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Politics in Israel
Friday, 26 October 2007
Solution to Israel's problems
Topic: Israel's enemies
October 25, 2007
There is only one thing to consider, that is God's  goal: submission to His word.
God has always sent enemies against Israel when they refused to follow His ways.  In wars, God is able to strike two sides at once.
Do not forget 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If My people, who are called by My name...
This Two Part Letter is Full of Power to Solve Your Problems:
This is part of a letter I wrote to the president when he was looking for a Special Envoy to the Islamic Nations:  I wanted to be an advisor.
I know that the skills I have are unique and powerful.  They come from a path I chose in August 1990; it was one of in-depth focus on holy writings of many religions and a strong focus on current events in governments, religions and world events and the connection between them.  There are easy workable solutions.
These skills we need in our president, National Security Adviser, Homeland Security Director, military advisers, counter-terrorism advisers, United Nations and European Union leaders as well as our own citizens.  We only need to lift truth into view.
Needed Skills:
           We must have knowledge of the root causes of conflicts including terrorism.
           We must have knowledge of various holy writings and how to coordinate and communicate correction in each religion without antagonizing the people.  It is not difficult, we only have to stay with “It is written in your holy book.”
           We need to be followers of holy writing.  Someone who knows God is real is not going to follow someone who thinks He doesn’t exist.
           We must be people who can see and hear all sides of a disagreement.
           We must be people that can be trusted to be impartial regarding nation or religion, being able to let truth lead to the common good.
           We must convey trustworthiness and true caring for all sides.
           We must appear in dress not to be antagonistic or dangerous to any religion or people.
I have these skills: they come from loving God and loving mankind, (in that order) and being willing to see that God’s wisdom brings good results with no sorrow added … man’s wisdom is destroying our environment, our physical and emotional health, our family relationships and our peace.
I would like to be your adviser.
This is a solution letter I sent to a US soldier in Iraq.  I don't know if he got it.   I refered it to others.
Dear Friend
Thinking of you, thought you would appreciate this and multiply it. Reuben is in Iraq.  God does have solutions when the people are ready.
God Bless You,
October 10, 2007
Dear Reuben,
God bless you as you go through these trials.  I know they must be difficult.
Be encouraged; God does have a solution and a way to bring all troops home honorably ...  and to win the war on terror... so all are happy about it.
I attend the Seventh Day Adventist Church four blocks from my home because I have no church that observes Torah, Prophets and Gospel in my area and they are the closest to it.
I am a strong follower of Jesus Christ (Isa in the Quran), but he followed the Torah (five books of bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and the Prophets.
He said "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds from the mouth of God."  He also said "I did not come to destroy the Law (Torah) or the Prophets, but I come to fulfill"  That means that those things the prophets wrote concerning him, he accomplished (fulfilled), but God said  "not to add to  nor diminish" from His word.    This is important, because it is part of the solution.
God's solution and part of my story are at:
      type all
Truth breaks down errors...lies.... Muslims expect that truth will win the victory; it is written in the Quran.
All religions have received lies...errors that must be corrected.
Lies from religious leaders create violence and continue violence from both sides
Truth that end the lies and creates peace include:
       Allah means "the God" in Arabic.  God told Moses "I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob; ...that is My name and My memorial forever." Exodus 3:6, 15, 16   Allah is the God Jesus worshiped. Quran 42:14 
       The primary message of the Quran is to follow the full Bible of 600+ AD.  It was a corrective message for Christians to follow the Torah, Prophets and the Gospel.  It was a message for the Jews to follow the Prophets and the Gospel.  To unbelievers, it was another witness God sent to confirm that the Bible should be followed in truth.   SADLY, NEITHER CHRISTIAN, JEWS, NOR MUSLIMS ARE FOLLOWING THE BIBLE IN FULL. Many Quran and Bible links are in the web site.
        Another important truth:  The Quran points to following the Bible.
        It does not contain the Bible or replace the Bible.  Reading any part of the Bible confirms this.
        For Christians and Jews:  the Gospel or New Testament does not replace the "Old Testament".  The New Testament, is a new testimony through Jesus Christ that God's word through His prophets before are true in the rest of the Bible and we should live by them.
All Muslims sects have the same word through Muhammad.  The numbering is slightly different in each.  But another error is in saying  Quran 7:156-159 says to follow the prophet Muhammad,  In a clear reading, the prophet is saying to follow another, the one written in the Torah and Gospel.  That would be Isa, son of Mary.. Jesus Christ.
STRATEGY:  Give this web site address to MANY IRAQI people.  This message will be a joy for them.
                     Get your commanders to use this web site address as one of his weapons to fight them, but also to fight the evil in us.   This will not be establishing a religion, because there are thousands of religions that believe in the HOLY BOOKS FROM GOD.
                       Get your commanders to order these weapons: English-Arabic translations of the King James Bible and the Quran... both without commentary.  Distribute them to Iraqi families.  They will take them, if only to help them learn English.  Distribute them also to the US TROOPS British etc.  When the Muslims know you intend to read the Quran, they will have respect for you and most fighting will stop if you stop your aggression... because the Quran commands that when your aggression stops, they are commanded to stop and forgive.
NOTE: There are errors in the Quran.  Don't fear them or argue them; the truth that point to Jesus Christ (Isa) as the prophet to be followed and the truth of the Bible will overshadow any error.  When people refused to believe, God allowed error it come in.  FEAR NOT.
It is correction that God wants for all...  It must come for peace to come, not only in Iraq, but Afghanistan, Israel, and Palestine.. The way is prepared.  God's truth is His power.  He cannot lie.
Great destructions are promised upon the wicked and we all must be careful that we do not fall in the category of those wicked people who refuse to follow His word... including His holy Sabbaths as written in Exodus 20.
God Bless You All,
Marie Devine,   3023 Montgall Av,  Kansas City, MO 64128  USA

Editorial marie.devine at 3:39 AM
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
IDF bars settlers from their homes during Arab olive harvest
October 16, '07
IDF Commander Issues Adminisrative Orders Against Jews

( IDF Central Commander has issued administrative orders against a number of Jewish residents of Samaria.

The orders, three months in length, prevents the Jews from being in the region of their residence.

The reason given for the orders is that the Jews must be distanced for the duration of the olive harvest.

Neriah Ofan Among Those Who Received Restraining Orders

( One of the Jewish residents of Samaria to be barred from returning to his home by IDF administrative order is Neriah Ofan.

Ofan was victim to a similar order in 2006, along with 19 others.

Prior to the 2005 Disengagement, Ofan was jailed without trial via administrative detention order due to fears by the government that his logistical skills in organizing the monthly encirclement of the Temple Mount were being used to organize opposition to the expulsion.

