World War 3 - Act II, Scene I: Israel & Palestine
The struggle between
the Israelis and the Palestinians is one of the most enduring
and explosive of all the world's conflicts.
It has its roots in
the historic claim to the land which lies between the eastern
shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan river.
Israel has been a dry tinderbox in world affairs since 1948
when she became a nation once again. However, tensions have
been steadily increasing since Palestine's Yasser Arafat
started ordering suicide and terrorist strikes against Israel
from the early 1980's. All these terror strikes, resulting in
much innocent blood being spilt, has prompted various Israeli
responses that have accomplished little except to stir up
further hatred within the hearts of all Palestinian people.
All this terror, bloodshed, and military retaliation, has
turned the entire region into a literal tinderbox, awaiting
just the right spark to set the Middle East ablaze. The Muslim
world intends for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be set
ablaze as part of their overall effort to defeat both Israel
and her major ally -- the United States. This plan was boldly
enunciated by Iranian leaders in March 2002. As
Coalition Forces were fighting furiously in the southern
portion of Iraq, key Arab leaders in the region announced
plans to use Iraq as a "swamp" in which to tie down superior
American forces and then light "many fires" in the entire
Middle East region, including Israel. (Jerusalem Post).
Why is this story
worthy of an Act all of its own?
clear to see that no nation in the Middle East really
wants a Palestinian State.
Therefore, why have American Presidents from Nixon
to George W. Bush spent so much time, energy, and diplomatic
power behind trying to set up a state within a state that no
In forcefully heralding a Palestinian
State, both Israel and the United States can tell the rest of
the world that, if the Palestinians had just wanted peace, -
and had stopped the terror attacks - they could have achieved
it through the newly created Palestinian State. The US
and Israel will be able to state that continued Palestinian
terrorism just pushed Israel too far, and "they had it
coming". This will be the excuse when Israel attacks and
completely destroys Palestine.
Let's follow the play and see what
March - June, 2002 -- After waves of
suicide attacks early in the year, Israel re-occupied almost
all of the West Bank in March, and again in June. For most of
2002, Palestinian cities were regularly raided, remained cut
off from each other, surrounded and under curfew for long
periods of time.
April 2002 -- Israeli forces entered
and captured the refugee camp in northern West Bank city of
Jenin. The Palestinians claimed massacre. The Israeli army,
which took heavy casualties, said it met heavy organized
resistance, and insisted that 52 Palestinians were killed.
May 2002 -- In May, a five-week
standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity ended when 13
Palestinian militants were sent into exile. A large group of
Palestinians had taken refuge in the church when Israeli
troops moved into the town.
March 30, 2003 -- A convoy of
diplomatic vehicles arrives at Sharon's house in Jerusalem at
3:30pm, local time to formally present him with a long-awaited
internationally backed Mideast peace plan, which foresees a
Palestinian state established within Israel's borders no later
than 2005, provided the Palestinians permanently cease their
terror campaign. 3:30 on 03/03/2003 - are all those
March 30, 2003 -- As if to underscore the
Palestinians' defiance against the Peace Plan, a suicide
terror attack at the Blues cafe near the US Embassy in Tel
Aviv kills 3.
April 30, 2003
-- US Ambassador Dan Kurtzer meets with Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon to formally present him with a long-awaited
internationally backed Mideast peace plan, designed to create
a Palestinian state within Israel.
May 22, 2003 -- President Bush
literally "orders" Prime Minister Sharon to push through
Cabinet acceptance of the Road Map, which envisions a
side-by-side Palestinian State with Israel. Bush orders
$10 billion in US loan guarantees frozen until Israel
complies, and reportedly compiles a long list of punitive
actions he could take against Israel if it did not back his
May 25, 2003 -- Most Israelis are
aghast at the sudden turn of events: "In 63 years I have
never had a sicker feeling down deep in my Jewish soul than I
do this day. To think that a Prime Minister of Israel would
agree to a Palestinian State against the will of the majority
of the Jewish people, not only in Israel but also around the
world... It is no secret that George W. Bush along with
the rest of the quartet has pressured Sharon. The question in
the minds of most Israelis is what is it Bush has on Sharon
that could force him to turn against his own people. For there
is no doubt that he will go down in Jewish and World history
as the Jew who sold out his own people and gave Israel to the
enemies of God." ["It's time to stand up for the Jewish
people!", Jerry Golden "REPORT", 5/25/2003]
May 27, 2003
-- Facing a firestorm of criticism from members of his Likud
Party over his Cabinet's approval of a U.S.-backed peace plan
envisioning a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
says that keeping the Palestinians under occupation harms
Israel. 'This can't go on forever', Sharon tells Likud
lawmakers at a stormy meeting a day after the Cabinet approved
the plan. 'To keep 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation
-- you can dislike the word, but what is happening is
occupation -- is in my view bad for Israel, for the
Palestinians and for Israel's economy', Sharon says. It was
the first time that Sharon, for years a hawk and architect of
the Israeli settlement drive in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,
had publicly used the word 'occupation' to describe Israel's
military presence in those territories."
