Bush was Wrong
For Immediate Release.
March 14, 2002 President George W. Bush was wrong to criticize
Israel for its recent military actions in the West Bank as it fights
terrorism just like the U.S. Also, the U.S. should have never sponsored
and helped pass a resolution formally endorsing the concept of a Palestinian
state and a call for the immediate cessation of all acts of violence.
Furthermore, the Bush
administration's longtime insistence that the sides begin restoring
calm prior to the U.S. resuming its peace broker role was tossed aside
by President Bush on March 7, 2002 as he ordered his special envoy Anthony
C. Zinni back to the Middle East on March 14, 2002.
Such efforts by President
Bush send the wrong message to Yasser Arafat and his allied Arabs. It
tells them that they can murder as many Israelis as they want and make
Israel look like the aggressor to the media, and the rest of the world
and Israel and the U.S. will capitulate.
By the Bush administration's
making such concessions, it rewards the Palestinian terrorists for their
illegal actions and invites future attacks. The Israel Defense Forces
(IDF) are performing surgical strikes to keep casualties to a minimum
and are searching areas where the terrorists are hiding, storing their
weapons and making their bombs and missiles to murder innocent Israelis
as well as Americans.
Yasser Arafat has allowed
Hamas and Islamic Jihad to establish a vast infrastructure of international
terrorism. Arafat intentionally launched the present Intifada which
Palestinian officials admitted to in October 2001.
Ninety-six percent of
the West Bank, all of Gaza and land equivalent to compensate for the
four percent deficiency was offered by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Also, all of East Jerusalem, where the Arabs would build their capital,
Defense Minister Binyamin
Ben-Eliezer told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on
January 7, 2002 that the Palestinian Authority (PA) purchased the arms
freighter Karine A on October 10, 2001, a month after the terrorist
attacks on the U.S. However, Ben-Eliezer said there have been four recent
attempts by the PA to smuggle weapons into its territory by sea through
means other than the ship, seized in January by the IDF.
The Karine A cargo included
Katyusha long-and short-range surface rockets, long-and short-range
mortar bombes, anti-tank mines, C-4 explosives, Sagger and Law anti-tank
Chairman Yasser Arafat who denied involvement in the Karine A announced
on January 7, 2002, that he launched an internal investigation into
Israel's capture of the ship smuggling arms and to anyone involved vowed
to punish. Arafat said: "If anything is revealed-and I personally do
not think so-we will not hesitate to bring them [culprits] before a
trail," as he showed no sign of wavering from the Palestinian Authority's
denial of involvement.
However, PA leader Arafat
admitted to attempting to smuggle weapons onboard the freighter Karine
A announced Secretary of State Colin Powell on February 13, 2002.
Unstinting praise on the
morning of March 10, 2002 was given to two Palestinian terror attacks
on Israelis on the night of March 9, 2002 in which 13 Israeli civilians
were murdered more than 100 were wounded-by Yasser Arafat's state-run
It has been reported that
underway are preparations to launch a large scale offensive around March
25th , three days prior to Passover-by a massive gathering of terrorists
forces of Palestinians, the pro-Iran Lebanese Hizbullah and al-Qaida
cells scattered around the Middle East and the Gulf. In terms of weaponry
and targets, the terror offensive strikes led by the Palestinians will
Jewish settlements as
well as army camps and posts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and locations
across the border inside Israel will be stormed by special Palestinian
commando raider units. In Palestinian areas away from the day-to-day
routine of terrorist strikes and combat, these commando units have been
training secretly, Especially imported for the purpose by Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat, these shock troops are being instructed in guerrilla
tactics by non-Palestinian experts indicate information reaching the
U.S. and Israel.
The de-facto Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat agreed to halt terrorism in the September 1993
Oslo Peace Accords. However, he has failed to systematically stop such
terrorist organizations. He has failed to keep his commitments under
the Oslo Peace Accords. He is a terrorist who supplied the weapons to
terrorists that murdered two hundred and forty-one American Marines
in 1983 In Beirut. In the first World Trade Center bombing in New York
in February 1993, it has been indicated that Yasser Arafat was involved.
Israeli intelligence had concrete evidence about Arafat's involvement
and it was Moshe Peled, Israel's Deputy Education Minister in Netanyahu's
administration who told CIA representatives of such involvement in early
"The U.S. must stop putting
pressure on Israel to force peace negotiations when it is fighting a
war on terrorism," said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American
Voice Institute of Public Policy. "The administration may feel that
if the U.S. pressures Israel and concedes to some of the demands of
the Palestinian terrorists that it will help to assemble support for
its war against Iraq but this is a wrong premise." Throughout the Middle
East anti-Semitic sentiment runs high among the Arab nations the U.S.
is trying to gain support for this war. Although these nations may not
agree on many things the one issue that brings them together is anti-Israel
policy and the eventual destruction of the Jewish state. The U.S. may
be able to negotiate a temporary peace between Israel and the Palestinians
but only long enough for them as well as their allies to build up the
needed military strength to expel the Jews from their homeland."
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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