MK AriEL: Administrative Orders Scandalous

( MK Uri Ariel (National Union) responded angrily to reports that the IDF has issued administrative orders distancing several Samaria Jews from their homes.

MK Ariel said the renewal of the use of administrative orders for such purposes violates a Knesset decision condemning such use by the security establishment of the administrative orders in the past.

"The actions are even more sever in light of the fact that no such steps were taken against the Arabs and left-wing activists who uprooted 6,000 Jewish-owned vines near Nerya two months ago."

MK AriEL: Administrative Orders Scandalous

( MK Uri Ariel (National Union) responded angrily to reports that the IDF has issued administrative orders distancing several Samaria Jews from their homes.

MK Ariel said the renewal of the use of administrative orders for such purposes violates a Knesset decision condemning such use by the security establishment of the administrative orders in the past.

"The actions are even more sever in light of the fact that no such steps were taken against the Arabs and left-wing activists who uprooted 6,000 Jewish-owned vines near Nerya two months ago."

remote Editorial Posting at 11:09 AM
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Likud Primaries 14 Aug. 07: Netanyahu playing dirty again Feiglin
Topic: Israeli Politicians

Weekly Update Av 11, 5767 (July 26 2007) Issue: 6742

Campaign Heating Up
thermometerIt looks like Bibi is getting nervous. This week we have encountered a downpour of court petitions and complaints filed by Netanyahu's people against Moshe Feiglin. We find it unfortunate that Bibi is not willing to face Moshe Feiglin on the issues, and instead chooses to fight dirty. Our attorneys are dealing with the patently false complaints and with G-d's help, they will be no cause for concern. They do show, however, that Bibi knows that he is losing ground to Moshe Feiglin.
And for good reason. According to the answers that Manhigut's phone staff has been getting, our situation is better than we thought. Even more important, there are a lot of Likudniks who have not yet decided how to vote. Experience has shown that it is not difficult to convince the undecided to vote for Feiglin. These are the people who we need to reach.
Here's how you can help:
* Volunteer for the internet and write talkbacks in favor of Moshe Feiglin on internet sites and blogs.
* Volunteer to call undecided Likudniks. This is especially relevant to Hebrew speakers.
* Volunteer to help out on Election Day. We need drivers, people to stand outside the polling places, observers and more.
* Donate to Manhigut Yehudit.
For more information, call Dovid Shirel at 02-996-1123.

Editorial Posting at 3:38 PM
Sunday, 18 March 2007
Note-Gaza is an independent Palestinian state


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by Caroline Glick

In the world of international diplomacy few issues receive more wall-to-wall support than the notion that it is essential to establish a Palestinian state. Leaders worldwide are so busy speaking of how essential it is for a State of Palestine to be founded that none of them seems to have noticed that it already exists.

This state was officially founded in the summer of 2005, when Israel removed its military forces and civilian population from the Gaza Strip and so established the first wholly independent Palestinian state in history. Israel's destruction of four Israeli communities in Northern Samaria and curtailment of its military operations in the area set the conditions for statehood in that area as well.

And so it is that as statesmen and activists worldwide loudly proclaim their commitment to establishing the sovereign State of Palestine, they miss the fact that Palestine exists. And it is a nightmare.

In the State of Palestine 88 percent of the public feels insecure. Perhaps the other 12 percent are members of the multitude of regular and irregular militias. For in the State of Palestine the ratio of police/militiamen/men-under-arms to civilians is higher than in any other country on earth.

In the State of Palestine, two-year-olds are killed and no one cares. Children are woken up in the middle of the night and murdered in front of their parents. Worshipers in mosques are gunned down by terrorists who attend competing mosques. And no one cares. No international human rights groups publish reports calling for an end to the slaughter. No UN body condemns anyone or sends a fact-finding mission to investigate the murders.

In the State of Palestine, women are stripped naked and forced to march in the streets to humiliate their husbands. Ambulances are stopped on the way to hospitals and wounded are shot in cold blood. Terrorists enter operating rooms in hospitals and unplug patients from life-support machines.

In the State of Palestine, people are kidnapped from their homes in broad daylight and in front of the television cameras. This is the case because the kidnappers themselves are cameramen. Indeed, their commanders often run television stations. And because terror commanders run television stations in the State of Palestine, it should not be surprising that they bomb the competition's television stations.

SO IT WAS that last week, terrorists from this group or that group bombed Al Arabiya television station in Gaza. And so it is that Hamas attacks Fatah radio announcers and closes down their radio station claiming that they use their microphones to incite murder. Because indeed, they are inciting murder. What would one expect for terrorists to do when placed in charge of a radio station?

And so it is that in the State of Palestine, journalists - whether members of terror groups or not - are part of the 88 percent of their public who are afraid. Sunday they protested outside the offices of one terror faction or another that controls the Palestinian Authority.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, reporter Ala Masharawi explained, "No one goes outside, no one moves without thinking twice. Gaza's streets have become terrible streets, especially at night. Gaza is a ghost town."

As the Post's Khaled Abu Toameh reported last week, in the State of Palestine, Christians are persecuted, robbed and beaten in what can only be viewed as a systematic campaign to end the Christian presence in places like Bethlehem. As Samir Qumsiyeh, owner of the Beit Sahur-based private Al-Mahd (Nativity) TV station lamented, "I believe that 15 years from now there will be no Christians left in Bethlehem. Then you will need a torch to find a Christian here."

MANY GOVERNMENT ministers and commentators seek strategic meaning in the strife in the State of Palestine. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, for instance, goes on and on about the need to strengthen the "moderates" - that is, the Fatah terror group - over the "extremists" - that is, the Hamas terror group.

Helping her to propound this nonsense is PA Chairman and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas and his men tell Westerners how pro-Western they are at the same time as they name streets and schools financed by US aid after Saddam Hussein and build sports facilities on the American taxpayers' tab in memory of terrorists who killed American soldiers in Iraq.

For the umpteenth time, on Sunday Fatah spokesmen in PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's office blamed Iran and Syria for the escalating violence in Gaza and Judea and Samaria that has killed 29 people, including two children, in four days. "Iran and Syria are encouraging Hamas to continue fighting against Fatah," they alleged.

And yet, just last Thursday the Shin Bet arrested Omar Damra, a Fatah terrorist in Nablus. Damra is accused of manufacturing suicide bomb belts and attempting to smuggle them into Israel. He also stands accused of plotting to place explosive devices along roads in Judea and Samaria with the intention of blowing up IDF patrols.

