Monday, November 14, 2005
Condi In Wonderland
Secretary Rice now says - with a straight face- that a `Palestinian' state will enhance Israel's security! I wonder who writes her material.
Rice calls for a Palestinian state | WORLD | NEWS | tvnz.co.nz
What's even more bizarre is that her statement occurred as an IDF force intercepted a Palestinian band approaching the goods terminal for Palestinian exports armed with explosive devices and a recoilless grenade launcher. One terrorist was killed and two seriously injured in the second Palestinian attempt in two days to blow up the Karni terminal with Israeli personnel. Palestinians also shot a Qassam missile at the Sderot-Yad Mordecai sector outside Gaza.Every single visit by a US secretary of state to the region on a peacemaking mission has been accompanied by a ritual of a Palestinian terror attack.
After being essentially rebuffed by the Saudis after asking them to please curtail the financing of jihad and terrorism in the West and in the US in particular, Condi traveled north to Israel to lend her efforts to the push to get Israel to `make a deal' on the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.
The sticking point has to do with the Palestinian's rejection of any kind of monitoring by Israel of what is coming in, a very real concern in view of the ongoing terrorist attacks against Israel originating from Gaza, the total lack of control by the Palestinian Authority and the orgy of weapons smuggling that occurred after Israel withdrew from Gaza...exactly what opponents of the `disengagement' predicted.
At first, the Palestinians and Israelis agreed to have EU monitors stationed at the crossing, but the Palestinians balked at the idea of the EU monitors having any power to stop anyone or anything. The Palestinians also have refused even to allow CCTV cameras to monitor the crossing in real time for the Israelis.
Rice and EU external affairs executive Xavier Solana keep pushing hard for Israel to relent on its demand for security cameras to relay images of Rafah arrivals incoming from Sinai. They also continue to demand that all the Gaza-Israel crossings remain open amid continuous Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israeli personnel!
I wonder how the US or the EU would react to `open border crossings' with a terrorist state on their borders.
Complicating the issue is a fresh Palestinian demand for a presence on the Kerem Shalom crossing from Egypt which is wholly located in Israel territory. The Palestinian demand is in line with its ambition to move Israel back to the defunct 1949 lines rather than the borders they themselves endorsed in the 1994 Oslo interim peace accords. This would entail enlarging the Gaza Strip by adding slices of the Israel Negev. The Israelis had better find the spine not to knuckle under, for their own safety...and for the sake of the legitimacy of any agreements they make with the Palestinians in the future.