropriate. "I don't think it serves a desirable pedagogical role," he said.

Some suggest that a topic as emotional as the Palestinian-Israeli issue requires passionate teaching to match. From this perspective, advocacy teaching portrays the conflict in its true provocative form instead of sterilizing it with academic objectivity.

Conversely, the very fact of the issue's sensitivity demands special consideration from a professor, Bulliet said. He described his preference for an "even-handed stance because the issue is so passionate. There are a few inflammatory issues that necessitate real caution and circumspection when you address them."

Inside the Classroom and Out

"As a department we are principally in charge of two agendas: teaching and scholarship," Dabashi said.

In the debates over the responsibilities of teachers, the line between teaching and scholarship is too often blurred.

Those who portray MEALAC professors as extremists often draw quotes from the professors' written scholarship rather than from anything presented in the classroom. While calling for an even-handed approach to issues in class may uphold certain academic standards, accusing a professor of malpractice for doing the same in his or her writing could be interpreted as censorship.

"[Professors] don't have the same responsibility in writing as they do in a pedagogical role," Bulliet said, "because they may be targeting an off-campus audience." For example, he added, "Khalidi has probably written things that you would not hear him say in class."

Many academics, including Bulliet, believe that what a professor writes for the public or even for the academic world should be kept separate from what he or she teaches in class. Others give more leeway for the mixture of scholarship and pedagogy, saying that it may enter the classroom, but only with sensitivity to students who may disagree.[more]

Britons are new pawns in terrorists’ evil game

Tme to wake up and smell the tea, as this article in Times Online makes clear
THE recruitment of young Britons as bombers in Palestine is a disturbing development in the growth of violent Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom.

The first British man who hoped to become a suicide bomber was Richard Reid, who tried to blow himself up using a bomb hidden in his shoe on an aircraft from France to America. A handful of radical mosques have recruited British youths to fight for Muslim causes célèbres in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kosovo, Bosnia and Yemen.

The rhetoric of the holy men who recruit them is filled with references to young men’s religious duty to avenge for the suffering of Muslims worldwide. The most potent cause is Palestine.

Radical Islamists do not flinch from describing Israel and Jews in an inflammatory language of hatred that has been unacceptable in polite British society for half a century. Shaikh Faisal was jailed after touring Britain telling Muslim boys to master the Kalashnikov so they could kill “filthy” Jews, Hindus and infidels. He preached anti-semitic conspiracy theories about the power of Jewish moneylenders and promised his young followers that martyrs who died in the cause of Islam would go to Heaven and be rewarded with a host of virgins.

Significant numbers of young British Muslims have become battle-hardened in jihads around the world. There is a global movement of radical Islamist fighters who descend upon countries where they perceive their co-religionists to be under threat. Some of these headed even into Iraq to defend Saddam’s regime[more]
The Real CAIR

The Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is leading a witchhunt against the nomination of a very good man, Daniel Pipes, to the board of the U.S. Institute for Peace.

CAIR is not what it seems – not what it pretends to be.

It is not a group fighting for equal rights for Muslim-Americans. It is not a group trying to protect the interests of Muslims in America. It is not a group promoting human rights for anyone.

It is a group whose real mission is changing the very character of America – remaking it in the image of the Islamo-fascists who fund them from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

You will never hear a nice word about America from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. It's a hate group. It spends all or most of its time and resources denigrating America, condemning it as a pariah state that exploits and oppresses Muslims.

According to CAIR, America is a terrible place for Muslims. At the same time, CAIR boasts Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America. It makes you wonder: If conditions for Muslims are so bad in America, why is Islam so popular? Why are Muslims flocking from all parts of the world to the United States – this hideous concentration camp for Muslims?

I'll tell you why. Many Muslims have come here and continue to come here to escape the Islamo-fascism of places like Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia – places about which CAIR never has a bad word to say.

CAIR was late to the party in condemning Osama bin Laden for the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It finally got around to it three months after the fact. Don't expect to hear any CAIR officials condemn suicide bombings by the terrorists in Hamas. The founder of this organization is on record in support of the goals and tactics of Hamas.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper indicated in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he wants the United States to become a Muslim country.

"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future," Hooper told the Star Tribune. "But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."

Founded in 1994, CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association of Palestine, identified as a "front group" for the terrorist group Hamas, according to Steve Pomerantz, former chief of the FBI's counterterrorism section.

Another ex-FBI counterterrorism chief, Oliver "Buck" Revell, has called the Islamic Association For Palestine – Hooper's former employer – "a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants."

CAIR advisory board member Siraj Wahhaj was named by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White on Feb. 2, 1995, as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators in the attempt to blow up New York City monuments," including the World Trade Center in 1993.

How seriously can we take the charges of a group that called the conviction of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers "a travesty of justice"? How seriously can we take a group that called the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, who conspired to blow up New York City landmarks, a "hate crime"? How seriously should we take a group about which Steven Pomerantz, former FBI chief of counter-terrorism, says: "CAIR, its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups"?

Very seriously.

But just don't assume the group has any credibility.

The real goal of this group was made clear by its chairman, Omar M. Ahmad, who told a rally of California Muslims in 1998: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."

This is the real CAIR. Amazingly, some American people and institutions have fallen for CAIR's ad hominem attacks on Daniel Pipes, a scholar among scholars. No less an establishment enterprise than the Washington Post editorialized last week against Daniel Pipes' nomination. Despite its extremist history, CAIR is making inroads in the media.

It would be tragic if the Senate failed to confirm Pipes because of the rantings and ravings of an extremist group like CAIR.
A short note

The following was posted on the "Palestinian" website, "Jerusalem Times":

[T]he Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement that Japan has offered 22.25 million dollars in grants to help the first Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, establish a Palestinian state in the Middle East. The package is for "humanitarian assistance and state-building efforts by the Palestinians."
The Japanese foreign ministry should have added that it is offering US$ 0.00 to the Israeli victims of the Arab violence, such as the scores who were wounded in the last two homicide bombings.

POWELL VISIT: US to tell Syria to recognize new reality

I am not convinced this duplicitous dictator can change. So many arab leaders in the region use an anti-Israeli stance to take the heat off their own corrupt regimes
MADRID -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, meeting yesterday with Spanish leaders, said he will urge Syria to review its foreign policy after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.

As he prepared for his trip to the Middle East today, Powell also urged Israelis and Palestinians to push forward on a new ''road map'' for peace that was unveiled Wednesday.

At a press conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio, Powell said he will press Syrian President Bashar Assad to recognize ''a new strategic dynamic'' in the Middle East and the ''new and different kind of neighbor'' being developed in Iraq.

''I will encourage them to review these changes and take a look at some of their past policies and see whether those policies seem to be relevant in light of the changed situation,'' Powell said.

Powell, who stopped in Madrid to discuss Spain's role as a mediator and US partner in the region, is scheduled to visit Syria and Lebanon today and tomorrow. In both countries, he plans to discuss the development of a new government in Iraq and the implementation of the Middle East peace plan unveiled by international mediators earlier this week.

The secretary is expected to return to the Middle East in the coming weeks to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.

Cooperation from Syria is crucial to the peace process because of the country's historic anti-Israeli policies, its influence in Lebanon, and its links with anti-Israeli groups that are considered terrorists by the US government, including Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Hezbollah.

Tensions with Damascus were exacerbated during the US-led campaign in Iraq, during which Washington accused the Syrian government of harboring Hussein aides and allowing volunteers to cross its borders to help defend Iraq.

The meetings in Damascus will be the first high-level discussions on the region since the end of Hussein's regime. Although Powell said he expected ''no specific result,'' from the talks, he said: ''We hope to have a full and candid conversation.''

