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February 26, 2001

"You're Giving Him [Sharon] The World!"

For those who still needed proof of the cravenness and duplicity of Israel's Labor Party, the party that spawned "Peace Now" and "Oslo" among other gross deceptions, it came today. Even top officials in the party can't stand it any more and are crying out in desperation and shock.

"Slithering on its belly" says the former Foreign Minister, Ben-Ami. "You're giving him [Sharon] the world," former Justice Minister Beilin cried out, now faced with making good on his pledge to bolt the party after 30 years of acting as a lemming and stooge for Peres his mentor.

Now the truth is finally seeping out. Peres and Sharon we now learn have been friends all these 30 years; all the while Peres claiming to the world's media to be ideologically close to Beilin, his protege who according to his own convictions is the total antithesis of Sharon.

The party founded by Israel's godfather, David Ben-Gurion, is now proving that the supposed differences with the military Revionists, with the Jabotinskyites, has been mere window dressing all along, deception piled on top of prior deception.

Now Labor seems to be showing its true colors -- indeed it's been a good cop/bad cop routine for decades now with so many, possibly Beilin among them, so terribly abused and mislead all along. And in turn Arafat and crowd have been taken for such a bad ride, though actually they mostly have themselves to blame since they were repeatedly warned that they didn't know what they were doing, that they didn't know whom they were dealing with, that they didn't realize where they were being taken and why. And in turn of course the Arafat crowd -- with their fancy homes, lavish tastes, VIP passes, foreign bank accounts, and corrupted personalities -- took their people into the greater bondage of today via the route of what was formerly known as "the peace process".

If ever the enemies of Zionism needed any further vindication for their refusal all these years to believe anything either major wing of the Zionist movement was trying to sell them on, now they have it. "Nauseating", indeed.

"Slithering on their bellies", true enough. If Beilin and Ben-Ami want to redeem themselves now they will have to do more than leave the Labor party; they and those who have professed to stand for an ideology divergent from oppression, torture, bondage, ocupation, and apartheid, should realize their moment of truth has well.


TEL AVIV (Reuters - 26 February) - Israel's Labor Party has agreed to join Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon in a unity government which supporters hailed as a bid to keep peacemaking alive and opponents condemned as a sham.

"The country has a chance for peace and the party has a chance for renewal," Labour's Shimon Peres, a former prime minister who could become Israel's next foreign minister, said after the center-left party's Central Committee voted on Monday for the partnership.

The vote, after a particularly stormy debate, paved the way for hawkish Likud leader Sharon to finalize coalition details with right-wing and religious allies and take office by an end-of-March deadline.

"You're giving him the world," outgoing Justice Minister Yossi Beilin, a leading Labor dove opposed to the coalition, told the 1,600-member committee, which voted by a margin of 67 to 33 percent in favor of a unity government.

"It's a bonanza: a Nobel prize winner in a government with 'Gandhi'," Beilin said, referring to peace laureate Peres and using the nickname of Rehavam Zeevi, whose National Union party advocates expelling Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza.

Outgoing Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami told Labour's Central Committee meeting he was "nauseated" by the spectacle of the party "slithering on its belly" to join up with Sharon.

Labor has been in disarray since Sharon crushed Ehud Barak in a February 6 prime ministerial election hastened by a Palestinian uprising that erupted after the Likud leader visited a hotly contested Jerusalem holy site last September.

The landslide underlined deep public dissatisfaction over Barak's peace proposals, which many Israelis viewed as overly generous at a time when Palestinians were waging a violent campaign for independence.


Sharon has said he will take a more cautious approach to peacemaking with the Palestinians and seek incremental, interim agreements instead of the full, final accord Barak had hoped to achieve.

But Sharon has insisted that the Palestinians must first stop the uprising before peace efforts can resume.

He had no immediate comment on Labour's decision to join an alliance, but he told reporters before the meeting: "I hope and expect that...the feeling of responsibility will take precedence over everything else."

In one of his most fiery speeches in years, Peres told the Central Committee that Sharon had agreed to coalition guidelines negotiated between Likud and Labor that a unity government would make "painful concessions" for peace.

"The time has come to listen to the people," Peres, 77, urged the gathering, raising his voice above the din of hecklers and gesturing from the podium. "For once and for all, listen to the people."


Earlier on Monday, Sharon set out three conditions for an end to Israel's blockade of the West Bank and Gaza: a public statement by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat renouncing violence, an end to anti-Israeli "incitement" and renewal of security coordination.

Sharon said Secretary of State Colin Powell had conveyed his conditions to Arafat during their talks on Sunday in Ramallah.

Sharon said that if the conditions he had set out were met, Israel would be able "to allow raw materials to pass and also some labourers into Israel."

Israel has curbed movement of goods and people through the borders of the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the start of the uprising. Israel cites security reasons for the clampdown, which the Palestinians condemn as collective punishment.


Peres told his audience in Tel Aviv the Palestinian uprising and "future dangers" if Iraq developed a nuclear option meant the Labor Party could not turn its back on the challenges facing the Jewish state.

