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ISRAELIS PUSHING HARD TO PROVOKE MORE PALESTINIAN ATTACKS

July 16, 2001

TANKS Attack Hebron, KIDNAPPING In Bethlehem, MORE Settlements
For background: http://www.MiddleEast.Org/archives/hebron.htm

"The Palestinians have only about 3% of the West Bank -- that's eight towns. Israel controls all the rest. But within a year Israel must hand over more land. The Palestinians expect about another 70%. The Israelis can give as little as they want. Under the peace agreement Israel ALONE can decide how much land it needs to safeguard 130 settlements scattered throughout the West Bank. Today the Palestinians are rejoicing in Hebron. But as the peace talks get tougher there won't be so much to celebrate." Martin Fletcher - NBC Evening News, 1/18/97

"The only thing missing from this watershed in the 'peace process' is any sense of peace. With the withdrawal of the Israeli army, the Jewish enclave here is now an armed ghetto surrounded by a hostile population. The ticking time-bomb that is Hebron has been dealt with in an agreement -- it has not been defused. "We hope for freedom, for genuine freedom, and we're not going to get that from this agreement" (Hebron resident). And there were minor explosions all day. Palestinians and settlers taunted each other... Rocks were thrown... Soldiers took up firing positions... Arrests are made. And the new era began to look mysteriously like the old one." Bob Simon - CBS Evening News, 18 January 1997

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 7/16/01: 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. Former American President Bill Clinton was himself essentially an Israeli agent when it came to pushing forward what should have been called the "Rabin Peace Process" or better yet the "Israeli Peace Process". And Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk, both former Israeli/Jewish lobby officials, were essentially deputized by Clinton as American Ambassadors -- both now out of the American government and back to their lobbying duties.

Using the Clinton Presidency in this way was precisely the Israeli plan all along and the reason "the lobby" worked so strenuously to put Bill Clinton in the Oval office. During the 1992 campaign the President of "the lobby" on Capitol Hill was actually overheard bragging that he had placed a dozen of his operatives in Clinton's Little Rock headquarters and when elected the new President was going to be their man. Oh yes, in addition to Ross and Indyk Clinton had at his side for most of his years in the White House one of these plants, Rahm Emmanuel, his top money man who formerly volunteered for the Israeli army.

This then was the context in which the Americans pushed through the Hebron agreement of 1997. It was Dennis Ross on camera then speaking for both Arafat and a seemingly reluctant Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at that time. Looking back the Hebron and Wye River agreements signed by Netanyahu, the later with Sharon his Foreign Minister, helped set the stage for the unraveling of the previous agreements signed in Washington, Cairo and Sharm; and thus for what is happening today. Those agreements actually prevented the Palestinian State Arafat had been so loudly and often promising his people ever since Oslo, assuring them "absolutely without doubt" would be created by the year 2000.

For background on the Hebron Agreements: http://www.MiddleEast.org/archives/hebron.htm

At the moment, the great deceptions continue of course. The Israelis are actually pushing hard to provoke more Palestinian attacks even while Shimon Peres is being used to gloss over things for world public opinion with his soothing but ever-so-duplicitous style and tones. The decision to build more settlements, and to do so in the very small desert area set aside for the Palestinians by former Prime Minister Barak, coupled with the ongoing assassinations, tank attacks in Hebron and Nablus, and ongoing settlement expansions, make it all but impossible for Arafat to "end the violence" no matter what his actual intentions.

Furthermore, certainly don't take the occasional public criticisms coming from Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan very seriously. Both the U.S. and the U.N. have been outmanuevered by the Israelis before; and Sharon certainly has no intention of letting them stand in his way now. Moreover what Powell and Annan are doing with their muted public comments is largely attempting to put up shields around themselves when it comes time for historical blame. Much more bloodshed and destruction are coming; and only serious actions on the part of the U.S., the U.N., and the Arab regimes -- certainly not just more words for the cameras -- are the only things that will hold Sharon and the Israelis he now commands at bay.

