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ISRAELIS TO NOW KILL MORE PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS

July 4, 2001

POLICY DESIGNED TO GOAD PALESTINIANS INTO COUNTER STRIKES
THUS "JUSTIFYING" STILL FURTHER ACTIONS AGAINST THEM

"A gathering storm of pressure for all-out war casts ominous shadow on Israeli decision to cling to the shreds of cease-fire while widening hit-list in escalating 'active self-defense' against terror attacks."

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 7/04: Ariel Sharon and his government are preparing the way to kill more Palestinian street and faction leaders using various forms of high-tech assassination. They are also preparing world public opinion not only for bringing the Arafat "Authority" to an end but for killing and expelling as many Palestinians as circumstances will allow. Shimon Peres has now repositioned himself once again with his new resignation "threat" just in time to claim he is not implicated in all this. Of course what the Americans might do -- pressed as they will be by Arab and European countries -- is a major consideration and thus considerable Israeli efforts are being expended in the U.S. with both the media and the Congress to prepare the way. This pre-war to position themselves with public opinion and the U.S. Government is one the Israelis are also winning. The Arab regimes are scared and cowered as usual -- well aware the Israelis are threatening their survival should they dare to seriously stand up and oppose Israeli designs. The Arab and Muslim groups in the States are still remarkably amateurish and unsophisticated, as well as co-opted. Jewish and Christian groups opposed to what is happening remain extraordinarily weak, misguided and terribly lead. The likelihood is that when the proverbial shit hits the fan there will be all kinds of carefully-crafted duplicitous words from the White House and State Department; but no serious action to stop the Israelis. Various branches of the U.S. government, especially the Pentagon and the CIA, in addition to the Congress, are actually working extraordinarily closely with the Israelis, more so than ever. Whether the U.S. will also veto any strong new U.N. Security Council resolution under all the circumstances is also likely, even at potential cost to U.S. interests in the region. These two articles from Ha'aretz today help explain how the stage for what is to come is being further set:

STORMY CABINET RESISTS CALLS TO DECLARE WAR

Hebron "hit" underscores stepped-up assassinationorders

By Bradley Burston

[Ha'aretz, 4 July] A gathering storm of pressure for all-out war on the Palestinians cast an ominous shadow on the decision by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's security cabinet to cling to the U.S. mediated cease-fire -- while widening a hit-list of candidates for liquidation in escalating "active self-defense" against terror attacks.

Soon after Sharon's security cabinet met in an acrimonious session, focusing on the extent to which the government should push the envelope of a truce hammered out last month by CIA Director George Tenet, a Fatah activist prominent on Israel's most-wanted list was gunned down at close range.

The activist, Hazam Natcheh, 22, a leader of the armed Tanzim wing of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, was seriously wounded in the attack in a section of the West Bank powderkeg city of Hebron, but was expected to survive. Asked about reports that the gunmen were Israel Defense Forces troops disguised as Arabs, the army said only that it was "looking into the incident."

Israeli-Arab legislator and former Arafat aide Dr. Ahmed Tibi called the Hebron shooting "an in-the-field translation of the cabinet's decisions to increase the liquidations - in violation of the position of the international community, in violation of international law." Tibi said that some Palestinians believed the assassinations were aimed at killing off what was left of the cease-fire.

But rightist ministers failed during the four-hour debate to convince Sharon to abandon what ultra-Orthodox cabinet minister Shlomo Benizri condemned as "the Diaspora mentality of continuing to hold back, while continuing to bury our dead."

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres countered that Israel should allow dialogue with Yasser Arafat, saying that the government had no other "address" for negotiations with the Palestinians. But right-wing Public Security Minister Uzi Landau said that, "There are still naive people among us who messianically believe that something could still come out of (negotiations with) Arafat," and demanded that the military be unleashed in order to sap the strength of "whoever heads the Palestinian Authority. He must have no options in hand, his cards must be weak, he himself must be weak."

Landau said the PA should realize that even territory already ceded in past negotiations could fall out of their hands. "The PA should know that here, too, it may be facing a reality that it will find most surprising," he added.

The Fatah movement lost little time in vowing to avenge the Natche shooting. But Landau said the liquidation policy should be stepped up even more to include Palestinians who bore responsibility for - but no hands-on involvement in - terror attacks. Referring to Nazi extermination mastermind Adolf Eichmann, the only man ever executed in Israel under the state's capital punishment statutes, Landau said, "No one who is involved in terror should be immune from a hit. We put Eichmann on trial here not because he himself carried out the murders."

IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz, increasingly vocal in support of escalated army attacks, was quoted by Israel Radio as having asked the security cabinet: "What normal country would just go on with business as usual under a situation like this?" then adding, "Arafat deceives us every single day."

According to Ha'aretz commentator Gideon Samet, in the current hawkish atmosphere of the Israeli public, none of the hopefuls for Labor Party leadership can afford to offer a dovish or even moderate alternative to the Likud-led government's position.

"The right is running the country mostly because of the fear of Israel's loss of deterrence and punishment. The lack of faith in the PA has reached the level that anyone from Labor trying to soften its position and propose a more creative approach would be viewed by most Israelis as foolish, deaf and evil."

KITCHEN CABINET OKAYS EXPANSION OF LIQUIDATION LIST

IDF warns of rise in violence shortly

By Amos Harel and Aluf Benn

[Ha'aretz - 4 July] The IDF will from now on be given a broader license to liquidate Palestinian terrorists, the kitchen cabinet decided yesterday.

Formerly, the IDF was only permitted to assassinate "ticking bombs," meaning terrorists actually en route to commit a major attack. The new guidelines allow it to act against known terrorists even if they are not on the verge of committing a major attack. A security source explained: "In places where we have asked the Palestinian Authority to work to foil attacks and it is not doing so, we will have to act in its stead."

In other respects, however, the kitchen cabinet agreed to continue the policy of restraint.

A dispute erupted on this subject between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, with the former advocating more vigorous action against the Palestinian Authority in response to Monday's violence - the worst in a month - and Peres arguing that "even if we need to do something, this is not the time."

But in the end, Peres won out: The cabinet agreed that Israel will continue to refrain from striking at official PA targets, and that the IDF will in the main continue to be limited to "low-profile" actions that do not attract wide media coverage. In addition, the relatively strict rules of engagement instituted after the cease-fire was declared will remain in force.

However, the cabinet adopted Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer's recommendation that the IDF be given greater freedom to deploy its forces in Areas B and C, under Israeli security control, and even to destroy houses that constitute security risks in these areas. It also decided to increase the IDF presence on roads in the territorries.

Finally, it agreed that because of the continued violence, Israel will continue to postpone implementing some of its obligations under the cease-fire agreement: Restrictions on Palestinian traffic, for instance, will remain in place throughout much of the West Bank.

In addition to Sharon, Peres and Ben-Eliezer, Finance Minister Silvan Shalom and Deputy Defense Minister Dalia Rabin-Pelosoff were present at the meeting. All of the kitchen cabinet's decisions will be brought to the full cabinet for approval this morning.

Meanwhile, senior IDF officers predicted yesterday that the violence in the territories is likely to ratchet up again as of tomorrow.

The IDF believes that recent statements by Palestinian leaders are meant to prepare the ground for a new wave of violence. For instance, the head of the Palestinian General Intelligence Service, Amin al-Hindi, declared yesterday that "tomorrow [i.e. today] the quiet period will end," apparently referring to the week-long period of absolute quiet Sharon has demanded before the start of the cooling-off period called for in the Mitchell report. Similarly, PA Chairman Yasser Arafat charged that Israel was trying to destroy the cease-fire through its assassination of three Islamic Jihad activists on Sunday.

The officers told Ha'aretz that the PA continues to insist that it is fulfilling its obligations under the cease-fire accord, completely ignoring the fact that attacks on Israeli targets are continuing. Monday was the worst day of violence in a month, with two Israelis killed - one in Sussya and one in Baka al-Garbiyeh - and 27 shooting and bombing incidents, most of them in the West Bank. Also noteworthy was the resumption of shooting attacks from Area A, under full Palestinian control (at Psagot from El Bireh and at Mount Ebal from Nablus). Yesterday, however, was relatively quiet.

Intelligence officers also told the kitchen cabinet yesterday that Arafat had given a "green light" both for the recent attacks and for future attacks, for instance, by telling his men that "this is a long-term war." According to security sources, Arafat's Fatah movement has become increasingly involved in attacks over the last few days.

Undersecretary of State William Burns is due to come to the region next week in an effort to rescue the cease-fire. But Israeli officials said they were disappointed with the most recent American effort in this direction, at the three-way security meeting in Tel Aviv Monday night. No agreements were achieved, and participants said the most of meeting consisted of mutual recriminations by the Israeli and Palestinian delegates.

