ISRAELIS BUILD, AMERICANS DECEIVE, ARABS WINK AND HIDE
Latest | Recent Articles | Multimedia Page | TV | Search | Blog

Email this article | Print this article | Link to this Article

ISRAELIS BUILD, AMERICANS DECEIVE, ARABS WINK AND HIDE

April 6, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4/06: This little game has gone on quite literally for decades now. The Israelis twist and turn, delay and obfuscate, but all the while push forward. The Americans say one thing and do another, and when the going gets hot they provide a little criticism of Israel for the Arab media but reserve the important things that really matter for ongoing and escalating cooperation with the Israelis.

The long and the short of it all is that Israel could not have built the settlements and could not have pursued the false "Peace Process" without the ongoing help and support of the Americans all along the way. Furthermore, it is the Palestinians themselves, in the guise of the Arafat "Authority", which repeatedly signed agreements with the Israelis that not only did not prevent more settlements from being created but which in fact partially legitimized them. And then of course those despicable Arab "client regimes" -- especially those in Cairo, Amman, and Riyadh -- they too know what is going on, they too look the other way, they too repeatedly have made excuses for what the Americans have done and let the Israelis get away with outrageous policies without even putting up any serious resistance.

So, the cycle repeats itself. The Israelis built, "thicken", "natural growth"...always pushing forward knowing their strategy and their goal. The Americans twist and turn in public; but always behind the scenes make Israel stronger and not only tolerate but facilitate Israeli policies. Meanwhile, the Arab regimes become more and more co-opted, more and more despised, more and more repressive. In the end the Americans know the Arabs can be bought easily and cheap, the Israelis are relentless and domestically powerful, and that Washington has a little game to play with the media, especially the primative and controlled Arab media.

By the way, about that "shooting incident" yesterday at the top Palestinian "security" people after they met in Tel Aviv with their Israeli counterparts and the CIA... It's pretty suspicious what happened. With these very top PA guys working so closely now for so long with both the Israelis and the CIA, and with the Israelis busy assassinating and pushing under other Palestinians, especially those who could pose a threat to the Arafat regime, it's quite possible this was all a carefully crafted deception. The Israelis can tell their own people they are being tough. Arafat's crowd who meet with the Israelis and the CIA can pretend they are themselves worried and themselves being targeted. The CIA can take credit for having orchestrated one more little deception -- in such a lengthy list over so many years -- this one aimed to keep the increasingly discredited PA in power. And all the while the whole gang of them -- the Israelis the CIA and top PA persons -- combine their efforts to ride themselves of other Palestinians who themselves want to get rid of Arafat and set up a new non-CIA-approved Palestinian leadership. There's a lot of current circumstantial and past historical evidence that this may in fact be the actual situation. But of course its impossible to know for sure; such matters are most highly classified on all sides of the barriers.

ISRAEL ANNOUNCES JEWISH SETTLEMENT EXPANSION

JERUSALEM (Reuters - 5 April) - Israel said on Thursday it would auction West Bank land for the building of 700 more houses for Jewish settlers, an action likely to infuriate Palestinians and further hamper peace moves.

The Construction and Housing Ministry said it had published land tenders for building 496 homes in Maale Adumim near Jerusalem and 212 homes in Alfei Menashe near Nablus.

They were the first tenders published since the coming to power a month ago of right-wing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, long a champion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

In a statement, Housing Minister Natan Sharansky said events had shown "how important it is to lend a hand to and strengthen" Jews of the West Bank and Gaza.

Some 200,000 Jews live in 145 West Bank and Gaza settlements scattered among more than three million Palestinians.

The announcement came hours after Sweden, which holds the rotating European Union presidency, condemned Israeli policy, saying: "All settlement activities are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to peace."

Mahmoud Abbas, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's ruling Executive Committee, said on Wednesday that settlements were at the core of a six-month-old Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation.

Palestinians say settlements strengthen Israel's 34-year-old occupation and have divided the West Bank and Gaza into cantons.

