THE CASE FOR ISRAEL, By Alan Dershowitz....Reviewed by Bernard J. Shapiro
THE THREAT FROM GAZA...Guest Editorial....The Jerusalem Post
TERROR STINGS ITS PAL, THE U.N...Guest Editorial....Alan Dershowitz
IMRA'S WEEKLY COMMENTARY ON ISRAEL NATIONAL RADIO...Guest Editorial....Aaron Lerner
THE BATTLE FOR ERETZ YISRAEL
PALESTINIAN PERFIDY, NOT ISRAELI COUNTER TERRORISM, IS CAUSE OF ARAB CIVILIAN CASUALTIES....Louis Rene Beres
TRANSFER IS NOT A DIRTY WORD....Ben Shapiro
THE BALLAD-MONGERS OF JERUSALEM....Prof. Paul Eidelberg
EGYPT'S HELPING HAND FOR TERROR....P. David Hornik
GEE, I'M SCARED NOW!....Ariel Natan Pasko
THE FOREIGN MEDIA'S FAILURE....Michael Freund
ISLAMIC ANTI-SEMITISM & HOLOCAUST DENIAL
SPIRIT OF PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION CRITICALLY IMBEDDED IN ISLAMIC CULTURE....Dr. Joseph Lerner
PALESTINIAN/ARAB ANTISEMITISM....Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO MEL GIBSON'S "THE PASSION" AND PASSION PLAYS....Bridges for Peace
ISRAEL'S STEALTHY KILLERS EMPLOY MIXTURE OF SPEED SKILL AND SILENCE....Dan Baron
FACING EVIL ISRAEL MUST NOW CHOOSE, EITHER VICTIM OR EXECUTIONER....Louis Rene Beres
EUROPEAN UNION WANTS TO USE NATO AGAINST ISRAEL....Emanuel A. Winston
ONLINE [ISSN 1087-9404] Edited by Bernard J. Shapiro
THE CASE FOR ISRAEL,
By Alan M. Dershowitz
Reviewed by Bernard J. Shapiro
[THE CASE FOR ISRAEL published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., hardback, $19.95 US, 2003. Available now from the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies for $17.95 US (with $2 off coupon below) + $3 postage and handling.]
Alan Dershowitz is widely respected as one our nation's most brilliant Professors of Law (Harvard University) and defense attorney. His has a resolute and unshakable belief in the liberties granted to Americans in the Bill of Rights and is ready to defend them. These qualities make him an ideal defender of Israel.
Israel faces an onslaught of anti-Semitic propaganda generated by the Islamic/Arab nations and joined by both the Fascist Right and Extreme Left in Europe, the US, the UN and many other nations from Africa to the Far East. Dershowitz organizes his book like a good defense attorney organizes his case. There are 32 chapters in his book representing the 32 major accusations or slanders against Israel. He presents each in the following order: the accusation, the accuser, the reality and finally the proof. This format is easily understood by any reader and performs an immeasurable service to the defense of Israel's reputation in a world full of hostility and distorted hatred toward it.
There are many places in the book where Dershowitz interjects his own philosophy and conception of what is best for Israel and the prospects for "peace" in the Middle East. Examples of this can be found in his acceptance of the following:
1. That a two-state solution is good.
2. There is a real possibility for peace in the Middle East.
3. That nations like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia have accepted Israel in their region.
4. Israel must help create a Palestinian State by withdrawing from the "occupied" territories.
5. That Jewish residents of YESHA (Judaea, Samaria, & Gaza) are extremist because they oppose withdrawal from their homes and the creation of a Palestinian State.
Each of these positions could be soundly be rejected in an honest debate based on intelligence/strategic analysis, geographic/hydrological analysis and a study of Islamic/Arab history and psychology. This, of course, is not the purpose of this book review. Despite differences, I still believe that Dershowitz's book is extremely valuable and should be on every bookshelf of persons interested in separating fact from anti-Semitism and Arab propaganda from the history of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
The chapters include detailed discussion and analysis of history and international law. Some examples are listed below:
1. Is Israel a Colonial, Imperialist State?
2. Did European Jews displace Palestinians?
3. Have the Jews Exploited the Holocaust? Or did the Arabs Join Forces with the Nazis to Exterminate the Jews of Palestine and Europe?
4. Was the U.N. Partition Plan Unfair to Palestinians?
5. Did Israel Create the Arab Refugee Problem and Who Has Prevented Its Solution?
6. Did Israel Start the Six-Day War?
7. Has Israel Engaged in Genocide against Palestinian civilians?
8. Is Targeted Assassination of Terrorist Leaders Unlawful?
9. Is There a Moral Equivalence between Palestinian Terrorist and Israeli Responses?
10. Why Do So Many Jews and Even Israelis Side with the Palestinians?
Remember there are 32 (not 10) of these chapters and this is what makes this book so unique in its defense of Israel. Dershowitz concludes with a concept that the Israel is "the Jew among the nations." In other words the anti-Semites look at Israel as a macrocosm of "the Jews" they hate, fear and wish to destroy. Other writers have used this analogy, but Dershowitz carries it much further with his astute analysis and historical presentation.
I hope readers of this review will look past any ideological differences with Dershowitz and take advantage of this excellent book as a necessary preparation to defend Israel against its many accusers.
Bernard J. Shapiro is the Executive Director of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies, editor of its monthly Internet magazine, THE MACCABEAN ONLINE, and editor of its daily news and commentary broadcast freemanlist.
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The Jerusalem Post Editorial, August 31, 2003
THE THREAT FROM GAZA
The Hamas terrorism machine didn't remain idle during nearly six weeks of the hudna the intra-Palestinian pseudo-cease-fire. Kassam rockets were improved and tried out almost daily, with impunity, on a Gaza beach. Israeli military observers spotted them being test-fired into the sea, in an effort to increase their range. Even before Hamas abrogated the hudna, it was estimated in Israel that the rockets reached a range of 10 kilometers.
The result of this experimentation hit Ashkelon at midday Thursday, when a Kassam slammed into the industrial area on the city's southern outskirts. It was the northernmost target a Kassam has reached so far, backing IDF suspicions with hard physical evidence about how the hudna was utilized.
Ashkelon's Kassam was preceded last Sunday by a rocket that hit the nearby Zikkim beach. Both wrought no appreciable damage, but this is hardly cause for comfort. The repeated attempts on Ashkelon indicate that the largest population center within theoretical range of attack from Gaza (given the Palestinians' current capabilities) is in the terrorists' sights. Moreover, the Ashkelon southern industrial zone is an exceptionally sensitive target. Only a few hundred meters away from last week's rocket impact site is the huge Rutenberg Power Station easily visible from Gaza. Just as close is the Eilat-Ashkelon oil pipeline and a storage facility for hundreds of tons of fuel and gas.
The modified rocket was fired from Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip, about nine kilometers away. The doctored-up Kassam-2 version is capable of still greater range. At that point densely inhabited residential areas in Ashkelon would become highly vulnerable.
This is Israel's nightmare scenario. It's something which the political "national camp" and other Oslo opponents had predicted from the very outset of the process a decade ago. Such warnings went unheeded, were summarily dismissed, and roundly ridiculed. Former prime minister Ehud Barak was in the habit of sardonically inquiring where the rockets were that were supposed to be rained on Ashkelon. Sadly, they have begun arriving to a large degree because Israel trusted the Palestinian Authority for years, while pursuing the Oslo track in its various transformations regardless of the human sacrifice it exacted.
Security experts believe that the Palestinian aim is to "Lebanonize" the situation by achieving the same balance of terror that exists on Israel's northern border. When Barak ordered the pullback from Lebanon, he again derided warnings but undertook to react harshly to any aggression. So far, however, Israel has refrained from substantial response, because enhancedHizbullah firepower now poses real danger to the entire Haifa metropolitan area, if not even considerably to its south.
Gaza's terrorist masterminds would like nothing better than to emulate this pattern and restrain Israel by holding to ransom a sizable city like Ashkelon. Muhammad Dahlan's forces haven't done much against either rocket or mortar fire, apart from occasional lip service and questionable accounts about engaging Kassam cells in gunfights. This, however, doesn't even begin to scratch the surface as far as Israel is concerned.
The PA line now is that it can't be expected to instantly accomplish what Israel hasn't been able to do with superior firepower. Israel, however, deliberately held back in order not to undermine Mahnoud Abbas's and Dahlan's delicate balancing act. Yet if the two don't take serious steps soon, Israel will have no choice but to take matters into its own hand, no matter how reluctantly.
It has already exhibited too much misplaced trust in the PA's declared intentions to abide by its road map obligations. This has only augmented the Kassam threat. More unwarranted tolerance will further escalate the danger to more Israeli civilians and vital national infrastructure.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon indeed directed the IDF to do "everything necessary to foil further Kassam attacks." The Kassams, incidentally, also threaten Sharon's own ranch near the much-targeted Sderot.
The IDF's initial reaction consists of brief sorties into the Beit Hanun area, where foliage and underbrush are cleared to remove potential cover and camouflage for the Kassams and their crews. These, however, are limited operations with specific local aims. One school of thought in the IDF and Shin Bet is that effective surgical action is at present preferable to a massive ground incursion into the Strip.
Nevertheless, a large-scale IDF reentry into Gaza would become unavoidable if limited moves cannot efficiently contain Hamas rocket units and if Dahlan doesn't astound all and sundry by actually dismantling the broad Kassam infrastructure. Barring such a surprise, an extensive reoccupation of some Gaza territory, along the lines of Operation Defensive Shield in Samaria, is only a matter of time.
The hazards for Israel are enormous. If Hamas concludes that it can get away with lobbing rockets into Ashkelon, then Israel will face a strategic disaster. No responsible government can afford to procrastinate for long and risk rendering the threat irreversible.
TERROR STINGS ITS PAL, THE U.N.
By Alan Dershowitz
The world body has fed a monster that now threatens it
and everyone else.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz's most recent book is "The Case for Israel" (John Wiley & Sons, 2003). [Now available from the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies for $2 off price of $19.95 + $3 postage and handling. See above for details and a book review.]
August 27, 2003
Several days ago I received a phone call from a Brazilian journalist who asked me to respond to the charge being made in her home country that Israel was at least indirectly to blame for the deadly truck bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad that killed, among others, a prominent Brazilian diplomat, Sergio Vieira de Mello.
I was not surprised at the question, considering its source. Among many South Americans, as among many Eastern Europeans, the knee-jerk response to nearly every evil is "blame it on the Jews." For example, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Meridiaga, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has blamed the "Jewish media" for the scandal involving Catholic priests having sex with young parishioners.
