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HATED RAJOUB GETS READY

June 2, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 6/02: With the days of Yasser Arafat maybe coming to an end one way or another, with Feisal Husseini passed from the scene, with the other Palestinian tough guys bottled up in Gaza, the frontrunner strong man to "control" the Palestinian people throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem appears to be Jibril Rajoub. Rajoub has been groomed for the job by both Israel and the CIA for many years now; his portrait prominently appearing on the cover of the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE a few years back.

Among most Palestinians Rajoub is both feared and hated. There is a street-smart belief that the Israeli attack on Rajoub's home last month was not really an assassination attempt after all, but rather a way to try to increase Rajoub's marginal credibility among the Palestinians over whom he would rule, largely by threat and force.

Rajoub has actually been thought to be positioning himself for the job of Arafat successor, or replacement, for quite some time. He's made numerous secret visits to the CIA in Washington, sent many of his men to secret CIA-training camps, and has been considered for some time by the Israelis as their favorite Palestinian "security man" to work with. He clearly is the top dog designated agent of the moment. And as part of what appears at this point to be an orchestrated campaign, a few days ago Rajoub gave an interview to the American Zionist newspaper, The Forward, in which he went out of his way to reassure the Israelis about Palestinian recognition of the Jewish State with just lip-service to the "Right of Return".

Amid Bombs, Shootings, Palestinians' Security Chief Offers an Olive Branch

'RETURN' NEED NOT SPELL ISRAEL'S END AS JEWISH STATE

By Bradly Burston

[The FORWARD - 1 June - JERUSALEM] The ultimate price Israel will have to pay for peace with the Palestinians is acceptance of a return to its 1967 borders, senior Palestinian security official Jibril Rajoub told the Forward in an interview this week.

Gen. Rajoub, a reputed moderate who is considered one of the Palestinian Authority's three top military commanders, rejected widespread Israeli contentions that the current uprising is aimed at the destruction of the state itself. He also denied that Palestinian demands for formal Israeli recognition of a "right of return" for Palestinian refugees would spell the end of Israel as a Jewish nation.

"We do recognize Israel within the 1967 borders. The Palestinian people, the Palestinian political factions, ranging from the far right to the far left, do recognize this fact," said Gen. Rajoub, who is often mentioned as a possible successor to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

As for the Palestinian right of return, "We have long made it clear that insisting on this principle will not mean seeking drastic demographic change in Israel."

Gen. Rajoub is one of several Palestinian moderates who have made overtures in recent days to Israeli public opinion, which they see hardening in the face of relentless Palestinian violence against Israelis. Gen. Rajoub and fellow moderates appear to fear that an Israeli hardening would strengthen Palestinian-Islamic militants at their expense. These leaders ? others include Cabinet minister Faisal Husseini and parliament speaker Abu Ala ? are now calling for a return to the negotiations and bilateral cooperation snuffed out by eight months of bloodshed. Before the uprising Gen. Rajoub's security service worked closely with its counterpart, Israel's Shin Bet, under CIA tutelage, to block militant attacks on Israelis.

Gen. Rajoub spoke with the Forward a week after Israeli tank shells ripped into his house in Ramallah, narrowly missing the bathroom where he was showering. Israel has called the shelling an accident.

"We are not asking for more than the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions," said Gen. Rajoub, who heads the powerful Preventative Security Service in the West Bank. He was referring to U.N. resolutions 242 and 338, which specify Israeli withdrawals from territory captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.

He pointedly did not mention resolution 194, a General Assembly resolution that called for return of the Palestinian refugees.

Gen. Rajoub spoke to the Forward during a week when Palestinian violence against Israeli targets reached new heights, despite a self-declared Israeli cease-fire. Last Friday, with Israel still reeling from the Jerusalem wedding hall disaster that killed 23 Israelis ? prompting a statement of sympathy and offers of aid from the Palestinian Authority ? a car bomb went off near the Hadera bus station, injuring 39 Israelis and killing the perpetrators. Sunday, Islamic militants set off two more car bombs in downtown Jerusalem. Tuesday, Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank killed three Israelis, including Sarah Blaustein, 53, who moved to Efrat in the West Bank a year ago from Lawrence, N.Y.

Israel has repeatedly called for the P.A. to halt its violence and restrain Islamic militants. Mr. Rajoub said that before the violence subsides and peace talks can continue, the Bush administration is likely to be forced to exert pressure to "make Israel understand what its own interests are." He has said in the past that his "graduate school" was the Israeli prison in which he was jailed for 17 years.

"Peace and security are not only Palestinian interests, they are in the interest of Israel as well," Gen. Rajoub said. Otherwise, the certain result will be "regional deterioration, a situation that neither the Americans nor the Europeans nor the Arabs are looking for."