"Isn't this our country? Do we have another country? We'll sit and wait for what -- to make a few more speeches in opposition?" he asked the audience.

Fresh violence in the West Bank underlined the challenges facing peacemakers.

Israeli troops shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian during stone-throwing clashes near the city of Ramallah, local hospital sources said. At least 333 Palestinians, 61 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs have been killed since the uprising erupted.

Peres said Sharon had offered Labor the key posts of foreign minister and defense chief and agreed to coalition guidelines that enshrined the principle of territorial compromise and honored past peace accords.

The Central Committee was expected to meet in the coming days to decide on a list of Labor ministers for Sharon to include in his cabinet.

"I am not giving up on Oslo," said Peres, who was awarded a Nobel peace prize along with Arafat and then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin a year after the 1993 interim peace deal was signed.

February 2001


(February 27, 2001)
Was it the Likud Party, or the Labor Party, that authorized more illegal settlements in the occupied territories since the Gulf War and the Madrid Peace Conference?

(February 26, 2001)
For those who still needed proof of the cravenness and duplicity of Israel's Labor Party, the party that spawned "Peace Now" and "Oslo" among other gross deceptions, it came today.

Defectors say Iraq tested Nuclear Bomb
(February 25, 2001)
When Iraq was more overtly building nuclear weapons, the Israelis struck in 1981 destroying the Osirak reactor near Baghdad that could have provided the crucial processed uranium fuel.

"Go back, we don't want you"
(February 24, 2001)
General Colin Powell, now combining even more closely than usual the Pentagon with the State Department, was afraid to go to Gaza; and rightly so.

The Hebron MASSACRE - 7 long years ago
(February 24, 2001)
Abraham's dysfunctional family has had unbelieveable historical ramifications for which the focal point today is Hebron, site of Abraham's burial place, a religious site to both Jews and Muslim alike who are today quite literally at each other's throats.

Council on foreign relations help legitimize Sharon
(February 23, 2001)
The Council on Foreign Relations, New York-power elite-based but in recent years integrating more with the Washington government and corporate elite, has been for quite some time, to put it bluntly, a rather tricky and chicanery Israeli-oriented Zionist center when it comes to matters relevant to Israel.

Iraq - The great Cover-Up
(February 23, 2001)
As terrible as what the Israelis, with their superpower American ally (and European connivance), are doing to the Palestinians, what has been and is being done to the Iraqis and the Chechnyans is also truly appauling.

Arab expulsion admitted by Sharon Ally
(February 22, 2001)
One day maybe Israel -- like South Africa and Chile before it -- will have some kind of "truth finding" commission to try to purge itself of the past.

Protests in Jordan
(February 22, 2001)
If it weren't for the Hashemite Regime in today's Jordan, yesterday's Transjordan, and before that the East Bank of Palestine, the Israelis would never have been able to vanquish the Palestinian people in days past and would never be able to do to the remaining Palestinians what is happening today.

Powell and Sharon - Street protests?
(February 21, 2001)
Clearly, the US is rushing to court unpopularity across the world, contrary to expectations that the Bush national security establishment would conduct itself with a degree of sophistication.

"This is only the beginning"
(February 21, 2001)
The crippling is not just physical. Psychologically, culturally, economically, and even morally, the Palestinian people are being twisted and tortured beyond all recognition of their former selves.

Gaza Ghetto, Gaza Concentration Camp, Gaza Prison
(February 19, 2001)
For four months, the Gaza Strip has been effectively isolated from the world. Over 1 million Palestinians are caged in an area of not more than 365km2.

Locked in an Orwellian eternal war
(February 19, 2001)
President Bush Jr didn't seem so confident the other day as he told the world of the newly increased bombing of Iraq. But he made it clear that "until the world is told otherwise" the Americans are convinced they run the world and it is up to them to decide whom to bomb, whom to favor, whom to take out, whom to reward.

Arafat collapsing
(February 16, 2001)
The Arafat Regime is collapsing. Here are some of the details, twisted somewhat of course because the reports are from Israel's best newspaper, Ha'aretz, in view of the fact that Palestinian and Arab news sources are unable and unwilling to provide such insights.

The realization, "perhaps the dream"
(February 16, 2001)
Out of the cycle of violence the gradual, hesitant understanding - perhaps the dream - will grow, that the only way is through a struggle to create a land of Israel/Palestine that is undivided in both physical and human terms, pluralistic and open; a land in which civilized relations, human touch, intimate coexistence and a link to a common homeland would be stronger than militant tribalism and the separation into national ghettoes.

"Collective suicide" or Zionism united?
(February 15, 2001)
If there is a national unity government, it will be evident that the differences between Labour as the main branch of the left and the Likud as the main branch of the right are not that big.

Death and assissination
(February 14, 2001)
It didn't take long for the Israelis, now Sharon-led, to start creating the escalating provocations that will then bring about still more Palestinian rage which will then give the Israelis the excuse they seek to pulverize the Palestinians still harder, possibly destroying the regime they earlier created, and possibly leading to another Palestinian "nakbah" (disaster).

