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Greetings, Below you will find an interesting piece by Robert Fisk on Bush's complete acceptance of Sharon's policy towards Arafat. But one question that I have not yet heard anywhere is why do the Israelis and the Americans want so badly to get Arafat out if they know that there is a good chance Hamas has the best chance for winning the elections? Could one reasonably argue that this is in fact what the Israelis do want? Think about it. Sharon is definetaly not interested in any kind of a Palestinian state. He's too much a Jabotinskyite to allow such a thing. So, what better way to undermine "the peace process" and appropriate all of Palestine than to destroy the most mainstream element of the Palestinian movement and have it replaced by Hamas? By doing so these Zionists can claim that they cannot possibly negotiate with Hamas, "a proving terrorist organization" (according to Mosad and the US). Definetaly a sure way to say we need to continue bulldozing and bombing the Palestinians until they are so exhausted that they will be willing to become good little natives and accept the Zionist strategy to finalize their Apartheid project. I'll bet on it. Khaldoun
Robert Fisk: I wonder why Bush doesn't let Sharon run his press office
Put your flak jackets on, President George Bush has spoken. He wants a regime change in Palestine, just as he wants a regime change in Iraq. He reads the
Israeli government press handouts and accurately quotes them to his American people.
Ariel Sharon, wants the destruction/ liquidation/ resignation of Yasser Arafat. So does Mr Bush. "Peace requires a new and different Palestinian leadership
so a Palestinian state can be born," Bush told the fearful American people, waiting for the next apocalypse, be it on 4 July or after.
So, no Palestinian state unless Arafat goes. There were no Bush conditions for Israel. He did not secure an end to the continuing building of Jewish settlements
for Jews and Jews only on Arab (that is somebody else's) land. Nor did he secure a halt to continuing Israeli military "incursions" how I love that word
Mr Sharon, in his highly mendacious demand for Palestinian "'transparency", has demanded Palestinian reform must be neither cosmetic nor an attempt to preserve
Arafat. And what does Mr Bush say? Why, that Palestinian reform "must be more than cosmetic changes or a veiled attempt to preserve the status quo".
Why, I wonder, doesn't Mr Bush let Ariel Sharon run the White House press bureau? Not only would it be more honest we would at least be hearing the voice
of Israel at first hand but it would spare the American President the ignominy of parroting everything he is told by the Israelis.
All that he offers to the Palestinians is a ghastly mockery of what the Palestinians are told to do by the Israelis.
There never has been an "interim" state, let alone a "provisional" state. These are fantasies of the Israelis and Mr Bush. White House "officials" we
can guess who they are believe a Palestinian state can be "achieved" within 18 months. Let's forget international law provides for no such entity.
Let's go over again that most crucial and most dishonest part of the Bush statement.
"When the Palestinian people have new leaders, new institutions and new security arrangements with their neighbours," he told us, "the United States of
America will support the creation of a Palestinian state, whose border and certain aspects of its sovereignty will be provisional until resolved as part
of a final settlement in the Middle East." Let's see what this means: when the Palestinians have elected a leader whom the Israelis want a condition
that could go on to the crack of doom the Americans will support a Palestinian state whose very existence will mean nothing unless Israel approves what
that state wants to do.
In other words, the United States will be Israel's spokesman in any negotiations. A growing number of Americans know they are being suckered by their own
government and their own press, that their country's foreign policy is being manipulated to give maximum support to one and only one country in the
Middle East. So will "certain aspects of its sovereignty". Note these weighty words. "Certain aspects" of its sovereignty.
What, I wonder, does this mean? Do these "certain aspects" include the continuation of illegal Jewish settlement building? Or the absence of any international
guarantees for this interim/provisional state? Or perhaps a get-out clause for the United States to wash its hands of the whole shebang if Israel decides
to annex the entire West Bank?
Note, again, the weasel words. Palestine's borders will be "provisional ... until resolved as part of a final settlement in the Middle East". Yet never
before has an occupied people been led by so pathetic a person as Yasser Arafat. Nineteen years ago, this same Yasser Arafat swore to me on a hilltop
above the Lebanese city of Tripoli that his "Palestine" would be "a democracy among the guns". His Palestine, he told me, would be unlike any other Arab
state. There would be no secret policemen, no "regime", no cronyism, no corruption.
Fast forward to the spring of 1998. I am listening to a French diplomat who has returned from Gaza. He and his delegation carried a personal letter to Arafat
from President Chirac. Again and again, Arafat disregarded the letter, only interested in when the new French school in Gaza will open. The diplomats understand.
One of Arafat's relatives will be the headmistress of this school. Family before nation. The Chirac letter stays unopened.
Yes, as Nabil Shaath, one of the most loyal and most obsequious of Arafat's ministers, says, "a state is a state, and you cannot be provisionally pregnant
and you cannot have a provisional state". It might have been wiser and more honest if he had reminded us that the CIA trained the gunmen and intelligence
thugs who worked for Arafat; if he had outlined the imprisonment and torture that Arafat inflicted on his Palestinian opponents with the complicity of
those who supported the "peace process".
For it is becoming ever more obvious that Arafat did not fail in his duties as Palestinian leader. He failed in his duties as Israel's and thus America's
proxy colonial apparatchik in the West Bank and Gaza. The fact he is a corrupt little despot does not change this.
He was given time to prove his loyalty to the West, to America, to Israel. He was supposed to have made Israel's settlements both safe and sacred.
Now, when he can no longer control the people he was supposed to control remember the BBC's repeated question: "Can he control his own people?" his
usefulness is at an end. He must go, to be replaced by our choice of leader forget elections who will be as democratic as the new Afghan "interim"
George Bush insulted the Palestinians and enraged the leadership of the Arab world. Who cares about the latter? Most of them were appointed by us. But I
have a feeling that the Palestinians will not accept this nonsense.
Which is why they will be condemned as never before as "terrorists".
Also in Middle East
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Arafat's mask slips, but he still has a trick up his sleeve
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