By Dr. Abdul Ruff
Today the global terrorist nations, pretending to be the democracies, have pounded the Islamic world. Israel does not want to give up the stolen lands of the Palestinians and hence it keeps killing them. After celebrating the 60 anniversary of Israel on Palestinian lands, Israel has also celebrated the New Year 2009 with terrorist bombardments in Palestine.
In the globalizing world, the external war mongers for domestic political purposes are feeling quite safe and comfortable. UN and UNSC, the ICJ in The Hague are silent about US genocides in Afghanistan, Iraq and else where, Indian genocides in Kashmir and Israeli genocide in Palestine; in stead of pulling out by force the Israeli political and military leadership, and members of armed forces to bring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity, the world bodies play silent observers role with occasional comments. This promotes state terrorism by anti-Islamic nations, world wide.
Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire in June. Israel wants the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and is extremely wary of becoming embroiled in a military operation in Gaza with no clear exit strategy. Hamas needed the truce to relieve the catastrophic economic strain imposed by the Israeli siege and to consolidate its control over Gaza. And so, for very different reasons, the two sides found themselves negotiating — not directly, because neither side recognizes the other — but through an Egyptian mediator. But in the past few weeks the cease-fire has all but broken down.
The violence began days after a six-month truce expired between Israel and Hamas, and as Israel was preparing for a general election in February. The exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has called for a new intifada, or uprising, against Israel, while the movement’s Gaza leader, Ismail Haniya, called the attack an “ugly massacre”. Earlier, a raid destroyed a science building at the Islamic University in Gaza.Analysts said this was the single deadliest day in Gaza since Israel’s occupation of the territory in 1967; although no independent confirmation is available of the numbers killed.
State Terrorists do Justify
As the truce came to an abrupt end, as per the US-Israel agenda, the two leading candidates to become Israel’s next prime minister, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Likud party leader Binyamin Netanyahu have vowed if elected to topple the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, in Gaza. And the Israeli tanks and infantry have entered Gaza after nightfall on Jan 3 Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be “lengthy operation” in a widening war on Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Iran or any other Islamic nation cared not to stop the Israeli misadventure by force, but only try diplomatically.
The Israeli government is actively misleading the public, since Israel could have put an end to the rockets a long time ago. Indeed, there was relative quiet during the six-month truce with Hamas, a quiet that was broken most often as a reaction to Israeli violence: that is, following the extra-judicial execution of a militant or the imposition of a total blockade which prevented basic goods, like food stuff and medicine, from entering the Gaza Strip.
Likud party leader Binyamin Netanyahu, whose right-wing Likud party is currently ahead in the polls, meanwhile called for a more “active policy of attack”, accusing the current government of being too “passive” and he wants quick wars in Palestine and finish off Hamas. “In the long-term, the toppling of the Hamas regime is inevitable.” Israeli security officials said the operation was likely to go on for several days, but that the objective was not to reoccupy Gaza. Israel has massed forces along the border and has declared the area around the narrow coastal strip a “closed military zone”. The US refused to back a Libyan-drafted demand for an immediate truce.
The US terror ally, Israel has warned that its “all-out war” on Hamas could last for weeks. It has massed tanks on the Gaza border, authorized the call-up of 9,000 reservists and warned of a ground invasion. The Jewish state has called up tens of thousands of reservists and the military’s chief spokesman estimated the operation in the Hamas-run territory could take “many long days”. Humanitarian agencies said the plight of the 1.5 million Palestinians crammed into the Gaza Strip is growing more desperate. People have taken shelter in their homes for days and water, food and medical supplies are running short. Palestinian president & PLO chief Mahmud Abbas threatened to abandon peace talks with Israel so as not to support its deadly “aggression” against Gaza.
It is no surprise that USA supports another state terrorism in Islamic world, but what is stunning is the fact the Islamic world, especially the Arab nations, have taken the greatest Israeli terrorism in Palestine as a usual thing and carry on with their usual business with the western countries. On Jan 03 at least 10,000 people packed London’s Trafalgar Square in the biggest of a series of rallies at home and abroad demanding an end to the military action. French President Nicolas Sarkozy will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank on Jan05.
It has become a routine matter that Palestinians are killed according to a US-Israel scheme so that the Jews continue to occupy and expand it stolen territories in Palestine.. As Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and Western-backed Palestinian president Abbas are on the way out of office, both Israel and Palestine are going to have poll to elect their respective leaders soon.
