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Israel Report
December 2001

  • So, You Want Another Palestinian State?
    A State of Palestine will be the incubator for a level of terror that will make Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda seem mild by comparison. This will not only be the incubator for something of terrible consequence but will be the last link in a chain of Islamic nations dedicated to a world under strict Islamic law, called "Shariah". (As practiced by the Taliban and followed by Osama bin Laden of Saudi Wahhabism.)

  • Negotiations Under Fire
    The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) released a poll conducted among Palestinian respondents regarding their attitudes towards terrorism. The pollsters mentioned some specific bombing attacks against Israeli civilians, within the 1967 Green Line, and asked if the respondents regarded those attacks as acts of terrorism. 80% to 95% of the Palestinians replied that the attack cited was not an act of terrorism, depending on the incident.

  • The True Star Of Bethlehem
    Sincere Christians who lament the "commercialization" of Christmas should be no less repulsed by the way Arafat has "politicized" this sacred holiday. In his bid to exploit the small Arab Christian minority in his midst for political purposes, Arafat has turned the annual Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem into simply yet another occasion to promote the "cult" of his own personage. The birth of Jesus has been hijacked in the name of Palestinian nationalism.

  • The Islamization of Bethlehem by Arafat
    Since the 1993 signing of the Oslo Accords, until the 1995 transfer of Bethlehem to the PLO, Palestinian Christians lobbied Israel against the transfer. The late Christian mayor, Elias Freij, warned that it would result in Bethlehem becoming a town with churches, but no Christians. He lobbied Israel to include Bethlehem in the boundaries of Greater Jerusalem, as was the Jordanian practice until 1967.

  • Back from Bethlehem
    Only six months ago the world was still prepared to accept his declarations and promises, despite the terrorist campaign he initiated 15 months ago. The American administration and even some of the EU leaders now know that Arafat is a pathological liar. The process of delegitimizing Arafat, who succeeded in persuading the world that he was a real partner for peace for Israel, is now bearing fruit.

  • Arafat's Christmas Whine
    An Open Letter to Christian Leaders, Diplomats of nations of the world, Israeli journalists and the Israeli government:

  • The U.S. View of Hamas: Then and Now
    Although Hamas is now on the State Department list of terrorist organizations, and the Bush administration is taking aggressive action against the organization in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the entire United States attitude toward Hamas was radically different a few years ago, oddly forgiving, despite the numerous terror attacks against Israelis for which it took responsibility.

  • Spare Us Your Sympathy
    Beyond ritual declarations of compassion and a warehouse full of United Nations resolutions, such words of support provide very little, and are not connected with any measure of justice and morality. While we would feel better to be on the winning side of international popularity contests rather than paying the penalty of isolation, dependence on the charity of the international community and hopes for intervention is the path to disaster.

  • A Recipe for Failure
    The message of this chorus is that Arafat must fight terror, but even if he does not, nothing can shake the foundations of his legitimacy as the Palestinian leader. Nothing could be more contrary to the Bush Doctrine prohibiting the harboring of terrorists. Nothing could be a more sure-fire recipe for failure, and for more Israeli and Palestinian deaths.

  • The Big Lie
    This idea that the West Bank is occupied Palestinian land has been accepted by almost everyone. Yet it is, in fact, the greatest lie ever perpetrated on the whole of humanity. Palestine is not – and never was – the name of a country, or the name of a people.

  • CJC Letter to Jean Chretien on Terrorist Funding  flag

  • Arafat's Deeds Belie his Words
    The speech was therefore a continuation of Arafat's attempt to reconcile the unreconcilable: terrorism with legitimacy, war with peace, and confrontation with unity. For years now, since the beginning of Oslo, Arafat has played "red light, green light" with Hamas and Islamic Jihad - trying to keep them at bay or unleashing them at his own convenience. This is the game that the international community has demanded that he stop. Yet his appeal to Hamas and Islamic Jihad to end suicide bombings was not on principle and forever, but tactical - not to play into the hands of the Israeli government.

  • The Palestinian Death-Wish
    The catastrophe this has brought down on ordinary Palestinians can be described as a national psychosis rapidly swelling into a massive cerebral hemorrhage. Educated by the Palestinian media's and Islamic clerics' unceasing incitement to believe in the legitimacy of jihad, the Palestinian populace has been psychologically drawn into the vortex of violence. They overwhelmingly endorse it as the only means of achieving freedom. No voice of moderation now chastises them that they are staring into the face of disaster.

  • Deadly Emotional Amnesia
    Arafat, for decades, has been able to get away with outrageous declarations and murderous policies because people forget — because memories die when emotions subside. Most Americans, urging Israel to negotiate with Arafat, have long forgotten that in 1973 Arafat murdered Cleo Moore, US ambassador to Sudan or that Arafat assisted in the murder of 254 marines and 58 French paratroopers in 1983. Emotions are no longer stirred as they were in 1985 after Arafat’s terrorists pushed the wheel-chair bound American, Leon Klinghoffer, off a ship and to his death. Arafat knows that emotions are ephemeral and he knows that that allows him to get away with murders.

