BICOM Daily Briefing November 20 2003
Last updated: 2003-11-20
British press coverage focuses today on President George W. Bushs speech given yesterday in
Quotes of the Day:
Prime Minister Tony Blair supports the
Prime Minister Tony Blair (Prime Minister's Question Time 19/11): First, I can tell my hon. Friend that we hope very much that the President will again give his strong support to the middle east peace process, and to the need to develop a process that will allow us, ultimately, to have an Israeli state that is confident of its security and an independent, viable Palestinian state. That is what we will work towards. Obviously, any measure being taken at the moment that inhibits those developments is not good for the long-term future of that process. In the end, however, the process in the middle east will not succeed until there is the clearest possible security plan that allows us to make sure that the terrorism also stops, so that we can create the confidence in which Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side.
Excerpts from President Bushs Speech during state visit to UK:
President George W. Bush (
President George W. Bush (19/11): Peace will not be achieved by Palestinian rulers who intimidate opposition, who tolerate and profit from corruption, and maintain their ties to terrorist groups. These are the methods of the old elites, who time and again have put their own self-interest above the interests of the people they claim to serve. The long-suffering Palestinian people deserve better. They deserve true leaders, capable of creating and governing a Palestinian state.
For further quotes from President Bushs speech, see: BICOM website.
Media Adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (19/11): The State of Israel is committed to the roadmap and expects and hopes that the Palestinians will begin to carry out their commitments, including the cessation of terror, dismantling the terrorist organisations and carrying out a full reform of the Palestinian administration, thus making it possible to reach a settlement that will lead to quiet and peace for both Israel and the Palestinians.
United Nations debates the roadmap:
Kieran Prendergast UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs (19/11): [Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei would be expected] to take immediate steps to establish law and order, control violence and start operations to confront those who engage in terror.
Behind the News:
Bush speech in
Commenting on the Presidents remarks on his way back from
Woman killed in terrorist attack in Aqaba, four others wounded.
Monica Patricia Teran Norte, 33, a tourist from Ecuador, was killed on Tuesday morning and four others wounded by a terrorist who fired at the group of holiday-makers, as they were crossing from Jordan to Israel via the Yitzhak Rabin border crossing north of Eilat. Israeli security guards shot and killed the terrorist, who was later identified as a resident of the town Zarqa northeast of
Israeli security sources consider that the attack bore the hallmarks of an Al-Qaeda strike. Attacks on tourists have not hitherto formed an element of the violent activities of local Palestinian terror organisations, while they are a well-established tactic of Al-Qaeda. The terror group is currently seen to be increasing activity in Arab countries perceived as sympathetic to the west, such as
UN Security Council officially endorses Road Map:
The United Nations Security Council yesterday unanimously voted in favour of a resolution submitted Wednesday by
Comment and Opinion:
John Vinocur (International Herald Tribune, 20/11): With his condemnation of the rise of a new anti-Semitism in
Commentators over a wide arc of French media made reference to the presumed perpetrators and to the probable causes, like the Islamic fanaticism of some of the country's five million to seven million Arabs, the failed integration of a major segment of Arab immigrants, criticism of the actions of Israel that melds into or masks a hatred of Jews, and a French foreign policy that seems to find greater ease in dealing with Islamic dictatorships than with an elected Israeli government, whatever its mistakes and rigidities.
In a book published in 2002 called "La Nouvelle Judeophobie," a French academic, Pierre-Andre Taguieff, explained the new French anti-Semitism as having nothing to do with the "racialist vulgate" of the Nazis. Rather, he wrote, it was transported by Islamic radicalism, and relayed by European political groups looking to replace worn-out battle cries of "
Yair Sheleg (Haaretz, 20/11): Israel is now the only country in the world that not only is facing physical extermination by a country like Iran, which is developing weapons to provide it at least with the option to fulfill the threat, but also, lately there have been voices in the West seeking to fulfill the Iranian goal through more "convenient" ways, by turning Israel into the only country in the world whose existence is politically and morally challenged - a state on probation.
Moreover, the Jewish state does not appear to have the same natural right to existence that other states have, but is rather a special favor granted by the international community to the Jews because of the Holocaust, a gift that could be taken back if the price is deemed too expensive.
Israeli policy with regard to this process should be double-edged. On the one hand, there must be an intensive campaign against the trend while it is still in its earliest stages. All the country's experts in such information campaigns must make clear to the international community that
- Israelis to get peace message (The Guardian);
- Inversions of morality (The Guardian);
- Only a true end to occupation will bring peace (The Guardian);
- What they said about... (The Guardian);
- Fiery Islamic preacher appeals against detention (The Guardian);
- Gunman shot at Israel-Jordan border (Daily Telegraph);
- The Bush doctrine (The Times);
- President delivers warning to those who snubbed him over Iraq (The Times);
- Israelis forced out by battered economy and violence (The Independent);
- Bush and Blair to discuss plans for UN approval of Iraq exit strategy (The Independent);
- Don't blame anti-Semitism for the bombs (The Independent);
- The President's speech was spoiled only by the weakness of his argument (The Independent);
- MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA: Qurei calls for halt to militant attacks on Israel (Financial Times);
- OBSERVER: Fini foiled (Financial Times);
- LEADER: Promising a more co-operative future (Financial Times);
- Jewish men urged to wear baseball caps (Financial Times);
- Meanwhile: Why Arab women wear the veil in Israel (International Herald Tribune);
- News Analysis: Chirac's anti-Semitism fight (International Herald Tribune);
- Use a baseball cap, rabbi urges (AP);
- Bush Toughens Stance on Israel Amid Truce Hopes (Reuters);
- Main Palestinian Factions Agree Cairo Truce Talks (Reuters);
- Mid-East groups to discuss truce (BBC Online);
- Tourist killed at Israel border (BBC Online);
- Palestinian PM in truce efforts (BBC Online);
- France Jewish stance hailed as attacks fall (BBC Online);
- UN endorses Mid-East roadmap (BBC Online);
- EU upset over West Bank exports (BBC Online);
- 1 Tourist Dies In Israel Border Shooting (Sky News);
- Bush condemns settlement policy; UN adopts road map (Haaretz);
- Tourist dies, 4 hurt in Eilat terror attack (Haaretz);
- PM Qureia asks Hamas to agree to hudna (Haaretz);
- UN unanimously approves Russian resolution adopting road map (Haaretz);
- Woman dies of wounds sustained in shooting at Israel-Jordan border (Haaretz);
- Sharon returns home from visit to Italy amid fresh U.S. criticism of settlements (Haaretz);
- Security Council unanimously adopts road map resolution (Jerusalem Post);
- Female tourist dies in Eilat-Aqaba attack (Jerusalem Post);
- Bush rebukes Israel, PA (Jerusalem Post);
- Shalom warns IAEA of Iranian danger (Jerusalem Post);
- Sharon dismisses papal criticism (Jerusalem Post)
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