Palestinian sic Egypt Spring

Israel watches its old alliances crumble
The overthrow of President Mubarak in Egypt, the estrangement of Turkey and a UN vote on combine to make an intractable set of problems.

Turkey’s stance on Israel will reverberate in Washington

Surprise – Turkey could emerge as the Big Winner as a result of the Arab Spring.

Turkish PM sets out on mission to become leader of Arab world
Erdogan tours revolutionary countries as he looks to build power

By Patrick Cockburn
Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, arrived in Egypt yesterday at the start of a three-nation tour as Turkey toughens its stance towards Israel and seeks to become the predominant power among Muslim states in the Middle East and North Africa.

After Egypt, Mr Erdogan will visit Tunisia and Libya to show Turkey’s support for both countries after the overthrow of long-standing police states in the Arab Spring. Turkey’s strong, democratic and mildly Islamic regime makes it a model for new governments in all three countries.

Mr Erdogan’s assertive and critical attitude towards Israel, until recently a close ally of Turkey, makes him attractive to the Arab world. In Cairo, the burning down of the Israeli embassy last weekend was the latest incident marking the hostility at street level between post-Mubarak Egyptians and Israel.

At the same time, the perception among Arab states that President Barack Obama has failed to help the Palestinians, while lending Israel his total support, has diminished US popularity and influence in the region.

Mr Erdogan said in an interview before leaving for Cairo that he had seen “grounds for war” against Israel last year after nine Turks had been killed by Israeli commandos on the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara bound for Gaza, but had “decided to act with patience”. He hinted that in future the Turkish navy would protect any Turkish aid flotilla going to Gaza.

“Turkey will get most of what it wants if it does not overplay its hand,” said one commentator. Turkey has already imposed sanctions on Israel in retaliation for the aid-boat raid, but according to his aides Mr Erdogan appears to have abandoned, for the moment, his declared long-term intention to visit Gaza.

Turkey has benefited from the Arab Spring because it is likely to be in tune with new democratic governments, even when it had good relations with their predecessors.

The country can also move to fill a vacuum since most of the more powerful Arab states, such as Egypt and Syria, are weaker than they were before their governments were overthrown. Iraq has never recovered from the rule of Saddam Hussein and the violence that followed.

In sharp contrast to Iran, Turkey has few serious enemies. It has sought to mediate over Iran’s nuclear programme between the Iranian government, which it regards with suspicion, and the US and Europeans. The two countries also have a common foe in the shape of festering Kurdish insurgencies which engage in persistent guerrilla attacks. An attack by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas in Hakkani Province in eastern Turkey overnight killed five people, including two security men.

The PKK has killed about 50 Turkish security personnel in recent weeks since it ended its ceasefire earlier in the year. Although Mr Erdogan has brought the Turkish army under civilian control, his government does not want to look weak in any confrontation with the PKK.

It is putting pressure on the Iraqi Kurdish President, Massoud Barzani, to isolate the PKK from its mountain strongholds inside Iraq. Mr Barzani, who would like Turkey as a counter-balance to Baghdad, has demanded in recent days that the PKK and the Kurdish guerrilla movement in Iran give up armed resistance.

Turkey has been playing an increasingly influential role in Iraqi politics because it is able to mediate between different parties, sects and ethnic groups. It also plays a growing commercial role: Turkish companies have even won contracts to collect the rubbish in Baghdad and Basra.

In Syria, Mr Erdogan has criticised President Bashar al-Assad’s repression of protests, probably calculating that his regime is not going to survive, at least in its present form. Similarly in Libya, Turkey was at first slow to break with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, but when it did so, it advanced $300m to the rebels at a time when they were short of money. Turkey was heavily involved in construction in Libya.

Overall, the isolation of Israel, the democratic uprisings in the Arab world, the weakness of the Arab states, and the diminished strength of the US in the region have all worked to Turkey’s advantage.

Its influence is growing throughout the region but it is a long way from being in control of events.