June 4, 2003
-- The Aqaba [Jordan] Peace Summit ends with profound statements from
key leaders: Israeli
Prime Minister Sharon, Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas and US
President Bush all refer to a Palestinian State
in their closing addresses - something which has been
arduously avoided and fought against for many years.
What's going on? After years resisting
Palestinian Independence, Israel makes a miraculous about turn
and agrees to a Palestinian State.
June 6, 2003
-- In sheer disgust, the Palestinian militant group, Hamas,
says it is breaking off talks with Palestinian Prime Minister
Abu Mazen in protest at his promise to end violence against
Israelis... A spokesman for Hamas, Abdelaziz al-Rantissi,
tells the BBC that the prime minister's promise opens the door
for Israel to kill Palestinians at will, and that Hamas is
left with no choice but to continue fighting Israel.
June 10, 2003
-- IDF helicopters fire five missiles at
the car of Hamas leader, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, who survives, but
three others are killed. Hamas and other Palestinian
leaders vow such revenge as to cause an "earthquake"!
June 11, 2003 -- A
Palestinian disguised as an Orthodox Jew blows up a crowded
civilian bus in Central Jerusalem, killing 17 and wounding
scores. Within 20 minutes, IDF jets rocket Palestinian targets
in Gaza Strip.
June 13, 2003
-- Headlines throughout the region scream that both Israel and
Hamas have declared all-out war on each other, during a week
in which almost 50 people were killed in various terrorist
November 16, 2003
-- The treasonous Geneva Accord, drafted in London, not
Switzerland as is widely believed, is mailed to every Israeli
household. Imagine this: a group of Americans, say
presidential candidate Howard Dean, Senators Ted Kennedy,
Fritz Hollings and Robert Byrd, go to the wilds of Pakistan
and meet with the lieutenants of Usama bin Laden. They carry
with them a “peace” proposal hammered out with various al
Qaida supporters in the United States calling for the
unilateral withdrawal of American forces from all Islamic
countries. They present the proposal to terror agents
representing bin Laden, work out the kinks and arrive at an
agreement aimed at ending the conflict between al Qaida and
the United States. What would the overwhelming majority of
Americans say? In unison the outcry would be – Treason!
April 17, 2004 -- Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi,
head of the Hamas militant group in Gaza, is killed in a
targeted Israeli attack. "Israel will regret this.
Revenge is coming," another Hamas leader, Ismail Haniya, told
reporters. "This blood will not be wasted. It is our
fate in Hamas and it is our fate as Palestinians to die as
December 4, 2004 --
In an apparent change in long-standing policy, a top Hamas
leader in the West Bank said the group would accept the
establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip as well as a long-term truce with Israel. 'Hamas has
announced that it accepts a Palestinian independent state
within the 1967 borders with a long-term truce', Sheik Hassan
Yousef told The Associated Press, referring to lands Israel
captured in the 1967 Six Day war. A true turn-around of
January 7, 2005 -- Eleven months after unofficial
coalition talks between Likud and Labor began, and five months
after negotiations started with United Torah Judaism, the
three parties signed coalition agreements at the Prime
Minister's Office in Tel Aviv. The only way in which
Israel can carry out her planned unilateral withdrawal as
first envisioned by the Oslo Accord is if both
major parties came together to form a government which could
not be shaken by the inevitable explosion of resistance from
settlers and patriots who are completely, irrevocably
opposed to the idea of giving up land to the Palestinian
Act III: The Far East
To be continued...
Act I |
Act II |
Act III |
Act IV |
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