Actually, an ally of all-powerful Israel does not need any specific cause to terror attack Palestine. Now Israel talks about a hidden mission. Israeli general elections are likely to be held on 17 February 2009. With foreign minister Tzipi Livni sitting on his right and defence minister Ehud Barak on his left, he declared: “It may take time, and each and every one of us must be patient so we can complete the mission.” Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was not fighting the people of Gaza but was in “a war to the bitter end” with Hamas, which has ruled it since 2007. Livni insisted that Israel does not intend a wholesale takeover of Gaza, which is home to 1.5 million Palestinians. “Our goal is not to reoccupy” the strip, she said.
Rather than continuing the truce, the Israeli government has once again chosen to adopt strategies of state terrorism, very akin to India terrorism in Kashmir or US terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. Only, the Israeli ones are much more lethal. In just three minutes and 40 seconds, sixty Israeli F-16 fighter jets bombed 50 sites in Gaza, killing more than 200 Palestinians, and wounding close to 1,000 more.
Olmert has never publicly disclosed the terms he discussed with Abbas, but sources say he went well beyond what Israel agreed to at the Camp David talks of 2000, previously the closest approach to a deal. I’m told Olmert offered to support the groundbreaking concession of allowing thousands of Palestinian refugees to “return” to Israel over a period of years; he also agreed to divide Jerusalem between Israel and Palestine. Abbas, like Yasser Arafat at Camp David, refused to sign on to a compromise that the world would have hailed.
Earlier, Olmert badly miscalculated in launching the 2006 offensive against Hezbollah. Gaza has cost many lives and subject Israel to another round of international opprobrium while distracting attention from the more serious threat of Iran. Despite his bold intentions, Olmert proved unwilling or unable to stand up to the Jewish settlement movement in the West Bank; his government failed to dismantle even those outposts it has repeatedly declared illegal. Israel’s new battle with Hamas in Gaza means that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be remembered for fighting two bloody and wasteful mini-wars in less than three years in power. The first one, in Lebanon during the summer of 2006, punished but failed to defeat or even permanently injure Hezbollah, which is politically and militarily stronger today than it was before Olmert took office. This one will probably have about the same effect on Hamas, which almost certainly will still control Gaza, and retain the capacity to strike Israel.
As it stands now, Israel considers its prerogative to terror attack Palestine and kill innocent people there, including old people, women and children. None has the authority to halt the anti-Islamic brutality.
Today Muslims are seen no better than their counterparts in other religions, Christianity, Judaism or Hinduism. They lie, cheat, terrorize, kill, torture, engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities as other shameless do in democracies and autocracies.
Today the anti-Islamic forces, cutting across their religious colors, have placed a perpetual siege of Muslims and threatened Islam. There are so many Islamic nations under foreign occupation and brutality culminating in regular genocide and UN and UNSC are controlled by non-Muslim states that also behave like anti-Islamic nations. Palestine, Kashmir and Chechnya are most important among them.
Israeli terrorism in Palestine showcases the will of anti-Islamic nations to attack and kill innocent Muslims freely. It vindicates the notion that neo-imperialist trends dictate terms to the divided Muslim world. The way the UN, UNSC watch the show by getting information form Tel Aviv about the emerging political trends in Israel.
Muslim countries, their governments, their leaders, officials, other agents take bribes and promote that malicious practices quite voluntarily. Tony Blair lost his premiership mainly owing to serious corruption scandal involving Saudi officials in dealing with contracts. Look at this! Saudi Arabia is the land from where Islam originated and many sacred valuables including Two Holy Mosques. They also promote corruption against equality of opportunities against Islam. They promote the occupation of anti-Islamic forces in Makkah and Madina.
Only difference is that many Muslims do pray to gain God’ sympathies and support as well for whatever atrocious things they perform, on their own or under pressure from other religious forces on payment basis. They don’t even know their prayers have been spoiled by the anti-Islamic forces by taking their bribes.
Arabs seem to be playing some hidden game. Hamas called on Arab and Islamic countries “to unite and stop this aggression, lift the siege, open the crossings and rebuild Gaza.” Meanwhile, UK premier Gordon Brown has called for an urgent ceasefire amid the “humanitarian crisis” in Gaza. Britain is donating £5 million towards humanitarian aid in the crisis-stricken region. The Quartet of Mideast peacemakers – the United States, the United Nations, the EU and Russia – has called on Israel and Hamas to implement an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and southern Israel.
