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"New Era" Says Sharon Reacting In Character to "Gandhi" Assassination

October 17, 2001

"A New Era has begun.... What was before will never be again... Today we are facing a completely different situation, things will never be the same." Ariel Sharon Prime Minister of Israel

"Let the Arabs go back to Mecca" Rehavam Zeevi Assassinated Minister of Tourism

MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 10/17: He had called the Palestinians "lice" and "vermin" and "cancer", and he had urged their "transfer" or "extermination". Just Monday he has tendered his resignation as Minister of Tourism, insisting that Ariel Sharon was being too moderate and too compromising. Now he is the first Israeli Government Minister ever assassinated by Palestinians in a struggle that keeps spiraling monthly into one still blooodier and more revengeful.

Actually it is the Israelis who have a long history of both political assassination and terrorism, though this is not well known especially by Americans who are so badly served by their remarkably complacent and comformist mass media. It was in 1947 that the Israelis assassinated the special U.N. Representative, Count Bernadotte -- a future Israeli Prime Minister among the small group who who did. And it was the precursor of the party today headed by Israel's Prime Minister Sharon that blew up the famous King David hotel in Jerusalem the next year, killing scores of civilians.

With all of the bloodletting over the years never before today did Palestinians assassinate a major Israeli political figure. In the past year alone the Israelis have assassinated at least 60 Palestinians -- including one of the founders of the PLO on August 27, the specific killing which may have been the one avenged today by persons associated with The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Today's killing on the special VIP floor at the Hyatt Hotel in what was an Arab section of East Jerusalem was unlike anything done by the Palestinians before, but did have close similarities to an Israeli hit at a European hotel more than 10 years ago when the well known scientist Gerald Bull, then working with the Iraqis on a "supergun" in the days when Saddam Hussein was an ally of the Americans, was killed after receiving warnings from the Israeli Mossad to cease his work with the Iraqis.

Meanwhile, around the world things are beginning to spiral out of control threatening a much larger potentially world-wide conflagration:

* The Pakistani military has gone on high alert as tensions with Indian over Kashmir escalate and actual fighting along the "Line of Control" threatens to bring the two now nuclear powers to war.

* Tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are far greater than Americans have been told by their government, even threateing a potential "meltdown" in relations.

* Israel may now be mobilizing not just to further attack the Palestinians but to go after Hezbollah and the PFLP in ways that could result in a confrontation with Syria.

* Anti-U.S. demonstrations and emotions continue to grow in key Arab and Muslim countries

* There are unconfirmed reports of Chinese Muslim troop movements in the border areas with Afghanistan and Pakistan; and the overall situation with Taiwan remains another potential flashpoint.

* Militarists in key positions in the the U.S. government continue to prepare for further "phases" in the new "war against terrorism" with Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, and Palestinian territories next on their list of intended targets said to support or harbor "terrorist" groups.


JERUSALEM, Oct 17 (AFP) - Israel's ultra-nationalist tourism minister, Rehavam Zeevi, died Wednesday after being shot in the head in his Jerusalem hotel by a hardline Palestinian group in revenge for Israel's assassination of its own leader.

Zeevi, 74, an outspoken hawk who wanted to see the Palestinians leave the West Bank and Gaza Strip, was found in a pool of blood in his room by his wife Yael just hours before his resignation in protest at Israeli peace moves was due to come into effect....

The former army general was rushed to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital where he was later pronounced dead by surgeon Shmuel Shapira. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the hospital before Zeevi died, then summoned ministers for a security meeting to discuss the impact of the assassination.

The police sealed off the Regency Hyatt hotel and were questioning staff and guests.

The hardline left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestineclaimed responsibility for the shooting.

A statement faxed to AFP's office in Jerusalem said the attack was to avenge the killing of PFLP leader Ali Abu Mustapha on August 27, when Israeli helicopter gunships blasted his Ramallah office with missiles. The PFLP had sworn that the assassination of Mustapha would not go unpunished.

"The Brigades of the Martyr Abu Ali Mustapha declare to have attacked the Zionist terrorist .... Rehavam Zeevi to avenge" the PFLP secretary-general, the statement said. "The terrorist Sharon and his criminal band must know that Palestinian blood is so precious, and the wave of attacks against Palestinian officials and militants will not go unpunished."

"From now on the political and military leaders of the Zionist entity will be the targets of our special forces," the PFLP statement added.

Since taking office following his election in February, Sharon has stepped up the controversial practice begun by his predecessor Ehud Barak of eliminating Palestinians suspected of planning attacks on Israelis.

Mustapha and Zeevi are the highest-ranking officials to be hit by either side in the year-long intifada, the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation. Zeevi is also the first Israeli minister to be assassinated by a Palestinian in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the first to be killed since moderate Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was shot by a right-wing Israeli in Tel Aviv in November 1995.

