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CAIRO (Reuters) - Israeli "colonialism" in the occupied Palestinian territories is in its final throes, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
Palestinians are in the 11th month of an uprising against occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel captured the territories in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed Arab East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally.
"Israeli colonialism in the land of Palestine which it has occupied since 1967 is living, in my opinion, its last moments," Maher said in remarks at a seminar on Monday evening and carried by Egypt's official MENA news agency on Tuesday.
"We have seen throughout history that colonialism gets more brutal in its final hours," he added.
Since a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 15 people at a Jerusalem pizza restaurant last Thursday, Israel has taken over the unofficial Palestinian headquarters in Arab East Jerusalem.
On Tuesday tanks and bulldozers thrust into the West Bank town of Jenin to destroy a police headquarters, in the deepest incursion into Palestinian territory since the uprising began. The Palestinian Authority said the operation was a "declaration of war."
"(Israel) is trying to cling onto what it can't keep, because no matter how many Palestinians it kills there will always be at least one fighting with stones, weapons and faith in his country and his right," Maher said.
The West Bank and Gaza are home to over three million Palestinians. Israel has built settlements there, which the international community regards as illegal.
-- Martin Thompson (email@example.com), August 15, 2001
The increasingly strident tone from Egypt with regard to Israel is worrisome. I'm not commenting one way or another on who is "right" in this mess, just noting that the increasingly sabre-rattling comments by the Foreign Minister seem to me to be sucking the region that much faster toward outright regional war. I have no doubt this is a strong message from the highest level of their government, rather than off- hand remarks by a "loose cannon."
It's hard to see how this situation will produce a happy outcome for *anyone*.
-- Andre Weltman (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 16, 2001.
That neighbourhood needs a working bee, not a bloody war.
If this starts into a real war, how can it be resolved with out reversion to ABC weapons? If it's a real war, the losing side will up the ante to stave off defeat, one would think? How could a limited war not be followed by a more boisterous one? The defeated country would be badly-off, the gov might fight only because it still can, while it still can. There appears to be no salvation for the unholy land.
-- number six (!@!.com), August 16, 2001.
Yes there is salvation, the Peace of Jerusalem, the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has not forgotten His people.
-- Phil Maley (email@example.com), August 16, 2001.
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Subject: CRISIS UPDATE, August 16, 2001 Date: Thursday, August 16, 2001 3:27 AM
Israeli military forces remain poised today to enter the Palestinian- ruled town of Bethlehem and two nearby villages if shooting attacks resume against the south Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. Defense Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer told Israel radio that he would not order the massed military forces to pull back to their previous positions until it becomes clear that frequent armed attacks upon the southern rim of Israel's capital city from the Bethlehem area have come to a complete end. Saying that the government is establishing "new red lines that the Palestinians must not cross," he confirmed media reports that an army operation would automatically begin if Arab shooting resumes. Still, he insisted that the government has no intention of permanently re-occupying land handed over to Yasser Arafat's control as part of the shattered Oslo peace accords. He said any further army operations into Palestinian-ruled zones would only be designed to improve Israel's security situation and end ongoing Palestinian attacks.
The decision to position Israeli forces just outside of the Bethlehem area came after heavy Palestinian fire was directed at Gilo on Tuesday morning. Israeli officials said the attack was at a higher level of proficiency than ever before, indicating that professional Arab sharpshooters had been brought into the fray. Israeli Communications Minister Ruby Rivlin said that Egypt and the United States had pressured Yasser Arafat to stop the attacks. He also confirmed earlier media reports that senior government leaders have approved a plan to order the army into all areas under Arafat's control if Palestinian terrorist and shooting attacks continue. The goal of such an operation would be to arrest wanted terrorist suspects, but Israeli leaders are said to privately acknowledge that it could end with the dismantling of Arafat's autonomy government. The main concern is that such an operation could also spark a new regional war.
