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Friday, June 13, 2003

Sgt. Tamar Ben-Eliahu, 20, of Moshav Paran was one of 17 people killed in a suicide bombing on bus No. 14A on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem on Wednesday, June 11th. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tamar Ben-Eliahu grew up with her three brothers and sisters in Moshav Paran in the Arava, in southern Israel. She was a counselor in the youth movement of the Moshav movement and completed a year of community service under the auspices of the movement after high school. She was then recruited into the IDF and served in Jerusalem as an education NCO. As such, she served as a guide to groups of soldiers visiting the Western Wall and the Old City of Jerusalem. Mortally wounded in the attack, she died in hospital.

Dafna Harari, of Paran, described Tamar as a beautiful girl and a real friend. She was very active in the Shitim regional high school and helped arrange various ceremonies. On the long bus ride from Paran to Jerusalem, Tamar would often fall asleep. When she awoke, she would find love notes from passengers who said that she looked like an angel.

Sgt. Tamar Ben-Eliahu was buried in the military section of the cemetery in Moshav Poran. She is survived by her parents, Omri and Edna, her older brother and sister, Ziv and Hadas, and younger brother Lior.

"Israel's efforts to destroy Hamas and Islamic Jihad represent the only hope Abu Mazen has."

John Podhoretz, in today's New York Post, exhibits undeniable (and refreshing and reassuring) clarity: "The answer is simple, even if the execution will be fiendishly difficult: The terrorist groups that stand in the way of progress must be defunded and destroyed. Period." How can anyone possibly argue with that? Whether you specifically favor establishment of a Palestinian state or not, Podhoretz is right: This is the only path to peace. It is certainly Israel's only hope for survival.

Along these same lines, see Joseph Farah's "Cycle of Violence?" at WorldNetDaily. I love it when he says, "There is such a thing in life as an irreconcilable difference," and I hate it when he describes Israel's perilous position, though I know it to be true:

"Israel is outnumbered by its enemies in the Middle East. It is out-resourced by its enemies in the Middle East. It is out-financed by its enemies in the Middle East. It is out-maneuvered in the public relations war by its enemies in the Middle East. There are only two advantages Israel has over its enemies: It is right, and it has military might.

If Israel doesn't utilize those two strengths – and soon – the world will soon witness another Jewish holocaust."

G-d forbid.

New York Times Insists on Glorifying Suicide Bombers

Ian Fisher is at it again, with today's "A Sudden Violent End for a Promising Youth." I am so appalled by this that I won't make a link; if you're interested, you can find it. This so-called "promising youth" disguised himself as an orthodox Jew, got on the #14/A bus in Jerusalem, and proceeded to murder 17 innocent peole, and to wound and maim almost a hundred others. The "sudden violent end" that Fisher portrays didn't come out of nowhere -- this young man, the same age as my son, premeditated and completed an act of racist mass murder. No matter how hard Fisher tries to explain, to humanize, to redeem, to romanticize, to glorify . . . what this kid did, in the name of his god, was the most vile and despicable thing imaginable. He should rot in hell. And I don't think much of Ian Fisher, either.

Kol Hakavod to Ed Koch, former Mayor of New York City

To the Editor [New York Times, June 13]:

"Downward Spiral in the Mideast" (editorial, June 12) equates the Israeli victims and their government with the Palestinian terrorists who deliberately assault and murder civilians. President Bush made the same error this week, criticizing the Israeli government by saying he was deeply troubled by the Israeli efforts to kill Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a Hamas leader.

Dr. Rantisi is responsible for planning the recent attacks that followed the joint announcement of the peace plan and that killed four Israeli soldiers.

Hamas and Dr. Rantisi have denounced the conciliatory words in support of a two-state solution of Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian prime minister.

Why shouldn't Israel hunt Dr. Rantisi down, just as the United States hunts down Osama bin Laden and other terrorists?

Particularly when Mr. Abbas has said he will not use force to suppress the Palestinian terrorists, and Dr. Rantisi regularly exhorts Hamas to carry out attacks against Israel?

New York, June 12, 2003

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Rantisi: Really Warm and Fuzzy

You won't believe this portrayal of Abdel Aziz Rantisi by Associated Press writer Jason Keyser. Never mind Rantisis has claimed responsibility for many murderous attacks, especially the one a year ago at Hebrew University, or that he's called on Iraqis to build an army of suicide bombers against the U.S., or that from his hospital bed the other day, he said, "We will continue with our holy war and resistance until every last criminal Zionist is evicted from this land." Never mind. He's really a poet at heart.

A Blog called The Bleat

If you don't generally read James Lileks' blog, then you should begin. today:

"I haven't written much about the "Roadmap to Peace" for the same reason I wouldn't write much about attempts to crossbreed a llama with a vacuum cleaner: I don't think it's going to work. I never thought it would work. The only question is how many dead Israelis it will take before the point is made, for the 3,234th time.

The top-of-the-hour radio news played today's news just as you'd expect - everything shoved through the tit-for-tat template. Israel attempts to take out a terror leader; Hamas "responds" with a bombing. As if they're equal. As if targeting the car that ferries around some murderous SOB is the same as sending a blissed-out teenager to blow nails and screws through the flesh of afternoon commuters so he can bury himself in the heaving bosom of the heavenly whorehouse. Cycle of violence, don't you know.