PFLP spokesman Abu Talal, speaking in Lebanon's Ain Helweh refugee camp, told AFP, "The heroic action of our fighters is a normal response to the crimes perpetrated by Sharon against Abu Ali Mustapha and the heroes of the intifada." And a leader of the radical Islamic group Hamas said Israel was reaping what it had sown.

"I think the reasons for the shooting of Zeevi was Sharon and his policies, which included the assassination of political leaders and children," said Hamas leader Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, whose own group has been battered by Israel's liquidation policy.

Israel pointed the finger at Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority for not jailing extremists as it had pledged to do in a ceasefire agreement three weeks ago.

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, who met Arafat to close the deal, said if the Palestinian leader "does not arrest Palestinian militants, all our efforts will go up in smoke."

Sharon spokesman Avi Pazner also said Arafat must shoulder some of the blame. "We hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for not having acted against terrorists," Pazner told AFP. He said the PFLP was an "official Palestinian organisation, whose new leader Ahmad Sadat is based in the West Bank town of Ramallah. "If they do not arrest them we will all be always at the mercy of groups like this one ... We will not be able to renew peace negotiations while terrorism is going on," he said.

Pazner also had a dig at Arafat's high-profile tour of Europe, where he notched up the support of Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands for a new peace initiative with Israel and the creation of a Palestinian state, a week after Washington gave its support to he idea.

"While Arafat goes around the world, around Europe, and speaks about his wish to reach an agreement with Israel, these people on the ground continue to engage in murderous terrorist activity," he said.

And he pointed out that the PFLP's main headquarters were in Syria, a country accused by Israel of harbouring a slew of terrorist organisations and whose nomination to the UN Security Council last week caused a storm of protest in the Jewish state.

Zeevi, the head of the National Unity party who had served in the Israeli army from its creation in 1948 until 1974, tendered his resignation Monday in protest at Sharon's withdrawal of tanks from a Palestinian hotspot overlooking the Jewish enclave in Hebron. His resignation, and that of fellow hawk Avigdor Lieberman, the national infrastructure minister, had been due to come into effect at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Following are Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's remarks at the special Knesset session today (Wednesday), 17.11.2001, in memory of Tourism Minister Rechavam Zeevy, who was assassinated this morning:

"The full responsibility falls squarely on Arafat, as someone who has controlled, and continues to control, terrorism, and as one who has not - to this day - taken even one serious step to prevent terrorism... Minister Zeevy's legacy is holding fast to the soil of our historic homeland, and the determined, uncompromising war for the existence and security of Israel. We will wage all-out war on the terrorists, those who collaborate with them and those who send them."

Former President Ezer Weizman, Former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah, Friends of Gandhi,

This morning, our fellow minister and MK Rechavam Zeevy, Gandhi, may God avenge his blood, was murdered in Jerusalem by Palestinian terrorists.

>From his youth until the day of his death, Minister Zeevy took an active part in the campaign for the establishment of Israel - and in this campaign he fell.

Rechavam, a sixth generation Jerusalemite on his mother's side, fell in the line of duty in Jerusalem, our eternal capital.

Minister Zeevy's achievements on behalf of the State of Israel were many: From his days in the Palmah that he joined in his youth; through his service in the IDF in which he served for over 25 years, reaching the rank of major-general; and through his service as an MK and a minister. The head of the 'Moledet' movement loved his homeland. His path was marked with milestones in the establishment of Israel and its struggles.

Zeevy was one of the IDF's greatest staff officers and commanders. Afterwards, he continued to contribute to Israel's security and served as the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's adviser on counter-terrorism and intelligence.

First and foremost, he was a consummate Zionist. I did not know anyone who had such a vast knowledge of the Land of Israel and its history as him. His contribution to settlement in the Land of Israel was considerable. Zeevy was an outstanding parliamentarian for 13 years and a minister in Yitzhak Shamir's government and in the current national unity government. In all of his public posts, he persistently and admirably fought for his positions and beliefs.

This is a severe loss to the people and State of Israel. For me - it is also a personal loss.

Gandhi was first and foremost a comrade: A comrade-in-arms and also a comrade to the belief in the nation of Israel's unequivocal right to its historical homeland.

Only despicable terrorists can dream of assassinating an elected official in a democratic state. Only a regime that wants to subvert the State of Israel and deeply opposes peace can give shelter and support to murderers of this kind. The full responsibility falls squarely on Arafat, as someone who has controlled, and continues to control, terrorism, and as one who has not - to this day - taken even one serious step to prevent terrorism.

