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Jerusalem Post special: THINK AGAIN--Time For Miracles

The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, "Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. "It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. "In that day," declares the LORD, "I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. "Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the LORD of hosts, their God. "In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem. "The LORD also will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah. "In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD before them. "And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. "I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. "In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. (Zechariah 12:1-11 NAS95)


UN calls for 'robust' armed int'l force in territories
By Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press - from the Jerusalem Post.com

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed Thursday for a "robust" armed international force to halt the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict but Israel said no and the United States said any Mideast solution must have the support of both parties. 

Annan told the UN Security Council that a multinational force large enough to take "decisive action" is essential to halt the deadly cycle of attacks and reprisals by Israelis and Palestinians and restore security. 

The Palestinians have been agitating for international observers since the latest upsurge in violence began over 18 months ago, and the Palestinian UN observer, Nasser Al-Kidwa, urged the council to quickly adopt Annan's proposal. 

But Israel has resisted, agreeing only to accept a small number of US observers to monitor a cease-fire. Immediately after Annan's speech, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said: "Israel cannot accept international forces here." 

Elaborating on a proposal he made last Friday, Annan told the council an international force was in the interests of both parties and he urged Israel and the Palestinians to cooperate with it. 

For Israel, he said, a force would help stop suicide bombings and place "an international spotlight on any extremist Palestinian groups that try to undermine a cease-fire by continuing to engage in terrorism." 

Israel's Deputy UN Ambassador Aaron Jacob disagreed. 

"An international force will not bring about an end to violence and terror. It might even aggravate the situation. On the one hand, it would not prevent terrorist attacks perpetrated from Palestinian territory. It would not prevent suicide bombings. On the other hand, it might become a hindrance to our efforts to root out terrorism," he said. 

The multinational force Annan envisioned would be put together by countries willing to supply troops and have "a robust mandate." Even though it would not be a UN force, Annan said the Security Council should authorize its operation under the UN Charter. 

Annan told reporters he "was encouraged by the response" to his proposal. The United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia have been working together to try to find a solution, he said, and "I expect the United States to play an important role." 

US Ambassador John Negroponte, noting that Secretary of State Colin Powell had just returned from the Mideast and the National Security Council was meeting on Mideast policy, said it was "inappropriate" for him to comment. But he reiterated the US position that "any arrangement of this kind would have to be with the mutual consent of the parties most affected." 

Annan's proposal won support from most of the 30 nations whose envoys spoke at an open council meeting on a new Arab-backed resolution which the United States opposes. The meeting will continue today (Friday) when a vote is expected. 

The resolution demands an immediate Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian cities, an end to the siege of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and a UN investigation into the deaths and destruction in the Jenin refugee camp. 

Britain circulated a rival resolution that calls for implementation of three recent Mideast resolutions, demands humanitarian access to Palestinian civilians, and asks Annan to establish an independent commission to investigate events in the Jenin refugee camp.


Saudi FM to Go to Moscow for Mideast Talks 

Apr 18 2002

RIYADH -- Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal will fly to Moscow on Thursday for two days of talks on the Middle East crisis and the "massacre" of Palestinians, the official SPA news agency reported Thursday.

He will review with President Vladimir Putin and Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov, "The efforts made internationally and by the Arabs to halt the (Israeli) aggression against the Palestinian people," said Riyadh's Ambassador to Moscow, Mohammed Abdul Wali.

"Stopping the butchery of Palestinians by Israeli forces and lifting the military blockade (on the West Bank) are matters of urgency for the United States and Russia, the co-sponsors of the peace process," the envoy told the Saudi Press Agency.

In Moscow, Interfax news agency quoted diplomatic sources as saying Prince Faisal would also meet Energy Minister Igor Yusufov and discuss Iraq, which has stopped exporting oil in protest at the plight of Palestinians.

The trip comes before Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz meets U.S. President George W. Bush in Texas on April 25, AFP reported.

Arab leaders endorsed at the end of March a peace plan promoted by Saudi Arabia offering Israel normalization with the Arab world in exchange for a full withdrawal from land occupied in 1967.

The plan was welcomed in Russia and the United States but Israel launched an offensive on the West Bank on March 29 after a series of Palestinian suicide bombings.


Annan briefs Security Council on concept of multinational force in Middle East
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan 
18 April Expanding on the concept of a multinational force he had floated last week in response to the spiralling Middle East violence, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told a private meeting of the Security Council that the latest tragic developments in the region gave additional urgency to the consideration of his idea and outlined the goals, nature and functions of such a force. 

