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THE ISRAEL REPORT

November/December 2000
An Israeli tank advances near Beit Jala

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  • When The Palestinian Army Invades the Heart of Israel
    "Whatever they may have accomplished or failed to accomplish politically, the Oslo accords of 1993 between Israel and Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organization have transformed Israel's security situation in ways that have still not been squarely faced. Much of the territory in the West Bank and Gaza that Israel occupied in the 1967 Six-Day war is now governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA). This embryonic state already possesses a large, militia-like police force comprising some 40,000 men; depending upon the outcome of present negotiations, it may come to acquire a combination of paramilitary and military forces as well. Although Israel will undoubtedly retain military superiority over its fledgling Arab neighbor, the threat it poses in combination with the rest of the Arab world is certain to grow with time."

  • Open Letter to Elie Wiesel
    " I recently received the transcript of a speech Elie Wiesel made shortly after Palestinian violence erupted and the United Nations condemned Israel. I believe that his speech requires comment. I realize that Eli Wiesel is a world-renowned figure, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and is considered by many to be the conscience of America and the world. However, it is precisely because of his reputation and position that I feel I have no choice but to comment."

  • The Mid-East Before Explosion
    "The Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams left Washington Saturday night with a request from the president for their answers by Wednesday, Dec. 27. The Egyptian President advised Arafat not to sign at this stage. - Clinton is furious, but Mubarak is not bothered; "

  • Evil Ideology
    " The following is the response I sent a person who was shocked and outraged with a letter I wrote against Meimad and Rabbi Melchior; (see a copy of the letter at the end of this mail)- claiming it was 'sinat chinam' and saying Rabbi Melchior might be misguided or wrong but what came across in my letter was "contempt, disdain and disrespect."

  • The Winds of War Blow over Israel
    "Palestinian and Israeli negotiators may be meeting in Washington, but the atmosphere of Arab-Israeli relations today remains fundamentally altered from what it was three months ago. In fact, it resembles the bad old days of pre-1967."

  • The Politics of Weakness
    "As the Knesset is thrown into turmoil by Prime Minister Ehud Barak's resignation ploy, his foreign minister has been sent to Washington in a no longer disguised effort to negotiate a sweeping agreement under fire. Barak's attempt to compete with Arafat in the politics of weakness is breathtakingly irresponsible and anti-democratic."

  • Sharansky for Prime Minister
    "The political insanity to which all of us have been subjected over the past four years - during which time we watched two successive prime ministers operate with the primary goal of saving their own political hides - leads one to believe that there must be, and that we deserve, another alternative. I also believe that, and that alternative is Yisrael Ba'aliya's Natan Sharansky."

  • The 'Theft' of the Temple Mount Continues
    "GAMLA wishes to note that both the archeologists and the petition to Barak insisted that the work on this so-called 'mosque' is actually erasing the physical proof of the First Temple."

  • MEMRI: A Fatah Official on the Intifada and Its Goals
    "When we declare the establishment of a state and independence, we will have the right to liberate the rest of the occupied land, because this land is not under dispute, as the Israelis claim, but rather it is occupied land which must return to its owners."

  • Shortchanging Democracy in Israel
    "Ehud Barak's surprise resignation as Israel's prime minister is a regrettable tactical ploy designed to improve his chances for re-election early next year. Unfortunately it is also likely to deprive Israeli voters of the chance to choose between Mr. Barak and his most formidable opponent, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister."

  • Washington Needs to Buck Up Israel
    " Israel's perceived weakness is now an American problem: The aggressive anti-Zionist euphoria being expressed by Arabs poses a direct danger to the United States."

  • Who killed Mohammed al-Dura?
    "The theory, backed by considerable evidence, has now emerged that the unthinkable actually occurred -- that a Palestinian shot the boy in cold blood to create a needed martyr -- on film -- to advance the Palestinian nationalist cause. "

  • Label the Aggressor
    "Clinton has personally attended two summits, in Paris and at Sharm e-Sheikh, in efforts to cajole Arafat into ending the gunfire. What he has not done is the only thing that has a hope of putting an end to Arafat's armed intifada: demanding that the Palestinians end their aggression against Israel and return to the negotiating table."

  • Israeli Endgame
    "So Israelis will soon go to the polls and change the composition of government. That they alone among their neighbors can do this is not a fact much commented on in the Western press (much less in the Arab one)."

  • Water: The Forgotten Crisis

  • There Is a Jewish Alternative
    "Given the current situation in the Land of Israel, it is important to clarify for ourselves the fundamental disagreement between the Israeli left and the religious right-wing. By understanding the approach of the secular left, we will be able to discover the means by which to confront it successfully."

  • Barak Government "White Paper" on PA/PLO Non-compliance

  • No Longer a Weakling
    "Why this barrage of aggression and unfair treatment, far worse than Israel has experienced in decades?
    Here's my answer: The world despises a weakling and Israel is now reaping the bounty of the soft foreign policy in place since 1993."


