Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Sharon Swindle

It now looks to me that the invasion of Iraq, the crisis in Lebanon caused by the assassination of Hariri, the threats against Syria and the parliamentary paralysis in Jordan are diversions created with the purpose of enabling Israel (aided by the band of criminals in the White House) to annex all of Jerusalem. With the Arabs so roiled by internal crises, they cannot defence their claims on Jerusalem.

I also think Sharon is tag-teaming with Netanyahu. Now that Labour are no longer of use to him, they'll be jettisoned and Netanyahu and the hard right will take the helm--as arranged.

Story by Le Monde's Jerusalem correspondent, Gilles Paris.

8,500 Israelis evacuate Gaza, while another 12,000 settle in the West Bank

The day after the evacuation of the last Gaza settlers by the Israeli army, a public opinion poll published by the Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonoth showed that most persons surveyed (54%) say they are favorable to dismantling more settlements on the West Bank while 42% are opposed. But according to the daily, Maariv, colonization is not slacking off. The paper reported the same day that according to figures kept by the Interior Ministry, more than 12,000 Israelis have moved to settlements on the West Bank between September 2004 and July 2005—6,000 in 2005 alone.

Since the announcement of the Gaza evacuation, more than 18,000 new colonists settled on the West Bank in radical colonies such as the ultra-religious settlements close to the Green Line. Because only 8,500 colonists were evacuated from the Gaza Strip, colonization has shown a net gain. The number of settlers on the West Bank now exceeds 250,000, without counting the 200,000 residents living in the colonized quarters of East Jerusalem.

Against this backdrop, the new confiscations of Arab land around Jerusalem announced on Wednesday were criticized not only by the Palestinians but by the Israeli Left and a portion of the national press. Faced with opposition from the US Administration, the Israeli government placed plans for a new colony, which would have completely encircled the Arab quarters where the Palestinians hope to establish their capital, on the back burner. The announcement of the confiscation of 120 hectares of Palestinian lands in this area and the building of a police barracks between Jerusalem and the big Maale Adoumim colony located to the east is certainly perceived as a new attempt to prevent a future partition of the city.

These initiatives could threaten Ariel Sharon’s coalition with Labour formed to carry out the Gaza evacuation. Labour ministers plan on opposing the new police barracks. Eitan Cabel, the Secretary-General the party led by Shimon Peres, believes that Labour will leave the government in November because the last Gaza evacuation operations will have been completed. The move will trigger early elections. Former Finance Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, who resigned from the government just before the start of the evacuation, is soon expected to announce his candidacy to lead Likud—a post now held by Sharon.

If the demolition of settler houses in Gaza by the Israelis pursues its course, negotiations with the Palestinians will remain difficult on the question of border crossings into the Gaza Strip. The Israeli press reported on Friday that the Israeli government hopes to retain control over goods and persons entering Gaza from Egypt for reasons of security. The Palestinians, fearful that border controls will result in the paralysis of trade, as they do today, are pleading for the presence of a third party—hopefully the Europeans.

This quarrel is taking place as the Israelis and the Egyptians are finalizing an agreement under which 750 police would be deployed along the 20 km length of the border to prevent arms smuggling into Gaza.


Blogger Postman said...

The expropriation of the West Bank, the expulsion of the Palestinians from Israel to the Palestinian "homeland" of Gaza will be relentless now.

As the righteous religious numbskulls realise what a coup Sharon has performed they will be unstoppable in their calls for the whoelsale annexation of the Wset Bank.

..and Abbas will siut their silent ans tupefied whilst Hamas will eventually see how they have won a hollow vistory.

..and the US adminsistration is virtually powerless...Condi, the dartling of AIPAC and the NDL, JINSA was ignored in late June when she tried to get Sharon to soften the blow.

As for the Europeans being dragged into the Egypt/Gaza border policing...forget it (although they will continue to pour money into the pockets of the corrupt elites).The last thing Mubarak wants is streaming hordes of Palestinian refugees, and he will be happy for Israel to control the border. Again the US will do nothing.

The Palestinian goose is cooked.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Yes, I read that Abbas wasn't all that smart and to his detriment, he doesn't speak English!! Imagine how he was f---ed over in Washington.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

I see that all the time.

The Zionists have very smooth very polished and very reasonable sounding spokesmen and women.

The palestinians don't - they're bloody well useless at getting their points across.

Same goes for their politicians who're already labouring under the disadvantage that they're trying to put a stop to an incrementalist process. So they get as you put it "f---ed over"

6:44 AM  

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