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posted 10 June 2004 10:09 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Gilad who headed the Military Intelligence's research division when violence erupted in October 2000, persuaded the cabinet to accept an erroneous view of the cause of the violence, and hence the mistaken conclusion that there is no Palestinian partner for peace, according to Major General Amos Malka, who served as the director of MI at the time.

I assert that only after the Taba talks were halted, on the eve of the 2001 election, did Gilad begin to retroactively rewrite MI's assessments."

Gilad's assessment, which was adopted by the country's political and defense leadership, was that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat never abandoned the dream of realizing a right of return for Palestinian refugees, and that his plan was to eradicate the state of Israel by demographic means. The current director of MI, Major General Aharon Ze'evi (Farkash), and former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy share this assessment.

But Malka and other senior intelligence officials dispute Gilad's analysis, saying that it is not supported by any of the documents produced by any of Israel's intelligence agencies.

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Babbler # 490

posted 10 June 2004 10:11 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Why am I not surprised? (TM)

Any serious attempt to conceive of Arafat as a political equal to be negotiated with in good faith died with Rabin in 1995.

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posted 10 June 2004 11:04 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Whom does one neogitate peace with? Your allies? No your enemy.
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