After a lunch with Palacio at a forest palace north of Madrid, the secretary said the stop in the Spanish capital reflects US support of a continued role for Spain as its ally in the Middle East. Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, who hosted Powell for dinner at his official residence last night, was the most visible of the handful of European Union leaders supporting President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in their effort to topple Hussein.

''Aznar and President Bush have remained in close touch,'' Powell said. ''And we look forward to continue working with Spain as we rebuild and put a democratic form of government'' in Iraq.

Palacio said Spain will continue supporting the US, financially and administratively, in reconstructing Iraq and its government. She did not disclose how much money the Spanish government would contribute to the efforts, but she highlighted the civil servants and police officers it has committed to help reestablish order following the war.

Palacio used the occasion to once again highlight Madrid's desire to play an important part in the broader Middle East peace process. Spain, a country with deep historic ties to the Arab world, continues to maintain healthy relations with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Jordan.

Madrid hosted the meeting in 1991, after the first Gulf War, at which Israel met with its Arab neighbors to kickstart the negotiations that helped stabilize the region until violence erupted anew between Israelis and Palestinians in September 2000.

Holding the rotating EU presidency during the first half of 2002, Madrid also served as the site at which the United States, the EU, Russia, and the United Nations -- dubbed the ''quartet'' -- developed the new plan for the Middle East.

Aznar's administration has sought to maintain its involvement in the peace process. ''We are enjoying a moment of enormous hope and enormous satisfaction after a period of skepticism and doubts over the peace process,'' Palacio said.

Despite a Palestinian suicide bombing Wednesday and an Israeli military incursion into Gaza yesterday, Powell said violence should not disrupt the road map to peace.

''We can't let these sorts of incidents immediately contaminate the road map,'' he said.

From a fairly new site, Dafka, this piece on the group that Israel will no longer allow into the territories. Note the training instructions from ISM handout for new members. This makes clear the intentions of the ISM.
[brief extract]There are three ways to come to Palestine -- via the Ben Gurion airport - Tel Aviv, via Amman, Jordan or via Egypt. Many people are afraid to come via Tel Aviv because Palestinian sympathizers are being denied entry into the country.

We believe that it's less suspicious if you come through Israel but you have to have a really good story about why you are coming, and must not mention anything about ISM or knowing, liking or planning to visit Palestinians.
You must play it as though your visit is for other, Israel-based reasons, like tourism, religion, visiting an Israeli friend, etc.

So do a little bit of research and put together a story that you'll be able to answer questions about.
For example, if you say you are visiting a friend in Jerusalem, you should have the name and phone number of a real Israeli person.

If you are coming for religious purposes, have a book or two on religion and travel in Israel; have an itinerary, etc.

Once into the country, you can find a shuttle to Jerusalem right outside the
airport doors, to the right. [more]

May 02, 2003

Road map for legitimizing terror
By Israel Harel

Yet another absolutly excellent demonstration of the calamity the Map already is. It is from the Haaretz but, unfortunatly, linkless.

"If political gains are, by definition, the main fruit of victory inthe battlefield, the road map proves the Palestinians - not Israel -have the upper hand in the war of terror that they initiated.

The attack in Tel Aviv - in the early morning hours after HolocaustMemorial Day and after Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) was sworn in as the Palestinian Authority's first prime minister - is further proof that Israel does not have enough strength to put an end to that war.

Is it any wonder, then, that the United States is saying to itself: If Israel does not have the determination to put an end to the terror
that is persistently striking it, its best friend must take the initiative to stop the bloodbath that Israel has been unable to halt -due to inhibitions that are characteristic of Jews, who are afraid to take the necessary steps, even when they would lead to the prevention of the continuous murder of Israeli citizens.

In order for the road map to have a chance, it must be pro-Palestinian because the initiative, even after 13 months of killing Jews, continues to be in the hands of the Palestinians.

The road map's main danger is not the harsh demands it makes on Israel but its very publication. The Arabs conclude, and rightly so,
that America is declaring via the map that the terror against the Jews, unlike terror against the citizens of any other country, pays
and is therefore permissible. The road map is also a personal victory for Yasser Arafat, the man who until recently seemed to have fallen,never to rise again.

It can be said that Arafat lost the battle but won the war. What's more, despite the fact that, in principle, his crimes against humanity, particularly in the past two and a half years, are no different from the crimes of Saddam Hussein and all the other war criminals who have butchered civilians, Arafat enjoys immunity like no other leader of mass terror. Perhaps it is because his victims are Jews.

The bulk of his immunity is granted by the Israeli government, which is obligated to act on behalf of the victims who were murdered by his criminal activities. This is because the government, due to characteristic Jewish victims' complexes ("political reasons"), does
not dare charge Arafat with war crimes. If this is the nature of the victims' government, how can we complain against the rehabilitation
provided by European governments whose representatives do not desist from making pilgrimages to visit him.

It is unfortunate that the Israel Defense Forces, unlike the American army in Iraq, did not manage to grant its government the unequivocal victory that would have enabled it to dictate political and security conditions to the Palestinians. Such a victory would also have restrained the international pressure and prevented the need,certainly from the American's point of view, for the road map.

This would also have created a political-psychological atmosphere that would have made it possible to try Arafat for war crimes, along
with the band of terrorists who acted on his behalf, just as the Americans are about to try the war criminals in Iraq and just as the
Allied forces, led by the Americans, tried the German war criminals 57 years ago.

We would also be able to drive home the awareness that the blood of Jewish terror victims is just as red as that of Saddam's victims and, believe it or not, as the blood of the Americans who were murdered in the terror attacks. Just imagine what America would do to Saddam, to bin Laden and their minions when they are caught.

Only after 19 months of rampant terror, following the attack at the Park Hotel in Netanya on Seder night (March 27, 2002), did Israel
understand that it was the defensive doctrine that everyone praised, thanks to the reduced military casualty figures, that had practically given the terrorists free reign to organize and carry out the mass-fatality attacks.

Even during Operation Defensive Shield, despite its relative success,the job was not finished and the terrorists remained undaunted. The IDF, like the American army in the 1991 Gulf War, halted the war on the verge of victory, while most of the terror infrastructures,
particularly the headquarters and the directive and political leaderships, continued to operate.

Abu Mazen, who is now being told to finish the IDF's job, will smoke out the terrorists with the same vigor, the same efficacy and the
same results as his predecessor to the commitment "to dismantle the terrorists infrastructures" - Arafat.

The United States gave us enough leeway to win this war. President George W. Bush even tried to neutralize Arafat, the patriarch of Arab terror. When we did not meet the performance test due to ourinhibitions and our failings, and the people continued to bleed, the
Americans had to come up with a plan that they, in their mistaken naivete, felt would bring an end to the bloodshed.

And when Israel is ordered to start with "gestures" toward the Palestinians, and later to bear the brunt of the price of implementing the plan, there is no doubt as to who has won the battle. It is no wonder, then, that Arafat's calendar is so full of meetings with foreign ministers. He has been perceived, and rightly so, as the one who has again come out as the political victor in another round of the never-ending terrorist war the Arabs are waging, and will continue to wage, against the existence of the Jewish Zionist state.

Getting off the Map

Caroline Glick is a brave woman, who accompanied the soldiers throughout the Iraq campaign, and is a great journalist and analyst as well. Even Though most of us read quite a quantity of "roadmap" commentary, hers in the JPOST of today's is still a must read. Here is a paragraph coming after acknowledging the great acheivement in Iraq:

"Sadly, the Bush administration is not showing the same leadership in its management of the Palestinians' terrorist war against Israel. Rather, here the situation is comparable to the manner in which the first Bush administration mismanaged its military victory in the Gulf War.(all emphases added)

In 1991, Washington allowed Saddam to retain power and even sided with the dictator when, at the recommendation of then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell, the administration enabled Saddam to brutally quell Kurdish and Shi'ite rebellions against his rule in the aftermath of that war.