The expanding confrontation between Israel and its neighbors has been described variously as a “train wreck,” a “lose-lose situation” and a “political tsunami.” It’s all those things and likely to get worse, for there’s no quick fix by Israel’s ally, the United States.

The Obama administration has been seeking diplomatic solutions to the two most incendiary issues — the demand by Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for an Israeli apology for the Gaza flotilla incident of May 2010, and the Palestinian plan to ask the United Nations to declare statehood. Despite feverish American efforts to defuse these bombs, they’re still ticking away.

The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct Palestinian people to oppose Zionism.

Arabs call their defeat in the Jewish War for Independence the “Nakba”, or catastrophe. No Arabs called themslves “Palestinian” until the PLO was created in 1964.

Below is the customary narrative espoused by Palestinian apologists. One should remember: Palestinians as such do not exist; they have no autonomous national identity. These people are Arabs, whose culture is no different from Jordanians or Egyptians. Poles speak Polish. Chinese speak Chinese. Tunisians do not speak Algerian.

There is no question that grave historical injustices were committed by Britain and the Europeans against the Palestinians. Their land was stolen to create a Jewish state in order to assuage the guilt of the Holocaust. Millions of their dispossessed are forced endlessly to roam the earth or remain in refugee camps from cradle to grave. Those who can’t leave lose more rights, more land, all dignity and aspiration. Their plight is worse than that of non-whites under Apartheid because few powerful nations openly supported that regime and its dehumanisation policies. If you can find it, read the beautiful, poignant book, The Palestinians, by Jonathan Dimbleby and photographer Don McCullin. You will then understand why the Palestinians and their many supporters carry on fighting for justice.

The Arab Middle East damns Israel for not granting a ‘right of return’ into Israel to Palestinians who have not lived there in nearly 70 years. But it keeps embarrassed silence about the more than half-million Jews whom Arab dictatorships much later ethnically cleansed from Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and sent back into Israel. On cue, the Palestinian ambassador to the United States again brags that there will be no Jews allowed in his newly envisioned, and American-subsidized, Palestinian state — a boast with eerie historical parallels.

Conveniently, Arabs and Muslims in general dismiss facts outlined in the previous paragraph. The execution of Jews in Iraq and their expulsion from Egypt, Morocco, Iran, etc. obviated centuries of their history as citizens, like the presecution of Jews by Hitler. Arabs, on the other hand, though deprived of land by the new Jewish state, fled voluntarily from TransJordan when Israelis declared their independence in 1948, expecting to return into the arms of four victorious Arab armies. The “Palestinian” demand for a nation-state is like Eskimos asking for air-conditioning.

Israel holds out little hope PA state bid will be stopped

Arabs do not hate Israelis because they are Jewish. They would hate Hindus, Pythagoreans or Buddhist nudists, any interlopers, who occupy land once controlled by Allah’s adherents. Muslims believe every territory that has once submitted belongs in perpetuity to Allah, which is why Islamists call for the re-subjugation of Spain. To Muslims, Israel is a cancer within the body of the umma.

Expert: There is an Islamization of History and Geography

“”The basic attitude [of Islam] is that all history is, in fact, Islamic history,” Arutz Sheva. “That means that all the major figures of history are Muslims, from Adam down to our own time.”

In Egypt, suppressed anti-Israeli animus has blossomed as a result of the Arab Spring. This portends conflict, not necessarily a war, between the two powers, in the future.

September 12, 2011
Special Dispatch No.4125
Virulent Anti-Israel Incitement in Egyptian Weekly: ‘The Gang Ruling Israel Has Vastly Surpassed Hitler’s Deeds’

In its August 28, 2011 issue, the Egyptian weekly October published on its front page an article titled “The New Nazis: The Black Record of the Israeli Generals,” by ‘Ibrahim ‘Abd Al-Ghani, which contains virulent incitement against Israel and Israelis. The article states that all Israel’s leaders, from Ben Gurion to Netanyahu, have been filled with a murderous hatred for Arabs instilled in them from youth, and have surpassed the Nazi regime in their cruelty and massacres. It is riddled with historical errors and inaccuracies, and is accompanied by an image of Netanyahu as Hitler giving the Nazi salute (see below).