Palestinian gunmen have targeted settlements and settlers in the uprising. At least 368 Palestinians, 71 Israelis -- many of them settlers -- and 13 Israeli Arabs have been killed.

Last month, a committee of Israel's Jerusalem municipality announced plans for building nearly 3,000 more Jewish homes at the Har Homa settlement on a hill known in Arabic as Jabal Abu Ghneim. But those plans face a long approval process.

"A PROVOCATION," LEFTISTS SAY

Reacting to Sharansky's announcement, Israel's leading peace movement Peace Now demanded a freeze on settlement expansion.

"The timing of this publication raises the suspicion of intent to sabotage any chance of that cease-fire being achieved," Moria Shlomot, Peace Now director, said in a statement.

The tenders, which had been on hold for a number of years, would respond to "natural growth," Sharansky insisted, echoing the policy of right-wing Israeli governments over the years.

Palestinians say their uprising was triggered by a high-profile visit Sharon made as opposition leader last September to a Jerusalem site holy to Jews and Muslims.

In a statement on Thursday, Sharon said he had ordered Israeli security branches to find a way to enable members of all faiths to ascend the site revered by Jews as the ancient Temple Mount and by Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary.

Israel's High Court of Justice on Thursday ruled against a bid by the ultra-nationalist Temple Mount Faithful group to ascend the site during next week's Jewish Passover festival.

US FIRES RARE DOUBLE-BARRELED SHOT OF CRITICISM AT ISRAEL

WASHINGTON, April 5 (AFP) - The United States fired a rare double-barreled shot of criticism at Israel on Thursday, blasting plans for new settlements in the Palestinian territories and protesting an incident in which Israeli soldiers opened fire on a convoy of Palestinian officials.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher called the shooting, which occurred as the Palestinians were returning to Gaza after US-facilitated security talks with Israeli officials, "a very serious incident."

On hearing of it, Secretary of State Colin Powell immediately telephoned both Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to urge restraint, Boucher told reporters.

"We wanted to ensure that escalation would not ensue," Boucher told reporters, adding that Washington understood Sharon and Arafat had also spoken directly to each other after the incident.

Boucher then read the riot act to Israel, spelling out in terse and blunt detail what the United States expected from the Jewish state, particularly after Washington had worked hard to arrange the security talks, the first since Sharon took office last month.

"Israel does have a responsibility to provide the safety and security of Palestinian officials traveling to and from security meetings," he said.

"Prior to this meeting, we had been assured by Israeli officials that this would be the case," Boucher added, using language diplomats reserve for expressing extreme frustration.

He said that details of the incident were still unclear although a senior State Department official said the shooting had occurred within earshot of US embassy employees who had shuttled the Palestinians to the meeting from Gaza.

"Our guys had just dropped them off and were heading back when the shooting broke out," the official said. Sharon told Powell the shooting had not been deliberate and that he would be conducting an investigation, Boucher said.

Israel has admitted firing on the convoy late Wednesday just after it entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing with Israel, following a meeting of security chiefs aimed at quelling months of deadly unrest.

However, Israeli officials say it was a response to fire from one of the escorting vehicles on an army post. The Palestinians are pressing the United States to take "harsh" action against Israel for the incident which they term a premeditated ambush.

Washington had helped arrange the security meeting which was the first since Sharon took office a month ago and follows a fierce upsurge in violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Despite the incident, Boucher said Washington would continue to assist with the security talks.

"What we see as the useful role that we can play by our engagement is to facilitate their direct bilateral discussions," he said.

Meanwhile, Boucher also slammed Israel's plans for the new settlements "provocative" and running directly opposite to moves Washington believes are helpful to peace and stability in the region.

"Continuing settlement activity by Israel does risk further inflaming an already volatile situation in the region," he said. "This is provocative and we have consistently encouraged both sides to refrain from provocative acts."

Earlier, the Israeli housing ministry published tenders for 708 homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, drawing an immediate outcry from Palestinians and left-wing Israelis.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the tenders were part of an Israeli "policy of aggression." The settlements, which are illegal under international law, have been at the flashpoint of the six-month Palestinian intifada or uprising that has killed almost 470 people, most of them Palestinians.

