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around the world have not only been warning about such developments for
some time, but predicting them and in other cases suggesting
Indeed Israeli policies and
attitudes have for some time now seriously poisoned political relations
Middle East, substantially helped bring about the era of the 'Clash of
Civilizations', and through the powerful Israeli/Jewish lobby in
the United States into the invasion of Iraq and other militarist
isolated policies whose dangerous and destructive ramifications will be
felt for many
years to come.
In recent years even leading Israeli Zionist politicians and
authorities have begun warning in public that "Israel could become a
pariah state". Among some of the more noteable 'establishment'
Israelis who have
spoken up in public harshly condemning Israeli policies and attitudes:
Avraham Burg, Dan Almagor, Natan Zach, Uri Avneri, Matti Peled,
Now this additional public warning
report from a Center within the Israeli Foreign Ministry itself.
And this is just a small part of what is being said and worried about
behind the scenes and out of public view where today's forecasts and
are now much more dire.
Israel could become pariah state, warns report
Agencies - The Guardian - UK - Thursday
October 14, 2004:
is set on a collision course with the EU and could turn into a pariah
state, on a par with South Africa during the apartheid years, if the
conflict with the Palestinians is not resolved, Israel's foreign
ministry has warned.
a confidential 10-year forecast obtained by the Associated Press, the
ministry's Centre for Political Research said the EU is pushing to
become a major global player in the next decade, and that as a result
the US, Israel's main ally, could lose international influence.
the 25-member EU overcomes internal divisions and speaks in one voice,
its global influence would grow considerably, and be more in line with
its powerful economy, analysts wrote. Europe is Israel's major trading
to now, Europe has divided on major foreign policy issues, such as the
war in Iraq. A more united and influential Europe would likely demand
greater Israeli compliance with international conventions and could try
to limit Israel's freedom of action in its conflict with the
Palestinians, the document said. Israel might also have to pay a price
for growing competition between the EU and the US.
relations have long been shaky, and Israeli foreign minister Silvan
Shalom has repeatedly warned that Israel has to work to strengthen ties
with Europe. However, Israel also accuses the Europeans of
pro-Palestinian bias, and complains of a growing wave of anti-Semitism
in parts of Europe.
officials in Brussels said that while the EU and Israel have sound
relations in the areas of trade and scientific research, they have very
definite differences of opinion over the Palestinians.
the Middle East peace process and our relations with Israel and the
Palestinians, there is no doubt that the role of the EU has increased,"
said Christina Gallach, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief
EU says Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 must be
followed by major troop withdrawals in the West Bank, and pave the way
for Palestinian statehood. "None of this is exactly what the Israelis
want to hear, but we have to say it," Ms Gallach said.
added that the Israeli government wants to broaden the relationship
with Europe without giving the EU a bigger role in resolving the Middle
EU's ambassador to Israel, Giancarlo Chevallard wrote on the legation's
website that when it comes to the conflict, Israel "tends to keep
Europe at arms length and prefers to place all its eggs in the American
to the Foreign Ministry document, which was written in August, Israel
could become increasingly isolated in the coming years if Europe
becomes more influential.
extreme circumstances, this could put Israel on a collision course with
the European Union. Such a collision course holds the risk of Israel
losing international legitimacy and could lead to its isolation, in the
manner of South Africa," according to the document.
if the EU fails to become a major international player, Israel will
still become increasingly isolated if it fails to resolve the conflict
with the Palestinians, according to the document. The best possible
outcome - that the Middle East conflict moves toward solution - would
still not put Israel and the European Union on good terms, the document
said. "In almost every scenario, there is the potential for friction in
Israel-EU relations," the analysts wrote.
Prosor, the director of Israel's Foreign Ministry, said Israel is
investing a great deal in improving ties with the EU, especially in
situation is not easy, but there is an investment here, especially in
Europe, that is important to us all," Prosor told Israel's Army Radio.