  • PMW: PA Violence Was Planned
    "False accusations against Israel and Israeli soldiers and the presentation of Israelis as murderers have long been regular subject matter of the Palestinian media. This week on "Panorama", Palestinian television's cultural program, a brutal scene from a Palestinian movie was shown in which Israeli soldiers throw a Palestinian girl on top of their jeep and rape her, and then murder her parents. "

  • Arafat's 'War Process'
    "..That explains the campaign to sacrifice Palestinian women and children, opening the possibility for a stray Israeli shell to inflict horrific tragedy. Infuriated Muslims throughout the region then put pressure on shaky sheiks to support another such war."

  • There's no academic freedom in Montreal   flag
    "It seems to me that by labeling a column written by an Arab-American "racially, ethnically and religiously discriminating" against, presumably, Arabs,the know-nothing student crusaders at Concordia have fallen into the intellectual deathtrap of political correctness."

  • Time to End the Insanity
    "It's time to end the insanity -- not the violence that swept Israel last week (and which will continue as long as Yasser Arafat wills it) but a peace process that is leading inevitably, inexorably to the annihilation of the Jewish state."

  • Eyewitness report from Jerusalem
    "In Jerusalem I also heard stories from journalists who are covering the 'action.' They go to the Arab offices in the 'hot areas' like Hebron and Bethlehem etc. where they are told what time to come to film the riots. A woman met these journalists at the door and showed them the blackboard that gave them the hours that the kids would show up and the 'action' would begin."

  • From Oslo to the Al Aqsa Intifada - Defeat being pulled from the jaws of Victory
    "A straight line leads from the agreements concluded by the Rabin government with the PLO at Oslo eight years ago to the Al Aqsa Intifada Yasser Arafat has been waging against Israel these past few weeks, using guns Israel provided him as part of the Oslo deal."

  • Jerusalem cleric praises child "sacrifices"
    "Stressing that "Every Palestinian is, in fact, in a state of Jihad," Sabri praised the Palestinian "martyrs," and particularly the children that are proudly thrust by their parents and other combatants into the frontlines of conflicts with Israelis."

  • Letter of IDF officer's resignation as cannot guaranty evacuation

  • Know Thine Enemy
    "Arafat helped to reveal the naked truth about himself. He was the one who aroused the Jews from the sleep brought upon them by those like Peres and Beilin. The day is not far off when Beilin and Peres will be ashamed to leave their homes while Jews take action against Arafat."

  • There Is an Alternative
    "This, called the policy of deterrence, dominated Israeli thinking during the country's first 45 years, 1948-93, and it worked well."

  • Palestinians Squander their Freedom
    "These past weeks have been a disaster for the Palestinian cause. For the satisfaction of venting their spleen, they have thrown away their best chance at freedom in 50 years."

  • Oslo Reconsidered
    " It has surely become clear to anyone prepared to remove their ideological blinkers that the Palestinian leader does not embrace peace, but sees it merely as a tactic to be used alternately with violence. The scaling back of riots recently can probably be attributed at least in part to the critical weakness of Mr. Barak's government, and the possibility of a return to power of the Likud party, from whom Mr. Arafat knows he could extract fewer concessions, if any."

  • Outwitted and Outmaneuvered
    "Of course, the leftist utopia is an unrealizable figment of their imagination, being based on the Arab enemy being what he was not. The Arab enemy has no desire to living in peace with a non Muslim nation in what he believes is the Muslim realm."

  • No Regrets
    "It is a strange situation. Arafat orders murder, Barak orders "warning signals." Arafat tells Barak to go to hell, and Barak sends an emissary to pacify him. Arafat mocks Barak, Barak orders security forces to shoot at the ground and warns terrorists to kindly evacuate their command posts so he can attack. - Ariel Sharon"

  • Wake up, Mr. Prime Minister
    "With his people under attack and his enemies emboldened by the day, Barak and his minions pathetically talk of the need to resume peace talks with the Palestinians."

  • Judaism Denial - Why Aren't Christians Speaking Out?
    "The current violent challenge to both Jews and Christians is in accordance with an evolving and fanatically accelerating Palestinian fabrication: That The Temple Never Existed, That it Is a Jewish Invention For Local Political Gain, That The Jewish Attachment to Jerusalem Is Historically And Religiously Nil."


Camp David II
Aftermath

Camp David and the Prospects for a Final Settlement
Part I: Israeli, Palestinian, and American Positions Unveiled
Part II: Reactions and Implications


DISABUSED
"The outcome of the summit at Camp David was crushing. And what happened in the Catoctin Mountains was rather simple. For the second time in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Palestinians refused to accept a Palestinian state. "

Barak Trapped Himself
"Ehud Barak walked away from Camp David with kind words from President Clinton. Yasser Arafat left with new Israeli gifts that would give him about 90% of the land he is demanding for the moment, plus frontiers that endanger his major neighbors, Israel and Jordan, and one day will be able to link the Iraq-Palestine axis physically."