"The force must be impartial and capable of taking decisive action," Mr. Annan told the closed-door session of the Council, according to a copy of his remarks made available to the press. "It must have a robust mandate, credible strength and be large enough to carry it out."

The Secretary-General stressed that he contemplated not a United Nations contingent, but rather "a multinational force formed by a coalition of the willing" that was authorized by the Council under the UN Charter's Chapter VII, which provides for the use of force. 

Such an operation would not be risk-free, he added. "However, the situation is so dangerous, that the international community has an obligation to provide this assistance."

According to Mr. Annan, the force would have four key objectives. Firstly, it would work with the parties to end the violence, in part through monitoring the withdrawal and redeployment of Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to positions held before 28 September 2000, in accordance with a plan put forward by CIA Director George Tenet.

The second goal would be to gradually create secure conditions in the occupied territories for the resumption of normal economic activity and the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian and development assistance. The force, working with the international donor community, would also create conditions to allow the Palestinian Authority to rebuild its institutions, including those dealing with law and order, which have been damaged or destroyed in the current military campaign. 

Finally, the multinational force would work to create a stable environment to permit the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a political settlement.

"It is time for the international community to pursue such an option in a pro-active way, rather than waiting for the parties to arrive at this conclusion on their own," Mr. Annan said. "A multinational force is essential to a gradual restoration of trust between the two sides, which is so vital if further steps toward a broad framework for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace are to be taken."

Before briefing the Council on the force, the Secretary-General told the 15-member body that he was deeply disturbed by the information he had just received from Terje Roed-Larsen, his Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and Peter Hansen, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), who had visited the Jenin refugee camp today and described the situation there as "horrific."


Also see Revelation 16:13-16; 19:19-21 - Historicism.com

Vatican launches war against Israeli crimes
Palestine-Vatican, Politics, 4/15/2002 

From ArabicNews.com


The Vatican launched a semi-official warfare against Israel terming its re-occupation of Palestinian territories as genocide against the Palestinian people, due to which the international community must intervene.

This is, of course, an unprecedented accusation leveled by the Vatican to Israel whose Politica1 significance prompts other western parties to oppose Israeli policies.

In its official Gazette, the Vatican stressed that the genocide against the Palestinians has got nothing to do with allegations by Israel that its war is against terrorism.

It added that this war aimed at preventing Palestinians from realizing their dream of establishing their independent state. It stressed that the current war against Palestinians lacked all forms of international legitimacy.

Commenting on this war, the Vatican says that the current war, waged by Israel in collaboration with the Americans against Muslim Palestinian people, is not "religiously blessed".

Rather it is condemned by all Catholic Church archbishops in the world. The Vatican urged all Catholics in the world to unify ranks to condemn the religiously unlawful war against Palestinians.

Getting out to the diplomatic chess board, the Vatican recalled the American and Israeli ambassadors informing them that Pope John Paul II rejected calling the current war against Palestinians as anti-terrorism war. 

The Pope urged Israel to withdraw immediately from the occupied territories and urged the Americans to stop their support to Israel, through public recall of the two ambassadors, the Vatican said that all Christians in the World particularly the Catholics support the Palestinian people.

Thus, it expressed its readiness to establish an international alliance with Islamic leadership to face up the Israeli-American alliance after the Europeans had rejected to join them in them aggression against the Palestinian people or Iraqi people in the future.


Iran calls to stop oil supplies to Israel's allies


April 15, 2002

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran today reiterated its call for Muslim oil producers to halt supplies for a month in protest against Israel's actions in the West Bank. 

This time the request came from President Mohammad Khatami in a letter to emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, state-run Tehran radio reported. 

"It is expected that Muslim oil producing countries simultaneously cut oil exports to the main supporters of Israel, at least for a month, to show their serious protest to this tragedy of the century and to pressure other governments to exert pressure on Israel," the radio quoted the letter as saying. 

Khatami asked the emir to use all his influence as OIC president to realize such a move. 

Earlier this month, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Islamic nations to stop shipping oil for one month to countries with close relations with Israel. 

Last week, Iraq said it was halting all oil exports for 30 days or until Israel withdraws from the West Bank. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said if there were no withdrawal, his government would decide what to do at the end of the period. 

However, major oil producers such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have said they are opposed to using oil as a diplomatic weapon. 

