Skip to comments.Sharon to US: Don't turn Israel into Czechoslovakia
Posted on 10/04/2001 12:16:59 PM PDT by ipaq2000
20:40) Sharon to US: Don't turn Israel into Czechoslovakia
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has instructed the IDF to use whatever means necessary to defend the country, he told reporters tonight.
He made his comments after three Israelis were killed this afternoon in Afula, and a terror attack overnight in Jerusalem in which two people were injured.
He also urged the United States not to turn its back on Israel in favor of the Arab states in the way Europe ignored Czechoslovakia in 1938. The results of that move were calamitous, he said.
There is considerable concern in Jerusalem that the Bush administration is allowing terrorist states to join the war on terrorism.
Jerusalem? There's also concern right here in the USA!
It seems that it is a lose - lose deal no matter what Bush does?
Just like the Gulf War Israel is being told to hold off on its national interests for the sake of this unholy alliance. Israel may have to finally define herself outside of the context of American interests in this respect and consider Arafat, the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Fatah, Force 17, etc. the object of its own war on terrorism once and for all regardless of U.S. interests. If this jeopardizes the relationship and the few billion in economic aid and short term whining and pain, then that will have to be the case. It's that or Israel will be defined solely by the whim of U.S. foreign policy and the further destruction of innocent Jews by the terrorist pigs which largely makeup the "Palestinians".
Maybe Israel should consider a realignment with Russia.
To drive our enemies before us, slaughter their warriors and hear the lamentations of their women.
Waging a long, sustained war on terrorists while keeping the Middle East together enough to actually be of some use to us. A war in the Middle East won't help our cause.
nukem, Just nukem George! Quit acting like a .......
IMHO, It would be best for America to be assertive in its foreign policy. We should give the Arab countries two reasons to oppose terrorism:
1. It is morally right.
2. We intend to make life worse for our enemies than for our friends.
If they come back to us and say that we have to promise to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict first, we should reject that demand. The two reasons are good enough.
Yasser Arafat is a master at talking out of both sides of his mouth--announcing cease-fires in English while encouraging the terrorists in Arabic. The "moderate" Arab states will play the same game with us if we let them.
At the height of British appeasement in the 1930's, Churchill remarked that England had to choose between war and dishonor. "We chose dishonor. We shall have war."
To sacrifice Israel to the Palestinian terrorists would be to go down the same path.
We don't know all there is to know, but we should just keep having faith in Bush. He WILL do what's best for America. I have total confidence in him. Of course, I'm a shameless Bushie, but time will prove us Bushies right.
GO GWB, GO!
America should stay away from any obsessive collectivist tendency. That means staying away from collectively getting Israel shared by all religions, just as socialists want pain and wealth to be shared by all. Some people are decent and can be in Israel, others not, period. And as far as Islam, a moment of truth is coming, Islam is evil. The Islamic world will never rest until all churches and Synagogues in the world are laid to waste as they are being laid to waste in the Islamic world today through terror, especialy in those so called moderate states such as Saudi Arabia.
What is best for the US at this point in time, while attacked, is to go on a burned Earth policy. Contract, let the barbarians attack burned dirt, fake them into thinking Israel is worthless, in the meantime build up weapons and a strategy of counter attack and WWIII scenario (global war is more PC lately).
What is best for America is to have a Lincoln who will take freedoms of citizens and the world away, fight the war against the evil doers with the citizens forcibly enlisted, and then give back the usage of peace time constitution and civil rights to the people, JUST AS LINCOLN DID.
The Israeli lobby has been quite sucessful, heretofore, in preventing these relations. In my view, has been detrimental to our intelligence gathering on the ground in those countries by not have a official 'presence' within these countries.
The screaming from the Israeli lobby will reach "shrill status" very shortly...just watch and listen.
Bush has a problem because of US dependence on the Arab oil. Seems like he has to tread lightly.
Also there was some talk that Bush and Cheney wanted to begin strikes on Afghanistan some time ago and they were in disagreement with Powell.
Thursday, October 4 11:15 PM SGT
President George W. Bush on Thursday declared that September 11 terror strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have given the heartbroken United States a chance to "re-examine" its culture.
"I see, out of this sadness and grief, an opportunity for America to re-examine our culture, to re-examine how we view the need to help people in need, whether it be in our own neighborhood and around the world," he said.
Bush's comments came as he made a morale-boosting trip to the US State Department and announced 320 million dollars in US humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan while affirming his determination to punish its Taliban rulers if they fail to turn over Osama bin Laden, the US government's prime suspect in the attacks.
Settle down. I'm a gentile, a Christian, and live in Canada with an American wife and relatives in the U.S. If you think Russia is your enemy then you better do a more efficient job of screwing your head on.
Whether Christian or Jewish, the Holy Land will die with no Israel! Bethlehem and Nazareth are dangerous and not fit for visitors...Is that what you all want?
I am a christian as well, and I resent the implications on this post. Thank you Lent for your input....I agree completely with everything you wrote.
Yawn. How's the war in Ireland going?
Glad to find some people with a rational outlook.....Israel must protect herself...and BTW, for all those who are busy bashing Israel, anyone ever hear of disinformation? Bush is very Pro-Israel, he is a practicing Christian. Don't believe everything you hear!
