cj#1141> ZNet/Israel: Green Light to Slaughter


Richard Moore

(a second report after this one)

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By Tanya Reinhart 

In the Sharm-al-Sheikh summit last week, Barak got from the
US his green light to slaughter. To judge by the Israeli
media, what we have seen so far is just the prelude. "The
most important will come in the middle of next week,
when...Israel will have to consider taking the initiative,
rather than merely responding to events". ('Haaretz', Amos
Harel, Oct 19.00) Bits and pieces of the "initiative" have
been revealed: It includes entering PA areas "to confiscate
weapons", and 'inevitable' air raidings. There is talk about
the Palestinian Kosovo, with 2000-3000 Palestinians dead. As
usual, the blame for this slaughter is put in advance on
Arafat, who, the story goes, wants his people to be
slaughtered, to gain international sympathy.

Another aspect of what is being planned has started already,
with very little coverage, under the calm title of
'evacuation'. Palestinian residents of 'areas of conflict'
near Jewish settlements have been called to evacuate their
homes "for their own protection". So far this happened in
el-Bireh (7.10), Beit-Jallah (18.10) and the Askar refugee
camp near Nablus (19.10). And this is just the beginning. In
more direct words - transfer under the pretext of war.

The military preparations and training for the Israeli
attack have started already in June, when Barak first
informed Israeli media that "there is a danger of a
Palestinian unrest, following the model of Southern
Lebanon". But to get there, it was first necessary to
manifest Barak's unprecedented eagerness for peace. The
model was rehearsed on Syria earlier this year: Intensive
"peace talks" at the end of which Barak declared that there
is no partner for peace. The camp David "peace round" was
sufficient to convince the obedient Israeli media that the
same is true of the Palestinians. All that was still needed
was US approval.

For three weeks now, Barak has been dragging full execution,
waiting for US green light. As reported in early October,
"Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is appealing to the
United States for approval of a massive offensive against
Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority. So far, the United
States has appealed to Barak for more time" (World Tribune,
Oct 9).

We may have been fooled to believe he won't get US approval
this time. There is so much opposition to Israel's acts
throughout the world. The Arab world is storming with
demonstrations. US embassies had to close temporarily, and
the Yemen explosion was some indication of the burning soil.

The US was first cautious - not even the customary vetoing
of the security council resolution. CNN - the most direct
seismograph of the White House - betrayed the hesitations.
There was a week when sharp criticism of Israel was allowed
in their news, along with the standard pro-Israeli
propaganda, and even Edward Said got a full-length
interview, probably for the first time in CNN's history. But
no more! - The three weeks of deliberations did end with a
green light. Intensive diplomacy of threats and promises
convinced the US that the Arab regimes can still be relied
upon to stand their people's pressure. They expect the
Arab-league summit to end up as a harmless ceremony. They
believe that when it ends, the tanks can start talking,

For the US, this is a dangerous game. But what's at stake
here is not just its automatic backing of Israel. The
explosive Arab anger has been directed at the US no less
than Israel. The rational move for the US would have been to
cool things off for now, to stop Barak. But that has never
been the US strategy. They can't tolerate even the slight
disobedience of loyal servants. They have to show who is the

In the Sharm-al-Sheikh summit, Arafat complied again. We may
have been fooled to believe that this time, under the
pressure of his people, he is going to change. But it is too
late for him to change. The tragedy of the Palestinian
people is that the person who in the past symbolized their
struggle in the world's eyes has turned into an executer of
the Israeli occupation.

The substantial issue which was worked out in the summit,
behind the public show of "cease fire", was the security
agreement, which guarantees Arafat's continued commitment to
do the security job for Israel, namely, prevent Palestinian
retaliations inside Israel. As reported in 'haaretz', "its
implementation will be overseen by CIA chief George Tenet
and the CIA representative in Tel Aviv. This agreement will,
for the first time, involve CIA observers in the field in
addition to CIA participation in Israeli-Palestinian
meetings." ('haaretz', Aluf Ben, oct 18.00)

Indeed, just a day after the summit, Israeli undercover unit
seized eight Palestinians who were in the crowd that lynched
two Israeli soldiers a week before.

"The operation was carried out with the connivance of some
members of the Palestinian security forces, who apparently
tipped off the Israelis where to find the men." 'The
Telegraph' (U.K.), Alan Phillips in Jerusalem, 19 October
The official propaganda in Israel is that Arafat is
responsible for the uprising, and "he is not a real partner
for peace". Not only does this provide the continuous
justification for the planned slaughter, but it is also the
biggest service Israel can offer in return for Arafat's
compliance. Israel's constant 'dissatisfaction' with Arafat
is his only claim for credibility. When Israel intensified
its murder of unarmed demonstrators, on Friday the 20th
(with 10 dead in one day) Arafat's spokesman, Arikaat, was
interviewed pleading no other then the US to investigate and
to protect the Palestinians. This follows another concession
of Arafat at Sharm- al-Sheikh. -No more pleas to the
international community. From now on, little red ridinghood
can only call the woolf to protect her.

If there is anything that could still prevent the
blood-shed, it is international intervention. International
inspectors, UN forces, or even just NGO volunteers present
in the area could potentially slow down Israeli forces. It
is therefore extremely important now to understand Arafat's
collaborating role, and to remember that it is Israel,
rather than the Palestinian people, who view the US as the
'neutral moderator'.
Tanya Reinhart Tel Aviv University and the university of


Dear cj,

Oppressors come up with the most amazing justifications for
their actions and attitudes.  Remember Rodney King?  One of
the jurors who acquitted the cops in the first trial gave an
interview where she claimed that King was 'in control of the
situtation' the whole time he was on the ground being
beaten.  The poor cops had no choice but to defend
themselves!   And when Nazi stormtrooper were beating Jews
in the streets of Germany, the average German was convinced
it was the Jews who were attacking the Stormtroopers.  In
the report below we learn that the Palestinians should be
blamed for the Israeli slaughter!

you figure it out,

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Subject: Palestinian Child Sacrifice

Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg: Palestinian Child Sacrifice

Monday, October 23, 2000

According to the Palestinians, over 40 children have been
killed in the waves of violence and confrontations that
began at the end of September.  They have been killed in the
front lines, providing cover for the armed Palestinian
militias with machine guns and other weapons seeking to
overwhelm isolated Israeli guard posts.  The outnumbered
Israeli soldiers, defending the civilians behind these
outposts, cannot see the children through the small slits
and openings (as was clearly the case at the Netzarim
crossing in Gaza).  The tragic images of these young victims
provide first-rate propaganda to use against Israel.
For a people who count Abraham (or Ibrahim) among their
ancestors, this willful child sacrifice violates the
fundamental tenets of morality and ethics.

Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg
Director, Program on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
Political Studies, Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel
Tel: 972-3-5318043, Fax: 972-3-5357931,

Richard K Moore
Wexford, Ireland
Citizens for a Democratic Renaissance 
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