A Jerusalem city worker was shot in the chest near the eastern Jerusalem suburb of Ma'ale Adumim last night. The attack took place while the 42 year old sanitation worker was sitting in his city-owned garbage truck on a public road, waiting for a co-worker who was buying food at a roadside store. Doctors say the Jewish victim is in fair condition today at Jerusalem's Hadassah-Mount Scopus hospital. Another Israeli was lightly injured last night when rocks were hurled at his car in the nearby Arab village of Abu Dis. Two Palestinian mortar bombs were fired this morning at the Jewish community of Morag in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, but no Israeli casualties were reported. Gunfire was also reported this morning in the divided town of Hebron.
*** NOTE *** At the request of Yasser Arafat, the United Nations Security Council will convene on late Thursday or Friday in New York to discuss the deteriorating security situation and the PLO demand that foreign "peacekeeping forces" be rushed to the region. Arafat, who has been angling to involve such a world force in his armed uprising against Israel, said earlier this week that international troops are needed to "protect my people from stepped up Israeli aggression." He indicated he intends to travel to New York to address the Security Council during the special debate. Israeli leaders see Arafat's demand as an attempt to secure world intervention in the hopes that such armed world forces will eventually be ordered to help the Palestinian secure total control over the eastern half of Jerusalem, and to help enforce the evacuation of all Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. The emergency UN debate comes at the request of around 50 Muslim countries, acting on Arafat's behalf. The United States blocked an earlier Palestinian attempt to secure UN backing for such an international force. *** NOTE ***
Iraqis turned out in large numbers Wednesday afternoon to participate in pro-Palestinian rallies sponsored by the Iraqi dictatorship. Among the demonstrators were gun-totting members of the supposed "seven million volunteer force" that the regime claims are being prepared to fight in a pending jihad holy war against the Jewish State. News reports showed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis burning Israeli and American flags and chanting anti-Israel slogans during the demonstrations, which were ordered to take place by dictator Saddam Hussein on Tuesday night. Extensive reports on the rallies were broadcast on Palestinian television stations last evening, with one Arab commentator saying they showed that the Palestinians "are not alone in our struggle to liberate our occupied land."
Israeli security officials have confirmed that they have tightened security around various senior officials, including Prime Minister Sharon and Defense Minister Ben Eliezer, following renewed threats by anti-Israel groups to assassinate them. Meanwhile the Sharon government is set to grow stronger today with the expected inclusion of the five-seat Center party in the broad unity coalition. Center party leader Dan Meridor, a former Likud party politician, will join the inner security cabinet and be put in charge of the National Security Council. Sharon has been eager to secure the support of the small party in case Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and some of his left-wing allies leave the government, as a few have threatened to do. Analysts say the inclusion of the Center party in the coalition will strengthen Sharon's ability to order a major army operation against Arafat if he deems it necessary.
DAVID DOLAN. Jerusalem
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The continued lack of adequate news coverage on all this on Tee Vee (or even in most newspapers) is astounding. Each night I briefly surf the major news stations (CNN, Bloomberg, MSNBC, and the various broadcast Nightly News broadcasts) and almost never see coverage adequate to alert the mass of listeners as to what is going on. Even the routine coverage of the latest suicide bomber is short, and quickly replaced by some fluff piece...
-- Andre Weltman (email@example.com), August 17, 2001.
Only if you read news on the 'net are you likely to see this type of scary article, for example:
A Fearful Potentiality -- Looking at a Possible, But Unlikely Scenario for Mideast War
News Analysis by John K. Cooley, ABCNews.com, 17 August 2001
Aug. 17 Though they rarely discuss it in public, Arab and Israeli statesmen are aware of a scenario that could turn the intensifying conflict between Israel and the Palestinians into a broader Arab- Israeli war.
It's a scenario that has lurked since Israel's foundation in 1948, and it was a concern for the late King Hussein of Jordan, before he signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. It remains so for many Palestinians, other Arabs and dovish Israelis today.
It is the idea of forced deportation early Zionist theorists and Israeli politicians called it "transfer" of some or all of the Arabs in pre-1967 Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank eastward to Jordan.
