Sunday, January 09, 2005

Land for Peace? Never Worked and Never Will

I'm getting increasingly nauseated these days by the direction we (Israel, U.S., the world) are going in Israel.

I mean, does anybody remember the Oslo Accords? Hellooooo!!!

That was supposed to be a "land for peace" deal. What happened? Israel gave the land–and a lot more–but terrorism increased mightily.

And the very idea of Israel giving land is really obscene, if you think about it.

Checked out the meaning of "
obscene" lately?

DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report real exit figures estimated in Washington and Jerusalem as 49-52% win for Abbas, 30-32% for runner-up Barghouti and no more than 45-48% turnout rather than 65%, largest proportion of which cast in two hours added to end of balloting to pump up figures. Barghouti claims to emerge as head of second largest Palestinian faction after Fatah and before Hamas.

Debka
article.

Barghouti between Fatah and Hamas, eh? (Now remember, he lost the election.)

Fatah, an acronym for Palestine National Liberation Movement, according to Wikipedia, was founded by Yasser Arafat as a part of a world wide Islamic Brotherhood movement:

  • provided training to a wide range of militant and insurgent groups;
  • carried out numerous acts of international terrorism, such as hijacking of civilian planes and political assassinations;
  • engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Israeli security forces;
  • methods include assassination, raids, bombing, and suicide bombing;
  • carried out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians;
  • been linked to continuing attacks against Israeli and foreign civilians within Israel and the occupied territories;
  • and to guerrilla warfare against Israeli occupation soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and against the security forces inside Israel;
  • received weapons, explosives, and training from the former USSR and the former Communist regimes;
  • still maintains several armed groups.

Fatah is committed to the destruction of Israel. Fatah article.

Hamas, from an acronym which translates as Islamic Resistance Movement, Wikipedia describes as a Palestinian Islamist paramilitary and political organization which some, including the United States, Canada, Israel and the European Union, consider a terrorist organization:

  • considers all Israelis to be active participants in an illegal occupation of Palestinian land;
  • does not distinguish between Israeli civilian and military targets;
  • fights a guerrilla war against the Israeli military and security forces in its effort to drive them from the West Bank and Gaza Strip;
  • notorious for using the tactic of suicide bombing against Israel, particularly against civilians in busy city areas;
  • known for suicide bombings (mostly targeting civilians and occassionally the military;
  • also non-suicidal attacks, such as planting bombs and carrying out shooting attacks in Israel proper, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Hamas' goal is ultimately to eliminate the state of Israel and replace it with an Islamic state, to destroy Israel in its entirety. Hamas article.

So between Fatah and Hamas is a pretty rough neighborhood.

But the corker of the day comes from Mr. Barghouti choosing to go out in classic Palestinian media-milking form. This originally appeared in The Independent, but I prefer the realigned version on Backspin:

Barghouti's Busy Day

Aren't you glad you got Abbas? CNN calls him a moderate. ?!?

Hey, but wasn't it just this week Abbas called Israel "
Zionist enemy?"

And if you skipped that Debka link earlier...

DEBKAfile’s military and Palestinian sources report that orchestration is no longer in the hands of a single extremist group, Hamas. Seven Palestinian terrorist groups have formed an ad hoc coalition with a more far-sighted goal than drawing the Israeli army into an extreme reprisal so as to sabotage the vote and Mahmoud Abbas’s election. Their eye is on the election’s aftermath. Taking Abbas’s win for granted, they are playing on his weakness to keep him running scared and make him too dependent to raise a finger against them. These groups are Abbas’s own Fatah, its suicide arm:

  • the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades,
  • the Abu Rish Martyrs Brigades,
  • the Popular Resistance Committee’s Battalions,
  • Hamas’s Ezzadin al-Qassam,
  • Jihad Islami and,
  • a newcomer making its first appearance, the Abu Masoud Squads.
See, these guys have a plan. And you were expecting peace?

4 Comments:

Blogger Drae said...

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January 10, 2005 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger Drae said...

Let's try this again.

For another good thought, I recommend About the Palestinian "Elections"

January 10, 2005 at 2:41 AM  
Blogger stefania said...

Thanks for mentioning my post .

By the way, someone at Indymedia has posted it.. The reactions to my post were typical of the fascists working at Indymedia..

January 10, 2005 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Drae said...

Another good article on the Abbas win, by Charles Krauthammerin the Washington Post.

Arafat's HeirWorth the free registration.

Do you think anybody is listening?

January 10, 2005 at 10:22 PM  

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