It should be noted that although it cites statements by Holocaust denier Dr. Rif’at Sayyed Ahmad, the article does not focus on antisemitism or on Holocaust denial; rather, its main theme is demonization of Israel by attributing Nazi characteristics to it and by accusing it of emulating and even surpassing Hitler’s regime.

The following are excerpts from the article.[1]

The Gang Leading Israel Has Far Outdone Hitler

“If military history describes Hitler and his supporters as Nazis because they supposedly incinerated 6 million Jews in the crematoria, events prove that the gang ruling Israel has vastly surpassed Hitler’s deeds. Indeed, they have committed sins and crimes too egregious for the mountains to bear, and have done deeds no mind can comprehend. They have massacred children, made women into widows, murdered men, occupied the land, desecrated the honor of women, created a schism between the youth and the elderly, set plants and animals ablaze, uprooted the za’atar and the olive trees in the Galilee, Deir Yassin, Lod, Abu Shusha, Khan Younis, Al-Aqsa, and Qana, and [perpetrated] massacres and scandals that shocked the entire world.

“In light of the Zionist rulers’ great skill, as well as their shameful history of murder and destruction and their terrible record of slander and abomination, [the weekly] October [has decided to] review the black record of [these] Israeli hawks. It did so in the wake of [Israel's] recent crime against the Egyptian police officer and five heroic soldiers who achieved the honor of martyrdom on the [Israel-Egypt] border on the 20th of the month of Ramadhan…”

The International Community Is Trying to Cover Up the Fact That Israel’s Leaders Are Great Butchers and Murderers

October exposed the names and events of the secret histories of [David] Ben Gurion, Yitzhak Shamir, Levi Eshkol, [Shimon] Peres, [Yitzhak] Rabin, [Ariel] Sharon, and the rest of the Zionist rulers who destroyed everything. This is because the great media machine in Europe, the U.S., and Israel is constantly trying to conceal and falsify the facts, in an attempt to prettify Israel and present it as an oasis of democracy in the Middle East. Nonetheless, the bitter truth, which the international community has been careful to cover up, is that all of Israel’s rulers are great butchers and murderers – as proven by testimonies, sights, the pages of history and geography, the past, and the present.

“Dr. Rif’at Sayyed Ahmad, director of the Jaffa Research Center for Israeli Studies [in Cairo], [2] has already said that the crimes of Israel’s rulers are innumerable, as they used all forms of torture and abuse against the Palestinian people, destroyed entire villages, and carried out ethnic cleansing in over 180 [other] Palestinian villages through rape, destruction, and mass murder. After the [U.N.] Partition Plan was approved in 1947, they forced the residents of Haifa, Tiberias, Jaffa, Acre, Lod, and Ramla to emigrate en masse, so that they could settle the Jews who came from abroad [in their stead]. In addition, [Israel's leaders] used psychological warfare to unnerve the defenseless Palestinian people, in order to sow fear and horror in the souls of children and women, to force them to leave their homes and their food, and to turn them into refugees, when once they had had property and status.”

The Jews Stormed Palestine While Our Backs Were Turned

“The Israeli hawks joined the Zionist terror organizations and gangs, the most famous of which were the Stern [Lehi], the Haganah, and the Irgun [Etzel] gangs. They trained in attack and retreat operations, in [tactics of] deceit and fraud, revenge and disguise. These Jews, who disguised themselves as Arabs, had excellent command of the accent and dialect of the Palestinian Arabs, wore Bedouin garb, worked in agriculture and trade, and deliberately walked under the beating sun so that their white and red skin would assume the color of the skin of the people of the desert.

“Later, while our backs were turned, the Falasha, or Ethiopian Jews, as well as the South African, Ugandan, Dutch, Russian, Polish, and German Jews, stormed Palestine, while the original inhabitants lived in refugee camps, many of them leaving the country, never to return.

“Dr. Rifat Sayyed Ahmad said that these gangs trained intensively under the British intelligence and gained experience in operations entailing murder, destruction, bloodshed, corruption of everything, and the elimination of any obstacle preventing the establishment of the State of Israel.”

