Newsletter #289     Friday, July 7, 2006
  • Remember What Happened Here
    By Charles Krauthammer - Time - July 5, 2006  Gaza is freed, yet Gaza wages war. That reveals the Palestinians' true agenda.
    So in 2005 the Palestinians are given Gaza, free of any Jews. Do they begin building the state they say they want, constructing schools and roads and hospitals? No. They launch rockets at civilians and dig a 300-yard tunnel under the border to attack Israeli soldiers and bring back a hostage.

  • Hamasism or unilateralism
    by Saul Singer - Jerusalem Post - July 6, 2006
     Hamas seems to think that the alternative to unilateralism is for Israel to be forced to negotiate while under attack, without Hamas fulfilling any of the Quartet's demands. The Quartet doesn't like unilateralism or Hamasism, but is there any doubt, faced with this choice, which side it should be on? The Quartet's position - through lack of a decisive stance in either direction - of acquiescing to both Hamasism and unilateralism is a recipe for unending morass.

  • Giving up on the Palestinians
    By Larry Derfner - Jerusalem Post - July 5, 2006  Finally, what caused me to give up on the Palestinians was watching Yasser Arafat in action - without giving him every benefit of every doubt, but rather just taking him at face value. What a gargoyle, what a caricature of a corrupt, violent, temperamental, megalomaniacal dictator. This was the symbol of the Palestinian people. This was their leader, their inspiration, since 1969. The character of Yasser Arafat wasn't incidental to the national character of the Palestinians, it was a reflection of it. Which is a very depressing realization.

  • How Olmert justifies failure
    By Carolyn Glick - Jerusalem Post - July 6, 2006  An Israeli government that was interested in strengthening Israel's Jewish majority and its democratic system would be making use of the ample and readily available opportunities for doing both. Rather than doing so, the Olmert government is ignoring and indeed undermining these opportunities while, in the name of democracy and demographic stability, it is advancing a policy that will turn Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya, Ra'anana, Kfar Saba, Afula, Hadera and Tiberias into frontline communities just like Sderot and Ashkelon.

  • That same old bash-Israel agenda
    By Anne Bayefsky - Jerusalem Post - July 5, 2006  But it wasn't genocide in Sudan that interested the Human Rights Council. Nor was it a billion Chinese without civil and political rights. Not 13 million women in Saudi Arabia whose lives depend on hiding from sight in public places and never being caught behind the wheel of an automobile. Not the dire human rights conditions of 23 million people in North Korea. Not Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's incitement to genocide or his country's legal system, which includes crucifixion, stoning and amputation. No, there was only one country singled out by the UN Human Rights Council, and that was Israel.

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  • Hamas Authority declares war
    Orders security forces to repel IDF incursion

    by Ryan Jones - Jerusalem Newswire - July 7, 2006

    Israeli officials were hesitant to admit it, but the Hamas rulers of the Palestinian Authority openly declared war on Israel Thursday when they ordered their own security forces to engage IDF soldiers operating against terrorist groups in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

    PA Interior Minister Sayid Siam announced a high state of alert among forces in Gaza, and called on his troops "to prepare to repel the Israeli attack in Gaza," reported Ynet.

    "Palestinian" interior and national security spokesman Abu Hilal followed up by confirming PA security forces had been given clear orders to open fire on Israeli soldiers.

    The statements marked the first time senior PA officials had openly ordered their forces, who were armed by Israel and the West under the "Oslo" peace agreements, to turn their weapons on Israel.

    "Moderate" PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas reportedly refused to respond to the orders issued by the Hamas regime.

    Israeli cabinet minister Eitan Cabel told Ynet the Olmert government was taking the threat seriously, and was confident the IDF will be prepared and capable of defending itself.

    "There's no doubt that this declaration is an escalation of the situation. IDF forces will respond correctly to anyone who opens fire at them."
    Another senior diplomatic source said no one should be surprised by this latest development.
    "The Palestinian government is a terrorist government and we do not expect a terrorist government to act differently. For the sake of logic, it's worth saying that Hamas as remained Hamas, a murderous terrorist organization. This does not surprise us."
    Likud Knesset Member and former foreign minister Silvan Shalom said Siam "must be marked for targeted assassination as a first class terrorist."

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