But the question got me to thinking: Who does share the blame with the terrorists themselves for the horrific explosion that killed and injured so many innocent people? Although the primary culprit is clearly the terrorist group that planned and executed the mass murder, the secondary culprit is the U.N. itself.
For more than a quarter of a century, the U.N. has actively encouraged terrorism by rewarding its primary practitioners, legitimating it as a tactic, condemning its victims when they try to defend themselves and describing the murderers of innocent children as "freedom fighters." No organization in the world today has accorded so much legitimacy to terrorism as has the U.N.
Consider the following:
* There are numerous occupied peoples around the world seeking statehood or national liberation, including the Tibetans, Kurds, Turkish Armenians and Palestinians. Only one of these groups has received official recognition by the U.N., including observer status and invitations to speak and participate in committee work. That group is the one that invented and perfected modern international terrorism - namely, the Palestinians. These rewards were first bestowed in the 1970s when the Palestine Liberation Organization was unabashedly committed to terrorism. In fact, Chairman Yasser Arafat was invited to speak to the U.N. General Assembly in 1974 at a time when his organization was seeking to destroy a member-state of the U.N. by terrorism.
By rewarding Arafat and the PLO for such behavior, the U.N. made it clear that the best way to ensure that your cause is leapfrogged ahead of others is to adopt terrorism as your primary means of protest. The Tibetans, whose land has been occupied more brutally and for a longer period than the Palestinians, but who have never practiced terrorism, cannot even receive a hearing from the U.N.
* The U.N. has for years refused to condemn terrorism unequivocally, while encouraging and upholding "the legitimacy of the struggle for national liberation movements" against "occupation" - in other words, the use of terrorism against innocent civilians to resist occupation. This has sent the message to aggrieved groups that terrorism is legitimate.
* The U.N. has allowed Palestinian terrorists to use U.N.-sponsored "refugee camps" like Jenin as terrorist bases. This has sent the message to the world that the U.N. closes its eyes to terrorism.
* The U.N. has repeatedly condemned efforts by Israel to prevent and respond to terrorism. For example, the Security Council condemned Israel for isolating Arafat in the West Bank last year, even after it was proved that Arafat remained complicit in acts of terrorism.
This has sent the message to the victims of terrorism that if they fight back they risk sanctions.
* The U.N. has allowed states such as Syria that sponsor terrorism to sit on the Security Council and to chair important committees, while denying Israel these same rights. This has sent the message that the U.N. applies a double standard when it comes to terrorism.
The bottom line is that the U.N. has served as an international megaphone for the perverse message that any people who feel that they are occupied have the right to resist occupation by randomly murdering innocent civilians anywhere in the world.
Now the chickens have come home to roost. Some Iraqis, who feel that they are now occupied, have taken the U.N.'s message to heart and are engaged in a "national liberation movement" of the kind long praised by the U.N. and are using the tactics rewarded by the U.N. against that very organization. Now that the victims of "national liberation terrorism" are U.N. employees instead of Jewish babies, maybe the U.N. will finally come to its senses and understand that by legitimating and rewarding terrorism, they have created a Frankenstein monster that can be turned against any nation, organization or group. Unless there is a change, no one will be safe from this U.N.-created, -fed and -rewarded monster that threatens the entire world.
IMRA'S WEEKLY COMMENTARY
ON ISRAEL NATIONAL RADIO
By Aaron Lerner
Date: 28 August 2003
Thursday May 23, 2002 is a day that could have easily lived in infamy.
That morning tens of thousands of Israelis could have been incinerated when a bomb attached to a tanker truck blew up. The tanker truck had just pulled into Israel's largest gas (and other fuel) depot, the Pi Glilot fuel depot, located in the densely-populated Tel-Aviv metropolitan area, close to three major highways and surrounded by residential areas.
"A huge disaster has been prevented," said Yossi Sedbon, the Tel Aviv police chief, noting that at the depot, dozens of tanker trucks stand close to each other. "An explosion in such a sensitive place with such a huge store of fuel would cause much more significant damage than the explosion of a single tanker," Sedbon said.
And what did Israel do in response to this failed "mega attack" carried out by Yasser Arafat's Fatah?
Nothing but warn that if the mega attack had succeeded in incinerating tens of thousands of Israelis that Israel would have acted to put an end to the Oslo farce.
So the terror continued.
This Thursday afternoon an improved Qassam rocket fell a few hundred meters from the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co. Ltd. (EAPC) Ashkelon facility. A facility with hundreds of tons of gas and gasoline.
The improved rockets were thanks to the "hudna" that gave the Palestinians the chance to work on their rockets without interference.
Are we going to wait for a successful mega attack or can the Sharon government act now before thousands die?
" . . . it is in Israel's interest for Palestinians to govern themselves, in a state that is viable, peaceful, democratic, and committed to fighting terror." Condoleezza Rice Assistant to the President for National Security proclaimed this week.
". . .viable, peaceful, democratic, and committed to fighting terror"? If elephants could fly.
And Dumbo only flew in the movies.
It is time to recognize that PA photo opportunities aside, the roadmap is a nonstarter, a Palestinian state is a nonstarter, international forces that will shield the terrorists from Israeli security operations is a nonstarter.
And all the best (and worse) intentions in the world can't change that reality.
The only question is if the Sharon Administration acts now to put an end to this farce or if we will be forced to pay a heavy price for postponing the inevitable.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
PALESTINIAN PERFIDY, NOT ISRAELI COUNTERTERRORISM, IS CAUSE OF ARAB CIVILIAN CASUALTIES
By Louis Rene Beres
30 August 2003
The cycle is familiar. Palestinian terrorists maim and murder defenseless Israeli civilians - usually women and children - while those who command and control the mayhem remain in their cities, always careful to place themselves amidst densely-packed Arab populations. Special IDF counter terrorism units then attempt, meticulously, to identify and target only the terrorist leaders while minimizing collateral harms. Sometimes, however, such harms simply can't be avoided. At first glance, even essential Israeli self-defense reprisals that unwittingly harm noncombatants would appear to be a violation of the Law of War. In these instances, however, full legal responsibility for Arab civilian harms must fall entirely upon those Palestinian operational masterminds who deliberately place themselves alongside ordinary persons. More precisely, under international law these Palestinian leaders are guilty of the long-established crime known as "perfidy."
Deception can be legally acceptable in armed conflict, but the Hague Regulations clearly disallow placement of military assets or personnel in densely populated civilian areas. Further prohibition of perfidy is found at Protocol I of 1977 additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, and it is widely recognized that these rules are also binding on the basis of customary international law. Indeed, it is generally agreed that perfidy represents an especially serious violation of the Law of War, one identified as a "grave breach" at Article 147 of Geneva Convention IV. Significantly, the legal effect of perfidy committed by Palestinian terrorist leaders is to immunize Israel from any responsibility for counter terrorist harms done to Arab civilians. Even if Hamas and its sister terror groups did not deliberately engage in perfidy, any Palestinian-created link between civilians and terrorist activities would give Israel full legal justification for appropriate military action.
All combatants, including Palestinian fighters, are bound by the Law of War of international law. This requirement is found at Article 3, common to the four Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, and at the two protocols to these Conventions. Protocol I applies humanitarian international law to all conflicts fought for "self-determination," the stated objective of all Palestinian fighters. A product of the Diplomatic Conference on the Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts (1977), this Protocol brings all irregular forces within the full scope of international law. In this connection, the terms "fighter" and "irregular" are exceptionally generous in describing Palestinian terrorists, who normally target only noncombatants and whose characteristic mode of "battle" is not military engagement, but rather premeditated murder.
Israel has both the right and the obligation under international law to protect its citizens from criminal acts of terrorism. Should it ever decide to yield to Palestinian perfidy in its indispensable war against Arab terror, Israel would surrender this essential right and undermine this fundamental obligation. The net effect of such capitulation would be to make victors of the terrorists, a result that would (a) doubtlesly increase rather than diminish the overall number of noncombatant Jewish victims in the region; and (b) strengthen the resolve of Al Qaeda and its allied Islamic groups in their related terror war against the United States.
The reciprocal obligation of Israel's citizens to the Government in Jerusalem is dependent upon the Government's assurance of protection. Many major legal theorists throughout history - notably Bodin, Leibniz and Hobbes - understood that the provision of security is the first obligation of the state. "The obligation of subjects to the sovereign," says Thomas Hobbes in Chapter XXI of LEVIATHAN, "is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them." Just wars arise from a love of the innocent. Now in the midst of such a war against uniquely barbarous Arab terrorists, Israel must continue to use all necessary military force in order to avoid further mass murder of its citizens. Although perfidious provocations by Hamas or other Palestinian terror groups may again and again elicit Israeli reprisals that bring harms to Arab noncombatants, it is always these provocations - not Israel's defensive responses - that would be in violation of the Law of War.
In the final analysis, Israel will have no alternative to launching periodic self-defense attacks against terrorist targets. Such operations need not be injurious to noncombatant Palestinian populations so long as the terrorists do not seek to hide amongst these populations, using them as human shields. Bound by the Law of War of international law, these terrorists - whenever they choose to commit perfidy - will be legally responsible for all harms done to Arab civilians.
LOUIS RENE BERES was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971) and
is Professor of International Law, Department of Political
Science, Purdue University. He is the author of many books and
articles dealing with terrorism and international law.
E MAIL: BERES@POLSCI.PURDUE.EDU
townhall.com - August 27, 2003
TRANSFER IS NOT A DIRTY WORD
By Ben Shapiro
Raise your hand if you were shocked at the breakdown of the so-called Middle East "road map." If you are raising your hand, give yourself a nice, hard slap across the chops. Maybe that will wake you up from your reverie of self-delusion.
The "road map" was doomed from the start. The Arab enmity for Jews and the state of Israel allows for no peace process. The time for half measures has passed. Bulldozing houses of homicide bombers is useless. Instituting ongoing curfews in Arab-populated cities is useless. Roadblocks, touch fences, midnight negotiations and cease-fires are useless.
Some have rightly suggested that Israel be allowed to decapitate the terrorist leadership of the Palestinian Authority. But this too is only a half measure. The ideology of the Palestinian population is indistinguishable from that of the terrorist leadership.
Half measures merely postpone our realization that the Arabs dream of Israel's destruction. Without drastic measures, the Arab dream will come true. In the short term, the establishment of a "Palestinian state" based in Judea, Samaria and Gaza cuts Israel to the bone. In some places, Israel would be an unthinkable 9 miles wide. In the long term, the growth of the hostile Israeli-Arab population within pre-1967 Israel bodes ill for the future of the Jewish state. As University of Haifa professor Arnon Soffer says, "The trends and indicators all point to an economic and ecological catastrophe waiting to happen and of the death knell of the ideological dream of a Jewish state."
