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MUBARAK - MORE FRIGHTENED THAN ANGRY OR CREDIBLE

April 19, 2001

MUBARAK and EGYPT - More Fright Than Anger or Credibility

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4/17: 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. Indeed, if he weren't such a patsy, if the CIA didn't have all they need on him and his entourage and family, and if he hadn't lost his credibility long ago and repeatedly so many times...if, if, if...it might then be just possible to take Hosni Mubarak seriously. Tragically, the leader of the greatest of the Arab countries has little credibility, little courage, and a long history of brutal repression, political cover-up, Egyptian-style corruption, and most of all dancing to America's tunes.

Repeatedly, time after time, for more than 20 years now, Hosni Mubarak has been America's man in the Middle East, doing what he is told and paid to do by the Americans. He was just recently in Washington again making the usual fool of himself that he does on such visits, his people begging for more money, his foreign Minister, Amr Moussa, a once dignified man who has also lost most of his own personal credibility, now becoming head of the Arab League which Egypt dominates and which has quite a miserable record of its own. As usual, Mubarak came with an entourage of fat-cat Egyptian businessmen, including Shafik Gabr who tours the world these days on behalf of the regime, all of whom have cashed in for themselves on the suffering of so many others in their part of the world, as well as in their own country.

If Hosni Mubarak were serious and if Egypt actually had an independent foreign policy, under today's conditions and provocations he would take the following actions with no more delays and obfuscations:
1) End all diplomatic relations with Israel
2) End all regular trade, travel and exchanges with Israel
3) Tell the world about what really happened at Camp David where the Israelis promised to end all further settlements as of 1978, but then broke the promise after only 90 days!
4) Schedule a real emergency Arab summit with the goal of imposing a complete regional boycott against Israel and an emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to suspend Israel from the international community of nations a la Apartheid South Africa of old.

Point 3 here is really very crucial. After all it was the Egyptians who made such huge mistakes at Camp David, Sadat then advised by the same Osama El-Baz who is Mubarak;s right-hand man. It was the Egyptians who signed a separate peace with the Israelis that then allowed the Israelis to continue building settlements, make war on Lebanon, help the U.S. destroy Iraq, and most of all bring an Apartheid-type arrangement to what was once a unified area known to all the world as Palestine. The Egyptians were taken to the cleaners at Camp David and the Arabs have never really recovered from that major historical blunder. But Egypt has received billions and billions of American "aid" and a great deal of covert support to keep the Mubarak regime on the Cairo throne ever since. The time for serious atonement is long overdue; the big bill for all this has come due with a great deal of historical interest.

Sadat's Foreign Minister at Camp David and his friend of over 40 years, Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel, resigned at Camp David rather than be party to what he immediately realized was happening. For those who want to know in detail what really happened at Camp David, and how the Egyptian Regime headed by Mubarak has been co-opted by the U.S. and Israeli ever since, an exclusive interivew with Kamel about these issues conducted by MER Publisher Mark Bruzonsky at Kamel's home in Cairo can be found in the Middle East Journal, Winter 1984, pp 85-98.

And by the way, if you are in Egypt and have information and insights you want to make us aware of, please do with our thanks -- MER@MiddeEast.Org

ANGRY MUBARAK WARNS SHARON NOT TO GO TOO FAR

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, April 17 (AFP) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak issued a blunt warning on Tuesday to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon not to go "beyond the limit of what is acceptable".

"I am telling him stop, stop, do not go beyond the limit of what is acceptable," Mubarak said in an angry voice on national television after meeting Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

"This policy will lead to nothing, it will have terrible repercussions and if they believe they are going to halt the violence this way, the violence will increase everywhere," Mubarak added in the interview.

"It's a bad policy, he said, urging Sharon to be "pragmatic".

"These strikes will have no effect, will lead to nothing other than more violence and bring an end to stability and the Israeli people will suffer more."

Arafat, who made no comments, met the Egyptian president as tensions soared in the Middle East over Israel's air raid on a Syrian post in Lebanon on Monday and its military takeover of several autonomous Palestinian areas of the Gaza Strip in more retaliatory strikes.