The Israeli action has sparked anger across the Arab world. Protests have been held in countries including Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as in a number of European capitals. At the UN, the Security Council joined international calls for restraint by urging an end to all violence between Israel and Gaza. Israel remains undeterred. Hamas government has vowed to fight “until the last breath” if Israel makes good on threats to send ground troops into Gaza after rejecting calls for a truce and pressing on with its air assault. In a defensive and defiant televised speech, the head of the Hamas government, Ismail Haniya, vowed Israel would be defeated. “We in Hamas are ready for all scenarios and we will fight until the last breath,” senior official Mushir al-Masri said as warplanes pounded Gaza for a fifth day and the Palestinian enclave’s Islamist rulers hit back with rockets.
Islamic world is yet to take common stand, if at all they want, on the issue foreign invasions and genocide of Muslims. Islamic world is yet make an honest attempt to ensure food security for every Muslims in the world. Unfortunately, Muslims seek guidance and solace in other religions around. It is not a surprise that all anti-Islamic nations, their media re against Muslims, but what is shocking is the fact, rather crude, that even many Muslims are also against Islam. That is problem the Islamic world is facing now.
Not by Resolutions alone
All these years of UNSC resolutions and peace efforts have only made Israel a state terrorist with Western support and aids. The recent Israeli terrorism was also well timed because of the political vacuum in the U.S. In Washington, officials have been urging Israel to refrain from an invasion or other operations in Gaza during the White House transition. The air attack on Gaza has shattered that hope. The saddest aspect of all this is that Olmert, a former hard-line believer in a “greater Israel,” was more committed than any previous Israeli prime minister to ending the country’s conflicts with Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Thrust into office in January 2006 by the incapacitation of Ariel Sharon, Olmert won his own mandate by promising to unilaterally withdraw Israeli soldiers and settlers from most of the West Bank. In the end all Olmert got was U.N. Resolution 1850, passed Dec. 16, that endorsed a two-state solution without any specifics. Olmert may well go to prison on the corruption charges that have forced him from office. In order to gain sympathy of the hawkish Israeli politicians Olmert has launched, perhaps the last, terrorist operation on defenseless Palestinians.
However, Olmert is doing exactly what other Jewish leaders have done in the past; genocides in Palestine. The first round of latest attacks took the toll of five days of air strikes to 400 plus, mostly civilians, and nearly 2,000 wounded. The UNSC draft resolution “strongly condemns all military attacks and the excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by Israel, the occupying power, which have led to the death and injury of scores of innocent Palestinian civilians, including women and children.” It also “calls for an immediate ceasefire and for its full respect by both sides..”
International criticism of the offensive has increased steadily, but Israel maintains the offensive is aimed at stopping the rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza that have traumatized southern Israel. On Jan 03, Arab nations once again demanded that the UNSC, a known notorious organization, call for an immediate cease-fire following Israel’s launch of a ground offensive in Gaza, a view echoed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. observer told reporters. Mansour said 3,000 Palestinians have been killed and injured since Israeli warplanes starting bombing Gaza a week ago. More than 480 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and four killed in Israel.. Ban reiterated his call for an immediate cease-fire and urged regional and international partners “to exert all possible influence to bring about an immediate end to the bloodshed and suffering”. The secretary-general said the Israeli ground operation is complicating efforts by the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers — the U.N., the U.S., the European Union and Russia — to end the violence. France’s U.N. Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert who is also the incumbent president of UNSC since Jan..1 echoed Ban asked to go back to the political track. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delayed his arrival until Tuesday so he can meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the West Bank.
The bombardment has raised concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza, a tiny, aid-dependent territory of 1.5 million people that has been crippled by Israel’s blockade. The Red Cross said a breadline queue in driving rain at the only bakery in a refugee camp at Gaza’s Jabalya stretched back 300 meters (yards). Since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead, some 6,500 tones of aid have been transferred at the request of international organizations, the Palestinian Authority and various governments, the defense ministry said. Several Arab (Islamic) countries cancelled New Year’s Eve festivities in solidarity with Gaza. In the occupied West Bank, celebrations, low-key at the best of times, were particularly subdued.
The 15-member council then met behind closed doors to discuss a proposed presidential statement that would also call for all parties to address the humanitarian and economic needs in Gaza, including by opening border crossings. The five permanent council members — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — along with Libya, the only Arab nation on the council, then met privately to discuss possibly issuing another press statement. Ban telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and said he was disappointed that Israel launched a ground offensive and “alarmed that this escalation will inevitably increase the already heavy suffering” of Palestinian civilians, “We need to have from the Security Council reaction tonight to bring this latest addition of aggression against our people in Gaza to an immediate halt.”