Israeli tanks and bulldozers pulled back from the Gaza Strip town of
Beit Lahiya today, after tearing up roads, flattening strawberry
greenhouses and knocking down walls of dozens of houses in what
residents said was the most devastating raid in four years of fighting.
two-day foray into Beit Lahiya was part of a major Israeli military
offensive in the northern Gaza Strip, now in its third week. As part of
the latest fighting, five Palestinian militants and an elderly civilian
were killed in three separate missile strikes, starting yesterday
says the campaign is aimed at halting Palestinian rocket fire on
Israeli towns. Palestinians say much of the destruction is wanton.
the September 29 start of the campaign, triggered by a deadly
Palestinian rocket attack on an Israeli town, 105 Palestinians have
been killed by Israeli army fire, including dozens of militants and 18
children and teens under the age of 16.
the heavy army presence in northern Gaza, Palestinian militants have
continued to fire rockets and mortars at Israeli border areas and
Jewish settlements in Gaza. Israeli military commentators wrote today
that while an offensive might appease Israeli public opinion, it would
not stop rocket fire.
Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, told parliament's defence and
foreign Affairs committee in a closed-door meeting that the offensive
would continue as long as Israelis were being harmed, Israel Radio
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Iran Next - Part 1
(October 31, 2004)
In a few days the American election itself will be history. The likelihood is the Bush/Cheney/neocon regime will remain in power; hard as that still is for so many to imagine and understand. Should the Democrats win the White House Middle East policies will be largely in the hands of the neoliberals and the super money-men like Haim Saban who when it comes to the Middle East and Israel have far more in common with the neocons than has yet been realized by many who will vote for them. Whatever happens on Tuesday next the build-up to attacking and if at all possible regime changing Iran is well underway and the showdown increasingly imminent.
Osama, Bush, Kerry - Past, Present, Future
(October 30, 2004)
Few Middle East realities have been heard during this long grueling American election campaign. Most of the rhetoric has been extraordinarily self-righteous and self-serving, disingenuous and dishonest. Sad and tragic as it is to have to say, for many in the Middle East and around the world beyond American shores, tactics aside, the words of Osama Bin Laden ring more true to their experience and perspective regarding U.S. foreign policy than those of either George Bush or John Kerry.
Fahrenheit 9/11 - Watch It On Your Computer This Weekend
(October 30, 2004)
Who would have imagined on 9/11 more than three years ago now that the top front-page story in the Washington Post Saturday before the 2004 election would be a picture of Osama Bin Laden addressing the American people! Reality keeps trumping fiction time after time in our era!
Escalating War Against the World after November 2nd?
(October 29, 2004)
Whether the Americans are lead by Bush and the neocons, or by Kerry and the neoliberals, the reality is that both of the great American political parties are today dominated by their super-hawkish Israeli-connected elements and that both are heavily mortgaged to major, however competing, segments of the Israeli-Jewish lobby in Washington.
ARAFAT - Pathetic Symbolism for the 'Grand Old Man' of the Palestinians
(October 29, 2004)
There is often such pathetic symbolism surrounding Yasser Arafat even as many of his people cling to his legacy as the 'symbol of Palestinian nationalism' -- itself nearly as tattered and frail as the Grand Old Man has himself become.
Bush Uncensored; Cheney Unauthorized
(October 28, 2004)
MAKE SURE TO WATCH THESE TWO VIDEOS
ABOUT GEORGE BUSH and DICK CHENEY
Gaza Scam + Dem Party Emails American Jews
(October 27, 2004)
The price for the past political trickery has already been very high. The poison of the Israeli-Arab conflict has spread continually for decades now and played a substantial role in bringing about today's 'Clash of Civilizations' whose end is yet in sight. The eventual future price for what is happening these days threatens to be higher yet, potentially catastrophic.
IRAN Attack Imminent?
(October 24, 2004)
Though few in the world may fully realize it, international society is now at a historic moment and the future, even a potential World War III, is in the balance. Hence the leaks coming from Washington from those trying to warn, and to prevent, what the top neocons and Israeli operatives are pushing hard to bring about. Hence last month's extremely unusual 'Israeli Spy Scandal' which had officials in the FBI charging people working on the Iranian attack in coordination with the Israeli-Jewish lobby with espionage for Israel. Hence, as this article by a former National Security Council operative suggests: "Intelligence circles report that both intelligence agencies (CIA and Pentagon) are in open revolt against the Bush White House." It appears to have been quickly written and then quickly internet published using LebanonWire in the Middle East.