Here is the bottom line: If you believe that the Jewish state has a right to exist, then you must allow Israel to transfer the Palestinians and the Israeli-Arabs from Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Israel proper. It's an ugly solution, but it is the only solution. And it is far less ugly than the prospect of bloody conflict ad infinitum. When two populations are constantly enmeshed in conflict, it is insane to suggest that somehow deep-seated ideological change will miraculously occur, allowing the two sides to live together.
Unfortunately, this insanity is generally accepted as "the only way forward." President Bush accepts it because it is politically palatable. The Arabs accept it because for them, it is a Trojan horse. The Israelis accept it because they are afraid that if they expel the Arabs, they will be called Nazis.
For anyone who lived through the Holocaust, or who has relatives who died in it, being called a Nazi is unspeakably terrible. That is the secret weapon of the Arabs. Any time the Jews get wise and threaten mass expulsion of Arabs, the Arabs pull out their big stick, equating Nazism with Zionism. Their cartoons merge swastikas with stars of David. Their newspapers call Ariel Sharon another Adolf Hitler. Their spokespeople cry "Genocide!" And the Jews cower in fear that they could be equated with their parents' murderers.
The Jews don't realize that expelling a hostile population is a commonly used and generally effective way of preventing violent entanglements. There are no gas chambers here. It's not genocide; it's transfer. It's not Hitler; it's Churchill.
After World War II, Poland was recreated by the Allied Powers. In doing so, the Allies sliced off a chunk of Germany and extended Poland west to the Oder-Neisse line. Anywhere from 3.5 million to 9 million Germans were forcibly expelled from the new Polish territory and relocated in Germany.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was pleased with the result. In 1944, he had explained to the House of Commons that "expulsion is the method which, so far as we have been able to see, will be the most satisfactory and lasting. There will be no mixture of populations to cause endless trouble... a clean sweep will be made. I am not alarmed by the prospect of the disentanglement of populations, nor even by these large transferences, which are more possible in modern conditions than they ever were before." Churchill was right. The Germans accepted the new border, and decades of conflict between Poles and Germans ended.
Arab-Jewish conflict is exponentially more volatile than German-Polish conflict ever was. And the solution is far easier. If there was "room in Germany for the German populations of East Prussia and of the other territories," as Churchill stated, there is certainly room in the spacious Muslim states of the Middle East for 5 million Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. If Germans, who had a centuries-old connection to the newly created Polish territory, could be expelled, then surely Palestinians, whose claim to Judea, Samaria and Gaza is dubious at best, can be expelled.
It's time to stop being squeamish. Jews are not Nazis. Transfer is not genocide. And anything else isn't a solution.
© 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
THE BALLAD-MONGERS OF JERUSALEM
By Prof. Paul Eidelberg
I never cease to be astonished by the arrogance of Israeli Prime Ministers whose policies suggest that they own the Land of Israel and can dispose of parts it -- why not all of it? -- to whomsoever they please. Of course they count on the pliancy of cabinet ministers and on the pusillanimity of Israel's religious parties which are more fearful of Washington than of God. Still, the arrogance of these Prime Ministers appalls me.
The latest Prime Minister would have us believe that he must adhere to the disastrous agreements of his predecessors. None but fools are deceived: he, too, genuflects to Washington. Despite the 800 Jews that have been murdered by the Palestinian Authority while he has been Israel's prime minister, he still regards that terrorist organization as a "negotiating partner," with which he is anxious to conclude the "final status" of Israel' s heartland, as if he were some mighty god!
And then there are his apologists. They are not appalled by his arrogance. He is simply a victim of circumstances. He is doing the best he can given a divided people and American pressure. Some admit he is not the stuff of which heroes are made, but we have "NO ALTERNATIVE." End of story.
I prefer silence to apologetics. If we can do nothing more, then let us stand in silent awe at what is happening to the only homeland of the Jewish people. Nevertheless, suffer me to say a few words, however inadequate, about this Holy Land and its people. Would that my words were poignant enough to bring tears to your eyes. The Jewish People, dear reader, are the only people in world-history that remained a Nation even though they were expelled from their homeland and deprived of statehood. For 2,000 years the Jewish People, while scattered throughout the earth, never surrendered their title to Eretz Yisrael, and never ceased to hearken to these words of the Torah: "If thy outcasts be at the far ends of the heavens, from there will the Lord your God gather thee, and from there will He fetch thee; and the Lord thy God will bring thee back to the Land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shall possess it" (Deut. 30:4-5).
This Land of Israel is like no other. Despite its remarkable fertility, this land remained desolate and neglected during these past two millennia no matter which foreign nation occupied or controlled this country. It were as if the land were silently waiting, waiting to be redeemed by its only rightful and worthy owners. And lo and behold, only when the Jews returned in significant numbers to this desolate land did the land burst forth in joyful abundance. Also Providential is this: none of the foreign nations -- thirteen in number -- that occupied or controlled the Land of Island ever established a state or even a provincial capital in this Chosen Land of the Chosen People. Had any done so, the Jews would never have been able to return to Eretz Yisrael and re-establish therein an independent Jewish State. Here we are given to understand why Arab tribes -- nomads -- have dwelled in the Land of Israel without ever establishing within its confines a distinctive culture of their own.
Let all mankind know, therefore, that the Land of Israel, including its heartland Judea and Samaria, belongs eternally to the Jewish People. No transient Government, no transient Knesset, has any right, legal or moral, to barter away any part of this Holy Land to foreign entities and thus preclude future generations of Jews, wherever they may be in the Diaspora, from exercising their inalienable right to dwell in their God-given land.
The agreements of Israeli Prime Ministers surrendering Jewish land to foreign entities will not endure, will never supercede the covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: "For God is not a man, that He should lie; nor the son of man, that he should change His mind. Should He promise and not fulfill it, or speak and not do it?" (Num. 23:19).
Know well that the agreements Israeli Prime Ministers made with the PLO-Palestinian Authority are without any foundation and will eventually collapse like a house of cards. Suffice to consult the Prophet Isaiah 28:14-18. There the Prophet describes certain scorners of the Torah as the "ballad-mongers" of Jerusalem. Surely these "ballad-mongers" are glib politicians or phrase-mongers. They have made a "covenant with death" (brit et mavit, which the Targum translates as a covenant with terrorists!). They try to conceal the true nature of this covenant with fine sounding words like "peace" and "security." But the Prophet exposes what is hidden in the souls of these politicians:
We have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood have we hid ourselves." Hence the Prophet warns that the duplicity of these "ballad-mongers" of Jerusalem will not prevent disasters. Moreover, he prophesies: "Your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand ...
Yes, Jerusalem, the City of Truth, has become the City of Lies. But soon the liars will be no more and Jerusalem will flourish in Truth as in days of yore.
EGYPT'S HELPING HAND FOR TERROR
By P. David Hornik
FrontPageMagazine.com, August 27, 2003
What's this unpleasantness about tunnels from Egypt? The media keep referring obliquely and gingerly to the fact that terrorists are smuggling weapons and explosives--along with drugs, contraband, and even prostitutes-from Sinai to the Gaza Strip via tunnels. They speak as if these tunnels occurred spontaneously like natural phenomena, or just barely raise the possibility that Egypt--that noble moderate of Arab nations, signer of peace treaties-could have something to do with it.
But it is of course absurd to doubt Egypt's complicity at all. Imagine that there were organizations of Israeli terrorists smuggling weapons, explosives, and other terrorist materiel into Jordan through tunnels in the Negev. Imagine that this was contributing to an epidemic of horrific mass-murder bombings in Jordan. And imagine that the Israeli prime minister, when asked about the matter, said that Israel "will not allow such activities, and if we found smuggled weapons, we would confiscate them."
Ridiculous, right? That Israeli prime minister would come under a storm of outrage, and rightly so. There would be no way the Israeli government could be anything but responsible, even if just by "benign neglect," looking the other way. And you can be certain the U.S., the UN, the EU, and the world community in general would do everything they could, from pressure to sanctions to outright military action, to stop Israel from enabling the atrocities.
Yet the above "imaginary" statement is not so imaginary: it was spoken by President Mubarak (quoted by Jonathan Schanzer in The Weekly Standard, August 14, 2003). And the smuggling from Sinai to Gaza via tunnels has in fact been going on for ten years, since the beginning of the "Oslo process" in 1993, playing a major role in the murder of 1400 Israelis in that period. Yet where's the pressure on Egypt, where are the sanctions? It's a miracle if anyone even talks about it.
To look squarely at this phenomenon would, of course, puncture too many myths. The idea that Israel has "made peace with its neighbors," that the neighbors who haven't signed peace treaties have pretty much buried the hatchet and are waiting for the right opportunity to do so, that the conflict has now been whittled down to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and resolving that last local flare-up will put the whole Arab-Israeli conflict to an end, is precious to U.S. administrations, to pundits and scholars, to most of Diaspora Jewry and some of Israeli Jewry. Absolutely crucial to that vision is the notion of a moderate, constructive Egypt. Israel's peace treaty with Jordan is less consequential, since it did little but ratify almost three decades of de facto peace with the Hashemite regime and Jordan is a much weaker Arab country than Egypt.
But if the "peace" with Egypt were to emerge as a sham--and not only because of Egypt's anti-Israeli and antisemitic media, its huge military buildup, but because of its direct complicity in a savage ten-year terror war waged mainly against Israeli civilians--then the whole notion of an "Oslo process" or a "road map" would be in danger of teetering and collapsing. In "making peace" with Egypt, Israel did all the things many people still believe it needs to do to achieve lasting peace with the Palestinians. Land? It ceded every last grain of Sinai sand. Settlements? It razed every last Sinai settlement to the ground, and sent in the IDF to forcefully clear out the settlers who resisted. No wonder nobody's going to press Mubarak too hard. It would threaten our complacency, our comfort, our delusions.
And looking honestly at Egypt's role in the ten-year Oslo terror war would mean confronting the fact that it isn't really an "Israeli-Palestinian" conflict at all, but a continuation of what was once known as the Arab-Israeli conflict through fouler means than conventional military attack. It would mean accurately seeing Egypt's arms smuggling to terrorists, Saudi Arabia's funding of terror and support to the families of suicide bombers, Syria's harboring of terror organizations and cooperation with their acts, Lebanon's harboring of Hizbullah, the erstwhile Iraqi regime's support for terror, and Iran's many-pronged involvement in the onslaught as adding up to an evolvement of the "Arab-Israeli conflict" in the form of a large-scale, Arab-Muslim, genocidal-terrorist campaign against Israel--an unpleasant notion indeed. It may be the notion that's entirely justified by the facts, but it's easier to speak mealy-mouthed platitudes about the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict" and road maps and the like.