US CALLS EREZ SHOOTING INCIDENT "VERY SERIOUS"

By Janine Zacharia

WASHINGTON (April 6) - The US yesterday described the shooting at a convoy of Palestinian security officials at the Erez crossing point into Gaza as a "very serious incident" and urged Israel to conduct a thorough investigation.

It also called Israel's plans to build 700 more homes in two settlements "provocative" and asked Jerusalem to refrain from unilateral moves that could further inflame an already tense situation.

Secretary of State Colin Powell immediately telephoned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat upon hearing that troops had fired early yesterday morning at the convoy transporting Palestinian officials who had just entered into Gaza after a security cooperation meeting with Israelis moderated by US Embassy.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Powell wanted to find out what happened and to "make sure an escalation would not ensue."

Boucher said Sharon and Arafat also spoke following the incident.

"The firing at the convoy last night we see as a very serious incident," Boucher said. "Israel does have a responsibility to provide for the security and safety of Palestinian officials traveling to and from the security meetings. Prior to these meetings we had been assured by Israeli officials that this would be the case."

He added, however, that the circumstances of the incident were murky and that Sharon had promised Powell he would look into what happened. "We hope there will be a thorough investigation of the incident, so that these kinds of incidents can be prevented in the future," Boucher said.

US frustration with the incident caused the State Department to urge Israeli officials to publicly demand restraint, presumably from soldiers on patrol. Whereas last week President George W. Bush called specifically on Arafat to issue a call in Arabic to his people to stop the violence, Boucher said yesterday that "public statements from both sides should highlight the need for utmost restraint to prevent a deterioration of the situation on the ground."

The US hopes the three-way meeting of security officials will usher in a resumption of bilateral Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation. The US sees such coordination as key to ending the violence.

Boucher described the four-hour meeting as a "useful and positive exchange," but would not say if anything concrete had emerged.

Regarding the announcement by Israel that it would issue tenders for the construction of a total of 700 homes Ma'aleh Adumim and Alfei Menashe, Boucher said: "Continued settlement activity in Israel does risk further inflaming an already volatile situation in the region. This is provocative and we have consistently encouraged both sides to refrain from provocative acts."


April 2001


Magazine



ARAB-AMERICANS - PATHETIC STATE OF AFFAIRS
(April 30, 2001)
Regular readers of MER won't be all that surprised; though many others will be, especially those who misguidedly and in many cases sincerely give their money, support, and most of all their hopes to these pathetic groups.

THE DARK SIDE OF ISRAELI INDEPENDENCE Day
(April 30, 2001)
Leave it to the Arab Americans to screw things up all the time. As the iconoclastic Israel writer Israel Shamir said as he prematurely departed American shores a few days ago: "With such Palestinian activists, who needs the Israeli lobby?"

ABDULLAH AND THE CIA - LONG HISTORICAL CONSPIRACY AGAINST PALESTINIANS
(April 30, 2001)
The Israelis and the Americans are busy using the Mubarak Regime in Egypt and the Hashemite Regime in Jordan in an increasingly desperate attempt to quash Intifada II and create still more years for the Israelis to consolidate and make permanent their grip on the Palestinians.

WAR MACHINES ON THE MARCH - MER FLASHBACK
(April 29, 2001)
Before the Second Intifada began, before last year's aborted Camp David fiasco, before this year's sweeping victory of Ariel Sharon and the attempt to then position Ehud Barak as Defense Minister, MER was already writing about what was to come while most of the media was sidetracked with and seduced by "the peace process."

THE "APARTHEID PEACE" REMAINS THE GAME BEING PLAYED
(April 28, 2001)
They -- the same personalities representing the same countries that created this "Apartheid Peace" and its resultant intensified uprising against it -- are at it again.