They don't have helicopters, we're told, so they use suicide bombers. If they had helicopters, they would have strafed the bus and everyone waiting at the corner. Give them a nation where Hamas runs unchecked, and they'll have helicopters. They won't be Apaches. The bill of sale will be calculated in Euros and the manual written in French. By then the excuse for the terror won't be oppression; it'll be "the legacy of oppression." Sometimes I swear the mainstream media won't take a look at the Palestinian's horrid death-cult subculture until we learn that a suicide bomber played "Doom" at an Internet cafe for five minutes. And then they'll blame Intel."

from ElectronicIntifada.net

For Immediate Release


WASHINGTON, DC - June 10, 2003 -- Today, a Pro-Palestine Lobby is born, the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER). AAPER is dedicated to representing all Americans who support the great cause of Palestinian rights to freedom and equality.

AAPER is divided into two distinct organizations with complementary missions: one focused on education and the other devoted to lobbying. AAPER Foundation is an educational organization, whose mission is to inform the American public about Palestinian rights and the nature of the US role in the Arab-Israeli relationship. The AAPER organization is a lobbying organization, whose mission is to shape a US foreign policy that recognizes and seeks to advance the human and national rights of the Palestinian people.

AAPER Foundation will fulfill its educational mission by providing effective and concise information to NGOs, the national media and the public at large. AAPER will fulfill its lobbying mission by representing to elected officials the hundreds of American organizations and millions of American citizens that support peace and justice in Israel/Palestine, but have been without an organization to lobby Congress on their behalf.

In a statement on the organization's launch, AAPER Founder and President, George Naggiar, said: "For too many years in Washington and around the US, there has been a very limited perspective on the cause of Palestinian rights, which is poorly understood in the United States. This is reflected in media coverage of the Palestinian struggle, American public discourse and official US policies. We will work to systematically change that."

AAPER Co-Founder and Executive Director, Clayton Swisher added: "At this point in American history, there is no cause more overdue than to fairly address the Palestine question. By showing the Arab world what the American people stand for--liberty and justice--AAPER seeks to strengthen America's security interests at home and abroad. I am proud to be a part of this exciting moment."

George Naggiar, (202) 333-5028
Clayton Swisher, (202) 333-5028


Muslim Life in America: a State Dept. website?

I learned of this at the superior blog, Israpundit, and had to bring it here because it is just so surreal. The U.S. State Department sports a website called Mulsim Life in America, as part of its International Information Program.

I got as far as reading the words of Shahed (is that like Shahid? I hope not.) Amanullah, an engineer who lives in San Francisco: "American values are, by and large, very consistent with Islamic values. . . "

Maybe this is fine stuff, it's just so very odd.

"Stop Following the Yellow Brick Roadmap"

by Patrick Pearlman of West Virginians in Solidarity with Israel, posted at JPost
I probably shouldn't post this letter because I'm mad as Hell and fed up with politicians -- Israeli and American -- who continue to fret about how to preserve the "Roadmap" and ignore the reasons for their predicament.

As if no-one could've have seen this coming. What can you expect when 3 of Israel's enemies and a superpower interested only in diverting Muslim animosity towards itself get together to "hammer out" a peace process without bothering to involve the interested parties? (I seem to remember a similar peace process being hammered out at Munich some years ago) Israel was not invited, was not consulted, and was not even allowed to register its reservations about the "Roadmap". Couple that with the fact that the Quartet has willfully ignored every act of Palestinian noncompliance with Oslo and its progeny, every act of incitement to terror, and every act of terror itself, and one has to wonder what the international diplomats are smoking during their confabs.

Now, in order to ensure that the "Roadmap" is implemented, I'm beginning to hear voices in the US that "international peacekeepers" may have to go to Israel to separate the Israelis and Palestinians. Some suggest NATO troops, others even go so far as to suggest troops from Arab nations. Incredible. Whatever the diplomats are smoking, it's apparently pretty potent.

How much longer will Israelis and their leaders tolerate this farce?

It is time to firmly, and politely, say "No" to the "Roadmap," and "No" to any more international interference in Israel's affairs. If Israel and the Arabs are going to make peace, then they'll do it themselves -- it cannot be imposed. If America is Israel's friend, then it should prove that friendship by ending the pattern of pressuring Israel to make concessions, without demanding any concrete action by the Palestinians and their supporters. It should prove that friendship by refraining from extorting concessions in exchange for money to rehabilitate an economy devastated by the concessions previously demanded of Israel.

Giving in to the unrealistic demands placed upon Israel over the past 13 years has brought Israel only economic misery, death and destruction. After all, how much worse could it be if Israel just said "No"?

The Settlements: To Be or Not To Be?

"An Israeli settler youth reads a book under a shelter from the sun decorated with an Israeli flag at the outpost settlement of Tel Haim . . . the outpost, consisting of four mobile homes, is slated for demolition by the Israeli army under the terms of the U.S.-backed 'road map.' "--AP photo and [excerpt from] caption.

Do you think this was before or after yesterday's bombing?

AP Photo June 11, 2003. Arafat and Abu Mazen flanking Eyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, as the three walk out of Arafat's office in Ramallah. Why so happy?

Hamas on the run

According to JPost, Hamas said in a statement Thursday: "We call upon all foreigners to evacuate the Zionist entity (they mean the state of Israel) immediately in order to protect their lives," Hamas said. "We call on all military cells to act immediately and act like an earthquake to blow up the Zionist entity and tear it to pieces." Hamas said it would "teach the criminal enemy new painful lessons" and that the "Gaza Strip, if the enemy invades it, will be transformed into a graveyard for the invaders".