Indeed, looking at the situation clearly and honestly would mean recognizing the fact that Israel is a democracy under violent assault by an array of fascistic dictatorships, and that all of Israel's reasonableness, generosity, and deal-making only earns it further and further atrocities because its adversaries are about as interested in making peace with it as Milosevic was with the Albanian Kosovars, Al-Qaeda is with the United States, or Hitler was Britain and France. It would mean recognizing the fact that even an Israeli prime minister with a hawkish background apparently feels so constrained by the "friendly" Bush administration that he would rather play along with the script of releasing terrorists from prison and ceding towns to terrorist control than allow Israel's large, vaunted army to act decisively to protect Israeli men, women, children, and babies from maiming and death. It would mean recognizing the fact that the only decent reaction of the "civilized," "democratic," "human-rights"-respecting world would be to call a spade a spade and announce that Israel will be supported fully and unconditionally in militarily crushing the assault, while threatening its perpetrators--all of them--with sanctions and punishment.
Well, that sounds like quite a can of worms, doesn't it. Tunnels from Egypt to Gaza? The Mubarak regime's involvement in terror? Don't tell us about it. It's easier to let more Israelis be slaughtered than face up to the truth.
GEE, I'M SCARED NOW!
By Ariel Natan Pasko
One of the most horrendous bus bombings that Israel has ever seen just occurred recently in Jerusalem. Jews were returning from evening prayers at their most holy site, the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. Twenty-one people were murdered, including seven children; over 130 were injured, including 40 children. That's two-year-olds, and three-year-olds, and six-year-olds, and nine-year-olds, and 11-year-olds. Of the children uprooted from their families and life, one was only three-months-old, another was only 11-months-old, and one lived to the ripe old age of three. Pure souls returned to their maker intact. A one-month-old infant and an 18-month-old baby girl were among the wounded. Who can fathom the depths of evil that perpetrated this, truly man's inhumanity to man?
This murder-suicide bombing - joint credit was enthusiastically claimed by both Hamas and Islamic Jihad - took place when officially there was a "hudna" - cease-fire - that both groups had agreed to with the Palestinian Authority. The last bus bombing in Jerusalem, two weeks before the hudna started, killed 17 people.
In fact, since the hudna "started", 28 people have been killed and over 160 injured. There have been 210 shooting attacks in Judea, Samaria - the West Bank - and Gaza. During the 49 days that the hudna had been in effect, before the bus bombing, there were no fewer than 180 terrorist attacks, and 40 others that were stopped in time by Israeli security forces. The security forces arrested 19 would-be terrorist bombers since the PA's unilateral hudna - cease-fire - that began on June 30th, 2003.
An Israel Defense Force spokesperson announced - two days after the Jerusalem attack - that a suicide bombing in Haifa was thwarted the same day as the bus bombing in Jerusalem. The would-be suicide terrorist - who was only 16-years-old - was arrested only a few hours before the planned detonation. He had already made his "goodbye" video. The three Islamic Jihad members planning to carry out the attack were arrested near Araba -southwest of Jenin - and a 10 kg explosive device was seized. Some cease-fire huh? I'm not sure I see the difference, do you?
After the bus bombing, the Israeli government decided to halt contacts with the PA "temporarily" and begin military operations in Jenin, Nablus (Shechem), Tulkarm, Ramallah, etc. They went looking for more wanted terrorists, arms depots, and bomb factories. No sooner did Israel's mini-security cabinet decide that leading terrorist figures were fair game again, Israel Air Force attack helicopters shot five rockets at the car of one of the most murderous terrorists of all - Ismail Abu Shanab. Killing him as well as his two bodyguards. Abu Shanab was a senior Hamas terrorist who was in close contact with Hamas leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin and acted as deputy Hamas leader when he was abroad. Abu Shanab, in his position as one of the Hamas leaders, was responsible for policy decisions, directing and approving terrorist attacks. Top Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists are reported to be running scared and have gone underground, for fear of Israel's long arm of justice.
Predictably, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Fatah related Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades - Arafat and Abbas' group - announced that the cease-fire was off; it was supposed to last three months, till September 30th. It's not much of a threat. I hadn't noticed it was on.
Hamas "spiritual" leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said his organization would take revenge for the assassination. "This [assassination] crosses all red lines," Yassin said. Addressing the Israelis, he said,"You will pay the price for these crimes." Following the strike, senior Hamas official Ismail Abu Haniyah called on PA Prime Minister Abbas to resign and leave the Palestinian territories if he wanted to end the intifada or wished to extend the temporary cease-fire. "The assassination of Abu Shanab... means that the Zionist enemy has assassinated the truce, and the Hamas movement holds the Zionist enemy fully responsible for the consequences of its crime. We consider ourselves no longer bound by this cease-fire," Abu Haniyah told reporters in Gaza.
It's almost laughable, their threats, as if they hadn't been doing all they could to kill Jews till now. It reminds me of the failed Israeli attack on Abdel Aziz Rantisi back in June, where speaking from his hospital bed after the attack, Rantisi - political head of Hamas - threatened revenge, "We will continue with our holy war and resistance until every last criminal Zionist is evicted from this land. By G-d we will not leave one Jew alive in Palestine. We will fight them with all the strength we have. This is our land, not the Jews," he told the Arab TV satellite station Al-Jazeera.
Just after that incident, I had to pay a "Shiva" call - a condolence visit after someone dies - for thank G-D, someone who died of old age. Speaking to one of the mourners - I wanted to try and cheer him up - I said, "I have two jokes to tell you, I heard today". In my most deadpan delivery I said, "First, I heard Rantisi threatened, that now no one is immune, Hamas will target every man, woman, and child in Israel". I stared at him waiting, and then he got it. A smile started to break across his face. I joked, "As if they weren't already trying to kill everyone, with their indiscriminant suicide bombings? Gee, I'm scared now!" He agreed.
"The second joke," I said, "is that I heard on the radio that one of the top Hamas officials was on a live telephone interview with Al-Jazeera TV, when he heard something outside, the sound of helicopters in the distance. He immediately told the reporter, 'I am sorry, this interview is over, I have to go now'. Click went the phone."
I told him, "The good news is that all the top Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists are reported to have gone into hiding. They're all running like rats. Those so-called "holy warriors" who send off others to murder and die, they're terrified." That cheered him up, and it should cheer us all up. Imagine what Israel could accomplish against the terrorists and their infrastructure, if it only kept up a sustained offensive? Think about it.
It's not only Hamas and Islamic Jihad who are frightened but still indignant. When PA Prime Minister Abbas heard of the "targeted killing" of Abu Shanab, he condemned the assassination. "There is no doubt that what the Israeli troops carried out today is an ugly crime," said Abbas from outside his office in Ramallah. "We condemn such acts. This is against peace and the peace process." He said the same thing after the failed Rantisi strike. Abbas's office said in a statement issued then,"Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas condemned the criminal and terrorist Israeli attack today." Notice that killing terrorists is now "criminal", although Abbas himself committed the PA to fight the terrorists and uproot them, in the roadmap.
PA Prime Minister Abbas, it was reported, telephoned Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin to express his condolences over the death of Abu Shanab. The Palestine Media Center - an official arm of the PA - reported that about 150,000 people in Gaza attended Abu Shanab's funeral. Earlier, it had been reported that fireworks celebrations were set off over the Arab part of Hebron and Palestinian radio stations began broadcasting upbeat, happy music when news of the bus bombing reached them. Who said that Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror against Jews doesn't have popular support amongst the Palestinians?
Raed Abdel-Hamid Mesk - the bomber - was a 29-year-old teacher and prayer leader, the father of two. His wife was five months pregnant with their third child. He was finishing his master's degree at A-Najah University in Nablus (Shechem). Again, disproving the model promoted by pro-Palestinian propaganda and repeated ad nauseum in the media. It is not only single, desperate, impoverished, or troubled young Arab men who are killing Jews, but women from "good" families - one was almost a medical student - and happily married men with jobs and families as well. After the bombing an Israeli journalist went to his hometown, Hebron. During all the interviews not one single person expressed sympathy for the victims of the bombing or their families.
Nabil Mesk, Raed's first cousin was supportive of him, "It was his decision. He was a faithful Muslim who taught the Koran and knew it by heart; he knew what a sin was and what was not." When the journalist asked, if they were shocked by the enormity of such a bloody attack on civilians, Nabil casually denied that those killed were civilians. "In Israel, people are soldiers from the age of one to 100."
At the Polytechnic technical college (where they learn to make bombs?) none of the students interviewed, admitted that Israel was anything but 100 percent at fault for the escalating violence. Information technology major Ashraf Tamini didn't see anything wrong with the attack. He also was not convinced that the victims were all civilians. "In Israel, plenty of people carry guns. How can we tell who is in the army and who is not," he said. I guess, he thinks that some 50-odd children including one, three, and 11-month-olds, were going to terrorist summer camp, like his friends' little brothers.
But on a better note...
Most of the passengers on the bus were religious Jews, returning from prayers as I said before. There hasn't been such a high concentration of religious Jews killed in a bombing before. But they usually are at the scene, involved in the aftermath of these atrocities anyway. See, most of the volunteers of ZAKA - the emergency service and victim identification organization - are religious Jews as well. ZAKA responds to terrorist attacks, car accidents and the like. Their volunteers search for body parts and human remains at every terror attack, regardless of who is killed and injured, ensuring burial for all human remains in complete accordance with Jewish law. ZAKA also deals with non-Jewish victims of terror attacks, helping to accommodate other religious customs when necessary.
There has been a huge outpouring of love and support for the victims of the bus bombing within the religious community in Israel. Even Israeli television and newspapers has given it unusual coverage. The next day after the attack, Israeli television showed scenes of people returning to the place of the bombing, thousands, reciting Tehilim - Psalms - and praying for the well being of the injured and all the Jews in Israel. The injured and their families, who were interviewed on television at the hospital that night and the next day, exuded a strong faith in G-D, expressing trust in the way He runs the world, thanking the security and rescue services, and praying for the full recovery of all involved.