He knew that not taking steps against organizations such as Islamic Jihad would lead to terrible acts of murder and the responsibility is fully his. We want peace with the Palestinian people, but there will be no compromises with terror. Never.

Minister Zeevy's legacy is holding fast to the soil of our historic homeland, and the determined, uncompromising war for the existence and security of Israel. We will wage all-out war on the terrorists, those who collaborate with them and those who send them.

His legacy we will fulfill; may God avenge his blood.

Gandhi will be sorely missed by myself, and by everyone.

I would like, on behalf of everyone, to express our condolences to Gandhi's great and special family.

May his memory be blessed.

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October 2001


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(October 26, 2001)
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(October 26, 2001)
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(October 25, 2001)
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(October 21, 2001)
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(October 24, 2001)
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(October 24, 2001)
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(October 22, 2001)
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Millions Likely To Die in Afghanistan U.N. Warns
(October 21, 2001)
As for Afghanistan, the American CIA worked behind the scenes to bring on the Soviet invasion of 1979, then engaged the Soviet Empire in a way that brought about the near-total devastation of Afghanistan and a huge uncounted death toll.

It's "New Imperialism" says leading British MP
(October 21, 2001)
Much pressure is building at the United Nations to not open itself to still more charges of being complicitous in "genocide", not to mention to do something to stop being seen as "an extension of the American State Department" (the actual private words of a senior U.N. official).

"Comply! Resistance Is Futile!"
(October 20, 2001)
British MP (Member of Parliament) George Galloway calls it the "new imperialism" (his article coming later today). On the whole the Anglo-British press is working up quite a frenzy (with notable exceptions like The Guardian and The Independent in the UK, sometimes The Nation in the U.S.).

The "Arafat Era" Collapsing or About To Be Reborn?
(October 20, 2001)
Yasser Arafat is losing both his grip on power (extended to him by the Israelis and the Americans for the past decade since the Gulf War) and his credibility (with his own people) at the same time.

The Coming Arab Crash
(October 19, 2001)
The west's most important friends in the Arab Middle East - Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah of Jordan, Mubarak of Egypt and the PLO's Yasser Arafat - are probably the world's most vulnerable political quartet.

Saudi Amb Bandar Badly Fails, Saudi Royals in Paralysis, US Relations in Doubt
(October 19, 2001)
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(October 18, 2001)
The list of broken and disingenuous "promises" made to the Arabs by Western political leaders is something befitting a "Saturday Night Live" parody skit -- if only they would dare!

"New Era" Says Sharon Reacting In Character to "Gandhi" Assassination
(October 17, 2001)
He had called the Palestinians "lice" and "vermin" and "cancer", and he had urged their "transfer" or "extermination". Just Monday he has tendered his resignation as Minister of Tourism, insisting that Ariel Sharon was being too moderate and too compromising.

(October 17, 2001)
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(October 17, 2001)
For some time now Palestinians have been warning that because of Israel's assassination of Palestinian leaders, "crossing the red line" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they would respond.

Red Cross Bombed in Kabul Before Presidential Red Cross Visit in Washington
(October 16, 2001)
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(October 16, 2001)
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(October 15, 2001)
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(October 14, 2001)
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(October 14, 2001)
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(October 14, 2001)
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(October 13, 2001)
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(October 13, 2001)
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in various cities in the Middle East to protest the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan. Many more thronged to mosques for Friday prayers throughout the region and heard anti-American sermons.

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(October 13, 2001)
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(October 11, 2001)
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(October 10, 2001)
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(October 10, 2001)
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(October 10, 2001)
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(October 9, 2001)
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(October 9, 2001)
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(October 9, 2001)
Is someone sending a message that they can do it, a kind of primative, and deadly, deterrence attempt to try to protect themselves? Might this be an "inept attack" as today's TIMES in London suggests in its headline? As the third case of Anthrax in Florida is reported this morning, something seems to be up as the following reports indicate.

Bush versus bin Laden - Syria Elected to Security Council
(October 8, 2001)
It's all quite amazing really, President George W. Bush versus Osama bin Laden. On the one hand you have the most powerful man in the world commanding the full might of not only the world's only superpower but a whole entourage of Western European allies, the new Russia, and to a considerable extent at least behind-the-scenes many Arab and Muslim "client regimes".

Arafat's Army Opens Fire On Its Own - More Anthrax in Florida?
(October 8, 2001)
The Palestinian leadership rushed to distance itself Monday from Osama bin Laden while its police forces opened fire on university students protesting the U.S.-led military strikes on Afghanistan.

FBI Knocked...He's Not Home But You Can Find Him at the White House
(October 8, 2001)
Now the world will become much more confusing and dangerous, and the opponents of the American Empire will obviously be forced even deeper underground -- both literally and figuratively -- becoming even more insular and isolated among themselves leading to who knows what kind of future blowback.