  • Time to Act
    It is equally clear that the IDF's current response was made possible by a correct reading of the changed atmosphere in the Bush administration following the Muslim fundamentalist attacks on September 11. But it would be well to realize that such windows of opportunity do not remain open for long periods.

  • Arafat's Irrelevancy: Chapter and Verse
    In his major address to the University of Louisville on November 21, United States Secretary of State Colin Powell once again emphasized US continued support for the principle of land for peace. This principle has served the Palestinians well. When Israel agreed to this precept she expected to be served equally well. In retrospect, however, it is clear that the hoped for peace was a chimera - wishful thinking without merit. Here's what happened.

  • Peace Process: Israel's Path to Suicide
    Israel must recognize that it cannot achieve peace by surrendering to those who are relentlessly hostile to the value of freedom. As a start, it should secure its own borders militarily, forbid the establishment of a Palestinian state, and oust Arafat from power. Rather than appeasing its attackers, Israel must retaliate with as much force as is necessary to subdue them.

  • The Palestinian's Myth
    Palestinian terrorists do not blow up crowded Israeli pizzerias because they want to provoke Jerusalem into abrogating the Oslo accords and abandoning the policy of "land for peace." On the contrary: The Palestinian leadership uses terrorism to *accelerate* the Oslo process - to render Israelis so desperate and demoralized that they will make even deeper concessions, surrender even more land, and struggle even harder to make peace with their enemies.

  • Arafat at Bay Is Still Dangerous
    The Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will not go quietly. Faced with crushing pressure from across the Atlantic and the Israeli military, DEBKAfile's political experts believe he will vent all his destructive energies and guile for before he is consigned to history.

  • The Ghosts of Auschwitz
    Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian extremists who support him have escaped similar comparisons with the Nazis because, we're told, Arafat is a weak leader and his strength derives from his weakness. But anyone who follows the ruthless brutality of the Palestinian terrorists, who are certainly "enabled" if not encouraged by Arafat, find the analogy to the Nazis credible.

  • Stay the Course
    Arafat may not yet have gotten the message, but the Arab states have: In the face of US and Israeli resolve, Arafat had better stop terrorism now. The lesson here is straightforward. If Israel hesitates to defend itself, and the US hesitates to defend Israel, the Arab street smells blood and the Arab states call for more pressure on Israel. If the US and Israel show resolve, the Arab street falls silent and the Arab governments fall into line.

  • Experts
    Yasser Arafat, in addition to being the most accomplished murderer of Jews since Adolph Hitler, is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Arabs, among them little children, sent to confront Israeli guns for propaganda purposes. Yet, this is the same man who was raised up by former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and Shimon Peres to a position where he became a welcome guest in all the capitals of the world and shared a Nobel Peace Prize with his benefactors. Will the experts at the Nobel Prize committee revoke those prizes?

  • A Strategic Opportunity
    When CNN opens its newscast with reports from "both fronts" in the war on terror - Israel and Afghanistan - you know that things have changed. When the State Department does not temper its support of Israel's right of self-defense with an asinine plea to "end the cycle of violence," you know that Arafat is in deep trouble.

  • State Sponsored Mythology
    Arafat's time has come. Arafat has completely lost control of the situation. He knows it – Washington knows it and, worse, the Israelis know it. From the Israeli perspective, either Arafat was behind the attacks, or he is unable to stop them. Either way, it proves him completely unqualified as a peace partner.

  • We Shall Overcome
    We grieve, our tears flow, and in defiance of the terrorists we go on. We build, we advance our culture, we create music, and art, and literature, even as our enemies scheme to destroy us. We have a long history of surviving – and so we defy the current terrorism by Palestinian barbarians today as we defied the Nazis before them.

  • Prayer of the Jewish Soldier

  • Arabs Have Never Accepted Israel
    This destructive impulse has waxed and waned since 1948. When a seemingly weak Israel first came into existence, it started very high. Then 45 years of steadily losing to a tough and determined Israel left the Arabs reeling by 1993 and partially open to the possibility of accepting it. Rather than pushing this advantage to achieve full acceptance, the Israelis made the historic mistake of easing up and offering their two main enemies, the Syrians and Palestinians, an advantageous deal.

  • A Plan for Arafat
    The idea behind Oslo was for Israel to "take a risk for peace" -- as though getting on a bus, visiting a pizzeria or disco, and walking down a street are not risky enough for Israelis. Israel would take a risk by yielding something tangible, control of land, for something intangible, Arafat's promises of peace. Israel did that. The current war refutes the Oslo idea.

  • Terrorism and 'Arafatistan'
    It is quite clear the military strategy of Islamic Jihad and Hamas is to kill as many Israelis as possible, and to bring the same fear to Israeli population centres that the terrorists claim exists in Palestinian cities. There remains, however, a high degree of ignorance about the aims of these groups, their motives and the background of their suicide bombers.

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