Limiting its operations to enforcing the "no-fly" zones, the US for a decade allowed Saddam to continue destabilizing the region, amassing prohibited weaponry, terrorizing his citizenry, forging alliances with groups like al-Qaida, and funding Palestinian terrorists.

Here, the US is following a similarly strategically ambivalent and morally questionable policy with regard to its handling of the Palestinian Authority. In orchestrating its policy with the UN, EU, and Russia the other members of the so-called Quartet the administration is subordinating its decision-making power to forces that share none of President George W. Bush's convictions on the necessity of fighting terror and encouraging the spread of democracy in the Arab world.

Lest we have forgotten, it was just last year that the UN's special middle east coordinator, Terje Larsen, ignominiously stood before television cameras in Jenin and insinuated that Israel was guilty of war crimes in the IDF's combat operations against terrorists in the UN-managed Jenin refugee camp.

His remarks came at the same time as the UN Security Council debated its resolution to investigate charges not of Palestinian war crimes after terrorists from the PA murdered 130 Israelis in a single month but rather Israel for moving in to destroy terror cells threatening its citizens.Then too, bringing in the EU ignores the fact that it has been a chief financier of the PA's terrorist war against Israel.

Under the leadership of foreign relations czar Chris Patten and Middle East envoy Miguel Moratinos, the EU has transferred $10 million a month to the PA's coffers. This has gone on continuously in spite of the irrefutable evidence that Israel has presented showing the money is being transferred to Fatah terror cells. When faced with a demand by European parliamentarians to investigate the charges of terror funding, Patten undiplomatically responded that he needed an investigation "like a hole in the head."

In embracing the newly inaugurated regime of Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser Arafat's deputy of some 40 years, the Bush administration is accepting a myth of a reformed Palestinian Authority. In so doing, it is expending political capital backing a Palestinian leader who shares none of the president's hopes for a reformed PA that can eventually lead to the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state.

Because of the support he enjoys from the Bush administration, Palestinians see Abbas as a US puppet they derisively compare to Hamid Karzai, the US-anointed president of Afghanistan. And yet, in stark contrast to Karzai, Abbas has not committed himself to waging war against terrorism by actively working to destroy terrorist infrastructure in the PA. Rather, like Arafat, he suffices with trite condemnations of terrorism, while continuing to define Israel's actions to destroy these infrastructures as morally indistinguishable from acts of mass murder and mayhem launched against Israeli civilians.

Working with the other members of its discordant Quartet, the Bush administration has now adopted the "Road Map to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" as official US Middle East policy. In so doing, the US is undermining its credibility as a nation that fights terrorism by giving a reward to the PA for its almost three-year-old terrorist war against Israel."

Already In Violation, Eh?

According to Ha'aretz, Arafat has wasted no time in staking his own road:
With the swearing-in of the new Palestinian cabinet on Wednesday came a presidential order from Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat for the establishment of a national security council to oversee all the PA's security mechanisms, including the counter-security apparatus, the uniformed police and the civil guard.

In keeping with the definition of powers of the Palestinian government, these security mechanisms are supposed to fall under the authority of PA Interior Minister Mohammed Dahlan. The move violates one of the clauses of the U.S.-backed 'road map' for Middle East peace, which calls for "all Palestinian security organizations [to be] consolidated into three services reporting to an empowered Interior Minister."

The national security council is to include Arafat, Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), Dahlan, Arafat's personal security adviser Hani al-Hassan, Finance Minister Salam Fayyad and Palestinian national security commander Haj Ismail Jabar. Tawfik a-Tirawi and Faisel Abu Sarah - whose security mechanisms (General Intelligence and Force 17) remain under Arafat and need not answer to Dahlan - will also be on the council.

The establishment of the council and the activities of the General Intelligence and Force 17 security mechanisms go against clauses in the U.S. road map that concern a commitment on the part of Abu Mazen's government to unify all the PA security mechanisms into three divisions, all under the interior minister.

In practice, the establishment of the council empties the new structure of the Palestinian security services of its content and derogates from the ability of Abu Mazen and Dahlan to implement security reforms. In the forum of the council, Arafat is the senior figure and the council's discussions will presumably dictate the PA's security policies.
Deja vu?

Thinking out of the Box.

What box is that? You might ask.

The one imposed on Israel by the world including the US. Restrain yourself until we can work out a settlement where you get out of the occupied territories and agree to borders roughly along the green line. Never mind that your people are being killed and demonized and that your economy is being greatly weakened. Never mind that the Arabs will never accept you and will plot to destroy you. That box.

If you ask any Jew or supporter of Israel if Israel could have any solution it wants, what would it be? We would all answer Israel’s eastern border will coincide with the Jordanian border and that All Arabs within the state of Israel be relocated. Israel from the Mediterranean to the Jordan.

After all we won it fair and square in a defensive war. It is ours. We need it for growth. We need to be in control of our water resources. We need the high ground for defensive purposes. Our biblical roots are there. The reasons are self obvious and too many to mention here.

Our fight is with the Arabs, not the “Palestinians”. We are not trying to work out a border between Israel and the Palestinians but Israel and the other Arab countries. They already have 22 countries and more land and wealth then they know what to do with. The Arabs within these borders can easily be absorbed on these lands with their wealth. These countries should be responsible to absorb them. After all, they started the wars that created them. Israel from the Mediterranean to the Jordan represents maybe 4% of the total land area.

Israel must make its demands known and show the courage and passion to fight for them.

We will not be alone. The American people will be with us. The debate should shift from where the borders will be to how to get rid of the Arabs within them. Many Road Maps can be drawn up that explore that issue from the extreme of forcible transfer to the balm of inducement to resettle. Or a combination of both. Don’t worry; forcible transfer was approved by the world when Israel forcibly transferred Jews out of the Sinai. Forcible transfer is now intended for the Jews in the territories as soon as the ’67 borders are forced upon us. So if the borders are to be the Jordan River, then it will be the Arabs who will be transferred.

Now let us assume that the Arabs will be mad at us or will be calling for our death and destruction. We’ve seen it all before and are exposed to it daily. So what’s the difference? At least we will have great borders, no demographic problem no water problem, no terrorism etc. What can be bad?
Strategy, not just tactics

From yesterday's Haaretz:

......."What, then, is Sharon's solution to the conflict? A senior security official recently told Eldar of a conversation with Sharon, in which the prime minister said Israel must stick to its guns for the next 30 years, at which time alternative technologies will reduce the need for oil, thus sapping Arab influence on Europe and the world."

With focus and effort that 30 can be reduced to 15.

The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, focused on weaning the U.S. from Middle East oil

Ted Belman was there.

Why is this permitted.

Where is the Canadian Government?

The “Islamic Scholars” section of a Canadian web site for children called Play and Learn contains a biography of terror gang Hizb'Allah’s Ayatollah Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah—with a vicious anti-American, anti-Israel diatribe:
Politically, my primary objective is to see the Islamic revolution in Lebanon brought to fruition. The newly dissolved and recreated Lebanese government, led by men like Hrawi, Berrih, and Jumblatt, is clearly an obstacle in the path to revolution, and I believe that this government has been put together by imperialist Americans hoping to achieve their own ends in the Middle East. The United States and Israel are full partners in a war against the people of the Middle East. Therefore, we must secure their departure from Lebanon as a precursor to Israel's obliteration from existence, and as the first step towards liberating our people from the talons of Western imperialism. Only then may we begin to construct a political system favored by the people based upon the teachings of the holy Quran.

All those who seek peace with Israel are traitors to our cause, including the treasonous Yasir Arafat. We reject the accords signed between Israel and the PLO, just as we have rejected Camp David, the Fahd, Fez, Reagan, Brezhnev, and French-Egyptian plans, and any other plan that offers even tacit recognition of the Zionist entity.

