Archive for October, 2010

Last week Washington announced that they were selling a large package of weaponry  estimated at $60 billion dollars to Saudi Arabia, which would include as many as 84 new F-15 fighter jets, helicopters and other gear. This was said to be  a way to reinforce the Gulf  against Iran. Well I hope these weapons will only be used for Gulf protection and not against Israel, because only two days after the United States unveiled this arms deal with Saudi Arabia, one of Riyadh’s leading figures blasted the US for not living up to its commitments in the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and not doing more to reign in Israel.
 
And talking about weapons, a report in the French daily Le Figaro a few days ago, told about the military wing of Hizbullah’s structural make-up in Lebanon, and gave new information on the guerrilla group’s 10,000 operatives and 40,000 rockets. According to the report, which quoted anonymous officials in the French Defense Ministry and Western intelligence sources, Hizbullah has three units dedicated to the transportation and maintenance of its rocket arsenal. Doesn’t sound so good for us if hostilities break out again.(Hope they don’t for any reason whatsoever).

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Nothing much new here in Israel. The usual Kassam rocket shooting from Gaza, although rather less than usual this last week, but enough to let us know that Hamas is ruling Gaza. And our usual rsponse of planes dropping a few bombs, mostly on tunnels and some on known terrorist concentrations – we try to avoid civilian areas.
 
And in parliament, Natanyahu is trying to keep his coelition government together – a difficult task as it’s made up of so many different parties with different views about everything, whilst he is being pressured into giving in to Palestinian and American demands concerning the building freeze. And as Palestinian president Abbas has said even recently and in no uncertain terms, that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, there seems no point in making more concessions, especially as they also demand a “Law of Return” for the now millions of Arab refugees (they were a few tens of thousands when they turned into “refugees”), who could so easily have been settled in the many large Arab countries, instead of being kept in camps for so many years (supported financially by many countries of the world). Anyway, I don’t see any real peace-talks in the near future. They only want land, and evidently their only concession to us is to stop killing Jews (and who knows for how long this might last?).
 
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Thirty seven years have passed since the “Yom Kippur” war, but it is much in the news again. Last weeks some declassified details were published, telling of some of the mistakes made then which cost us so many lives. The main mistakes were made by politicians who were afraid of what the world would say if we made preparations or even attacked first, although
it could be seen that both Syria and Egypt were arming and preparing for a war. The difference of opinion between Moshe Dayan, who was then Minister of Defence and influenced Prime Minister Golda Meir, and our Commander-in-Chief David Elazar, was at the root of this difference. Elazar said,” The army should call up some of its reserve soldiers. The Israel Defence Forces power is 25 percent regular and 75 reserves. Therefore we need to increase our power immediately. We need at least 24 hours to call up reserves – those that are called up now, can be put into action tomorrow”.
 
But Dayan objected. “Calling up reservists before even one bullet was shot – everyone will say we were the attackers,”he explained, ” It’s important that the world doesn’t say we started.” And Golda Meir agreed with him, and that is the reason we were not ready for the Arab attack. This failure to call up reserves is often cited as one of the IDF’s major mistakes in the
Yom Kippur war. I don’t think things are different these days concerning world opinion. When we defend ourselves, we are called the aggressors.
 
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A relatively quiet week has passed, and the peace talks have not yet resumed. I know I’m repeating myself, but if and when they begin talking again, there is not much chance for their success, unless the Arabs change some of their conditions – and this has nothing to do with a possible building freeze in the West bank. As long as the Palestinian Arabs believe that the State of Israel can be destroyed, there is no reason for them to enter true negotiations on coexistence and a two-state solution. And as the Palestinian Authority does not change its Charter, calling for the destruction of the State of Israel, although this is not said openly to the world, we have to make sure of the security for our state.
 
Abbas’ term as President of the Palestinian Authority quietly expired in January 2009, so legally he has no authority, but even so in his statement at the White House,  “President” Abbas, declared his hopes for successful negotiations “in the name of the PLO.” He did not even pretend to represent the Palestinian Authority, the Muslim world, nor anyone other than the PLO, a defeated and corrupt organization now despised and mistrusted by Palestinians, and propped up only by Western dollars and the Israeli government.
In January 2005, Palestinians made their choice official when the Islamist group HAMAS won a decisive victory over the PLO, capturing over two-thirds of the vote in free elections.
 
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