Security sources said that CIA officials - the American representatives at the security meetings - seem unable to cope with the wide gap between Israeli and Palestinian versions of events, though they seem to give somewhat more credence to the Israeli version. Israel is also concerned by the fact that the Americans have been downplaying the PA's failure to arrest terrorists - an issue to which Israel attaches great importance.

On another issue, Sharon and Ben-Eliezer agreed yesterday to speed up implementation of a plan to beef up security along the seam line between Israel and the West Bank. The diplomatic-security cabinet will meet to discuss the plan today.

One issue that has still not been resolved is which body will be responsible for carrying out the plan: Sharon favors putting the border police in charge, while Ben-Eliezer favors dividing the responsibility, with the IDF handling security east of the seam and the border police west of it.

But work is slated to start soon on one element of the plan: erecting fences along those sections of the seam line where the towns on either side are in close proximity.

Ben-Eliezer also met on Monday with leaders of the settlement movement to discuss the evacuation of several illegal outposts. Security sources said it appears that the settlers will agree to evacuate some outposts on their own, but the Yesha Council of settlements denied that any such agreement had been reached.

Government sources expressed disappointment yesterday that Monday's meeting between President Moshe Katsav and Palestinian journalists was virtually ignored by the Palestinian press: Only one paper covered it. They said the journalists who participated told the Israeli organizers that they were heavily pressured not to write about it. In addition, a motion was submitted to the Palestinian journalists' union recommending their expulsion from the organization.

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON FATAH ACTIVIST IN HEBRON

[Ha'aretz Service - 4 July 2001 - 12:32 Israel time] In an assassination attempt in the West Bank city of Hebron Wednesday, gunmen wounded wanted Fatah activist Hazem Natcheh, 22, at close range, Israel Radio reported.

The incident, in which Natcheh was shot in the abdomen and back, occurred shortly after the security cabinet met to discuss its policy of "active defense," anchored by targeted killings of wanted Palestinians. His wounds were initially described as not life-threatening.

The shooting was carried out close to Israeli territory in Hebron's Policeman Square. The radio said it was not immediately known if the gunmen were Israeli undercover troops or Palestinians settling internal scores.


July 2001


Magazine



DISASTEROUS ARAB-AMERICAN AFFAIRS IN WASHINGTON-PART 1
(July 31, 2001)
The Arabs are so weak in the Middle East and in the world for reasons that go deep into history and culture. This isn't a genetic matter, it's the way they are politically and socially organized in "modern times" that creates an absurd situation whereby a small resourceless country like Israel can dominate some 23 Arab countries with a population nearly as large as the United States.

IMPRISONED, TRAPPED, AND UNPREPARED BY ARAFAT
(July 31, 2001)
Arafat has once again trapped and imprisoned his own people -- keep reading. Wherever he has set up his headquarters corruption, repression, nepotism, and scandal have followed. And always these realities of what we have termed the "Arafat regime" are exploited to further fracture and weaken the Palestinian people -- a people whose basic claim to independence, "return", and reparations should at this point be unassailable.

DECEPTIVE AND OUT OF FOCUS REPORTS
(July 30, 2001)
About that report published "in full" in the Saudi Royal Family London newspaper Al-Hayat over the weekend and then, it now appears erroneously, picked up by Israel's top newspaper Ha'aretz. We already mentioned that the whole thing seemed suspicious. And sure enough with the Monday dawn of a new week and a little fast checking it seems the author, long-time military analysis and close CIA confidant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Anthony Cordesman, says he didn't write it and the whole thing looks like a set-up.

AMERICAN STUDY: ISRAEL WOULD BE UNABLE TO REPEL ALL-OUT ARAB ATTACK
(July 30, 2001)
The report in Saturday's Ha'aretz is not up to their usual standards as names are misspelled and context missing -- it appears to be a journalistic quickie. But even so, and though the Israelis aren't going to admit it, they are becoming more nervous and insecure about their future. And among other reasons that's why they choose the heretofore unelectable Ariel Sharon as their Prime Minister.

