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May 15, 2002

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In-Depth Issue:

Palestinian Reform: Focus on the Security Services
    President Bush emphasized on May 8, the importance of a new "unified security force" for the Palestinians. A new Palestinian security force is particularly vital so that the Palestinian Authority can implement its security obligations and prevent terrorism.
    Israel found documents proving that Palestinian security services had regularly collaborated with terrorist organizations: the General Intelligence Apparatus of Tawfiq Tirawi in the West Bank worked with Tanzim, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas. Intelligence personnel actually carried out attacks, and procured and transferred arms for these organizations.
    For more details, see Involvement of Arafat and PA Officials in Terrorism, prepared by a team headed by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Dani Naveh.

Useful Reference:

Israeli Washington Embassy Report: Saudi Arabia Supports Terrorism
    The Saudi Arabian government has contributed $135 million to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

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  • Kuwaiti Daily: The End of the Arafat Show
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  • Global Commentary and Think Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):

  • Arafat's Victory Tour
    An editorial in yesterday's New York Times claims that "Yasir Arafat, leaving Ramallah for the first time in five months, did not call for more 'martyrs.'" The Jerusalem Post notes that "during visits in Nablus and the Balata refugee camp, Arafat was warmly received when he declared that the Palestinians are prepared to sacrifice 'millions of martyrs for Palestine.'" (
  • Why Israel's War on Terrorism is Working - Jonathan Chait
    Trying to protect Israel from suicide bombers by dampening Palestinian despair, rather than fighting terrorism directly, is like safeguarding your house by trying to give every potential burglar in town a well-paying job rather than installing an alarm. The Palestinians may never really accept Israel's right to exist, but they may make peace if they conclude that destroying Israel is impossible. (Slate-MSN)
  • Nine Wars Too Many - Thomas L. Friedman
    Some Palestinians, and Mr. Arafat is among them, have not abandoned hope of establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza today -- through diplomacy and armed struggle -- and a Palestinian state in pre-1967 Israel tomorrow -- through a baby boom and securing the right of return of millions of Palestinian refugees. So let's cut the nonsense that the only thing that all Palestinians want is an "end to the Israeli occupation." I wish that were true. (New York Times)
  • Why They Fight - Because It Works - Charles Krauthammer
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  • Not Friend or Foe - Daniel Pipes
    The Saudi kingdom's rulers see themselves as leaders of the billion or so Muslims worldwide and the vanguard of a movement that eventually will vanquish and replace Western civilization, which they dismiss as corrupt and doomed. This outsized ambition derives in part from the Saudi state being "protector of the two holy places," the cities of Mecca and Medina. In part, it emerges from Wahhabism, the extremist vision of Islam that predominates in Saudi Arabia. (New York Post)
  • Jordan's King Abdallah Calls for PA Reforms
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  • Talking Points:

    From Prime Minister Sharon's Address to the Knesset, May 14, 2002

    In my talks in the U.S., I made it known that Israel wants to enter into peace negotiations and will do so as soon as two basic terms for the establishment of a genuine peace process are met:

    • The complete cessation of terror, violence and incitement.
    • The Palestinian Authority must undergo basic structural reforms in all areas -- security, economic, legal and social -- while maintaining complete transparency and organizational responsibility.
    Whoever wants peace must understand that there is no choice -- there can be no peace with a corrupt, rotten and dictatorial regime of terror. It must be a different Authority!

    When these two basic terms are met, we will be able to enter into a settlement in stages:

    • A lengthy intermediate stage in which relations between us and the Palestinians will be determined.
    • Afterwards, after we see how the Palestinians build their society and self-governing administration, after we are convinced that they are for a true peace -- then we will be able to advance toward discussions on determining the character of the permanent settlement between us and them.

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