ISRAEL TANKS MOVE INTO HEBRON FROM ALL DIRECTIONS

[Ananova News - 16 July] Israeli tanks have rolled into the Palestinian sector of Hebron and exchanged heavy fire with Palestinian gunmen for several hours. Nine Palestinians have been wounded in the deepest incursion since Israel withdrew from most of the city in 1997.

The Israeli raid was triggered by Palestinian shooting attacks at Israeli army posts and a Jewish settlement near Hebron late on Sunday.

In the battle, Israeli tanks destroyed four Palestinian police posts in Hebron and one in a nearby village.

The latest exchange makes it increasingly unlikely that a US-backed truce, declared a month ago, will take hold. Fighting has been escalating in recent days.

The flare-up comes despite an upbeat assessment by Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, after a meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, that the ceasefire could be made to stick.

"I'm leaving Cairo with the sense that there is hope," Mr Peres said after talking to Mr Arafat for more than an hour.

In Jerusalem, meanwhile, Israeli police have found the bodies of two Palestinians who apparently died while assembling a bomb. The bodies were found about half a mile from Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium where the Maccabiah Games, an Olympic-style event for Jewish athletes from around the world, are due to open.

Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy says police are investigating whether the stadium is the target of the bombers. More than 1,000 officers will guard athletes and specators at the opening ceremony, to be attended by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Meanwhile Israel's Cabinet has approved a plan to build new communities near the Gaza Strip on territory that the previous government had considered giving to the Palestinians in a land-swap deal, an official said.

The decision drew criticism from Israeli opposition figures and environmental groups.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Cabinet approved the proposal to develop Israeli communities in Halutza Sands, a desert region adjoining the southeast corner of the Gaza Strip, according to Sharon spokesman Raanan Gissin.

While the land is Israeli territory, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak had proposed that Halutza Sands be given to the Palestinians in exchange for Israel annexing Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank, according to Israeli media reports at the time.

Mossi Raz, a member of the dovish Meretz Party, criticised the government decision, saying it could complicate future negotiations, and environmental groups oppose development of the area, which includes a national park.

ISRAELI CABINET APPROVES BUILDING PLAN

By Yoav Appel

JERUSALEM (AP - 15 July) - Israel's Cabinet approved a proposal Sunday to build new communities near the Gaza Strip on Israeli territory that the previous government had considered giving to the Palestinians in a land-swap deal, an official said.

The decision drew criticism from Israeli opposition figures and environmental groups.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Cabinet approved the plan to develop Israeli communities in the Halutza Sands region, a mostly desert area adjoining the southeast corner of the Gaza Strip, according to Sharon spokesman Raanan Gissin.

While the land is Israeli territory, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak had proposed that Halutza Sands be given to the Palestinians in exchange for Israel's annexing Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank.

Those negotiations collapsed amid the nearly 10 months of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, and the Halutza Sands proposal is no longer on the table.

However, Mossi Raz, a member of the dovish Meretz Party, criticized the government decision, saying it could complicate future negotiations.

``I think the government is tying its own hands,'' Raz said. ``Even if a peace agreement doesn't happen today, what will happen in 10 years?''

Also, environmental groups oppose development of the area, which includes a national park.

There was no immediate word on when building might begin, or how large the proposed communities would be. The Palestinian leadership did not immediately comment on the Israeli plan.

Meanwhile, there were heavy exchanges of fire between Palestinians and Israeli troops at several places in and around the divided West Bank city of Hebron, but no immediate reports of casualties. Jewish settlers in Hebron took over a Palestinian home for several hours, before the Israeli army forced them to leave.

Hebron, a place of chronic friction, has been particularly tense in recent days following the shooting deaths of two Jewish settlers in the area by Palestinian militants.

Palestinians also opened fire at the Jewish settlement of Psagot, near Ramallah and at Neve Dekalim in the Gaza Strip.

In another West Bank town, Bethlehem, a member of the militant Islamic Jihad group was seized from the street by men believed to be Israeli undercover agents, according to Palestinian security sources.

Mahmoud Hamdan, 42, was grabbed by men who had been masquerading as street vendors in a market, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Israeli military sources confirmed that the army was responsible, and claimed that Hamdan was a bombmaker for Islamic Jihad.