This would leave Israel, theoretically, as an entirely Jewish state. Jordan would be swamped with up to a million new Palestinian refugees, an obvious threat to the existing parliamentary monarchy of King Abdullah with the potential to turn Jordan into a Palestinian state.
In the past, some of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior advisers like the extreme rightist Herut Ihud party's tourism minister, Rehovam Zee'vi publicly advocated "transfer" as a solution to Palestinian question.
So did fiery Jewish extremists like the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, head of the outlawed Kach party. However, as prime minister, Sharon has carefully avoided mentioning it. Taking his lead, senior politicians of his ruling Likud party coalition, as well as leading military figures, have rarely done so either.
ExpectingTrouble From Baghdad
Several years before his death, King Hussein confided to this reporter in a private conversation in 1991 that if Jordan were to be faced by a new Palestinian refugee tide like those in 1948 and 1967, and forced this time by Israel's army the Jordanian armed forces would have no choice but to resist by waging war on Israel.
This in turn, as in earlier Arab-Israel wars since 1948, could draw an eager Iraqi regime to send its troops and tanks into Jordan. Israel has always warned that it interprets the entry of Iraqi troops into Jordan as an act of war, and acted accordingly.
During the 1967 war, at least one Iraqi brigade tried to engage Israeli tank forces then knifing through Jordan's West Bank near Nablus. But the Iraqis lacked any air cover. Israeli air power wiped them out.
The resulting Arab defeat saw the loss of East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel. Iraq also fought in Palestine in 1948 and on Syria's Golan Heights in 1973.
In the 1991 Gulf war, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein attempted to drive a wedge between Israel and the U.S.-led Arab coalition forces pushing Iraqi occupation troops from Kuwait, by firing dozens of Scud missiles at Israeli cities, causing destruction and casualties. At Washington's request, Israel did not respond.
Recently, Saddam has claimed with great fanfare that he is raising, training and equipping several Iraqi divisions, to be sent to "liberate Jerusalem," if only his neighbors Jordan and Syria will permit their entry. Jordan could not do so without breaking its 1994 peace treaty with Israel. Syria has no peace treaty with the Jewish state; only a U.N.-supervised "disengagement" accord from 1975.
Plans for Ethnic Cleansing
King Abdullah and Jordan's present leadership may consider the "transfer" war trigger as unlikely, despite the daily conflict worsening west of the Jordan river.
However, they do fear a new refugee tide. Last May, the Interior Ministry in Amman banned entry of certain categories of Palestinians, even those arriving from Israel or the occupied territories who held Jordan residence permits. About half of Jordan's over 4 million people are now Palestinians, including those still in refugee camps.
Theodore Herzl, considered Zionism's founder, wrote in his Diaries in 1895 that jobs should be found for "penniless" Palestinians in "transit countries" but denied jobs in the future Jewish state. "Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly," he added.
Joseph Weitz, an early director of the Jewish National Fund, wrote in December 1940 about "transferring the Arabs from here to neighboring countries ...The transfer must be directed to Iraq, Syria and even to Transjordan ... There is no other way out."
Sharons Unspoken Opinion?
According to published Israeli records, in 1964, Ariel Sharon, then an army colonel, asked experts for a memo on "the number of buses and military vehicles" capable of transporting "about 300,000 Arabs" across the river to Jordan. No action followed his request, since the incumbent government vetoed the idea.
Sharon states in his autobiography, Warrior, that in 1970 both he and the late defense minister Moshe Dayan thought it foolish to bow to American wishes to save King Hussein's throne, by massing Israeli tanks to help the King's army defeat the Syrian-backed Palestinian forces then destabilizing Jordan.
"If it had now become possible to resolve the most crucial of these Palestinian problems, through the formal creation of a Palestinian state in Jordan, that is the direction I believed we should move in," he wrote.
This idea has given rise to a favorite slogan of the Israeli extreme Right, "Jordan is Palestine." This arouses almost as much concern in Washington and other Western capitals as it does in Amman.
-- Andre Weltman (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 17, 2001.