Golda Meir Was Expert at Inducing Palestinian Women to Undergo Hysterectomies

“Among the famous people who headed these gangs were Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister; Levi Eshkol; Abba Eban; Moshe Dayan; Menachem Begin; Yitzhak Shamir; Yitzhak Rabin; Shimon Peres; Gen. [Shmuel] Gonen, chief of Israel’s Southern Command in the October [1973] War; Eli Zeira, former director of intelligence; chief of staff [sic] Binyamin Ben Eliezer; and Ariel Sharon, former national infrastructure minister and defense minister. The second generation included Ehud Barak, Yitzhak Mordechai, [Binyamin] Netanyahu, and so on. As for former prime minister Golda Meir, she was an expert at inducing Palestinian women to undergo hysterectomies and kill the fetuses in their wombs.

“After World War II ended and Britain, France, and the U.S. defeated the Axis countries, the United Kingdom wanted to return [the Zionists] a favor and fulfill its promise, which is why it equipped these gangs and organizations with ammunition and weapons, enabling them to defeat the armies of four Arab countries in the Palestine war of 1948. After the criminals of the Irgun, Stern, and Haganah gangs grew in number, after Ben Gurion, Shamir, and Sharon had murdered the Palestinians in cold blood, and following the massacres in the Galilee, Abu Kabir, and Deir Yassin, the U.N. decided to appoint British [sic] diplomat [Folke] Bernadotte as a peace envoy to the Middle East.

“The surprise came when Menachem Begin ordered his little duplicate, Moshe Dayan, to assassinate this diplomat, but, as fate would have it, the attempt failed. Bernadotte was miraculously spared death, and Moshe Dayan was wounded by a bullet, losing his left eye.

“Though this attempt failed, Ben Gurion did not give up. He tried again, [this time] charging his capable student Yitzhak Shamir to murder Folke Bernadotte, in order to silence the voice of justice and reason in the U.N. Shamir met with three snipers from the Haganah and Irgun, and they devised an elaborate plan to murder the international envoy. They dressed up as British soldiers and erected a fake checkpoint on a desert road parallel to the Tel Aviv road. Shamir and his companions pounced on Bernadotte and left him a lifeless corpse. Moreover, they even delayed the ambulance that tried to save him and opened fire on its Palestinian driver.”

“Sharon Wiped Out Deir Yassin… and His Heart Rejoiced”

“For those who don’t know, [it should be pointed out] that the mentor of [the Israeli leaders] Netanyahu, Barak, Eli [sic] Yaalon, Yitzhak Mordechai, Amnon Shahak, and [the other] Shin Bet and Mossad chiefs was Yitzhak Shamir, who commanded the 1948 massacre in Deir Yassin and ordered Sharon to wipe [this village] off the face of the earth. [Sharon] utterly destroyed [the village], leaving behind 6,000 Palestinians dead beneath the ruins, and his heart rejoiced. Those [Palestinians] who survived discovered that the bullet of death [yet] awaited them. Shamir incited these youths, who grew into hawks, to murder women and children and to uproot the descendants of the Palestinian Arabs from the Promised Land.

“The black record of the Israeli leaders reveals that they bit the hand that helped them establish their state, as the popular Egyptian saying goes. The events indeed show that former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir and current Israeli President Shimon Peres approved logistical and intelligence operations against the British aimed at stealing equipment, arms, and ammunition. The most famous incident was the one in which Shamir and Peres, along with another group from the Haganah, Stern, and Irgun [organizations], dressed as Arabs, broke into the Umm Al-Rashrash camp, near the Gulf of ‘Aqaba, and actually seized some of the arms, ammunition, and maps [there]. But before they could complete the mission, the British forces caught them, releasing them only after intense negotiations and a written commitment [on their part] that what had happened would not recur.”

The Racism Absorbed by Israel’s Generals in Their Youth Later Becomes Part of Their Nature

“As for Shimon Peres, he was Ben-Gurion’s capable student, the engineer of the Israeli army’s munitions program, a supporter of [Israel's] nuclear program, and the one who hatched the idea of the ‘triple aggression’ against Egypt [in 1956].

