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Jewish World Review Sept. 1, 2006 / 8 Elul, 5766

Setting the conditions for disaster

By Caroline B. Glick


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No country in the world lets outsiders dictate its policies on fundamental issues of national security. Israel must not be the first to do so


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Tuesday, Shin Bet Director Yuval Diskin warned of the growing threats to Israel's security emanating from the Gaza Strip and Northern Samaria in the aftermath of the latest war. If the proper steps are not taken to stop the massive transfers of advanced armaments to Gaza, he warned, in just a few years, it will turn into a second south Lebanon.

In Lebanon itself, Hizbullah is creating an illusion of cooperation with the Lebanese army in the south in order to put us all to sleep as it quietly rebuilds its forces in anticipation of Iran's order for it to renew the war against Israel. No doubt Hizbullah chieftain Hassan Nasrallah's assertions last week that Hizbullah has no intention of opening a second round and that it had no idea that Israel would respond so massively to its abduction of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev on July 12, were aimed at confusing Israel and calming the Lebanese. At least as far as Israel is concerned, his goal was accomplished. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the Israeli media pounced on Nasrallah's statements as "proof" that Israel had won the war.

In the meantime the Ayatollah Republic is proceeding steadily towards the acquisition of nuclear capabilities. The conciliatory international reactions to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement Thursday that Iran rejects the UN Security Council's demand that it end all uranium enrichment activities actually preceded Ahmadinejad's insolent statement. On Wednesday, EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana was busily attempting to renew talks with Iran.

For its part, the UN is behaving not as an international policeman, but as Iran's defense attorney. During his visit to Israel Wednesday, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan sounded like an Arab leader with his unrestrained, obnoxious condemnations of Israel for every act of self-defense it has taken in Gaza and Lebanon on the one hand, and with his seemingly endless tolerance for Iranian threats of nuclear genocide against Israel on the other.

During his press conference with Olmert, Annan intimated that from his perspective, the problem with Iran's threats to annihilate Israel is not that they are illegal or morally inexcusable. Rather Iran's threats are wrong simply because Israel is a member of the UN. Surrealistically ignoring both Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and its command over the latest war in Lebanon and Gaza, Annan stated bizarrely, "One cannot wipe away Israel with statements."

Today, unbeknownst to the Israeli public, the Olmert-Livni-Peretz government is steering Israel down a course which if not quickly abandoned, will render our right to self defense — and by extension our independence — conditional. The proliferation of security threats is being exacerbated by the government's facilitation of an UN-EU diplomatic bid to chip away at Israel's right to defend itself against Hizbullah, the Palestinians and Iran.

The present danger is rooted in the text of UN Security Council resolution 1701 that set the guidelines for the ceasefire in Lebanon. That decision constituted an unprecedented diplomatic victory for Hizbullah by placing the sub-national, jihadist, illegal militia on equal footing with Israel.

Moreover, resolution 1701 set the terms for the reinforcement of UNIFIL forces in a way that enables Hizbullah to continue to reinforce its units and retain its presence in south Lebanon while barring Israel from exercising its right to defend itself against the growing threat.

Aside from the language regarding UNIFIL's role, 1701 proscribes Israel's freedom of action in three additional ways. First, the resolution named Ahmadinejad's solicitor, Kofi Annan as arbiter of the sides' compliance. Annan revealed how he will be using this authority two weeks ago when he condemned the IDF's commando raid in Baal Bek while beginning his calls for Israel to lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon and so enable Hizbullah to rearm not only by land, but by air and sea as well.

Second, although Olmert and Livni loudly champion the European forces being deployed to Lebanon as an important Israeli diplomatic achievement, the fact is that the decision to empower the EU to dominate UNIFIL is disastrous for Israel. While protesting their "love" for Israel, the Europeans are making no bones about the fact that their decision to lead UNIFIL is motivated by their intention to prevent Israel from defending itself.

Italy's Communist Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema made this point clearly in his interview last Friday with Ha'aretz. There he explained that the EU's goal in Lebanon is to "prove to Israel that it can ensure its security better through the politics of peace than through war."

D'Alema then insulted the US adding, "The American policy, which Israel also supported, created an impossible situation.The thinking was that it is possible to control the world via the power of a hegemonic liberal power. This philosophy has created serious damage, and now the US is looking for a logical way out."

So by deploying troops to UNIFIL, the Europeans will show us that the only way to contend with enemies who wish to destroy us is by appeasement and more appeasement.

The Europeans and Annan also do not hide the fact that they plan to use their deployment in Lebanon as a springboard for achieving greater influence on Israel in its dealings with the Palestinians. In this vein, D'Alema stated, "I think if things go well in Lebanon, a similar positive process could also begin in the Gaza Strip: The release of [Israeli hostage Cpl. Gilad] Shalit, a Palestinian unity government that meets the criteria set by the international community, and the presence of a UN force to bolster the Palestinian government."

