Egypt Revising the Camp David Accords

by Jonathan D. Halevi

On March 12, 2012, Dr. Mohamed Al-Saed Idris, Chairman of the Arab Affairs Committee in the new Egyptian Parliament, presented the committee's official outline of Egypt's regional policy.

The committee's operative recommendations called for an official definition of Israel as an enemy, severing diplomatic relations, full support for the armed struggle against Israel, re-adoption of the total boycott of Israel, raising the issue of Jerusalem in the international arena, and a review of Egyptian nuclear policy.

In its eyes, Israel is the foremost enemy of Egypt and the Arab and Islamic world, and the peace agreement with it (the Camp David agreement) is considered a dead letter.

Egypt is setting itself on a collision course with Israel, using the Palestinian issue in all its aspects - including Israeli military operations against Palestinian terrorism as well as Israeli policy in Jerusalem or the West Bank - as an excuse for direct Egyptian intervention.

Defining Israel as a "major enemy" means building a military capability to deal with the "Israeli threat," including an attempt to deny Israel any advantage in the nuclear field and/or the development of Egyptian nuclear weapons.

At present, the new Egyptian political leadership cannot translate these policies into actions. But this situation is likely to change after the presidential elections on May 23-24 and the establishment of a new civilian government. (It is a well know secret that any agreement Arabs sign with Israel is just tactical maneuvering in preparation for the next war!)

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

The current state of Jewish communities and Israel reminds me a Soviet era joke: “I need a medical specialist - what I hear, I can’t see; what I see, I can’t talk about; when I talk about it, nobody wants to hear.” Disunity, assimilation, lack of a national goal and absence of leadership are existentially eroding our future. Does anyone care?

No Truce if Terrorism is Disallowed

The combined Egyptian-Israeli-Hamas effort to negotiate an early ceasefire in the current round of Palestinian-Israeli violence ran into the ground Monday, March 12. The Egyptian mediator tried unsuccessfully to introduce a clause obliging Palestinian terrorists to withdraw from Sinai and stop using the peninsula as a launching-pad for attacks on Israel.

Infants Moved to Bomb Shelters

Ashkelon’s Barzali Hospital is moving children and mothers to bomb shelters and is sending home as many patients as possible as the Gaza missile bombardment continues and moves northward. (Almost all houses and flats in Israel are built with a bomb-shelter room)

‘Righteous’ Turkey Attacked Kurds

Turkish warplanes launched a series of air strikes on Northern Iraq late on Tuesday. The region is home to several bases used by Kurdish separatists from the PKK that Ankara regards as terrorists - and frequently targets with its military. (Turkey, outspoken critic of the Assad regime, has been suppressing and waging war against its Kurdish and Armenian minorities for a long time)

Obama Pastor Endorses March on Jerusalem

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who was US President Barack Obama's pastor for 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side, has endorsed the planned "March to Jerusalem". It follows on the heels of the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Doha Conference in Qatar, a two day long effort to demonize Israel and deny Judaism’s more than three thousand year connection to Jerusalem.

Ceasefire Only Applies to Israel

On Monday, Cairo claimed a ceasefire it brokered had gone into effect. On Tuesday, the Palestinians fired 13 rockets and mortar shells without an Israeli military response. An Iron Dome anti-missile battery intercepted one of the two incoming Grads before it landed in Beersheba. (Maybe it is time to realise that ceasefires with Arabs do not work and to implement a more effective solution to the conflict - the Sinai Option: Road to Permanent Peace)

Americans, not Obama, Love the IDF

More than 1.300 business and philanthropic leaders donated $26 million at Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF) dinner in New York. IDF Chief of Benny Gantz thanked the supporters and told them, “This is very important for us to know that we are not alone.”

Hamas Furious Over Lack of Al-Jazeera Coverage

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri wrote on his Facebook page that Al-Jazeera's coverage of events in Gaza showed a "bias against Palestinians". He also described Al-Jazeera's coverage as "downplayed and hashed over," saying they were not taking the story "seriously." (One may wonder, is the terrorism an attention seeking exercise in order to squeeze funds from Iran, Saudi Arabia and others interesting in instability in the Middle East parties?)

