IMRA'S WEEKLY COMMENTARY ON ISRAEL NATIONAL RADIO - 27 March 2003
Aaron Lerner Date: 27 March 2003
(Broadcast in English on Thursday nights at 10:00 PM on 98.7 FM and on 1539
AM throughout Israel - recording available on
http://www.IsraelNationalNews.com and www.IsraelNationalRadio.com)
If anyone thought Abu "use all means against settlers" Mazen was going to
turn a new page as the PA's new prime minister, consider who he wants to
bring in as "Interior Minister" to handle the official Palestinian security
forces: Mohammed Dahlan, the former head of the Palestinian Preventive
Security forces in the Gaza Strip.
And who do the Americans suggest make sure Dahlan behaves: the CIA.
Sound familiar? Well it should. Because that's exactly the fiasco we had
Under Dahlan's leadership the elite Palestinian Preventive Security forces
played a key role building the Palestinian terror infrastructure -
contracting the manufacture of illegal weapons. And instead of fighting the
illegal militias, Dahlan's Palestinian Preventive Security forces
coordinated and directed the terrorist activities of the illegal militias.
And what did the CIA do? To the CIA's credit they did an excellent job
training a generation of Palestinian snipers. The problem was that instead
of using their skills to fight Palestinian terrorists, these CIA trained
snipers have been murdering Israelis ever since.
And how did the CIA do in its role of monitor?
The CIA faces a tremendous conflict-of-interest challenge when put in the
"monitoring" role. The CIA is involved in American efforts to deal with
terrorists impacting American interests around the world and the Palestinian
security officials have intimate contacts and relations with their terrorist
brothers around the world. The CIA ignored illegal Palestinian activity in
return for Palestinian information and assistance relating to other
It should also be kept in mind that the CIA's mandate is not to serve the
truth but to serve American interests. When it serves American interests to
proclaim that night is day, up is down or that the Palestinians are in
compliance the CIA will do just that.
Speculation? Hardly. Representatives of the CIA were sharing pitas and
coffee with Palestinian security officials while they were busy coordinating
and directing terrorist operations and weapons producing projects. The CIA
didn't expose the operations - Israel did.
The Dahlan-CIA combination was a formula for disaster during Oslo that would
be only worse under the Road Map in its current version. A plan to
immediately strip Israel of the right to self defense as the Palestinians
make some declarations and possibly a few photo opportunities on their way
to a sovereign independent terrorist state under the "see know evil, hear no
evil speak no evil" supervision of the CIA.
Let's be clear on this: the Road Map isn't a minor issue. It isn't something
Israel can concede now due to extenuating circumstances and rectify later.
The Road Map, without major and critical revisions, is a straight jacket.
The Jewish State paid a dear price - both physical and economic - due to the
Oslo fiasco. I can only shudder to think of the price we may have to pay if
shortsighted leaders sacrifice our futures by accepting the current Road
If you think it was bad when Israeli security forces were able to stop most
terrorists before they even came near their targets, imagine what it will be
like when the terrorists will be able to attack from inside a sovereign
state as they exploit the protection of a human shield of various observer
And if you think the economy suffered when tourists and investors thought
twice about Israel thanks to Oslo terror just consider what foreigner would
put their tourist bodies or investment dollars in a country under the
constant mortar, Katyusha rocket and Kassam missile fire that waits for us
down the Road Map.
The challenge for leaders is to know when an issue is simply too important
to concede. Menachem Begin did it when he ordered the bombing of the Iraqi
reactor - knowing full well the costs Israel faced for the then unpopular
move. The same goes today for rejecting the current version of the Road Map.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
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