"Land for Peace" is a betrayal of Palestinian blood and of the sacred cause of Palestine. Arafat, just like Israel, America, and the rest of the Western world stand in our way of revolution. So too, the secular government in Lebanon stands in our way. So too the Amal with its Syrian ties and secular orientation. The latter two have gone so far as to combat their kin, the Palestinian refugees in Beirut, during the camp wars of the mid-80's. We stood up for our people then, as we do now, while traitors like the Syrians strive for accords with the Zionists and imperialists.
And this on a Calgary Islam web site considered mainstream
"The peace between the leader of the Muslims in Palestine and the Jews does not mean that the Jews will permanently own the lands which they now possess. is obligatory, when we have the ability, to fight the Jews until they enter into Islâm or give the jizyah (a tax levied tram those who are permitted to live under the protection of a Muslim state) in servility."

"...So all of this is with regards to when one is unable to fight the disbelievers, or unable to make them give the jizyah.... However, when one does have the power to fight Jihâd against them, then what is required is to call them to enter into Islâm, OR BE KILLED, or to pay the jizyah (emphasis mine). In this case it is not permissible to seek peace with them, nor to abandon fighting and the jizyah. Rather, seeking peace is allowed when there is a need or necessity."
Why does our government in Canada permit this.

Radical cleric 'taught'bomb suspects

Two Britons who Israeli authorities say were involved in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv were taught by a spiritual leader from north London, the BBC has learned.

Sheik Omar Bakri, of the fringe radical Muslim group Al-Mahajiroun, said the two men had come to him for instruction.

Three people died and more than 50 were injured in the bombing at a bar Mike's Place on Tuesday.

Israeli police are continuing to search for Omar Khan Sharif, from Derby, who they say tried to carry out a bombing.

I did not know them except on the level as teacher and student
Sheik Omar Bakri

His accomplice, Asif Muhammad Hanif, 21, from London, is thought to have caused the fatal explosion by blowing himself up.

Mr Sharif, 27, is said to have run away when his bomb failed to go off.

Mr Bakri told BBC News: "To be honest with you I knew both of them, but I did not know them except on the level as teacher and student."

The cleric, who founded the fundamentalist group in Britain, was not prepared to condemn the suicide bombing.

"There is no way for me to condemn the self-sacrificing operation that took place in Palestine against occupying forces," he said.

But the Muslim Council of Britain, which says it represents more than 350 Islamic organisations and mosques in the UK, has already criticised comments by Al-Muhajiroun as inflammatory.

Spokesman Iqbal Sacranie said: "Let us be absolutely clear, the loss of innocent life is against the laws of humanity."

BBC social affairs editor Niall Dickson said reports of the men's involvement had shocked the British Muslim community.

"The vast majority will deplore the killing of innocents and be offended that this was done under the banner of Islam," he said.


UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has condemned the bombing.

The UK's ambassador to Israel, Sherard Cowper-Coles, has pledged "total co-operation" between British and Israeli intelligence services.

And Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has offered his condolences to relatives and friends of those killed in the "terrible" suicide bombing.

In Derby, police are continuing to guard Mr Sharif's family home.

The blast came hours after new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas won approval for his cabinet.

Although Israeli television showed British passports said to belong to the pair, the UK Foreign Office said it could not be ruled out that they were fake.

"We are not in a position to confirm the identities," one official said.

"Until the investigation is complete we are not going to be in a position to confirm whether or not they are definitely British."

Israeli ambassador to London Zvi Shtauber said they were making "every effort" to find Mr Sharif.

The explosion did not delay the publication of a peace "roadmap" for the Middle East by international mediators.
The one state solution

The Vision of the Undivided Land of Israel Is Alive and Well!

Nadia Matar, Co-chair Women in Green

Zeev Jabotinsky liked to recall for his listeners and readers, the lesson of the Judgment of Solomon: If one says, "It is all mine," and the other says, ""Half of it is mine," the one who says "Half of it is mine" has lost from the outset. It would appear today that so very many have forgotten this basic principle.

A new and worrying phenomenon has recently emerged. Public figures, who are supposed to represent the national camp, and take a resolute stance regarding the right of the people of Israel to all the Land of Israel, are proposing in media interviews all manner of strange solutions to the Israeli-Arab conflict. All the solutions that they put forth include a willingness to make concessions, of whatever sort, to the Arabs in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza District.

I am not speaking only about individuals such as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other central Likud members who, already for some time, have betrayed the platform that they are supposed to represent, and went over to the camp of the extreme left that calls for the establishment of an Arab-Palestinian state to the west of the Jordan. The sickness of pragmatism, the weakness of their ideology, and the loss of faith in the justness of our cause have also overcome some people who are supposed to be more hawkish than the Likud, such as Minister of Social Welfare Zevulun Orlev (NRP) and certain members of Moetset Yesha (the Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.)

Minister Orlev surprised his audience in an interview on IDF Radio when he expressed his willingness to waive Israeli sovereignty in areas "A" (areas in Judea, Samaria and Gaza currently occupied by the PA) and for the establishment of a Palestinian state in those areas. Certain members of Moetset Yesha also left us with our mouths gaping in surprise when, a few days ago, they proposed "an alternative political plan to the Road map" that includes the establishment of Israeli and Palestinian cantons, and self-rule for the Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza - a sort of "partition" plan that, de facto, resigns itself to the loss of the "A" areas. Although the Moetset Yesha plan calls for overall Israeli sovereignty and Israeli security responsibility; on the ground, their partition plan is already interpreted by the left and the media in Israel as consent by the Council for a broad territorial compromise in the very heart of Eretz Israel, even if this was not their initial intent.

Those public figures who propose concessions in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza must know that with these statements, they lose their standing as the representatives of the national camp, and join the tired, weak, and defeatist camp of the left. As it was stated by the mayor of Efrat, who was one of those who immediately understood the dangers inherent in the partition plan of the Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza: "This entire plan is a mistake. The Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza need not become involved with political plans that entail compromise. We must fill the role of those who are 'crazy' about Eretz Israel. If others want to offer compromise plans, let them do so. As for us - our task is to strengthen our possession of the entire Land of Israel."

The ideological national camp must raise its voice in protest against Moetset Yesha'a partition plan or any other talk about concessions that divide Eretz Israel. We must proclaim that the vision of "Erets Yisrael Hashlema" (the undivided Land of Israel) is alive and well, and if some of those supposed to represent this ideology have grown tired, others will come in their place and fill their role.

They shall inform the entire world:
* all of Eretz Israel belongs to the people of Israel, in accordance with the Torah of Israel.
* no Jew is entitled to give away even a single bit of Eretz Israel.
* the murderous PLO Authority, and the other terrorist organizations, must be eliminated, and all their supporters must be expelled.
* the State of Israel must impose Jewish sovereignty over all of Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza District, and return to ruling everywhere. "Autonomy" or "self-rule" for the Arabs is not acceptable, neither for ideological reasons, nor for ones of security (controlling the civil life of the Arabs prevents terror and brings security). At the same time, the State of Israel - instead of formulating plans to deport Jews from Eretz Israel - should prepare a program for the repatriation of the Arabs to the Arab countries.
* the State of Israel must continue to realize the Zionist vision of the establishment of Jewish settlements everywhere in the Land of Israel. The fact that we are dwelling today in Elon Moreh does not mean that we have given up on Jewish settlement in Shechem. And the same is true for the other cities that are currently under Arab occupation (Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, and the others).

People seem to be reading the new annual State Department report on terrorism uncritically. They see that terrorism is (obviously) down in the U.S. compared to 2001 and stop there. See the fantastic Best of the Web doing this yesterday.

The report though is the usual State Department white washing of Arab terror. Saudi Arabia is given its annual pass as is the PA. It is reports like this (and uncritical readings of them) that have contributed to the situation we are currently in.

