Gaza Giveaway – Tail Wind to Terror

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #158 , April 22, 2004

1. ISRAEL DISENGAGED ITSELF FROM GAZA ALREADY IN 1993 (and from 40% of Judea and Samaria), in accordance with the Oslo Accords. The outcome has been: 1,400 Israelis murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the last 10 years, compared with 215 murdered during the 15 years prior to Oslo. 8,000 Jews reside in Gaza, disengaged from the Arab population.  Israel's military presence there is in response to Palestinian terrorism.

Talk Hebrew, But Fight in Texanese

Makor Rishon Weekly, June 20, 2003

Senator Phil Gramm, The Texas Aggie, who was a powerful Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a presidential candidate, was astounded to hear from a prominent Hebrew University professor, that Israeli concessions could moderate the PLO.  "Professor", he responded, "I'm not a Mideast scientist.  But, I was told at Texas A&M, where I taught economics, that if your kids are threatened by a poison ivy, you don't water and fertilize it.  The only way to de-poison ivy is by uprooting it!"

The Iraqi Die Was Cast

Makor Rishon Weekly, September 27, 2002

The die was cast, and the US war on Saddam's regime has been set in motion.  The transfer of the Central Command from Florida to the Gulf area, the completion of US military installations in Qatar and Northern Iraq (no-fly zone) suggest determination rather than indecisiveness. The lease, by the Pentagon, of Danish boats, specializing in the transport of tanks and armed personnel carriers indicate intent to employ ground forces, rather than just air force and navy bombings.  Accompanied by joint exercises between the US Marines and the Jordanian military not far from the Iraqi border, such developments send a lucid signal of purpose to destroy the Saddam regime.

THE LIMITS TO U.S. PRESSURE ON ISRAEL

"What's Going On?! - Basic Facts on The State of Israel," edited by Prof. Ezra Zohar, August 01, 2002

Does the Department of State reflect the position of the US President, Congress and public toward Israel?

Does the US Administration express - exclusively or dominantly - the US position on Israel?

Does Israel's defiance of White House pressure undermine US-Israel relations, and are the bilateral relations advanced by Israeli submission to US pressure?

Jerusalem still does not get it!

Makor Rishon Weekly, April 05, 2002

President Bush and his administration have outflanked israel from the Right in their hawkish battle against terrorism.  During his March 30, 2002 press conference in Crawford Texas, the President repeated five times his support of "Israel's right to defend itself," refraining from any explicit or implicit arm-twisting of Israel.  In fact, for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, he has publicly lumped together the US war on Islamic terrorism and Israel's war on Palestinian terrorism. 

Islamic Terrorism Targeting the United States

, September 29, 2001

Islamic terrorism has been an integral component of Mideast politics since the 7th century, 1,300 hundred years BEFORE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.  Three of the initial four Caliphs - Umar, Uthman and Ali - were ousted through political assassinations, and each of the current Moslem leaders in the Mideast is facing the threat of Islamic terrorism, INDEPENDENT OF ISRAEL'S EXISTENCE OR ISRAEL'S POLICIES. 

The Boomerang Effect of Restraint

, September 12, 2001

Seventeen USS Cole sailors were murdered in October 2001 by Islamic terrorists in Aden, which has been a key training ground for Palestinian and Bin-Laden terrorists.  But, the US refrained from a military response.  257 persons (twelve of them Americans) were murdered in August 1998 by Islamic terrorists, who blew up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.  But, the US retaliated by launching cruise missiles on insignificant targets in Sudan and Pakistan. Twenty four Americans were murdered by Islamic terrorists in June 1996 in Khobar, Saudi Arabia (19) and in November 1995 in Riad (5). However, there was no effective US military response.  The 1991 Gulf War was prematurely concluded, and Iraq has persisted in developing nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities.  It has encountered a restrained US bombing, rather than a determined US campaign to uproot the Saddam factor.

No Free Lunch in the Middle East!

, August 23, 2001

President Bush stated, on August 2, 1990 upon Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, that he would not drag the American People to war against Saddam.  The cheerful reaction in Baghdad dissipated when the President altered his position, following a meeting - on that day - with Prime Minister Thatcher.  The Iron Lady made plain her conviction that restrain in face of violence tends to add fuel to the fire of terrorism, and that non-escalation of a response to belligerency plays into the hands of the aggressor. And, indeed, President Bush launched a war on Saddam, in spite of his own intelligence estimates that the US might lose 20,000-30,000 soldiers.

Lethal Restraint

Ynet, July 18, 2001

In 1981, Shimon Peres failed in his attempts to coax Prime Minister Begin into restraint in face of the Iraqi nuclear threat, to refrain from a drastic military offensive and to be preoccupied with the diplomatic option.

Israel's Military Response: "Powell Doctrine" lite

Ynet, July 03, 2001

SECRETARY OF STATE POWELL's spokesman, Boucher contended on April 17, 2001 that "The hostilities last night in Gaza were precipitated by the provocative Palestinian mortar attacks on Israel.  The Israeli response was excessive and disproportionate."  REALLY??? 

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