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Dear Glen and Philippa, the Israeli politicians may not comment much on the sanctions (according to western media-sources), but their position now is very clear: on nov. 25/11, the army's second-in-command, Major General Moshe Ayalon told Israel's private Channel Two Television, that Israel would back US air strikes on weapons factories in Iraq as a chapter in the US-led war on terror, despite the risk of retaliatory attacks on the Jewish state. "This will contribute to the region's stability", he said. Furthermore, according to the Zionist doctrine, a large part of Iraq is part of "the promised land". So Israel won't stop their conquering of the region in Palestine. And everything that can help them (for instance: weakening the power of Iraq) achieving this goal, they will support. Thus the sanctions are a very welcome gift for the Zionists. Greetings. Dirk. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Glen Rangwala" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "pjw8" <email@example.com> Cc: "CASI discuss list" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 10:13 PM Subject: Re: Whose War? > Dear Philippa > > In response to your query: > > > I've been looking for the official Israeli policy on > > sanctions, does anyone have it? Philippa Winkler > > It is true that Israel's leaders don't seem to comment much on Iraq. My > guess is that the US has made it clear that statements from Israel would be > counterproductive in maintaining any residual Gulf sympathy for sanctions; > in this regard, things have not changed much since 1991. You could always > look at unofficial sources, as the article you circulated demonstrates; a > further unofficial source would be the American Israel Public Affairs > Committee: > http://www.aipac.org/ > especially the AIPAC sponsored letter of May 2000 to Clinton > http://www.aipac.org/result.cfm?id=27; text is > http://www.aipac.org/result.cfm?id=24. > I hardly need to add that the text of the letter is full of simple > factual inaccuracies. > > However, there have been occasional statements by Israeli leaders. Here's > three. The first is as near as I've seen to a statement of Israeli policy. > Apart from that, they're not particularly instructive. > > Prime Minister Rabin, 14 August 1994: "We support the policy of President > Clinton and the policy of sanctions against Iraq in order to change its > behavior... we line up with the United States and the other developed > nations to bring Iraq to change its policies." > http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH0c7r0 > > Speech by Mr. Jeremy Issacharoff, Representative of Israel to the first > Committee, head of Regional Security and Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign > Affairs Jerusalem (13 October 2000): "Israel is profoundly concerned about > the present situation with regard to Iraq and the lack of any monitoring > and inspection mechanism in that country for the last two years. Saddam > Hussein has not changed and he continues to constitute a real threat to > his neighbours and the region. The United Nations bears a critical > responsibility to the countries of the Middle East to ensure that Iraq is > disarmed of all its WMD and missile capabilities in accordance with the > relevant Security Council resolutions." > http://www.israel-un.org/committees/first/speech_131000.htm > > Speech by Prime Murderer Ariel Sharon, 19 March 2001, to AIPAC: "Iraq has > not been under UN monitoring for more than two years and sanctions have > been increasingly ignored. There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein is > seeking to restore his mass destruction weapons capability and his quest > for long-range missiles." > http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH0jr40 > > Sorry about not being able to provide more details; if you find further, > please let me know. > > Glen Rangwala. > > -- > ----------------------------------------------------------------------- > This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq > For removal from list, email email@example.com > CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings. > > -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.