The Case Against
While the dramatic drop
in 2004 terrorist activity is attributed, mostly, to IDF’s
re-engagement with major towns in Judea & Samaria (J&S), the
Oslo-driven “disengagements” have ignited an unprecedented wave of
Palestinian terrorism. Each square inch ceded to the Palestinian
Authority (PA), since 1994 has become the largest terrorist base in
the world, a safe haven for Islamic terrorists, a platform of
anti-US and anti-Jewish PA terrorism.
The creation of the PA
has inspired anti-US terrorism in the Mideast and beyond. The July
2000 “disengagement” from So. Lebanon has propelled Hizballah from a
local to regional stature, plaguing US troops in Afghanistan and
Iraq and energizing Palestinian terrorism.
Abu Mazen – a chief
architect of PA hate-education, the engineer of PA co-existence with
Hamas and a Holocaust denier – does not represent a strategic
departure from past PA conduct.
advance terrorism, rather than peace. If the PA gets territory in
return for terrorism, why would it, or any other Arab party, conduct
terror-free negotiation with Israel?! While Mideast peace has been
driven by deterrence, “disengagement” (retreat) undermines
deterrence, and therefore fuels pressure and violence. Rewarding
terrorism with disengagement, would transform Jerusalem, Ben Gurion
Airport, Afula, Netanya and other major towns into a potential
President Bush’s call for
a total freeze of all settlements, his comment that “any final
status agreement [including the “claim of return”] will only be
achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes”, and his
refusal to finance the “disengagement”, confirm that “disengagement”
would not produce US dividends to Israel. His friendly statements
were not ratified or legislated by Congress, which merely passed a
Israel has not controlled
Gaza Palestinians since the 1994 “disengagement”. Therefore, the
“disengagement” would not impact at all Israel’s demography.
“Disengagement” would not
be financed by the US. It will increase budget deficit, avert
economic recovery, worsen unemployment, increase taxes, impose
government bonds, cut human services and infrastructure
symptomized the Oslo Process – land for terrorism, a setback to
intelligence-gathering, deterrence, pre-emption, and to the pursuit
of peace, a bottomless keg militarily, diplomatically and
academics deny Israel’s legitimacy, advocate its destruction, and
compare it with the Nazi and other worst regimes in history. They
also call for widespread insurrection and mutiny by Israeli soldiers
and support international efforts at boycotting Israel and
ostracizing the teachers and students of these universities
academic radicalism is common throughout the Western world, and is
not new in Israel where it dates back to prestatehood days, it is
particularly dangerous at present when Israel, not only surrounded
geographically by enemies as in the past, is also the subject of an
intensifying worldwide delegitimation campaign with a strong
anti-Semitic coloration. A new website, Israel Academic Monitor,
exposes the ongoing abuses by Israeli academics who, calumniating
Israel in their writings and in both domestic and foreign forums,
lend encouragement to the enemies of the state and provide a steady
stream of incendiary material that is regularly featured in
anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic websites and publications. Donors who
seek to help Israel by strengthening its academic institutions need
a better awareness of some of the objectionable things being done
with their money, and to condition their future contributions more
carefully. For Israel, the fight against radicals who condemn the
very society that grants them freedom, employment, and platforms to
express their views, while showing sympathy for the society’s
genocidal foes and striving to train generations who will think and
act as they do, is a fight of nothing less than existential
The Image of Evil:
The Bitter Experience of a Lecturer in Post-Zionist Academia
The article deals with distressing personal experiences, which the
author underwent as a result of the joint activity of two students,
an Arab (Fahdi Abu-Yunis) and a Jew (David Merhav), with the support
of an Arab lecturer (Dr. Assad Genaam), and with the approval and
encouragement of campus lecturers famous for their post-Zionist
The article focuses on their tendentious and well-coordinated
tactics and modus operandi intended to besmirch, denounce,
misrepresent and distort the words and the reputation of a lecturer
who is “not one of them” – i.e. who has different opinions – through
extensive use of the internet (in three languages), and with the
close active support of the irresponsible and unscrupulous media,
which neither checks, seeks to clarify nor relates to reality or to
the facts, but rather uses its unlimited power to establish and
disseminate clearly false accounts.
The article exposes the problematic nature of the preponderance of
media outlets, their pursuit of sensationalism and scoops, and the
absolute lack of responsibility for their publications, to the point
of genuine incitement and license to kill.
The article deals with the fanatic radicalism of the post-Zionists,
who seek to liquidate all who disagree with them, and all means are
legitimate in achieving this objective, including deceit, libel and
direct attacks. The affair also proves once again the
irresponsibility of the media. Also the Rector of the University has
summed up the investigation very clearly and unequivocally, the
media has its own devastating agenda, and the criminal is the hero.
anyone seeking to understand their modus operandi and the
methods, which they employ – my experience is enlightening.