A main flaw of the reports stems from the fact that it does not report on all terrorism but only “international terrorism” and in some cases the nebulous “significant terrorist incidents”. The definition of "international terrorism" is not applied evenly. A panel determines which attacks were significant according to certain standards but a review of the incidents versus what went on last year what areas are important to the United States. Thus there were four times as many significant terrorist incidents in India in 2003 than in Israel.

The second chart in the introduction (note links are to general sections) reveals that there were no casualties or deaths in North America from international terrorist attacks. An Egyptian attacking the Israeli airline counter at LAX on July 4th and killing 2 people (Jews) is not considered international terrorism by State and seems to appear no where in the report (The FBI eventaully came to view the attack as terrorism). Thus you can see that how the definitions are applied make all the difference. State can report terrorism as up or down depending on it political outlook. A real picture of terrorism does not appear due to State applying its definitions inconsistently.

This same chart indicates that there were 132 deaths resulting from international attacks in 2002 in the Middle East. Later in the report section on Israel the point is made that 370 persons were killed in 2002 by terrorists up from 200 in 2001. Why aren’t these people counted in the previously mentioned statistics? The statistical section lists casualties (injuries and fatalities) in the Middle East as having a 50% increase but indicates that international attacks are at he same level as the previous year. Perhaps the attacks have had an increasing deadliness? This is not discussed. Also note that the last chart in this section indicates that only 1440 Americans were killed (and 90 injured) in international attacks in 2001, the year including the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. This low number is obviously incorrect.

There seems to have been differing views regarding HAMAS by the people writing the report - here are two discriptions from different sections of the report. The truth seems to lie with the first (which seems to be purposely worded to attack the second description):

a) "HAMAS’s bombing of a cafeteria on the Hebrew University campus, which killed nine, including five US citizens, demonstrated its willingness to stage operations in areas frequented by Westerners, including US citizens. "

b) "The group [HAMAS] has not targeted US interests—although some US citizens have been killed in HAMAS operations—and continues to confine its attacks to Israelis inside Israel and the territories. "

Here is an interesting inconsistency in the report dealing with the Passover Attack lin Israel last year. The attack is mentioned three times in the report. Here are the descriptions. The attack took place during a ceremonial religious meal. Notice the different fatality numbers.

1) "On 27 March, a HAMAS homicide bomber entered the crowded restaurant of a hotel in Netanya, Israel, and detonated a bomb, killing 22 persons, including one US citizen, Hannah Rogen."

2) "HAMAS was particularly active, carrying out over 50 attacks, including shootings, suicide bombings, and standoff mortar-and-rocket attacks against civilian and military targets. The group was responsible for the most deadly Palestinian terrorist attack of the year—the suicide bombing of a Passover gathering at a Netanya hotel that killed 29 Israelis, including one dual US-Israeli citizen."

3) "In Netanya, a suicide bomber entered the crowded restaurant of a hotel and detonated the explosive device he was wearing, killing 22 persons including one US citizen and wounding 140 others. The Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) claimed responsibility."

I guess different people at State have different levels of sympathy for the victims and Israel. I have not added up the numbers, but based on the way the report is laid out, State most likely used the incorrect lower fatality number in calculating its statistics.

I have not thoroughly read the report. I am sure a closer reading will turn up other issues.

Palestinian Prime Minister Will Go Nowhere if He Attempts a Solo Act

Some sound advice from Dennis Ross to Minister Abu Mazen [ Mahmoud Abbas] on the challenges he faces (Ted Belman's comments are in bold)
For the first time in Palestinian history, there is a Palestinian prime minister. Though the timing of the appointment can be attributed to the Bush administration's determination not to deal with Yasser Arafat and the pressure of the international community, the idea of having a prime minister came from Palestinian reformers within the territories who were sick of corruption and wanted to see the Palestinians institute a rule of law. (I am not impressed)

These reformers — like legislator Ziad abu Amr and pollster Khalil Shikaki — understood there was no possibility of changing course as long as all power resided with Arafat. In their eyes, Arafat might remain the icon of the Palestinian cause but he could no longer be the arbiter of Palestinian decisions. (They are vastly in the minority)

The result was the appointment of Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. But whether Abbas will ultimately become the first prime minister of a new, independent Palestinian state will depend on whether he can, in his words, stop the "armed chaos." (I would much prefer if he said stop the terrorism or even the violence , but "armed chaos"?)

Already in his speech to the Palestinian legislative council, Abbas denounced terror "by any party and by all its forms" — language Arafat never used. He also declared that weapons must be held only by the Palestinian government (leaving no place for independent militias) and acknowledged that Israelis as well as Palestinians had suffered. (I want deeds not words)

Abbas has begun to chart a new path. His intentions are clear and, having worked closely with him throughout the Oslo process, I know he is determined to act on them. (On what basis? What did he do during the Oslo debacle?) But will he be able to translate them into reality? He faces several obstacles.

The first is Arafat. The chairman will continue to resist any efforts that erode his power and build Abbas'. He will seek to block efforts to confront Hamas, Islamic Jihad or the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade — and, indeed, has already opposed disarming the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

The second are the very groups that continue to carry out terrorism. Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual head of Hamas in Gaza, has already rejected the idea that Hamas will give up its arms or its violent struggle, and there have been two suicide attacks in Israel in the last week.

Abbas' third challenge will be to overcome the impression that he is doing the bidding of Israel or the U.S. — an impression that Arafat has sought to cultivate by spreading the word that Abbas' appointments on security were focused on Israeli, rather than Palestinian, needs.

To overcome these obstacles, Abbas must show that he can deliver for the Palestinians. He must show that life gets better: People and goods can move again. Israeli checkpoints are lifted and controls relaxed. Schools can be reopened. At least some Palestinian prisoners are released. Israeli incursions and targeted killings stop. Unauthorized Israeli settler outposts are closed down, signaling that land that Palestinians considered to be theirs is no longer going to grabbed. (This is utter nonsense. It is axiomatic. If the violence stops, life gets better. Everybody knows it. No one has to satisfy anyone that this will be the result. As for the the outposts and the land, its time the Pals realized that it is not theirs and the longer they wait the less it will be theirs. If they want to fight over it, let's fight. If they want to take their chances on non violence, fine. But they can't expect to get the land as a reward for stopping terror.)

In short, Abbas must show his people that his way works.

The Israeli government must be prepared to cooperate in taking such steps. (Not their responsibility) But it will not do so if it believes that such a relaxation will lead to a renewed wave of suicide killings.

For Abbas to deliver for Palestinians, he must be able to stop or at least profoundly curtail the violence. He must reach concrete understandings with the Israelis on security — what he will do, when he will do it, how and where he will do it.

In turn, he must be assured that the Israeli military won't undercut him. He must be promised where, when and how Israeli controls will be eased.

There is no substitute for reaching such understandings now. It's imperative that both sides interpret things the same way and know they will be held accountable.

Finally, if Abbas is to overcome the obstacles he is certain to face, he will need the help of Arab leaders from neighboring countries. They must publicly support him and back him in any confrontation with violent Palestinian groups. Ultimately, for Abbas to succeed he must take difficult steps, but he must also have the help of the Israelis, the Arabs and the U.S. as he does so.

(The whole idea that Israel must encourage the Palestinians in order to help them end the violence is total bullshit. We are fighting to stop the terror and to get the best deal possible. That means keep as much land as possible. We must change the paradigm. We should not be fighting to give them all they want but to defeat them so we can keep all we want. Don't buy into the State Department's speil.)


Resist, Resist, Resist

You can find here: a whole dossier of positions against the debasing and dangerous Map. The following is Haetzni's conclusion of his particularly sharp analysis of the Map's inner logic.

