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Aerial Salute for Israel
Ynet reported that in honor of Israel's 56th, a team of Air Force planes performed an
aerial salute spanning the entire country. The planes first flew over the President's
residence in Jerusalem; then made an appearance over the Tel Nof Base; on to the Technical
Base in Haifa; at noon the team swept over the Ramat David Base; and in the afternoon it
finally landed at the Hatzerim Base in the Negev.
Israelis Protest Gaza Pullout Plan
By VOA News & IsraelNationalNews.com
More than 100,000 Israelis rallied Tuesday in the Gaza Strip to protest Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw all Jewish settlements from the territory. The
demonstration in the Gush Katif settlement bloc coincided with Israeli Independence Day
celebrations. Protesters said they hoped Sharon's disengagement plan would be defeated
Sunday in a Likud party vote.
Police for lack of room turned several other tens of thousands back. Large traffic jams
- 4.5 miles long - in some cases - were registered throughout southwestern Israel, but, as
the Gush Katif website Katif.net reported, "The people who were stuck in traffic did not
honk and did not lose their tempers. Those who came to show solidarity with Gush Katif did
so in the belief that this is what must be done at this time, and that it doesn't matter
whether they actually made it or not."
Minister Natan Sharansky (Likud) was able to make it by car - taking four hours for a
two-hour trip from Jerusalem - but Minister Effie Eitam had a slightly different
experience. The traffic jam proved too much for him, and like many others, he parked his
car near Kibbutz Be'eri and walked to the Kisufim Junction entrance into Gush Katif, six
Recent polls show only a slight majority of Likud party members support the plan, which
opponents say rewards Palestinians for terror. But Sharon said Israel's military response
to terror attacks would be much harsher after the pullout. Earlier Tuesday, Israeli
defense forces killed two Hamas militants in a West Bank refugee camp.
A Dispassionate View of the Sharon Plan: The Ethnic Cleansing of Jews
By David Bedein, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency (Commentary)
The Sharon Plan will be voted on in an unprecedented referendum which will take place
among the 200,00 members of the Likud Party in Israel this coming Sunday [May 2]. This is
no internal election. The Sharon Plan has become a hotly debated news item in Israel and
throughout the world.
Essentially, the vote on the Sharon Plan will provide the first referendum on the 11
year Oslo process. Whatever the result, the situation in Israel will radically change. If
the Sharon Retreat Plan is ratified, the precedent will be established for the Israeli
government to uproot Jewish communities.
A new government will be formed. The architect of the 1993 Oslo process, Shimon Peres,
once again the leader of Israel's Labor Party, will again assume the post of foreign
minister. The Oslo process will continue. If the Sharon Plan is rejected, the Oslo process
will be dead in the water.
Yet what is even more newsworthy, given the charged emotions that this debate has created, is the fact that very few people across the political spectrum in Israel, and even in the media and diplomatic corps represented in Israel, have bothered to read the Sharon Plan. Even though it is posted on the official web site of the Israeli Prime Minister, at http://www.pmo.gov.il, I repeat, few people have taken the time to read the Sharon Plan.
Likud Party Chairman and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had promised to mail out a
copy of his plan to all of the Likud voters. Well, if you take a dispassionate view of the
plan, you will understand why he did not send it out.
The Sharon Plan is officially called the "Disengagement Plan," because, according to
the preamble to clause 1, section 1, "Israel has come to the conclusion that there is
currently no reliable Palestinian partner with which it can make progress in a bilateral
peace process." The preamble goes on to say that "In order to break out of this stalemate,
Israel is required to initiate moves not dependent on Palestinian
cooperation...Accordingly, it has developed a plan of unilateral disengagement."