Meanwhile, "Hamas officials in Gaza City confirmed that the movement's top leaders were hiding, saying they have decided to take precautionary measures to protect themselves against possible Israeli retaliatory attacks."

Let me guess, they're hiding . . . among civilian women and children, their families even, risking their lives as "collateral damage" and then if they do get killed, using their deaths to defame Israel further in their propaganda. Whew, I'm so glad I married a nice Jewish man, a real mensch, and not one of these.

Israel erased from the Middle East

Check out the new issue of the reporter, published by the Population Connection, pp. 13-17, "Is Population Stability Possible in an Unstable World? The Middle East and Family Planning"

There is no Israel on the map or chart, but (you guessed it) there IS a country called Palestine! I understand the data comes from the United Nations, but still . . .

Population Connection
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 320
Washington, D.C. 20036 Main: 202-332-2200
Fax: 202-332-2302
Toll Free: 1-800-POP-1956

Thanks to Jessie for bringing this to our attention.

NY TIMES "CORRECTION" (read the small print)

"In article yesterday -- about the dismantling of a rusty tower by an Israeli settlement in the West Bank as a gesture of compliance with the American-led peace initiative -- misstated the origin of Israeli control of the territory. During the 1967 war, Israel seized the West Bank from Jordan and took Gaza from Egypt, not from the Palestinians."

A small point, no?
"The deadliest blows so far have come from Palestinian terrorists . . . But the gravest political damage is being done by Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon."
Today's New York Times editorial uses the T-word, which is somewhat gratifying, but blames Sharon for "needlessly damaging the credibility of Mr. Abbas and of the whole Bush peace plan."

"Nobody expects Israel to tolerate terror against its people. BUT . . . "

I wish I had a nickel for evey time someone has made a statement in support of Israel's right to self defence, followed by a qualifier . . . I'd be a rich woman.

On the other hand, The New York Post blames Hamas! for the damage to Abu Mazen's credibility.

Personally, I don't think he had much credibility to begin with, and certainly he's done ZIP, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA to help the peace process along. He's made no move whatsoever against the incessant incitement to hate Jews on PA television and radio, he's made no move against (his own) Fatah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, etc. etc. There simply is no (and can be no) moderate Palestinian voice, as moderates are murdered in PA-controlled territories. Abu Mazen is simply a terrorist in a new suit.

A parallel reality, not mutual nor equal.

"Both sides exchange blows when they can, and the road map of the politicians has become the map of the road on which were moving the bombed Egged bus in Jerusalem and the rocketed cars in Gaza. It's a parallel reality, not mutual nor equal."

As much as I like that line, that thought, I find Amir Oren's analysis of the crimes of Hamas, the sins of Sharon, and Bush's mistakes, somewhat lacking.

Sharansky, at the bomb site:

"None of our operations target innocent people. If we harm the innocent, it is a failure for us.
But the terrorists target the innocent. "For them, this is a success - the goal of the operation."

New York Times insists on equivalence

Ian Fisher of the Times drives me crazy. Headline: Suicide blast kills 16 in Jerusalem; Israel strikes Gaza. The press, in some attempt to appear objective, or to keep from admitting who is wrong in the Arab-israeli conflict, creates and perpetuates this notion of an "unending cycle of violence" which makes no sense to anyone because it is a false substitute for understanding the complexity. I still read the Times, though, and find even the worst articles valuable for the quotes from people who are actually there, living through this nightmare:

"I am 20 years old, and I have seen six suicide bombings," said Aaron Batish, who works in a pharmacy on Jaffa Road. He does not believe there is any hope for the peace plan. "We don't believe it," he said. "Like Oslo," he added, referring to the last peace accord, signed in 1993 but never fully carried out, "it's one or two years, and it goes away." He had his own solution to the struggle with the Palestinians. "We need to send them from Israel," he said.

"This is totally unjustified -- so many innocent people were hurt," said Rafiq Murtaja. Two of his relatives, including a 12-year-old boy, were wounded by shrapnel. "I'm so angry I'm ready to blow myself up -- not just in Jerusalem, but anywhere in the world," he said.

More . . .

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

MUST-READ from Naomi Ragen


I feel like a Jew in Berlin in 1938. They are trying to kill me, to kill my family. This is not figurative, but literal. I was in the Park Hotel Seder night. I was in the center of Jerusalem yesterday. I took a cab there but I took a bus home because I'm tired of being afraid. And when I walked through the door the phone was already ringing, my husband calling from Tel Aviv, anxious to know if I was all right. I hadn't even heard yet. I had just walked through the door. So I called my son, to see if he was all right. And the phone lines were busy. So I waited, and when I got through, he told me he'd gone to pick up his wife in the center of Jerusalem. That she'd been there when the bomb went off. A few streets away.

My son and daughter in law, who had walked through the rubble of the Park Hotel seder night, to safety. And now, once again....

They were on there way home, he told me. We founded the State of Israel so that we could stop our enemies from killing us. So that we could have an army, and air force, a government that would protect the lives of Jews, when people around the world looked on in indifference at their slaughter.

Instead, we have allowed our leadership to neutralize those forces, permitting the slaughter to continue. I don't expect anything from the world. The idiots in Europe who believed all Hitler wanted was "living space" when he took over neighboring countries; who believed that the Jews in Germany and the world had it coming, the way they now promote the idea that Jewish "settlers" have it coming. And every Jew in Israel is a settler. And every Jew in the world has it coming because they are Zionists,who support settlers. It's a page from Mein Kampf.

