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Israelis are going to elections convinced that 2003 will be like 2001-2002. The Israeli government has the dangerous illusion that the USA will continue to support Ariel Sharon's policies indefinitely, and that a change of regime in Iraq will make the Middle East safe for settler Zionism. The war will solve all things. The Palestinian problem will evaporate by magic, and 3.5 million Palestinians will be transferred to "somewhere" allowing the Jews of Israel to live in peace and harmony, enjoying the benefits of government by godfathers and religious fanatics.
Anti-Semites and anti-Zionists have cited a "Zionist conspiracy" in the USA that is cooking up a war in Iraq in order to further the aims of Israeli settler advocates. The chief conspirator of the Zionist conpiracy, almost certainly an elder of Zion according to these folks, is Paul Wolfowitz.
This unholy alliance has totally ignored traditional US policy, announced US policy, the US backed UN resolution concerning a Palestinian state, and the continually advancing quartet roadmap plan, which hands over Sharon's government like a sword of Damocles. Sharon wants both US support and settlements. 9-11 and the Iraq war allowed him to have both for a time, but that time is drawing to an end.
In "Israeli Elections: The Roadmap Ahead" I argued that after the Iraqi problem is settled, the USA will turn to pressuring Israel to face up to its obligations in the peace process - and get with the roadmap plan.
Confirmation for this view, even before the Iraq war has started, comes from none other than Paul Wolfowitz himself. Wolfowitz was quite explicit about USA plans regarding the Israel-Palestinian issue after the war, and rather explicit regarding the US stand on settlements, as noted in an article in today's Ha'aretz.
By Aluf Benn
In his first public comments regarding U.S. policy in the Middle East on the "day
In an interview in the Washington Post on Friday, Wolfowitz said, "Our stake in
Wolfowitz is the most senior Jewish member of the political and defense branches of
Wolfowitz has family, including a sister, in Israel, and is well-acquainted with
Several months ago, Wolfowitz represented the administration at a pro-Israel rally,
In a discussion with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, Wolfowitz stressed
During the previous Gulf War, Wolfowitz held the No. 3 spot at the Pentagon, and he
A senior government source surprised by Wolfowitz's comments on the settlements,
"There is no other way to explain it," he said, since the administration has yet to
The dominant opinion in Israel is that even after the war in Iraq, the U.S.
However, reports have reached Jerusalem about comments on the settlements made by
In recent weeks the administration's diplomatic focus has been the "road map" to
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is derisive of the Quartet's efforts in an interview to
Sharon reiterates a three-phase plan he says he concluded with the U.S.
The Israeli government is now waiting for the administration to initiate more
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Replies: 10 comments
This article is right. As a US citizen, let me say a few things:
- The US wants a stable middle east so we can have a stable source of oil, since our economy is totally dependent on it and our leaders have ties to the oil industry.
Posted by Karen @ 01/20/2003 12:27 AM CST
There will never be any real peace in Israel until all the Arabs are expelled from the Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.
Since Jews living in Arab lands were expelled in the 1940's, it would be reciprocal and poetic justice to expel the Arabs from biblical and archeological Israel.
There is no shortage of Arab land in the Middle-East. Perhaps the Palestinians can make a life for themselves in undisputed land and become productive people vice spending all their time in the liberated terrotories sulking and planning terrorist attacks upon Israeli citizens and ruining their economy. Respectfully, George Haas, Past Commander, Jewish War Veteran Post 580, New Orleans, LA
Posted by George Haas @ 01/24/2003 09:23 PM CST
Man, I just stumbled in here looking for something to eat.
Posted by Dr. Dre @ 01/30/2003 08:25 PM CST
I'm just finshing what my dad started. Afterall, I have to protect my retirement fund, all 40 million barrels of it.
Posted by GW Bush @ 01/30/2003 08:28 PM CST
Posted by Jon Kagan @ 02/03/2003 03:18 PM CST
Mr. Isseroff, do you seriously believe that the US *cares* about such a petty matter like Israeli settlements?
Posted by Miranda @ 02/07/2003 05:26 PM CST
If we can believe the "Wolfowitz Promise" and Palestinians get sovereignty over Gaza/WestBank, what happens to the 85% of West Bank Land now owned by Jewish Interests? Would USA allow 85% Iraqii-ownership USA land? Will the Israeli Agency which rents all israeli land allow Palestinians to buy Israeli Land?
Posted by derPoodle @ 02/15/2003 04:08 AM CST
A terrorist is one who supports terrorism. Terrorism is (1) the act of terrorizing (2)A system of government that seeks to rule by intimidation and (3)Unlawful acts of violence committed in an organized attempt to overthrow a government. Funk and Wagnalls dictionary has just defined the actions of Israel between 1967 and yesterday, much closer than the actions of the Palestinians including Hamas. The Israli armed forces have killed about three times as many innocent Palestinian civilians as all the suicide bombers combind. Until the United States publically admits the Palestinian life is just as valuable as a Jewish life and says to Israel, "No more.", there will be no peace in the Middles East
Posted by Stephen Law @ 02/22/2003 03:15 PM CST
Israel is America's real enemy in the World. Sharon said in Oct. 2001 that "we the Jewish people control America and the Americans know it". Israel spies on America moreso than any other country ie. Jonathan Pollard. It was Israel that launched a sneak attack on the USS LIBERTY in June 1967 murdering in cold blood 35 American sailors and wounding 171 more. This was a government ordered attack, not some Arab "terrorists". This shameful crime still cries for justice.
Posted by James Richardson @ 03/08/2003 05:48 AM CST
The settlements must go. Not that this will appease members of such groups as Hamas and Jihad, and all those who believe that the only solution is the complete destruction of Israel, but it will help give Israel more international legitimacy, and once the settlements are gone and the Palestinians have their own state, I think they'll give less and less support to the aforementioned groups. However, with the way things are going now, and with Yasser Arafat, who, regarding the future of the Palestinian state, over the last, say, 15 years or so, has only ever said 'one day soon a Palestinian flag will fly over Jerusalem' I am afraid there will be no end to this conflict. If Arafat and those in control of the future of Palestine aren't willing to compromise (as they were offered 97% of the Gaza Strip and West Bank in July 2000), and if the Palestinians are becomming more and more radicalized by the israeli occupation, then there will be no end. Another important note: there is no word in the Arabic language that equals the english word 'compromise'. None at all. That should be somewhat relevant. Any solution will have to be forces upon both sides.
Posted by Kyle Menken @ 03/12/2003 06:23 PM CST
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