Damra and his partner and fellow Fatah terrorist Mahmad Ramaha, who was arrested a month ago, were working under the instruction of Hizbullah - that is, under the direction of Iran. According to the Shin Bet, Hizbullah - that is, Iran - has taken over Fatah operations in Nablus. Since Israel's withdrawal from northern Samaria in August 2005, the Shin Bet has noted that, like Gaza, the Nablus area has become a mini-Afghanistan.

So not only are Hamas terrorists operating under Iranian and Syrian direction today, Fatah terrorists are as well. Yet this doesn't stop the US and Israel from pouring guns and money into the hands of Fatah terror chiefs. They fail to recognize that what you see is what you get.

These guns are not used to encourage moderation. These guns are used against Israelis and Palestinians alike in a turf battle between terror groups over money, guns and power that will never end. And it will never end because fighting and killing for money, guns and power is what terrorists do.

FOR THE past 13 years, since the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, the contours of the State of Palestine have taken form in front of our eyes. Starting with Yasser Arafat's abrogation of the rule of law and murderous campaign against land dealers and journalists, with each passing year and with each move to further empower the PA, the situation has only grown worse. And yet, international pressure on Israel from Arabs, Europeans and the US to surrender more territory, curtail its authority, abrogate its claims to the areas set for Palestine, and finance the Fatah terror group have only grown in intensity.

And with each passing year, as the reality of Palestine has become clearer, the Israeli leadership's will to resist this pressure is increasingly eroded.

So it is that last week Defense Minister Amir Peretz announced that he supports negotiating with Hamas. Peretz laid out his "vision" for the reinstatement of the so-called peace process with the Palestinians, and stated that, to "empower" the Palestinians, he supports extending the ban on IDF operations from Gaza to Judea and Samaria. It should go without saying that such IDF operations are aimed at preventing massacres of Israeli civilians like the one that happened in Eilat Monday morning.

LIVNI, FOR her part, has become the international champion of Fatah. Gushing to an audience of international peace processors in Davos, Switzerland, last week, Livni said, "In order to achieve peace and in order to promote a process, we must stick to this vision of a two-state solution and examine what the best steps to take are."

Of course, neither Livni nor Peretz, who insist that Israel's most urgent priority is to establish Palestine, is willing to recognize that Palestine exists already. They refuse to acknowledge what we already knOW: Palestine is a terror state and an economic basket case fully funded by the international community. Indeed, over the past year since Hamas won the Palestinian elections, international assistance to the Palestinians has increased dramatically.

As Ibrahim Gambari, the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, noted last Thursday, official Western aid to the Palestinians, not including Arab and Iranian support for Hamas and Fatah, increased by 10 percent in 2006 over 2005, and stood at $1.2 billion.

The Palestinians, who receive more aid per capita than any people on earth, are needy not because they lack funds. They are poor because they prefer poverty, violence and war to prosperity, peace and moderation. So it is that 57 percent of Palestinians support terror attacks against Israel.

The multitude of protesters worldwide who demand an end to the so-called "occupation" and the establishment of Palestine should be made aware of the fact that Palestine already exists. The hordes of political leaders mindlessly squawking about "visions" and "two-state solutions" should knOW: This is Palestine. Enter at your own risk.

Caroline Glick is deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post. This article appeared in the Jerusalem Post January 29, 2007 and is archived at
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The State Department's ongoing whitewashing of Arafat, Fatah and PLO terrorism


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by Carolyn Glick

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Yasser Arafat was a master of the big lie. Since he invented global terrorism with the founding of the Fatah terror organization in 1959, Arafat successfully portrayed himself as a freedom fighter while introducing the world to passenger jet hijackings, schoolhouse massacres and embassy takeovers.

To cultivate the myth of his innocence Arafat ordered his Fatah terror cells to operate under pseudonyms. In the early 1970's he renamed several Fatah murder squads the Black September Organization while publicly claiming that they were "breakaway" units completely unrelated to Fatah or to himself. In 2000, as he launched the current Palestinian jihad, he repeated the process by renaming Fatah terror cells the Aksa Martyr Brigades and then claiming that they were completely unrelated to Fatah or to himself. This fiction too, has been successful in spite of the fact that all Aksa Martyr Brigades terrorists are members of Fatah and most are members of Palestinian Authority official militias who receive their salaries, guns and marching orders from Fatah. Last week, with the quiet release of a 33-year-old US State Department cable, a good chunk of the edifice of his great lie was destroyed.

ON MARCH 1, 1973, eight Fatah terrorists, operating under the Black September banner stormed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan during a farewell party for the US Embassy's Charges d'Affaires George Curtis Moore. The terrorists took Moore, US ambassador Cleo Noel, Belgian Charges d'Affairs Guy Eid and two Arab diplomats hostage. They demanded that the US, Israel, Jordan and Germany release PLO and Baader-Meinhof Gang terrorists, including Robert F. Kennedy's Palestinian assassin Sirhan Sirhan and Black September commander Muhammed Awadh (Abu Daud), from prison in exchange for the hostages' release.

The next evening, the Palestinians brutally murdered Noel, Moore, and Eid. They released their other hostages on March 4.

Arafat denied any involvement in the attack. The US officially accepted his denial. Yet, as he later publicly revealed, James Welsh, who served at the time of the attack as an analyst at the National Security Agency, intercepted a communication from Arafat, then headquartered in Beirut to his terror agents in Khartoum ordering the attack.

In 1986, as evidence of Arafat's involvement in the operation became more widely known, more and more voices began calling for Arafat to be investigated for murder. As the New York Sun's online blog recalled last week, during that period, Britain's Sunday Times reported that 44 US senators sent a letter to then US attorney-general Edwin Meese, "urging the American government to charge the PLO chief with plotting the murders of two American diplomats in 1973."

The article went on to note that the Justice Department's interest in pursuing the matter was making senior State Department officials uneaSY: "State Department diplomats, worried that murder charges against Arafat would anger the United States' friends in the Arab world, are urging the Justice Department to drop the investigation."

As late as 2002, in spite of President George W. Bush's pointed refusal to meet with Arafat, the State Department continued to protest his innocence. At the time, Scott Johnson, a Minneapolis attorney and one of the authors of the popular Powerlineblog weblog, inquired into the matter with the State Department's Near Eastern Affairs Bureau. In an emailed response from the bureau's deputy director of press affairs Gregory Sullivan, Johnson was told, "Evidence clearly points to the terrorist group Black September as having committed the assassinations of Amb. Noel and George Moore, and though Black September was a part of the Fatah movement, the linkage between Arafat and this group has never been established."

So it was that for 33 years, under seven consecutive presidential administrations, the State Department denied any knowledge of involvement by Arafat or Fatah in the execution of its own people.

Until last week.

THE CABLE released by the State Department's historian states, "The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasir Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, (PLO), and the head of Fatah. Fatah representatives based in Khartoum participated in the attack, using a Fatah vehicle to transport the terrorists to the Saudi Arabian Embassy."