Our own media is just as sickening."After the attack on Rantisi, all the rules have changed" some idiot on Israeli tv news actually said about the bombing. Rantisi has said: "We will not stop until every man, woman and child in Israel is dead. When Palestine is wiped clean of the Jews." He's been saying this for years. What rules, idiot, are you talking about?

Our ineffectual, fumbling, mumbling government is just as bad. Just another Judenrat. And our people are so brave, so brave. I saw them in the streets of Jerusalem yesterday, and I thought, looking at the hustle and bustle: nothing can stop us. If there is another bomb, they will just clean it up, bury the dead, and go on." I thought this with pride. But now I don't know. Is it something to be proud of, or something to be ashamed of this willingness to bury and rebuild and go on in the same direction until the next bomb?

We are being targeted for slaughter, my family , the family of Israel in our homeland that we didn't take from anyone, that belongs to us, and only to us.The same way they targeted us in Europe when there was no Jewish state, no settlers. Only, this time, we have the ability to fight back, if only our leadership would have the courage to lead us not down the road mapped out by others, but by the map we drew for ourselves when we came back to Zion.

God save us from our enemies. God save us from our "friends." God save us from ourselves.

Every blessing,

JPOST: Israeli Security officials warned that no Hamas leader will be immune to Israel's wrath.

Shortly after Wednesday afternoons terror attack, Israeli helicopters fired rockets at a car in Gaza City, killing seven Palestinians, including two Hamas terrorists, one of whom orchestrated a series of recent rocket attacks on southern Israeli towns.

I can hardly bring myself to post this.

"We will continue to live here.
We will continue to be strong."

"People burned like torches"

by Tovah Lazaroff, Jerusalem Post

"I saw a woman going up in flames, as if she were a torch. Her clothes burned first and then her skin," said Eli Shmueli as he described the Jerusalem suicide bomb attack that killed 16 and wounded 100 others.

A parking inspector for the city, Shmueli, 36, was standing by the Clal Building on Jaffa Road late Wednesday afternoon when he heard the explosion. He turned to see a bus full of burning people.

Shmueli ran toward them. There was no glass left in the mangled bus. So he was able to reach inside to try and help douse the flames on people's skins, slightly hurting his own hands in the process.

"It was a barbecue, people burned like torches," he said. It was worse, he said, than anything he had seen at Yad Vashem.

Shmueli was one of a number of wounded who walked or were taken by ambulance to Bikur Holim Hospital, only a short distance from the attack. Lying on a hospital bed, Virginia Arbeli, 24, from the Philippines, said she had been standing at the bus station waiting for another bus, when she saw bus No. 14A arrive and pull away.

"I was standing there, my bus hadn't arrived yet. I saw the bus come, a regular day. I saw the driver; he was so happy, and he turned to get closer to the bus stop. He stopped and then I heard the blast and saw the smoke. I was standing there looking at the bus and it exploded.

"People were shouting and I thought, 'dead people,' and many people were dead. How can I say it, I saw a man, I thought he was alive, he was standing there, I thought he was shocked. But when they pulled him over he was dead," she said, clenching her first as she spoke.

Arbeli said she saw another man she thought was lying down asking for help, with his hand out the window, but he too was dead. She stood shocked for a few minutes and then went to one of the shops, still shaking. She tried calling her husband, but no one answered. She was taken by ambulance to Bikur Holim where her husband found her.

"Who would expect that kind of thing?" she said. But it wasn't exactly a surprise, she said, in light of the attempted killing of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi on Tuesday. She had wondered if it would be dangerous to be downtown, but then decided if it was her time, so be it.

Ariel, 8, Amichai, 6, and their mother Ayelet Yair, were among the lucky ones to make it off the bus almost unscathed. They were sitting in the back seats, on their way to town to buy a present for Ariel. Stroking his cheek, his mother Ayelet said she had wanted to reward him for remembering to count the Omer every day. Two men helped them exit the bus out the back window. They walked to the hospital because Ayelet was slightly wounded.

Outside the bus at the time of the explosion, two other small boys, Idan Gavriel, 3, and Shaun, 5, were standing with their aunt and father looking for a bathroom for Idan. They never had a chance to find it.

In Bikur Holim Hospital, they described for reporters what they saw. "I saw people wounded and afterwards I saw soldiers," said Idan in a quiet voice, as he sat on his aunt's lap. "We stood next to it [the bus] and saw all the flames. The roof flew off," said Shaun, sitting on his mother's lap. Both boys wore identical white T-shirts with the number 39 on them. The aunt, Chaya Isachar said that the boys were still scared. When looking for a bathroom in the hospital, Idan told his aunt, "I'm afraid, will there be another explosion?"

Their mother, Limor, said she was inside the Clal Building when she heard the explosion."I went crazy," she said. Luckily, she was able to reach her sister by telephone, but news that everyone was all right calmed her only slightly. "I just wanted to get to them," she said. Anni Yarodis was walking out of a store when she heard the explosion. "I saw torn flesh on the street and blood," she said. Her mother, Aviva, heard about the attack in their home in Ramat Aviv and panicked. Hearing her daughter's voice on the phone was only slightly helpful. She and her husband raced to Jerusalem, still imagining the worst. She calmed down only upon finding her daughter in the hospital. The women stood in the hall, hugging each other tightly, in the crowded hall.