THE SLAUGHTER IN ALGERIA
(April 28, 2001)
This book contains shocking testimony about what is happening inside a country where, according to reliable estimates, more than 150,000 of its citizens have been slaughtered during the past decade.

THE ARAB AMERICAN and JEWISH AMERICAN SCENES
(April 27, 2001)
You gotta love all these scams that so many so tragically so often fall for -- especially the confused and naive Arab Americans.

THE GAZA CONCENTRATION CAMP
(April 27, 2001)
Over the years the Israelis have essentially turned The Gaza Strip from a Ghetto to a kind of Concentration Camp. In this small area today live more than 1 million Palestinians, a large number of whom have never been able to leave and reenter.

ARAFAT'S ESCAPE PLAN - MER FLASHBACK
(April 26, 2001)
More than $100 million dollars in a secret bank account set up by the Israelis and designed to make it possible for Arafat and friends to flee a coup and set up a "government in exile"?

SHA'ATH and PERES DESERVE EACH OTHER -- BUT HOW TRAGIC FOR THE PALESTINIANS
(April 26, 2001)
Sharon is sending Peres to Cairo, and Sha'ath visiting Sweden says there is a "crack in the wall of darkensss."

BERKELEY STUDENTS TAKE THE LEAD
(April 25, 2001)
With the total failure of the Arab American organizations at the national level, and of course provoked now by an Intifada II that is half a year old and the election of Ariel Sharon as PM in Israel, the grassroots are finally stirring a little, students in the lead as at other times in history.

CASINO FIRST!
(April 25, 2001)
In the old days of Intifada I Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres were busy pursuing their "Gaza First" strategy. It was never presented, but always designed, as a kind of trap for the Palestinians; and it was continually rejected by the Palestinian negotiating team that went to Madrid and then Washington, headed by Dr. Haider Abdul-Shafi.

Washington Scene: THE TRAGIC STATE OF ARAB AMERICAN AFFAIRS
(April 25, 2001)
Three things this week underscored the pathetically tragic state of affairs for the Arab American community which remains, well, politically retarded and as a result miserably weak...not to mention oh so co-opted and manipulated.

ISRAEL & TURKEY - MAJOR MILITARY ALLIANCE
(April 25, 2001)
While the misnomered "peace process" continues to dominate the news, arms continue to flood into the Middle East region and possible war preparations are underway.

SHIMON PERES - NOW HOLOCAUST DENIER!
(April 23, 2001)
For the past few years we have mentioned the great importance of the new military axis in the Middle East that adds Turkey's size and power to the U.S.-Israeli alliance that dominates and controls the region.

ARAFAT'S TRAVEL NOW RESTRICTED - MAYBE ON PURPOSE?
(April 23, 2001)
The front-page Washington Post article over the weekend about what the Israelis are up to helps reveal what the new General in charge of the Israeli Army, Ariel Sharon, is attempting to accomplish.

BLOODY SUNDAY AS SIX BOMBS ROCK ISRAEL, GAZA
(April 22, 2001)
Two explosions hit Israel over the space of several hours, and four bombs were detonated in Gaza City which is under Palestinian control.

TERROR IN TEL AVIV TODAY AS US PREPARES FOR BIOLOGICAL ATTACK
(April 22, 2001)
Like so many things in life, terror is a two-edged sword. No doubt the Israelis will use today's bomb blast in Tel Aviv to still further clamp down on and try to choke the Palestinians into submission.

ISRAEL'S ETHNIC CLEANSING SECRETS
(April 21, 2001)
Israel's prime minister-elect, in the throes of forming a new government, is known to be a militant nationalist. Ariel Sharon's view of history is that the Zionists unequivocally have justice on their side in the conflict over what is known to Jews as the Land of Israel and to Palestinians as Palestine.