Although clearly skilled in the art of deception, Arafat could never have succeeded in creating and prolonging his fictions and with them, his crimes, without the cooperation of the US government and the media.

In this vein, the release of the State Department cable raises two daunting questions. First, how is it possible that the belated admission of a massive 33 year cover-up of the murder of senior American diplomats spanning the course of seven consecutive presidential administrations has been ignored by the US media? A Google news search for Cleo Noel brought up but a handful of stories - none of which were reported by the major news networks or national newspapers.

On the face of it, the released cable, which calls into question the very foundation of US Middle East policy for the past generation is simply stunning. The cable concludes, "The Khartoum operation again demonstrated the ability of the BSO to strike where least expected. The open participation of Fatah representatives in Khartoum in the attack provides further evidence of the Fatah/BSO relationship. The emergence of the United States as a primary fedayeen target indicates a serious threat of further incidents similar to that which occurred in Khartoum."

The media's silence on the issue does not merely raise red flags abut their objectivity. By not availing the American public to the knowledge that Fatah and the PLO have been specifically targeting Americans for 33 years, the media has denied the American people basic knowledge of the world in which they live.

The media's abject refusal to cover the story raises an even more egregious aspect of the episode. Specifically, what does the fact that under seven consecutive administrations, the US government has covered up Arafat's direct responsibility for the murder of American diplomats while placing both Arafat and Fatah at the center of its Middle East policy, say about the basic rationale of US policy towards Israel and the Palestinians? What would US Middle East policy looked like, and what would have been the results for US, and international security as a whole, if rather than advancing a policy that made Arafat the most frequent foreign visitor to the White House during the Clinton administration, the US had demanded his extradition and tried him for murder? How many lives would have been saved if the US had not been intent on upholding Arafat's big lie? How would such a US policy have impacted the subsequent development of sister terror organizations like Hizbullah, al-Qaida and Hamas, all of which were founded by members of Arafat's terror industry? Sadly, the release of the cable did not in any way signal a change in the US policy of whitewashing Fatah. In contravention of US law, for the past 13 years, the State Department has been denying that Fatah, the PLO and the Palestinian Authority are terrorist organizations, and has been actively funding them with US taxpayer dollars.

This policy went on, unchanged even after Fatah gunmen murdered three US embassy employees in Gaza in October 2003. This policy continues, unchanged still today, as Fatah's current leader, Arafat's deputy of 40 years Mahmoud Abbas works to form a unity government with Hamas. Indeed, the central component of the US's policy towards the Palestinians today is the goal of strengthening Fatah by arming, training and funding its Force 17 terror militia. In a November 14, 2006 interview on Palestinian television, Ahmed Hales Abu Maher who serves as Secretary of Fatah in Gaza, bragged of Fatah's role in the development of international terrorism. In his words, reported by Palestinian Media Watch, "Oh warrior brothers, this is a nation that will never be broken, it is a revolution that will never be defeated. This is a nation that gives an example every day that is imitated across the world. We gave the world the children of the RPG [Rocket Propelled Grenades], we gave the world the children stone [-throwers], and we gave the world the male and female Martyrdom-Seekers [suicide bombers]."

Imagine what the world would have looked like if, rather than clinging to Arafat's big lie that he and his Fatah terror organization were central components of Middle East peace, the US had captured and tried Arafat for murdering its diplomats and worked steadily to destroy Fatah.

Imagine how our future would look if rather than stealthily admitting the truth, while trusting the media not to take notice, the US government were to base its current policies on the truth, and the media were to reveal this truth to the world.

Caroline Glick is deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post. This article appeared January 1, 2007 and is archived at JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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The Palestinians have proven that they can't rule themselves


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by Efraim Inbar

Israel is missing a great opportunity to change the international diplomatic discourse on the Palestinian issue. The lasting anarchy within the Palestinian Authority and the imminent civil war among the various militias presents Israel with the opportunity to undermine the misguided conventional wisdom of the past two decadES: that a two-state solution is the only hope for peace and stability in the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

Many have suggested that the Palestinian national movement will be able to agree on a compromise with the Zionist movement and subsequently establish and maintain a state which could live peacefully next to Israel. Unfortunately, both assumptions have proven to be false.

Actually, the establishment of an embryonic Palestinian state, the PA in 1993, has led to more bloodshed and greater instability. The discredited Oslo process has allowed the PLO, which has been, inter alia, a terrorist organization, to get a territorial foothold in the Holy Land.

Terrorist organizations are much more dangerous and lethal when they have a territorial base. Indeed the number of Israeli (and Palestinian) casualties has increased tenfold since 1993. Moreover, the emergence of the PA led to the militarization of the fragmented Palestinian society, which is beleaguered by the internecine struggles of a myriad of militias.

Arafat's unwillingness and/or incapability to acquire a monopoly over the use of force and the escalation of the violent conflict with Israel since 2000 further eroded the governing capabilities of the PA, leading to a collapse of law and order and pervasive corruption.

The ascent to power of the radical group Hamas in 2006 did not improve governance in the PA despite the hopes that the Islamists could be honest and effective administrators. Moreover, the Hamas government's refusal to recognize Israel further eroded the belief that the Palestinians are able to reach a historic compromise with the Jewish national movement. Such a notion had already been undermined by Arafat's refusal to sign a deal with Israel at Camp David in July 2000.

SKEPTICISM concerning the ability of the Palestinians to maintain a functioning state has become widespread in the world. Israel should capitalize on that awareness, primarily in friendly countries, to help them reach the conclusion that the Palestinian experiment started at Oslo has basically failed and there is no effective Palestinian option.

Moreover, little can be done by outsiders to fix the Palestinian mess. Generally, the ability of foreigners to influence the domestic sociopolitical dynamics of the Middle Eastern societies is limited. Western political pressure and/or financial aid can hardly change entrenched ways of conducting political affairs. Any Israeli attempt to intervene in the internal struggle within Palestinian society is doomed to failure. For example, Israel's transfer of $100 million to Mahmoud Abbas will only taint the Palestinian leader as a collaborator with Israel and further weaken his untenable position. [Zionsake EditOR: In the end this money landed in the coffers of the Hamas government, causing Israel to decide a few weeks later not to transfer any more frozen funds to Abbas.]

Foreign support to the Palestinians and/or the preservation of the UNRWA relief system only sustains the terrible status quo, allowing for increased militarization of Palestinian society and prolonging its ability to refrain from facing the grim reality its leaders have led it into.