CREEPING TEMPLE AND CREEPING EMBASSY
(July 29, 2001)
In 1967, as the Israeli army took control of all of Jerusalem, the Israeli Flag flew on what the Jews call "the Temple Mount" for the first time since Christ and Mohamed walked the area. Sensing what this could lead to General Moshe Dayan quickly ordered the flag lowered, turned the area that the Muslims call "the Noble Sanctuary", al Haram al Sharif, back over to the Islamic authorities, and though Israel claims sovereignty it's flag has never flown again over the area of the Temple Mount

THE BLEAK FUTURE TODAY IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM
(July 29, 2001)
It was "radical" groups that emplanted themselves in the city of Hebron a long time ago, back in fact when the Labor party was still supreme in Israeli affairs. And just look today at that city where the common forefather of both the Jews and the Arabs is buried.

POTENTIAL EXPLOSION IN JERUSALEM SUNDAY
(July 28, 2001)
Arab leaders have warned that a messianic Jewish organisation's plan to make the first move towards rebuilding the Biblical Temple in Jerusalem is a "dangerous step" that could lead to uncontrollable consequences.

JEWS PREPARE FOR JERUSALEM THIRD TEMPLE- AND SO FINALLY DO THE ARABS
(July 28, 2001)
After today's previous MER article was published -- "God War Emerging In Holy Land" -- this Agence France-Presse article has just come over the wires. Characteristically the representatives of the Hashemite Kingdom -- the regime that has been most complicitous in secretly collaborating with the Israelis for decades to control the Palestinians sandwiched between them -- are publicly posturing in one way while actually acting in another.

RELIGIOUS WAR EMERGING IN THE HOLY LAND
(July 28, 2001)
In the years since the turn of the millenium the Arab-Israeli conflict is being transformed into an even more dangerous and potentially cataclysmic Muslim-Jewish war. Ariel Sharon's "visit" to the Temple Mount last year, accompanied by a huge military force, helped sparked Intifada II -- make no mistake about that.

WAR CRIMES TRIALS FOR SHARON ET. AL.?
(July 27, 2001)
In the end the Israelis are likely to find a way to deal with this new situation. They have great resources at their disposal when it comes to the media, intelligence information, lobbying capabilities, help from key governments in the US, UK, and Germany. They have a long history of twisting things to their advantage one way or another. And those opposed to them have a long reputation for much the opposite in fact.

TWISTING ARAFAT UNTIL HE IS DEAD OR GONE
(July 27, 2001)
The Israelis probably prefer Arafat dead at this point; but not at their own hand, at least not directly. Indeed, many of those who used the "Oslo Peace Process" to end Intifada I probably thought Arafat would have either been assassinated or died by now, leaving behind a "peace process" legacy as did Anwar Sadat when he was gunned down by his own soldiers just a few years after reluctantly signing on-the-dotted-line at Camp David 1.

"WARNING! ELECTRIC FENCE" - "WARNING! ISRAELI ARMY"
(July 26, 2001)
NEWSFLASH Thursday Evening 9pm ET: An Israeli teenager has been killed in a shooting attack in the West Bank and three bombs have gone off in the West Bank near Israeli vehicles. The attacks came hours after Palestinians buried a militant killed in an Israeli missile attack. Israeli tanks also shelled Palestinian police posts in a village north of Ramallah and a checkpoint run by Force 17, an elite unit of the police, south of the town, not far from the site of the shooting, said Palestinian security sources.

DEATH, REPRESSION, AND DESTRUCTION EVERYWHERE. SHARON'S POLICY TO PROVOKE VIOLENCE IS WORKING
(July 26, 2001)
Everywhere the settlements continue to expand even as the Israelis constantly twist their words as well as the facts. The Israelis know very well what they are doing and what they want -- they are taking the land and the resources from the indigenous people and then isolating the people in what amount to ghettos and concentration camps calling them "autonomous" areas.

ISRAELI RIGHT STRIKES WHILE ISRAELI LEFT WRITES
(July 25, 2001)
The Israeli army is partially mobilized and positioned for a quick and multi-directional assault on the forces of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority, ironically armed by the Israelis themselves in years past. Draft mobilization offices have been opened by the Israelis in key U.S. and European cities. The Israelis propaganda machine has been beefed up and already beginning to operate on all cylinders.

PALESTINIAN CIVIL WAR DRAWS CLOSER
(July 25, 2001)
"Israel says Arafat is not doing enough to bolster a US-brokered truce, demanding he arrest activists and stop attacks against armed Jewish settlers and soldiers in occupied areas of the West Bank and Gaza. But Arafat has said he is not in control of security in occupied areas. Palestinians blame Israel for the on-going violence"

WHAT'S UP FOR ARAFAT?
(July 25, 2001)
Ariel Sharon has always been scamming everyone. His long career in the military is full of deception and treachery in public while committing blood-curdling massacres in private. In the most notorious case of all, the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps of 1982 ...

