Lebanon: Invasion was on eve of peace agreement


Richard Moore

Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 07:58:27 -0500 (CDT)
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Subject: Likud, Israeli "FBI" axed Gaza peace process


The following is a press release dated yesterday (7/28/06) from Nafeez Ahmed, 
one of the most respected commentators on mideast affairs in Britain. Author of 
several well know books, including one about 9/11.  He is not a kook.  And, as 
you see, he cites his Israeli sources on this story.

Also appended is a more detailed journalistic memo by another Brit as to the 
background events that the press release outlines.

When ones take this into consideration along with the story that broke last week
re Israeli generals briefing Washington and other interested parties (eg editors
of the NY Times, I surmise) more than a year ago on the Lebanon invasion, it at 
least puts the lie to the repeated assertion -- which the NY Times is still 
using to frame every single report on this horrific war- criminal disaster -- 
that the cause of the invasion of Lebanon and the re- destruciton of Beirut in 
particular was the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers.

The "Clean Break" war policy (which the bush admin and Likud have been 
implementing since attacking Iraq in early 2003) was born of desperation and a 
certain madness in 1995.  Desperation:  the suicide bombing campaign had been 
underway in Israel for roughly four years.  Madness:  tiny Israel is going to 
conquer and dominate 200 million arab neighbors.

The Clean Break was born in a series of memos (extant) written in Tel Aviv in 
1995 by Richard Perle and Douglas Feith (and maybe David Wurmser), who were 
there working for the Likud's Bibi Netanyahu as advisors on American relations.
The Clean Break project called for Israel to "pacify" the Levant with a regional
war of conquest, and included detailed programs of propaganda (including lies 
about Weapons of Mass Dstruction in Iraq) to be used to keep the american 
taxpayer in line.  (Isn't the latter treasonous ...?)

Netanyahu tossed Perle and Feith out (Nice idea -- but the Americans (ie 
Clinton) would never go for it).  Perle came back and with Wolfowitz and Kristol
founded the Project for the New American Century in Washington, from which organ
they began in 1997 writing letters to Clinton calling for the Americans to 
conduct the war that Netanyahu considered too dangerous for the Israelis alone 
to undertake.

Rumsfeld and Jeb Bush (the Bush family prez candidate at the time), among 
others, signed these letters.  Sometime thereafter, baby George Bush hired Perle
et al as foreign policy advisors -- and the NY Times made HIM the front-running 
republican for 2000 with a ludicrous cover story in the sunday magazine, 
introducing baby George to the world as a new kind of moderate Compassionate 
Conservative.   Rest = history.

We thought perhaps after Bush Cheney made such a mess in Iraq that the Clean 
Break was history.  Wolfowitz being moved out of the Pentagon, for example, gave
that impression.  But the Clean Break is now back on track, as Seymour Hersch 
and the many anonymous Pentagon generals he cites warned at the beginning of 
July, just as the events described below were unfolding.


Drafted by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Department of International
Relations, University of Sussex

* For immediate release 28.7.06*


* Israeli and Palestinian Sources Concur: Israel Made War Inevitable*

The Omega Institute (OI), which works closely with the Institute for Policy 
Research for Development (IPRD), has learned from Israeli and Palestinian 
sources that just prior to the current crisis, senior Hamas leaders were in 
active dialogue with Israeli religious leaders in a round of bilateral peace 

Israeli negotiators included Rabbi Menachem Froman, former deputy leader and 
co-founder of the Israeli Settler movement Gush Khatif; Rabbi David Bigman, head
of the liberal religious Kibbutz movement Yeshiva at Ma¹ale Gilboa; and Yitzhak 
Frankenthal, founder of the Arik Institute.

Ongoing negotiations had resulted in a breakthrough peace ³understanding², which
was to be announced at a press conference in Jerusalem to mark the launching of 
an extraordinary peace initiative.

Israeli Prime Minister Olmert had been briefed extensively about the initiative 
by Frankenthal.

Also due to attend the conference were Khaled Abu Arafa, the Palestinian Cabinet
Minister for Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhamed Abu Tir, senior Hamas Member of the 
Palestinian Parliament, and other senior Palestinian delegates.

The meeting was to announce a joint Israeli-Palestinian call for the release of 
Corporal Gilad Shalit who had been abducted by Hamas in Gaza, along with 
proposals for the beginning of the release of all Palestinian prisoners. These 
measures were to precipitate unprecedented new peace negotiations on a framework
peace agreement, drawn on the 1967 borders.

The presence of Palestinian Cabinet Officers and senior Israeli religious 
leaders in contact with the Prime Minster was to underline the seriousness of 
this peace proposal on both sides.

Just hours before the meeting was due to start, the Israeli Shin Bet internal 
Security Service arrested Abu Tir and Abu Arafa and warned them not to attend 
the meeting, under threats of detention. The meeting, which offered a major 
opportunity to obtain Shalit¹s release and launch a new framework for peace, was
thrown into disarray.

The next day, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) invaded Gaza, and the day after 
both Abu Tir and Abu Arafa were abducted by Israeli forces, along with a third 
of the Palestinian Cabinet, provoking a predictable escalation of violence.

Israel simultaneously began conducting covert incursions on to Lebanese 
territory, provoking Hizbollah¹s capture of two IDF soldiers. Credible sources 
confirm that the soldiers were not abducted on Israeli territory, but inside 
Lebanon. Like the scuppered peace negotiations, Western officials have ignored 
this, and misinformed the media.

