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Jerusalem News.
14 February 2012, 21 Shevet 5712
1. A new peace is needed By Ari Shavit.
2. Who Are the 'Syrian People'?
3. Palestinian Authority Funds Land Grab in Samaria
4. Former Army Officer Says Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons.
5. Arabs Ask Government: Save Us from Our Violence.


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1. A new peace is needed By Ari Shavit
Now that the old peace is dead, we must quickly replace it with a new,
realistic peace.
By Ari Shavit Haaretz Published 03:42 09.02.12

First the old peace was lightly wounded. After Israel gave the Palestinians most of Gaza, the first bus blew up at Dizengoff Square. After Israel gave the Palestinians Nablus and Ramallah, buses started blowing up in downtown Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. And after Israel suggested that the Palestinians set up a sovereign state on most of the occupied territories, they responded with a wave of terror. And as suicide terrorists were running amok in our cities, it started to dawn on people that maybe there was something defective about the promise of a great peace.

Then the old peace suffered moderate wounds. After Israel withdrew from south Lebanon, a Shi'ite missile base was set up there, which threatens the entire country. And after Israel withdrew from the Gaza settlements, the area became an armed Hamastan that continually attacked the south.

Both of these bold, unilateral and justified withdrawals yielded difficult results. When Qassam rockets fell on Sderot and Grads started landing in Ashdod and Fajr missiles hit Haifa, there started to be butterflies in our stomachs regarding what we might expect after the really big withdrawal.

After that, the old peace was seriously hurt. Tzipi Livni sat with Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala ) for a full year, but Qureia signed nothing. Ehud Olmert offered Jerusalem to Mahmoud Abbas, but Abbas just disappeared. The fact that the moderate Palestinians were turning their backs on the most generous peace offerings Israel had ever made raised gloomy suspicions about their intentions. Were they really willing to divide the country into two national states that would live side by side with one another?

Now the old peace is dead. Really dead. The Islamic revolution in Egypt has removed the southern anchor of that promised peace. The murderous oppression in Syria has neutralized its northern guarantor, and the gradually warming relationship between Fatah and Hamas eliminates its central axis.

Anyone who observes the reality that has emerged around us now understands what was not fully understood a year ago: That the Arab awakening has killed the diplomatic process. In the coming years, no moderate Arab leader will have enough legitimacy or power to sign a peace agreement with Israel. What we've yearned for since 1967 and what we believed in since 1993 simply isn't going to happen. Not now, and not in this decade.

2. Who Are the 'Syrian People'?

Yedidya Atlas - FrontPage Magazine, February 9th, 2012

Speaking at the UN Security Council last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, 'It is time for the international community to put aside our own differences and send a clear message of support to the people of Syria.' And the day after the Security Council vote with Russia and China vetoing the resolution to adopt the Arab League plan, a frustrated Mrs. Clinton repeated her call to 'support the Syrian people's right to have a better future.'

The problem of Mrs. Clinton and others who express such concern for the ongoing internecine violence in Syria is that they constantly issue pronouncements about the 'Syrian people' as if it was a homogeneous national grouping. Her ignorance was further demonstrated when speaking to reporters during a visit Sunday in Bulgaria. She said: 'the international community had a duty to halt continuing bloodshed and promote a political transition that would see Mr. Assad step down.' Can she honestly believe Basher al-Assad will simply agree to resign?

If one is to ever develop a coherent and attainable goal-oriented Syrian policy, one first has to understand the various groupings and allegiances at play.

The 'Syrian people' is a composite of religious and ethnic groups who historically oppose each other. The dominant group, approximately two thirds of the population are Sunni Muslims; 12 percent are Alawites; 9 percent are Kurds; 10 percent are various Christian sects (Arab Christians, Assyrians and Armenians); and the remainder are a hodgepodge of religio-ethnic groups including Druze, Turkmens and Circassians.

Let's focus on the Sunni, the Alawites and the Kurds. The Sunni majority includes the Muslim Brotherhood. It is subjugated by the ruling Alawites led by the al-Assad family. The Sunni majority, which lost power in the takeover of Syrian rule by the Alawite-dominated secular nationalist Syrian Baathist Party in a 1963 coup, began to cause increasingly violent unrest led by the Muslim Brotherhood. This later developed into open revolt.

In 1980, after an assassination attempt against President Hafez al-Assad failed, he came down on them like a ton of bricks, literally. In 1982, the city of Hama, a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold, was destroyed by regular Syrian army forces, including tanks and artillery, commanded by Rifat al-Assad, Hafez's younger brother. An estimated 20,000 residents of Hama were killed. The revolt was quelled and the Alawite al-Assad family continued to rule.

However, the real dispute goes way back. The Sunni majority view the Alawite minority as heretics. The Alawites, or Alawi as they called themselves because of their adherence to Ali (the Muslim prophet, Mohammad's cousin and son-in-law), were originally called by the Sunnis the 'Nusayri' after the Shi'ite Ibn Nusayr in the 9th century, indicating their break with Islam. After 1920 and French rule in Syria (which included Lebanon), the persecuted Alawites ingratiated themselves with the new rulers.