"What is happening now and the escalation which took place against Syria, all that does not presage peace and stability for the region, including for Israel and the Israeli people," Mubarak said.

Sharon had shown "caution" when he became prime minister in March, but "now the facts are there, he wants to pick a fight with those around him," Mubarak noted.

He added that Egypt would not be returning its ambassador to Tel Aviv following his recall on Novmeber 21 after what Cairo called "excessive use of force" by the Israeli army in the Palestinian territories.

Mubarak had been quoted as saying in the US press during his recent trip to Washington that the envoy would return to his post if peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians resumed.

Also attending the Red Sea meeting were Egyptian Information Minister Safwat al-Sherif, Mubarak political advisor Ossama al-Baz, Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erakat and top Arafat advisor Nabil Abu Rudeina.

Arafat arrived in Cairo Monday night and met with US Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, who has been involved in Mideast peace efforts for several years, the US embassy said here.

On Monday, Israeli warplanes bombarded a Syrian radar station in Lebanon, killing at least one Syrian soldier and injuring four others. That was in retaliation for a strike by the radical Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah on Saturday that left one Israeli soldier dead.

Arafat described Israel's raid on the Syrian military position east of Beirut as a "serious escalation."

CHILL WIND FROM THE NILE

By Leora Eren Frucht

With Israeli-Egyptian relations at their lowest ebb in years, Leora Eren Frucht examines the future of a 'cold peace' that seems cooler than ever

(Jerusalem Post, April 17) - Pessah has never been a time to celebrate relations with Egypt.

But this year, ties between Israel and Egypt are more strained than they have been in many years.

The Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv is still without an ambassador since Cairo sent Mohammed Bassiouny home in November.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon have yet to exchange a word. And the Egyptian media is full of particularly virulent depictions of Israel and Jews. "Worse even than what we are used to," says Israeli ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel, who on Saturday participated in what was his eighth Seder in Cairo.

"The climate here is not good. Every day there are dozens of items in the papers that portray not only Israelis, but all Jews, as thieves, liars and cheats," says Mazel, speaking from his office in Cairo last week. "The caricatures are simply evil and bring to mind Der Sturmer [the rabidly antisemitic Nazi newspaper of the 1930s]."

A typical example was an editorial concerning the Palestinian intifada that appeared in Tuesday's edition of al-Akhbar, Egypt's widest-circulation daily (and a paper closely associated with the government). The editorial concluded that: "We must remember that the Jews are a people of fear, treachery, and suspicion; therefore they cannot prevail for long in an armed conflict."

After the outbreak of the intifada, Israel expected Egypt to play a role in persuading Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to quell the violence - especially after Egypt hosted the Sharm e-Sheikh summit where the two sides agreed to take steps to stop the fighting. Instead Foreign Minister Amr Moussa - recently appointed secretary of the Arab League - has made comments justifying Palestinian violence. This week in a meeting with Amr Moussa, US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice took Egypt to task for not doing enough to rein in the Palestinians, according to reports received by diplomatic sources in Jerusalem.

Despite the tension and hate-filled rhetoric, Mazel says there are hopeful signs in relations. Last week an Israeli agricultural delegation was warmly received by the Egyptian minister of agriculture. And this week marked the opening of an oil refinery that is a joint Egyptian-Israeli venture five years in the planning.

"The inauguration took place without much fanfare," notes Mazel, "but it happened." Diplomatic ties continue too. Though Sharon hasn't spoken with the Egyptian president, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has, and envoys at various levels continue to meet. "Ties have not been severed," says Mazel. "No one has said that ties have been severed."

An Egyptian-Jordanian formulation for restarting the talks was dismissed by Israel, which insists that the violence cease before the resumption of negotiations. But one Foreign Ministry official notes that "while the proposal is not acceptable to Israel... it shows that there is a desire on the part of Egypt to take some initiative in getting the sides to return to a dialogue, and that's positive." "We're in a crisis. We must move beyond it," says Mazel. "No one is interested in going in another direction."