In other words, after 12 years of negotiations with the PLO, the Israeli government has
reached the solemn conclusion that the negotiations have failed completely, and that the
PLO is indeed at war with the state of Israel. After more than 22,000 terror attacks and
almost 1,000 people murdered in cold blood by Palestinian Arab terrorists in less than
four years, that would be a seeming understatement. [1,500 Jews have been murdered since
Oslo in 1993, with tens of thousands injured - many maimed for life.] Yet the paragraph
that follows the preamble of the Sharon Plan is a seeming non sequitur:
The Sharon Plan's answer to the PLO terror campaign is that "There will be no Israeli
towns and villages in the Gaza Strip" and that "upon completion of this process, there
shall no longer be any permanent presence of Israeli security forces or Israeli civilians
in the areas of Gaza Strip territory which have been evacuated." Why retreat in the face
of PLO adversity? No reason is given.
The plan offers an analysis, however, which states "The relocation from the Gaza Strip
and from Northern Samaria will reduce friction with the Palestinian population, and
carries with it the potential for improvement in the Palestinian economy and living
Why would the Israeli government suddenly state that Jewish communities in Gaza and
Northern Samaria are a "source of friction"? No reason is given. Why would it improve the
economy and living conditions to abandon Jewish homes and farms? Again, no reason is
given. After all, the Jewish communities in Gaza and Northern Samaria did not replace a
single Arab family nor do they encroach on any Arab owned land. They were, in fact, built
on vacant land not owned by any individuals, be they Palestinian, Jordanian or Egyptian
after 1967 Six Day War.
The Sharon Plan does state that now "There will be no basis for claiming that the Gaza
Strip is occupied territory," a specious claim that no government of Israel has ever
accepted, since Israel does not define itself as a foreign "occupier" of any area of the
historical land of Israel.
The Sharon Plan continues with a statement that seems to belie the preamble that the
PLO is not a "reliable Palestinian partner" by stating that "the hope is that the
Palestinians will take advantage of the opportunity created by the disengagement in order
to break out of the cycle of violence and to reengage in a process of dialogue."
Why would an Israeli abandonment of Jewish communities cause the Palestinians to "break
out of a cycle of violence"? It got them all of Gaza and will result in the deportation of
Jews. Since the majority of the Palestinians in Gaza, who live in the squalor of UN Arab
refugee camps, are nurtured by the ideas of the "right of return" to liberate lands where
their Arab villages existed in 1948, why would Israel's dismemberment of Jewish
communities established on lands where no Arab villages were lost in 1967 satisfy their
Meanwhile, another premise of the Sharon Plan is that "the process of disengagement
will serve to dispel claims regarding Israel's responsibility for the Palestinians in the
Gaza Strip." So why does the plan continue to obligate Israel to provide water pipes,
electricity, industrial zones, markets and employment to sustain the Palestinian Arab
economy of Gaza?
In the words, the Sharon Plan promises that the "Infrastructure relating to water,
electricity, sewage and telecommunications serving the Palestinians will remain in place"
and that " In general, Israel will enable the continued supply of electricity, water, gas
and petrol to the Palestinians, in accordance with current arrangements. Other existing
arrangements, such as those relating to water and the electro-magnetic sphere and economic
arrangements shall remain in force". These arrangements include, inter alia: i. The entry
of workers into Israel in accordance with the existing criteria; ii. The entry and exit of
goods between the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Israel and abroad; iii. The monetary regime;
iv. Tax and customs envelope arrangements; v. Postal and telecommunications arrangements.
Meanwhile, Israel will continue to operate The Erez industrial zone, situated in the
Gaza Strip, which employs some 4,000 Palestinian workers." So what the Israeli Prime
Minister's office describes as a "disengagement plan" does anything but disengage Israel
from the Palestinian Arab population.
For whatever reason, the Sharon plan assumes that the PLO will abandon its terror
campaign. The plan says, "When," and not "if" "...there is evidence from the Palestinian
side of its willingness, capability and implementation in practice of the fight against
terrorism and the institution of reform as required by the Road Map, it will be possible
to return to the track of negotiation and dialogue."
While the premise of the Sharon plan is that the PLO will not fight terrorism, and with
evidence that the PLO continues to run a system based of corruption, what basis does the
Sharon plan have for any assumption that the PLO will "fight against terrorism" or
institute any "reform"? There is no answer.
