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Part III – In The Shadow of the Six Day War

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The year 1991 saw the effective end of Israel's sovereignty. This occurred when the United States attacked Iraq in what has become known as the "First Gulf War."

The Iraqi dictator, unable to effectively deal with the United States, attacked Israel. The Scud missiles fired from trucks in Iraq could have been stopped by the air forces of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), but the United States ordered the Israelis not to retaliate, and to make sure that the Israel government complied, withheld codes that would have allowed our air forces to fly over Jordan and Iraq. Israel's self-defense was thus squelched by the minions of George H.W. Bush and his Secretary of State, James "fuck the Jews" Baker.

After this war, Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir was virtually ordered to a summit in Madrid for "direct talks" with the Arab enemy. Shamir wrecked these talks by calling his Syrian counterpart a terrorist. The Syrian, enraged, threw the accusation back at Shamir, whose group in the War of Independence, known as the "Stern Gang", had assassinated the Swedish "mediator" Count Folke Bernadotte, a man who had planned to force Israel to surrender Jerusalem entirely in his proposals for "peace" in 1949.

This wrecking of the Madrid summit by Shamir was the last sovereign act by an Israeli head of government. Since then, no Israeli prime minister has had the guts to take any action independent of the United States. Not Yitzhak Rabin, who depended on the United States for support, not Benyamin Netanyahu, who had been intimidated by Bill Clinton, not Ehud Barak, who owed his position entirely to Bill Clinton, not Ariel Sharon, who was unwilling to do what he was elected to do, to squelch Arab terror with an iron fist as he had done in Gaza decades previous, and certainly not the clown who pretends to the prime minister's seat and is on the verge of ejection from it, Ehud Olmert. But I get ahead of myself.

A further example of how the United States squelched the sovereignty of the country was how it influenced the settlement of Judea and Samaria after the flood of Russian Jews came here. Aid money that was supposed to be used to build infrastructure was withheld on the condition that Russians be prevented from settling in Judea and Samaria.

In a CRS Report for Congress prepared in January, 2006, it reports how during times of domestic unrest in Israel and regional instability, U.S. aid to Israel had increased. The report stated that in 1991 Congress provided Israel $650 million in emergency grants to pay for damage and other costs from Operation Desert Storm. In addition, Israel was given Patriot missiles to defend against Iraqi Scud missile attacks. After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and the ensuing increase in migration of Russian and other Eastern bloc Jews to Israel, Congress approved $10 billion in loan guarantees for Israel to help it absorb immigrants and provide them with adequate social services.

It also explained how Loan Guarantees for Soviet Immigration were to work.  In late 1990, the press reported that Israel would request $10 billion in loan guarantees from the United States. Under the proposal, Israel would borrow $10 billion from U.S. commercial establishments, and the United States government would guarantee the loans against default. Israeli officials said the funds were needed to finance housing, jobs, and infrastructure for an anticipated 1 million Soviet Jewish immigrants that were expected between 1991 and 1995.  In April 1991 there were negotiations over Israel's request for emergency funds for recovery from Iraqi attacks during Operation Desert Storm.

Israel agreed to postpone its guaranteed loan request until September, 1991. Then, President George H.W. Bush asked Congress to delay consideration of the Israeli request until January 1992 because the President feared that the loan request would jeopardize Secretary of State Baker’s negotiations for a peace conference [Madrid]. Reluctantly, most Members of Congress agreed. When Congress returned in January 1992, Secretary Baker said the Administration would support the Israeli request only if Israel agreed to freeze all settlement activity in the occupied territories.

According to the report, in a series of negotiations among the Administration, Congress, and Israel, several compromises were offered: reducing the U.S. loan guarantees by an amount equal to the Israeli expenditures on settlements in the occupied territories, reducing the annual amount of the loan guarantees, or allowing Israel to complete housing projects underway in the territories but to ban new projects. None of the proposals were acceptable to all the parties. With the stalemate, it appeared that Israel’s loan guarantee request was to be postponed until consideration of the FY1993 foreign aid legislation later that year.

