Shalom from Tel Aviv!
It is now top headlines. Israel has 100 nuclear weapons. (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 13, 1998) For more than 30 years there have been "rumors" that Israel "has the atomic bomb." But in Jerusalem never a word was spoken. The thinking of the Israeli government was that the best deterrent against Arab aggression was Israel's nuclear ambiguity. Let other nations talk, and Israel be silent. (Jerusalem Report, Mar. 5, 1998)
Secondly, Israel has never signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty because she has felt that this "ultimate weapon" was the only one that could keep mad Middle East dictators at bay. Therefore, it was in her best interest to refrain from revealing the hard facts.
But with this latest bout of fear that Iraq might fire chemical or biological weapons into Tel Aviv, Israel could no longer restrain herself. Watching the Israeli public panic, government officials began threatening severe retaliation with what the Jerusalem Report called "prophetic visions of devastation in the Euphrates-Tigris basin." (Ibid.)
Now a Washington study released on March 13th (J.P., Ibid.) reveals what every Israeli has known for years, even though he may be surprised at the large number of nuclear bombs. It must be remembered that two additional reasons for Israel's stockpile are Syria and Iran, both haters of Zion, and lovers of chemical and bacteriological weapons, and who have been patiently waiting for an opportunity to destroy the Jewish State.
AND NOW... THE LATEST THREAT
However, while Israel has succeeded thus far to hold back these fierce nations from invading the tiny nation, another threat from within the nation is growing by the day. It is the Palestinian Authority under the leadership of Chairman Yasser Arafat which is quietly but aggressively planning for war against Israel.
The prestigious Jane's Defense Weekly, considered one of the most reliable journals on weaponry, reports, "The Palestinian Authority is preparing for war against Israel in the event Yasser Arafat feels the diplomatic route has failed." (ICEJ, Mar. 12, 1998)
The London-based Foreign Report says the Palestinians have smuggled hundreds of rocket launchers and anti-aircraft missiles into their areas in preparation for a guerrilla war against Israel, should the peace process collapse. (Ibid.)
Using secret tunnels under the border between Egypt and Gaza, the Palestinians have smuggled "a couple of hundred" rocket-propelled grenades and a number of old SAM-7 anti-aircraft missiles.
There are constant reports coming in of Palestinians digging holes under main roads in Judea-Samaria which will be able to hold bombs to be set off against an Israeli tank advance. Meanwhile, the PA is preparing a civil defense infrastructure covering hospitals, water reservoirs and electric power. (Ibid.)
Time magazine also reports that the Palestinians have been smuggling in larger, forbidden weapons including, according to Palestinian officials, mortars, antitank missiles and even, one source says, a score of Katyusha rockets with a range of 12 miles. Authorities in Israel assume that several armor-piercing heavy machine guns recently stolen from Israeli army stores are in Palestinian hands. According to Israeli intelligence, the Palestinians have developed a formal war room that is mobile and headed by the overall military commander of the West Bank. The Israelis also report that the Palestinians, anticipating future casualties, have expanded trauma units and morgues. (Time, Feb. 2, 1998)
SMUGGLING ARMS OVER THE DEAD SEA
Time describes how The Palestinian Authority recently took inventory of all tractors and bulldozers in the West Bank which could be used to dig ditches and build other obstacles to slow an Israeli advance. They were wondering how to test their scheme, when a rare blizzard blanketed the West Bank with snow. The Palestinian authorities quickly seized the earthmovers under the pretense of clearing the roads. In fact, the action was a drill for war. (Ibid.)
At the beginning of March, a factory for the manufacture of Uzi submachine guns was discovered in Gaza. It is estimated that hundreds of guns were manufactured before the plant was closed. Israel sees the plant as part of an overall campaign to prepare for an armed conflict with Israel, a campaign that has included several attempts to smuggle weapons from Jordan over the Dead Sea, and the theft by a former Arab soldier dressed in uniform of an armored car from an Israeli outpost. (Arutz 7, Mar. 9, 1998)
In fact, the notorious Palestinian Authority Security Head, Jibril Rajub, attempted to organize the smuggling of anti-tank weapons via the Dead Sea, but was foiled. The large-scale Palestinian attempts to bring in more and more weapons, together with the building of many underground bunkers and concrete-enforced shooting points at the entrances to PA cities, are but a few of the indications that the Palestinians are industriously preparing for a war with Israel. (Ibid., Mar. 1, 1998)
WHAT ABOUT TERRORISTS WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS?
The Jerusalem Report articulates the greatest fear of all: "Rather than worrying about Syria's stockpiles of chemical and bacteriological weapons, it's worth remembering that these same weapons are also accessible to terrorists--to whom the threat of dramatic reprisals does not serve as a deterrent. From Tokyo, where nerve gas was released in the subway, to Portland, Oregon, where salmonella bacteria were scattered over foodstuffs in supermarkets, such weapons have already been used by small groups of fanatics." (J.R. Ibid.)
The fact is, Arab terrorism in Israel is constantly increasing. In 1996, there were 286 attacks, (meaning anything from a firebomb to suicide mass bombings.) In 1997, there were 463 attacks, and these statistics do not include the fatalities of the four day mini-war after an exit was dug for the Western Wall Tunnel. (J.P. Mar. 11, 1998)
Some 100 planned attacks have been frustrated including attacks planned at Jerusalem's largest mall, her amphitheater, planned kidnappings of mayors, attacks on railroads and at hitchhiking posts, explosive devices on a bypass road in Judea and Samaria, and car bombs such as was planned for the Diamond Exchange in Tel Aviv.