Also Sunday, an Israeli human rights group accused Israeli police in a West Bank settlement of torturing Palestinian teen-agers arrested for alleged stone throwing.

Ten youths, aged 14 to 17, held at the Gush Etzion police station said they were beaten and left in painful positions for prolonged periods of time, the Betselem human rights group said.

ISRAEL ENTERS PA-CONTROLLED AREA TO KIDNAP ISLAMIC JIHAD ACTIVIST

[Ha'aretz - 16 July]: An Israeli military unit yesterday snatched an Islamic Jihad activist from Palestinian Authority territory near Bethlehem. The military spokesman declined to comment on the reported operation.

Mahmud Juma Hamdan, 44, was seized yesterday morning from the village of A-Rahma, south of Bethlehem, in Area A, under full PA control. The Israeli force, presumably comprised of members of the Shin Bet security service and IDF soldiers, arrested Hamdan one-and-a-half kilometers inside Area A. No one was injured during the operation.

Despite the IDF's refusal to comment, security sources were able to provide ample information about Hamdan's past. They said he had been a member of Fatah, but had joined Islamic Jihad in recent years. He had been trained in Syria and Jordan, where he had learned how to prepare explosive devices, and handle grenades and a Kalashnikov assault rifle, the sources said.

In 1990 Hamdan lost his left hand while preparing a bomb intended for detonation in the territories. In recent times, the security sources said, the man had returned to terrorist activities and had been involved in planning various incidents, including the kidnapping and murdering of soldiers and suspected Palestinian collaborators, as well as the planting of bombs and attacks on settlers.

Hamdan is not the only long-serving Palestinian activist apprehended over the past few months. Recent Shin Bet investigations have turned up a number of veteran Fatah members suspected of involvement in hostile activities against Israel; some of these activists have been arrested.

Yesterday's seize-operation was the second of its kind within a week. The first involved the abduction of a senior member of the Hamas military wing from PA territory in Hebron.

PA steps up action against Islamists

High-ranking Israeli security sources said yesterday that the PA had prevented a number of terror strikes planned by the Islamic organizations in recent days. One of the attacks was blocked by the arrest of three members of Islamic Jihad by members of the PA's counter-security apparatus in the Gaza Strip, headed by Mohammed Dahlan. The three men were armed and were arrested close to the Dugit settlement in the north of the Strip.

The PA's counter-security apparatus also got wind of plans by a Hamas cell to carry out terror strikes within the Green Line. The members of the cell were apprehended and warned not to go ahead with their plans.

According to the Israeli security sources, however, the PA is continuing with its "soft" approach in the form of warnings and "protective detention."

"Even when activists were arrested, they were not interrogated and more arrests did not follow. This is in no way like the effort that the PA made against Hamas and Islamic Jihad following the wave of bus attacks in the winter of 1996," a security sources told Ha'aretz.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer told the cabinet yesterday that Israel would continue its policy of pinpoint responses in the wake of any attack in the territories. According to Sharon, such responses will be made even following incidents in which Israelis were not hurt.

Jerusalem bomb suspect held in custody

Police revealed yesterday that a Palestinian man was arrested on suspicion of planting an explosive device at the Biankini Pub in Jerusalem two months ago.

Said Jaber, from the Al-Omri refugee camp near Ramallah, was arrested by Border Police two weeks after the incident. Following his interrogation by the police, Jaber was transferred to the Shin Bet for further questioning and admitted to the suspicions against him.

Some two months ago, a bomb was found in the pub at 3 A.M., while hundreds of youths were in the location. The investigation into the incident has revealed that Jaber entered the pub carrying a plastic bag. When the owner questioned him about what he was doing, he said he had wanted to change his clothes in the toilet, showing her the bag and saying that it contained clothes.

Jaber went into the toilets and left the pub a short while later, leaving the bag behind a couch in one of the rooms and escaping in a car that was waiting outside for him. Jerusalem police sappers disarmed the bomb. Settlers occupy house in Hebron

Dozens of settlers from Hebron occupied an abandoned house in the city's casbah yesterday morning, only to evacuate the building some five hours later. The settlers published a statement saying that the purpose of their operation had been to prove just how flimsily they were being guarded by the IDF.

