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SHARON Coming To US Again To Coordinate War Plans

June 19, 2001

"The Moment of Truth Is Approaching"
Israeli Cabinet Minister

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 6/19: 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. As for the still-muted threats of regional war, now that is what really does concern the Americans, and that they will prevent through their leverage on the Egyptians and the Saudis. That in fact is why the CIA and the American military are more involved in the region than ever before in history.

Of course in public the Americans will play their game of "intermediary", "peace-making", etc. It's all a public drama rather well-choreographed at this point. Surprisingly it is still largely effective in deflecting blame and responsibility from the Americans; and as long as the key Arab regimes are forced to play along and remain in power the Americans are likely to be able to weather the coming storms in the region and retain their imperial control.

Publicly Sharon is coming to meet with George W at the White House. But he and his entourage will be primarily co-ordinating with the Pentagon and Langley, also stopping of course to see former Joint Chief's Chairman General Powell, now heading up the State Department. Also very importantly Sharon and his still nearly omnipotent Israeli-Jewish lobby forces will make sure they have Capitol Hill on board, most of the press at least neutralized, and organized American Jewry in their corner, for the "day of reckoning", for the "moment of truth", that lies ahead.

ISRAEL THREATENS TO RECONSIDER TRUCE
By MARK LAVIE
JERUSALEM (AP - Tuesday - 6/19) - Israel warned Tuesday that it will reconsider its commitment to a cease-fire if the Palestinians do not prevent attacks like those on West Bank roads a day earlier that killed two Israelis.

A cooling-off period that was supposed to lead to peace talks will not begin Wednesday as planned due to the ongoing violence, Israeli officials insisted.

Early Tuesday, an Israeli 15-year-old injured in a suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv disco on June 1 died of her wounds, bringing the total number of Israelis killed in the attack to 21. Israel had resisted retaliating for the bombing following Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's call a day after for a cease-fire.

A meeting Monday between security commanders of the two sides, who had resumed cooperation in recent days, ended with no agreement on a timetable for the truce negotiated last week by CIA director George Tenet.

The Palestinians rejected the Israeli condition that six weeks of quiet proceed any resumption of negotiations, Israeli Communications Minister Reuven Rivlin said.

Palestinian security commander Jibril Rajoub said no new ground was broken, but another meeting was set for Wednesday.

The two sides charged each other with numerous cease-fire violations, and the death toll increased to 499 people on the Palestinian side and 114 on the Israeli side since fighting erupted Sept. 28.

In Gaza, a 16-year-old Palestinian wounded in a clash over the weekend died Monday in a Khan Younis hospital, doctors said. He was to be buried Tuesday.

One Israeli was killed and another lightly injured when Palestinian gunmen fired at their car on a West Bank road. After nightfall, another Israeli was killed when a Palestinian fired shots at several cars in the West Bank.

In response, Israeli forces reimposed a blockade around Tulkarem. The roadblocks had been lifted only a day earlier as part of the cease-fire deal.

``There should be no doubt that, if the Palestinians don't act to prevent terror attacks, we will reconsider the situation and the actions Israel will take to protect its citizens,'' Israeli Cabinet Minister Danny Naveh told Israel radio Tuesday.

Though he was critical of the Palestinians, Sharon fended off calls from his own nationalist camp to hit back militarily for the attacks.

``I am not willing to accept calls ... saying I have to take this nation to war,'' Sharon said, aiming his remarks at settlers, who have been on the front lines of the fighting and have held signs reading ``War now'' at demonstrations.

The truce gives the two sides a week to carry out their basic commitments before the cooling-off period goes into effect.

Rivlin reiterated on Tuesday Sharon's insistence that the counting of the quiet period would not begin until all violence stopped.

In Amman, Jordan, Arafat accused Israel of breaking all its international commitments and violating the cease-fire deal. Arafat said Israeli forces continued to demolish houses, attack Palestinian areas and maintain blockades of Gaza and West Bank territories.

