Sunday, February 27, 2005

Is the Noose Tightening Around Syria?

If so, it couldn't happen to a nicer regime. Following the terror attack Friday night in Tel Aviv that claimed 4 lives, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz declared that Syria and Islamic Jihad were responsible. In Mofaz declares a freeze on PA town handovers, writer Margot Dudkevitch and the JPOST staff write about Mofaz and the possible ramifications. Mofaz said that the stability of the region is threatened by Syria, which of course is not news to those of us who travel the blogway. Syria and their proxy fighters, Hezbollah, have always been a bloody thorn in the side of Israel. Now that Abu Mazen and the PA have to look like they're behaving, expect Hezbollah to step up their operations. In anticipation, Israeli security officials "will meet with ambassadors of all the countries who are members of the United Nations Security Council to demand that a strong condemnation against Syria be issued." Yay! Israel is going to stick up for themselves. And that's not all:

"In the coming weeks, Mofaz will dispatch Defense Ministry officials to meet with government leaders in London, Paris and Washington and present them with details of Syria's involvment in terror and ask them to vest pressure on Syria to stop its activities." Another "Yay!"

The plan also includes demanding Abu Mazen act to halt terror activities from territories under his control. I feel that's a no-brainer. Hello?! Isn't that what he's supposed to have been doing? Oh wait. Now he needs to do it. Riiiight. Had to wait until we had more dead Israelis before we get serious. But I digress. Here was one paragraph that really caught my eye:

"The process of handing over the security control of West Bank cities to the Palestinians will be frozen until the Palestinians start taking action on the ground, but dialogue between the sides will continue security officials said."

I can get behind this. Just keep in mind one thing that won't change:

"Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert noted, 'The attack would not derail or change the timetable of the disengagement plan.' "

For what it's worth, I think it's good to continue talks but there has to be some repercussions and not getting control handed over is a valid action. I'm sure some are wondering why this terror attack should have an affect on things (since that would be letting the terrorists win--after all, they want to derail the process)? There's a very good reason -- because precious lives were lost!

"So far, the names of three of the four fatalities have been released for publication: Aryeh Nagar, 37, of Kfar Saba, whose funeral will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in his hometown; Yael Orbach, 28, of Rehovot, who was set to get married in just weeks; her funeral is set for 12:00 p.m. Sunday in Kfar Saba. The other name given was Yitzhak Buzaglo, 40, from Moshav Ha'Yarden. His funeral is set for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in his hometown. Buzaglo's wife Linda is hospitalized in serious condition."

Never forget.


At 11:19 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I see the international community crying if the Israelis try anything to defend themselves.

""The process of handing over the security control of West Bank cities to the Palestinians will be frozen until the Palestinians start taking action on the ground...."

Israel will probably be blamed for that as well. Let's see over the next few weeks.

Side note. Did you feel the earthquake? They said it was only a 2.9 but it felt bigger. I was out at the Valley at the time so maybe that is why it felt bigger.

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Yes, we'll wait and see what reaction is....

As for the earthquake -- YES -- we felt it. We looked for the cats, saw both were stationary and knew it wasn't their jumping up and down that caused it (you never know). I actually considered going to your site and asking if you felt it but I figured you had a life and were out, lol. I'm in the Valley... it was Valley based?

At 10:02 AM, Blogger RoadKnight said...

I want someone to explain to me (with facts, not opinions) why Isreal should be handing over ANY land to anyone. The was I see it, the Sikes-Picot Agreement formally gave the land west of the Jordan river (which includes Gaza and the West Bank) to the Jews for the creation of Isreal. This land was granted by right of law to the Jews and belongs to them.

Esther: Just as an FYI, I posted some updates to TTW. Thought you might like to see 'em.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"I'm in the Valley... it was Valley based?"

Yeah. I went home after that to see if there was any damage. I am still making repairs from previous quakes. It wasn't as big as it felt originally.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Esther said...

BW, if you wants facts and not opinion, then you're right.

But Israel has lost the war of public opinion. They didn't fight it. The Palestinians and the Arabs fought a very effective propaganda war and sadly -- they won.

Thanks for the tip -- your pictures were terrific!!!

Gindy, I decided to look for a site that lets us know when earthquakes happen and their stats. I found the following: and you can just look under the month appropriate. And then there's this one which is connected to it:

At 4:00 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

Yes, the the Noose Tightening Around Syria.

There is no doubt.

Whoever killed Harari put Syria in the jackpot, and now, whenever possible, they will receive credit for all things terror.

Like the detectives in OJs case, who may have sought to frame a guilty man, it ain't a bad idea.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

The Syrian controled Lebanese government just stepped down in a surprise move.

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Wow!! Thanks Gindy. I'll go check it out. I'm getting a slow start this morning....

At 2:00 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Noose tightening, trapdoor set to open, and Bashar is about to be given his last cigarette. Yup, couldn't happen to a nicer totalitarian Arab regime.

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I couldn't agree more, Patrick!


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