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>JN Jan. 22, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 14
Congress: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestinians Cooperate for War
(Courtesy of Arutz-7 Radio)
A congressional task force report warns Syria, Iran, Iraq and the
Palestinian Authority are cooperating in preparation for war with
Syrian President Assad and Saddam Hussein of Iraq met secretly to
this end last spring. Other secret meetings have been held between
the Syrian government and the Palestinian Authority, including
agreements that the Palestinian police and other "armed elements"
will cause "flare-ups in the Israeli interior in case of an
escalation in the north."
In an exclusive interview with Arutz-7 correspondent Yedidya Atlas,
Congressman Jim Saxton (R- N.J.), who heads the Task Force on
Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, said that the American
administration is making a mistake in not relating to the
possibility of a breakout of war in the Middle East with more
Saxton said, "Because the American people want to hear that the
peace process is succeeding, it becomes less difficult for the
administration to brush aside possible threats to Israel, rather
than deal with them directly."
According to this report, there is a clear and present danger to
Israel and the Israeli people. "By watching the policies of the
former Israeli government and the current policies of the U.S.
government, one would think that things are just wonderful and that
we have nothing to worry about in the Middle East, and all we have
to do is make agreements like Hebron and everything will work out
fine," Saxton said.
"But those of us in this Congressional Task Force believe the facts
that are presented in this report... and that the [Clinton
Administration] should recognize that the reality may not be the
same as it would prefer to see."
Excerpts from the Congressional Task Force report:
"The Middle East may well be on the verge of a major regional war.
Numerous sources in the region report that the supreme leaders --
both civilians and military -- in most Arab states, as well as in
Iran and Pakistan are convinced that the present vulnerability
of Israel is so great that there is a unique opportunity to, at the
very least, begin the process leading to the destruction of Israel.
"These circumstances are considered to be a historic window of
opportunity the Muslim world should not miss. Toward this end,
several Arab states, as well as Iran and Pakistan, have been
engaged in a frantic military build-up and active preparations in
the last few months.
"In late May 1996, Teheran demonstrated how seriously Iran takes
the possibility of dispatching forces to the Israeli front. Iran
conducted its largest military exercise ever -- Velayat. The
essence of Velayat was a multiple corps deep offensive in the
aftermath of a long range advance identical to the distance between
Iran and Israel. The objective of Velayat was to confirm Iran's
ability to send a strategically effective expeditionary force --
the Velayat Force -- to contribute to a regional war against
high-quality armies. The primary intended objective of the exercise
"In mid-June, Iran and Syria signed a major agreement specifically
for the codification of their military cooperation against Israel. By
mid-August, Iraq was brought into this framework with the
establishment of a tripartite "joint command" specifically aimed to
expedite the preparations for, and conduct of, "a major war against
"In late September, the Palestinian factor was added to the joint
preparations when the Palestinian Authority entered into a major
military agreement with Syria. Significantly, this agreement is
between the PA, and not the PLO, and Syria, thus explicitly
committing the Palestinian forces in the territories.
"The essence of the agreement is for the Palestinian police forces
and other armed elements to flare-up the Israeli interior in case
of an escalation in the north... In return, Syria will provide
weapons and advanced training to PLO units in the refugees camps in
southern Lebanon units disarmed as part of the Israeli-Lebanese
"Meanwhile, the PLO's preparations for an imminent war are evident.
In Gaza, Arafat ordered the marked acceleration of the building of
a personal command bunker, four stories deep. Moreover, the PLO is
rapidly building all over Gaza a chain of command centers,
ammunition and weapons-storage areas -- all of them underground and
well fortified to even withstand Israeli bombing and shelling. The
PA's security services are also accumulating large stockpiles of
anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, including missiles, even
though they are forbidden by the Oslo Accords."
According to Israeli Arab-affairs and Israeli-intelligence
journalist Ehud Ya'ari, "Some of the best brains in Israeli
intelligence believe that Arafat is heading for a huge
confrontation down the road," as opposed to their previous
assumption that Arafat has no option other than cooperation
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