However, some reports corroborate the sources. Israeli officials, for instance, 
informed/ Forbes/ (12.7.06) that ³Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during
clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift 
reaction from Israel.²

³The revelations show that Palestinian and Lebanese actors were not principally 
responsible for the escalation of the current conflict², said OI Director Graham
Ennis. ³Contrary to the misinformation disseminated by the Whitehouse and 
Whitehall, Israel vetoed unprecedented peace proposals that would have initiated
a promising new framework for serious negotiations, and went on to provoke 
Palestinian and Lebanese groups into retaliations, that now threaten to escalate
into a dangerous regional conflict.²

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Notes for Editors:

Full details and background information are annexed below in a memorandum by 
Graham Ennis, Director of the Omega Institute in Brighton, UK. It includes some 
relevant contacts for further verification. This memo was originally forwarded 
to Donald Macintyre at/ The Independent/.

From: Graham Ennis
Omega Institute
Brighton, England


1: Rabbi Menachem Froman is the former deputy leader, and co-founder, of the 
extremist Messianic Israeli Settler movement " Gush Khatif", but he left the 
movement after the massacre in Hebron of Palestinians by the Israeli terrorist 
Baruch Goldstein. He now lives in the West Bank Samarian settlement of Tekoa, 
where he works as a Rabbi, and has been long engaged in Muslim-Jewish dialogue 
activities. Froman himself has a typical Israeli political background.

His Uncle was murdered in the 1930's by Ezzedine Al Qassam, a militant Cleric 
whose name was used by Hama's for it's armed wing. Froman has a track record. He
was a principal negotiator in the release from prison of the Hama's spiritual 
leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. As a result of discussions with Froman, Yassin 
subsequently offered a ease-fire, which Yassin withdrew, after the offer was 
spurned by the israeli Government. He now works closely with Rabbi David Bigman,
head of the Liberal religious Kibbutz movement's Yeshiva at Ma'ale Gilboa. They 
in turn are connected to Yitzhak Frankenthal, founder of the Arik Institute, who
is also involved in religious and political dialog with Palestinians. 
Frankanthal has an unusual background. His son Arik was murdered by Hama's 
operatives whilst hitch-hiking in July 1994. Instead of sinking into bitterness,
Frankanthal has become a major force in Israel in the peace movement.

The significance of all this is that Frankanthal has developed deep contacts 
with Palestinians. He was rapidly able to confirm, after Corporal Gilad Shalit 
was abducted in Gaza by Hama's, that he was only lightly wounded and still 
alive, as a Hama's prisoner. Frankenthal became concerned that the abduction 
would destroy the opportunity that had arisen, after the agreement between Fatah
and Hama's prisoners in Israeli jails, to negotiate peace with Israel, which was
then underway. Hama's had made public its agreement to negotiations. After 
Shalit's abduction, and the Israeli incursion into Gaza, this peace process has 

What is not publicly known, however, is that these bi-lateral peace negotiations
between Jewish and Palestinian religious activists had gone further than is 
believed. After Shalit's abduction, Frankanthal and the other Israeli peace 
workers had kept up a close and continuous dialog with senior Hama's leaders. On
at least one occasion, Frankanthal had given a detailed briefing to an aide of 
the Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, who was demanding Shalit's return.

All these negotiations had resulted in a remarkable secret "understanding", as a
result of which, the day before the Israeli incursion into Gaza, there was to 
have been a major press conference in Jerusalem. At the press meeting, there 
would have been an extraordinary peace initiative launched. Attending the 
conference would have been not only Israeli's like Frankanthal, Froman, Bigman, 
etc, but, more remarkably, The Palestinian Cabinet Minister for Jerusalem Khaled
Abu Arafa, and the senior Hama's Member of the Palestinian Parliament, Sheikh 
Muhamed Abu Tir. The meeting was also supported by Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsour, 
Chairman of the Islamic Movement in the occupied territories.

The meeting would have issued a joint call for the release of Shalit, implicitly
backed by the Palestinian Cabinet, due to the authorized presence of the Cabinet
Officer, Abu Arafa. Also, this would have formed part of a call for this to be 
the beginning of the release of all Palestinian prisoners, as part of an 
immediate start to peace negotiations on a framework peace agreement, based on 
the joint agreement of the Hama's/Fatah prisoners, drawn on the 1967 borders. 
The presence of Palestinian Cabinet Officers would have underlined the 
seriousness of this peace proposal.

However, what actually happened was that just hours before the meeting was due 
to start, the Israeli Shin Bet internal Security Service arrested Abu Tir and 
Abu Arafa and warned them not to attend the meeting, under threats of detention.
This threw the meeting, which would have been a major opportunity to obtain 
Shalit's release, into complete disorder. The organizers were forced to 
franticly contact other Rabbis, already on the road to Jerusalem, and tell them 
not to appear.

The next day, the Israeli Army invaded Gaza. The day after that, Abu Tir and Abu
Arafa were kidnapped by Israeli forces, along with a third of he Palestinian 
Cabinet. Israel revoked the two men's citizenship, making them stateless, and 
also removed their residency rights in Jerusalem. The subsequent escalation of 
violence, which also spread to Lebanon, resulted, in part, from the failure of 
the peace agreement that had been about to be announced, together with calls for
the release of Shalit, which had been strongly "Signalled" by the Palestinians. 
The intervention of Shin Bet almost certainly aborted a planned release of 
Shalit, and a powerful appeal for peace negotiations to start. The role, in all 
this, of Palestinian leader Abbas, which has been extensive, will one day be 
revealed, and written up, by Historians of this huge calamity. That is, if there
is still a history, and historians, and a future, as the whole Middle East faces
something that Robert Fisk memorably denounced as "Not Dunkirk, but Munich." Or 
is it once again, 92 years after that fateful European Summer, time for another,
terrible, "Guns of August".


NB: Useful contacts:

• Arthur Neslan, Tel Aviv. (significant Israeli writer, and journalist, writes 
also in English.)

• Palestinian leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar.
• Ted Belman, Israel National Radio.

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