Israel is not a Banana Republic

http://www.ynet.co.il/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3665583,00.html, February 06, 2009

In October 1998, on the eve of the Wye Plantation Summit, Democratic leaders of the US House of Representatives told Secretary of State, Madelyn Albright: "Should President Clinton decide to pressure Israel, he would face a Democratic-Republican opposition."  In September 1982, Prime Minister Begin rejected the Reagan Plan – which called for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria – by throwing the official envelope at the lap of the US Ambassador, declaring: "Israel is not a Banana Republic."  In spite of – and probably due to – the blunt rejection, the Reagan era enhanced US-Israel strategic relations in an unprecedented manner.

Quo Vadis Obama?

"Makor Rishon" weekly, December 26, 2008

The ties with the US constitute Israel's backbone militarily, diplomatically, financially, commercially and technologically.  These ties are not shaped exclusively by the President, even when the President's own party enjoys overwhelming majorities in both chambers of Congress. Much is shaped by the House and the Senate, sometimes in defiance of the White House. Moreover, Israel is not a classic-foreign-policy-issue.  Israel benefits from a unique foundation of mutual-values, which precedes its own establishment in 1948 and even 1776. US-Israel relations have constituted a win-win two-way street. How will they be impacted by the incoming Obama Administration?

Palestinian Tractor-Terrorism: Mainstream Not Renegade

Jerusalem Cloakroom #215, July 04, 2008

1.  Hate-Education-Driven-Terrorism. The July 2, 2008 Palestinian Tractor-Terrorism constituted a precise Palestinian human-missile, guided by Palestinian hate-education, instituted in 1994 by Abu-Mazen, then Arafat’s first deputy, and proliferated via Abu Mazen’s current educational-religious-media infrastructures. K-12, and older, Palestinians are exposed systematically to school textbooks, sermons, editorials and news editions – controlled by Abu Mazen – which idolize homicide bombers, calling for the destruction of the “illegitimate, infidel” Jewish State. Hate-education (and not statements made to Western leaders and media) is the most authentic reflection of one’s ideology, vision and strategy. Hate-education constitutes the manufacturing line of terrorists.  Hate-education distinguishes between peaceful and violent societies. Hate-education is facilitated by foreign aid provided to Abu Mazen by the US, W. Europe and the UN.

Root Causes of Anti-Western Islamic Terrorism (4th part) - The “Claim of Return” to…Andalucia

Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom #212, February 17, 2008

1.  The 60 year old Palestinian “Claim of Return” has always been top heavy on Muslim rhetoric but very low on Muslim commitment. It has been dwarfed by the 516 year old Moslem “Claim of Return” to Andalucia (Spain), which constitutes a universal-mainstream Moslem ethos, commemorating the 1492 “Injustice” and “Expulsion” from the “Abode of Islam” (Dar-a-Salam) in Europe.

JERUSALEM – ANOTHER CASE OF WESTERN MISPERCEPTION

Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom #209, November 26, 2007

Was the Annapolis Conference a gathering of moderate Arabs? The Arab/Muslim attitude toward Jerusalem provides a documented answer.

A WAKE UP CALL - WAR AND PEACE IN ISLAM

Straight From the Jerusalem Cloakroom #208, November 02, 2007

1.  While western democracies consider Peace a permanent and a sublime strategic goal, Islamic law defines peace as a tactic and as the short intervals which are not war.

The Jerusalem Roadmap: Expand, do not Shrink!

Ynet Hebrew edition, October 15, 2007

The willingness, of some Israeli politicians, to disengage from some Arab neighborhoods, in order to - supposedly - secure a Jewish majority in Jerusalem, reflects weakness of the mind and the spine.  At a time of robust demographic Jewish momentum, disengagement would wreck the 66% Jewish majority, would severely undermine the personal security of Jerusalem's Jewish population and would doom the Jewish capital to a deepening crisis.

Would Israeli Concessions Dismantle the Syria-Iran Axis?

Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom #206, August 17, 2007

The assumption that an Israeli giveaway of the Golan Heights would pacify Syria, dismantle the Syria-Iran axis and moderate the Mideast is intriguing, but is it consistent with Mideast reality?

“Defense Shmefense” – How not to combat Palestinian Terrorism

Makor Rishon Daily, May 27, 2007

The more entrenched is the defensive state of Israeli mind – as has been the case since the 1993 Oslo Accord – the more intensified is Palestinian terrorism.

Root Causes of Anti-US Islamic Terrorism (part 3)

Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom #201, January 21, 2007

While the US and European foreign policy establishments have contended that the core of the 13-century-old Islamic terrorism and Middle East violence is the less-than-a-century-old Palestinian issue...

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