Newsletter : 5fax1214.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Dec. 14, 1995, V3, #227
All the News the Big Guys Missed
For subscriptions or back issues, please contact POL management
Some Syrian Newspapers are Praising Peres
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Syrian newspapers are sounding optimistic ahead of US Secretary of
State Warren Christopher's visit tomorrow. There were some
rare words of praise for Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Usually, just before a visit by Christopher, Syria's state-run
media carries tough editorials blaming Israel for any snags or
delays in the negotiations. This time, the editorials sound upbeat
about prospects for resuming talks that have been suspended since
June. One newspaper even praises Peres for his attitude toward
State television carried excerpts from Peres' speech to Congress,
especially when he stressed his determination to make peace with
Syria and Lebanon. The state-run Tishrin newspaper highlighted
Peres' comments that peace with Syria is more important than
winning elections. The Baath Party newspaper says Peres'
consultations with President Clinton have rekindled hopes for
realizing a comprehensive peace.
Analysts in the region have suggested there is a narrow window of
opportunity in the aftermath of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination when
the political will on both sides may be more receptive to
Syria has never deviated from its original demand Israel return
all the Golan Heights, which it seized in the 1967 Six Day war.
Israel wants Syria's commitment to normalized relations first.
Syria remains the key to a comprehensive Middle East peace, but
the talks have lagged behind the other tracks.
The Secret War Against the Jews
Book Review by: Yehuda Poch
(Mark Aarons and John Loftus, St. Martin's Press, New York, 514
pp., notes, bibliography)
Since just after World War One, and the Balfour Declaration,
Western intelligence services have acted against Israel in the
pursuit of closer ties with the oil-rich states of the Arabian
Peninsula and Persian Gulf. This despite the publicly stated
policies of their governments. In this book, the authors document
how these illegal activities on the part of the intelligence
community were carried out which has targeted Israeli and Jewish
interests throughout the world.
Evil leads to evil, and over the next seven decades, the scandals
and cover-ups became so monumental as to include the President of
the United States, most of his cabinet, and even the Prime Minister
The involvement of the USS Liberty in the Six-Day War is documented,
and blamed on the American tilt toward the Arabs. The positioning
of the Liberty provided the Arabs, specifically Egypt, with
intelligence on Israeli troop movements, which assisted in the
planning of an Egyptian counter-attack through holes left in the
Israeli lines by troops who had been transferred to the Syrian
front. The reason for both American and Israeli silence about the
affair even after almost 30 years, is that to publicize the real
reason for the attack, and to launch a public inquiry, would mean
exposing the entire policy tilt initiated by the CIA, and the
illegal provision of intelligence to an enemy in war time.
In 1973, the delay in the American supply of arms to Israel, and
the failure of the CIA to tell Israel of the impending attack, is
blamed squarely on George Bush and Henry Kissinger. They wanted
Israel to either lose or sweat a little before winning, in an
effort to protect the oil supply. They also initiated the process
of actively destroying Israel's military advantage so that the
Arabs would be more inclined to continue supplying US oil.
I found the book to be quite detailed, and meticulously documented.
Due to the classified nature of many relevant documents, the source
notes need to be vague, but that does not diminish in any
noticeable way from the bombshells provided by the book. Many of
the major scandals of this century are discussed, including those
discussed above, as well as the Jonathan Pollard affair, the oil
crisis, the hostage crisis, American arms supplies to Syria and
Iraq, and American leaks of Israeli secrets to Egypt and Syria.
Very few Jews, even in political circles, are aware of just how
poorly the United States government actually treats Israel.
Legislators state their support for Israel, and they can be
believed. But it is the executive branch, the CIA, the
Vice-President, and their staffs, who pursue opposite policies
behind the backs of Congress. These policies are the ones that
have lasting effects on the security and safety of Israel and Jews,
not the statements of legislators.
Yet such awareness is important if we are to understand how to
interact with these agencies and government representatives. The
book should therefore be made required reading to all Jewish
bureaucrats, whether in government, the Diaspora establishment, or
lobbying groups. Additionally, it is important for Jewish students
to read this book. The future security of Israel, and of Diaspora
Jewish communities, rests on its acceptance as an important
contributor to the documented history of the 20th century.
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)