Israeli leaders bluff. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni justified Israel’s rejection of a truce in the fighting in Gaza because the humanitarian situation is not dire. In an interview with the US television channel ABC, she said the overthrow of Hamas “is not the goal of the current operation, but at the end of the day, Gaza controlled by Hamas is a problem to Israel, a problem to the Palestinians and a problem to the entire region.” Defence Minister Ehud Barak underlined that Israel was “determined to enlarge and deepen” the scope of its military operation “until we have achieved the objectives we have set for ourselves.” As a result, there was no let-up in the violence in Palestine. Israel said that among the targets hit was a mosque in Gaza City.
But Olmert is not the only one to blame. President Bush hosted a Mideast peace meeting in Annapolis last year but never fully invested himself in Olmert’s attempt to negotiate with Abbas. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to the region 16 times in 21 months but proved feckless as a broker. Arab states proclaimed their commitment to peace with Israel as part of a two-state settlement but were unwilling to take any tangible action to make it happen. Then, a dramatist Bush quickly kept himself away for the state resolution and slammed Hamas in order to dislocate the mission.
Why terrorism now?
Pressed by USA, Israel sent terror troops into Gaza, killing thousands already. Emphasizing the mere three minutes and 40 seconds it took to bomb 50 sites is just one of the ways the Israeli military aims to restore its international reputation. Of course, Israel has demonstrated efficacy of its weapons systems and in a way invited global quotations for orders. From 1967 Israel’s military occupied the Gaza Strip and Jewish settlers built communities within the territory. Israel withdrew in 2005 but has kept tight control over access in and out of Gaza and its airspace. Attacks over the Gaza-Israel border regularly put the truce under strain with both sides blaming each other for unprovoked violations.
Even after killing about 3000 innocent Palestinians, Israel still has dismissed international calls for a 48-hour halt to its Gaza offensive as unrealistic, even as French diplomats had called for the suspension to give Hamas a chance to halt their rocket fire. Thousands of ground troops, backed by tanks and artillery, were in position along the border and Israeli aircraft have kept up a relentless string of air-strikes with the most recent raids smashing a government complex, security installations and the home of a top militant commander.
But what exactly is Israel’s mission? USA and government officials in Tel Aviv just bluff claiming the attempt to halt the firing of Qassam rockets into Israel’s southern towns as the only objective and the USA supports that argument. If the Israeli government really cared about its citizens and the country’s long term ability to sustain itself in the Middle East, it would abandon the use of violence and talk with its enemies.
Reasons could several but all point to the killing of Palestinians. Ever since the ratings of the Kadima fell low against the Likud party, Tel Aviv was preparing for Gaza operation since June 08. Supported by the Republican Party, Israel is keen to have Obama sucked in the new problem in Mideast. In terms of election-politics, Israeli attack on Gaza may have boosted politicians’ ratings in Tel Aviv but has left President Abbas a political orphan. Israeli terrorism has exposed the nasty behavior of the western world preaching respect for human rights and international law.
It appears, the “mission” includes a few distinct objectives. The first is the destruction of Hamas, a totally unrealistic goal. Hamas is a robust political movement with widespread grassroots support, and it is unlikely to surrender or capitulate to Israeli demands following a military assault. Ironically, Israel’s attempt to destroy Hamas using military force has always ended up strengthening the organization, thus corroborating the notion that power produces its own vulnerability.
Israel does not want the new Obama administration to continue with Palestine issue, supporting its genuine cause. His failure represents another missed opportunity for Middle East peace — and probably means that the incoming Obama administration, like the incoming Bush administration of 2001, will inherit both a new round of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed and a new Israeli government indisposed to compromise. The front-runner for prime minister in the Israeli election scheduled for February is Binyamin Netanyahu, who aspires to indefinitely postpone Palestinian statehood — and to use military force against the Iranian nuclear program. If Netanyahu is elected, Barack Obama will be more likely to preside over a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations than a Middle East peace.
Another objective has to do with Israel’s coming elections. Kadima Party wants to project itself as the terrorist party dealing with Hamas sternly. This would send out signals needed for poll prospectus of the party trailing behind the Likud leader Netanyahu in the opinion polls. Livni and Barak would gain upper h and in the population for a PM’s slot. The assault on Gaza is also being carried out to help Kadima and Labour defeat Likud and its leader Binyamin Netanyahu, who is currently ahead in the polls. It is not coincidental that Netanyahu’s two main competitors, Livni and Barak, were invited to the press conference – since, after the assault, it will be more difficult for Netanyahu to characterize them as “soft” on the Palestinians. The third objective involves the Israeli military. After its notable humiliation in Lebanon during the summer of 2006, the IDF has been looking for opportunities to re-establish its global standing. Last spring it used Syria as its laboratory and now it has decided to focus on Gaza.
