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Israeli Papers Demand Clearer Goals  
User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 634 times:

Israeli papers demand clearer goals
(from bbc.co.uk)
The papers are calling on Sharon to present his strategy

Israel's daily newspapers have called on the government to make very clear the final goal of the war it has declared on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

"If the goal is to bring Arafat to his knees begging for a ceasefire, then why were 20,000 reservists called up? "
Maariv

"The public has a duty to ask the questions that the ministers aren't asking - both to understand and to place clear boundaries on the prime minister, the defence minister and the army's chief of staff," says the editorial of the central-right daily tabloid Maariv.

"If the goal is to bring Arafat to his knees begging for a ceasefire, then why were 20,000 reservists called up? Regular army units should suffice.

"If the goal is to conquer large areas and remain in them, it has to be declared clearly - at least to the cabinet ministers - as they might reconsider their vote," the paper continues.

The largest circulating Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, usually quite central, takes a tough stance on the Palestinian leader.

'Israel's dilemma'

It says it is inconceivable that Mr Arafat now enjoys the protection of European and Arabic states and is "more fireproof than any of the Palestinians".

"Indeed, the Israeli policy makers face a real dilemma - despite the promises they made to the Americans - whether to free us from the oppressive presence... or to let Abu Amar [another name for Mr Arafat] to continue to bully all those who surround him...

"Strategic concept [is the] fundamental requirement missing in Israel's stance "-Haaretz

"Because of him, and only because of him there are in Israel so many bereaved parents, orphans and innumerable people who've lost their arms and legs, disabled in body and soul," says the editorial, written by Menachem Michaelson.

On Sunday, the editorial of the liberal daily Haaretz questioned the value of Israel's military operation - however necessary.

"Circumstances transformed the [army's] operation into a necessity despite the risk of condemnation: faced with Palestinian terrorism, Israel feels it must bring to bear its military power in order to minimise the violent element that Arafat has incorporated in his manoeuvring over the ceasefire.


Yedioth Ahronoth says policy makers face a real dilemma over Arafat

"Nonetheless, one cannot ignore the limited value inherent in a military operation: it will not end the confrontation and will not destroy terrorism."

"Furthermore, the use of military force, however linked with a specific point in time, cannot stand on its own; it must be part of a strategic concept. This fundamental requirement is missing in Israel's stance," Haaretz writes.

In Monday's editorial, the paper calls for Arab diplomatic intervention to bring an end to the cycle of violence.

Nostalgia 'amusing'

The right-wing English-language daily, the Jerusalem Post, urges Jews in the diaspora to speak out for Israel and its government.

"Peace is a beautiful dream indeed, but with the Palestinians as a neighbour it unfortunately remains, for our generation, just a dream " Professor Efraim Bar, Jerusalem Post

And in a separate editorial, Professor Efraim Bar of Bar-Illan University says peace with the Palestinians is an impossible dream.

"The nostalgic longing of the peaceniks for 'the trust between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat' is quite amusing, taking into consideration that the suspicious Rabin did not trust even his Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres.

"The belief that Arafat could place his trust in anyone is similarly bizarre, taking into consideration Arab political culture," Mr Bar writes.

"Israelis are right in their anticipation of a long, violent struggle. Peace is a beautiful dream indeed, but with the Palestinians as a neighbour it unfortunately remains, for our generation, just a dream," Mr Bar writes.



It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
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User currently offlineMcringring From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 627 times:

I was hoping someone would post another article about Israel without including a single word they wrote themselves. There hasn't been a new one in like 8 hours. Thanks! We all want to know what the plans are. What a revelation!

User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 624 times:

oh the joy of scarcasm, shame its missed the target.

the thread has a point, not all israeli press support the current action and they have a legitmate right to express this.

the point is to show that not all israelis hate the palestinians and that many are concerned about where this is going, it also to show that the right winners seem to be learning towards occupation, something which israel doesnt want to do if it wants to stop terror and something which is very dangerous.

the middle east has consequences for us all, i have though now realised that you think lifes a joke(after the queen mum jokes), however it isnt.



It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
User currently offlineMcringring From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 612 times:

Where's the sarcasm? Everything I said was the truth. Some members of the forum subscribe to sarcasm magazines, perhaps they can suggest one that can help you out.

And I don't think Israeli hatred of the Palistineans is the big problem in this conflict.

i have though now realised that you think lifes a joke




User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 608 times:

Life is a joke, why else are we here?

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