Oil analysts have said there is so much idle production capacity among producers that cutoffs by only a few nations would not have a significant effect on world supplies. 

Tehran radio said Khatami had sent separate messages to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah and the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, urging them to take immediate decisions on supporting Palestinians. The radio gave no details. 

Iran is the second biggest oil producer after Saudi Arabia in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. 

In a related move, Iran's Foreign Ministry called on the United States to impose a UN arms embargo on Israel. 

"Under such circumstances, Muslims and the international community would accept that America is not encouraging (Israel) to commit crimes in occupied Palestine," ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.


Powell: Real danger of conflict spreading to region
By Zeina Karam, The Associated Press 

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A defiant Lebanon greeted US Secretary of State Colin Powell this morning, with protesters shouting for him to leave and the government saying that cross-border attacks on Israeli troops would go on. 

"There is a very real danger of the situation along the border widening the conflict throughout the region," Powell told reporters after talks with President Emile Lahoud. "It is essential for all those who are committed to peace to act immediately to stop aggressive actions along the entire border." 

Lahoud replied that Israel bore the responsibility for the flare-up in fighting because it has failed to withdraw from occupied Arab territory, Lebanese Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud told a joint press conference. 

Earlier, Information Minister Ghazi Aridi said his government would tell Powell that cross-border attacks against Israel were likely to continue. 

To read more about Aridi's comments, click here. 

Thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians demonstrated on the airport highway as Powell arrived, burning U.S. and Israeli flags and shouting: "Allu Akbar!, Powell Out!" and "Death to America! Death to Israel!" 

Under heavy security, the secretary of state was whisked to the presidential palace on a different road and did not pass the protest near the Palestinian refugee camp of Bourj el-Barajneh. 

In southern Lebanon, about 1,000 Lebanese students demonstrated in the city of Sidon, waving banners that said in Arabic: "Powell, go home." 

Some schools closed in the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh and students marched through the camp, denouncing Israel's two-week-old military offensive in the West Bank. 

Powell, who flew on to Damascus from Beirut, was visiting Lebanon and Syria to ask their governments to rein in Hezbollah who has been attacking Israeli troops and civilian communities from south Lebanon on an almost daily basis for the past two weeks. He also met Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. 

Aridi stressed that Lebanon wished to confine the fighting to Shabaa Farms, away from the border with northern Israel. 

"There is an Israeli occupation and the resistance is a result of that occupation," he said. "It is the right of the resistance to confront it, specifically as Lebanon is committed to the Chebaa Farms area. (The resistance) did not exceed this framework," he said. 

In Damascus, Powell was due to meet Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syria is the main power broker in Lebanon and stations about 20,000 troops in its western neighbor. 


News Article by Reuters posted on April 06, 2002 at 17:05:19: EST (-5 GMT) 

Sudan opens camps to back Palestinian struggle 

KHARTOUM, April 6 (Reuters) - Sudan said on Saturday it had opened military camps across the country to train volunteers prepared to support the Palestinian uprising against Israeli military occupation, Sudanese state television reported. 

"The training camps are ready to receive volunteer fighters as from today, Saturday," said the commander of the Popular Defence Force (PDF), Major General Ahmed Abbas. 

He called on every Sudanese (see Phut and Cush) capable of taking up arms to join the "holy war" against Israel. 

Arab anger has mounted over the past week over Israel's military offensive against Palestinian cities in the West Bank. 

Sudan television quoted Abbas as saying that the camps were set up according to a directive by Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in solidarity with the Palestinian people. 

Abbas said the paramilitary PDF would continue to mobilise all Sudanese people, including women, to protect the Palestinian people and liberate Jerusalem. 

No further details were available on the camps or the mobilisation plans. It was far from clear how Sudanese fighters could ever be deployed to confront Israeli forces directly. 

The PDF was founded in November 1989 to help the army crush its main rebel foe, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, in a 19-year-old war that has cost nearly two million lives. 

Italics mine - Historicism.com.


Mid-East Crisis: Bush's Speech

April 5, 2002

Following is the text of the speech US President George W. Bush gave yesterday regarding the Mideast: 

"Good morning. During the course of one week, the situation in the Middle East has deteriorated dramatically. Last Wednesday, my Special Envoy, Anthony Zinni, reported to me that we were on the verge of a cease-fire agreement that would have spared Palestinian and Israeli lives. 

That hope fell away when a terrorist attacked a group of innocent people in a Netanya hotel, killing many men and women in what is a mounting toll of terror. 