Asked about Israeli contentions that Mr. Arafat wants to continue the current bloodshed rather than return to negotiations, Gen. Rajoub said that both Israel and the Palestinians should be put to the test by adopting the recommendations of the Mitchell Commission on ending the violence.

"Let us have a third party to monitor whether the Palestinians and Israelis are doing their homework or not," he said. "We have no problem in having any third party that both sides trust and have confidence in ? the Americans, the Europeans, the Egyptians."

Israel opposes international observers as a de facto effort to impose a solution for the disputed territories. But Gen. Rajoub insisted that the "Israelis cannot be the judge and the aggressor at the same time."

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's center-right government has demanded a total halt in violence as the precondition to peace talks. The Palestinians, for their part, have labeled Mr. Sharon's unilateral cease-fire a publicity stunt.

The gap between the sides, and the often-incomprehensible nature of the violence in the field, was particularly evident last week, when Gen. Rajoub invited several leading Israeli reporters into his home in Ramallah as part of the overtures to the Jewish state. Shortly after the journalists left, Israeli tank shells struck his house, lightly wounding him and three aides.

Contradictory Israeli army explanations of the incident indicated that the tank fire was ordered at the height of a shootout between Palestinian gunmen operating from Gen. Rajoub's neighborhood and Israeli soldiers defending the nearby flash point settlement of Psagot.

U.S. Ambassador Martin Indyk, in an acrid and surprising departure from his customary imperturbability, laced into the Israelis for the attack last week. "Those who would stop the violence, the Palestinian police...are being hit, bombed, shelled, killed by the Israeli Defense Force," Mr. Indyk told a stunned audience at Ben-Gurion University.

"Maybe the strategy is to encourage them to act against their own people," he said. "I don't imagine that there is an example in history where such strategy succeeded."

Gen. Rajoub rejected suggestions that the attack on his house was an isolated act by hotheaded officers in the field, or that the soldiers had no idea whose house it was.

He said his experience has told him that "the Israelis wanted to kill me. The means they used, the manner, the timing, the location ? I think this was a professional operation. Without intelligence information, without cooperation with the army and other intelligence resources they could not do what they did."

The motive, he charged, was to foment chaos among Palestinians and eliminate moderates so Israel would not have to make concessions.

"I think the Israelis wanted to create a mess within Palestinian society," he said. "They don't want to see strong partners on the other side. They want to see some sort of chaos, to prompt us to say no to the Mitchell report, for example, to justify their own rejection of it." Palestinians claim Israel's acceptance of the Mitchell report is effectively nullified by its rejection of the call for a freeze on settlement construction.

This week, in a trial by fire in his new position as Bush administration Middle East troubleshooter, envoy William Burns braved new violence to convene security officials for the first time since April.

Gen. Rajoub said he welcomed Mr. Burns' efforts as moving in the right direction. "What we are looking for is negotiations, implementation of agreements through peaceful means," he said. "We do recognize the facts on the ground. We do recognize that we should make peace with the Israelis. But it's up to the Israelis to decide whether they want security and peace, or if they want occupation and more settlements."

He continued: "I believe the Americans have started understanding the importance of their being involved." Although there are those on both sides "that will not accept anything," he said, "we can contain our people, and it's up to the Israelis to contain their settlers and radical elements. If we have good intentions, both sides can assure security and peace for everybody. But not through bombs, not through attacks and settlements and closures. With such things, there will be no security, no peace agreements, and no co-existence."


June 2001


Magazine



TURKEY HEADING TOWARD "SOCIAL EXPLOSION"...i.e., "REVOLUTION"
(June 30, 2001)
In geostrategic and military terms, the unnamed U.S.-Israel-Turkish military alliance that emerged full-blown during the last decade -- of course with the Turks using the "peace process" as the excuse for such close relations between Turkey and Israel -- was one of the most important developments.

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTIONS EMERGING
(June 29, 2001)
In a sense there is an arms race under way at this time of a different kind -- a race for whether weapons of mass destruction will be used in a serious and ongoing way should a new war break out first in the Subcontinent over Kashmir or in the Middle East over Palestine.

LABOR AND LIKUD MORE ALIKE THAN DIFFERENT - MER FLASHBACK
(June 29, 2001)
Long before what was to happen with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (remember him?), MER was informing who he really was and what to really expect. Same with regard to Shimon Peres. Expect the same cutting-edge information and analysis in the months ahead.

Washington Scene: THE HISTORICAL MOMENT
(June 27, 2001)
The Middle East region totters now between further repression and oppression, terrorism and war. The outcome in the short term is indeterminate of course. But the winds and directions are clear; however much camaflouged by the politicians and the usually gullible mass media.

