THE SO-CALLED "AGREEMENT"
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THE SO-CALLED "AGREEMENT"

June 13, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 6/13: 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. The CIA Director representing the American Empire wasn't about to go home without an "agreement" of some sort. He came to front for Israel as usual, he came to end the Intifada, he came to return things to where they were in September of last year, he came to give the Israelis still more time, he came to further repress and defeat the Palestinians. And it was all conveniently announced just in time so "Dubya" (George W) could have something positive to say at the NATO meeting today, regardless of how flimsy, regardless of how the march toward greater conflict proceeds.

It's the Americans of course who really are responsible for this whole stinking political mess and for all the terrible bloodshed, with much more now on the horizon. They have armed and financed the Israelis for decades, giving the Israelis reasons to believe they could literally get away with murder and perpetuate their control through military occupation. And that they surely have; repeatedly. ad nauseum. The settlements, the tanks and F-16s, the apartheid arrangements disguised by the term "peace process"; these have all been nurtured by the Americans in reality, whatever the rhetoric at various times to sooth the seethings in the Arab and Muslim worlds. There is no trust now, only deep suspicion and enraged hatreds. More dark days of reckoning now lie ahead. And after that the days of rage and revenge will come.

BUSH PRAISES MIDEAST CEASE-FIRE

By Ron Fournier
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP - 13 June) - President Bush praised the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire Wednesday, calling on both sides to build trust ``in words but more importantly, in deeds'' so that lasting peace can take hold in the Middle East.

During a news conference at NATO headquarters here, Bush said he was encouraged that Israel and the Palestinians, with prodding from CIA Director George Tenet, agreed to a cease-fire plan Tuesday. He said Tenet was ``cautiously optimistic'' that the agreement would end the violence that has wracked the region since September, claiming hundreds of lives.

``All the parties must now take additional steps that will place them on the road to a just and lasting peace,'' Bush said. ``All the parties must build trust by demonstrating good faith in words, but more importantly in deeds. ... This process is difficult but hopefully it's now begun.''

Bush spoke about the Middle East situation after meeting with allies to discuss expanding NATO and to present his case for a missile defense shield, an idea that has drawn deep skepticism in Europe.

Bush said he was pleased by ``a new receptivity'' among some allies to his anti-missile plan. He said he is confident he can win more support in Europe once allies see ``the logic behind the rationale'' for his proposal.

Addressing criticism that his missile plan may not be effective, Bush said, ``Of course we're not going to deploy a system that doesn't work.'' He acknowledged that ``there's some nervousness'' among allies about his plan, but said he was ``making good progress.''

``I think people are coming our way,'' Bush said. ``But people know I'm intent on doing what I think is the right thing in order to make the world more peaceful.''

Bush spoke to Tenet by telephone while flying aboard Air Force One from Madrid, Spain. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Bush told Tenet, ``The United States is looking for progress, and so is the world.''

Tenet resumed meetings Wednesday with senior Israeli and Palestinian security officials at an undisclosed location in Tel Aviv. There was a possibility the truce could take effect immediately, though disagreements remain on key issues.

Bush said he will not decide to visit the region, or send Secretary of State Colin Powell there, until he sees concrete actions ``so that peaceful-loving countries can say the cycle of violence has been finally broken.''

Powell, traveling with Bush, planned to meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in Brussels Wednesday evening.

``The wonderful news is that we've signed a document. But the fundamental question is will parties take steps to peace,'' Bush said. ``It's important that these parties now take the document that has been signed and implement it.''

ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS WOUNDED AS VIOLENCE ERUPTS DESPITE CEASEFIRE

JERUSALEM, June 13 (AFP) - Two Israelis and three Palestinians were wounded as sporadic violence erupted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, sources on both sides said Wednesday, despite an agreement on a US ceasefire plan.

Gunmen firing from a Palestinian village wounded a 17-year-old Israeli woman who was standing at a bus shelter near the West Bank settlement of Ofra northeast of Ramallah, the army said.

The woman sustained a neck wound and was evacuated to hospital in what authorities said was "medium to serious" condition.

The shooting followed the killing of a Greek Orthodox monk by Palestinian gunfire Tuesday night as he was driving in the West Bank near Jerusalem, an Israeli army spokesman said.

The monk's death brings to 608 the number of people who have died in the more than eight months since the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, broke out: 480 Palestinians, 109 Israelis, 13 Arab Israelis and six Europeans.

Security officials suggested the monk was targetted by Palestinans who believed he was a Jewish settler.

In other incidents, three Palestinians were wounded by shrapnel from Israeli tank shells fired on residential areas in the southern Gaza Strip near the Israeli-controlled border with Egypt, doctors and witnesses said.

Israeli forces appeared to have fired in response to an unidentified explosion heard in the area, they said.

Israeli radio said army soldiers had come under fire at the Rafah border, but added that they had not fired back and that there were no casualties.

Palestinian witnesses also said the Israeli army opened fire with machine guns on residential areas in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, causing damage to buildings but injuring no-one.

In another incident, an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded when an army checkpoint at the Jewish settlement of Shavei Shomron, northwest of Nablus in the northern West Bank, came under Palestinian fire, the radio said.

Army troops also came under fire near the Itamar settlement south of Nablus, it said.


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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