HISTORIC JEWISH STATEMENT SUPPORTING PALESTINIAN INTIFADA
(April 21, 2001)
Two months after the first Palestinian Intifada began in December 1987, a group of professionals, all American Jews including many professors and lawyers, joined together to publish as a full page ad in THE NATION Magazine of 13 February 1988 this historic statement: "Time To Dissociate From Israel"

ARAB AMERICANS STILL TERRIBLY WEAK
(April 20, 2001)
Three things this week underscored the pathetically tragic state of affairs for the Arab American community which remains, well, politically retarded and as a result miserably weak...not to mention oh so co-opted and manipulated.

FROM THE FRONT
(April 19, 2001)
Attempts by Ariel Sharon, Israel's prime minister, to crush Palestinian violence by adopting still harsher military tactics came to nought last night, after guerrillas in the Gaza Strip fired more mortars into Israel, and one of the worst battles for months erupted on the edge of Bethlehem.

MUBARAK - MORE FRIGHTENED THAN ANGRY OR CREDIBLE
(April 19, 2001)
They use to call him the "laughing cow". Anwar Sadat made him Vice-President thinking he'd never really have to worry much about him. And he himself has never made anyone Vice-President fearing any and everyone.

QANA MASSACRE - 5TH ANNIVERSARY
(April 18, 2001)
It was only four years ago; but already it has been mostly forgotten -- the terrible Qana Massacre in southern Lebanon, and the atrocious cover-up by Israel, the U.S. and the U.N. that followed.

QANA REMEMBERED
(April 18, 2001)
It was five years ago today that hundreds of civilians under U.N. protection in southern Lebanon were brutally killed or maimed by the Israeli Army. With Shimon Peres then Prime Minister after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israelis desperately tried to cover it all up and pretend it was just a mistake of war.

LATEST NEWS FROM THE FRONTS
(April 17, 2001)
With a heavy rocket barrage, Israel seized nearly a square mile of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, retaking Palestinian-controlled territory for the first time since 1994 in retaliation for a mortar attack on a small Israeli desert town.

ROBERT FISK SPEAKS UP OH SO THOUGHTFULLY AND COURAGEOUSLY
(April 17, 2001)
The famous American Jewish iconoclastic journalist Izzy Stone (I.F.Stone) once told me over a long dinner in my apartment that the role of real and serious journalists in our day and age needed to be "to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted."

ISRAEL STRIKES STILL HARDER, IMPOTENT ARAB "CLIENT REGIMES" COWER
(April 17, 2001)
We shouldn't be surprised what the Israelis are doing. Ehud Barak may have hesitated, but after all in the end both he and Shimon Peres publicly gave their endorsements to Ariel Sharon and Sharon has been warning and threatening to do just such things for a very long time.

HASHEMITES CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE
(April 16, 2001)
Today the Jordanian Foreign Minister goes to Israel even as Israeli bombs kill Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians and the whole region is being humbled and shaken by the Israeli Generals, accused war criminal Ariel Sharon now in charge.

CIA BUGS ARAFAT AND ALL P.A. LEADERSHIP
(April 14, 2001)
Arafat has been paid a very great amount of money for the deals he signed in Washington, Cairo, Sharm, Hebron, et. al. He, his family (the Tawils), and top cronies like Nabil Shaath, Abu Mazen, et. al., now have hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts as a result.

EPILOGUE TO A DECADE - A SERIOUS ISRAELI ANALYSIS
(April 14, 2001)
From what would usually be called the far far left in Israel and whose voice is rarely heard these days beyond their own circles -- but which we would term the serious, sophisticated, highly committed and principled Israeli intelligentsia -- there is a magazine published every other month called "Challenge".

EASTER IN THE "HOLY LAND"
(April 13, 2001)
Two thousand years ago on the ancient streets of Jerusalem it was the Roman army in control, the Jewish people under occupation, and Jesus, a heretical Jewish rabbi, heading to his crucifixation as a result of "official" Jewish and Roman cooperation.

DEATH MY REMOTE CONTROL AS HIT SQUADES RETURN
(April 13, 2001)
Israel's strategy has always been to overwhelm and suffocate the Palestinians. At various times different tactics have been used ranging from diplomacy to brutality, from talk of "Statehood" to the imposition of neo-Apartheid.