"After two and a half years of the present Intifada, Yasser Arafat can credit himself with having achieved all his war objectives: A Palestinian state within immediate reach, international involvement and supervision, introduction of the United Nations and Europe into the area, military involvement by Jordan and Egypt, elimination of Jewish settlements and release of Israel’s effective hold on most parts of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. It is chilling indeed to realize that we have paid for his achievements with over a thousand Jews murdered and many thousands more wounded in terror attacks since the Oslo Accords were drafted."
Our man in the White House

Bush says it again. (On the USS Abraham Lincoln)
Any person involved in committing or planning terrorist attacks against the American people becomes an enemy of this country and a target of American justice.

Any person, organization or government that supports, protects or harbors terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes. Any outlaw regime that has ties to terrorist groups and seeks or possesses weapons of mass destruction is a grave danger to the civilized world and will be confronted.
How can that not apply to the whole terrorist kit and kaboodal in the territories.

Western Wall Signs Stress Jewish Connection To Temple Mount

Unbeknownst to many the Western or Wailing Wall is not the holiest site to Judaism instead it is the Temple itself where a mosque stands and the Israeli government does not allow Jewish worshippers to go.

    Several large signs have been affixed near the entrances to Jerusalem's Western Wall plaza. In addition to the usual guidelines regarding modesty and respect for the sanctity of the holy site, the centrality of the Temple Mount to Judaism and the Jewish people is clearly expressed.

US Congressmen and Senators: No Talk Until Terror Stops

From Israel National News/Arutz-7:

In a dramatic move, 88 U.S. Senators and 313 House Representatives sent a strongly worded letter to U.S. President George Bush objecting to the emphasis being placed on the Road Map plan. The lawmakers noted that Bush appeared to be shifting away from his previous demands for a complete end to terror before negotiations could take place.

Mirroring President Bush's words, the lawmakers wrote that the Palestinians must begin to seriously fight terrorism and dismantle the terrorist infrastructure as a key first step toward renewed negotiations. The US lawmakers even questioned the entire premise of negotiations at this point in time: "As we have learned from recent history, without a new, empowered Palestinian leadership that is finally committed to fighting terror, there is no one with whom to negotiate and no point in making unilateral concessions."

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Ensign (R-NV), together with Roy Blunt (R-MO), Steny Hoyer(D-MD), Henry Hyde (R-IL) and Tom Lantos (D-CA) in the House, authored the letter.
The letter adopts Prime Minister Sharon's traditional demand that Palestinian leadership must not be judged by what it says, but by what it does. "While recent political changes in the Palestinian Authority are a positive step," reads the letter, "it is only the start of what is needed... Actions - not just promises - are necessary for real progress."
Please Read This!

The following is a sermon given by Joe McCain, brother of senator John McCain. It came to me through Shoshana Walker's mailing about Israel. This is the full text which I reproduce here for fear that you might be tempted to skip the trip to the url


There is a lot of worry popping up in the media just now --
"Can Israel Survive?"

Don't worry about it.

It relates to something that Palestinians, the Arabs, and perhaps most
Americans don't realize -- the Jews are never going quietly again. Never.

And if the world doesn't come to understand that, millions of Arabs are
going to die. It's as simple as that.

Throughout the history of the world, the most abused, kicked-around race
of people have been the Jews. Not just the holocaust of World War II, but
for thousands of years. They have truly been "The Chosen People" in a
terrible and tragic sense.

The Bible story of Egypt's enslavement of the Jews is not just a story, it
is history, if festooned with theological legend and heroic epics.

In 70 A.D. the Romans, which had for a long time tolerated the Jews --even
admired them as 'superior' to other vassals -- tired of their truculent
demands for independence and decided on an early "Solution" to the Jewish
problem. Jerusalem was sacked and reduced to near rubble,
Jewish resistance was pursued and crushed by the implacable
Roman War Machine -- seeMasada. And thus began The Diaspora,
the dispersal of Jews throughout the rest of the world. Their homeland
destroyed, their culture crushed, they looked desperately for the few niches
in a hostile world where they could be safe.

That safety was fragile, and often subject to the whims of moody hosts.
The words 'pogrom', 'ghetto', and 'anti-Semitism' come from this treatment of
the first mono-theistic people. Throughout Europe changing times meant
sometimes tolerance, sometimes even warmth for the Jews, but eventually it
meant hostility, then malevolence.

There is not a country in Europe or Western Asia that at one time or
another has not decided to lash out against the children of Moses, sometimes
by whim,sometimes by manipulation.

Winston Churchill calls Edward I one of England's very greatest kings. It
was under his rule in the late 1200's that Wales and Cornwall were hammered
into the British crown, and Scotland and Ireland were invaded and occupied.
He was also the first European monarch to set up a really effective administrative
bureaucracy, surveyed and censused his kingdom,established laws and political divisions.

But he also embraced the Jews. Actually Edward didn't embrace Jews so much
as he embraced their money.

For the English Jews had acquired wealth -- understandable, because this
people that could not own land or office, could not join most of the
trades and professions, soon found out that money was a very good thing to
accumulate. Much harder to take away than land or a store, was a hidden
sock of gold and silver coins.

Ever resourceful, Edward found a way -- he borrowed money from the Jews to
finance imperial ambitions in Europe, especially France. The loans were
almost certainly not made gladly, but how do you refuse your King?
Especially when he is 'Edward the Hammer'.

Then, rather than pay back the debt, Edward simply expelled the Jews.
Edward was especially inventive -- he did this twice. After a time, he
invited the Jews back to their English homeland, borrowed more money, then
expelled them again.

Most people do not know that Spain was one of the early entrants into The
Renaissance. People from all over the world came to Spain in the late
medieval period. All were welcome -- Arabs, Jews, other Europeans. The
University of Salamanca was one of the great centers of learning in the
world -- scholars of all nations, all fields came to Salamanca to share their
knowledge and their ideas.

But in 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella, having driven the last of Moors from
the Spanish Shield, were persuaded by the righteous fundamentalists of the time
to announce "The Act of Purification". A series of steps were taken in
which all Jews and Arabs and other non-Christians were expelled from the
country, or would face the tools and the torches of The Inquisition. From this
cleansing come the Sephardic Jews --- as opposed to the Ashkenazis or
Eastern Europe.

In Eastern Europe, the sporadic violence and brutality against Jews are
common knowledge. 'Fiddler' without the music and the folksy humor. At
times of fury, no accommodation by the Jew was good enough, no profile low
enough, no village poor enough or distant enough.

From these come the near-steady flow of Jews to the United States. And
despite the disdain of the Jews by most 'American' Americans they came to
grab the American Dream with both hands, and contributed everything from
new ideas of enterprise in retail and entertainment to becoming some of our
finest physicians and lawyers. The modern United States, in spite of itself,
IS The United States, in part because of its Jewish blood.

Then the Nazi Holocaust -- the corralling, sorting, orderly eradication of
millions of the people of Moses. Not something that other realms in other
times didn't try to do, by the way, the Germans were just more organized
and had better murder technology.

I stood in the center of Dachau for an entire day, about 15 years ago,
trying to comprehend how this could have happened. I had gone there on a side
trip from Munich, vaguely curious about this Dachau. I soon became engulfed
in the enormity of what had occurred there nestled in this middle and working
class neighborhood.

How could human beings do this to other human beings, hear their cries,
their pleas, their terror, their pain, and continue without apparently even wincing?

I no longer wonder. At some times, some places, ANY sect of the human
race is capable of horrors against their fellow man, whether a member of the
Waffen SS, a Serbian sniper, a Turkish policeman in 1920's Armenia, a
Mississippi Klansman.

Because even in the United States not all was a Rose Garden. For a long
time Jews had quotas in our universities and graduate schools. Only so many
Jews could be in a medical or law school at one time. Jews were disparaged
widely. I remember as a kid Jewish jokes told without a wince -- "Why do
Jews have such big noses?"