Speaking to reporters before leaving Bikur Holim Hospital, Shmueli said he had been lucky. Since turning 36, he noted that his age was double 18, the numerical meaning for the Hebrew word "Hai," which means life. Until Tuesday, he described his age as "double hai." Now, he said, he will tell people, he is "triple hai," because his life was saved.

The images he saw will stay with him, said Shmueli. It isn't the first time he has seen people burn. At age six, he saw his mother burn to death in a fire. The sight of the woman on the bus brought that trauma back. Still, he plans to return to work Thursday as usual.

Looking at her two boys, Ayelet Yair said: "We will continue to live here. We will continue to be strong."

Rantisi is a Terrorist

From an editorial in this morning's Washington Post: "Mr. Rantisi is not himself a combatant but rather one of the people with whom Mr. Abbas has been negotiating."

Wrong. Rantisi is an arch-terrorist, and personifies a vile threat to the very existence of the state of Israel. The covenant of Hamas is clear: "Israel will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it."

Rantisi has consisently held that there will be "No recognition of the Zionist entity. All the land of Palestine is a part of the Islamic faith and the Caliph Omar bin al-Khattab declared it for all Muslims. Therefore, no individual or group has the right to sell it or give it up."

Americans should not take this lightly, as Rantisi has threatened America with the Jews he hopes to displace: "I hope that some time in the future the Jews will establish another state in the United States of America and they will call upon you to coexist with them and accept their occupation of your land."

When named one of TIME Magazine's Middle East Newsmakers of 2002, Rantisi said, "I consider this a year of accomplishment for Islamic groups . . I believe that this century is going to be the century of Islam." G-d forbid.

See also "Target is a fierce foe of Israel" by Charles Radin in today's Boston Globe.

American Jews respond to Bush criticism of Israeli attack

Jewish organizations sharply criticized President George W. Bush's characterization of the target strike against Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi as harmful to peace, arguing that the US should support Israel's right to self-defense.

"The death of six Israelis this weekend, statements by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as well as the lack of a single arrest by [Palestinian Prime Minister] Abu Mazen of a terrorist, necessitated an Israeli response," wrote the leaders of six Orthodox groups in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. Signatories included the Orthodox Union, Rabbinical Council of America, Religious Zionists of America, National Council of Young Israel, Emunah of America and AMIT.

The Anti-Defamation League also criticized Bush in a letter to the White House: "Ultimately it will be necessary for Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and his forces to dismantle Hamas. Until then, Israel cannot stand idly by while its citizens are slaughtered." More at JPost.

Watch this.

From conceptwizard.com, an educational presentation on contemporary antisemitism. Thanks to my friend Moshe, for bringing this to our attention.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Jew against Jew

"We plead with the prime minister not to give this blatantly immoral order to dismantle outposts and settlements in order to give them over to the enemy," said the committee of Yesha rabbis in a statement Monday night.

"Israel has got responsibilities. Israel must deal with the settlements. Israel must make sure there is a continuous territory that the Palestinians can call home."

--President Bush, June 3 (Reuters)

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BUSH: Like Father, Like Son

by Yedidya Atlas
Much has already been written as to why the Bush "Road Map" is dangerous for Israel, why it rewards terrorism, etc. etc. So I won't bother to focus on the obvious. After all, we in Israel have already lived through the Rogers Plan, the Vance Plan, the Reagan Plan, the Mitchell Plan, the Tenet Plan, the Saudi Plan and probably some other plans I've forgotten about, all of which are basically the same, including the Bush "Road Map" Plan.

In essence, all of these Plans boil down to this: Israel, the victim, is labeled the aggressor and must give up tangible national assets that puts her national physical survival in jeopardy, while rewarding the terrorist aggressors, who are officially designated " poor, misunderstood victims."

Their brutal and murderous violence has to be excused because:

a. they are stateless (although they never had a state before. Their purported nationality was only recently invented as a tactical weapon to make an amnesiatic world forget that 21 heavily armed Arab countries with hundreds of millions of people have been trying their darnedest to destroy Israel and the Jewish People for most of the last century; and so their Madison Avenue flunkies came up with the "poor, Palestinians" ploy),

b. they live in a violent culture (Islamic, which in a multi-cultural world it's OK, because who's to say what is and is not moral, after all),

c. their enemies are Jews, so automatically it's OK, because they're only killing Jews (who should be used to it by now and should stop complaining), and by supporting the "poor Palestinians" and opposing the "Israeli aggressor", one can be anti-Semitic in Politically Correct company where it is not de rigueur to admit that the real reason you oppose Israel is because you hate Jews.

d. All of the above.

Therefore, I am going to focus on why US President George W. Bush, considered up until recently as the best friend Israel ever had in The White House, has now apparently thrown in his hat in the Threaten Israel's Existence Club. Continued . . .

The Israeli flag was not permitted at the Aqaba Summit

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
3504 International Drive, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Telephone number: (202) 966 - 2664
Fax number: (202) 966 - 3110
E-mail: HKJEmbassyDC@aol.com

H.E. Ambassador Karim Kawar
extension # 120

Dear Mr. Ambassador:

I understand that Israel's flag was not allowed to be flown in Jordan during the Aqaba summit, though the flags of Jordan, Syria, the PLO, United States and European Union adorned, not only the streets, but also the press center at the Radisson Hotel. Israel was even a participant in the summit, unlike many of those entities noted above. The idea that Israel should give up land to terrorists, only to be treated like this in the Arab world, is an outrage.

As an American Jew and supporter of Israel, I consider this show of bigotry and anti-semitism, by a country who has supposedly made peace with the Jewish state, to be a terrible insult -- certainly to Israel, but also to Jewish people everywhere.