And when it comes to security issues in other areas, the Sharon plan promises to
"evacuate an Area in the Northern Samaria Area (the West Bank) including four villages and
all military installations, and re-deploy outside the vacated area. The move will enable
territorial contiguity for Palestinians in the Northern Samaria Area "while Israel will
improve the transportation infrastructure in the West Bank in order to facilitate the
contiguity of Palestinian transportation." Israel will provide them buses as they blow
Does this also mean that abandoned villages and military installations will be handed
over to a PLO that is "not a reliable peace partner"? Once more, since the Sharon Plan
defines the PLO as maintaining a state of war with Israel, why does the same Sharon Plan
provide the PLO with the strategic assistance of "territorial contiguity"? No answer is
given as merrily we roll along.
Meanwhile, the Sharon Plan mandates that the Gaza Strip "be demilitarized and shall be
devoid of weaponry, the presence of which does not accord with the Israeli-Palestinian
agreements." However, the Sharon Plan does not even allude to the fact that the PLO
violated all previous agreements in this regard and refused to implement the agreement
with Israel to have their personnel vetted by Israel. Did Sharon forget that the PLO
increased against the Oslo agreement the size of the agreed upon security force from 9,000
in 1993 to more than 50,000 by 1995, ignoring protestations of the government of Israel?
The Sharon Plan that demilitarizes Gaza provides no process to disarm the PLO armed forces
now in Gaza.
And what does the Sharon Plan mandate in terms of Israeli security? The Sharon Plan
asserts that " Israel reserves its inherent right of self-defense, both preventive and
reactive, including where necessary the use of force, in respect of threats emanating from
the Gaza Strip." Incredibly, Israel's right to pursue terrorists into Gaza is not
mentioned anywhere. They can shoot at us but we may not go after the terrorists.
As far as the security situation in the West Bank is concerned, the Sharon Plan states
that "upon completion of the evacuation of the Northern Samaria Area, no permanent Israeli
military presence will remain in this area," while another section states that " Military
Installations and Infrastructure in the Gaza Strip and Northern Samaria will be dismantled
and removed, with the exception of those which Israel decides to leave and transfer to
another party ..."
Does that mean that the PLO security forces, described in clause 1 of the Sharon Plan
as "not a reliable peace partner," will now inherit Israel's abandoned IDF military bases?
Why would Israel cede military installations to an entity with who it is in a state of
The Sharon Plan also states that "In other areas of the West Bank, current security
activity will continue" and that "...as circumstances permit, Israel will consider
reducing such activity in Palestinian cities..." and that "Israel will work to reduce the
number of internal checkpoints throughout the West Bank."
So here we have a situation where Israel moves its forces out of cities and reduces
checkpoints and is expected to maintain mobility to respond to the PLO terror war. Perhaps
the most amazing issue of all is that the Sharon Plan agrees to provide "advice,
assistance and training" to "the Palestinian security forces for the implementation of
their obligations to combat terrorism and maintain public order, by American, British,
Egyptian, Jordanian or other experts, as agreed with Israel."
The Sharon Plan ignores Israel's decade-long failed experience with security assistance
that Israel facilitated for the PLO. The Sharon Plan ignores how military training
facilitated by Israel and western countries for the PLO was abused to conduct a terror
campaign against Israel in every part of the country for the past four years. The U.S.
State Department trained Palestinian policemen for "security" who then used that training
to kill Israelis.
The Sharon Plan goes on to say that "Israel will be willing to consider the possibility
of the establishment of a seaport and airport in the Gaza Strip, in accordance with
arrangements to be agreed with Israel." Did Israel not try that already? And weren't guns
and rockets smuggled in?
In terms of Israel's border area between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, (called the
Philadelphia Route), the Sharon Plan only states that "Initially, Israel will continue to
maintain a military presence along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt" and that
"...subsequently, the evacuation of this area will be considered.... dependent, inter
alia, on the security situation and the extent of cooperation with Egypt in establishing a
reliable alternative arrangement."
