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[casi] In case there was ever any doubt.

I really hope we can bring Israel into the sanctions discussion, and here's
the reason why, Philippa

>===== Original Message From =====
>>From the FreePalestine e-list:
>IAP News
>20 March 2002
>US vice-President Dick Cheney reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister
>Sharon that the U.S. was planning to attack Iraq 'first and foremost for
>Israel's sake.'
>According to Israeli sources quoted by Israeli state-run radio
>Cheney asked Sharon to 'tone down' the confrontation with the
>Palestinians so
>as not to disrupt or disturb American plans vis-a-vis Iraq.
>The sources quoted Cheney as saying that he expected President Bush to
>to attack Iraq in spite of widespread opposition in the Arab world.
>Sharon said publicly Tuesday that Israel would bless wholeheartedly any
>American attack on Iraq, telling Cheney that the US 'can always count on
>Israeli press reported this week that Sharon was hoping that a decisive
>American onslaught against Iraq would demoralize the Palestinians and
>them to concede defeat and put an end to the intifada.
>However, Cheney and Sharon reportedly agreed to keep coordination and
>cooperation on Iraq behind the curtain in order not to embarrass
>puppet Arab regimes.
>Cheney arrived in Ankara Tuesday on an 11-nation visit to the Middle
>East and
>Britain that many have said was aimed at drumming up support for a
>campaign to overthrow President Saddam.
>Turkish leaders have repeatedly voiced opposition to any action against
>southern neighbor.
>'There is no question of any military action against Iraq in the
>future,' Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit told reporters after
>meeting with
>Cheney.  Ankara, the Turkish capital, was the last stop on Cheney's
>Cheney said in occupied Jerusalem earlier Tuesday that no decision had
>yet been
>made on whether to attack Iraq.
>Turkish police tightened security in downtown Ankara hours before
>arrival and detained 80 people for lack of proper identification, the
>news agency reported. A few hundred people from trade unions and small
>left-wing parties protested Cheney's visit, shouting anti-US slogans.
>Local reports said the Turkish leaders would tell Cheney that Turkey
>would not
>contribute any troops to a possible US campaign against Iraq.  However,
>would discuss providing logistical support, such as the use of its air
>the reports said.
>Turkey, a close US and Israeli ally, has strongly supported Washington's
>anti-terror campaign in Afghanistan.
>Turkey was a staging point for US attacks during the Gulf War and US
>planes are
>already based in Turkey's southern Incirlik air base from which they
>patrol a
>no-fly zone over northern Iraq.
>But Turkey fears that a war in Iraq could further destabilise the
>devastate its fragile economy, and lead to the creation of a separate
>state in northern Iraq that could in turn encourage similar ambitions
>Turkey's 12 million Kurds.
>Iraqi Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani also arrived in Ankara for talks
>Talabani was not expected to meet with Cheney, but in a previous visit
>Kurdish leader said he opposed a direct US intervention in Iraq.

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