All current plans fail to address the main problem -- Palestinian chaos. Palestinians have an urgent need for effective government, not "a political horizon," which is a euphemism for quickly establishing a Palestinian state. This is an impossible endeavor because the Palestinians have already amply demonstrated their ineptitude at state-building. It will take them decades to mature politically. Nurturing the national hopes of the dysfunctional Palestinian national movement will bring only further suffering to the Palestinians and their neighbors.

The only chance to alleviate the Palestinians' situation is foreign rule, despite the fact that it sounds politically incorrect. Nevertheless, their best friends, the Israeli Left, advocate an international mandate, realizing that the Palestinians are not politically mature for self-rule. Yet why an international mandate enforced by an international force should be more successful than the US in Iraq is unclear. Recalling the colonial record of the UK and France in the Middle East, the inescapable reality is that only Arabs can rule over Arabs by Arab methods.

Therefore, the quest for peace and stability requires stopping the Palestinian experiment as soon as possible. Since Israel has no appetite for ruling unruly Palestinians, it is for Jordan and Egypt, both Arab, to contain the Palestinian national movement and rule over the Palestinians. This was actually done with relative success by both states before 1967.

With PA fortunes at a low point, Israel should use its diplomatic resources to further weaken and delegitimize the hostile entity, rather than paying lip service to the two-state paradigm -- a losing proposition. Jerusalem should encourage greater involvement by Egypt and Jordan in Palestinian affairs. These states have signed peace treaties with Jerusalem and behave more responsibly than the PA leadership. If they refuse, the prevailing chaos will inflict pain primarily on the Palestinians. Under the current circumstances such a consequence may be useful in influencing the Palestinian learning curve.

Alas, there are people that only learn the hard way.

Efraim Inbar is professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (Besa.Center). Contact them at or go to their websiTE:

This was submitted January 27, 2007.

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Sunday, 3 September 2006
Hebraic/Biblical principles made the US such a great nation
Topic: U.S.A. Politics
The Jewish Roots of the American Constitution

by Prof. Paul Eidelberg
August 31, 2006

A. Historical Background

1. No nation has been more profoundly influenced by the “Old Testament” than America. Many of America’s early statesmen and educators were schooled in Hebraic civilization. The second president of the United States, John Adams, a Harvard graduate, had this to say of the Jewish people:

The Jews have done more to civilize men than any other nation…. They are the most glorious Nation that ever inhabited the earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a bauble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the Globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily than any other Nation, ancient or modern.

2. The curriculum at Harvard, like those of other early American colleges and universities, was designed by learned men of “Old Testament” persuasion. Harvard president Mather (1685-1701) was an ardent Hebraist (as were his predecessors). His writings contain numerous quotations from the Talmud as well as from the works of Saadia Gaon, Rashi, Maimonides and other classic Jewish commentators.

3. Yale University president Ezra Stiles discoursed with visiting rabbis on the Mishna and Talmud. At his first public commencement at Yale (1781), Stiles delivered an oration on Hebrew literature written in Hebrew. Hebrew and the study of Hebraic laws and institutions were an integral part of Yale’s as well as of Harvard’s curriculum.

4. Much the same may be said of King’s College (later Columbia University), William and Mary, Rutgers, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Brown University. Hebrew learning was then deemed a basic element of liberal education. Samuel Johnson, first president of King’s College (1754-1763), expressed the intellectual attitude of his age when he referred to Hebrew as “essential to a gentleman’s education.”

5. This attitude was not merely academic. A year before the American Revolution, Harvard president Samuel Langdon, declared: “The civil policy of Israel is doubtless an excellent general model[of government].”

6. The Higher Law doctrine of the Declaration of Independence is rooted in the Torah, which proclaims “The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” and appeals to the “Supreme Judge” and “Providence”—terms lacking in Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

7. During the colonial and constitution-making period, the Americans, especially the Puritans, adopted and adapted various Hebraic laws for their own governance. The legislation of New Haven, for example, was based on the premise that “the judicial laws of God, as they were delivered by Moses, and as they are not ceremonial, shall generally bind all offenders …” Thirty-eight of the seventy-nine statutes in the New Haven Code of 1665 derived their authority from the Hebrew Bible. The laws of Massachusetts were based on the same foundation.

8. The fifteen Capital Laws of New England included the “Seven Noahide Laws” of the Torah, or what may be termed the seven universal laws of morality.

9. Now, without minimizing the influence of such philosophers as Locke and Montesquieu on the framers of the American Constitution, America may rightly be deemed the first and only nation that was explicitly founded on the Seven Noahide Laws of the Torah. It should also be noted that the constitutions of eleven of the original thirteen states made provision for religious education. Some even had religious qualifications for office.

B. The Institutions Prescribed by the American Constitution

1. The House of Representatives represents 435 districts of the United States, where the people of each district elect one person to represent their views and interests. The idea of district elections is implicit in the Torah. We read in Deut. 1:13: “Select for yourselves men who are wise, understanding, and known to your tribes and I will appoint them as your leaders.”

a. Exodus 18:19 states: “seek out from among all the people men with leadership ability, God-fearing men–men of truth who hate injustice.” Similar qualifications are prescribed in the original constitutions Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

b. Each tribe was to select the best men to be their representatives. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch comments that “each tribe (shevet) is to choose out of its own midst men whose character can only be known by their lives [hence whose character] is known only to those who have associated with them.” This is the biblical source of residential requirements for Representatives and Senators in the United States. Also, what is here called a tribe was called a district (pelech) after the Second Temple.

c. Finally, it is a principle of Jewish law that “No legislation should be imposed on the public unless the majority can conform to it” (Avoda Zara 36a). This requires legislators to consider or consult the opinions of their constituents. Hence representative democracy can be assimilated to Judaism by adding that representatives must be “men who are wise and haters of bribes.” This would make for an aristocratic democracy, or a universal aristocracy—a kingdom of priests, of noblemen.

2. The Senate. The Senate represents the 50 states of the Federal Union; it therefore represents the Federal principle. But the idea of federalism goes back to the Torah and the twelve tribes. Each tribe had its own distinct identity, its own governor and its own judicial system.

3. The Presidency. Unlike Israel, which has a Plural Executive or Cabinet consisting of a prime minister and other ministers representing different political parties in the Knesset, the United States has a Unitary Executive, namely, the President. Of course the President has a Cabinet, but its members cannot hold any other office and they are wholly responsible to the President, not to any political party.

a. Now it so happens that a Unitary Executive is a Torah principle! Thus, when Moses told Joshua to consult the elders when he was about to lead the Jews across the Jordan, God countermanded Moses: there can only be one leader in a generation. And if you look at tractate Sanhedrin 8a, you will see that Jewish law opposes collective leadership. Nor is this all.

b. Just as a President of the United States must be a native-born American and not a naturalized citizen, so a king of Israel must be born of a Jewish mother and not a ger or convert..