OFFICIAL PLO VERSION OF CAMP DAVID
(July 25, 2001)
The latest dueling, in advance of the "big bang" which Arafat himself now says is definitely coming -- and whose real purpose by the Israeli right-wing is to end the "Oslo Peace Process" once and for all -- is a battle for public opinion conducted through a convoluted debate over who offered what to whom and who is responsible for the failing of the "peace process".

REGIONAL WAR POSSIBILITIES
(July 24, 2001)
The following two articles are from publications associated with Janes Intelligence Weekly in the U.K. But what's looked at here are the short-term implications and the correct assessment that the very weak and in most cases U.S.-controlled Arab "client regimes" in the region will find one way or another to avoid any military clashes with the vastly superior Israelis.

PALESTINIAN CIVIL WAR LOOMS
(July 24, 2001)
Those who have read MER for some time know that we have long indicated that one of the Israeli goals was to foment a Palestinian civil war. Some of the Israelis, dubbed the "peace camp", preferred to twist Arafat into totally succumbing and signing some kind of "end of conflict" agreement along with creation of a rump and everywhere-controlled Palestinian State.

NEW BATTLE FOR HISTORY
(July 24, 2001)
The latest dueling, in advance of the "big bang" -- whose real purpose by the Israeli right-wing is to end the "Oslo Peace Process" once and for all -- is a battle for public opinion conducted through a convoluted debate over who offered what to whom and who is responsible for the failing of the "peace process".

ARMIES AND POLITICIANS POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR "BIG BANG" AND THEREAFTER
(July 23, 2001)
Ehud Barak is in the U.S. explaining why his former "peace partner" Arafat is really a big thug who can't possibly be believed or trusted, and how he Barak proved it, kind of sacrificing himself he continually implies.

THE BIG LIES
(July 21, 2001)
Goebbels himself could not have done a better job. For those who don't recognize the name, check back in the not too distant history books under the heading Nazi Information Ministry.

ISRAEL SET TO ATTACK ACCORDING TO CIA
(July 20, 2001)
At first we had the adjective "cowardly" as a preface to "Arabs" in the headline. Let's be clear what we mean here. We're not talking about the Arab peoples, nor about those who do the brave struggling...and the real suffering...and the bleeding and the dying.

WAR DRUMS IN THE HOLY LAND
(July 20, 2001)
No way to know for sure, but if we had to predict at this moment the "Big Bang" (see previous "War Drums" articles for context) will be heard not this week but next after the Maccabiah games have ended and the G8 leaders survive Genoa.

AMERICANS GET ANOTHER WARNING
(July 19, 2001)
With the unprecedented "Red Zone" in Genoa; with key Washington buildings surrounded by concrete and high-tech survelliance; and with Americans warned again by their government to "beware" following on last month's Threatcon Delta alert; the "terrorists" have already accomplished a small part of their goal.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AND ARAB LEAGUE OFFER LITTLE BUT WORDS AND A FEW BUCKS
(July 19, 2001)
It's that little old problem rearing it's ugly head again -- calls that come much too late and even then call for much too little. Worse yet the calls come in very self-serving ways from persons and institutions whose past records make them not very credible, and certainly not very potent.

FINALLY BURYING OSLO
(July 18, 2001)
The "Oslo Peace Process" -- which would have been more aptly named the "Rabin" or the "Clinton" -- has been brain-dead for some time now; kept alive only by extraordinary life-support efforts by its parent surrogates.

INDIA-PAKISTAN SUMMIT COLLAPSES, INDIA IMMEDIATELY ANNOUNCES MAJOR MILITARY ESCALATION WITH ISRAEL
(July 18, 2001)
With both Turkey and India the Israelis are developing formidable military, financial, and intelligence alliances surrounding the Arab and Muslim worlds. These relationships tremendously strengthen the Jewish State financially, militarily, and strategically at a very critical time.

TINDERBOX AWAITS MATCH
(July 17, 2001)
"This could result in a bloodbath and thereby set the entire region aflame. It's not out of the question that demonstrations could topple unpopular regimes in Jordan, Egypt or Saudi Arabia... The tinderbox is awaiting a match."