I urge you to undertake a public, and well-publicized, apology. There cannnot be peace as long as the Arab nations, including Jordan, do not realize and accept that Israel is there to stay. I am certain that your respect for Israel, both symbolic and substantial, will be welcomed and returned by the Jewish state.

With all due respect,

Anne Lieberman,

Boulder, Colorado
United States of America

Double standard in responses to attacks

Arutz Sheva quotes Rantisi speaking from his hospital bed today, as saying that George Bush is "the biggest terrorist of all" for encouraging Sharon. Bush's spokesman, on the other hand, turned the other cheek and criticized Israel.

He said that Bush is "deeply concerned" by the attack, feels that it "undermines the Palestinians' ability to fight terrorism," and "does not improve Israel's security." (Blah blah blah)

"Of course Israel has the right to defend itself," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said, but (there's always a "but") it must be "consistent with broader objectives" such as implementing the Road Map.

(You might remember that) President Bush was fairly tolerant of the Hamas murderous attack on four Israeli soldiers on Sunday, dismissing it as the work of "Palestinian extremists."


Israeli Attack Fails to Take Out Hamas Leader

A deadly enemy of Israel, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, was only lightly wounded this morning when an Israeli helicopter launched a missile attack on the car in which he was riding. Hearing the helicopters overhead, Rantisi apparently fled, and received only shrapnel wounds in his hand and leg. From his hospital bed in Gaza, Rantisi announced, "We will continue with our holy war and resistance until every last criminial Zionist is evicted from this land."

Spokesman for Hamas for the last ten years, Rantisi was one of 400 terrorists expelled to Lebanon by the Rabin government.

Scott Lindlaw, for the Associated Press, reports this morning that "President Bush scolded Israel, warning that such a strike "does not contribute to the security of Israel."

Had the strike been successful, it's my view that it would have contributed greatly to Israel's security. How dare President Bush scold Israel! Were Rantisi declaring war on the United States, instead of Israel, no doubt Bush would order a similar attack. The unrelenting double standard, when it comes to the Jews, is racist and unacceptable.

If Israel were not so dependent on American aid, he wouldn't be able to take this condescending posture. FYI - American security aid to Israel must be spent only on American-made weaponry. This may be good for the American economy, but it acts to replace the indigenous economy and puts Israel in a position of being a protectorate of America. Maybe this is where Left and Right can come together: STOP AMERICAN AID TO ISRAEL? It's a thought.

Monday, June 09, 2003

The unilateral surrender of Israel continues

by Charles Krauthammer
June 6, 2003

WASHINGTON--President Bush held two Middle East summits this week. The first, with the Arab states, was an abject failure. The second, with the prime ministers of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, was merely a troubling echo of another abject failure, the Oslo handshake of 1993.

Let's be plain about what happened at Sharm el-Sheik. The president of the United States put his prestige on the line for the sake of Arab-Israeli peace and the Arab states gave him nothing. They refused to endorse Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. They spoke of their opposition to ``terrorism,'' even as they repeatedly present their own publics with the most elaborate intellectual and religious justifications of why the killing of Jews in ``Palestine'' is ``resistance'' and not terrorism.

They did not take a single concrete action, not even a gesture, toward Israel. Egypt did not offer to return its ambassador to Israel. The Saudis threatened a boycott if Israel was even invited. And most important, the Arab states refused what Bush most desperately wanted: explicit endorsement of the American view that Yasser Arafat's time had come and passed.

That would have been crucial in elevating Mahmoud Abbas, who appears to want to make peace. What did Bush do? What American presidents always do in response to such rebuffs: smile politely and say thank you.

Then on to the second summit at Aqaba. Here, Bush managed to extract enormous concessions from Israel. Ariel Sharon's speech was revolutionary. He explicitly recognized the legitimacy of a Palestinian state. He further recognized that the state would need to be ``contiguous,'' which instantly conceded to the Palestinians the overwhelming majority of the territories in the West Bank and Gaza. And even more painful for Sharon was his statement, largely overlooked, that ``no unilateral actions by any party can prejudge the outcome of our negotiations.'' ``Unilateral actions'' is Middle East-speak for settlements, which means that in drawing the final border between Israel and Palestine, Jewish settlements would be of no account.

This is a serious moving of the goalposts. What did Bush get out of Abbas? Did Abbas recognize Israel as a Jewish state? No. He refused to give up the Palestinian principle of ``return,'' which means eradicating Israel by flooding it with millions of Palestinian refugees (the overwhelming majority of whom, by the way, have never lived in Israel). Yet without recognition of Israel as a Jewish state there is nothing to prevent the disaster of Camp David 2000 when Arafat, after pocketing truly astonishing Israeli concessions, insisted at the last minute that there would be no deal unless Israel agreed to commit suicide by allowing the refugees to move to Israel, instead of to their homeland of Palestine.

What did Abbas offer? An end to terrorism. Fine. But until the lip service is carried out, this is nothing but a restatement of the famous letter from Arafat to Rabin--September 1993--in which he pledged that ``the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence.''

At Aqaba, Abbas recognized Israel. So did Arafat pretend to 10 years ago in the very first line of the Oslo agreement.

Abbas pledged there will be no more incitement of hatred against Israel-- another repetition of another Oslo pledge. The Palestinians then spent the next decade poisoning their children with the worst anti-Semitic propaganda since the Third Reich.