4. The Supreme Court. Just as the American Supreme Court is the final interpreter of the American Constitution, so the Great Sanhedrin is the final interpreter of the Jewish Constitution, the Torah.

So we see that the original American Constitution was very much rooted in Torah Judaism.

C. Brief Comparison with Israel’s political and judicial institutions

1. The Knesset: MKs are not individually elected by the voters in constituency elections—hence there is no accountability. In fact, MKs can ignore public opinion with impunity, as 23 Likud MKs did when they voted for Disengagement, contrary to their pledge to the nation in the January 2003 election.

2. The Government: The cabinet is collection of rival party leaders competing for a larger slice of the national budget. This undermines national unity and national purpose. The average government last less than two years, which makes it impossible to pursue a consistent and long-range national strategy.

3. The Supreme Court: The Court is a self-appointed oligarchy. It refuses to enforce the Foundations of Law Act 1980 which would make Jewish law first among equals. Chief Justice Aaron Barak writes: “It should never be said that a particlar legal system has the primary claim to interpretive inspiration.” Imagine a US Supreme Court justice teaching Americans: “It should never be said that the American legal system has the primary claim to interpertive inspiration.”

Israel’s Supreme Court is the only court in the world that scorns the legal heritage of its own people. It has repeatedly handed down decisions that violate the basic beliefs and values of the Jewish people.

D. Conclusion: The political and judicial institutions of the so-called Jewish State are less Jewish than the political and judicial institutions now operating in the non-Jewish democratic world!

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My Comments

As against the USA, the reigning powers and systems of government in Israel are those of Babylon (globalism and "mystery  religions") from which Abra(ha)m was called to form a new nation under our God of Israel in Canaan. It gave rise to an ongoing battle in present day Israel that the Bible typifies as a war between the sons of Greece and the sons of Zion. Ironically, Christians who stand on the Bible when it comes to Israel and Jewish rights, are very much part of the sons of Zion whether they realize it or not, and will eventually be persecuted for it. In fact, in general the sons of Zion include those with a Biblical stand on other issues as well, like abortion, gay issues, etc., that would also make them a target for liberals' wrath. Take courage though, the sons of Zion will finally be victorious. But we still have quite a way to go, since Christians are not that much under pressure yet in the West. For the few of us (Christian sons of Zion) who have been called from the nations to serve in Israel, the going is tough, though, due to the fact that Biblical rules concerning foreigners in the land are not in force. We constantly need to deal with visa problems and find ways to survive because we are not entitled to work. We therefore really need help to be able to stand with the persecuted sector of the Israeli population (about 50%) and to prepare a refuge for Jewish and Christian refugees from the nations. Please see my "Appeal" on my Holy Land Inc. Associates Page and my "Founder's Report" and please, seriously consider my plea for help. Please don't wait for real tribulation to start before you act. It might be too late!

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Editorial Posting at 5:14 AM
Wednesday, 2 August 2006
Why Israel is Losing the War -- and How They Can WIN!
BY: Shmuel Sackett
International Director, Manhigut Yehudit July, 06, 2006

Ever wondered why the same Israeli army that defeated Egypt, Syria and Jordan in 1967 in just 6 days cannot end a 13 year Intifada?
Ever wondered how IDF commandos traveled thousands of miles to Uganda in 1976 to rescue hostages in Entebbe but can't figure out how to cross the street to save three soldiers?

Arab soldiers used to tremble when they saw a soldier. Now they laugh.

Arab pilots used to shake in fear at the thought of flying near the Israeli air force. Now unmanned drones, kassam missiles and katyusha rockets kill dozens of people.

What happened? When did the Arab world become so powerful and the Jews so weak?

You know when? When they switched the fight from "land" to "God".

In 1967 the secular Arabs fought the secular Jews over land. That's a war Israelis know how to fight. But for the last 13+ years the religious Arabs have been fighting the secular Jews over God. This war, is something the Israelis don't want and, frankly, don't know anything about.

Don't believe me? Let's examine some terMS:

Before every suicide bomber blows himself up -- in his attempt to take 20 Jews with him -- he screams "Allah Akbar". It means "God is great".

Yassir Arafat, of cursed memory, always used the term "Jihad". It means "Holy war".

The word "Hizzbolah" means "Army of God".

The fighting arm of the Fatah is called "The Al Aksa Brigade" named after their mosque on our holiest -- yet virtually forgotten -- site.

The Arabs know exactly what they are fighting for. They do not want land. The recent katyusha rockets on Tzefat is not because they want to move close to the holy Ari's ritual bath. The rockets on Meron are not because they want a good spot near the burial site of ancient Sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. They are not interested in living in Tiberias, Carmiel or even Haifa.

The kassam missiles from Gaza are not because they want to occupy Sderot, Netivot or Ashkelon.

They are fighting God.

Read that line again. They are fighting God. The Creator Himself is under attack. Don't think the katyushas, which started on the 17th of Tammuz, was a coincidence. Hizzbolah knows exactly what they are doing. They are continuing the fight started by Titus. They are the Haman of today. They are Amalek. And the existing Israeli leadership doesn't have a clue...

What is needed to end this war and bring victory to the Jewish people is leadership that understands what the fight is all about. Israel needs leaders who are connected to God and who are willing to do whatever it takes to sanctify His great and holy Name.

The last thing Ehud Olmert and Shimon Peres want is a religious war against the Arabs. The last thing Defense Minister Amir Peretz understands is how to fight Arabs who are motivated by religious beliefs. These men know how to fight Jews who are spiritually driven but not Arabs. They had no problem supporting and orchestrating the betrayal of Jewish land a year ago and have sworn allegiance to the flag of disengagement. But fighting religious oriented Arabs? Admitting that this war is really against Islam and not just some crazy guys in Gaza and South Lebanon? Be willing to remove the desecration on the Temple Mount in response to missiles in Haifa? Enact communal punishment against the cheering, Hizzbolah flag-waving mobs in Ramallah and Jenin? Never! The Olmert-Peretz-Peres team will never do that. They would rather sacrifice pure, innocent Jewish soldiers in some crazy ground war than fight in the name of the God of Israel.

This is why we are losing. After 2,000 years God returned the Temple Mount to the Jewish People and we threw it back in His face. After 2,000 years God gave us back the entire Promised Land and we chose to remain in Teaneck, Cedarhurst and Beverly Hills. After 2,000 years God gathered the exiles from the four corners of the earth in order to build a Jewish State in Israel and we turned it into a European metropolis with bars, discos and MTV. This is exactly what the prophet JeremiAH: "I brought you into a fruitful land, to eat its fruit and bounty but you came and contaminated my land... My people have exchanged its glory for something of no avail... they have forsaken Me."