Following the June 1992 Israeli elections, which Yitzhaq Rabin and his Labor party won, relations between the United States and Israel improved because the Bush Administration found the new Israeli leaders more accommodating toward peace talks with Arab states. President Bush announced in August that he would propose approving the loan guarantees. Congress attached the loan guarantee authorization to the Foreign Operations Appropriation bill that passed on October 5, 1992 (Title VI, P.L. 102-391, signed into law on October 6, 1992). The United States approved the first $2 billion tranche [portion] in December 1992, and Israel issued the first $1 billion in bonds in March 1993.

The long and the short of all this was that while the United States was willing guarantee the loans to Israel of $10 billion to settle Russian Jews in Israel, they preconditioned all of this by saying that these Russian Jews could not settle in Judea and Samaria. And it should be emphasized here, that these conditions were not on loans per se, but loan guarantees. This means that the private institutions that lent Israel the money will still receive them out of Israeli tax revenues. The "aid" consisted only of guaranteeing the loans.

This preconditioning of loan guarantees effectively hobbled much of the settlement of Judea and Samaria.

The standard Israeli style of getting around things was used to build and settle the city of Ariel, only two or three hilltops north of us in Ma'aleh Levona. The result is that Ariel is largely a Russian speaking city, with a large population. Without this interference in our internal affairs, it is safe to say that at least 300,000 Russian immigrants would have settled in Judea and Samaria, with many of them concentrated in Hebron and Ma'aleh Efraim, to the southeast of here. American interference has meant, among other things, that Ma'aleh Efraim, built to be the capital of southern Samaria, is virtually a ghost town with a sense of failure hanging over it. It has also meant that factories in Ma'aleh Levona have never been built, that the industrial area of Shiló is deserted, and that all of these communities are "bedroom communities" for Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, when they need not have been.

Oslo – the first serious steps on the road to suicide

Let's look at that report to Congress again. There is a key line in there that tells us where the Oslo road to suicide started. "Following the June 1992 Israeli elections, which Yitzhaq Rabin and his Labor party won, relations between the United States and Israel improved because the Bush Administration found the new Israeli leaders more accommodating toward peace talks with Arab states."

Oslo was never a secret process at all. The secrecy was maintained to hide the fact that negotiations with the PLO were a crime at the time that they were taking place under the guiding hand of Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, Warren Christopher. An accurate account of how all this began is excerpted below in an article by Barry Chamish, who has effectively proven why (and how) Rabin was killed.

Chamish begins by explaining that he had received a phone call from a fellow named Henry Gluksman, the advance man for the Oslo negotiations.  Gluksman is a political refugee in Norway. The government there provides him with an apartment and pension as protection against mortal retaliation from Israel.   According to Barry, Gluksman claims the Shabak made attempts on his life and he was forced to flee Israel in the early 1980s. Argentinian-born Gluksman publicly accused Israel of being behind the Falklands War. "I discovered that it was Israel Aviation Industries that provided the Argentinian planes and missiles and it was they who sunk the Lancaster", he explained. "They convinced the Argentinian government that they could win the war for them".

Gluksman had been impressed with Barry's website and his Rabin murder research.  According to Chamish, The first thing he said was, "You missed the real motive for Rabin's murder. It was financial". According to Chamish, Mr. Gluksman's motives for talking freely to him appear not to be ideological. He is an avowed Marxist. Simply, he believes his Oslo talks became corrupted and that Rabin was murdered by the corrupters of his negotiations. In Barry's view, his insider revelations are startling and verify the crux of Barry Chamish's own research.

Any vision for peace would have made sense if we were all Arabs, and the Arabs were not being convinced daily that they have to kill us all. But as we see, the Arabs leaders do want to kill us all, and have been poisoning their people with the desire for Jewish blood for decades.

What does Oslo really mean?

One of the secret parts of the Oslo Accords dealt with Judea and Samaria. In it, it detailed in as few words as possible, the elimination (as in murder) of the leadership of Judea and Samaria. When you talk to folks who have lived here for fifteen years or so, they can see the arm of elimination and murder of their leaders, even if they do not want to. They've been to too many funerals.

The Oslo Accords have really meant demoralization. One of the reasons this is true is that in 1993, many Israelis embraced the idea of 'peace at last' with a warm enthusiasm. Living in peace means a lot to Israelis. It means possibly dismantling the reserves system and the draft; it means travel to Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, North Africa; it means endless possibilities for business deals and making money. It means reducing taxes because this tiny nation will not have to support a world class army any more. It's a no-brainer to say that peace is a wonderful idea for Israelis.