Why "initially" and "subsequently?" Does Israel expect that situation on the Egyptian
border to change? Will weapons continue to be smuggled through tunnels on Egypt's
frontier? And how does the Sharon Plan deal with the fate of the 25 Israeli communities
that it has slated for abandonment? Three generations of families who worked hard and
built productive lives on vacant sand dunes to make a thriving agricultural community? The
Sharon Plan makes no mention of the property rights, human rights or civil liberties of
the residents and landowners in these communities.
Instead, the Sharon Plan relates only to the property values of Jewish owned property
in terms of how they might help their new occupants, stating that "Israel will strive to
leave the immovable property relating to Israeli towns and villages intact," while "Israel
reserves the right to request that the economic value of the assets left in the evacuated
areas be taken into consideration" and that "The transfer of Israeli economic activity to
Palestinians carries with it the potential for a significant improvement in the
Palestinian economy." In other words, terrorism pays.
But worse still, the Sharon Plan does not take into account that only the leadership of
the PLO would likely take this property for themselves, irrespective of the economic needs
of the Palestinian society. The record of corruption of the highest levels of the PLO is a
matter of public record throughout the world.
Instead, the Sharon Plan states that "Israel proposes that an international body be
established (along the lines of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee), with the agreement of the
United States and Israel, which shall take possession from Israel of property which
remains, and which will estimate the value of all such assets." In other words, the
Israeli government has decided to implement a process designed to confiscate the private
property belonging to thousands of people, without any mention of the human rights, civil
liberties or the property rights of people who have the rightful deed to their homes,
businesses and farms.
Instead of recognizing the rights of landowners of the Israeli communities scheduled
for abandonment, the Sharon Plan offers hundreds of Israeli homes to the PLO, stating that
"Israel will strive to leave in place the infrastructure relating to water, electricity
and sewage currently serving the Israeli towns and villages."
Finally, The Sharon Plan envisions continued international support for the PLO , " in
order to bring the Palestinians to implement in practice their obligations to combat
terrorism and effect reforms, thus enabling the parties to return to the path of
negotiation." And if the support for the PLO continues and the terror does not cease? What
then? The Sharon Plan provides no answer.
So there you have it. The text of the Sharon Plan speaks for itself: Ethnic Cleansing
of Jews, strengthening of the PLO, and no disengagement whatsoever. This is not a
disengagement plan. This is a plan of hasty retreat that doesn't even include a request of
the Palestine Authority to stop endorsing the murder of Jews from their government's
Public Broadcasting Corporation shows. What sanctions are listed if the PLO does not
comply? Is this not worse than the Oslo Accords?
Rebuilding the Temple: A Reader's Reply
By Frances Cohen
Lamarr Jones.. You are not alone in your idea of a Third Temple. There is an orthodox
Jewish group that is actively planning for the day when this Third Temple will be built.
You might know that some extremists in the '80s tried to blow up the mosque where the
original Holy of Holies stood. They were arrested.
The Israeli government has no plan to encourage its construction. It's told that in
1967 when the Israelis recaptured the Old City of Jerusalem, a member of the IDF put an
Israeli flag on the mosque. He was ordered to remove it by Moshe Dayan. Many years ago,
resident Muslims blocked up the Golden Gate of the Old City to try to ensure that the
Messiah, as predicted in the Scriptures, would not be able to enter. They also built a
cemetery in front of the gate with the same thought. The blocked wall and the cemetery
I think that most Jews today realize that the world is not ready for G-d to dwell in
his Temple. It is Jewish thought that we, mankind, must repair the world first. It seems
that we are not doing a very good job of it, does it? Many people, Jews and Christians
alike, are coming to the understanding that Western civilization is being threatened, and
that we are all living in a time where we can personally make a difference. Lamarr, have
you visited the Holy Land? In spite of all the strife, all of us should go and see
miracles that are unfolding there everyday!!! Also, I'd like to ask Israel Faxx readers:
IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE LISTENING?????
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