This is why the IDF has become a non-entity. This is why the Arabs are laughing at us. Little "Palestinian" kids throw rocks and soldiers run away. Young Arab men wrap their faces in kaffiyas and send chills down the spine of Israelis and some insignificant coward named Nassralah, who is "bravely" hiding beneath 50 tons of steel enforced concrete sends over 1,000,000 Jews running like mice into bomb shelters.

With God's help, this will all change very soon. New leaders will take over Israel who truly believe in "Hashem Tzevakot" (the name used to describe God with great military might). New leaders, whose every fiber of their being is used to sanctify His great and holy Name, will soon lead the country according to authentic Jewish values and finally, the old Jew will return to lead the IDF. This will be the Jew who fights like Moses, Joshua and King David. This Jew serves God, takes no prisoners and works tirelessly at permanently eradicating evil from the world.

When this happens... when Jews truly understand their place in the world and accept upon themselves the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven, the famous verse from the Scroll of Esther will once again come to reality; "And the Jews struck at all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, slaughtering and annihilating, they treated their enemies as they pleased." May that great and awesome day happen soon. Am Yisrael Chai!

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Wednesday, 26 July 2006
IDF now fighting to win - will override scheming politicians Daily digest - VoluME: 2 Issue: 1467 Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Our WorLD: From Beirut to Teheran
Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 25, 2006

Today US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet with Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert. The press reports leading up to their meeting were full of
details about how European armies wish to send their forces to Lebanon. The
reports also noted that Israel will be expected to surrender the Shaba Farms
on Mount Dov to Lebanon in exchange for promises of security.

For their part, Israeli leaders from Olmert to Defense Minister Amir Peretz
to Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni have been demonstrating a disturbing lack of
resolve. Their statements expose a consistent watering down of the goal of
the IDF's mission in Lebanon - from destroying Hizbullah as a fighting force
to weakening it as a fighting force and "paving the way for a diplomatic
settlement" that will apparently include Hizbullah.

On the other hand, other voices make clear that despite the best wishes of
the government and the Israeli left-wing intelligentsia, it is far from
clear that the IDF will end its operations without victory achieved.

For instance, writing in The Sunday Times, former Conservative MP Michael
Portillo told his British countrymen that their hostility for Israel and the
US aside, "The bloody truth is that Israel's war is our war." Portillo went
on to argue that given the threat that Iran and Hizbullah pose to Britain
itself, "for us to turn against Israel and America would be perverse and
potentially suicidal."

STRENGTHENING the view that opposition to war against Iran and its proxies
is suicidal, it was reported Sunday that Bulgarian border guards along their
border with Romania had intercepted a British truck filled with radioactive
materials for building a so-called dirty bomb. The components, which
included dangerous quantities of radioactive caesium 137 and
americium-beryllium, were stored in 10 lead-lined boxes addressed to the
Iranian Ministry of Defense.

According to the Daily Mail, this was the second time in less than a year
that a British shipment of nuclear materials had been stopped by Bulgarian
border guards. Last August, Bulgaria stopped a shipment of zirconium
silicate, which can be used as a component of a nuclear warhead, at its
border with Turkey en route to Iran.

THE CURRENT campaign in northern Israel and Lebanon has brought into sharp
focus the major pathologies and strengths of the West in fighting the
Iranian-led jihadist axis. The British government's push for a cease-fire,
together with the enthusiasm of the UN and France for sending their own
troops to Lebanon to protect the Lebanese from the "disproportionate"
Israelis; the demand of Israel's radical Left that a deal be made with
Syria; and the demands of leftist ideologues in the US that an artificial
deadline be set for the conclusion of Israel's operations in Lebanon all
point to a similar pathology.

As a group, the ideological Left rejects the notion of victory in war for
Western forces (although it is fine for jihadists); rejects the notion that
there are enemies that are impossible to appease; and specifically rejects
the idea that Israel has a right to defend itself against its enemies, let
alone vanquish its foes.

LET US BE clear. The European foreign ministers and UN envoys who are
tripping over one another on their way to Jerusalem are the same European
foreign ministers and UN officials who brought about the misguided American
decision to throw out 27 years of US practice and officially engage the
mullahs in Teheran.

That is, the same European governments now jockeying for a place in an
international force that will protect Hizbullah from destruction are the
ones who have been stymieing American attempts to take concerted action
against Iran's nuclear weapons programs for the past three years.

This is the pathology of the West. For if one takes the ideology of
appeasing unappeasable foes to its logical conclusion, appeasing states will
eventually join forces with their enemies against themselves, or, as
Portillo put it, they will become suicidal.

AND SO, Britain's Department of Trade and Industry can give export licenses
to dirty bomb components en route to Iran.
And so American columnists named Cohen can tell the world that Israel's
existence is a mistake. And so, Javier Solana, the
EU's foreign policy chief, can refuse to acknowledge that Hizbullah is an
Iranian-run terrorist organization dedicated to Islamic world domination
even as its supporters throughout Europe hold mass demonstrations where they
hold signs calling for Europe's destruction at the hands of Hizbullah and
Iran in the name of Islam.

And so Yossi Beilin can say that Israel doesn't need to worry about the
repercussions of standing down while a fifth of its population sits in bomb
shelters, because Hizbullah is just a measly terrorist organization that
poses no real threat to the country.

On the other hand, events of the past two weeks have also shown some of the
West's greatest strengths in fighting the war so many of its powerful
citizens and statesmen refuse to acknowledge.

First of all, the IDF has discarded its dangerous delusions that it will be
possible to win this war by remote control. Today it fights like an army
that knows it is both at war, and at war with an enemy that needs to be
destroyed, whatever the price may be.

SEVERAL supporters of Israel were quick to write off the IDF in the wake of
unsupported statements by Chief of General Staff Dan Halutz and his generals
last week, in which they announced - based perhaps on the tonnage of
ordnance IAF jets dropped on Lebanon - that Israel had destroyed up to fifty
percent of Hizbullah's capacities.

"Israel is losing this war," these commentators moaned, not recognizing that
the IDF is capable of learning from its mistakes.

"Israel's intelligence services fell asleep on their watch," it was said.

But these eagerly defeatist voices do not recognize that the failure was not
one of intelligence, but of politics. Mesmerized by the dovish ideologies
propounded by three consecutive governments, it took the General Staff a
week to understand that Israel was at war.

BUT NOW they know. And now the IDF is fighting well, boldly and effectively
on the ground. Halutz initiated a rolling mobilization of the reserves, and
the IAF has pulled back to its proper supportive role.

