"Predicting potentially grave security consequences for Israel, defense officials responded pessimistically Thursday to news that former NATO commander and retired US general James Jones had been tapped by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the new special envoy to coordinate security between Israel and the Palestinians.
"A senior defense official involved in talks with the Palestinians said that Jones was likely to invest most of his efforts in pressuring Israel to concede to the Palestinians and take risks on issues of security.
". . . officials warned Thursday that Jones's appointment could actually be detrimental for Israel since the general, who they said is known for having a cold attitude towards Israel, would put pressure on the IDF to prematurely compromise on security issues at a time that the Palestinian security forces are not yet prepared to crack down on terror - as they are expected to under the Road Map...."
A Fatah official gave a different kind of warning:
"Fatah will fight alongside Hamas if and when the
IDF launches a military operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior Fatah
official in Gaza City said Thursday.
"Fatah will fight alongside Hamas if and when the IDF launches a military operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior Fatah official in Gaza City said Thursday.
"'Fatah won't remain idle in the face of an Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip,'" the official said. 'We will definitely fight together with Hamas against the Israeli army. It's our duty to defend our people against the occupiers.'
"The Fatah official said his faction would place political differences aside and form a joint front against Israel if the IDF enters the Gaza Strip. 'The homeland is more important than all our differences,' he said."
In other words, if Israel moves against the Hamas terror army in Gaza, it will be seen as "derailing Annapolis" by driving "moderate" Abbas back into the arms of "extremist" Hamas--with whom Abbas was already openly allied in a joint government until Hamas's coup in Gaza last June.
This week Gaza terrorists fired 70 mortars and over 25 Qassams at Israeli communities. Israel fought back only tactically, killing individual terrorists but doing nothing on an effective, strategic level that would protect the affected Israeli citizens from their danger and ordeal.
The vise is closing in. The Bush administration does not wish Israel well. It considers Israeli checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, a crucial antiterror measure, to be a humanitarian issue because they inconvenience Palestian Arabs. But the Bush administration does not give a damn about the real suffering and danger of Israelis living near Gaza. Would you rather wait at a checkpoint or have a rocket fall on your home?
The anti-Israeli, anti-American, anti-Western, mass-murdering terror organizations keep getting stronger both in the West Bank and Gaza while Israel is reduced to near-passivity and the U.S. "monitors" the constant worsening of this already grave situation.