Here the EU is openly joining forces with radical leftist Israeli policymakers led by Meretz leader MK Yossi Beilin who for the past two years have been quietly advancing the idea of internationalizing the conflict. After both Israel's negotiations and its unilateral surrender of land to the Palestinians both led to war, the thinking is that the Palestinians will accept Israel after the UN divests the Jewish state of its ability to defend itself.

If the above is insufficient to convince us that the UNIFIL forces whose arrival is so eagerly awaited by Olmert-Livni-Peretz is not a good thing for Israel, there's also the Islamic element of the proposed force. Both Annan and the Europeans are insisting that a force of up to 7,000 soldiers from Muslim countries be included in the UNIFIL force. These soldiers are set to be sent from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey. All of these countries are commonly referred to as "moderate Muslim countries." This assertion bears investigation.

A coalition member of Bangladesh's government is the jihadist party Jamaat-e-Islami. Its student activists recently sent death threats to two prominent intellectuals for teaching the country's youth the values of secularism, democracy and science.

Furthermore, in November 2003, Bengali journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury was arrested as he waited to board a flight to Bangkok with continuing service to Tel Aviv. Choudhary, who was set to attend a conference in Israel about how the media can promote peace, was accused of sedition and spying for Israel. During his 17 month incarceration, he was repeatedly tortured. Bangladesh plans to send 2,000 soldiers to Lebanon.

Then there is Indonesia, the largest Muslim state. As punishment for inciting the terror bombings in Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, the not particularly independent Indonesian judiciary sentenced Jemaah Islamiyah leader Abu Bakar Bashir to 30 months in prison, the last five of which were commuted in June.

In May, Ahmadinejad was received by roaring crowds during his visit to Jakarta. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said that he believes the best way to secure South Lebanon is for Hizbullah forces to be "absorbed" into the Lebanese army.

As the war in Lebanon raged, the Malaysian government called for all nations of the world to cut off their diplomatic relations with Israel. This week, senior Malaysian officials said that there is no justification for the West's opposition to Iran's nuclear program.

Of all the Muslim countries who are planning to contribute forces to UNIFIL, Turkey is the only one that has diplomatic relations with Israel. As a result, to date, its forces are the only ones the Olmert-Livni-Peretz government is willing to see deployed in Lebanon. Two weeks ago, during a visit with Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, Olmert said, "Turkey plays an important role in the Middle East and will continue to do so." He added, "Israel has confidence in Turkey."

While until the formation of the AKP's Islamist government in 2002 it made sense for Israeli prime ministers to say such things, today such statements are unjustified. Over the past four years, Turkey has been transformed from a stalwart US and Israeli ally into one of the most overtly anti-American and anti-Semitic states in the world. By the same token, Turkey has gone to great lengths to warm its relations with the Arab world and Iran.

During the war IDF Military Intelligence discovered that Iran was shipping weapons to Hizbullah through Turkey. After the Hamas's electoral victory in January, Turkish Prime Minister Recip Erdogan was the first international leader to host Hamas terror leaders in an official visit. During the war, Erdogan announced Turkey's support for Hizbullah stating that "nobody should expect us to be neutral and impartial."

From all of this it is apparent that the participation of Muslim armies in the UNIFIL force — even if they are only from Turkey — can easily lead to a situation where the IDF will find itself battling against UN forces. Alternatively, as the UN and EU foresee, cowed by the "international community," the Olmert-Livni-Peretz government may simply concede Israel's right to self defense in spite of the growing threats from Hizbullah, the Palestinians and Iran.

As for America, disturbingly the Bush Administration, like the Olmert-Livni-Peretz government, is showing acute signs of policy collapse. In a near inexplicable move, the State Department issued a visa to former Iranian president Muhammad Khatami. Obscenely, the former leader and regime flack for the Islamic supremacist ayatollahs has been invited to speak at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

As it did at the beginning of the war in Lebanon, the Olmert-Livni-Peretz government set the proper goals for managing the ceasefire. But as it did during the war, it has proceeded to take every step possible to ensure that those goals will not be achieved.

Presently, the troika hopes that through UNIFIL Israel will cobble together a coalition against Hizbullah, while it is actually facilitating the formation of a coalition that will protect Hizbullah against Israel. They have failed to recognize that to secure its national security interests, Israel does not need to negotiate, it needs to act. The only reason the EU and the UN feel comfortable ordering Israel around is because the Olmert-Livni-Peretz government obeys them.

Things do not have to be this way. No country in the world lets outsiders dictate its policies on fundamental issues of national security. Israel must not be the first to do so.


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JWR contributor Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC and the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. International legal scholar Prof. Anne Bayefsky assisted the author in analyzing the text of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. Comment by clicking here.

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