Cheney Uncovered - An Unauthorized Documentary by the CBC
(October 23, 2004)
Reporter Jean Heller presented Soviet satellite photos which did not show Iraqi troops amassed on the Saudi border to the Pentagon.
"It's what it (the photos) didn't show that's more important. What you expected to see were tanks on the border. There was none that we could see.
I said, look, if you can prove to me that our story isn't true, we won't run it. And they just ignored it.
They have never shown those (U.S. satellite images) photos. Not then and not since."
New CIA 'Shocking' Cover-Up
(October 22, 2004)
Completed in June, mandated by Congress nearly
two years ago, the CIA Report that names names
is being suppressed until after the election.
"What all the other reports on 9/11 did not do is point the finger at individuals, and give the how and what of their responsibility. This report does that," said the intelligence official. "The report found very senior-level officials responsible."
Talk about American Imperialism and Chutzpah!
(October 22, 2004)
The reaction in many quarters must be 'Oh My God'. Bill, Hillary, and Tenet all seek higher office! Talk about American Imperialism and Chutzpah!
The WARLORDS of AMERICA
(October 21, 2004)
Regardless of what happens on 2 November in the U.S. election, one group or another of "the Warlords of America" will be in power in Washington. And the years now immediately ahead, regardless if the President is named Kerry or Bush, are quickly shaping up as likely to be the most dangerous in modern history.
America on the Edge
(October 20, 2004)
The amazing thing about this American election is that in view of what has happened in the U.S. and in the world the Democrats should be running away with it -- and yet they are struggling everywhere and likely to go down to defeat.
Israel on Road to being Pariah State
(October 15, 2004)
Indeed Israeli policies and attitudes have for some time now seriously poisoned political relations throughout the Middle East, substantially helped bring about the era of the 'Clash of Civilizations', and through the powerful Israeli/Jewish lobby in Washington pushed the United States into the invasion of Iraq and other militarist isolated policies whose dangerous and destructive ramifications will be felt for many years to come
The Next Generation of Palestinians
(October 13, 2004)
If what has happened in Gaza in recent years would have happened in the USA (adjusted for population size) more than 100,000 Americans would have been killed and more than a quarter million homes destroyed by a foreign occupying army using battle tanks and attack helicopters against small resistance groups in cities and towns.
AMERICAN SECRET GULAG EXPANDING
(October 14, 2004)
THE CIA has greatly expanded its activities throughout the Middle East including in Jordan and Egypt as well as Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other countries throughout the region. Of course the CIA and the Mossad are working more closely together than ever to control the region and enforce what is now essentially the militarily imposed 'new world order' first announced during the current President father's days in the White House. Before President Bush I became President he was in fact the Director of the CIA, whose main headquarters is now named after him.
AOL Censors MER
(October 20, 2004)
AOL -- one of the largest internet service providers -- is blocking and censoring MER. Persons who subscribe to MER using an AOL email address can not receive MER -- it is being secretly censored from their mailboxes by AOL without notice of any kind. It is believed persons working for AOL may be censoring MER in coordination with Jewish Zionist groups. It may be that AOL has a special relationship with Jewish.com and other Israeli-connected groups in some way. It is all being done in secret with no notice of any kind to either AOL users or MER.
A few of the messages we have received from AOL subscribers to MER follow:
Major Iraq Attacks on Hold Until After U.S. Vote
(October 11, 2004)
The Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld made an unannounced visit to Iraq in recent days. And soon after the American election the superpower military will be much more fully unleashed throughout the country preparing to push the U.S.-appointed strong-man Iyad Allawai forward in the carefully staged 'election' that will proceed if 'conditions are right'. In other words, just as Hamid Karzai was U.S. -installed and then essentially U.S.-elected in Afghanistan, the same template is now planned for Iraq.