“Peres has lived a long time, becoming president of Israel, and a few days ago he openly apologized to the Egyptian army and to the families of the martyrs for the crime on the border in which a police officer and five heroic soldiers were killed – the incident that led the [Israeli] government to immediately establish an urgent investigation committee in collaboration with the apparatuses of sovereign Egypt.

“The Israeli side gave in to the [Egyptian] request [that it apologize for the incident] in the wake of the popular Egyptian revolution, after the Israeli flag was forcibly removed [from atop the Israeli Embassy in Cairo], and after [protestors] launched a sit-in, to continue indefinitely until the Israeli ambassador would be expelled from Cairo.

“Dr. Tareq Fahmi, director of the Middle East and Israel Studies Centre at the University of Cairo, says that although the land of Palestine nourished Peres as a child and made him into a man, his hostile stance toward the Arabs cannot be erased from memory, even though he is nearing 90. The reason for this is simple: The racism absorbed by Israel’s generals in their youth becomes part of their nature as adults. This is true of Peres, Shamir, Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, and Golda Meir. The new generations, including Netanyahu, Barak, Tzipi Livni, and Olmert, are just as bad as the previous generations, which established the State of Israel through murder and destruction, and over the bodies of children and women.”

Ariel Sharon Is a Dracula or Bloodsucker Who Knows No Mercy

“The greatest hawk of them all is Sharon, who can be discussed endlessly, since he is a Dracula or bloodsucker who knows no mercy. He launched the massacre in Qibiya, when he ordered his soldiers to open fire on the defenseless people of that town, to destroy mosques and homes in which women and children were taking refuge, so that they would collapse with them inside. General Vagn Bennike, who was chief of staff of the U.N. Truce Supervision Organization in 1953, revealed that the Israeli attack led by Sharon had been planned and carried out in cold blood.

“In 1982, Sharon’s crack Unit 101 invaded the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon. Women and children, young and old were murdered on his direct orders. Sharon’s forces showed no mercy to the children who fled to the hospital; he ordered his soldiers to kill the sick and wounded there in cold blood. The nurses and civilians [there] were also raped.

“Then, Sharon ordered the invasion of the Akka Hospital [in Shatila], and in an unprecedented event, he ordered one of his soldiers to empty his submachine gun into the head of a sick child of no more than 14. Afterward, tanks of the Haganah army [i.e., the IDF] encircled the refugee camp and shot at everything that moved. The notorious General Ariel Sharon perpetrated this massacre under the slogan of ‘no emotion,’ and the magic word was ‘green,’ meaning that blood[shed] was allowed, along with anything else.

“One of the curious facts, as the great writer Baha Farouq points out in his fascinating study Palestine on Maps and in Documents, was that the military tribunal established to investigate Sharon claimed that his orders had been misinterpreted. The ‘heroic commander’ who killed children and women was fined [only] 10 pennies, equivalent to 14 American cents, and reprimanded by the military court. Academic circles called the verdict the ‘Shadmi penny’ because of the great stupidity and contempt [that it reflects].[3]

“At Sharon’s orders, the bulldozers dug mass graves in Sabra and Shatila. A report by a Washington Post correspondent said that the refugee camps turned into piles of ruins and decapitated corpses. The report also noted that a woman was found tossed into the Al-Tariq River clasping her child to her breast, both having died from a single bullet. Elsewhere, two girls were found on a closed road. One was only 11 years old, and the other no more than a few months old. According to the report, they [too] were killed by gunfire.

“Events also show that Sharon commanded the Shaked [reconnaissance] platoon, which Ben Gurion and Levi Eshkol founded to protect Israel’s northern, eastern, and southern borders, and to kill any civilian who approached the borders, even in pasture areas. The Shaked unit has a black record in Israel’s military history. In one of its abominable operations, Sharon, along with 20 other members of this unit, dressed in Bedouin garb, raided one of the towns across the Jordan [River], opening fire on children, women, and elderly people, and leaving them to suffer a slow death. In order to leave no trace of the crime, Sharon killed anyone whose heart was still beating or who was still partially alive. Finally, he cut open the bellies of the victims, removed their guts, and fed them to the wild dogs he had with him.”