THREATCON DELTA ORDERED TODAY
(June 22, 2001)
One day they will probably get Osama bin-Laden, former confident of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia, former CIA asset against the once mighty Soviet Empire, now arch nemesis of the American Empire.

"ALGERIA IS IN CRISIS"
(June 22, 2001)
"The Battle of Algiers" left North Africa biggest country terribly bloodied and traumatized. This time it was French imperialism and the French military that did the dirty horrifying deeds.

EGYPT ARMING WHILE REGIME IS SHAKING
(June 21, 2001)
Arab States, including Egypt, are arming at a growing pace. Even combined they are still no match to defeat Israel. But their detterence capabilities are growing, they might be able to seriously bloody Israel in years ahead...

ARAFAT'S FLUNKIES
(June 20, 2001)
There are many reasons the Palestinian people are suffering so terribly, worse by the year in fact, and are now endangered by the possibility of a second "nakba" (disaster).

"THE SECOND HALF OF 1948"
(June 20, 2001)
Official declarations and many reports in the Israeli media indicate that the Israeli military and political leadership are aiming, eventually, at a total destruction of the Palestinian authority, and, with it, the process of Oslo, which is now dominantly considered by them a 'historical mistake'.

TELEGRAPHING WHAT I S TO COME
(June 19, 2001)
Arafat had two roles he had been assigned. That's why none other than former "terrorist" Arafat was the most frequent visitor to the White House during the years 1993 through 2000.

SHARON'S LONG MARCH: NEXT TO WASHINGTON THEN TO THE ATTACK
(June 19, 2001)
Ariel Sharon is proving what others before him, including Generals Patton and MacArthur of American legend, learned about modern warfare. There's a heavy messure of political theatrics and personal legend involved in making war, more so now than ever in this age of instant TV and the Intenet.

SHARON Coming To US Again To Coordinate War Plans
(June 19, 2001)
Sharon is coming to the States again next week. Only a firm "absolutely not" from the Americans is likely now to prevent much further brutal subjugation of the Palestinians; quite possibly the exiling again of Yasser Arafat.

SON OF IMPORTANT ISRAELI FAMILY REFUSES OCCUPATION MILITARY SERVICE
(June 17, 2001)
Coordinated non-violent but serious civil disobedience -- there in the Middle East, in Europe, and in the United States -- that is what today's situation desperately calls out for.

ARIEL SHARON - WAR CRIMINAL?
(June 15, 2001)
Years ago the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kurt Waldheim, was brought before a mock international court through a joint effort of Home Box Office (HBO) in the USA and a major British TV network. The question before the court was whether Kurt Waldheim was possibly guilty of war crimes ...

PREPARING FOR DESTRUCTION
(June 15, 2001)
"If a cease-fire does indeed take hold, then all the better... If Arafat rejects the document or professes to accept it, but does not fulfill his part of the bargain, Israel will win more points in the court of world opinion and a more conducive political backdrop will be created for a military response to Palestinian violence."

ALGERIANS FIRE INTO DEMONSTRATING CROWDS TODAY
(June 14, 2001)
The Berbers in Algeria, the brutal civil war in Sudan, the Palestinians in the once Holy Land, the Kurds in Iraq and Turkey, the ongoing Kashmir crisis -- all conflicts exploding throughout the greater Middle East region today in 2001, all conflicts the legacy of Western colonial policies of yesteryear and American imperial policies of today.

MARCH TO WAR CONTINUES: ISRAEL WARNS IRAN AGAIN
(June 14, 2001)
There are major historical and military reasons why Ehud Barak and Bill Clinton (representing of course huge constituencies who at the time pushed them to pursue the policies they did) pressed Yasser Arafat so hard to sign an agreement at Camp David.

THE SO-CALLED "AGREEMENT"
(June 13, 2001)
There is no real "agreement". There is a dictate. Yasser Arafat is in no position anymore to do much other than what his American handlers tell him to do; a day of reckoning he brought on himself by so many mistakes and so much corruption over such a long time.

Another Muslim Rep Foolishly Plays To The Cameras On Behalf of the Regimes
(June 13, 2001)
A week ago outside the State Department one of the latest Muslim organization reps to grab for the cameras -- Khalid Turaani -- declared in loud tones how the time had finally come for "civil disobedience" and how he and the other leaders of the assembled Muslim "client organizations" were going to get arrested in a peaceful protest ...

