Newsletter #269     Friday, February 10, 2006
  • The IAEA diversion
    By Carolyn Glick - Jerusalem Post - February 6, 2006  After reading the reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency's decision Saturday to refer Iran's nuclear program to the UN Security Council it is hard to know whether to laugh or cry. Almost unbelievably, in spite of the agency's clear evidence that Iran is working to build nuclear bombs, rather than refer the issue of Iran to the Security Council immediately, the IAEA's decision postponed the referral of Iran's nuclear program to the UN Security Council for five weeks. Aside from this, the fact is that there is close to zero chance that the Security Council will take any meaningful action on the issue next month, or at all.

  • Betrayal of a Nation
    By Yehuda Poch - - February 10, 2006   The Israeli government, under the leadership of first Ariel Sharon and now Ehud Olmert, and with Shaul Mofaz as defense minister, has completely and utterly failed in its responsibility to protect and defend its citizens against armed attacks. In the five years since Sharon took office, 1042 people have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in Israel, among them five people in Kassam attacks, and at least the same number in mortar attacks launched from the Gaza Strip.

  • Where Olmert leads, Israel mustn't follow
    By Carolyn Glick - Jerusalem Post - February 10, 2006  Olmert's current policies indicate that if he forms the next government, he and his cohorts in Kadima will lead Israel into a national and military abyss. The fact that he is basing his campaign on denying his actual policies is more than sufficient reason for Israeli voters to look elsewhere for their next prime minister. The fact that his actual policies endanger the long-term survival of Israel makes defeating Olmert and Kadima a national imperative.

  • Dropping the Veil
    By Fred Siegel - - February 8, 2006  The last few extraordinary weeks have produced three clarifying developments in the conflict between the West and Islamism. The victory of the terrorist group Hamas in the Palestinian elections, and the Iranian Mullahs’ increasingly open efforts at creating nuclear weapons are nearly self-explanatory in their significance. The third, the angry and sometimes violent protests in Europe and the Middle East against the European publication of cartoons depicting Mohammed, demands an explanation. But what all three have in common, in the words of a radical imam based in Norway, is that they signal that a war has begun. Europe’s very future may hinge on the outcome of the Danish Cartoon Affair.

  • Compromise with Hamas 'a slippery slope'
    By Herb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - February 10, 2006  Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, during her visit to the United States also warned against international recognition of Hamas in a New York Sun interview published Friday morning. According to Livni, there was a "slippery slope" effect caused by the tendency of some international actors to compromise with Hamas. Any sign of weakness in dealing with Hamas, she added, would lead to "a negative effect - not only for Israel, but also for the Palestinian people and for the international community."

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  • Rice dashes Kadima election platform
    US will not support Israel unilaterally setting final borders

    By Ryan Jones - Jerusalem Newswire - February 9, 2006

    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday threw a serious stick in the spokes of Israeli Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's post-election plans to set his nation's final borders by disengaging from Israel's central heartland.

    During a joint press conference with visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Washington, Rice was asked for her reaction to Olmert's intentions, which were the brainchild of his predecessor and mentor, Ariel Sharon.

    Rice, holding on to the illusion of a negotiated peace settlement, indicated the Bush Administration opposes all unilateral Israeli moves that do not enjoy the approval of the Palestinian Authority:

    The United States position on this is very clear and remains the same. No one should try and unilaterally predetermine the outcome of a final status agreement.”

    This presents a quandary for Olmert, who just a day earlier had this to say on Israel's Channel Two News as he dismissed the possibility of a negotiated settlement following Hamas' victory:

    We are going toward separation from the Palestinians, toward establishing a permanent border for Israel.”

    Those borders, according to Olmert, will include all of Jerusalem, as well as three large settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria. They are certain to not enjoy the approval of the PA, and therefore not of Washington either.

    Just last month, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz, a close confidante of Olmert and supporter of his policies, told the Herzliya Conference that without US backing the plan is a non-starter.

    Olmert, like Sharon before him, is unlikely to defy the will of his American patrons, leaving his blueprint for resolving the current situation in tatters.

    He is likely to cover for this by following the Gaza model – a surrender to international dictates regarding the land masked as a unilateral move for the good of the nation.

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