What then happened at Aqaba? Israel bought the same rug a second time. In 1993, it bought supposed recognition, a supposed end to violence, and a supposed end to incitement by recognizing the PLO, bringing Arafat and his terrorists out of Tunis, planting them in the heart of Palestine, giving them control of all the major Palestinian cities, outfitting his army with Israeli (!) rifles, etc.

In 2003, the rug was sold again, this time fetching Israeli acceptance of a Palestinian state with contiguous borders in which Israeli settlements are uprooted. This might be the outline of the final settlement. But these were concessions given away before the negotiations even began.

The unilateral surrender of Israel continues.

Now, forcing the unilateral surrender of Israel might be a policy, if it promised peace. But the first round of unilateral concessions--from 1993 to 2000--yielded nothing but the establishment of a terror base in Palestine, a ``Trojan horse'' as Faisal Husseini called it, from which the bloodiest Palestinian violence ever has been launched.

There is only one hope that we will not repeat that doleful experiment. And that is if Bush is serious--as Clinton was not--about requiring more than just words from the Palestinians. Abbas must end the incitement, stop the violence and disarm the terrorists. Bush, having taken his friend Sharon to the cleaners, needs now to make sure that Abbas keeps his word.

I thought Arafat was irrelevant

That's the Spanish Foreign Minister, Ana Palacio, during her state visit to Ramallah, May 28, 2003.

And this is Phil Goff, New Zealand Foreign Minister, with Arafat in Ramallah, May 29, 2003.

Last (because I can bear no more), but not least, Arafat with the "fridge bomber," released from prison by the Israeli government less than a week ago, as a goodwill gesture toward the Palestinians. In 1975, this man loaded a refrigerator with explosives and used it to murder 13 Israelis, and wound 70, in Jerusalem.

"An open letter to my Israeli friends"

The foreign minister of France writes to his Israeli friends (whoever they are), that "In the hearts of the French, your people evokes vivid resonances. . . " No kidding. He goes on to assert that "France has never compromised on Israel's security" (see photo, taken 5/26/03).

Read more at Haaretz.com

RSVP to letters@haaretz.co.il or the French consulate near you.

For Colorado, this is the Consulat General de France a Los Angeles. Telephone 1-310-235-3200, or email their press and communication department: at press-info@consulfrance-losangeles.org

"Dismantlement" begins

IDF tractors haul off empty mobile homes at Neve Erez South near Jericho, first of 15 Jewish outposts and village annexes to be removed in West Bank under Aqaba accords. Four inhabited locations to be evacuated are Nofei Nehemia, Yitzhar Lookout, Havat Gilead and Shavei Shomron West. Settlers dispute removals but promise no hand will be raised against Israeli troops. (DEBKAfile)

Abu Mazen Says

He will not outlaw the terrorist organizations.

He will not drop the demand for 'right of return.'

"Every single Jewish settlement [in the disputed territories] is illegal and must be dismantled."

More news from Arutz Sheva.

Ah, the 60's

Back in 1969, the late Golda Meir (who might now be known as a "right-wing extremist") was interviewed on Meet the Press. She was asked why she was allowing Jews to move back to areas, then recently acquired by Israel as a result of the Six-Day War, from which they had been expelled by the Arabs in 1948. Golda looked the interviewer straight in the eyes and said,

"Explain to me, sir, why the Jews should not be allowed to live anywhere they want!"

Get this, from Ari Fleischer

According to Fleischer, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP), President Bush "deplores a fresh round of deadly anti-Israel attacks, which pose 'a threat to the creation of a Palestinian state.' "


What's good for the goose, may be good for Israel

According to a New York Times report by Rachel Swarns, the United States is in the process of deporting more than 13,000 illegal immigrant Arab and Muslim men from "countries that pose a security risk."

Without any doubt whatsover, given the number of attacks in the last 1000 days, Palestinian Arabs pose a "security risk" to Israeli citizens. How 'bout they get deported? Or is that option not on the roadmap? If not, why not?

Powell and Rice follow the Roadmap

Both Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday talk shows that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat "should not be allowed to spoil Bush's peace initiative for the region." See the Miami Herald / Associated Press for details.

In other news, Sgt.-Maj. Chen Angel, 31 years old, of Ramat Gan, is buried today. Angel is survived by his wife, Lilach, who is pregnant with the couple's second child, and a three-year-old son. He was murdered yesterday by Palestinian terrorists. Others murdered yesterday were Sgt.-Maj. Boaz Emet, 23, Sgt.-Maj. Asaf Abarjil, also 23, and Sgt. Udi Ayelet, 37.

The same IDF in which Chen Angel served, has released a list of Jewish communities in disputed territories to be removed, by force if necessary. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place: these families are threatened on the one side, by neighboring Palestinian terrorists, and on the other side, by the army sworn to protect them. One might come into their home and kill them and their children; the other might drag them from their home and bulldoze it -- furniture, clothing, toys and all.

Reuters photo: Eedit Levinger and her son, at the Jewish "outpost" of Amuna, near Ramallah.

From Yesha News, "We hope that the Israeli government will reconsider its acts and would not evacuate Jews from their homes." We hope so too.
Boker tov, Boulder
Boker tov means good morning. The appropriate response is Boker ohr, morning light.

To partake of some morning light yourself, tune in to KGNU at 88.5 FM at 8:00 am. Sometime between 8:00 and 9:00, you will be able to hear fifteen minutes or so of conversation with David Ha'Ivri, a real live Israeli Zionist Settler from the Shomron.