But no peace arrived with the Oslo Accords. What arrived instead was the steady terror of the Palestine Liberation Organization, with the deaths constantly salved over by the government as "sacrifices for peace." The constant toll of terror, both in attacks through the 1990's and since 2000, have meant demoralization, sadness, pain, depression, fear. When I visited this country in January 2000, that is what I found.

Under the face of "normality" there was a deeply sad feeling. This feeling has only deepened since 2000, but it had a specific price in 2000.

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Hi!! Thanks for coming to my article! I was raised in Brooklyn, was graduated from the City University of New York in 1978 with a BA in political science and public administration there. I lived in Minnesota for a number of years. There I managed restaurants and wrote stories. We moved with our children family to Israel where we now reside. My work can be found at Ruvy's Roost, Jewish Indy,, and on Facebook under my full name, Reuven Kossover
  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    It appears that the editor of this article saw fit to cut out the interview in it with Henry Gluksman, and to cut out what this regime has become. In the process, he gutted the article.

    So, let’s include them here.

    The following is what was cut out of this article that ought to have been there. This is the excerpted portion of Barry Chamish’s interview, and the parts immediately following it.

    Gluksman claims the Shabak made attempts on his life and he was forced to flee Israel in the early 1980s. Argentinian-born Gluksman publicly accused Israel of being behind the Falklands War. “I discovered that it was Israel Aviation Industries that provided the Argentinian planes and missiles and it was they who sunk the Lancaster”, he explained. “They convinced the Argentinian government that they could win the war for them”.

    Mr. Gluksman’s motives for talking freely to me appear not to be ideological. He is an avowed Marxist. Simply, he believes his Oslo talks became corrupted and that Rabin was murdered by the corrupters of his negotiations. His insider revelations are startling and verify the crux of my own research.

    Gluksman: When I began laying the groundwork for the Oslo talks in ’88, money wasn’t even considered as a political issue. It’s when it became the core issue that things turned ugly.

    Chamish: What do you mean 1988? The talks began in 1992.

    Gluksman: The plans for them were initiated in 1988. We had to wait until Rabin was elected to put them into action. He sent the two negotiators, Pundak and Hirshfeld, to Oslo and the initial talks were aimed at establishing an honest groundwork for peace.

    Chamish: I interviewed Ron Pundak in 1996 and he told me something remarkable. He said that his boss, Yossi Beilin, does not believe in borders. Borders cause wars. He told me the end result of the accord would be the removal of Israel’s borders. This would be done by dismembering the country piece by piece. After, Israel would blend into a Middle East bloc of united Arab countries.

    Gluksman: Yes, that was our objective. The Gush Katif disengagement was agreed to in 1993 as part of the broader plan. To understand how this would lead to peace, look at Hong Kong. It was a colony of six million in a sea of over a billion Chinese. Israel consists of six million Jews in a sea of over a billion Moslems. When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1999, nothing changed for the people of Hong Kong. They went on with their lives as before but without the threat of attack hanging over them. That was our objective. Israel would become Arab and nothing would change, but the threat would end. The Jews of Tel Aviv would go on with their lives, run their businesses, build their homes but the mayor would be an Arab, the police would be Arabs, the courts would be Arab. It was the ideal solution.

    This details the reasons for the Oslo Accords as they were originally envisioned. Beilin’s vision for change in Israel goes even beyond that of Uri Avneri and other “Gush Shalom” types. Perhaps his vision for peace would have made sense if we were all Arabs, and the Arabs were not being convinced daily that they have to kill us all. But as we see, the Arabs leaders do want to kill us all and have been poisoning their people with the desire for Jewish blood for decades.

    The remainder of this interview deals more with the death of Rabin, but outlines why our country is on the ropes today. The Israeli leadership saw this as a big money making opportunity. And they had the minds of criminals. Let’s read the rest of Barry Chamish’s interview with Henry Gluksman to get a better sniff of the rat’s nest that is Israeli politics.

    Chamish: So if the plans are on course beginning with Gush Katif, what is your problem with the accords?

    Gluksman: The problem began when the Labor Party leaders saw Oslo as a way to make a quick buck. Everyone was rushing to join in, Shimon Peres [Peres brought along his friend whom he had mentored, Ariel Sharon], Chaim Ramon, Micha Harish. And they all came with their Palestinian businessmen in tow.