Netanyahu – One of Israel’s Most Despicable Politicians and Military Men

“As for Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s current prime minister, he is one of the most despicable politicians and military figures of all in terms of blood spilled. Simply put, he succeeded in killing the peace process and expelling the Palestinians from their land. He opposed all [offers] for mediation with Syria, showing not a single sign of goodwill in his relations with his neighbors. Worse yet, he threatened more than once to launch a military attack against neighboring countries, especially Syria and Lebanon, to destroy everything in those countries, and to kill the residents of Gaza with phosphorus bombs, which are prohibited by international law.

“For those who do not know, [it should be clarified] that Netanyahu was the commander of a death squad in the June 1967 war, and he led commando operations in Palestine’s refugee camps, cities, and towns. In addition, he commanded the operation to rescue the plane that was hijacked by fidayoun [fighters willing to sacrifice themselves], who decided to avenge the Israelis for their increasing crimes against Palestine. Luckily for the passengers, the pilot had studied the airspace of the Middle East and began flying in circles while he engaged the fidayoun in dialogue and negotiations, before suddenly landing at the Tel Aviv airport. At that point, Netanyahu intervened and played a heroic role, saving the passengers.”

The Record of Israel’s Generals Is No Less Abominable Than That of the Nazis

“Although the attempt to hijack the plane from Tel Aviv failed, a similar attempt was made in Uganda’s Entebbe Airport – [this time] by a group of fidayoun that was well trained, unlike the previous group, which fell into a trap. The details of the operation, as revealed by intelligence reports from the time, are [as follows]: Five of the fidayoun managed to take over an Israeli El-Al [sic] plane, forcing it to land at Entebbe Airport. The Israeli pilots fought over who would rescue the plane. [Israel's] military leadership chose Yonatan [Netanyahu], brother of [Binyamin] Netanyahu, as the rescuer or savior. He commanded the fighter jet that flew to the Land of Elephants [i.e. Uganda], and when he landed his plane, a surface-to-air missile hit him, and Yonatan became the victim of the fake heroic [act] that he and his brother carried out against the defenseless Palestinian people.

“As for Ehud Barak, Israel’s current minister of defense, his black history is full of lamentable and shameful stories, tales, and scandals, the most notorious of which is undoubtedly [the one in which] he dressed in women’s clothing and murdered Fatah leaders in Tunisia [sic].

“The record of Israel’s generals is still open, and it is no less abominable than the files on the Nazis in Germany or the Fascists in Italy.”


[1] October (Egypt), August 28, 2011.
[2] Dr. Ahmad was formerly a columnist at the Islamic weekly Al-Liwa Al-Islami, owned by Egypt’s former ruling party, the NDP. In 2004, he published a two-part article titled “The Lie About the Burning of the Jews,” in which he claimed, citing Western Holocaust-deniers, that the burning of the Jews in crematoria during World War II was a lie invented by the Zionist movement in order to blackmail the West and enable the establishment of the Zionist enterprise. The article evoked intense reactions in Egypt and outside it, and American pressure eventually led to the resignation of the weekly’s editor, Muhammad Al-Zarqani. His successor, NDP member Dr. ‘Abdallah Al-Naggar, had the weekly issue an apology for publishing the article. A few weeks later, Egyptian Information Minister Mamdouh Al-Baltagi issued a formal apology on the weekly’s front page. In addition, Dr. Ahmad’s column was discontinued and he was banned from writing in the paper. For more on the affair, see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 188, “Egyptian Information Minister Apologizes for Publication of Articles Denying the Holocaust in a Government Weekly; Editor-in-Chief Dismissed; Author Banned From Publishing in Journal,” August 28, 2004,

[3] This is a reference to the sentence of Colonel Yissaschar Shadmi, commander of the Border Police regiment that carried out the massacre in Kafr Qassem in 1956. Tried in 1959 before a special military tribunal, he was charged with 25 counts of murder and two counts of countering orders, but was convicted only of the latter. He was reprimanded for ordering the curfew to be enforced with the use of live fire, and was fined a token 10 pennies for enforcing a curfew without authorization from the military governor.