ARAFAT FADING
(July 17, 2001)
It's beginning to appear that it's just a matter of time now for Arafat to finally be gone. As far as the Israelis and Americans are concerned, it no longer really matters like it use to.

ISRAEL PUSHES PALESTINIANS TOWARD CIVIL WAR
(July 17, 2001)
"No power in the world can stop the resistance operations that come as a reaction to the Israeli aggression ... we have nothing more to lose."

ISRAELIS PUSHING HARD TO PROVOKE MORE PALESTINIAN ATTACKS
(July 16, 2001)
A few years ago when the Americans essentially forced Yasser Arafat to sign one of those deals, this one about Hebron, that was supposed to push the "peace process" forward, it was foreseeable that sooner rather than later Hebron would once again erupt.

MUBARAK REGIME EARNS ITS PAY ONCE AGAIN
(July 15, 2001)
Today the Egyptians hosted Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat in Cairo. It's a replay of this kind of thing they've been doing for quite some years now. The Egyptians are at it again, fronting for the Americans as they have ever since the original Camp David extravaganza in 1978.

WAR DRUMS FROM ISRAEL
(July 15, 2001)
Longtime top adviser to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Osama el-Baz, has issued a not-so-veiled warning to the Israelis not to attack Syria. The head of Egyptian military intelligence rushed to Israel a few days ago supposedly to warn the Israelis not to dethrone Yasser Arafat.

RACE TO NUCLEAR WAR
(July 14, 2001)
While the Israelis and the Arabs confront each other in a conflict that may now last for a very long time and even lead to a Middle East holocaust in the future; and while the other "peace process" in Northern Ireland also collapses due to its similar duplicitous nature; it is in the subcontinent that the race toward a possible nuclear conflagration is furthest advanced at this moment in history.

MORE U.S. DUPLICLITY - COLIN POWELL NOW IN CHARGE
(July 13, 2001)
It was another top General turned State Department Secretary who gave Ariel Sharon the behind-the-scenes "green light" back in 1982 - General Alexander Haig.

PREPARING FOR THE WAR OF HIS CHOOSING
(July 13, 2001)
What we feared has come true: Two ethno-national groups, living in each other's backyards, are going through a proces of regression to superstitious tribalism. The sounds of the drums are heard throughout the land calling both tribes to gather around the campfire, dress in the colors of war and head out to battle to eliminate the very last member of the other side.

INVASION WATCH?
(July 13, 2001)
What are we to call this situation? "War Watch"...no, the sides are far too uneven, it's not really going to be a war...not unless one or more of the Arab regimes should find itself cornered or facing revolution.

WEST WING PARTIALLY EVACUATED
(July 12, 2001)
A few barks from the sniffers dogs and even after all the security checks required to get into the White House grounds the Secret Service pulled the alarm and quickly began the evacuation procedure.

ISRAELIS GENERALS' PLAN TO "SMASH" PALESTINIANS
(July 12, 2001)
Israeli generals have updated plans for an all-out assault to smash the Palestinian authority, force out leader Yasser Arafat and kill or detain its army, according to a report published Thursday in London.

JANES "FOREIGN REPORTS" DETAILS ISRAELI INVASION PLAN
(July 12, 2001)
The report that a force of some 30,000 Israeli troops is preparing to take on Arafat's "Authority" and bring it to an end was just published in one of the most reputable international publications, one published by the Janes Intelligence network in the U.K. and available only to members who pay a sizeable yearly subscription fee.

ISRAELIS PREPARE WAY TO TAKE OUT ARAFAT REGIME AND TO TAKE ON IRAN'S NEW WEAPON SYSTEMS
(July 11, 2001)
Whatever the truth of Israel's latest allegations against both the Arafat Authority and Iran, there should be little doubt what the Israelis are really up to at this point, with Shimon Peres leading the charge.

BULLDOZERS PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE "BIG BANG"
(July 11, 2001)
It's all part of the same game. The Israelis think they have the Palestinians trapped. They publicly debate how to put them in their place with bulldozers, expulsions, invasion, awaiting the "big bang".

ISRAELIS UNDER SIEGE WITH ARAFAT FACING HIS OWN
(July 10, 2001)
Nearly half of the Israeli Jewish population got a stern warning yesterday - don't drink the water. Today Israel's lifeline, it's international airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, is under virtual siege with huge traffic jams as all vehicles undergo the kind of rigorous fender-to-fender inspection previously reserved for just "Arab" cars with special blue plates.

