Is Israel's military excesses the
result of a finely scripted plot by conservative government?
by Don Alberts - Virginia
Israel's PM Sharon was in Washington last week (5/7/02)
and predictably a suicide bomb attack occurred back home.
The scene in DC was reminiscent of an earlier trip at the end of last
year when Sharon was summoned by the Bush administration for a lecture.
Two bombs went off in Jerusalem, Sharon
declared "...nobody can lecture us..." and departed early with
a great deal of melodrama. Bush and his crowd were left flat-footed,
mouths agape. Sharon had upstaged them.
Yesterday it was deja vu all over again. The visit was cut short and
Sharon dramatically took off, successfully avoiding any lectures from
his benefactors. Although he did have time for a news conference.
After the first incident, Sharon returned the U.S. in early February. I
predicted in an editorial letter at the time, that the same scenario
would occur. It almost did, a Palestinian with a bomb strapped to
himself tried to board a bus in southern Israel. The quick thinking
driver foiled the attempt by pushing the bomber off the bus, and the
This is an excerpt of what I wrote in February:
"...I'm in the tiny minority, no doubt, of those who have impure
thoughts about the actions of the Israelis vis-a-vis the peace process.
I am convinced that most of the terror incidents that have occurred in
Israel, and in some of the surrounding countries, have been
choreographed directly or indirectly by extreme elements of Israeli
society, including the government. Heresy! You say?
"I used to think that the Palestinians were "the gang that
couldn't shoot straight", for their apparent ability to conduct
horrific terror attacks at the worst possible time, when world opinion
was growing in their favor. Each incident seemed to occur almost on
queue, just when Israel needed them to make it's case against the
So what's Sharon up to this time? Three things I believe: (1). To
discredit and destroy any remaining Palestinian governmental
infrastructure; (2). To create a pretext for assaults on the Gaza strip;
and (3). To continue to stall on ending the 35 year occupation of the
West Bank and Gaza.
Pretext is a key word and recurring theme in Israel's history. Since
1948 it has used any "provocation" to react militarily in an
overwhelming way to achieve its goals.
Israel violated UN ceasefires in the late 1940's to grab more land from
the Palestinians and Bedouins. In an alliance with Great Britain and
France, Israel created the pretext for the formers' Suez intervention in
1956, honoring the pledge the Zionists made to Great Britain to obtain
the Balfour Declaration. Sharon used the attempted assassination of
Israel's ambassador to Great Britain in 1982, to invade Lebanon - an
action that was planned well ahead of the pretext.
What follows is a report from the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz two weeks
ago, on Sharon's plan for Gaza and I quote:
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 Iyyar 12, 5762
Israel Time: 06:16 (GMT+3)
Gaza may still be in IDF sights, Sharon hints
By Gideon Alon
"Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday told the Knesset Foreign
Defense committee that he has not ruled out the IDF taking wide-scale
action against terrorism in the Gaza Strip.
"In response to a question by MK Uri Ariel of the National Union
party, who asked why the IDF did not move into Gaza and Hebron during
Operation Defensive Shield and whether there are plans to do so, Sharon
said it would not be wise to reveal ahead of time where Israel will and
will not act. But, he emphasized, "There is no place where
terrorists will be immune." Sharon said that Israel did not harm
the Palestinian security services in Gaza, "but nonetheless the
terror attacks continue unabated."
What will be Israel's response to the May 7 bomb attack? Considering the
statements of its military Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz
reported by Ha'aretz, how will Israel justify attacking the Palestinian
civilian population again if the most likely source of future attacks
will be from "lone terrorists", as Mofaz says?
The following contains excerpts from the Ha'aretz article:
Wednesday, May 08, 2002 Iyyar 26, 5762
Israel Time: 05:11 (GMT+3)
Mofaz: More Defensive Shields if terror continues
By Gideon Alon
"Speaking to the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee,
Mofaz claimed that Defensive Shield brought about a major reduction in
attempted terror attacks. There has been a complete cessation of terror
strikes in past days, he added. Mofaz warned that the possibility
remains of lone terrorists attempting suicide strikes. The IDF is making
every effort to prevent Palestinian terror organizations from
rebuilding, the chief of staff stated."
Once again, the dimwit in the White House reversed course. Yesterday in
reply to a reporter's question, with Sharon at his side, Bush said
Sharon is a democratically elected leader and he (Bush) "...won't
tell him what to do..."! Green Light!
Israeli Jews and their Zionist supporters apparently fail to realize
that the greatest danger to Israel's continued existence, doesn't come
from out-gunned Palestinians clamoring for freedom and trying to hang on
to what little land is left to them. Indeed, it is the grandiose and
provocative vision of a "Greater Israel" pursued by a
succession of right wing governments that provides the greatest threat.
Extreme Jewish nationalism is Israel's Achilles heel.
If Israel continues on its current path, it would seem its future has
already been scripted. Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and other dead
Greeks provided the plot and format long ago:
A tragedy in three acts; Koros (excess), Hybris (arrogance and folly),
and Ate (destruction).
Friday May 10, the IDF is poised at the gates to Gaza - on hold. The
Israeli print media reports that the military intelligence group Shin
Bet does not have definitive proof the May 7 bomber came from Gaza. Shin
Bet says the expendee left Gaza sometime ago, and they say the
explosives he used came from somewhere other than the Strip! One wonders
- if they knew that much about the facts, why couldn't they have
prevented the tragedy?
There's the hint of dissention in the Israeli gov't. about a Gaza
incursion. When Sharon returned from the US he held an emergency cabinet
meeting demanding approval for a military response, but would not allow
the military to brief the ministers or even show maps of the locations.
One minister told the media he didn't know why they called him. He said
""...I felt like I was in a Fellini movie...".
Additionally, since Jenin many reserve officers are very concerned about
the possibility of facing war-crimes charges - according to reports in
Ha'aretz. In civilian life some are businessmen who travel alot,
especially to Europe where "indictments happen".