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Monday, October 20, 2003
Most back attack on Israeli outlet restaurant

reports the Gulf News.

Seventy-five per cent of Palestinians support the suicide bombing of an Israeli restaurant two weeks ago in which 21 people died, a survey showed yesterday.


In a question asking whether they supported or opposed the October 4 bombing in the northern city of Haifa, 75 per cent said they either supported the attack or strongly supported it. Seventeen per cent of respondents said they opposed the bombing and 4.4 per cent said they strongly opposed the attack.

Ayoub Mustafa, one of the pollsters, told Reuters the number may have been artificially high because respondents were not told in the question that all the 21 dead were civilians.

Like they didn't know...

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Ha'aretz reports today that most of the drafting of the so-called Geneva proposals took place in London under the helpful eye of Tony Blair. According to Ha'aretz, "Palestinians sources said that the meeting was mediated by Lord Michael Levy, Blair's envoy to the Middle East".

What Ha'aretz fails to mention is that Lord Levy's son, Daniel (pictured here) has long been Beilin's poodle. Moreover, Daniel Levy has been an active part in Beilin's activities for several months. For example, his name appears on the protocols of the Japanese stage of the negotiations as "Mr. Daniel Levy, Advisor to the former Minister of Justice" (see here).

Nor is this the first time that the Israeli left have attempted to use their insider dealings with 10 Downing Street to further their causes. Prior to the last election, in a blatant example of interference in Israel's internal political affairs, the British government started spreading a rumour that they were to withhold military supplies to Israel, only to reverse the decision (which in fact had never been taken) after opposition leader Mitznah visited Blair. At the same time, Blair refused to meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Netanyahu.

It seems that under Levy's wise guidance, no doubt influenced by his son's close relationship with Beilin, the British government maintains its preference for dealing with non-electable losers than the democratically elected government.

O for the days of the Raj!

Monday, October 13, 2003

Congrats to the Jerusalem Post for being the only Israeli newspaper I have seen on-line to state clearly what everyone who has grown up in a democracy knows: that the elected government alone has the right to negotiate on behalf of the people.

Anything else is anti-democratic and should be illegal. It makes one all the more angry when the far left ran on this very platform at the last election and were trounced. Yossi Beilin is acting like an unelected Marxist would-be dictator, and is making a mockery of the democratic process in Israel.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

The BBC will always do whatever it can to dampen the impact of a murderous attack. Not only does the top picture in their Israel story today bear the legend "Yasser Arafat has condemned the latest suicide attack". Their site also reports:

The BBC's Orla Guerin in Jerusalem says the Haifa bombing is one of the deadliest attacks in the past three years, and it brings the Middle East to a critical moment.

Well, it's not really that more deadly than other attacks that have taken place over the past few months, as the same webpage reports!

9 September: 15 killed in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
19 August: 23 killed in Jerusalem
11 June: 17 killed in Jerusalem
18 May: 7 killed in Jerusalem
5 March: 17 killed in Haifa

All of these sound quite as deadly, and presumably, they all came at equally critical moments in the Middle East (particularly critical, of course, for the victims).

No, the BBC just cannot accept that it's "business as usual" for the Palestinian terrorist organisations.