New York is dangerous and not fit for visitors. Let's get the hell out of the Middle East and take care of ourn own interests. Those people have been killing each other for centuries, and we have no business being over there.
Your welcome Lent, thank you too.
Sorry to say that you are right. We're losing our honor where Israel is concerned and I think it's a disgrace. Prime Minister Sharon should act in Israel's best interest and do what must be done to protect his citizens. America can't be counted on while we're so busy cozying up to Arab butchers. I hope that President Bush doesn't forget who our friends really are. One could have expected that from clinton, but I hoped W would be more trustworthy.
So then maybe we should get out of everywhere! First of all my friend, there were no attacks within Israel's borders from 1967 till the Clintooons made Israel into their own private little playground bringing Arafat back from exile.
Number 2, you're damn right NY is dangerous, thanks to the Arab terrorists, so maybe we should just coddle them some more? If you are nieve enough to believe they attacked us because of Israel, I've got a nice bridge to sell you right near Ground Zero....Hello....
Russian airliner crash caused by terrorist act - Israeli minister
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Oct 4, 2001 ............ http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011004005945
Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS
The cause of the crash of the Russian Tu-154 airliner with Israelis on board was a terrorist act, Israel's Transport Minister Efrayim Sne has said.
Source: ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1232 gmt 4 Oct 01
/BBC Monitoring/ © BBC.
Sharon is not war criminal.
He sued a paper that called him one - AND WON. So better be careful.
Poll: US-Israel ties stronger than ever
Jerusalem Post, by Dan Izenberg
American support for close US ties with Israel is stronger than ever following the September 11 attacks, a poll conducted by International Communications Research (ICR) shows. ICR, a leading American polling firm which does work for ABC News, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press, found that 92 percent of Americans endorse full cooperation between the US and Israel in combating terrorism, while 4% oppose such cooperation. Seventy-four percent of Americans favor either strengthening ties with Israel or maintaining the current, close relationship. Only 10% favor distancing the US from Israel.
And from another article:
"A frustrated Secretary of State Colin Powell insisted Wednesday that the US-led anti-terrorism campaign was not directed at Islam despite persistent reports in the Arab and Muslim world to the contrary.
"The fact that Israel is a strategic partner of ours and we support Israel and we will do everything to make sure Israel can live in peace and security, should not be seen, although I'm afraid it is often seen, as being anti-Arab."
Ah the Israeli government?
Like Cal Thomas - who is an American, Christian, Conservative journalist - the most widely read in the US?
"THE Bush administration appears ready to make a serious foreign policy mistake at the moment it is trying to stamp out the evil of terrorism as practiced by Osama bin Laden and his followers.
According to numerous press reports, the administration has linked the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians with unrest in the entire region and is now said to be ready to back the creation of a Palestinian state. It apparently believes such a state will diminish unrest and brutality in a neighborhood that has known little else for the 2,000 years Israel did not exist as a nation-state and in the ensuing 53 years that it has."
Follow link for more. Nope...it's not the Israeli govt. It's sane people.
Very cute, but no cigar.
(18:20) Reports: Ukrainian army shot down plane By Jerusalem Post Internet Staff, Ap
It is being reported here that the Ukranian army may have fired a missile that shot down the Sibir Airlines plane that crashed into the Black Sea this afternoon en route from Israel to Siberia.
A senior Ukranian nayy officer, Igor Larichev, said the missile accidentally hit the plane that was carrying some 75 - 77 passengers and crew.
However, a short time later, Ukraine's Defense Ministry issued a statement denying that it fired a missile that was capable of hitting the plane.
It is understood the Ukrainian army may have fired some 20 missiles today as part of military exercises in the area of the Black Sea.
"All the rockets used during the training exercise had guaranteed service lives and self-destruction mechanisms in case they deviated from their course," said Defense Minister Oleksandr Kuzmuk, according to a statement released by ministry spokesman Kostyantyn Khivrenko.
A U.S. Defense Department official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a land-based surface-to-air missile had been fired from the Crimean region of Ukraine.
Ukraine is the only country known to be conducting military exercises in the Black Sea area, the official said.
The downing of the airliner appeared to be accidental, the U.S. officials said.
Romanian and French pilots are also taking part in an air exercise in the region of Romania's Black Sea port of Constanta, Romanian officials have said. The exercise apparently includes the firing of air-to-ground missiles.
The Ukrainian exercises were conducted on Cape Onuk, in Crimea, about 250 kilometers (160 miles) from the site of the crash, on territory controlled by the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Ukrainian anti-aircraft, navy, rocket forces, aviation and artillery took part as well as Russian forces including shore-based forces and a guard ship.
Part of the exercise involved firing on an unmanned aircraft.
According to military officials, the exercise included anti-aircraft S-125, S-200 and S-300 rockets, which are similar to U.S. "Patriot" missiles, and R-300 tactical rockets.
"The direction of the firing and the distance do not correspond to the plane's explosion site either in theory or in practice. All the hits by the rockets used during the exercise were recorded by corresponding devices and reached their targets," Khivrenko, the Ukrainian defense spokesman, said.
"Moreover, the monitoring means of Ukraine's Air Defense Forces as well as those of the Ukrainian air traffic control did not record the presence of any civilian aircraft in the exercise area during the maneuvers."
He said that the targets were at a distance of 35-39 kilometers (21-24 miles).
Putin says he remains unconvinced that the plane was hit by accident.