When asked by reporters how they felt about the fact that it was a busload of believing Jews who were killed this time [as opposed to Russian immigrant teenagers at a disco, or more secular Israelis out shopping in Tel-Aviv or Haifa] everyone without exception answered that there is no difference between Jews and prayed that G-D should help them all. Such an outpouring of spirituality and love in the midst of tragedy, I'm sure, was a refreshing relief to "Joe Israeli TV viewer", glued to his set, as many people are during these trying times. Life in Israel goes on, beyond the politics, murder and mayhem all around. In the end, people are just trying to live normal lives; Jews in their redeemed ancient homeland. Nothing will change that. So, again I challenge Hamas defiantly, "Gee, I'm scared now!"
Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst & consultant. He has a Master's Degree in International Relations & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites, in newspapers, and can be read at: http://www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko
(c) 2003/5763 Pasko
The Jerusalem Post, August 27, 2003
THE FOREIGN MEDIA'S FAILURE
By Michael Freund
On behalf of the people of Israel, I would like to thank the foreign media for enlightening us all about the true nature of Hamas.
After years of being targeted by stabbings, shootings and suicide bombers, Israelis had naively begun to think that the Islamic Resistance Movement was in fact a terrorist organization out to spill Jewish blood.
Thank goodness, then, for those intrepid journalists out there, who have made it their task to set us straight by informing us that not all Hamas murderers are necessarily bad. You see, they would have us believe that some Hamas murderers can be "moderates" too.
Take, for example, last week's reports on Israel's elimination of Hamas mastermind Ismail Abu Shanab. An item on the CNN web site referred to Abu Shanab as "a moderate member" of the group, while Time magazine labeled him a "political leader" who was "considered rather moderate at that".
Needless to say, it was this same "moderate" Hamas leader who regularly justified suicide bombings against Israelis, praised those who carried them out and labeled all Israelis "legitimate targets" of Palestinian violence.
Just last summer, after a Palestinian terrorist blew himself up at the entrance to the Mifgash HaSharon restaurant in Herzliya, killing a 15-year old Israeli girl, Abu Shanab applauded the atrocity, telling journalists that, "the Zionist escalation should be faced by a Palestinian escalation" (Associated Press, June 11, 2002).
In March 2002, during US envoy Anthony Zinni's visit to the region, Abu Shanab vowed that Hamas would continue to attack Israel. "Our resistance will continue as long as the occupation exists on our land. This is our strategy," he said (The Jerusalem Post, March 21, 2002). And shortly after the start of the current Palestinian terror campaign, Abu Shanab made clear that no Israeli would be considered off-limits. "We are in a state of war, and in a state of war all Israeli targets are legitimate," he insisted (The Jerusalem Post, October 12, 2000).
But as misleading as CNN and Time were in their portrayal of Abu Shanab as a "moderate", the prize for obfuscation goes to the Associated Press, which filed a story that at times read like a eulogy.
Entitled "Slain Hamas Leader Known as Moderate", (there's that "M" word again), the AP item had this to say about the late Mr. Abu Shanab, "While he backed the Hamas position that there is no place for a Jewish state in the Middle East, he was known as one of the group's more sober minds."
In other words, Abu Shanab may indeed have wanted to destroy the State of Israel and murder all 5 million of its Jewish citizens, but don't let that fool you, dear reader, because he still had a "sober" mind.
Silly us. How could we have viewed things so narrowly? Apparently, the parade of funerals and orphans filling Israel's TV screens last week led us to misconstrue Abu Shanab's otherwise peaceful intentions.
But the dead terrorist's character traits are not the only matter about which the foreign media has been misleading the public and misrepresenting the truth. For, when it comes to Hamas itself, many correspondents would have us believe that not everything about the group is really that bad after all.
This past Monday, after an Israeli strike in Gaza killed four Hamas members, including Ahmed Shtewe, its chief operations officer in the area, the New York Times identified Shtewe as being "a member of the violent wing of Hamas", as though there is a "non-violent wing" to it as well.
Similarly, CNN and others occasionally refer to Hamas' "political wing", implying that a division exists within the organization. And yet, there is absolutely no evidence to support this contention. Just the opposite. By all indications, Hamas' so-called "political leaders" are directly involved in planning and facilitating acts of terror against Israel. Indeed, Abu Shanab himself was reportedly taken out by Israel last week in part because he was behind the August 20 Jerusalem bus massacre in which 21 people were killed.
The whole exercise of trying to distinguish between Hamas military and political wings is, in any event, beside the point. The organization's primary goal is to wage war against Israel and to kill the maximum number of its citizens. Does it really matter, then, if a particular leader of the group is involved in carrying out the violence or merely inciting it? Either way, he is engaging in terrorism and bears responsibility for the outcome.
What's more, it is difficult to recall a single instance in which similar distinctions were drawn with regard to groups such as Al-Qaeda. Somehow, when it came to the killers of Americans, journalists managed to refrain from making such dubious assertions.
And, as has been widely noted, the media more often than not refers to Hamas perpetrators of anti-Israel violence as "militants", shying away from use of the word "terrorist", which it unhesitatingly applies to attacks elsewhere around the globe.
Aside from ignorance, the only possible explanation for this is that the foreign media is out to put Israel in a bad light even when it comes to acts of self-defense against Hamas. After all, if Abu Shanab is a "moderate", then why should Israel kill him? And if Hamas has a "political wing", then shouldn't Israel try to talk to it?
Inevitably, then, the reader is left with the impression that Israel has "retaliated" too harshly, and that its efforts to forestall terrorist attacks against its citizens are, at best, misguided.
While foreign journalists will deny this vehemently, the fact is that the cat is out of the media's bag. If they cannot recognize the iniquity of Hamas for what it is, and insist on muddling an otherwise straightforward story, then there is something quite wrong with both their judgment and their reporting.
Moreover, by shying away from presenting Hamas as the thoroughly evil organization that it truly is, reporters have enabled the group to escape the international censure that it so richly deserves, thereby making it easier for them to continue with their deadly war against the Jewish state.
And that is something which the people of Israel will neither forgive nor forget.
The writer served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Prime Minister's Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu.
SPIRIT OF PROTOCOLS OF THE
ELDERS OF ZION
CRITICALLY IMBEDDED IN ISLAMIC CULTURE
By Dr. Joseph Lerner
Co-director of IMRA - Independent Media Review & Analysis
August 26, 2003
The article " 'Protocols' still inspire anti-Semites a century later" (Herb Keinon with reporting by Calev Ben-David, The Jerusalem Post Aug.26) misses the crucial role of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" in Islamic education and doctrine. Saudi Arabian school textbooks expressly incorporate the "Protocols". The following is from "The West, Christians and Jews in Saudi Arabian Schoolbooks"(Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace) "Tenth graders are instructed that the "Protocols" were put in place as secret resolutions at the 1897 Zionist Congress in Basel. The textbook summarizes the "Protocols" as 1.Upsetting society ... to enable Zionism to have monopoly on world government. 2. Eliminating nationalities and religions... 3.Striving to increase corruption ... in Europe, as Zionism believes in their corruption and [eventual] collapse. 4. Controlling the media of publication, propaganda and the press ... seducing people by means of lust and by spreading wantonness."
Jews had a role in the "schemes and moral constitution of the French Revolution", had a role in kindling "the first World War, ...the overthrow of the Ottoman caliphate ... The ... revolution against Czarist rule ..."
The "Protocols" has a long history in Islamic education. A key textbook used in Jordan before 1967 said "the Zionist Congress in 1897 approved a complete plan ... most of the details of this plan are in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion ..." ("Jerusalem", Meron Benvenisti pp.51-2). The textbook by the Jordan Minister of Education concludes." a considerable part of the recommendations of the Elders of Zion have, indeed, been implemented. But the remnant is more important; therefore beware! Awaken, O Arabs.!"
These themes continue to be carried in Jordan textbooks which were taken up by the Palestinian Authority. In February 1988 the Hamas Charter formally adopted the "Protocols" as doctrine. Its capsule statement follows:
"The Jews have taken over the world media and financial centres. By fomenting revolutions, wars and such movements as the freemasons, communism, capitalism and Zionism, Rotary, Lions. Bnai Brith, etc . they are subverting society in order to bring about its destruction via their pet-institutions such as the Security Council. Their schemes are detailed in the Protocols of the elders of Zion." ("Muslim Fundamentalism in Israel", Raphael Israeli p.22) By no means is the impact of the "Protocols" limited to schoolbooks and Hamas doctrine. Rather, their substance and spirit are critically imbedded in Islamic culture even when not so attributed.
Why are the doctrines of the "Protocols" so thoroughly incorporated in the outlook of those brought up in Islamic countries, even if by those who are not religiously devout? I suggest it relates to the core notions regarding how Islam differs from Judaism and Christianity. Although Jews and Christians are people of the Book, Islam presents them as distorting the word of God for the benefit of their beliefs. So, Islam states Jesus was not crucified, Islam preceded Judaism, and Abraham followed Islam. Islam makes a virtue of reclaiming what they avow Jews seized from them. King David's tomb should be visited only by Muslims.
Islam maintains that Jews and Christians are guilty of the most serious conspiracy -- altering God's holy script.. And, the conspiracies are illustrated over time. Saudi Arabia's textbooks repeat the assertion that Jews converted to Islam to foster rebellion against orthodox Islam.
The cross-fertilization of Islamic and European anti-Semitism via the "Protocols" was one of the growing disasters of the 20th century, spilling over to threaten and challenge this century.
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis
By Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
Special Dispatch - No. 558
August 27, 2003
Hamas Leader Rantisi: The False Holocaust - The
Greatest of Lies Funded by the Zionists
Dr. 'Abd Al-'Aziz Al-Rantisi, a top Hamas activist in the Gaza Strip, wrote an article titled "Which is Worse - Zionism or Nazism?" (1) for the Hamas weekly Al-Risala. The following are excerpts from the article:
The False Holocaust: The Greatest of Lies
"The Zionists, who excel at false propaganda and misleading media, have had phenomenal success in changing the facts. To do this, they relied on the rule of 'lie and lie until everyone believes you.' They have managed to present themselves to the world as the only victims of the Nazis, excelling at misleading until they turned the greatest of lies into historical truth. I do not mean that they have succeeded in misleading the West and making it believe in the false Holocaust, but that they succeeded in persuading the Western world of the need to market these lies. The West is convinced of this because its interests intersect with those of the Zionist enterprise.