ISRAELI ARMY ON THE RAMPAGE
(April 12, 2001)
A seven-year-old Palestinian girl was shot in the face by an Israeli rubber bullet while at school in the West Bank village of al-Khader when clashes broke out nearby, medical sources said.

IT'S WAR, MURDER, ASSASSINATIONS AND BEATINGS
(April 12, 2001)
With Robert Fisk, based out of Beirut and the longest serving Western journalist in the region, and Phil Reeves among the Palestinians and the Israelis, The Independent is usually heads above the English rest in both its coverage and analysis.

ISRAELIS ATTACK EVEN MORE BOLDLY
(April 11, 2001)
The Israelis won't be returning to "Zone A"; why should they? After all one of the major goals of the Madrid-Oslo "Peace Process" was to get the Palestinians into isolated and controlled "autonomous population centers" and let them fend for themselves.

ISRAEL BEGINS MINI INVASION STRATEGY
(April 11, 2001)
The Israelis have changed Generals, and the new master General Ariel Sharon is doing things his way. But then nearly everyone else among the Israeli elite has lined up right behind him.

ABDULLAH - KING OF JORDAN, AGENT OF THE ANGLO-AMERICANS
(April 11, 2001)
Abdullah II, ruler of Jordan, once called TransJordan, once called the East Bank of Palestine, is once again in Washington. The pattern is all too familiar.

ISRAELIS START USING GROUND TO GROUND MISSILES TO ATTACK PALESTINIANS
(April 10, 2001)
Starting yesterday, and for the first time in the occupied territories against the Palestinians, the Israelies have begun to use surface to surface missiles. In doing so the Israelis are once again throwing down the gauntlet to the entire Arab and Muslim world.

RACISM, MILITARISM, NEO-NAZISM IN THE "JEWISH STATE"
(April 10, 2001)
Racism, militarism, and a peculiar form of Israeli neo-Nazism thrives in today "Jewish State". Harsh conclusions, true; but buttressed by considerable evidence, both factual and ideological.

"VOICE OF AMERICA" EXPANDING TOWARDS CRUCIAL MIDDLE EAST
(April 9, 2001)
Just a few years ago, after the original Camp David agreement in 1978, the joke around Cairo was that the "Voice of America" was really all those loud muffler-broken U.S-supplied buses helping choke, or unchoke depending on your perspective, Cairo's teeming streets.

BARAK AND SHARON PLAN NEXT WAR
(April 9, 2001)
Long before anyone even thought Ariel Sharon might become Israeli Prime Minister... Long before anyone even thought Shimon Peres would serve as Sharon's Foreign Minister... While the "Peace Process" and plans for "Camp David II" were riding high... MER was writing about the coming war being planned by Generals Barak and Sharon in tandem.

DEIR YASSIN REMEMBERED AND "THE QUILT"
(April 8, 2001)
"It's so unfair... After 50 years the Israelis have nuclear weapons, the Mossad, Hollywood, a kosher White House, and their own Assistant Secretary of State; while the Arabs have corruption, secret-police, pathetic Arab- American organizations, Arafat, and the 50th anniversary quilt!"

THE PATHETIC ARAFAT - GIVER AND BEGGAR
(April 8, 2001)
This guy Arafat, and those who advise him, are truly getting ore pathetic all the time. We now learn that while his people suffer even worse than before as a result of what he and his cronies have done, and not done, Arafat has been busy giving expensive jewelry gifts to the former American President, First Lady, and Secretary of State (and no doubt there is a larger list!).

PASSOVER IN THE TIME OF THE INTIFADA
(April 8, 2001)
"I have been invited to a neighbor's Seder this year, and in my fantasy I have thought that I would rather sit on a box at home by myself in the dark with my face to the wall for the length of time the Seder lasts, out of a mixture of shame and protest against Israel's denial of freedom to her Palestinian neighbors."

THE LAST PASSOVER
(April 7, 2001)
"Is this the last Passover that I will celebrate? My heart is not in the celebration this year. And it can never be again until freedom for Jews is also freedom for Palestinians."

