Monday, 23 December 2002

Sharon War Plan Exposed

In spite of Israel’s intervention in Cisjordan and the Gaza Strip, violent clashes have continued between Israel and militant Palestinian organizations. In the majority of the incidents, the familiar organisations have declared themselves responsible for the attacks: Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, the Al-Kassam Brigades, the Al-Aksa Brigades and others. Among the 13 Palestinians that were locked up in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity there were also supporters of the above-mentioned terror organizations including two who belong to the Hamas movement. Experienced observers of the political development in the Middle East have noted that often after a period of peace a deliberate attack, either on a Palestinian leader or on Israeli citizens, takes place. A new military conflict results. These conflicts mostly culminate in the destruction of Palestinian institutions. There is something clearly irregular about such recurrences, and one cannot help suspecting that certain forces, hidden to the public eye, are at work.

This article, written in July 2001 by the historian Jeffrey Steinberg, explains one possible cause for what is going on. His theory has since been alarmingly confirmed and has lost nothing or its topicality ever given the continuing bloodshed in the region.

Highly placed U.S.-based sources have provided EIR with details of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plans for a new Mideast war, plans that were set in motion within days of his taking office earlier this year, and which are now set to be activated. According to the sources, shortly after he was elected, Sharon met with a group of trusted political and military allies, and spelled out, in several confidential memos, a war plan targetting the Palestinian Authority, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and other Arab neighbors.

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