"Many thinkers and historians have exposed the lies of the Zionists, thus becoming a target of Zionist persecution. Some have been assassinated, some arrested, and some are prevented from making a living. For example, Jewish associations and organizations have filed lawsuits against famous French philosopher Roger Garaudy, who in 1995 published his book 'The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics' in which he disproves the myth of the 'gas chambers,' saying, 'This idea is not technically possible. So far, no one has clarified how these false gas chambers worked, and what proof there is of their existence. Anyone with proof of their existence must show it.' British historian David Irving was also sued, while Austrian author Gerd Honsik was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment because he wrote a number of articles denying the existence of the gas chambers in the Nazi detention camps."(2)
The Nazis Received Over $100 Million from the Zionists
"It is no longer a secret that the Zionists were behind the Nazis' murder of many Jews, and agreed to it, with the aim of intimidating them [the Jews] and forcing them to immigrate to Palestine. Every time they failed to persuade a group of Jews to immigrate [to Palestine], they unhesitatingly sentenced [them] to death. Afterwards, they would organize great propaganda campaigns, to cash in on their blood.
"The Nazis received tremendous financial aid from the Zionist banks and monopolies, and this contributed to their rise to power. In 1929, the Nazis received $10 million from Mendelssohn and Company, the Zionist bank in Amsterdam. In 1931, they received $15 million, and after Hitler rose to power in 1933, they received $126 million.
"There is no doubt that this great financial aid helped the Nazis build the military and economic force it needed to destroy Europe and annihilate millions. [Former World Jewish Congress president] Nahum Goldmann wrote these words in his autobiography.
"The German researcher Prof. Frederick Toben(3) believes there was no animosity between the Nazis and the Jews, whether politically, ideologically, or philosophically. He said, 'There is no historical scientific evidence proving such [animosity]. On the contrary - there is proof of collaboration between the Jews and the Nazis...'"
Comparing Zionism and Nazism Insults the Nazis
"While the world has realized that the Zionists, with the support of the West, carried out the most abhorrent massacres against the helpless Palestinian people in order to expel them from their homeland; while the Palestinian people still lives out the tragedy and catastrophe of the Jews' occupation of Palestine in 1948, of the expulsion of our helpless people, and of their being prevented from returning to their cities and towns; and while the Zionists still use against our Palestinian people various methods of terror unknown in history, even in its darkest eras - the Zionists present themselves as victims of the Palestinian 'terror!'
"When we compare the Zionists to the Nazis, we insult the Nazis - despite the abhorrent terror they carried out, which we cannot but condemn. The crimes perpetrated by the Nazis against humanity, with all their atrocities, are no more than a tiny particle compared to the Zionists' terror against the Palestinian people. While disagreement proliferates about the veracity of the Zionist charges regarding the Nazis' deeds, no one denies the abhorrent Zionist crimes, some of which camera lenses have managed to document.
"The entire world witnessed the assassination of the Palestinian boy Muhammad Al-Dura... [but] the cameras that immortalized this sight failed to immortalize similar sights, of some 1,000 Palestinian children murdered in cold blood by the Jews. The world has seen the Zionists pulverizing the bones of Palestinian boys with a stone as they shrieked in pain, to carry out the orders of Rabin and Sharon... and there are thousands whose bones were pulverized, but the cameras ignored them...
"One of the Zionist murderers expressed his feelings by saying, 'I enjoy hearing the cries of the Palestinian children groaning from under the heaps [of rubble] of the houses destroyed over their heads.'
"The Zionists have specialized in torturing the relatives of Shahids and prisoners. How often have they killed a boy before the eyes of his parents...
"It is impossible to conduct a [full] count of the crimes of Zionism in [a single] article. We have mentioned some of their crimes - which, had they been attributed to Nazism - would have greatly insulted the Nazis."
(1) Al-Risala, August 21, 2003.
(2) Gerd Honsik has numerous convictions in Austria and
Germany for his actions and publications, including his 1988 book
'Freispruch far Hitler? 36 ungehoerte Zeugen wider die Gaskammer'
[Acquittal for Hitler? 36 Unheard Witnesses Versus the Gas
Chamber] and Nationalist Socialist reactivation activity. In 1992
Honsik fled to Spain.
For more details see
(3) German-born Frederick Toben has lived in Australia for
most of his life and is an Australian citizen. In 1999, German
courts sentenced him to 10 months in prison for distributing
leaflets in Germany stating that the Holocaust never happened,
and for maintaining a website claiming the same.
For more details see http://www.nswscl.org.au/journal/50/Seeto.html .
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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO
"THE PASSION" AND PASSION PLAYS
By Bridges for Peace
(A Christian Zionist group based in Jerusalem)
Jews and Christians share, as Martin Buber so succinctly put it, "a book and an expectation." The interpretations of the Book and the details of the expectation vary widely but there is a common source code for both communities. In our generation, many Christians have been rediscovering the Jewish roots of their family tree and finding in that root system a sense of reconnection to the land and people of Israel. This rediscovery effort has caused many, particularly within the Evangelical churches, to take a fresh look at the very Jewish world of Jesus and the early church.
In this flight back through history, some have flown too quickly over the intervening time span between the twentieth century and the first. As we in the Evangelical world search for our Jewish roots in ancient Israel, we should fly low over medieval Europe and consider the cesspool of anti-Semitism, which prevailed in the world of our Christian forebears.
One of the classic vehicles for the transmission of Jew-hatred in the Middle Ages was the Passion Play. Taking the text of the Gospels out of its original Jewish world, where nearly all of Jesus' early disciples were Jewish, and into the milieu of Gentile Europe guaranteed the canard that "the Jews killed Christ" would create within the minds of the local viewers an unsympathetic view of their Jewish neighbors.
Customs of observing Christian feast days by tormenting and terrifying local Jews became common in Europe. Myths about Jews killing Christian children in order to get blood for ritual sacrifices abounded. Enforced ghettoization, occasional burning of towns and synagogues, crusades, inquisitions, expulsions, pogroms, and ultimately the Nazi Holocaust, characterized the Christian relationship to the Jews for centuries in Europe.
Fast-forward to 2003 and enter Mel Gibson and his soon-to-be released movie, "The Passion." A feud is already beginning to brew over this controversial portrayal of the last days in the life of Jesus Christ. Elements of the script have apparently been leaked and a few scholars and film critics have previewed it. Conflicting reports are bouncing around on the internet and in the press. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, both traditional watch-dog agencies in the field of anti-Semitism, are worrying aloud about the impact of the film on the Jewish community.
Christian theologian, Paula Fredriksen, says in an August 4 New Republic article that, "when the film appears with translated subtitles in countries like Poland, Spain, France and Russia, savagery will erupt."
On the other hand, Jewish commentators such as Michael Medved and David Klinghoffer are defending the rights of Christians to tell their own story from their own point of view. Both of these writers are encouraging the Jewish community to, in effect, take a deep breath before over-reacting to the film.
No one in our organization has actually seen the film, so we do not feel qualified to comment on the content. However, knowing the history of two thousand years of Christian anti-Semitism, we at Bridges for Peace would like to weigh in with a cautionary note. As we gaze back over 2000 years of church history, we feel ill-equipped to instruct the Jewish community as to what might be their appropriate reaction to perceived signs of on-going anti-Semitism. In our effort to light a candle rather than curse the darkness, our organization has been in the forefront of the battle to educate the church about its own dreadful history. Christians need to know that, even in America, there are few of our modern Jewish neighbors who have been spared some form of anti-Semitic experience.
As Christians we rejoice when the Gospel story is well told, and while really sound dramatizations of Bible stories are few and far between, we hope that Mel Gibson's new effort will be the faith-building inspiration that its makers apparently intended.
However, we would like to encourage our fellow Christians to take a sober view of Medieval Christian history before getting into a feud that could seriously damage newly developing relationships with our Jewish friends and neighbors. There are reasons why we make our Jewish neighbors nervous. We advise Christians to learn the history before joining the chorus in defense of a new Christian film. Bridges for Peace can provide you with resources for this journey.
(By JoAnn Magnuson, BFP - US Community Relations Director, August 2003)
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
ISRAEL'S STEALTHY KILLERS EMPLOY MIXTURE OF SPEED, SKILL AND SILENCE
By Dan Baron
JERUSALEM, Aug. 25 (JTA) - Abdullah Kawasme probably never thought that diaper deliverymen could be so lethal.
But when the Hamas mastermind stepped out of a Hebron mosque in June and came face to face with a group of men transporting diapers, he had no way of knowing that they were undercover Israeli agents, members of Israel's crack SWAT team known as the Special Police Unit and known by its Hebrew acronym, Yamam.
According to witnesses, the men, who looked like Palestinian laborers, had been lounging around a van packed with diapers outside Kawasme's mosque in Hebron.
When Kawasme, who was responsible for terrorist bombings that had killed 52 people in Israel, emerged amid a crowd of worshippers, the Yamam squad pulled out pistols and ordered him to stop.
Kawasme was shot in the leg but still tried to flee, so the gunmen shot to kill. After the hit, the assassins melted away into the night before dumbfounded onlookers realized what had happened.
Yamam has carried out more than 600 counterterrorist operations alongside Israel's regular military forces during the intifada. Part of the reason they've been so busy is that diplomatic considerations require that its anti-terror missions be carried out with pinpoint precision.
As recently as last Friday, Yamam snipers killed a gunman from Al-Aksa Brigade who had holed up atop a Nablus hospital. Two of the gunman's comrades were wounded.
Earlier this summer, an Islamic Jihad chief blew himself up in his bomb lab after Yamam sent in attack dogs to flush him out. In July, unit commandos helped in the rescue of an abducted Israeli cab driver by tracking down and capturing the kidnapper's fiancee for use in a tradeoff.
At no time were bystanders or friendly forces hurt - a rosy record compared to the casualties that often result from traditional military strikes.
"Yamam is a totally professional unit that can virtually guarantee clean kills or captures," says a source in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office. "Avoiding collateral damage is always important - but especially so when there is delicate diplomacy afoot."
Yamam's clandestine warfare skills are a far cry from the group's peacetime duties, which include storming drug dens in southern Tel Aviv and scaling tall buildings to save would-be suicides. But its team - around 120 men in all, according to sources - makes versatility a point of pride.
"Preparation is the key to Yamam's success," says Assaf Heffetz, who founded the unit in 1975 and went on to become Israel's chief of police.
Yamam has its own intelligence apparatus, from spotters trained to set up clandestine rooftop perches within minutes of a "situation," to wiretapping technicians, to Arabic-speaking Druse who intercept and quickly analyze enemy communications. Some of Yamam's attack dogs even double as bomb sniffers.
"When the team goes in, it knows all that can be known about the site and the terrorists. After that, it comes down to fitness and fighting spirit," Heffetz says. "Luck is not an option."