WASHINGTON – The Palestine Liberation Organization‘s ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that any future Palestinian state it seeks with help from the United Nations and the United States should be free of Jews.

“After the experience of the last 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated,” Maen Areikat, the PLO ambassador, said during a meeting with reporters, in response to a question about the rights of minorities in a Palestine of the future.
Such a state would be the first to officially prohibit Jews or any other faith since Nazi Germany, which sought a country that was judenrein, or cleansed of Jews, said Elliott Abrams, a former U.S. National Security Council official.

Israel has 1.3 million Muslims who are Israeli citizens. Jews have lived in “Judea and Samaria,” the biblical name for the West Bank, for thousands of years. Areikat said the PLO seeks a secular state, but that Palestinians need separation to work on their own national identity.

Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2011

Israel facing ‘diplomatic tsunami’ with Arab neighbors

By Sheera Frenkel | McClatchy Newspapers

JERUSALEM — The has brought into sharp relief Israel’s increasing isolation in a still region grappling with the changes of the Arab Spring.

Israel was forced to evacuate its ambassador and most of its diplomatic staff from Cairo this weekend after hundreds of Egyptian protesters tore down a security wall protecting the Nile-side embassy, ransacked its files and burned an Israeli flag. It came less than a week after Turkey, Israel’s other major ally in the Muslim world, announced it was expelling the Israeli ambassador and downgrading its relationship to the lowest possible level after a deadly skirmish involving a Turkish aid vessel that was attempting to deliver supplies in defiance of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

With another potential predicament brewing later this month when the Palestinians are expected to request membership and statehood at the United Nations, Israeli-Arab relations appear to be plunging to their lowest point in years.

“Within a week Israel has found itself two friends down and about to face a so-called diplomatic tsunami with the Palestinians,” said one European envoy in Jerusalem, who spoke on condition of anonymity under diplomatic protocol.

“I would be nervous if I was an Israeli diplomat today.”

The damage to relations with Egypt and Turkey has struck many Israelis. Turkey was the first Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in 1949 and Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to condemn the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo but added that the historic peace agreement between Israel and Egypt was still intact.

“Egypt must not ignore the severe injury to the fabric of peace with Israel and such a blatant violation of international laws,” Netanyahu said Saturday.

Officials in Israel’s foreign ministry, however, said the embassy attack “could not be ignored” and marked a sharp shift in Israel’s diplomatic dealings with its neighbor since the resignation in February of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak — whose dictatorial regime had kept a lid on anti-Israeli sentiment.

“For a long time Israel has benefited from a positive relationship with Egypt that allowed Israel some sense of security. It is clear that Egypt today is not the Egypt of one year ago,” said an Israeli diplomat who also requested anonymity.

“Now Israel will have to look at its border to the south as one more to watch and guard. The burning of the Israeli flag in Cairo symbolized much more to those of us that watched from Jerusalem.”

The image of the burning flag figured prominently on Israeli television this weekend, with several commentators asking whether it would be the last time an Israeli flag flew in Egypt.

On Israel’s Channel Two news, the anchorman led the Saturday evening broadcast by asking whether Israel had found itself “alone without a friend” in the region.

Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have been increasingly at odds over how to cope with the growing isolation.

Under the hawkish Lieberman’s directive, foreign ministry officials have begun drafting a list of “punishments” for Turkey. Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s office said it had heeded calls for restraint and a tempering of hostilities between the two nations.

Turkish officials have said that relations with Israel will not improve until Israel apologizes for the killing last year of nine Turkish nationals aboard a boat that aimed to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israel has stood by its blockade, and its position was recently bolstered by a U.N. report that found the blockade lawful. The same report, however, said that Israel had used unnecessary and excessive force in stopping boats aiming to break the blockade, including the storming of the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship by Israeli naval commandos, who killed the Turkish nationals.

