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By Encouraging the Formation of a Palestinian State, Isn't the Bush Administration Actually Supporting Another Terrorist Nation to be Feared?

For Immediate Release. November 14, 2001President George W. Bush should be scolded for his speech to the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly where he told his audience that the United States (U.S.) supports the formation of a Palestinian state.  Tragically, Israel is being exploited by the Bush Administration to bolster Arab and Muslim support for the U.S.-led war against terrorism.  According to certain reports, U.S. officials stated that the President’s original draft of his speech to the U.N. General Assembly was to have dealt exclusively with the U.S.-led war against terrorism.  However, he revised his speech to include Washington’s support of a Palestinian state as a solution to the Arab-Jewish conflict after being pressured to do so by Saudi Arabia.  Such actions put Israel’s security at risk, an act that could eventually lead to the destabilization of the region.

The Bush Administration tends to treat both Israel, a long-time ally to the U.S. and only democracy in the region, and Yassir Arafat’s Palestinian forces, that have been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks against Israel’s citizens in its obsession to advance the peace process, as equal.  There is a moral issue that is overlooked in that Yasser Arafat is a terrorist just like Osama Bin Laden and should be treated as such.  Would President Bush like it if Israel forced the U.S. into a peace process, with Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban that support and give refuge to the al-Qaeda terrorist network that attacked U.S. interests towards this nation?  How would the U.S. have responded if Israel had asked the U.S. to show restraint after September 11, 2001?  By supporting Arafat’s Palestinian state, the U.S. is helping hold hostage millions of Israelis to the tyranny and oppression of the militant Palestinian terrorists.

“The primary obstacle to peace is not Israel but the continued Palestinian terrorism,” stated Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.    “Israel should remain reluctant to rush into a new agreement that will entail considerable Israeli concessions of land in return for unreliable Palestinian promises of security cooperation given the long failed record of Palestinian violations of past agreements.”

A look at the past ten years in the Middle East would suggest that a Palestinian state would have bolstered Saddam Hussein, aligned itself with Iran, threatened Kuwait and other Persian Gulf Sheikhdoms, be a prime training area for international terrorists, provided another Middle East platform for Russia and China, been the most corrupt and oppressive regime in the region, and used its initial territory as a spring board to establish a neo-terrorist state from Iraq to the Mediterranean Sea.

“Israel is responsible for the safety of its citizens, just like the U.S., and must act accordingly to protect its people,” continued Dr. Rutkowski.  “The Bush Administration should regard Israel as a strategic partner and should rethink its position toward them.  Washington cannot force nor ask Israel to accept a plan that would make possible and legitimize the creation of a new terrorist-sponsoring regime, all in the vast hope that in doing so it will somehow help the U.S. fight international terrorism.  The U.S. cannot formulate effective Middle East policy until it realizes that the Arab world seeks the eventual destruction of Israel.”

For Interviews Contact:

Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
757-436-5927
jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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