Israelis strike, Palestinians without strategy
(February 13, 2001)
The Israelis have had a long-term strategy for a very long time; and they have pursued it regardless of what party was in power and who happened to be Prime Minister of the moment.

Dozens of Palestinians wounded
(February 12, 2001)
Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank Monday as Israel's rightwing Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon sought to forge a unity government.

"Holy war" is forever
(February 12, 2001)
Fifty four years ago when an international commission of that day was hearing from Jews and Arabs about what the new U.N. should do about Palestine there was testimony from very credible and very establishment Jewish Zionist sources opposing creation of a "separatist Jewish State" precisely because it would bring about an unending conflict with the Palestinian Arab population.

War preparations continue
(February 11, 2001)
The Arafat Regime, the "Authority", is near collapse -- not just financially, but credibility wise as well. The Israeli government is near "unity" -- with General Sharon in charge.

The PA is about to collapse
(February 10, 2001)
How ironic history can be. After generations of struggle and such suffering the regime that rules the Palestinians is now in the hands of Ariel Sharon representing Israel, the U.S. Congress representing the financial levers of the American Empire, and the European governments which in this situation operate on the pretense that they are better than either of the above.

Rocking Israel to its Biblical core
(February 9, 2001)
Well if King David was a nebbish (modern translation might be "nerd"), one has to wonder how history will record Ariel Sharon, the man with such a past whom the Jews of Israel have just overwhelming elected their leader.

Sharon maneuvers for starting position
(February 9, 2001)
It's time for serious political confusion and disinformation now. As the armies prepare themselves for the clashes likely to come in one form or another, the politicians maneuver for new starting positions.

Clinton pardoned Mossad spy for Israelis
(February 9, 2001)
The Israelis adore Bill Clinton, as all the pollsters know. Deep down even the common everyday Israelis know he was their man in the White House.

The many crimes of Ariel Sharon
(February 8, 2001)
Some incorrigible optimists have suggested that only a right-wing extremist of the notoriety of Likud leader Ariel Sharon will have the credentials to broker any sort of lasting settlement with the Palestinians.

Sharon wastes no time - Arafat bows
(February 7, 2001)
We will give him the benefit of the doubt. If he comes with good ideas that will bring us closer to the peace process, why not? The world has seen many such situations before.

Holy war for Jerusalem
(February 7, 2001)
We're on the way now to a new and expanded struggle, maybe even a religious war, Jerusalem the focalpoint.

The cold logic of Sharon
(February 7, 2001)
Many Israelis just stayed home. Others cast a blank vote. But a considerable minority thrust Ariel Sharon into the greatest electoral landslide in that country's history -- obviously as well an overwhelming majority of those who did vote.

Sharon wins and Peres wants in
(February 6, 2001)
He may be a brutish thug, he may fit the definition of war criminal, he may be a Jewish racist -- but now he is also the Prime Minister-elect of Israel, overwhelmingly swept into power in a way few imagined possible just a year ago.

All sides now committed to escalation
(February 6, 2001)
Now the real craziness begins. The Palestinians are committed to heating things up to demonstrate their resolve and their capabilities. The Israelis are committed to "stopping the violence" which means clamping the boot down on the Palestinians even more harshly.

The legacy of Ariel Sharon
(February 5, 2001)
This is a place of filth and blood which will forever be associated with Ariel Sharon. In Israel today, he may well be elected prime minister.

BBC casts doubt of Pan AM convictions
(February 5, 2001)
In advance of whatever the Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi is going to produce as "evidence" of innocence today, the BBC has published the following story quoting the very Scottish law professor who arranged the trial in The Netherlands casting great doubt about the veracity of the verdict reached:

What's left of Israel's left
(February 5, 2001)
What's left of Israel's left is in a fractured and demoralized state of affairs. Not only is Ariel Sharon about to become Israel's Prime Minister, but in all likelihood he is to be swept into power tomorrow in a landslide unprecedented in Israel's history.

The Pan Am 103 Verdict
(February 3, 2001)
The papers are filled with pictures of happy relatives of the victims of the 1988 bombing of PanAm 103. A Libyan, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, was just found guilty of the bombing by a Scottish court in the Hague, his co-defendant, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, being acquitted... What's wrong is that the evidence against Megrahi is thin to the point of transparency.

Rivers of blood
(February 2, 2001)
The bloodiness and racism of Sharon's past is fact. And these two articles help bring that past forward to the present.

Waiting for Sharon
(February 2, 2001)
They believe a Sharon victory will be a boon for their cause. 'He will expose the true face of Israel,' says an activist in Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement in Nablus, 'and force the world, including the US, to address its real responsibilities to the peace process...

Israeli Arabs boycott Barak, await Sharon
(February 1, 2001)
As the extreme right-wing revolution in Israel nears, as Ariel Sharon and friends prepare to take over political power, the "Israeli Arab vote" will not be enough to save Ehud Barak, and in fact it will not even be mobilized on his behalf this time, though Yasser Arafat and his friends have surely tried.

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