David will also be speaking at the East Side Kosher Deli in Denver at 11:30 am.

These are opportunities not to be missed, and I apologize for not having posted them sooner.

Wave of sick equivalence in the press

The New York Times Sunday Week in Review includes a piece by John Kifner, whose work I despise. In this article, called "Putting the Toughest Hurdles First," Kifner draws an inaccurate and to my mind, immoral, equivalence between each side's "most extreme elements." As if settlers, whose "weapon" is that they live as Jews in disputed territories, are in any way comparable to suicide bombers. Yes, and housing construction for Jewish families is a threat to peace equal to that of blowing up baby carriages in pizza parlors. How can anyone fall for such an idiotic notion? Is everybody out there brain-dead?

Kifner also equates "targeted killings by the Israelis" with Palestinian suicide bombings. The firefighter who breaks a window and the arsonist who lights a match, both do damage; therefore they are the same. Black is black, and black is white.

If you have any faith left that the New York Times is worth bothering about, you can write to letters@nytimes.com, or directly to their Jerusalem bureau at nytjlm@netvision.net.il. If you've given up on the Times altogether, as many have, then you can post your vent on the Open Forum message board at The New York Times versus ISRAEL. If for no other concern than the health of logic in our world, and even if it's in mere conversation with your neighbor, do what you can to expose this fallacious ploy. It's insulting and infuriating. And the way Kifner uses it, it's antisemitic.

Letting the Sharks Taste Blood

What you have is capitulation and defeat, and the abandonment of a people to mass murder
by Naomi Ragen

What is it about the office of Prime Minister of Israel that turns fearless generals into spineless jellyfish? People that can read complicated strategic maps and plot the crossing of the Suez Canal under enemy fire, suddenly can't negotiate their way across the street without getting run over?

We cannot blame the disastrous stewardship of Israel over the last ten years -- that has left her people battered, her economy near ruin, her political stature at its nadir-- on any particular party line. The fact is Prime Ministers Rabin, Barak, and Sharon although on different points on the political spectrum have all fallen equally into the same incomprehensible patterns of self-destructive leadership. All share equally in the ongoing disaster that is the stewardship of our precious Jewish homeland, the State of Israel. It was Prime Minister Rabin who invented the Orwellian doublespeak of terror attacks as "sacrifices for peace." It was Barak who continued to absorb terror attacks with a stiff upper lip, saying they wouldn't "deter him from pursuing peace." And now Prime Minister Sharon who tells us that the lack of reciprocity in our agreements, any agreements, with the Palestinians, "won't budge " him from blindly ripping up settlements in exchange for nothing. And he says it as if it's a good, brave thing he's doing, instead of utter stupidity. I would have thought, if there was anything at all that Israelis might have learned from the wave of terror following Oslo , it would have been the simple idea that when you sign an agreement and keep your end, you have to insist the other side do the same, and be held accountable for violations. Otherwise, what you have is capitulation and defeat, and the abandonment of your people to mass murder.

I think part of the answer to the question of the failures of Israel's last three governments (yes, I consider Sharon a failure. The first Israeli killed in a terrorist attack after the Road Map meetings in Jordan that went without a government response has doomed his government to the world of the lemmings inhabited by his predecessors. So far, we have two Jerusalem residents ax murdered near Hadassah, four soldiers killed by terrorists in Gaza, and a man dead near Abraham's tomb in Hebron. That's one day.) is the Israeli people, who simply refuse to see the handwriting on the wall. Recent surveys show that about 58 percent of the Israeli people are in favor of taking down settlements. The same survey shows 53 percent believe that the Road Map has no chance of succeeding.Mr. Sharon was recently booed out of his own party conference, a party that only months ago supported him with fanatic fervor despite clearly
stated policies that went contrary to everything the Likud party has ever stood for.

When it comes to politics, the Israeli people are not rocket -scientists.

Maybe the dichotomy of people willing to give something for nothing shows more about how Israelis have been brainwashed by their own politicians into believing Palestinian propaganda which points to settlements as the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Those with a slight historical perspective, of course, know that the attacks and murders and delegitimization of the Jewish State precedes West Bank settlements. However, even if Israelis couldn't care less about these pioneer outposts, they should be made to realize by their leaders
that taking down settlements in the current situation is like a man swimming in shark-infested waters deliberately cutting his finger. Taking down even one flag-waving teenager on a hilltop in Samaria while the other side continues to pursue terror as a tactic is tantamount to letting the sharks taste blood.

Like Oslo, the Road Map is a disaster forced on us by those who do not have our best interests at heart, aided and abetted by our elected leadership, who, once again have betrayed us. The only question now is how many are going to die until they put the Road Map to rest, only to replace it with yet another "peace plan" that won't work because obviously, for the Palestinians, terror continues to pay off.

Sunday, June 08, 2003

Shavua Tov

Spent the day at the Kol haMacabee religious Zionism booth at the Boulder Jewish Festival, and the evening listening to a talk by David Ha'Ivri, who is visiting Boulder from a Jewish town called Kfar Tipuach in the Shomron, Samaria, Eretz Yisrael. I have learned much, and gotten much exhausted. Five victims of the roadmap to peace today -- four soldiers at the Erez checkpoint in northern Gaza this morning, and one Israeli murdered in Hevron, by the Machpelah Cave -- all killed by Palestinian terrorists. Ariel Sharon was not warmly received at the Likud Party convention. More news and views tomorrow. Lilah tov.