"The fact that Jews managed to enter a house in the casbah, which lies adjacent to the residences of the Jews in Hebron, undisturbed is evidence that the IDF is not stationed around our homes in practice and the place has been abandoned, in fact, to the terrorists," the statement of the settlers read.

The settlers said they had evacuated the building willingly so as not to enter into a conflict with the Israeli soldiers and after proving their point. The settlers then met with IDF commanders in the area to express their concerns regarding their personal security in the area.

The area of the house that was occupied has not been declared a closed military zone; it lies in the area of Hebron that comes under full Israeli control.

Meanwhile the head of the Meretz Knesset faction, MK Zahava Gal-On, called on Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer to take harsh measures against settlers who were taking the law into their own hands.

Gal-On said that statements made by settlers about the sanctity of vengeance could lead to the establishment of a new Jewish underground movement. When rabbis called for state-sponsored acts of retribution, she said, the security authorities should step into action and stop those settlers who were uprooting trees, smashing windows, burning cars and even going as far as taking the lives of Palestinians.

A relatively quiet day

Relatively few shooting incidents were reported in the territories yesterday. Twice, shots were fired at the Jewish enclave in Hebron, while shooting also took place in the areas of Tul Karm, Ramallah, the Katif Bloc and Rafiah.

Palestinian sources said that 20 Palestinians were lightly to moderately injured by IDF gunfire in the area of Hebron. Meanwhile, the Voice of Palestine radio station reported that three of the injured had been shot by Jewish settlers from the Avraham Avinu neighborhood of the city.

ISRAEL BRACES FOR TERROR AFTER "SERIOUS" WARNINGS OF PALESTINIAN ATTACKS

JERUSALEM, July 16 (Agence France-Presse) - Israel was bracing Sunday for a new wave of terror as security officials said they had received warnings of a series of planned deadly attacks by Palestinian militants.

Police and anti-terrorism units were put on high alert nationwide following vows from Palestinian radicals to keep up the armed campaign against Israel amid fading hopes for getting the two sides back on the road to peace.

On the ground there was a rare day of relative calm, punctuated by scattered gunfire and other minor incidents, as Israeli and Palestinian leaders met in Cairo to discuss the ongoing violence.

Public radio cited an unnamed top security official who said several Palestinian groups, including the militia from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, were planning a string of deadly attacks.

He said there was information that Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were preparing attacks that he described as "among the most serious ever."

Security forces deployed in large numbers around entrances to major cities across the country as well as at Tel Aviv's international airport, the report said.

A militant from the Islamic Jihad, 42-year-old suspected bomb-maker Mahmud Hamdan, was abducted by Israeli soldiers disguised as Palestinian produce vendors in Rama, very close to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Palestinian security sources said they would file a formal complaint with the Israelis.

Witnesses said another militant from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement was arrested by Israeli forces in the village of Burqa near the West Bank city of Nablus. His name was not immediately known.

No injuries were reported when Israeli soldiers traded fire with Palestinian gunmen in the flashpoint West Bank town of Hebron after Jewish settlers occupied an Arab house for several hours.

The settlers said they planned to extend the limits of Hebron's Jewish sector, where some 400 Israeli extremists live under army protection alongside some 40,000 Arab residents.

"The Jews of Hebron are under daily threat from armed Palestinians, and Israeli authorities are not doing everything necessary to protect us," a settler official told public radio.

Army radio reported that a pamphlet calling for violent revenge on Palestinians has been distributed to synagogues throughout settlements in the West Bank.

Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a schoolbus near the West Bank town of Tulkarem as well as on Israeli troops near Qalqilya, the army said. There were no injuries in either incident.

On Friday a member of the radical Hamas movement was blown up in the West Bank in an attack the group blamed on Israel, which says pinpoint attacks on suspected Palestinian militants are a legitimate form of self-defence.

The Palestinians say around 30 of their people have been killed in such targetted attacks since the uprising against the Jewish state began in late September.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres held an unscheduled meeting in Cairo, where Peres underlined that Israel would insist on seven days of calm before moving forward with an international peace plan.


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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