Hypocrisy of the Headlines:

“Israel must end impunity of violence by settlers” - www.independent.co.uk - Really, this is the main cause of the problem. What about tens of thousand of rockets fired from Gaza, endless attacks with knives and stones at Jews perpetrated by Arabs, so-called Palestinians and Israeli ones?

Best and Brightest Compete for Annual Intel Prize

Fifty-six Israeli teenage finalists who carried out 52 different projects in the exact, natural, computer and social sciences and humanities are participating in the 15th annual competition. The development of a patch to give medications via electrical signals through the skin instead of swallowing them; a robotic nurse that hands out drugs to the elderly at the correct time and dosage; determination of the type of forest trees that consume less water are just some of the projects. Winners will be announced at the Knesset.

10 Point Program of the PLO

Political Program Adopted at the 12th Session of the Palestine National Council - after the Oslo Agreement! This is still an active plan, which PA, Fatah and Hamas are pursuing!

The Palestine National Council,

On the basis of the Palestine National Charter and the Political Program drawn up at the eleventh session, held from 6-12 January 1997; and from its belief that it is impossible for a permanent and just peace to be established in the area unless our Palestinian people recover from all their national rights (who cares about Jewish rights) and, first and foremost, their rights to return and to self-determination on the whole of the soil of their homeland…:

1. To reaffirm the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s previous attitude to Resolution 242 (which Arab rejected), which obliterates the national right of our people and deals with the cause of our people as a problem of refugees. The Council therefore refuses to have anything to do with this resolution at any level, Arab or international, including the Geneva Conference. (Must Israel obey those international resolutions, which do not allow Israel to fight her enemies effectively and to end the conflict?)

2. The Palestine Liberation Organisation will employ all means, and first and foremost armed struggle, to liberate Palestinian territory and to establish the independent combatant national authority for the people over every part of Palestinian territory that is liberated. This will require further changes being effected in the balance of power in favour of our people and their struggle. (This has been successfully implemented)

3. The Liberation Organisation will struggle against any proposal for a Palestinian entity the price of which is recognition, peace, secure frontiers, renunciation of national rights, and the deprival of our people of their right to return and their right to self-determination on the soil of their homeland. (Why does not Israel do this for the Jewish people?)

4. Any step taken towards liberation is a step towards the realisation of the Liberation Organisation’s strategy of establishing the democratic Palestinian State (we have seen their kind of democracy) specified in the resolutions of the previous Palestinian National Councils.

5. Struggle along with the Jordanian national forces to establish a Jordanian-Palestinian national front whose aim will be to set up in Jordan a democratic national authority in close contact with the Palestinian entity that is established through the struggle. (it means all Palestine, including Jordan)

6. The Liberation Organisation will struggle to establish unity in struggle between the two peoples and between all the forces of the Arab liberation movement that are in agreement on this program. (Hamas and Fatah are in agreement with the program but far from united, as are most Arabs/Muslims)

7. In the light of this program, the Liberation Organisation will struggle to strengthen national unity and to raise it to the level where it will be able to perform its national duties and tasks (Terror against Israel).

8. Once it is established, the Palestinian national authority will strive to achieve a union of the confrontation countries, with the aim of completing the liberation of all Palestinian territory, and as a step along the road to comprehensive Arab unity. (Interesting that Fatah, claims to be a secular organisation, supportive of creating Islamic caliphate!)

9. The Liberation Organization will strive to strengthen its solidarity with the socialist countries, and with the forces of liberation and progress throughout the world, with the aim of frustrating all the schemes of Zionism, reaction and imperialism. (but, motivated by greed for oil and anti-Semitism, the Western democracies continue to support this hideous movement)

10. In light of this program, the leadership of the revolution will determine the tactics which will serve and make possible the realisation of these objectives.

The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation will make every effort to implement this program, and should a situation arise affecting the destiny and the future of the Palestinian people, the National Assembly will be convened in extraordinary session. (When will Jewish leadership start to talk about the destiny of Jewish people?)