ALGERIA READY TO EXPLODE
(July 10, 2001)
While the legacy of British colonialism still lingers in Palestine and Kashmir, still threatening cataclysmic conflict in both regions, in Algeria it is the legacy of French colonialism, which also of course still has loud echoes in Lebanon and Syria.

WAR IS IN THE AIR - Part 2
(July 10, 2001)
The Egyptians are arming with missiles to deter Israeli strikes against Egyptian cities or strategic targets such as the Aswan dam. These may be conceived as deterrent weapons; but they also could be used in other situations.

WAR IS IN THE AIR - Part 1
(July 9, 2001)
"The stage, therefore, has been set for the outbreak of the next wear: wall-to-wall political approval for a military solution to the current crisis, the appropriate international preparations during the period of restraint."

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE "RIGHT OF RETURN" BUT WERE TOO AFRAID TO ASK
(July 7, 2001)
"Who will compensate me and my family for all the suffering we went through? Financial compensation cannot replace the right of return....The main thing is to go back to where I belong."

THE STAGE IS NOW SET
(July 7, 2001)
This is the way such things are done these days. Lots of testing of the waters. Lots of preparing the way. Lots of trial balloons. If (probably no longer when) the Israelis "remove" Arafat one way or another -- just as it was they who put him where he is in the first place -- it will no longer come as such a great shock.

FENCING THE PALESTINIANS IN - "UNILATERAL SEPARATION"
(July 6, 2001)
Having to a considerable extent succeeding in colonizing the "occupied territories", especially the most important areas around Jerusalem and the most cultivatable areas along with the crucial water resources, the Israelis are now ready for more fences and barricades.

STOPPING SHARON - PROBABLY TOO LATE
(July 6, 2001)
He's not likely to be stopped now. He's prepared most of his life for this moment in history. And as Israeli Prime Minister for just the past few months he's already visited the American President twice, Downing Street, and now both Germany and France, applauded in public more for his "restraint" as the "new Sharon" rather than for his war criminal past and the neo-apartheid oppression machine he now bears full responsibility for.

ISRAEL SHAHAK DIES AS CALAMITY HE FORESAW APPROACHES
(July 5, 2001)
Just what "cease-fire" is Sarid talking about? And if he really wants a serious outside force, why is he not appealing to the U.N. under Chapter 7 and why are not the Arabs included?

ISRAELIS TO NOW KILL MORE PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS
(July 4, 2001)
Ariel Sharon and his government are preparing the way to kill more Palestinian street and faction leaders using various forms of high-tech assassination. They are also preparing world public opinion not only for bringing the Arafat "Authority" to an end but for killing and expelling as many Palestinians as circumstances will allow.

THE REAL ARAFAT
(July 3, 2001)
Of course Sharon's comment yesterday is ridiculous. Problem is the strategy behind it is not. "You must comply, resistance is futile" is indeed the loud message from Sharon to Arafat; and Sharon does intend to prove his words in the weeks and months ahead, make no mistake about that.

THE REAL SHARON, MASKED AND PREPARING FOR ANOTHER "GREEN LIGHT"
(July 2, 2001)
Ariel Sharon has Yasser Arafat cornered now -- right where he wants him. Sharon has in essence forced Arafat to publicly call off the Intifada -- or else Sharon made it rather clear, most of all to his American allies, that he would call off Arafat's regime whatever the consequences.

5 PALESTINIANS KILLED SUNDAY
(July 1, 2001)
Five Palestinian militants have been killed by Israeli forces, three in a pinpoint helicopter attack and two in a clash with soldiers. The helicopter fired missiles at a car in which the three men were travelling near Qabatiye in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security officials said.

SYRIA STRUCK FOR SECOND TIME SINCE SHARON BECAME PM
(July 1, 2001)
The Arabs have an amazing tolerance for being struck. Partly it is because of their weakness of course; coupled with their long history of subjugation and occupation. But those who know Arab society also are aware that after taking it and taking it there sometimes comes a moment of powerful emotional uproar screaming for revenge.

SHARON PLAYS THE PALESTINIANS OFF AGAINST EACH OTHER
(July 1, 2001)
While Ariel Sharon uses the greatest pressure of all so far in order to bow the Arafat regime into submission -- the possibility of crushing Arafat's "Authority" through brut military force -- at the same time he holds out the carrot.




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