In the days since, the world has watched with growing concern the horror of bombings and burials and the stark picture of tanks in the street. Across the world, people are grieving for Israelis and Palestinians who have lost their lives. 

When an 18-year-old Palestinian girl is induced to blow herself up, and in the process kills a 17-year-old Israeli girl, the future, itself, is dying -- the future of the Palestinian people and the future of the Israeli people. We mourn the dead, and we mourn the damage done to the hope of peace, the hope of Israel's and the Israelis' desire for a Jewish state at peace with its neighbors; the hope of the Palestinian people to build their own independent state. 

Terror must be stopped. No nation can negotiate with terrorists. For there is no way to make peace with those whose only goal is death. 

This could be a hopeful moment in the Middle East. The proposal of Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, supported by the Arab League, has put a number of countries in the Arab world closer than ever to recognizing Israel's right to exist. The United States is on record supporting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a Palestinian state. 

Israel has recognized the goal of a Palestinian state. The outlines of a just settlement are clear: two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side, in peace and security. 

This can be a time for hope. But it calls for leadership, not for terror. Since September the 11th, I've delivered this message: everyone must choose; you're either with the civilized world, or you're with the terrorists. All in the Middle East also must choose and must move decisively in word and deed against terrorist acts. 

The Chairman of the Palestinian Authority has not consistently opposed or confronted terrorists. At Oslo and elsewhere, Chairman Arafat renounced terror as an instrument of his cause, and he agreed to control it. He's not done so. 

The situation in which he finds himself today is largely of his own making. He's missed his opportunities, and thereby betrayed the hopes of the people he's supposed to lead. Given his failure, the Israeli government feels it must strike at terrorist networks that are killing its citizens. 

Yet, Israel must understand that its response to these recent attacks is only a temporary measure. All parties have their own responsibilities. And all parties owe it to their own people to act. 

We all know today's situation runs the risk of aggravating long-term bitterness and undermining relationships that are critical to any hope of peace. I call on the Palestinian people, the Palestinian Authority and our friends in the Arab world to join us in delivering a clear message to terrorists: blowing yourself up does not help the Palestinian cause. To the contrary, suicide bombing missions could well blow up the best and only hope for a Palestinian state. 

All states must keep their promise, made in a vote in the United Nations to actively oppose terror in all its forms. No nation can pick and choose its terrorist friends. I call on the Palestinian Authority and all governments in the region to do everything in their power to stop terrorist activities, to disrupt terrorist financing, and to stop inciting violence by glorifying terror in state-owned media, or telling suicide bombers they are martyrs. They're not martyrs. They're murderers. And they undermine the cause of the Palestinian people. 

Those governments, like Iraq, that reward parents for the sacrifice of their children are guilty of soliciting murder of the worst kind. All who care about the Palestinian people should join in condemning and acting against groups like Al-Aqsa, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and all groups which opposed the peace process and seek the destruction of Israel. 

The recent Arab League support of Crown Prince Abdullah's initiative for peace is promising, is hopeful, because it acknowledges Israel's right to exist. And it raises the hope of sustained, constructive Arab involvement in the search for peace. This builds on a tradition of visionary leadership, begun by President Sadat and King Hussein, and carried forward by President Mubarak and King Abdullah. 

Now, other Arab states must rise to this occasion and accept Israel as a nation and as a neighbor. Peace with Israel is the only avenue to prosperity and success for a new Palestinian state. The Palestinian people deserve peace and an opportunity to better their lives. They need their closest neighbor, Israel, to be an economic partner, not a mortal enemy. They deserve a government that respects human rights and a government that focuses on their needs -- education and health care -- rather than feeding their resentments. 

It is not enough for Arab nations to defend the Palestinian cause. They must truly help the Palestinian people by seeking peace and fighting terror and promoting development. 

Israel faces hard choices of its own. Its government has supported the creation of a Palestinian state that is not a haven for terrorism. Yet, Israel also must recognize that such a state needs to be politically and economically viable. 

Consistent with the Mitchell plan, Israeli settlement activity in occupied territories must stop. And the occupation must end through withdrawal to secure and recognize boundaries consistent with United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338. Ultimately, this approach should be the basis of agreements between Israel and Syria and Israel and Lebanon. 

Israel should also show a respect, a respect for and concern about the dignity of the Palestinian people who are and will be their neighbors. It is crucial to distinguish between the terrorists and ordinary Palestinians seeking to provide for their own families. 