HASHEMITE KINGDOM CLOSES BORDERS TO PALESTINIANS
(June 13, 2001)
The Hashemite Regime has always, right from the start, been in deep collusion with the Israelis and since World War II with the CIA. This latest step to close off Jordan to Palestinians -- to essentially put a seal on the jar which now contains the Palestinians ...

CIA TELLS ARAFAT WHAT HE HAS TO DO AND WHAT IT WILL DO FOR HIM
(June 12, 2001)
When the Director of the CIA is himself involved so extensively, goes on site half way around the world for a lengthy stay, and the situation is so critical he has to publicly acknowledge his role ...

CLOVIS MAKSOUD DID IT TWENTY YEARS AGO, APPEARING WITH SHIMON PERES
(June 11, 2001)
Those who know Raghida Dergham know what she is, and its certainly not a truly independent journalist. She's been an opportunist for a very long time, and she's used her sexuality to climb the ladder with backing from one influential Arab diplomat or royal along the way for a long time now.

CALAMITY AHEAD
(June 10, 2001)
"A whole nation is now huddled around one tribal bonfire to lament its bitter fate, mourn its dead and ignore the dead of the other side. As usual, it views itself as the victim, turns the enemy into Satan and waits, inactive and bravely unthinking, for the calamity that is about to befall it and for which it is in no small measure to blame."

WAR POSSIBLE WARNS TOP SAUDI
(June 10, 2001)
Normally one of the last places one would turn for truthfulness, integrity, and information would be the Saudi royal family. Currently headed by a former playboy who drank, gambled, and womanized his life away in Beirut and London -- before assuming the throne -- it is the Saudi "royal family which epitomizes the "client regime" realities that have so fractured, weakened, and prostrated the whole region once known as "the Arab world."

CHRISTIAN LEADERS: WRONG TIME, WRONG ADVICE, WRONG REASONS
(June 8, 2001)
"Be assured of our prayers for you and the President and all others in the Administration as you seek to forge a fair and just policy for the two peoples and three faiths who share a common religious heritage in the land we hold as holy."

THE CRUEL REGIMES OF ARABDOM
(June 7, 2001)
There are huge cultural gulfs between East and West, old world and new world. And of course the West is extraordinarily dominant these days not only it terms of financial and military might, but also in terms of cultural influence and "moral" standards.

SHARON'S RISE
(June 7, 2001)
"In reality the Zionist and Hashemite leaderships continue to plot how to control and repress the Palestinians in ever more crafty and ever more duplicitous ways."

ARAFAT 4 YEARS AGO - MER FLASHBACK
(June 6, 2001)
Last year MER first carried information about the increasingly close CIA, Shinbet, and Mossad connections with Yasser Arafat's "Palestinian Authority".

MUSLIM ORGS EMBARRASS THEMSELVES AT STATE DEPT
(June 5, 2001)
With much press fanfare (they just love to play to the cameras) leaders of half a dozen Muslim American groups held a press conference gathering across from the State Department today.

DESPITE THE LULL, WAR CLOUDS LOOM
(June 4, 2001)
Despite the lull, there are many ominous signs of impending major attacks against the occupied Palestinians about to take place; and there is a real possibility of regional war.

EGYPTIANS THREATEN WAR!
(June 4, 2001)
When the American Secretary of State cancels long-planned foreign travel and publicly warns of the "abyss" from which "there may no return" you can bet the situation behind-the-scenes is far more dangerous and explosive than is publicly realized.

SHARON'S HAWKS PLAN FOR WAR
(June 3, 2001)
Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor, reports on Israel's growing mood for full-scale hostilities in the aftermath of 17 deaths in a nightclub suicide bomb attack

24-HOURS AND COUNTING
(June 2, 2001)
"Americans should not travel to Gaza at the present time and those who live there should depart to a safer location when they can do so." U.S. Embassy, Israel

HATED RAJOUB GETS READY
(June 2, 2001)
With the days of Yasser Arafat maybe coming to an end one way or another, with Feisal Husseini passed from the scene, with the other Palestinian tough guys bottled up in Gaza, the frontrunner strong man to "control" the Palestinian people throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem appears to be Jibril Rajoub.

ARAFAT'S LEGACY
(June 2, 2001)
Yasser Arafat was hired, courted, and well-paid to control his own people and lead them, however much they tried to resist, to the Apartheid-style arrangement the Israelis always had in mind with the so-called "Oslo Peace Process".

ISRAELIS PLANNING BLITZKRIEG?
(June 1, 2001)
For a long time now we have been desperately warning about what the true Israeli intentions are. We have also been warning that the Palestinians are not at all prepared for these eventualities, neither with the terrible leadership provided by the "Palestinian Authority" nor for the world-wide information and public relations battle that accompanies all major developments in our world these days.




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