US Pressure – Myth and Reality

Yedioth Achronot, November 11, 2005

Condoleezza Rice is a top Poker player, especially when facing Israelis who are unfamiliar with the Washington ropes, and are therefore easily intimidated by the Secretary of State.

Impact of Israel’s “Disengagement” (uprooting Jewish communities) from Gaza on US Interests

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #180, July 15, 2005

1. Congressional oversight requires an examination (hearing) of the impact of Israel’s “disengagement” (retreat) from terrorist strongholds in Gaza and Samaria on US interests in general and on the safety of US GIs in Iraq/Afghanistan in particular.

BUSH OPPOSES "DISENGAGEMENT"

Ynet Hebrew edition, July 06, 2005

U.S. President Bush presented his Reagan-style worldview in his June 28,  2005 speech to the nation: No "disengagement" (retreat) from - but a decisive offensive on - terrorism, on the terrorists own breeding grounds.

The Impact of “Disengagement” upon US Interests – Will Congress Conduct Hearings?

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #178, May 26, 2005

1.  ESCALATED TERRORISM.  The morally/strategically justifiable demolition of terror regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan is inconsistent with the creation/bolstering of a terror regime in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. The 1994-6 series of disengagements from 85% and 40% of the territory (and 100% and 95% of the population) of Gaza and Judea and Samaria have established the largest terrorist base in the world, led/harbored by PLO/PA graduates of terrorist camps in Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, Libya and Tunisia. Since 1993 the PA has harbored anti-US terrorists. US GIs in Afghanistan and Iraq were encountered by Palestinian terrorists.

The US-Israel Saga: A Win-Win Relationship

Ynet Hebrew edition, May 11, 2005

Statements made by, and the conduct of, Israel's leaders since 1993 create the false impression that Israel-US ties constitute a one-way relationship.  The presumption is that the US gives and Israel receives, leading to Israel s inferior position and the alleged compulsion to follow the State Department dictates. 

However, Former Secretary of State and NATO forces commander Alexander Haig refutes this claim, saying:  "I am pro-Israel because Israel constitutes the largest US aircraft carrier that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one US soldier, and is located in a most critical region for US national security."

(Passover's hymn) How Many Good Qualities Underline US-Israel Special Ties?

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #176, April 19, 2005

If the 17th century Puritans in the Colonies had only respected the Old Testament, but had not been more Talmudic than many American Rabbis, Daye'noo (It would've sufficed);

Bush-Sharon Summit: Misrepresentations Exposed

Makor Rishon Weekly, April 15, 2005

The Bush-Sharon Summit sheds light on a few misrepresentations, which have been promoted, since the April 2004 Summit, by supporters of the disengagement plan. The misrepresentations were employed in order to garner support for the retreat from Gaza and from – sparsely populated and strategically dominating – mountains of northern Samaria, and for the uprooting of Jewish communities there.

The Bush-Sharon Summit Guide for the Perplexed

Ynet Hebrew edition, April 13, 2005

While the Bush-Sharon Summit focused on mutual threats (e.g. Iran and Islamic terrorism), it has highlighted a few basic misunderstandings - in Israel - concerning the US political system, US-Israel relations and Disengagement.

Condoleezza Rice Between the President and Her Mentors

Ynet Hebrew Edition, November 18, 2004

President Bush did not shed any tear upon receiving Secretary Powell's letter of resignation.  The President did not conceal his satisfaction when his National Security Advisor, Rice, agreed to replace Powell.

“Disengagement” – the Impact on US interests and Middle East Instability

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #167, September 09, 2004

1. The Mideast perceives "Disengagement" (from No. Samaria and Gaza) to be a retreat, cut & run, appeasement, rewarding terrorism and uprooting of Jews, rather than a moderating step.  In a region which tolerates only deterrence-driven (rather than concession-driven) peace – as evident in inter Arab relations - "disengagement" would mean a setback to peace and a tailwind to terrorism. US interests and values are best served by conducting a Mideast policy based on realism and facts, rather than on wishful-thinking and myth. 

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