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President 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, was included.

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 rockets.

Palestinian Authority 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 radio station.

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 be multi-faceted.

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 1997.

"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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