In case a full-blown guerrilla war takes place in Judea and Samaria, Israel's ownership of nuclear weapons is, of course, meaningless. War in Judea and Samaria can only be fought with conventional weapons--that is, from Israel's side. Jewish settlements are allover the mountains of Israel and both Jerusalem's and Tel Aviv's outskirts touch and extend into that area.
ISRAELI LEADER: "I MYSELF WOULD HAVE BEEN A TERRORIST."
Israeli politicians--on the right and on the left--are at a loss to know how to stop this growing threat. Last week, Ehud Barak, head of the opposition party and the man who will be running against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the next election, declared on TV that had he been a Palestinian, he too would have been a terrorist in Ramas or Fatah or Rizbullah. The uproar throughout Israel over Barak's statement has resulted in mudslinging in every direction.
The mayhem only increased when Iman Mahmud Kafishe, a Ramas terrorist on trial, quoted Barak in his own defense and said, "We, too, are soldiers in Ramas and we want to liberate Palestinian land and want to release prisoners. This is not forbidden. We are allowed to do this," he said. Kafishe has been charged with the deaths of at least 11 Israelis and the wounding of 49. They include five drive-by shootings, the kidnapping and murder of a soldier, and the bombing of the Apropos cafe in Tel Aviv a year ago. (Ibid.)
One Knesset member said that Barak has now "given the terrorists their new recruitment slogan." "A Palestinian youth listening to Barak might judge himself unpatriotic, if he is not a terrorist," said the Knesset member.
U.S. DEMANDS ANNULMENT OF PLO COVENANT
The rest of the world is also at a loss to know how to arrest the downward spiral of the deteriorating peach process. President Bill Clinton has repeated his oft-made demand that the Palestinians make null and void the PLO covenant which proclaims their goal to be the destruction of the State of Israel. This annulment was a central commitment of Arafat when he signed the Oslo accords. Yet the covenant has never been annulled or changed.
Article 15 says: The liberation of Palestine, from the Arab viewpoint, is a national duty to repulse the Zionist imperialist invasion from the great Arab homeland and to purge the Zionist presence from Palestine. . .
Article 19 says: The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of Israel is fundamentally null and void. . .
Article 20 says: The claim of a historical or spiritual tie between Jews and Palestine does not tally with historical realities. . .
Article 22 says: Zionism. . .is a racist and fanatical movement in its formation aggressive, expansionist and colonialist in its aims; and fascist and Nazi in its means. . .
ARAFAT ANNULS PLO COVENANT
Finally on January 22, Yasser Arafat gave US President Bill Clinton a document spelling out the articles of the PLO covenant in which he claims have now been amended or repealed, as stipulated in the Israeli-Palestinian accords. Arafat's letter to Clinton stated as follows: "All the previous articles of the covenant which are inconsistent with the PLO's commitment to recognize and live in peace side by side with Israel are no longer in effect."
The letter then lists the articles which Arafat says he nullified or revised (all except for articles 7, 24, 28, 29, 31, 32 and 33). He concludes: "These changes will be reflected in any [future] official publication of the covenant." (ICEJ, Jan. 23, 1998) Arafat gave Clinton the letter during a meeting he had with the President at the White House. US officials called the document an "important step for completing the process of revising the covenant."
There is only one catch that the US failed to mention. Article 33 reads as follows: “This covenant cannot be amended except by a two-thirds majority of all the members of the National Assembly of the Palestine Liberation Organization in a special session called for this purpose." No such assembly has been convened since the Oslo agreement!
UNIQUE DESCENDANTS CHOSEN BY ALLAH
Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group, explains it this way. This generation of Arabs on the West Bank has been indoctrinated with an implacable, irrational hatred of Jews and of Israel. Krauthammer gives one tiny example of an article in Arafat's official newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: The Jews who are ". . .a fraction of human kind--perceiving themselves to be of unique descent chosen by Allah to rule the world--spell doom for all nations on earth, emanating from [their] superiority complex, a complex of the new Nazism and the new racist Aryan race." (J.P. Mar. 10, 1998)
The columnist says that Arafat has raised a generation so thoroughly schooled in hatred of "Judeo-Nazis'--infiltrating, controlling and dooming the world--that it calls openly for genocide."
It is, therefore, no surprise at all that according to a Palestinian poll, 77% of all Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza support Saddam attacking Israel with missiles in the event of an American attack on Iraq. Thus, at the height of the most recent US-Iraq crisis, the Palestinians were burning American and Israeli flags and chanting, "Beloved Saddam, destroy Tel Aviv," and "powerful Saddam, strike with chemical weapons." (Ibid.)
"What then," says Krauthammer, "is the US administration's plan for rescuing a peace process so subverted by PLO hate and warmongering? Pressure Israel, of course."
Instead, he suggests that the world sit up and take notice when "the elite of Palestinian youth call for the mass murder of Jews--by gassing no less. . . ." "Land," he says, "can only be exchanged for peace, not land for empty air." To start with, he counsels Arafat to begin by teaching his young that the gassing of Jews is something not to be cheered. (Ibid.)
There will be no peace until the Prince of Peace. And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks... And never again will they learn war. (Isa. 2:4)