    I mean, who were Micha Harish and Chaim Ramon? How did they become peace negotiators? Oslo was drawing the greediest crooks to the money pot. They did not want peace, they wanted a piece of the action.

    People who were absolute nobodies suddenly were showing up for discussions. The most absurd was this Rabbi Melchior who Peres brought along. Who ever heard of him before? He had no legitimacy or constituency, never wrote learned tracts and overnight he jumps from Oslo to the cabinet of Shimon Peres.

    Everyone the Israelis sent to iron out details were there for what they could get out of Oslo and the P.L.O. more than cooperated in the thefts and corruption. From a Marxist beginning, the discussions turned capitalistic.

    Chamish: Where did Rabin fit in? [this refers to the murder of Rabin]

    Gluksman: He saw how corrupt everything had turned and decided to abandon the whole enterprise. He was going to put the talks on hold or shut them down for good if the corruption didn’t stop. That is why they murdered him. He threatened to bring down the house of crime and that would have been very costly to the crooks. I read your work. Your conclusion is similar to mine but you left out some people who stood to lose big if Rabin stayed alive. It is a broader plot than you’ve found out.

    This little portion of Chamish’s interview with Henry Gluksman outlines one of the main problems of the present Israeli régime. It is nothing but a criminal mafia. It had been for a long time but “Palestine” was the cash cow that really drew all the cockroaches out of the wall. To be fair, this country is far less corrupt than countries like India or Pakistan, and even in crisis is better governed than either of these aforementioned states. But the quality of the governance has dropped dramatically, even as the standard of living (for the rich Ashkenazi Jewish élite) has gone up.

    What does Oslo really mean?

    In the interview with Henry Gluksman, we saw what Yossi Beilin’s vision for the Oslo Accords was to have meant and one of the reasons it went so terribly wrong. In this article from Israel Insider, we see what the reality of the Oslo Accords were to be as they started to be enforced. Let’s look at the murder of two boys hiking near Teko’a.

    It is no different than the heartbreaking case of the 14 year-old son of Sheri Mandell, an American immigrant living in Teko’a. He took a short hike from his home with a friend, they were set upon by Arabs who tied them up and bludgeoned them to death, cracking open their skulls with rocks.

    After delighting in the screams of the boys as each rock opened more of their brains, the murderers took further pleasure in the sadistic coup de grace of ripping the bodies apart with knives.

    Days later, Sheri Mandell’s home was sniped at, with a bullet entering the bedroom of her nine year old daughter. Had she been in the room, she would have joined the list of double murders. Sheri took the hint and abandoned her home in Teko’a tonight. She will likely not be the last.

    One of the secret parts of the Oslo Accords dealt with Judea and Samaria. In it, it detailed in as few words as possible, the elimination (as in murder) of the leadership of Judea and Samaria. When you talk to folks who have lived here for fifteen years or so, they can see the arm of elimination and murder of their leaders, even if they do not want to. They’ve been to too many funerals.

    Even in the case of a young kid like Kobi Mandell detailed above, the effects of murder and demoralization have their toll. One of the fellows who found the body is a man who works for the Jewish Agency, and moderates a website for would-be immigrants to this country. On the website, political arguments break out frequently, even though it is a site for the nuts and bolts of moving one’s life from an English speaking country to Israel and discussions of religion and politics are banned. Imagine what stoicism it takes to do the job of telling Jews to shut up about the problems of Arabs killing them when you have just found the destroyed body of one of your neighbors – a body destroyed by a mob of savages.

  • http://www.elitebloggers.com Dave Nalle

    Wait, are you trying to tell us that Robert Frost was wrong when he wrote “good fences make good neighgbors”?

    Dave

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    No Dave,

    I am saying that Yossi Beilin had a plan to “decountrify” Israel as Marthe Raymond likes to put it, and that this is what the impetus behind the Oslo Accords was.

    That is what this interview with Gluksman deals with in part. The other part deals with what he viewed as the criminalization of the Oslo Plan – where both Israel and the new Palestinian Authority were to be these huge cash cows for the enrichment of the labor politicians and their friends.