American officials have tried unsuccessfully to negotiate an apology from Israel to Turkey over the incident. Relations had already soured over Israel’s recent war in Gaza and a series of diplomatic snubs by Lieberman and his deputy.

In about 10 days, Israel likely will face another diplomatic hurdle when the Palestinians are expected to launch a bid for statehood at the U.N. General Assembly. Israel has been maneuvering to quash the bid — which the United States opposes and has threatened to veto — but Palestinians have said they’ll go forward and attempt to win two-thirds support for an independent state that would include East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

Several European countries have signaled their willingness to vote in favor of the Palestinian state, putting Israel in a difficult position.

Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, who will help launch the bid at the U.N., told McClatchy that Israel had “put itself in a corner.”

“We will go forward with this despite the threats from Israel and its allies. When the vote happens Israel will see how isolated it truly is,” Ashrawi said. She added that the United States, Israel’s main ally, would also be “embarrassed.”

“I think the United States has been warned time and time again — from its own people — that its partnership with Israel might not be in its best interest right now,” she said. “But they continue to stand by Israel, and ignore the changes in the region that the Arab Spring is bringing.”

Israel’s dilemma is that the Middle East, for all the talk of revolution, is slipping backward. Turkey is possibly evolving into an Islamic republic and even if this is not the case, it is reasserting its historical role as a regional power. Iran toppled its modernizing, Westernizing shah with his pro-Israel proclivities and in 1979 became a theocracy. And Egypt, long the leader of the Arab world, may find it cannot lead its own people. The peace with Israel has little support among the populace. It’s not just that Israel is not loved, it’s that Jews are hated.

Cairo Mob Attacked CNN: ‘They Were Animals’
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

CNN journalists described the Friday mob that attacked them during the riot at the Israeli embassy as “animals.” One other journalist was called a spy and almost was raped.

The worldwide news site reported a scene that brought back ugly memories of the gang rape of CBS reporter Lara Logan earlier this year during the Arab spring uprising against the Mubarak regime.

CNN reported that one person in the mob on Friday called Dina Amer, a woman member of another American crew, “a spy.” A CNN producer who is an Egyptian approached to rescue the woman from the rioters, but “the mob overwhelmed the pair,” the network reported.

“I was thinking, how powerless I was because there was no police to save us,” said the producer, Mohammed Fadel Fahmy. “I was worried that they were going to rape her.”

Someone shouted to Fahmy that there was a nearby car, and he brought the “spy” into the vehicle, which belonged to a television crew.

“When Margaret Warner, a correspondent with the PBS program ‘Newshour’ managed to get the vehicle moving away from the crowd, men threw stones at the departing vehicle,” the journalist said.

“They were animals,” said Amer.

The rioters also attacked Egyptian journalists, including a reporter for Egyptian state television. Many correspondents ran for their lives.

After the brutal and vulgar assault on CBS correspondent Logan, the website noted, “The assault on Lara Logan illustrates just how much order has recently broken down in the MidEast region which is now far more dangerous for Westerners.”

Arabs are out of touch with reality because as Muslims, they do not believe in the law of cause and affect. This explains why they subscribe to conspiracy theories.

Fears rise as Egypt cracks down on press

Israel’s dilemma is that the Middle East, for all the talk of revolution, is slipping backward. Turkey is possibly evolving into an Islamic republic and even if this is not the case, it is reasserting its historical role as a regional power. Iran toppled its modernizing, Westernizing shah with his pro-Israel proclivities and in 1979 became a theocracy. And Egypt, long the leader of the Arab world, may find it cannot lead its own people. The peace with Israel has little support among the populace. It’s not just that Israel is not loved, it’s that Jews are hated.

About Jerry Frey

Born 1953. Vietnam Veteran. Graduated Ohio State 1980. Have 5 published books. In the Woods Before Dawn; Grandpa's Gone; Longstreet's Assault; Pioneer of Salvation; Three Quarter Cadillac
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