U.S. Forces IMF into secret Iraqi debt 'forgiveness' scheme
(October 11, 2004)
But maybe most of all in the longer run, and unspoken now for all of these reasons by the powers that be, once Iraq's prior debt to other countries is 'off the books', the new U.S.-installed and CIA-controlled government in Baghdad is free to sign agreements with the Americans -- secret or otherwise -- that will essentially mortgage Iraq's future oil revenues to the U.S.A. and those it approves.
Chomsky on American Force and Pre-emption
(October 10, 2004)
"Bush planners know as well as others that the
resort to force increases the threat of terror,
and that their militaristic and aggressive posture
and actions provoke reactions that increase
the risk of catastrophe."
IRAN - Targeted by U.S. and Israel
(October 9, 2004)
You would think after the Iraq debacle that the ability of the U.S. to blackball, sanction, and then attack, occupy and regime-change another country would be considerable reduced. Not so however as this article in Z Magazine helps explain with regard to Iran. Indeed, soon after the American election the situation will quickly escalate.
The Debates - Fixed and Controlled
(October 8, 2004)
The moderators -- both from the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) -- could have, and should have, asked hard, probing, unexpected questions like this:
Israeli AIPAC Spy Scandal - Update
(October 7, 2004)
It was just a month ago that the latest Washington spy scandal involving the very heart of the Israeli-Jewish Lobby had everyone buzzing. Then it faded from view as the corporate media moved on, as CBS News which originally broke the story found itself under assault, and as the election campaign and debates took center stage. Interesting, not one question from the PBS moderators about Israeli spying, nor even about the U.S. veto of the Security Council resolution condemning Israel, nor the International Court of Justice decision doing the same. Here's an update -- however inadequate -- from yesterday's L.A.Times. Though the real heart of the story should be AIPAC and the influence, tactics, and status of the Israeli-Jewish lobby; instead they focus on just the individual and not as they should on the large group of support persons and organizations. This should especially include, of course, the current cabal of largely Jewish neocons in top positions...including the one who hired Larry Franklin (Douglas Feith), and the ones who hired him (Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle).
AOL Blocks and Censors MER Articles
(October 6, 2004)
AOL is blocking and censoring MER articles because of pressures originating with Jewish and Israeli groups.
Emergency U.N. Security Council Meeting on Israel
(October 4, 2004)
The Springsteen 'Vote For Change' Concerts
(October 5, 2004)
"The press has let the country down. It's taken a very amoral stand, in that essential issues are often portrayed as simply one side says this and the other side says that. I think that Fox News and the Republican right have intimidated the press into an incredible self-consciousness
about appearing objective and backed them into a corner of sorts where they have ceded some of their responsibility and righteous power." - Bruce Springsteen
Israel's Peacenik - Uri Avneri: Realities
(October 5, 2004)
"Uri Avneri, along with many Israelis and Jews, rightly fears that at some point Israel will be the direct target of blame for it's major contribution to having brought about such terrorism in the world and pushing the U.S.
into invading Iraq. It is an understandable fear;
for it is to a significant degree true."
Iraq is a "disaster...that will haunt the U.S. for decades" - Wall Street Journal Reporter
(October 2, 2004)
Iraq is a "disaster" that has deteriorated "into a
raging barbaric guerilla war" that will haunt the
United States for decades.
The Passion of the Bush
(October 2, 2004)
As the modern-day American-Israeli led Christian-Jewish crusade to remake the Middle East in the name of 'democracy and freedom' proceeds, this new documentary is telling indeed. It was first shown at the Republican Convention in New York a few weeks ago; and now, as a kind of Bush-loving counter to Fahrenhite 9/11, the DVD is being rushed out in advance of the upcoming election.
U.S. and Israel Prepare for Iran +
(October 1, 2004)
Even as the two branches of the American political establishment semi-debated last night who would fight the new wars better than the other, even as U.S. and Israeli battle tanks and attack aircraft bombed and killed in Iraq and Palestine worse than ever, preparations to either force compliance or attack Iran, Syria, Hezbollah (Lebanon), Hamas (Palestine), and North Korea soon after the American election are fast proceeding at the Pentagon and the CIA.