Why the Push to Attack Iraq? Israel's Last Tango in Washington: Will the U.S. Attack Iraq?

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Why the Push to Attack Iraq? Israel's Last Tango in Washington: Will the U.S. Attack Iraq?


I, Andrew, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Andrew I. Killgore is publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

"Looming above all other causes of alienation from America...was...the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and American unilateralism."

--Clyde Prestowitz, The Washington Post, July 7, 2002.

"Israel should have exploited the suppression of the [Tiananmen Square] demonstrations in China, when the world's attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories."--Deputy Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 1989, as quoted by Alexander Cockburn in The Nation, Jan. 8-15, 1990.

"If the Jewish people would make an effort...we would not have any problem bringing another million Jews here."

--Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, AFP item in Saudi Gazette, April 28, 2001.

"Every American thought...that Israel cannot remain in the territories."

-Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal after meeting with President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Con-doleezza Rice and Bush domestic adviser Andrew Card, The Washington Post, July 19, 2002.

In 1948-1949 Israel expelled 750,000 to 800,000 Palestinians from their homes. In 1967 Israeli troops forced out another 300,000. Since 1967, up to 400,000 Israelis have been planted in the occupied Palestinian territories of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip. Binyamin Netanyahu, quoted above, made explicit Israel's "ethnic cleansing" policy: empty Palestine of Palestinians.

Brute Israeli military force has now put all of Palestine under Israel's physical control. However, the current situation is deeply troubling to the country's fanatical Likudist leaders. Every brutality and indignity that Israel can heap on the Palestinians has not budged them from their land or from their drive to increase their numbers.

Israel's uniquely opaque immigration/emigration statistics conceal from the world and from Israel's own people that the Palestinian population in the old British Mandate of Palestine (Israel proper, the West Bank and Gaza) now exceeds that of the resident Jewish population (more than one million Israelis are believed to live in America).

The cost of Israel's brutalization policy is proving to be prohibitively high in manpower and in money. Israel seeks to conceal the truth, but the Israel-leaning Washington Post recently reported the reality as seen at Tel Aviv's foreign embassies. In scenes reminiscent of the beginning of the end of the Soviet empire, long lines of Israelis seeking visas were gathered at the American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand embassies. The reporter in Tel Aviv was surprised to see lines at the Czech and Polish embassies, as well. A German Embassy spokeswoman said there were 75,000 nationals of Germany already living in Israel, and that the number of Israelis applying at the embassy to ascertain/assure their German nationality status was so great that daily restrictions of those wanting to apply had had to be imposed.

As the above quotes by Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon demonstrate, Israel's Likudist government fears that it is losing the Jewish/Palestinian demographic race. The country's many think tanks have not yet worked out a formula for brutalization: what "x" number of Israelis is required to brutally repress "y" number of Palestinians? Nevertheless, it is clear that Israel cannot sustain the present balance.

After the al-Aqsa intifada broke out in September 2000, Prime Minister Sharon announced that he would crush the uprising within 100 days. Since the beginning of the intifada the Palestinians have inflicted on Israel one death for every three deaths that they suffered. Sharon can see no indication that the Palestinians will ever give up. He cannot but admit to himself that his policy of brutality has failed.

Sharon's nightmare and that of America's slavishly loyal Israel-first cabal is that the American people will see through the lame "they-hate-us-because-we're-rich" lie, that they will "connect the dots" and see the link between a despised U. …

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