Like many special forces, Yamam was born of tragedy, after a particularly bloody incident showed the need to upgrade Israel's counterterrorist capabilities.
In May 1974, Palestinian gunmen based in Lebanon took over a school in the northern Israeli town of Ma'alot, demanding the release of comrades from Israeli jails in exchange for their hostages.
In line with Israel's long-standing policy of not negotiating with terrorists, Prime Minister Golda Meir ordered in the military. In the resulting bedlam, 23 children and five adults were killed along with the hostage-takers. Many of the Israelis died from Israeli bullets.
Heffetz, an army special-forces commander, was tapped to set up a quick-response civilian unit that could specialize in hostage situations.
At first, Yamam suffered from a lack of funds and manpower.
Because it was formally part of the border police - a roughneck force that recruits youths from the working-class segments of Israeli society -Heffetz fought to recruit old friends from the military to form an officer core that would refine the team.
Heffetz also established warm ties with foreign counterparts -including the British SAS, German GSG-9, and various U.S. SWAT teams -leading to discreet training exchanges.
Then came the mission that sealed Yamam's reputation for excellence.
In March 1988, three terrorists seized a bus carrying employees of the Israeli nuclear plant of Dimona. Yamam got to the scene first and took operational command before its main military competitor - the Sayeret Matkal, Israel's Delta Force - arrived.
When the terrorists broke off negotiations and turned their guns on the passengers, Yamam launched a three-pronged assault.
Each squad rushed a different section of the bus. The men who arrived first gave their comrades a hoist to shoot through the windows. Snipers kept the terrorists' heads down until the Uzi-wielding entry team killed them.
In all, the "Mothers Bus" operation took slightly more than a minute, with only three Israeli fatalities - hostages shot by the terrorists.
Yamam rose further into favor six years later when Matkal botched the rescue of abducted Israeli soldier Nachshon Wachsman. Wachsman and the Matkal team commander were killed in the operation.
After the failure, Heffetz arranged a demonstration to show that Yamam could have succeeded where Matkal failed.
"It was important for me to prove, once and for all, that we were a life-saving asset beyond compare," Heffetz says. "But by then we had established our prominence and had won the necessary resources, and pretty much had our pick of the top talent."
Out of 12,000 potential recruits every year, only a dozen or so make it through the grueling six-month course to wear Yamam's signature gray jumpsuits and insignia pin - a medieval citadel with a superimposed Star of David, surrounded by a laurel wreath and paratrooper wings.
Candidates must have completed three years' mandatory military service in a combat unit and have earned high-security clearance.
Yamam is an excellent springboard for a police career, but many veterans go freelance after a few years. The best Israeli security schools are run by Yamam men. The more adventurous Yamam veterans end up in darker areas of the globe, training bodyguard squads and hit teams.
A select few within Yamam are tapped for so-called "black operations" on behalf of the Shin Bet security service and the Mossad. A foreign passport or language skills are an advantage in these missions, but they not crucial: Yamam's professional planning, independent thinking and utter ruthlessness are enough, veterans says.
"When it comes to neutralizing the enemy, we know extreme measures are an option," one Yamam veteran says. "Sometimes it is ideal to get the guy alive - that makes for valuable intelligence. But if there is any sign of him getting away or posing a threat, we put him down."
Some Yamam operatives go undercover in Palestinian territory, disguising themselves as veiled matrons or elderly sheikhs, donning traditional Arab garb, darkening their faces with soot and cosmetics and even going on week-long hummus-and-kebab binges in order not to be betrayed by a "Western" smell to their sweat.
Then they go into Palestinian casabas and refugee camps, stalking their quarry. Miniature microphones installed in sleeves allow for quick communication, and pistols or Uzis are used for maximum compactness.
When the intifada began, Yamam suffered one of its worst failures when unit snipers opened fire on a crowd of Israeli Arab rioters, killing 13. Israel assigned an investigating team to head an inquiry into the episode. Yamam snipers had to testify a special commission - albeit behind screens to protect their identity.
But it did not take long for Yamam to bounce back, taking the lead in Israeli countermeasures against what became a bloody campaign by Palestinian terrorist groups. In late 2000, Israel began a new policy of track-and-kill operations against prominent terrorists it said were "ticking bombs" en route to attacks. The kind of helicopter missile strikes used in the Gaza Strip were limited in the West Bank by Israeli settlements and traffic, putting a premium on Yamam's skills.
Sometimes, Yamam strikes without taking credit. Its demolition experts are adept at "tainting" bomb-making materials so that they explode upon assembly. The parts are then passed on to unsuspecting terrorists by way of Palestinian collaborators.
The resulting premature blasts - commonly referred to as "work accidents" - have the double benefit of ridding Israel of a few more terrorists and strategically sowing uncertainty among Palestinians as to whether they can trust their own bomb-makers.
The future of peace in the Middle East may be in doubt, but the continuation of terrorism in the region seems certain. Given that unfortunate likelihood, Yamam helps make terrorists' lives a little less certain.
FACING EVIL, ISRAEL MUST NOW CHOOSE: EITHER VICTIM OR EXECUTIONER
By Louis Rene Beres
25 August 2003
Our world is normally silent in the face of evil - even when that evil is overwhelming and apparent. At worst, many are directly complicit in the maimings and slaughters. At best, the murderers are merely ignored. It is in this persistently-defiled world, in this altogether unchanging world, that Israel must now make a fateful decision: Shall it continue to be a victim of Palestinian terrorism, so as not to offend the generally uncaring populations of the "civilized" world, or shall it begin to use whatever force is required to remain alive?
Palestinian terrorism is unique both for its cowardice and for its barbarism. Nonetheless, were Israel to depend upon the United Nations or the United States or the European Community or the broader "community of nations" for relief, its plea would certainly fall upon deaf ears. This does not mean that Israel has no lawful recourse to protect itself. On the contrary. Recognizing the essentially decentralized nature of international law, and the fundamental and unaltered right of states todefend themselves from annihilation (a right strongly reaffirmed by President Bush's ongoing NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY OF THE UNITED STATES), the State of Israel now has every legal authority to expunge the growing evil of Palestinian terror. It has, in short, the clear legal right to cease being a victim and to become an executioner.
Confronting what they call "our era of fear," the writings of Albert Camus would have us all be "neither victims nor executioners," living not in a world in which killing has disappeared ("we are not so crazy as that"), but one wherein killing has become illegitimate. This is a fine philosophic expectation, to be sure, yet the careful French philosopher did not anticipate an evil force for whom utter extermination of the enemy was the only "strategic" object - not even in a world living under the shadow of Holocaust. What is more, Camus could assuredly never have guessed that the "enemy" of this evil force would once again be "The Jews." Were Israel to follow Camus' reasoning, therefore, the effective result could only be an enlargement of Jewish pain and suffering in the land, an enlargement so boundless that it would usher in a new era of genocide. Declining the right to act as a lawful executioner, the State of Israel - beleaguered by unceasing and ever-more destructive Arab terrorism, violence even likely to include chemical and biological agents - would be forced by Camus' impressive reasoning to accept its own destruction.
Why was Camus, who was thinking, of course, in the broadest generic terms, and not about Israel in particular, so sorely mistaken? Where, exactly, did he go wrong? By seeking an answer to this question, Israel can now learn a great deal about its uncertain survival.
My own answer to the question lies in Camus's presumption, however implicit, of a natural reciprocity among human beings and states in the matter of killing. We are asked to believe that as greater numbers of people agree not to become executioners, still greater numbers will follow upon the same course. In time, the argument proceeds, the number of those who refuse to sanction killing will become so great that there will be fewer and fewer victims. The problem, of course, is that Camus' presumed reciprocity does not exist, indeed, can never exist, all the more so in the Islamic Middle East. Here the will to kill Jews will be unimpressed by Israel's particular commitments to Reason and Goodness, or by Israel's disproportionate contributions to Science, Industry and Learning. Here there are no Arab plans for a "Two-State Solution," only patently overt plans for a decidedly Final Solution. It follows that Jewish executioners now must have their distinctly rightful place in the government of Israel, and that without them there will only be more and more Jewish children's ashes to sweep from the country's oft-bloodied streets.
In the next-to-best-of-all-possible-worlds for Israel (the best of such worlds would be one where the Jewish State had no murderous enemies at all), that country's most implacable foes would subscribe to the settled norms of civilized international behavior. Here negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians might actually be sensible, and could even lead to generally gainful agreements for all parties. But Israel does not live in such an imaginary world; rather, it lives in a world wherein Jerusalem's desperate demonstrations of civility are interpreted by frenzied Arab enemies as weakness, and where dead Jews are never a means to an end, but an end in themselves. In this real Arab/Islamic world of butchery and bravado, a world where the killing of Jews (all Jews; any Jews) is not only a firm religious mandate but also a preferred path to both sexual ecstasy and personal immortality, Jerusalem's unwillingness to use appropriate massive force against terror always invites more terror. At its heart, such unwillingness is taken as an open invitation by Palestinian enemies to wage an heroic "Holy War" against kindergartens, school busses and ice cream parlors.
Traced back to its origins, the willful barbarism of Israel's terrorist enemies is rooted in frightful Islamist attitudes toward death, both individual and collective. So long as these enemies see some remedy for their own unbearable mortality in the killing of outsiders, in the killing of Jews, they will, as we have seen so often, prepare gleefully to become executioners. This leaves Israel with essentially three options: (1) create conditions whereby Palestinian terrorist enemies of Israel can be detached from their frightful pursuit of immortality; (2) create conditions whereby these enemies can detach Final Solutions for their overriding fears of death from the purposeful massacre of Jews; or (3) create conditions whereby erroneous Israeli presumptions about Reason and Goodness and Politics that have spawned more and more Jewish victims are quickly discarded.
Options 1 and 2, of course, are beyond the realm of possibility. Nothing Israel can do could ever affect its terrorist enemies' most deeply-rooted orientations to death and deliverance. Israel can only look seriously at Option 3, deciding to accept it, and thereby to survive, or to reject it, and thereby to die. Although the intellectuals and professors and poets and artists and philosophers everywhere - many even in Israel -would grieve audibly at such expressions of Israeli "inhumanity," this grief would be little more than the expected cry of those who have forgotten both History and Memory, the insistent lamentation of those who would remain untouched by both life and death. Significantly, this hideous lament would be far easier for Israel to bear than the consequences of a misplaced faith in Reason and Goodness, the sort of faith first spawned by a stillborn wooden horse named "Oslo," and presently reincarnated as the so-called "Road Map."