In the rocky history of Egyptian-Israeli relations, how is this year different from other years?

For one thing, Sharon is less anxious than his predecessors to win favor with Egypt. Ehud Barak's first trip as prime minister was to Cairo. Binyamin Netanyahu also made a point of visiting Egypt relatively early in his term. Observers don't see Sharon following in their footsteps.

Mubarak did not call to congratulate Sharon after his election, and Sharon isn't running after Mubarak (who has visited Israel only once - to attend the funeral of slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin). While American-Jewish peace activists, together with Arab-Americans, honored Mubarak in Washington last week, the Israeli government boycotted the event.

Ephraim Dubek, former ambassador to Egypt, compares this period in Egyptian-Israeli relations to that of former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir's term.

"Communication was cut off at the highest level. Mubarak and Shamir never even met once," says Dubek, who was in Cairo from 1990 to 1992 during Shamir's term. "Mubarak regards a summit as a prize Israel can get if it makes enough concessions. Shamir didn't want to pay the price. Sharon's approach is the same. This is just like the Shamir period."

Prof. Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, says: "Both Netanyahu and Barak tried to give Egypt a very respectable place in the region, and in the peace process. I think the efforts were exaggerated. We must maintain our dignity," says Inbar. "If they don't want to talk to us, no problem."

Some observers liken the current state of relations to a good cop/bad cop routine. Mubarak tries to defuse tensions, telling the Arab League that Egypt does not want to go to war with Israel. Amr Moussa becomes increasingly popular at home by making inflammatory remarks against Israel in support of Palestinian violence.

On the Israeli side, Sharon reacts coolly to Mubarak's snub, while Peres tries to woo Cairo.

Last time Egypt recalled its ambassador from Israel, following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, it took four years until the post was filled again. (In 1986 Cairo promoted Bassiouny, then an envoy in the Tel Aviv embassy, to ambassador.)

"The Egyptians agreed to appoint an ambassador only after Israel made concessions on Taba," says Dubek, referring to the disputed territory south of Eilat that was later returned to Egypt. "Egypt knows we want normalization very badly so they use it to extort concessions from us," he maintains, adding that Israel is unlikely to see an ambassador in Tel Aviv in the near future.

What's more, Dubek argues that the intifada serves Egyptian interests - as long as it doesn't lead to a total regional war. "Egypt doesn't care if there is some violence to keep the pressure on Israel."

While Israeli diplomats, including Mazel, speak about the "central role Egypt has to play in the peace process," this is not the first time Israel is in fact disappointed by what it sees as Egypt's failure to play a constructive role in that process.

Inbar notes that in 1997, "Egypt played a negative role by trying to toughen Palestinian positions prior to the Hebron deal" - in which Jordan ultimately acted as mediator.

Dubek points out that more recently, at the Camp David talks, "it was Egypt that restrained the Palestinians, discouraging them from making a compromise on Jerusalem."

"I think Egypt has done its share in the peace process," says Inbar. "The peace treaty with Israel was an important precedent, a breakthrough, but that's it. For years now Egypt has played a negative role - and I don't think it has anything else to contribute to the process."

Dubek says that those who are disappointed in Egypt simply had unrealistic expectations. "There is disappointment among those who thought that when Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty, they would conspire to coordinate stands and 'sell' them to the Arabs.

"Egypt is bound to peace, but it doesn't see peace the way we do," maintains Dubek, author of Peace Nevertheless, a book on Egyptian-Israeli relations.

"The inflammatory rhetoric exists from Day 1 and continues today. I remember Israeli diplomats used to get their daily dose of poison reading the Egyptian newspapers," says Dubek, who was also an envoy in the Cairo embassy from 1980-1983.

Mazel says he has repeatedly turned to Egyptian leaders to complain about the anti-Israel and antisemitic depictions in the media.