The Israeli government should be compassionate at checkpoints and border crossings, sparing innocent Palestinians daily humiliation. Israel should take immediate action to ease closures and allow peaceful people to go back to work. 

Israel is facing a terrible and serious challenge. For seven days, it has acted to root out terrorist nests. America recognizes Israel's right to defend itself from terror. Yet, to lay the foundations of future peace, I ask Israel to halt incursions into Palestinian-controlled areas and begin the withdrawal from those cities it has recently occupied. 

I speak as a committed friend of Israel. I speak out of a concern for its long-term security, a security that will come with a genuine peace. As Israel steps back, responsible Palestinian leaders and Israel's Arab neighbors must step forward and show the world that they are truly on the side of peace. The choice and the burden will be theirs. 

The world expects an immediate cease-fire, immediate resumption of security cooperation with Israel against terrorism. An immediate order to crack down on terrorist networks. I expect better leadership, and I expect results. 

These are the elements of peace in the Middle East. And now, we must build the road to those goals. Decades of bitter experience teach a clear lesson: progress is impossible when nations emphasize their grievances and ignore their opportunities. Storms of violence cannot go on. Enough is enough. 

And to those who would try to use the current crisis as an opportunity to widen the conflict, stay out. Iran's arms shipments and support for terror fuel the fire of conflict in the Middle East. And it must stop. Syria has spoken out against al Qaeda. We expect it to act against Hamas and Hezbollah, as well. It's time for Iran to focus on meeting its own people's aspirations for freedom and for Syria to decide which side of the war against terror it is on. 

The world finds itself at a critical moment. This is a conflict that can widen or an opportunity we can seize. And so I've decided to send Secretary of State Powell to the region next week to seek broad international support for the vision I've outlined today. As a step in this process, he will work to implement United Nations Resolution 1402, an immediate and meaningful cease-fire, an end to terror and violence and incitement; withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah; implementation of the already agreed upon Tenet and Mitchell plans, which will lead to a political settlement. 

I have no illusions. We have no illusions about the difficulty of the issues that lie ahead. Yet, our nation's resolve is strong. America is committed to ending this conflict and beginning an era of peace. 
We know this is possible, because in our lifetimes we have seen an end to conflicts that no one thought could end. We've seen fierce enemies let go of long histories of strife and anger. America itself counts former adversaries as trusted friends: Germany and Japan and now Russia. 

Conflict is not inevitable. Distrust need not be permanent. Peace is possible when we break free of old patterns and habits of hatred. The violence and grief that troubled the Holy Land have been among the great tragedies of our time. The Middle East has often been left behind in the political and economic advancement of the world. That is the history of the region. But it need not and must not be its fate. 

The Middle East could write a new story of trade and development and democracy. And we stand ready to help. Yet, this progress can only come in an atmosphere of peace. And the United States will work for all the children of Abraham to know the benefits of peace. 

Thank you very much." 


Russian lawmaker: Send international buffer force to ME 

From Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com)
By Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press April, 01 2002 


MOSCOW - A senior Russian lawmaker today called for deployment of an international peacekeeping force in the Middle East, saying that Israel and the Palestinians were unable to end the cycle of violence without outside help. 

A cease-fire should be forced on Israel and the Palestinians "through a collective ultimatum from Russia, the United States, Europe and levelheaded Arab states," said Vladimir Lukin, a deputy speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament. 

"I believe that the world community should form a group of police forces and dispatch it, as a minimum, to separate the conflicting parties, and, as a maximum, to occupy temporarily and partially the Palestinian territory and some parts of Israel," Lukin said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency. 

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said last week that the deployment of international peacekeepers would be desirable, but added that it was impossible without the consent of Israel, which has opposed the move. 

Ivanov's Mideast envoy, Andrei Vdovin, and diplomats from the European Union met with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on Monday. 

"International intermediaries are doing all they can not to allow the further development of events in a worst-case scenario," Vdovin said, according to ITAR-Tass. 

Vdovin said representatives of Russia, the United States, European Union and the United Nations would meet today to discuss a proposal that they meet with Arafat. 

"I see no inner resources in either party to solve the problem in the near-future without serious assistance from the world community," said Lukin, who served as Russia's ambassador to the United States in the early 1990s. 

Both Israel and the Palestinians "have brought themselves to the point where they are prepared to hold negotiations only from the position of force," Lukin said.