In the next-to-best-of-all-possible worlds for Israel, the Jewish State could choose to be neither a victim nor an executioner. But in the existing world, Israel and its relentlessly murderous Palestinian enemies both operate amidst the long-established rules of a balance-of-power global system. In this terrible and terrorizing world, a world whose security dynamics remain essentially what they have been since the Peace of Westphalia in the seventeenth century and which will continue to operate for the forseeable future, Israel must recognize that it can easily be forced to disappear.
Sadly, as we learn from even scriptural sources, killing is sometimes a sacred duty. Camus failed to acknowledge this, a failure born of self-deception concerning human fears, human possibilities, and human law. Faced with such fears and possibilities, all law must rely, in the final analysis, on the executioner. To deny the executioner his proper place, as the ancient Israelites were well aware, is to deliver civilization to the murderers and to construct entire mountains of new victims.
LOUIS RENE BERES (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) Professor Department of Political Science, Purdue University lectures and publishes widely on matters concerning international relations and international law. His work on Israeli security matters is well-known both in Israel and the United States. Prof. Beres is the academic advisor to the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies.
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EUROPEAN UNION WANTS
TO USE NATO AGAINST ISRAEL
by Emanuel A. Winston
Middle East analyst & commentator
As I forecast in a preceding and attached article December 22, 2002: "E.U. RAPID DEPLOYMENT FORCE AIMED AT ISRAEL" has now come true. A synchronized call is being made to place an International Force, using NATO, to patrol the West Bank and Gaza. One key indicator is the stories and OpEd articles in our flagship journals, such as the NEW YORK TIMES, pushing the "Punish Israel" line of the Arabist State Department.
President Bush and his team of advisors are desperate for relief from the almost daily deaths of American soldiers in Iraq. They need the E.U. (European Union) countries to send in troops to relieve the pressure on American forces by Muslim Jihadists. So - What to do?
In order to get the E.U. to agree to send forces into Iraq, America and Bush must give them what they have wanted for years, namely the right to send European troops into Israel - with a blessing (and a curse) from the U.N. (United Nations). Their objective is to block Israeli retaliation for Terror attacks while forcing the establishment of another Arab Muslim State called Palestine.
The E.U. countries have been in lock-step with the Arab oil nations and financial supporters of Terrorist groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, all the PLO 's 12 or more 'Secret Security Services' still run by Yassir Arafat under the guise that they were 'merely' benevolent charity groups. France has always been the driving European force appeasing the Arab nations. The most obvious example of French cupidity was selling Iraq the Nuclear Power Plant at Osirak.
The Sudetenland-like trade-off will be as follows: Bush will to offer no resistance when the E.U., through the U.N., mandates a so-called Peace-Keeping force be sent to Israel - as was done in Bosnia. This Faustian bargain will read: The E.U., with U.N. agreement, will send troops into Iraq, thereby taking a major problem off of President Bush's political head just before 2004 elections. We don't know yet if Bush will go along with this familiar bargain with the Devil.
The Arabist State Department, with Colin Powell leading, will have their fingerprints all over the betrayal of a stalwart ally, vociferous denials notwithstanding.
I have written about this double cross most recently on 12/22/02, (as listed above and attached below). It was clear to me even before 12/22/02 that the E.U. wanted to build a RDF (Rapid Deployment Force), with its first test case to force Israel into compliance with the demands of Arafat, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, 'et al'. In effect, the Europeans will be given the opportunity to mount a "present day Crusade against Jerusalem" - as during the Middle Ages.
Since they did not have one of their own Rapid Deployment Force, the E.U. began to negotiate with NATO, presumably under covert agreement with the U.S. who is the principal funder of NATO and its prime source of weapons. Be assured that Kofi Annan and the U.N. was a silent partner in this perfidious act of betrayal and will surface when it is time to act.
In the last week or so the stink of betrayal became so ripe that even the greatest doubters had to pay attention.
We saw that Martin Indyk, former Ambassador to Israel being given a most prominent spot on the NEW YORK TIMES Op/Ed page pitching his Hard Left position that troops be sent to Israel. He was then given prime TV time to re-state his proposal. (Recall that Indyk has been identified as a Left Liberal in sync with Israel's Hard Left Labor party, headed again by Shimon Peres, with Ehud Barak, Yossi Beilin, Yossi Sarid, 'et al'. He followed Dennis Ross, Aaron Miller and Dan Kurtzer - known by many in the pejorative as "Baker's Jew Boys". They believed they could accommodate radical Arab nations and this developed into Oslo. They were proven wrong but, like the proverbial lemmings, they must hurl themselves over a cliff - again and again. Of course, the problem is they wish to drag the Jewish State of Israel over the cliff with them.
Baker, you may recall, was extremely hostile to Israel. He was heard to say: "Who cares about the Jews! They didn't vote for us anyway." Whoever worked for Baker at State had to reflect his pro-Arab, hostile, anti-Israel bias. Clearly, he was one of the powerful voices of Big Oil, along with then President George Herbert Walker Bush and Dick Cheney.
Then we just observed Senator Richard Lugar, (Rep. Indiana) and Senator Dianne Feinstein, (Dem. California) weigh in with the same recommendation (some coincidence?) that troops be sent into Israel to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Jewish nation of Israel does NOT want or need American or European troops to defend her country. All Jews understand that the moment these unneeded foreign troops come home in body bags, killed by Terrorists, propaganda would flood the Media that they died protecting Jews. Imagine if the daily American casualties coming out of Iraq were instead coming out of Israel - even though they would have been killed by Arab Muslim Palestinian Terrorists.
Israel has always said she will fight their own battles and she has. I don't recall any nation volunteering to assist Israel with troops when she came under attack in 7 pre-meditated Wars started by the Arab countries. I do recall that, when Israel had beaten their attackers, the world's nations always demanded that Israel stop, thereby saving the Arabs from absolute defeat. Should Israel once again be attacked by any coalition of Arab/Muslim nations, it would be doubtful that the nations would send in forces - except to bury the dead Jews.
Something strange is happening. Colin Powell has called on Arafat to assist Abu Mazen stop Terror attacks by their own various 'militants' (read: Terrorists). Arafat, (resurrected by Bush and Powell) has said, he would not stop the attacks until Israel stops killing "his" Terrorists. Since Arafat ordered up the attacks in the first place to show he was still the Master of Terror, why would Powell make such a call? (Note! The day Abu Mazen was appointed into the PLO's Prime Minister's office, I offered the opinion that Arafat would never allow Mazen to climb into his own seat of power. That has now happened.)
Then Arafat re-hires Jibril Rajoub to control his so-called Security Services (SS). Arafat slapped and fired Rajoub two years ago. Rajoub has a brother named Nain who is a top leader in Hamas. Rajoub himself is, not surprisingly, a favorite of the Arabist U.S. State Department - so Arafat re-hired him as his contact to State. Make no mistake! Arafat is still fully in charge of the Terrorists, the PA and will be until he dies. As for Rajoub, he is merely another Terrorist who will replace Dahlan well known as a Terrorist who planned the killings of many Israelis.
We understand that Bush and the U.S. State Department was furious that Sharon attacked Arab Palestinian Hamas Terrorist leaders after the Children' s Bus Massacre in Jerusalem on August 19th, killing 21, including 6 children. Despite Bush's public condemnation of the Bus Massacre, nevertheless, the back-channel phones were warning Sharon NOT to respond. When Sharon ignored these 'diktats' and started liquidating Hamas Terrorists, out came the greater threat: That, of selling Israel to the European Union, if the E.U. agrees to send troops to Iraq.
The E.U. wishes to appease Saudi Arabia and the oil laden Gulf States by pushing Israel back to their indefensible Armistice Lines of 1967 and from there - into extinction. They understand that another Arab/Muslim Palestinian State will be a core State of Terror and a threat, not only to Israel, but to the entire region and to the world.
But, short term political gains are far more important than long term threats from Regional and Global Terrorism. Politics can be exceedingly ugly when control of the White House is at stake. With daily deaths of American soldiers in Iraq, with the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, with a lagging economy - the Bush advisory team of Father Bush, Cheney, James Baker, the oil maggots, the energy industry relying upon President Bush to reduce laws on polluting, there is a lot of pressure and money riding on the Bush re-election.
If swapping Israel to the E.U. in trade for E.U. forces coming into Iraq and also into Israel, then for Bush the Sudetenland like sell-out is a good deal. In the coming days and weeks watch for Kofi Annan start to speak of troops going to Israel as a Peace-Keeping Force.
Watch for Leftists both in America and Israel begin to call for American and NATO troops. Arafat is already making that call as Israeli troops once again break up his Terrorist organizations. Arafat, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the others desperately need an extended cease-fire to rebuild their Terrorist infrastructure. An E.U./NATO force will provide them protection to accomplish that.
Watch certain members of Congress begin to echo the line taken already by Lugar and Feinstein. This was no trial balloon. Watch the E.U., with France, Germany, Belgium and England in the lead begin to work closely with NATO Forces - with the back channel (unofficial) approval of the Bush Administration - (IF the Bush Administration allows this to happen).
Watch for pressure on Sharon to ignore Terror attacks, no matter how heinous. Watch for him to be pressured to withdraw from the hotbeds of Palestinian Terrorism and allow Palestinians into Israel's cities -presumably to work. Don't be misled by political speeches about Israel's sovereign right to protect herself when back-channel directives demand they cease self-defense.
Betraying an ally is an art form in 'denial'. Which of the Free Nations of the West will admit to betraying Czechoslovakia to Hitler, hoping to appease him? Who will later admit to betraying Israel to Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Arafat's Palestinians for the oil and the oil markets?
The excuses being prepared now will come thick and fast. Let us hope and pray that President Bush is a man of personal honor and will not allow himself to be pushed into a terrible decision by his political advisors or an out-of-control State Department.
"E.U.- RAPID DEPLOYMENT FORCE AIMED AT ISRAEL" by Emanuel A. Winston December 22, 2002
"NATO Begins Its First Out-of-Area Mission" by Nicholas Fiorenza Brussels U.S. DEFENSE NEWS August 18, 2003
"America's Precarious Trans-Atlantic Bridge" editorial U.S. DEFENSE NEWS August 18, 2003
"Don't Go Wobbly, George" by Frank Gaffney Center for Security Policy August 25, 2003
"Is Washington Floating Israel-Palestinian Role as Inducement for European Troops in Iraq?" DEBKA-file August 25, 2003
"U.S. Mulls International Force for PA" by Professor Murray Kahl August 26, 2003