Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, June 2003, page 98

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"No Further Military Adventures...

During the remainder of the president's first term," is how one senior Bush administration official described Condoleezza Rice's message. According to a May 2 story by UPI "terrorism correspondent" Richard Sale, the White House national security adviser was responding to pressure from "Pentagon hawks and senior Israeli officials" to expand the ground war to Syria.

As the Fighting in Iraq...

Drew to a close in April, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his chorus of Israel-firsters in America were desperate for the U.S. to take on additional foes of the Jewish state. The AIPAC spin-off Washington Institute for Near East Policy, directed by former Clinton Mideast "peace envoy" Dennis Ross, invited Israeli National Security Adviser Efrian Halevy and senior Sharon aide Dov Weisglass to Washington so they could "suggest that the United States...

Take Care of Iran and Syria."

But the most important agenda item was to forestall the road map to a peace agreement set to take effect upon the naming of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and the approval of a new cabinet. True to his promise to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, George W. Bush, in an official White House statement, "revealed" the plan backed by the international "Quartet."

Never One to Take Yes for an Answer...

Sharon immediately marshalled his troops and allies. National Union MK Yuri Stern headed to Washington to meet with Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and other Christian Zionists to plot ways to rally support against the road map. Israeli Tourism Minister Benny Elon arrived in New York several days later and was scheduled to hold a series of "high-level political meetings in Washington during the week. "Our stay in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] is not temporary," he was quoted as saying. So much for moderation.

The Butcher of Beirut Himself...

Planned to travel to our nation's capital to take part in a May 19 "Israel at 55" rally, at which he would be joined by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, singers Tony Bennett and Norah Jones, and none other than President George W. Bush. As Washington Post gossip columnist Lloyd Grove noted May 6, "This will be the first time for Bush to stand alongside the polarizing Sharon...

At Such a Celebratory Event."

Speaking of Zionist Comedians...

We weren't able to get our hands on the famous deck of cards featuring the Iraqi leaders most wanted by the American and British military authorities. Instead we found ourselves in possession of a pack featuring the numerous neocons pushing for extending the war on Iraq to Syria and otherwise advancing Israel's interest. First we thought we got a good deal because there were so many cards in the deck, but then we realized...

They're All Jokers!

But Other Voices Are Being Heard, Too.

The day after the new Palestinian cabinet was approved, 14 major Jewish philanthropists sent a letter to congressional leaders in which they expressed their "concern over recent efforts to sidetrack implementation of the Ôroad map.'" The signers, who did not mention AIPAC by name, included Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, current and past presidents of the national United Jewish Appeal, and leading regional fund-raisers. In early May, Neturei Karta, the Hassidic Jewish organization whose message is that...

Judaism and Zionism Aren't the Same...

Turned up at a "Walk for Israel" event in Highland Park, New Jersey to demonstrate that there exists an Orthodox Jewish anti-Zionist viewpoint. And we know that most of the rest of the world understands that the key to peace in the Middle East lies in the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As Sharon and Co. realize, the stakes couldn't be higher. If President Bush truly wants to end terrorism and get on with the business at home, his only option is to...

Stand Up to Sharon.

The last thing this country—and the American and British troops who find themselves in Iraq—need is to emulate Israel's policy of repressing and alienating the civilians whose land they occupy. The killing of 10 demonstrators in Mosul in mid-April, and the April 28 incident in Fallujah, in which 15 Iraqis were killed and another 65 injured outside a school, did not bode well for the U.S. adventure in Iraq. It risks becoming...

A Public Relations Debacle at Best.

Bush Isn't the Only One...

Facing budgetary woes this year, as he increases military spending and seeks to cut taxes. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, has increased the frequency and firepower of its own war of words, in our magazine and Web site alike. As we mentioned in our recent donation appeal, we, too, are...

Trying to Do More With Less.

Our belt-tightening measures include cutting down on our already minimal paid staff positions. In order to maintain our sanity, we really could use some dedicated volunteers who live in the Washington, DC area and are willing to be on call for helping out with tasks ranging from envelope stuffing to contacting lapsed subscribers.

We're Also Looking For...

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This Issue's Postcard...

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A Special Thank You...

To the AET Choir of Angels for coming to the rescue. With such dedicated supporters, we hope to weather through this bad patch. Your notes, calls, checks, credit card donations, as well as your stock contributions, invigorate our souls as well as fill our empty coffers. Sadly, one of our Angels and most loyal readers, Badawi Tleimat of Moorpark, CA, recently passed away. His family suggested subscribing or donating to...

This, His Favorite Magazine...

In lieu of sending flowers for his funeral service. We thank Mr. Tleimat's family and friends for their inspired effort to help the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and welcome them to the Choir, of which Mr. Tleimat will always be an honored member.

We Value All Creative Fund-raising...

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