US Journalist Warns: "Do not try to change the government in Afghanistan!"
(October 7, 2001)
Late friday evening one of the leading American journalists who is an expert on the Middle East and Islamic affairs was asked a question on CNN to which she immediately briefly answered...and that was more was asked or answered.

"Our Friends are Killers, Crooks and Torturers"
(October 7, 2001)
Surely the British Prime Minister should know better than to try to simplify such a complex world we live in to that understandable by a third-grader. If not we have a little weekend reading Mr. Blair should be doing, starting in one of his own newspapers which we surely hope, especially now, he can find a few moments to read on a regular basis, The Independent.

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(October 6, 2001)
The world believes that there was an invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union on 24 December 1979 and then, in response, the U.S. and Muslim countries rallied to help Afghanistan repel the invaders. Wrong...just as so much of the widely accepted history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the actual realities of U.S. involvements in the Middle East are wrong because of the manipulation of history by various governments and intelligence agencies -- most especially the U.S. and Israel, the CIA and the Mossad.

(October 6, 2001)
"Could it be that the stygian anger that led to the attacks has its taproot not in American freedom and democracy, but in the US government's record of commitment and support to exactly the opposite things - to military and economic terrorism, insurgency, military dictatorship, religious bigotry and unimaginable genocide (outside America)?"

(October 5, 2001)
The government in Afghanistan, popularly known as The Taliban, has finally taken what could be a significant step. Just hours ago through its official representative in Pakistan the Afghan government has publicly offered to turn Osama bin Laden over...not to the United States, but to another Islamic country.

(October 5, 2001)
"The women in the audience -- academics, union members, mental health workers and advocates for female inmates, embraced her anti-American rhetoric, repeatedly interrupting her with cheers and standing ovations."

(October 5, 2001)
Now we know that a few years ago, when President Bill Clinton was meeting privately one-on-one with the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, the U.S. "hired" the agents of the infamous Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) to assassinate Osama bin Laden.

(October 3, 2001)
The United States and Britain yesterday called off military strikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan at the last minute. Washington officials say today that a severe attack of last-minute cold feet by some key Arab members of the coalition caused President Bush to postpone the operation.

(October 3, 2001)
Osama bin Laden, arch nemesis of America today, is blowback from recent history -- the Gulf war, the permanent stationing of American forces in Arabia, and other American policies in the region, including the deceptive "peace process" fronting for Israel's brutal subjugation of the Palestinians.

(October 3, 2001)
The American Secretary of Defense is rushing to the Middle East, goal #1 to try one more time to "convince" the Saudis that Prince Sultan Airbase and its super-modern regional control center -- just completed in fact during the summer at a cost of many billions -- is needed for the new war.

(October 2, 2001)
"Drafted with a small coterie of loyal aides, mainly civilian political appointees at the Pentagon, the plans argue for open-ended war without constraint either of time or geography and potentially engulfing the entire Middle East and central Asia... The plans put before the President during the past few days involve expanding the war beyond Afghanistan to include similar incursions by special ops forces - followed by air strikes by the bombers they would guide - into Iraq, Syria and the Beqaa Valley area of Lebanon, where the Syrian-backed Hizbollah (Party of God) fighters that harass Israel are based."

(October 2, 2001)
Anyone with an ear tuned to Washington's politicians, lobbyists, and opinion molders can hear it quite loudly and clearly at this point. After taking down Osama bin Laden's al Queda network (said to be in some 50+ countries), after changing the government in Afghanistan, the American-led crusade (now more politely known by Colin Powell's term "campaign") will attempt to march on through the Middle East, next stop Baghdad.

(October 2, 2001)
It took them who intially talked of "crusade" nearly three weeks to figure out that all the "coalition building" wasn't going nearly as well as they keep saying in public and that doing something about all the Israeli oppression and "terrorism" against the essentially imprisoned Palestinian population would be a good idea in the post 11 September world and before the bombs start falling on Muslims here and there.

(October 1, 2001)
The situation is now so tense in Israel in dealing with the "Palestinian Authority" -- which it should be remembered the Israelis themselves created just a few years ago -- that Shimon Peres is getting more and more desperate.

(October 1, 2001)
The Palestinian opposition is usually very weak and confused. Had that not been the case for some time now Yasser Arafat would never have been able to do the things he has done for so long now, especially since the Gulf War; nor would Arafat have have been able to retain power these past few traumatic years, however weakened himself at this point.

(October 1, 2001)
Yes, it will be very interesting to see if and how Noam Chomsky answers the at first blush surprising attacks from Christopher Hitchens, who has now not only endorsed the new war but also at least parts of the "New World Order" that underpins it.

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