Newsletter #228 Friday, April 8, 2005
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- Middle East mythology
by Caroline Glick - Jerusalem Post - April 8, 2005 Israeli and American policymakers alike have repeatedly claimed that by strengthening PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, he will gain legitimacy among the Palestinians to move ahead with peace with Israel. They also claim that in the aftermath of Israel's planned removal of its forces and expulsion of its citizenry from northern Samaria and Gaza this summer, the PA will be strengthened and that as a result, chances for peace will be increased. Yet again, the facts on the ground belie this view.
- Mr. Sharon goes to Crawford
By Isi Leibler - Jerusalem Post - April 7, 2005 When Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flies to President George W. Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch for a scheduled April 11 meeting, the premier will leave behind a tense, bitterly divided nation still in the dark about his real intentions after disengagement.
- Arik's mission impossible
By Uri Dan - Jerusalem Post - April 7, 2005 Those who thought that Bush's letter would be enough were mistaken from the very beginning. What is really needed is an unceasing, tenacious and bitter struggle for the borders of the Jewish State – borders that will give us maximum security as we struggle under difficult domestic and international conditions. Only Sharon, there in Texas, and afterwards, can carry out this impossible mission.
- Ariel Sharon's Folly
By Daniel Pipes - April 5, 2005 With the passage last week of a budget bill in Israel, the government of Ariel Sharon appears to be ready to remove more than 8,000 Israelis living in Gaza with force, if necessary. In addition to the legal dubiousness of this step and its historical unprecedented nature (challenge to the reader: name another democracy that has forcibly removed thousands its own citizens from their lawful homes), the planned withdrawal of all Israeli installations from Gaza amounts to an act of monumental political folly.
- The Gaza Strip: Myths and Facts - Part I
by Barry Verstaendig - IsraelNationNews.com - April 8, 2005 Right now, 25,000 Israeli soldiers are not risking their lives in Gaza to protect 8,000 settlers. They, and the 8,000 settlers who live there, are risking their lives to protect 5,000,000 Israeli Jews.
- The Bush Plan for Israel: two ghettos, many pogroms
By Beth Goodtree - Israelinsider.com - April 8, 2005 President Bush, despite pronouncements to the contrary, is showing himself to be no friend of Israel. His plans, voiced through his toady, Condoleezza Rice, calls for Israel to be cut in two, give up her natural resources necessary for survival, be surrounded by hostile enemies, and not to allow for natural growth. And he is demanding that Israel's strengths be given to those bent upon her destruction.
- Israel needs more than a photo-op at the Bush ranch
By Aaron Lerner - jewishworldreview.com - April 7, 2005 If even half of the Sharon team's claims regarding the diplomatic benefits of retreating from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria were true, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's meeting next week would be more than a photo-op at the ranch wrapped up in another round of vague phrases. Unfortunately, this is not the case. And the timing could not be worse.
- The Real Mahmoud Abbas
By Joel Mowbray - Townhall.com - April 4, 2005 Hamas is still intact, as is every other known Palestinian terrorist entity. Abbas refuses to stand up to the terrorists; instead, like Arafat, he proudly prefers to work with them. And work with them, indeed. He's already announced plans to release two high-profile terrorists: Ahmed Saadat, the head of terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Fuad Shubaki, Arafat's former deputy who spearheaded efforts to smuggle arms from Iran aboard the Karine-A. There is a legitimate question how far ahead of a deeply radicalized Palestinian population Abbas can go. At the very least, he could aim to be a step ahead and try to lead them in a new direction. But he's not—and it shows.
- Rabbis: Sharon has declared war on God
By Jerusalem Newswire Editorial Staff - www.jnewswire.com - April 4, 2005
The government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has declared war on God and his Word by relinquishing its birthright in the Gaza Strip and Samaria in return for a false peace, senior Israeli rabbis said Sunday.
Rabbis David Meir Druckman and Dov Valfa called on those opposed to Sharon's "disengagement" plan to increase their efforts to thwart the plan and not to fear imprisonment.
"We will do everything we can in this war of God to prevent the expulsion and destruction, and with God's help we will be the first to go to prison," the rabbis wrote in a letter circulated to the Israeli media.
Druckman and Valfa said that following Passover, the leaders of the anti-retreat movement would "issue clear instructions and practical suggestions regarding what each person can do (without violence of course) for this sacred cause."
They said "hundreds of thousands of Israelis" were prepared to take part in this effort, and accused the government of declaring "war on God and his Torah."
Sharon "is about to destroy Israel and place millions of Jews in grave danger," their letter stated.
Indeed, senior IDF officials anticipate a full renewal of "Palestinian" terrorist hostilities against Israel's Jews immediately following the planned withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria.
Yediot Ahronot military correspondent Alex Fishman wrote Sunday that the IDF's Central Command is already preparing for a huge increase in Palestinian Arab violence emanating from Judea and Samaria and focusing on Israel's coastal plain.
The coming wave of terror, however, is expected to be more intense than the previous four years as a result of major "Palestinian" efforts to take advantage of the current relative calm to smuggle weapons into PA-controlled territories.
"Despite the successes in discovering arms-smuggling tunnels [between Egypt and Gaza], in the battle between smuggling and thwarting smuggling, the smugglers have won," Fishman wrote.
He said the army puts the number of assault rifles successfully smuggled into PA-controlled Gaza between July 2004 and February 2005 at over 3,000. In addition, 400,000 bullets, 400 pistols, and 600 kilograms of explosives found their way into the Strip.
More than180 anti-tank rocket launchers and 5 anti-aircraft missiles were also obtained by the terrorists with the help of official PA security officers, according to Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz.
"Stopping the smuggling has become a matter of national existence. It is liable to spell the difference between a diplomatic agreement and a comprehensive war against the Palestinians," Fishman concluded.
The inherent dangers notwithstanding, Sharon is unlikely to reconsider what has become the cornerstone of his government policies.
"The government is obsessed with showing that it's carrying out the expulsion," despite the fact "it's not clear what happens next," Likud MK David Levy said at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday.
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