Thursday, August 18, 2005

Today's "Disengagement" Forecast...

With the destruction of Jewish communities and expulsion of Jews from their homes in the Land of Israel in full swing, let's take a look at some of the reactions from around the world, as they can shed some light as to what to expect in the short and long-term future:

US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice:
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday said that while she feels for evacuated settlers Israel will be expected to make further concessions that would ultimately lead to an independent Palestinian state.

"Everyone empathizes with what the Israelis are facing," Rice said, but added "It cannot be Gaza only."

Such steps would include loosening travel restrictions in the West Bank and withdrawing from more Palestinian cities.

Let us not forget that the United States is Israel's "best friend". With friends like these...

King Abdullah II of Jordan:
During his meeting with Senators, King Abdullah II said "Frankly, we in Jordan should stand up to any plan that aims to deprive the Palestinians of their right to return to their homeland or to establish their independent state on Palestinian soil, and nowhere else."

Israel has a signed "peace treaty" with Jordan. I'm sure that by calling for the Right of return, Jordan only has Israel's best interests at heart.

The United Nations:
Banners declaring "Gaza Today, the West Bank and Jerusalem Tomorrow" have been prominently displayed throughout Gaza since last week, as the Palestinian Arabs revel in the Jews' departure.

The tag line on the banners reads "Paid for by the United Nations Development Program," and bears the official symbol of the world body, reported The New York Times.

UNDP representative Timothy Rothermel admitted to Fox News that his organization had indeed provided the "Palestinian Withdrawal Committee" with financial aid to communicate its propaganda to the general population.

The banner suggesting the Palestinian Arabs would soon "liberate" Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem from the Jews was "prepared by the disengagement office with financial support from the United Nations Development Program," Rothermel said.

Rothermel argued that the slogan is "consistent with the relevant UN resolutions and Security Council resolutions about the status of Palestine."

This follows in the wake of Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Dan Gillerman's pathetic pleading with the member nations to be nicer to Israel in the wake of "Disengagement":
"It is time for the United Nations to acknowledge Israel's actions," Gillerman said. "We hope that in the United Nations there will be no more business as usual as far as the Middle East is concerned... No more Israel-bashing, no more ongoing resolutions which keep repeating themselves time after time."

Israel hopes Annan will show his support for the disengagement "in a very real way," he said. Though Israel isn't seeking resolutions of support for the pullout from either the Security Council or General Assembly, he said, "we would be very happy" to get them.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal declared on Wednesday that the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank marked the beginning of the end of the Zionist dream in Palestine.

"The resistance and the steadfastness of our people forced the Zionists to withdraw," he boasted. "The resistance is capable of ending the Israeli occupation and achieving all our rights. The armed struggle is the only strategy that Hamas possesses."

"We will continue the struggle until we liberate all our lands. This is an important day for the Palestinians and proof that the armed struggle has born fruit."

Asked about Hamas's future plans, Zahar said: "Neither the liberation of the Gaza Strip, nor the liberation of the West Bank or even Jerusalem will suffice us. Hamas will pursue the armed struggle until the liberation of all our lands. We don't recognize the state of Israel or its right to hold onto one inch of Palestine. Palestine is an Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims."

All in all, here is how the future forecast for Israel looks: Cloudy, with a very good chance of raining mortars and Qassam rockets, and it appears as if there's an incoming terror storm on the horizon. Looks like it's going to be more of the same for the foreseeable future, so bundle up, stay indorrs and avoid crowded places...


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