Newsletter #239     Friday, June 24, 2005

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  • Irrelevant Visions
    by Caroline Glick - Jerusalem Post - June 24, 2005  If either Washington or Jerusalem were willing to base their policies on reality rather than "visions," they would both come up with multiple options for fighting Palestinian terrorism and transforming Palestinian society. In so doing both would be making a great contribution to the cause of democracy and counterterrorism throughout the Arab world. But since both are committed to "solutions" that have no connection to the real world, the steps they adopt to achieve their goals are both counter-productive and dangerous.

  • The chimera of security
    By Evelyn Gordon - Jerusalem Post - June 22, 2005   Thus, whichever border control proposal is adopted, Israel will effectively be entrusting its security to people with a demonstrated lack of interest in providing it. I'm still waiting for Sharon to explain just how that is supposed to make Israel more secure.

  • Terror: The female touch
    By Micah D. Halpern - - June 23, 2005  It was the perfect opportunity. A young woman. An entry permit into Israel for medical treatment. By her own admission and the admission of her handlers, it was assumed that Bas would only be cursorily surveyed at the Erez Crossing. It was assumed that Bas would easily reach her intended target and murder as many people -- doctors, nurses, patients, visitors -- as 22 pounds of explosives could handle. Luckily, they were wrong, they miscalculated. The intended female suicide bomber was detected. The explosive device was safely detonated by sappers. No one was injured.

  • The 'pragmatic' Hamas myth
    By Gerald M. Steinberg - Jerusalem Post - June 19, 2005   The wishful thinking that has long characterized European diplomacy in the Middle East has made one of its periodic ocean crossings and regained a foothold in Washington. Reflecting their eagerness to see "progress" in relations between Palestinians and Israelis, some American officials have adopted the myth of Hamas moderation.

  • A coward for prime minister
    by Caroline Glick - Jerusalem Post - June 20, 2005  There are still two months before this ill-begotten and breathtakingly ridiculous plan is to be carried out. In the time that remains it will be interesting to see whether those, both in Israel and the US, who were brave enough to oppose the Oslo plan on the basis of its obvious and gaping flaws but who today, placing their trust in large part on Sharon's reputation as a strong leader, support the withdrawal plan, will reconsider that support. If they do not, they, like Sharon, will not be remembered by history for their past bravery, but rather for their decision to prefer momentary and opportunistic accolades for their "moderation" over the long-term security of the State of Israel and the stability of the Middle East as a whole.

  • Occupation and Settlement: The Myth and Reality
    By David Meir-Levi - - June 24, 2005  One of the most prominent and contentious issues in the media coverage and Arab propaganda regarding the Israel-Arab conflict is that of Jewish “occupation” of Arab lands and the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (hereafter WBGS). Unfortunately, these issues have been clouded with misleading rhetoric and propagandistic mantras by both sides. To properly understand the role of the Israeli presence and settlements in the WBGS, it is necessary to review their history within the broader historical context of the Arab-Israel war, which has been proceeding without interruption since 1948.

  • 'Palestinians' abuse goodwill to attack Israel
    Jerusalem Newswire - June 21, 2005

    Palestinian Arab terrorists continue to abuse Israeli goodwill in order to carry out murderous attacks against Jewish men, women and children, as evidenced by Monday's arrest of a would-be female “suicide” bomber in Gaza.

    Wafa Samir Ibrahim Bas, 21, had been granted ongoing access to “Israel proper” in order to obtain treatment at Beersheva's Soroka Medical Center for burns she suffered during a gas tank explosion earlier in the year.

    A terror group affiliated with PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah faction took advantage of the situation, and convinced Bas to strap explosives to her body and detonate them during her next visit to the hospital.

    Speaking from an Israeli prison hours after her arrest, Bas said she had hoped to kill as many as 50 Jews, including as many children as possible.

    “I love Allah, I love the land of Palestine and I am a member of [Fatah's] Al-Aksa Brigades,” she declared.

    Security officials noted this was not the first case of the Palestinian Arabs making use of Israeli humanitarian goodwill in an effort to murder Jews.

    Sadly, such incidents require Israel “to carry out more stringent inspections, and those who suffer will be those requiring medical treatment,” Col. Yoav Mordechai, head of the Erez district liaison office, told The Jerusalem Post.

    Another senior security official said human rights groups often criticize Israel for carrying out inspections of Palestinian Arabs in need of medical treatment.

    He said they failed to understand that while Israel desired to help those people, “our dilemma is how to differentiate between those who really seek treatment and sometimes those who may suffer from terminal illnesses and figure they have nothing to lose by agreeing to carry out a suicide attack.”

    Bas was stopped in her attempt thanks to the biometric scanners installed at the Erez Crossing station, a technology the Palestinian Authority insisted was a deliberate attempt to give the Arabs cancer and demanded Israel remove.

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