As well, it is impossible not to recognize the Bush administration's
centrality in the current campaign. Not only is the US rearming the IAF with
bunker buster bombs, it is making certain that its own public and the
international community recognize that what is at stake here is far greater
than the well-being of Israel's citizens.

As President George W. Bush has made clear, this is not just Israel's war.
This is a campaign of the Iranian-led axis of jihad that seeks to dominate
the entire free world. And echoing Bush are voices like Portillo's that are
heard from Beirut to Sydney.

Moreover, by rising to the challenge Hizbullah, Syria and Iran have placed
before it, the entire Israeli public is setting an example for its army, its
government and the world to follow. Families in the North are stoically
accepting the around-the-clock bombardments and standing strong in their
demand for victory. Families in the rest of the country are opening their
homes to thousands of refugees from Haifa and Nahariya and Tiberias.

As a friend put it the other day, "Halutz has no choice but to win. Israel
is a country with five million chiefs of staff and they are
all breathing down his neck."

FINALLY, the campaign in Lebanon is indeed the opening salvo of Iran's war
against the free world. But this works both ways.

Iran and Hizbullah believe that the ferocity of the attacks against Israel
will deter us all from taking action against Iran's nuclear facilities. But
by giving the West the opportunity to fight it first in Lebanon, Teheran is
providing the US, Israel and others with critical intelligence about its own
installations. The subterranean bunkers in south Lebanon that IDF ground
forces are now conquering were built by Iranian Revolutionary Guards units
and designed by Iranian engineers - the same forces that conceived and
constructed Iran's nuclear installations.

IN 1982, when Israel destroyed the Syrian Soviet-made and trained air force
in Lebanon, it was able to provide the US with critical information about
the Soviet Air Force and its air defense systems that enabled the US to
outstrip both in a manner that all but sealed the fate of the evil empire.
Today, by fighting Iran's proxy, Hizbullah, Israel is amassing information
that will be critical for planning a successful strike against Iran's
nuclear installations.

It is impossible to know what will actually be discussed today as Olmert
meets with Rice. But it must be hoped that now that the US, Israel and other
Western states are acknowledging the true nature of the war against Israel,
they will abandon their suicidal demons and use this campaign as a stepping
stone for neutralizing its chief instigatOR: The Islamic Republic of Iran.

remote Editorial Posting at 11:11 PM
Wednesday, 26 July 2006
Dump Condi - backlash of diplomacy rethoric
benefit enemy
Filed undER: Front Page, USA, Israel, Palestinians, Hezbollah, Lebanon
Foreign policy conservatives charge State Dept. has hijacked Bush agenda
July 25, 2006

Conservative national security allies of President Bush are in revolt against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that she is incompetent and has reversed the administration's national security and foreign policy agenda.

The conservatives, who include Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle and leading current and former members of the Pentagon and National Security Council, have urged the president to transfer Miss Rice out of the State Department and to an advisory role. They said Miss Rice, stemming from her lack of understanding of the Middle East, has misled the president on Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"The president has yet to understand that people make policy and not the other way around," a senior national security policy analyst said. "Unlike [former Secretary of State Colin] Powell, Condi is loyal to the president. She is just incompetent on most foreign policy issues."

The criticism of Miss Rice has been intense and comes from a range of Republican loyalists, including current and former aides in the Defense Department and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. They have warned that Iran has been exploiting Miss Rice's inexperience and incompetence to accelerate its nuclear weapons program. They expect a collapse of her policy over the next few months.

"We are sending signals today that no matter how much you provoke us, no matter how viciously you describe things in public, no matter how many things you're doing with missiles and nuclear weapons, the most you'll get out of us is talk," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.

Miss Rice served as Mr. Bush's national security adviser in his first term. During his second term, Miss Rice replaced Mr. Powell in the wake of a conclusion by the White House that Mr. Bush required a loyalist to head the State Department and ensure that U.S. foreign policy reflected the president's agenda.

"Condi was sent to rein in the State Department," a senior Republican congressional staffer said. "Instead, she was reined in."

Mr. Gingrich agrees and said Miss Rice's inexperience and lack of resolve were demonstrated in the aftermath of the North Korean launch of seven short-, medium-, and intermediate-range missiles in July. He suggested that Miss Rice was a key factor in the lack of a firm U.S. response.

"North Korea firing missiles," Mr. Gingrich said. "You say there will be consequences. There are none. We are in the early stages of World War III. Our bureaucracies are not responding fast enough. We don't have the right attitude."

Several of the critics have urged that Mr. Bush provide a high-profile post to James Baker, who was secretary of state under the administration of Mr. Bush's father. They cited Mr. Baker's determination to confront Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein in 1990.

A leading public critic of Miss Rice has been Richard Perle, a former chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and regarded as close to Mr. Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Mr. Perle, pointing to the effort by the State Department to undermine the Reagan administration's policy toward the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, has accused Miss Rice of succumbing to a long-time State Department agenda of meaningless agreements meant to appease enemies of the United States.

"Condoleezza Rice has moved from the White House to Foggy Bottom, a mere mile or so away," Mr. Perle wrote in a June 25 Op-Ed article in the Washington Post that has been distributed throughout conservative and national security circles. "What matters is not that she is further removed from the Oval Office; Rice's influence on the president is undiminished. It is, rather, that she is now in the midst of-and increasingly represents-a diplomatic establishment that is driven to accommodate its allies even when (or, it seems, especially when) such allies counsel the appeasement of our adversaries."

Mr. Perle's article was said to have reflected the views of many of Mr. Bush's appointees in the White House, Defense Department and State Department. Mr. Perle maintains close contacts to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Robert Joseph, Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams and Mr. Cheney's national security adviser, John Hannah.

A major problem, critics said, is Miss Rice's ignorance of the Middle East. They said the secretary relies completely on Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, who is largely regarded as the architect of U.S. foreign policy. Miss Rice also consults regularly with her supporters on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman Richard Lugar and the No. 2 Republican, Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

The critics said Miss Rice has adopted the approach of Mr. Burns and the State Department bureaucracy that most-if not all-problems in the Middle East can be eased by applying pressure on Israel. They said even as Hezbollah was raining rockets on Israeli cities and communities, Miss Rice was on the phone nearly every day demanding that the Israeli government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert exercise restraint.

"Rice attempted to increase pressure on Israel to stand down and to demonstrate restraint," said Stephen Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. "The rumor is that she was told flatly by the prime minister's office to back off."

The critics within the administration expect a backlash against Miss Rice that could lead to her transfer in wake of the congressional elections in 2006. They said by that time even Mr. Bush will recognize the failure of relying solely on diplomacy in the face of Iran's nuclear weapons program.

"At that point, Rice will be openly blamed and Bush will have a very hard time defending her," said a GOP source with close ties to the administration.

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