If US-Israel combine challenges the Islamic or other UNSC-5 members to fight with Israeli forces, there is some point; Islamic world will not and cannot fight with USA. UNSC won’t support any Islamic nation.
If the US-Israel are trying level best to provoke Iran to retaliate to Israeli terror strikes on Palestine, that makes some sense, but Iran can wait for a few more weeks now in stead of sending scuds to Israel now.
Also, Hamas and Fatah have not yet reached any agreement regarding how to proceed when Mahmoud Abbas ends his official term as president of the Palestinian National Authority on January 9. One of the outcomes of this assault is that Abbas would remain in power for a while longer since Hamas will be unable to mobilize its supporters in order to force him to resign.
India has been watching the Israeli brutalities to learn new tactics to kill Kashmiris. If a country has power and enough weapons and the support of UNSC-5 members, it can do any havoc on any nation, not necessarily Islamic. Israel has al these three favors and it terrorizes Palestinians, adding more casualties every day, while USA fuels the conflict with anti-Palestine and pro-Israeli statements.
Israel is one of those countries amazing weapons arsenals at the cost of living standards of the people. Some 40 percent Israelis are living below one dollar a day, but Israel has amazed weapons toilets at their expense and kill the innocent Palestinians to keep the Jews in good humors, as India has been doing in Kashmir. Indian strategists keenly observe the development possibly to apply the Israeli logic in Kashmir.
Expansionist Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will have left office in month’s time with thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers under construction in occupied territories belonging to Palestine. Olmert, like Ehud Barak eight years ago, will end his term as prime minister by bombing rather than liberating Palestinians. Another Israeli terror attack and another set of mass funerals for Palestinians demanding their lands now occupied illegally by US friend Israel.
But the powerful world is unserious. A stubborn and arrogant Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the cabinet conditions were not yet ripe to halt the bombardment, launched in response to persistent rocket fire from the territory that Hamas has run for a year and a half. It looks Israel has embarked on a veritable adventure and it would be deadly for the Jews if Israel decides to invade Gaza. All efforts by various sources to obtain peace in Mideast have ended in a draw with abetting Israeli terrorism in Palestine. Indeed, even as the Israelis say the operation is continuing, Egypt was among the diplomatic casualties. Cairo had played host to Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Dec. 25. Like Bush, she took the opportunity only to criticize Hamas for its rocket attacks. The silence of her Egyptian hosts is now being seen by Palestinians as indirect collusion with Israel, damaging Cairo’s ability to play mediator.
Furthermore, although in the contest for primacy between Hamas and Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas, as the victim of this episode, emerges as the victor in the eyes of Arabs and Palestinians. Already, elements of Abbas’ own Fatah Party, the bulwark of the PA, are campaigning against the security cooperation with Israel and talking about boycotting meetings with the Jewish state. But one cannot take their assertions seriously enough.
It is high time UN and UNSC and other relevant world bodies come out with a proposal to separate polls from state terrorism. UN and UNSC prove themselves to be the most notorious of all organizations and nations. It would be a challenge for Obama to uphold his election promises of resolving Palestine and Kashmir issues for permanent peace in the regions. Tel Aviv following Delhi’s Kashmir policy is on its way to deprive 1.3 million Gazans caged in 328 square kilometers of their legitimate rights. However, history shows that like Bush-Olmert Georgia misadventure, Gaza will also fail because following Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir and FATA world wants change. Gaza will liberate Palestine. Israel perhaps thinks Palestinian blood is very cheap. Perhaps it will soon realize that it very costly and it will have to pay a heavy price for Islamic blood.
The Arab peace plan remains a document only for references. Bush has made a mockery of his own peace efforts by denouncing Palestinians and praising Jews in Israel last year celebrating the 60 anniversary of Israel, sincewhen thousands of Palestinians have been killed. This writer had put forward a suggestion for the Islamic world in general and Arab nations in particular, to consider establishing an Islamic Security Organization ISO), or Arab Security Organization (ASO) with the participation of all like-minded Muslim nations to defend the genuine interests of Muslim world and global Muslims. It is shocking that Islamic world has not yet comprehended the truth that they are under seige of a very serious nature from anti-Islamic forces, and the terrorism plank they ahve promoted thus far could ruin them all, if the Muslims still refuse to wake up.