Well, now the Jews have a homeland again. A place that is theirs.
And that's the point. It doesn't matter how many times the United States
and European powers try to rein in Israel, if it comes down to survival of its
nation, its people, they will fight like no lioness has ever fought to
save her cubs. They will fight with a ferocity, a determination, and a skill,
that will astound us.

And many will die, mostly their attackers, I believe. If there were a
macabre historical betting parlor, my money would be on the Israelis to be
standing at the end. As we killed the kamikazes and the Wehrmacht soldaten
of World War II, so will the Israelis kill their suicidal attackers, until
there are not enough to torment them.

The irony goes unnoticed -- while we are hammering away to punish those
who brought the horrors of last September here, we restrain the Israelis from
the same retaliation. Not the same thing, of course --
We are We & they are they.

While we mourn and see the at September 11th, we don't notice that Israel
has a September 11th sometimes every day.

We may not notice, but it doesn't make any difference.

And it doesnt make any difference whether you are pro-Israeli or you think
Israel is the bully of the Middle East.

If it comes to where a new holocaust looms -- with or without the concurrence of the United States and Europe -- Israel will lash out without pause or restraint at those who would try to annihilate their country.

Debka Links Two Human Bombs to Syria

From Debka (lets hope Colin does not bring this up when he visits Syria soon, it may sour oour relations and get in the way of Syrian efforts to stop terrorism): "DEBKAfile reveals: Updated findings show Tel Aviv suicide attack was originally planned for Passover by Damascus-based Hamas operations mastermind Imad al-Alamai who works with Hizballah. He was controller of British killer team, one of which spent four months in Damascus preparing operation. His partner flew to Syria through Europe three weeks ago.

Together they passed through Jordan to Allenby Bridge crossing, entering on British passports and driving to Gaza Strip. Their bomb belts contained new type of explosive not seen before by Israeli bomb experts and presumed imported. Al Aqsa Brigades of Arafat’s Fatah and Hamas claimed attack"
Militants Pledge Revenge at Gaza Funerals

Not The Road but Road Rage--perhaps a civil war?
- Islamic militants pledged revenge attacks and shouted their opposition to new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas on Friday at a mass funeral for 11 Palestinians killed in an Israeli raid in the Gaza Strip.

Tens of thousands of mourners, including gunmen from the militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups and the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades affiliated with Abbas's Fatah faction, marched from Gaza's main mosque to the city cemetery.

"No, no to Abu Mazen," some in the crowd shouted, using the nom de guerre of the reformist prime minister who has voiced his opposition to militants having weapons and accepted a U.S.-backed "road map" to peace presented on Wednesday.

"Our men will strike Israeli cities," Hamas loudspeakers blared as militants, some of them masked, marched with automatic rifles and mortar launchers in their hands. "Revenge is coming soon."

Twelve Palestinians, including a two-year-old boy, were killed on Thursday when Israeli forces thrust into a Gaza neighborhood in a sweep for wanted militants. The toddler was buried the same day.

Witnesses said six of the dead were civilians, including a 13-year-old boy and a 17-year-old, and six were militants.

Israel launched the incursion a day after a British Muslim suicide bomber blew himself up at a Tel Aviv night club, killing three people. Hamas and the al-Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

Israeli security forces continued their search for a second British Muslim who dropped his explosive belt at the scene and fled.

The surge in violence in a 31-month-old Palestinian uprising for statehood was a blow to efforts by the "Quartet" of peace mediators -- the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia -- to persuade both sides to begin implementing the "road map."


Secretary of State Colin Powell is expected to begin talks in Israel and the West Bank toward the end of next week on pressing ahead with the peace plan that envisages immediate confidence-building measures and a Palestinian state by 2005.

The "road map" calls on the Palestinians to "undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning attacks on Israelis anywhere."

Israel has said that once that happens, it would be prepared to pull troops out of some of the Palestinian areas they reoccupied last year following a spate of suicide bombings

This man is selling flags in Tel Aviv. A few weeks before Israeli Independence Day,
people hang flags from their balconies and from their car windows. The words to a popular
Israeli Independence Day song are "kol ha'aretz, degalim, degalim" which means "the whole
county, flags, flags.

The national anthem: Hatikva
David Ben-Gurion declares the
establishment of the State of Israel

see links
Izkor - Memorial to Israel's Fallen (in Hebrew)
In Memory of the Victims of Terror in Israel (in Hebrew)
Remembrance Day/Independence Day - Selected Readings
"The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly..."

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel
Fascimile of the Declaration of Independence (Hebrew)
The State of Israel Is Born: Headlines from the world press May 1948

Map of Israel within Boundaries and Ceasefire Lines - 2000
Israel at 54 - A Statistical Glimpse
FACTS ABOUT ISRAEL: History - Independence
History of the IDF: War of Independance
from Naomi Ragen, via e-mail

On April 15, only a few short weeks ago, Lt. Daniel Mandel, the son of Cheryl Mandel, manager of the Etzion Judaica Center, was killed in action during a military operation in Shechem. Here are Cheryl's own words:

A Farewell to Daniel, by Cheryl Mandel

Fifteen and a half years ago, we brought our family to Israel from Canada, because we believed and still do believe that this is the place where Jews should live. We brought our family here because it is our homeland.

We accepted that this is a young country where there were difficulties and we were willing to stand up to the challenges before us. When our eldest son Jonah went into the Army, we felt he was serving his country in the best way he could, and that since his work was dangerous, there might be a price. When our son Daniel went into the Army, we knew and we accepted that there might be a price. Unfortunately, like many other parents of soldiers, we have now paid the price for the security of our nation.

Our son Daniel was a lieutenant in an elite Army unit. He was dedicated to his soldiers, his staff and his Army service, all of which he truly loved. Daniel served in the Army for four years, and was even thinking of staying longer. Maybe I was naive. I was happy for Daniel when he was accepted into Palsar Nachal, an elite reconnaissance unit. I was happy for him when he was accepted to become an officer. I was so proud of him just a few weeks ago, when we attended the ceremony for the completion of his soldiers' training, and I was so proud to see how he had developed as a person, as a man, as a leader.

At the ceremony for Daniel's soldiers, the soldiers themselves and their parents spoke to us so beautifully about Daniel. They appreciated his caring and strong leadership, his commitment to his country.

Then on April 15, thirty six hours before the Passover Seder, the impossible to believe happened to our family. Daniel and his unit were sent to Shechem to capture wanted terrorists. Their mission was a success, but Daniel, the commander of that operation, was killed. In fact, yesterday, Daniel's unit was given a Commendation of Excellence for their handling of the entire mission, even after their commander fell.

The mission gave me a greater appreciation of our army, the Israel Defense Forces, and how they deal with the myriad of emergencies that face our nation. Soldiers know what they're doing. Soldiers know the rules of the game. Daniel had a bulletproof vest, and a bulletproof helmet. He had the right equipment, the right training for this mission. Yet, despite it all, asniper's bullet pierced a small unprotected area above his vest and under his arm. He died a hero.

We had always thought of Daniel as lucky. He won a trip to EuroDisney,and a set of books that he donated to his yeshiva. But in Shechem before Pesach, his luck had run out.

Daniel was a wonderful son, a wonderful brother. Wherever he went, the sun shone and there was laughter.

His positive attitude teaches us that when bad things happen, you can make sure something positive comes out of the tragedy. When bad things happen, people can go up or down. We were determined to go up and make a difference for others.

Our family was determined to be strong, to build ourselves, and help others.

Daniel had wonderful friends, wonderful rabbis, wonderful soldiers and a wonderful family. They have been very supportive to our family throughout this entire tragedy. Daniel had been such an important part of their lives, and they said they would always continue in his footsteps.