THE NEXT EXPULSION OF THE PALESTINIANS?
(April 7, 2001)
The effect of the four-month-old al-Aqsa intifada has been to radicalize and polarize all sides and thus the current situation poses a great danger to the Palestinian people.

ISRAELIS AND U.S. CONGRESS POUND PALESTINIANS
(April 6, 2001)
What is happening now is the result of all the past years of ineptitude, corruption, stupidities, and mistakes by the the various Arab "client regimes", Yasser Arafat's included of course, as well as from the various "client organizations" allied with them, especially in the US.

ISRAELIS BUILD, AMERICANS DECEIVE, ARABS WINK AND HIDE
(April 6, 2001)
This little game has gone on quite literally for decades now. The Israelis twist and turn, delay and obfuscate, but all the while push forward. The Americans say one thing and do another, and when the going gets hot they provide a little criticism of Israel for the Arab media but reserve the important things that really matter for ongoing and escalating cooperation with the Israelis.

"RIGHT OF RETURN" AMERICAN STYLE - PART 4
(April 5, 2001)
This time they are going to march down a largely weekend deserted street in New York City, after gathering at a closed Israeli Consulate, to listen to a group of largely unknown speakers familiar only to themselves, with no strategy other than to gather among themselves to listen to themselves and to be able to say for themselves that they are doing something important...

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT AGAINST TOP THREE ARAFAT PEOPLE?
(April 5, 2001)
Believing the official Israelis is all but impossible at this point; so one has to do the best one can to put together the pieces in ways that make sense. What happened yesterday was probably not an actual assassination attempt -- if that's what the Israelis wanted to do to these three they have the capabilities to do so and not to miss.

THE JORDANIAN POLICE STATE
(April 4, 2001)
About five days before the convening of the Arab Summit in Amman, dozens of masked security men armed to the teeth, along with officers of the Intelligence service (mukhabarat), stormed the house of Siajj Said Daraghmeh near Jabri on the Gardens Street in Amman.

"RIGHT OF RETURN" AMERICAN STYLE - PART 3
(April 4, 2001)
Saturday a few thousand Arab Americans are planning to make it to Washington "demanding" the "Right of Return" for Palestinian refugees. What should one think about this?

"RIGHT OF RETURN" CONF A "DISASTER" - PART 2
(April 3, 2001)
The region itself has corrupt and incompetent "client regimes", now including that of Yasser Arafat. And that explains a great deal why such an important and rich part of the world with over 200 million people is so regularly humbled and bleeding.

"RIGHT OF RETURN" AMERICAN STYLE - PART 1
(April 3, 2001)
This year the selected slogan for Arab Americans is "the Right of Return". A couple of years ago at the time of the 50th anniversary of the 1948 war -- the "nakba", the "disaster" -- the slogan was "the Quilt".

"INVASION" PREPARATIONS AS MUBARAK COMES COLLECTING
(April 2, 2001)
Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has come to Washington once again. His visits have become customary to in a sense collect his allowance and meet with his new American keepers, which are in fact really the old Bush crowd he is very familiar with.

PERES 'MORE AGGRESSIVE' THAN SHARON
(April 2, 2001)
"Peres is more aggressive than I am, (said Sharon). "Peres responded (to the Cabinet), "Yes, he had to restrain me this time."

PLOT TO KILL ARAFAT'S TOP PEOPLE
(April 1, 2001)
Yesterday the Senior U.S. Senator from New York, Chuck Shumer, went before the Washington cameras to denounce Yasser Arafat as a "terrorist" and demand he comply with U.S./Israeli dictate or else.

ANOTHER ARAB SUMMIT COMES AND GOES
(April 1, 2001)
If the demonstrators going to the Palestinian Rally in New York next weekend had any guts, and any smarts, after they gather at the Israeli Consulate they would move on and conduct their serious shouting where the Arab Ambassadors and the Arab League hang their sorry hats.




© 2004 Mid-East Realities, All rights reserved