The French encouraged Alawites to join the French-commanded Syrian army and dominate the officer corps as a counterweight to the hostile Sunni majority. This subsequently set the stage for the Alawite dominance of the Baath Party and the 1963 takeover of the Syrian government.

The Kurds, while only 9 percent of the total Syrian population, comprise the majority of the Jazira province, and are affiliated with major Kurdish populations in neighboring Iran, Iraq and Turkey. Historically, the Kurds once ruled their own land known as Kurdistan which included eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, northwestern Iran and northern Syria. The Kurds in all of these countries are persecuted by the current ruling regimes in their respective countries.

In 1957 the KDPS (Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria) was founded. .. In 1961, after the dissolution of the UAR ' United Arab Republic with Egypt, the Syrian government decided to 'recognize the Kurds' as a separate entity and in the summer of 1962 conducted a special population census of the predominantly Kurdish province of Jazira. All of the identified Kurds were stripped of their Syrian citizenship and declared 'aliens.' At the same time a media campaign was launched against the Kurds with such slogans as 'Save Arabism in Jazira' and 'Fight the Kurdish Threat.' These policies coincided with the beginning of Mustafa Barazani's Kurdish uprising in Iraq and the discovery of oilfields in the Jazira province. In the summer of 1963, Syrian forces joined with the Iraqi military in attacking the Barazani-led revolt to reestablish an independent Kurdistan.

Syria is the scene of an ongoing civil war of sorts between the Sunni majority led by the Muslim Brotherhood and the minority Alawite controlled regime led by the al-Assad clan with various minor religio-ethnic players scattered over the field. If the al-Assad regime falls, it is not merely the al-Assad family that is in trouble, the entire Alawite population can expect similar or worse persecution by the Muslim Brotherhood led Sunnis as they attempt to turn the clock back to a modern version of the Ottoman period. Bashar al-Assad is fighting for both Alawite dominance and survival.

3. Palestinian Authority Funds Land Grab in Samaria

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu - Arutz-7, February 8th, 2012

The Palestinian Authority in the past decade has taken over thousands of acres of land that is not under any private ownership but which Israel has in effect surrendered by not acting against Arab and international leftist groups who routinely take over farmland that either lay fallow or had been farmed by Jews.

The 'benign neglect' policy of Israel has allowed the Palestinian Authority, funded in large part by the European Union, to become a dominant presence in areas of Jewish settlement.

European funds are used to pay Arabs to live in new and unregulated communities, many of which begin with only one house and quickly expand into an entire neighborhood.

The new Palestinian Authority effort continues a trend blocking against any pioneering efforts by Jews in Judea and Samaria.

4. Former Army Officer Says Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons

An officer who recently defected from the Syrian army: Syrian security forces are using non-conventional weapons against protesters.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/14/2012, 5:45 AM

An officer who recently defected from the Syrian army claimed on Monday that the Syrian security forces are using non-conventional weapons in the crackdown against protesters.

The officer, Captain Abd al-Salam Ahmed Abdul Razek, told the Al-Arabiya television network that President Bashar Assad's security forces were using chemical weapons against the protesters, under the supervision of Russia and Iran.

Razek, who served in the Syrian army's chemical warfare unit, said that the Syrian military used nerve gas - which is prohibited under various international treaties - to facilitate the entry of troops to the city of Homs.

He added that the army also possesses toxic substances which originate in Russia, and said that a small amount of these materials could lead to widespread destruction of an entire population. Razek noted that the use of the chemical weapons was carried out under the supervision of Russian and Iranian experts, who instructed the army when and where to use it.

Meanwhile, at least 43 people were killed in Syria on Monday, Israel's Channel 10 News reported.

Russia and China vetoed an initiative in the Security Council on February 4 to end the deadly violence in Syria and have Assad step down from power.

5. Arabs Ask Government: Save Us from Our Violence

By Gil Ronen
Data released by the Ministry of Public Security shows that in 2011, Arabs ' who make up less than 20% of Israel's citizens ' were the perpetrators in 67% of the murder cases and in 70% of the attempted murders, as well as 52% of the arson cases and 36% of the robberies.

While crime in general was on the decline in Israel in 2011, it spiked by 8% in the Arab sector. Of 126 people murdered in 2009, 61 were Arabs. In 41% of 7,097 police investigations regarding aggravated assault, the suspect was an Arab. According to the police statistics, while there are relatively few complaints regarding domestic violence in the Arab sector, the actual incidence of the problem is much higher among Arabs than in the rest of the population.

Prime Minister Netanyahu pointed to a connection between unemployment statistics and violence. "The Arab sector is starting to live an unbearable life as regards crime, murder, murder of women, robberies and harassment," he said.


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