We all feel that Daniel will always be here with us. And we're going to be strong for him.

Over the past two years, I have been part of a company of women, called the Raise Your Spirits Summer Stock Company - first performing in JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and most recently in ESTHER and the Secrets in the King's Court. I was the show's comic relief.

Being in JOSEPH and then in ESTHER prepared me to face the challenges that I now face. Our Raise Your Spirits Company was set up so that the women of Gush Etzion could support one another, help one another, cry together and laugh together.

We have spent the past two years raising the spirits of others who have been hit by tragedy, and now we must do it for ourselves. We will.

Cheryl Mandel
Etzion Judaica Center
Gush Etzion, Israel
Back to "restraint", are we, Colin?

When the Bush administration commenced its term in January, 2001, Israel was engaged in a war of self-defense against the Arafat-engineered Intifada (a forthcoming article will document that the Indifada II was, indeed, Arafat-engineered). Whatever steps Israel took, Powell's reaction was one and the same: Israel must show restraint.

After 9-11, this mantra descended for a while into the realm of silence. Amazingly, it has now resurfaced, even as Israel was subjected to two homicide attacks within days. Ha'Aretz reports today (May 2, 2003) as follows, under the heading, "U.S. urges Israeli 'restraint' after Gaza raid leaves 13 dead":
The United States urged the Israeli military on Thursday to exercise restraint after 13 Palestinians were killed, including a two-year-old toddler in a raid on the Sajayia neighborhood of Gaza City.

"We deeply regret the civilian casualties that occurred today in Gaza," State Department spokeswoman Jo-Anne Prokopowicz said.
Nine IDF soldiers were wounded during the course of Thursday's operations.

While recognizing Israel's "right to self-defense" in response to suicide bombings, Prokopowicz said: "We urge the Israeli government to take all appropriate precautions to prevent the death or injury of innocent civilians and damage to civilian and humanitarian infrastructure. This includes exercising restraint in undertaking operations in civilian areas."
What makes this "show restraint" statement more outrageous that the average for State is the fact that it comes on the heels of news reports about civilian causualties inflicted by US troops in Iraq. Even Chirac did not come out with a statement saying, "We urge the US government to take all appropriate precautions to prevent the death or injury of innocent civilians and damage to civilian and humanitarian infrastructure. This includes exercising restraint in undertaking operations in civilian areas."

A second point to underscore is the level of violence coming from the Arabs in Judea/Samaria/Gaza (JSG). Mostly, the biassed mainstream press concentrates on the high-profile operations. But a careful reading of the news shows incessant, omnipresent terrorist acts on the part of the Arabs in JSG. To substantiate this claim, I quote below a series of one-line items from the Flash News posted by Ha'Aretz; the items are quoted from last night’s (May 1, 2003) posting, 8 pm EDT, and cover a period of only eight hours:
00:05 Shots fired at Israeli bus traveling in near Neve Suf, north of Ramallah; no injuries, but damage caused to bus
22:59 IDF troops shoot and kill armed Palestinian who opened fire on their outpost in northern West Bank
22:10 Anti-tank rocket fired at convoy traveling on Karni-Netzarim road in Gaza Strip; no injuries or damage
22:02 Mortar shell fired at settlement in central Gaza Strip; no injuries or damage
21:57 Shots heard next to Hermesh settlement in West Bank; no injuries or damage; IDF troops searching area
18:05 IDF says three brothers who were involved in firing of Qassam rockets into Israel were killed in raid in Gaza
17:36 IDF soldiers seize two Palestinians traveling in taxi near Nablus with 10 kg of explosives in their possession
17:11 2 residents of E. Jerusalem being held by security forces for having been trained in Ramallah to carry out attacks in capital
14:58 Two East Jerusalem residents indicted for attempting to attack Shin Bet security official in Old City
14:07 Hezbollah fires anti-tank shells on northern border; no injuries reported
If you encountered a news item showing that State condemned Hezhollah or the Arabs in JSG for even ONE of these acts, please let me know; I most definitely could find nothing to that effect.

The U.S. and Israel: The Road Ahead

An essay by Abraham D. Sofaer from the May 2003 issue of Commentary provides a very thorough analysis of the failure of the Oslo accords and the "Road Map". (Reprinted at FrontPage Magazine)

Comment by Ted Belman
This article is of extreme importance.
Instead, in the face of the continuing violence, the United States kept pressing Israel to make further concessions, thereby convincing Palestinians that they could go on cheating and killing and still procure the benefits for which they had been negotiating. In the end, it seemed reasonable to suppose that they might even force Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza as it had been forced to withdraw from southern Lebanon in the summer of 2000.

But Palestinian violence is a much more serious and difficult problem than even Dennis Ross now admits. It is the product of an environment that fosters, shelters, encourages, and rewards acts aimed at nullifying Israel’s very existence. And that environment is itself the creation not only of the Palestinians, or of the Arabs, but also of the international community—including the United States. To change this situation requires changing not just the actions and attitudes of Palestinians but the policies and practices of others, again including the United States. No recognition of these facts, let alone any acknowledgment of the need to do something about them, has been made part of the road map—which is again why it shares the basic flaw of every Middle East peace plan that has preceded it.
These include
1. Maintaining the refugees in camps under UNWRA rather than forcing their resettlement.
2. Allowing the Palestinian schools which are financed by the UN, to incite to hatred and murder.
3. Not only has the US allowed US groups to raise money for terrorist organizations but the US has continually put pressure on Israel to turn over money to Arafat which would be used to further fund terror.
4. The US has condemned Israel's rightful self defense against terrorism including targeted killings and the like
5. The US has joined the chorus of voices condemning Israel for using excessive force, further preventing Israel from defending itself.
6. The State Department whitewashes and minimizes the extent Arab terror.
7. The US has permitted Iran, Syria and others to sponsor terrorism against Israel with impunity.
8. The US refusal to move its embassy to West Jerusalem puts West Jerusalem up for grabs. Better to openly declare West Jerusalem is Israel's.
9. The US allows the "right of return" to be advanced by not quelching it once and for all. (They even left it in the Road Map rather than making a categorical statement that it is a no go.)
10. Jewish refugees are never mentioned as an offset.
11. State Department mistakenly proceeds on the basis that Res. 242 meant '67 borders with minor adjustments. It should declare that major Israel settlements and defensive settlements are to remain thereby reducing what is left to negotiate. US policy keeps all the settlements in play.
12. The US tolerates and sometime participates in the deligitamation of Israel at the UN and elsewhere.
13. The US permits incitement and antisemetism to emanate from countries and mosqes throughout the world, included in the US, thereby fostering a climate that killing Jews is OK. It is outrageous for the US to be silent in the face of crowds chanting "death to the Jews".
14. The USA tolerates the Arab rejection of Israel and the Egyptian cold peace and the smuggling of weapons from Egypt.
15. America supports the idea that exclusion of Israel is acceptable by not openly embracing Israel as a coalition partner and key alley of the US.
16. The US supports the notion that Palestinian areas should be judenrein. Instead they should argue for not transfering Jews out. The whole debate changes then.
In the democratic West, no one wishes to believe this—it is too awful. And that, too, adds to the magnitude of the threat. By omission as much as by commission, the United States and other democracies have encouraged radical Palestinians and their supporters to cling to their dream of eliminating the Jewish state. They have acquiesced in and thereby promoted the separate and unequal treatment of Israel as a member state of the community of nations. They have truckled to, and pressured Israel to reach an accommodation with, the most radical elements among its adversaries, while subsidizing and turning a blind eye to the culture of violence in which generations of those adversaries have been raised. When it comes to the workings of anti-Semitism, they have chosen not to absorb, and not to act upon, the indelible lessons of history.
Had enough?