    The Zionist movement degenerated into a criminal mafia, and that is what it is now.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Since the “treif bird” (a bird not kosher for consumption) Peres (peres means vulture) is mentioned in comment #1, I thought I’d mention this e-mail I just got from a friend who lives in Qiryat Arba:

    Unanimous vote in the Council of Torah “Sages” of SHAS: they’ll vote for the treif bird for “President of the State of Israel”!

    These guys are known for their permanent tendency to cause multitudes to sin, and for being spillers of Jewish blood through Oslo.

    Now, they support the election of the biggest liar in Israeli politics, someone who has Jewish blood on his hand, not last Jonathan Pollard’s blood!…

    I will mention in defense of these “Torah Sages” that four of them were in an elevator that suddenly dropped a whole bunch of floors. They must have gotten the hint that in a criminal regime, “accidents” happen, and wanted a little life insurance by voting for the biggest killer in Israel to be the president.

  • Stop being Scared

    “…to squelch Arab terror with an iron fist…”

    You’re sooooo stupid. You and your big fancy arguments.

    Crush this generation and live in peace. That’s what your simple childlike mind envisages.

    But what happens to future generations? Those you crushed today come back to crush you in 3, 30, 300 or 3000 years.

    Why not make peace? Yes, it’s hard for you now, but at least your children, or childrens children or their children’s children won’t be fried by a nuke in a suitcase.

    Think, Think, THINK

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    While demonstrators in Tel Aviv desecrated the Sabbath to protest the “occupation”, a surprising item surfaced in the anti-Israel New York Times and Reuters:

    New York Times:

    …Majed Azzam wrote in the Hamas-affiliated weekly Al Risala in Gaza that Palestinians* “should have the courage to acknowledge the truth,” that the only thing that “prevents the chaos and turmoil in Gaza from spreading to the West Bank*** is the presence of the Israeli occupation.” **

    Another Palestinian writer, Bassem al-Nabris, a poet from Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip, wrote in the Arabic electronic newspaper Elaph that if there was a referendum in the Gaza Strip on the question of whether people would like the Israeli occupation to return, “half the population would vote ‘yes.’ But in practice,” he continued, “I believe that the number of those in favor is at least 70 percent, if not more.”

    “If the occupation returns,” Mr. Nabris added, “at least there will be no civil war, and the occupier will have a moral and legal obligation to provide the occupied people with employment and food, which they now lack.”

    Reuters:

    Frequent internal fighting and lawlessness gripping the Palestinian territories have transformed the militants into no more than gangsters in the eyes of many of those who once saw them as heroes. “Many of these groups are now a burden on society,” said legislator Nasser Jum’a, once a leading member of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Jum’a said ordinary Palestinians were so fed up with the armed groups “they now wish the Israeli occupation would take over in Gaza or hope for the return of Jordanian rule in the West Bank” to get rid of them.

    IRIS reported on this phenomenon a year-and-a-half ago: Many of my foreign colleagues have tended to ignore the voice of the man in the street, but it is not enough to interview this or that official. To understand what the Palestinians are really thinking, you need to sit in the cafes. There were days when I would go to Nablus, for example, and I would hear Palestinians telling me, “You know what? We really hope the Jews will come back and reoccupy Nablus. It’s not because we love Israel, but because we’re fed up with the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian corruption.”

    Meanwhile, Palestinians are voting with their feet for Israel:

    Palestinians in Jerusalem, by deed if not by declaration, are increasingly opting for life under Israeli sovereignty. Jerusalem is by no means happily unified, but it is becoming grudgingly unified. “It’s not that the Palestinians here have become Zionists; it’s not that they’ve fallen in love with the State of Israel,” says an Arab attorney in Jerusalem. “They just want to live normal lives, with security, with a little money in their wallets. They want their kids to be able to go to school. They want what everybody wants.”

    Many local Arabs are coming to terms with Israeli sovereignty. They are reporting crimes to Israeli police in greater numbers. There is also a big shift in the schools away from the PA-approved curriculum to the one approved by Israel – at the insistence of Jerusalem Arab parents. Except for aging members of the PLO, the locals no longer clamor publicly for al-Quds – the Arabic name for Jerusalem – to be recognized as the Palestinian capital. Notes the local attorney: “The saying you hear [from Arabs] in the city now is ‘Give me hell in Jerusalem over paradise in the PA.’”
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    Thanks to Allen Mallenbaum for picking this up from The Iris Blog Site. The links to the major news organizations quoted below are found at the IRIS link.