Why Is Arafat Smiling?
"Why? Because Arafat gave up nothing. But Israel's leader, prodded by a U.S. president, made concessions that broke pledges Barak made in his election campaign a year ago. "

A Tragicomedy
"Despite the outcome, the Camp David summit leaves one terribly saddened and worried. The Israeli delegation, headed by Prime Minister Ehud Barak, performed like a team of clowns."

The Summit Collapses
"The marathon summit at Camp David can be looked upon as a test of whether there exists any practical basis for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement. It can probably now be fairly said that at this time there is none. The maximum Israel can give is less than the minimum the Palestinians will take."

Mid-East Irony: Yasser As Jewish State's "Savior"
"The ultimate irony of the collapse of the Camp David summit is that Yasser Arafat ended up saving Israel from a disaster."

Statement by Prime Minister Barak on his return from the Camp David Summit

What Will Arabs Do For Peace?
"Two diplomatic fiascoes in the past four months suggest this is the moment for American politicians to do some hard rethinking about the effort to help bring peace to Israel and the Arabs. "

Highlights From Our Previous Issues
  • U.S. Congress Stands by Israel; Resolution Condemns Palestinian Leadership for Encouraging Violence and Causing Senseless Loss of Life

  • Realities of War
    "This is no spontaneous uprising. This is war. In war you fight back, or you die."

  • Major Palestinian Violations of Agreements: October 2000

    An immoderate proposal
    "With straight faces, Arab heads of state gathered in Cairo to label Israeli actions as "barbaric," when Israel acted with more restraint than most democracies would have, let alone how most of them have acted against lesser threats to their security."

  • Palestinian Child Sacrifice
    "According to the Palestinians, over 40 children have been killed in the waves of violence and confrontations that began at the end of September. They have been killed in the front lines, providing cover for the armed Palestinian militias with machine guns and other weapons seeking to overwhelm isolated Israeli guard posts."

  • No Partners For Peace
    "Today, and as usual, the problem is not that Israel is being provocative, but that Israel's being is provocative. And now the potentially lethal asymmetry in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is this: Israel's government desperately wants to end the conflict; the Palestinian Authority fiercely wants to win it."

  • The Arabs' Road Map
    "or the summit could end in a way that will totally shock the 22 Arab leaders. That would be with the world looking at this Arab summit and wondering why the Arab East is the only region in the world, including sub- Saharan Africa, that is still ruled entirely by dictators, autocrats and kings, without one real democracy."

  • Arafat's Strategy
    "The Palestinian strategy is open and clear:
    * Use violence to bring international pressure on Israel.
    * Keep Israel mobilized, draining its resources and exhausting its will.
    * Bleed Israel as in Lebanon, but this time in the very suburbs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
    * And thus force Israel back to the negotiating table from a position of weakness.


  • Myths of the Middle East
    "The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. The first time the name was used was in 70 A.D. when the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine."

  • No Rejoicing
    "It is the Palestinians, not Israel that must now prove their desire for peace. This must be immediate and comprehensive, demonstrated by the Palestinian leadership, security apparatus, and the majority of the populace. If not, then all that was achieved at Sharm was a temporary truce."

  • Jerusalem as a Red Herring
    "The current riots are in part designed by Arafat to keep all eyes on Jerusalem, diverting attention from an irresolvable fact. If the Palestinians get the "right of return," there will be no Israel and the Israelis won't accept that. But if the conflict ends with Israel intact, the 50+ years the refugees wasted in camps at the insistence of Arab leadership becomes a sacrifice in vain and Arafat can't afford that."

    The Only Honorable Choice
    "By permitting and even urging teens and children to join attacking mobs alongside men with automatic rifles, Arafat has virtually guaranteed that some will be killed in the crossfire - but the Palestinians will thereby score points in the public relations arena. Barak has chosen instead to order the army to defend civilians, even at the price of losing points in the PR battle."

  • The New Reality
    "For Israel, Camp David embodied the ultimate strategic goal: to finally end Oslo's train of piecemeal concessions and require the Palestinians to reveal whether they would deliver their end of the bargain - peace. For Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, Camp David meant a very different destination for the Oslo train. From Arafat's perspective, at the end of the tracks was not an agreement but the opposite - a chasm which he would attempt to bridge - not by negotiations, but by violence."

  • War & Peace in the Middle East: An Exclusive ©Time Interview with Prime Minister Barak

  • Afraid of the Truth
    "When the peace process began, Israel and the West had a remarkable opportunity to use their influence to ensure that the emerging Palestinian society could evolve into a liberal, democratic state. Instead they spent the better part of 10 years subsidizing tyranny."

  • The Sleepwalkers
    "What does it take to make the dreamers admit, if only to themselves, that the Oslo peace process was a mirage? The lynching of Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian mob in Ramallah, their bloodied bodies thrown onto the street from a second-story window?"

  • Arafat's War
    "If you want to know how confused the Palestinians are, consider this quotation from their senior negotiator, Hasan Asfour: "There can be no [resumption of] peace talks without an international investigation [into the latest violence]. Our people did not die for nothing."
    I see. These Palestinians died so there can be an international investigation into why they were killed. Sad. What a totally messed up set of priorities."


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