Advanced Technology as a Force Multiplier
The term “Force
Multiplier” became current during the Cold War. The United States,
and its NATO allies, held that if war came to Europe, sophisticated
weaponry, based on advances in miniaturized electronics and
micro-computers, in which the West had the edge, could stop the
numerically superior Soviet forces, without resorting to nuclear
war. This philosophy led to the development of a wide range of
precision guided munitions and brought about the introduction of
advanced techniques for the handling of combat forces – C3I
(Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence). This last
development extended the meaning of the term from actual weapons to
other systems that enable a given force to work more efficiently.
While superior weapons (as compared to those of the adversary) do
constitute a force-multiplier, such superiority, and the advantages
it confers, may be very short lived if not exploited correctly and
decisively. On the other hand, better force management has longer
that could be defined as Force Multipliers face several problems.
Two of these are the skepticism of the various “Old Guards” and the
necessity of occasionally investing considerable resources in
indispensable support of these highly advanced systems.
Modern Force Multipliers
cover the whole gamut of military operations. These technologies can
contribute to better mobility of troops and the ability to penetrate
the enemy’s territory; efficient management of logistics and stocks;
operational planning; situational awareness under combat conditions
and data fusion of information from disparate sources; improved
unmanned vehicles for hazardous missions; improved survivability of
troops in combat, and when necessary, advanced and speedy treatment
of casualties and last, but not least, advanced weapon concepts.
Contrary to popular
perceptions, suitably tailored advanced technology can significantly
contribute in the so called asymmetric warfare (against less
technological foes), to the war against terrorism and also support
combat operations in urban warfare scenarios.
Finally it should be
borne in mind that there is a definite shift in the character of
technologies that are critical to efficient fighting. From pure
weapons, intended to physically harm the enemy there is a shift
towards the introduction of combat supporting technologies that,
although do not directly affect the enemy, nevertheless are vital to
the better management of the military effort.
Barak: “Syria is Not Ready For Peace”
Ever since the 1991
Madrid Peace Conference, for nine years, up to March 26, 2000 -
Israel held peace talks with Syria under four Israeli Prime
Ministers: Yitzhak Shamir, Yitzhak Rabin, Binyamin Netanyahu and
Syria obtained in these
negotiations full satisfaction of its most extravagant claims -
while Israel, the victorious and supposedly clever side - appeared
in these negotiations in a most clumsy manner. None of the facts
relating to the area under discussion, no international agreement,
no Security Council Resolution, were raised by Israel in support of
any one of her timid submissions. Vital interests of Israel gained
no hearing. Israel gave the impression of being grateful to Syria
for being so good as to talk to her.
present article tries to pinpoint the causes which led to the poor
performance and to the poor results.
Israel takes special
interest in that which is referred to as the “demographic problem”,
which deals with the quantitative ratio between the Jewish and Arab
populations in Israel. This article analyzes several fundamental
demographic concepts and details Arab and Jewish history in the Land
of Israel and the State of Israel from a demographic perspective.
Hundreds of articles have
been published in the Hebrew press on this topic, the decisive
majority of which report an increase in the percentage of Arabs
relative to the Jews or anticipate an Arab majority in Israel at one
point or another. Most of these prognostications have already proven
cross-checking the data leads to the following conclusions:
The element of
immigration and emigration are central to Jewish demography and of
great importance to Arab demography.
The trends in the Arab
birthrate were incorrectly assessed due to the Israeli
demographer’s European education and thought processes. Data
indicates that the trends in the Arab birthrate like those in
Europe and elsewhere perform in accordance with the Swedish model.
There is a conspicuous
decline in all components of the Arab birthrate between the
Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. This is part of a global
phenomenon, which especially applies to the Arab and Moslem
countries in the Middle East.
Data indicates that
since the end of the War of Independence, no significant change in
the quantitative ratio between the Jews and Arabs has transpired
in the State of Israel or between the Mediterranean and the
Jordan, and it turns out that there are many fewer Arabs residing
in Judea, Samaria and Gaza than previously assumed.
predictions of an Arab majority, to be actualized on various
dates, some of which have already passed, have proven fallacious.
There is no evidence
supporting the assessment that the Arab birthrate (Arafat called
it the “Palestinian womb”) will endanger the Jewish majority in
the foreseeable future.
Failure to curb the granting of residency and citizenship in the
State of Israel to Arabs from Judea and Samaria or from
neighboring countries is liable to alter the quantitative ratio
between Jews and Arabs in the State of Israel in the Arabs’ favor.