The plan calls for an immediate end to violence. Israeli forces are to pull back from the edges of Palestinian areas and end travel bans. Israel has taken some steps, but the Palestinians say most roadblocks and restrictions are still in effect.

Outgoing U.S. ambassador Martin Indyk said some progress has been made in implementing the cease-fire, but not enough.

``We need to see those clashes reduced more, but the process is working, and I hope we will see more quiet in the coming days,'' he said during a farewell meeting with Israeli President Moshe Katsav.

ISRAELI RESPONSE DELAYED MOSTLY DUE PM SHARON'S
USA VISIT NEXT WEEK

"The Moment Of Truth Is Approaching"

[IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis - 19 June 2001]: Israel Radio diplomatic correspondent Yoni Ben Menachem reported this morning that, according to sources in the Prime Minister's office, the main reason Israel is not reacting to the continuous Palestinian violence is that Prime Minister Sharon will be visiting the USA next week and meeting with President Bush.

Minister without portfolio Danny Naveh (Likud) said on the same program that he did not think the delay in reaction was because of the trip but instead that Israel was waiting to see if the Palestinians would honor the Tenet plan.

News anchor Arieh Golan asked Naveh how many attacks and/or Israeli deaths would be required in order to determine that the Palestinians have failed the "test".

Naveh explained that Israel will see what the Palestinians do in the "coming days" and that if the Palestinians continue with the violence that it would "force us to re-evaluate the situation."

Golan noted that the Palestinians have already sated that the Tenet plan only limits them from striking Israel from within Area A (total Palestinian control) and that the Palestinians are now following through on this interpretation by attacking targets outside of Area A (IMRA:: There are no Israeli targets in Area A - at most the restriction is on terrorists going DIRECTLY from Area A to attack).

Naveh responded that "the moment of truth is approaching".

Golan asked again how many attacks it would take for Israel reach the "moment of truth" and Naveh responded that "it is not a question of quantity", that Israel accepted the Tenet plan and is now seeing if the Palestinian will also honor it.

It is noteworthy that Arieh Golan, whose dovish views are frequently reflected in his handling of interviews, took a very different stance this morning.

He started his 6:00 AM to 8:00 news program by comparing Yasser Arafat to Mark Twain. Mark Twain once said "To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did; I ought to know because I have done it a thousand times." "Yasser Arafat has made cease fires a thousand times," Golan said, "sometimes for a day, sometimes for a few hours. Sometimes he ends them by shooting mortars, sometimes by a shooting."

PM SHARON TO US JEWISH LEADERS:
CEASE-FIRE VIOLATIONS AND MURDEROUS ATTACKS
ARE CREATING AN UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser) Monday, June 18, 2001 Jerusalem

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met today (Monday), 18.6.2001, with Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations leaders Mortimer Zuckerman, Ronald Lauder and Malcolm Hoenlein and thanked them for the US Jewish community's support, assistance and shows of solidarity, especially at this difficult time when Israel is facing serious challenges and struggles. The Prime Minister insisted that it was a primary national mission to bring one million Jews to Israel in the next decade.

Prime Minister Sharon briefed his guests on the diplomatic and security situation in the wake of Israel's decision to implement the Mitchell report, according to its outline, and the Tenet plan for a cease-fire.

Prime Minister Sharon made it clear that he will not countenance any attempt to push Israel into negotiating under pressure of violence, terrorism and incitement and emphasized that the violations of the cease-fire and the murderous attacks are creating an unacceptable situation that will not allow Israel to maintain its current approach indefinitely.

"Pressure must be placed on Arafat in order to bring about a complete cessation of the violence, terrorism and incitement and lead to the implementation of his commitments according to the agreements that he has signed and as per the Tenet document. This includes a halt to the incitement and the re-imprisonment of the terrorist leaders who have been released and who are behind the continued attacks," Prime Minister Sharon said.

"Today, any concession on the issue of the Palestinian Authority's honoring of agreements is liable to have serious repercussions regarding the honoring of our agreements with other Arab countries," Prime Minister Sharon stressed.


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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