Date: Wed, 29 Jul 98 13:02:52 CDT
From: MER FlashBack <MER@middleeast.org>
Subject: Arafat, CIA, Israelis Working Closely Together - MER FlashBack
[Washington, 4/12/97 - MID-EAST REALITIES Editorial] Joint US-Israeli
efforts to quash the latest
still further divide the Palestinians and the Arabs from each other
are frantically proceedingmostly behind the scenes of course.
What is going on in public is once again primarily for public relations purposesjust like during all those years of State Department negotiations which Oslo turned on their head.
Behind the scenes the Palestinian Authority's screws are being turned
ever further, even while all sides in the region continue to arm and
prepare for future confrontation. With his monies dependent on U.S.
and Israeli giving, and with his rule dependent on the monies and the
support it can buy, Arafat is essentially cornered and is
likely to be pulled apart as the future unfolds.
Such, of course, may well have been the Israeli intention all
along end the Intifada, discredit Arafat and destroy the PLO,
imprison and demoralize the Palestinian population, manipulate world
public opinion, push the U.N. out of matters realting to Israel as
much as possible, control the policies of the USA as much as possible,
penetrate the Arab world with economic, intelligence, and even
military ties. In short: control and dominate the region with American
help and with increasing interaction with the ever-more-fearful Arab
client-regimes of the areaespecially the Hashemites of
Jordan, the al-Saud's in Saudi Arabia, and the quasi-military
government of Egypt.
The main result of Netanyahu's recent lightning visit to the U.S., coupled with that of the long-collaborating Hashemite King of Jordan, was to come up with ways to further twist Arafat into complying with the role he accepted in the Oslo and Cairo agreements of recent years.
Arafat, and the
Palestinian Authority he has established with
American and Israeli assistanceincluding the recently discovered
secret $150 million bank account in Tel Aviv for flight into exile
should that prove necessaryare continually being forced to
comply with the unenviable role of policing Palestinian areas (call
autonomous rather than
ghettos) and repressing all
Palestinian opposition (call it
terrorism rather than
fighting occupation). No matter what Arafat says in public, the
underlying realities of the nearly impossible position he has allowed
his people to be cornered into continually causes crisis in the
Among other specific things, Arafat has been forced in the past week
to promise once again that he would take still further steps to
actively work with Israel against
terrorism. Helping the
Israelis round up some of the Hamas cells in 1997 is reminiscent of
the help provided a long year and a half ago to assassinate
Engineer in Gaza, even though Arafat then turned right around and
felt compelled to attend the massive funeral.
Security Coordination between Israel and the Palestinians has been
Renewed - following a secret meeting between the head of the Shabak
and Yasser Arafat was the front-page headline in Israel's largest
circulation paper, Yediot Acharonot, a few days ago.
In addition, it has also leaked out that the head of the CIA in Tel
Aviv recently summoned three of the PA's top
security chiefs to
a meeting which included the head of Israeli intelligence earlier in
the week. With these things already known, imagine what must be going
on that isn't yet known!
Additionally it is believed that Netanyahu made it quite clear to Bill
Clinton during their private meeting in Washington that the Israelis
will not be deterred from implimenting their interpretation of
Oslo which in fairness to the Israelis is far closer to the
actual text of the agreements as signed than is the PA
interpretation. The surrender nature of the Oslo and Cairo texts was
in fact the major reason persons such as Edward Said immediately began
harshly criticizing what Arafat had done, even to the extent of
publicly labeling him a
collaborator. Now the veracity of the
critics is becoming more undeniable, hence the attempt by Arafat to
pretend that the agreements say something other than what they do.
Furthermore, among the behind-the-scenes realities are that the Israelis have enough blackmail capabilities against the Clinton Administrationthe most Israeli-infiltrated and Israeli-oriented government in American historyto assure themselves that no serious U.S. pressure will ever be applied come what may.
All the talk in the press about
saving the Peace Process,
coupled with the spate of newspaper statesments from various Jewish
and Arab groups funded by their respective sides, are aimed in the end
to once again pressure and trick the Palestinians into once again
buying into the American-sponsored
Yet right from the startback in the tension period of the
post-Gulf Warthe so-called
peace process was always in
domination process. It was always designed, and
continues to have as its primary purpose, to end the Intifada by
exhausting and demoralizing the Palestinians, while at the same time
consolidating the hold of the American-sponsored Arab
client-regimes in the region. And it continues to have as its
primary purpose portraying the Americans as
peace, when in fact it is precisely the Americans who
make possible Israeli expansion, Palestinian subjugation, and regional
Expect more crisis and violence ahead as what is essentially a
multi-tentacled plot to destroy the Palestinian quest for
independence, entrench the Arab
client-regimes, and assure U.S.
and Israeli regional domination marches foreward.