"At best, it stops for a few days, then resumes," he says. In addition, in February, Israeli diplomats in Cairo had their Internet access to many Israeli sources cut off in what they saw as one of many steps to make them feel increasingly unwelcome in Egypt. (The access was restored after Mazel launched a complaint with high-ranking Egyptian officials who maintained it was merely a technical problem.) "The point is that Egypt does not want a new Middle East," says Dubek. "The playing ground where Egypt is comfortable is the old Middle East. The Egyptians will do everything to prevent Israel from enjoying the fruits of peace. They have created mechanisms to foil normalization."

Even if Israel reaches peace agreements with the Palestinians - and Syria - Egypt will not warm up to the Jewish state, asserts Dubek.

"It's not because of the Palestinians that relations are cold. It's because of Egyptian interests. Egypt is afraid of Israel elbowing it out of the region.

"It's afraid that Israel will become dominant in agriculture, economics, and culture, that it will introduce democratic ideas, and ultimately usurp Egypt's role as a leader in the Middle East. That's why it has set up mechanisms to foil normalization. Even if there is total peace, this will not change."

On the other hand, Dubek maintains that Egypt is fully committed to peace - at least on its own terms.

"People talk about a cold peace. Peace has no temperature. It either exists, or it doesn't. In the case of Egypt and Israel, there is unquestionably peace," maintains Dubek, noting Egypt's steadfast adherence to the military clauses of the peace treaty, the continued demilitarization of Sinai, Israeli access to the Suez Canal, ongoing dialogue and diplomatic relations, and the operation of flights and buses for Israelis visiting Egypt.

Dubek argues that peace, at this level, is strong and durable.

"It's been tested many times," he says, citing the first intifada, the Lebanon War, the Israeli attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor. "None of these episodes led Egypt to war. And now, during the second intifada, Egypt gets up at the Arab league summit and pledges not to go to war with Israel. Why? Because it knows that it can get much more from Israel around the negotiating table than it can on the battleground.

"If Egypt goes to war, it will lose US aid, oil will stop flowing, the Suez Canal will close. On the other hand, in the Gulf War, Egypt sent one company of soldiers who didn't even fight. In return for granting legitimacy to the US intervention, they got $21 billion. A high-ranking Egyptian journalist told me that Egypt should erect a golden statue of Saddam Hussein in Cairo to commemorate his stupidity [and Egypt's good fortune]."

Inbar, while critical of Egypt's role in the peace process, also believes Cairo has no interest in going to war. "As long as the US is the world superpower, and Egypt is anxious to stay in the good graces of the US, the bad winds blowing from Cairo are neutralized," he says.

The prognosis for relations? Mazel hopes Egypt will return its ambassador soon, but adds: "The current atmosphere is not conducive to dialogue. Egypt must lower the level of hostility, incitement and attacks on Israel in the media."

Dubek predicts more of the same. "Relations started off cold, and they will remain cold." In light of that, what are Israel's options?

There is a move among some US congressman to get Washington to eliminate or reduce its billions in military aid to Egypt. In fact, Israeli-Egyptian relations took a further beating last month in the wake of reports that Sharon himself urged the US President to take such action - a claim subsequently denied by the prime minister.

Inbar supports such pressure. "Egypt should know there's a price for not being nice to Israel. It's worth reminding them that Israel has influence on Capital Hill."

Dubek rejects such tactics. "Today military aid to Egypt is an American interest. We shouldn't try to sabotage it. The US is not going to 'use the stick' to threaten Egypt over what is - from an American point of view - a marginal issue, like not coming down hard enough on Arafat, or recalling an ambassador. It would be a different story if Egypt went to war against Israel."

There have been reports recently that Israel may consider recalling its own ambassador from Cairo. "We shouldn't be the ones to worsen the situation," says Inbar, rejecting the idea.

"All we would do is lose the few fruits of peace we do enjoy," says Dubek. "There's no point playing that game - and losing it too."

"No one has seriously considered that option," maintains Mazel. "We must not begin to break ties. It's better to keep them the way they are."

For Israeli diplomats in Cairo, that means living and working under a growing sense of siege. But for now, there will be no exodus from Egypt.


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.




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