Sharon - Israeli War To Continue
Until Palestinians Destroyed

(AFP) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed that Israel will fight the Palestinians to the finish after 13 soldiers were killed in an epic battle at a West Bank refugee camp.
Facing Israel's biggest one-day army loss since the Palestinian uprising began 18 months ago, the former general defied US calls to pull back his troops and said they would fight until the "terrorist infrastructure" is destroyed.
"This battle is a battle for the survival of the Jewish people and the state of Israel," public radio quoted Sharon saying.
The dramatic events darkened hopes for the peace mission of US Secretary of State Colin Powell, on the second day of a foreign tour aimed at keeping the conflict from erupting into a regional war.
Sharon again dismissed demands from US President George W. Bush to ease the campaign, and moved to consolidate his political clout by sidelining dovish Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, who once shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
An army spokesman said 13 reservists were killed in the battle at Jenin refugee camp, where Palestinian militants have mounted a fierce resistance to the Israeli onslaught of tanks, troops and aerial bombardment.
A first group was killed when a booby-trapped building blew up as they entered it, and the rest gunned down as they ran to rescue their comrades, the spokesman said. Seven soldiers were wounded, at least one seriously.
Sharon, a hardliner who has seen his popularity ratings soar since launching the assault on the West Bank on March 29, said there could be no let-up in Israel's fight against Palestinian terror attacks.
Israeli tanks and troops earlier Tuesday withdrew from the towns of Qalqilya and Tulkarem but strengthened a blockade around them and poured into the village of Dura, where at least three Palestinians were killed.
"The fight against terrorist organisations will go on until their infrastructures are destroyed," Sharon said.
The 13 deaths shocked a military that prides itself on minimal casualties. The army had earlier acknowledged only 13 dead since the beginning of the campaign.
Amid the explosion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Bush has been trying to map out Washington's Middle East strategy after the September 11 attacks in the United States, which he warns could include an attack on Iraq.
He has been pressing the Arab world to use its influence to rein in Islamic militants and especially to get Arafat to halt anti-Israel terror attacks.
The Saudi crown prince reportedly set three conditions for Saudi help in the US peace bid: complete withdrawal, Israeli help in rebuilding Palestinian infrastructure and the presence of US monitors.
Arab and Islamic nations have reacted furiously to the Israeli army campaign. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein cut off all Iraqi oil exports for a month.
In Jordan, one of only three Arab countries to have relations with Israel, King Abdullah II warned that those ties were at stake.
Israeli forces remain in place in many villages and the major towns of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin and in Nablus, where the army said it had taken control and arrested several hundred Palestinians on Monday.
In another sign of Sharon's determination, the right-winger scrapped his so-called kitchen cabinet, made up of himself, Peres and Defence Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, officials said.
He replaced it with a body made up of all the party leaders in his newly-expanded cabinet, into which he drafted far-right ministers on Tuesday. The move effectively sidelines the peace-minded Peres.
In Bethlehem, a standoff between Israeli troops and around 200 Palestinian gunmen holed up in the Church of the Nativity, one of Christianity's holiest sites, went into a second week.
Fears of a second front in the campaign intensified Monday night when Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon fired Katyusha rockets and mortar bombs on Israeli army positions in the disputed Shebaa Farms border area. Israeli warplanes raided south Lebanon in reply.
Sharon's refusal to pull out set off a flurry of diplomatic manoeuvring ahead of Powell's arrival. US envoy Anthony Zinni met with Sharon on Monday night, while Erakat said a Palestinian delegation would meet with Zinni later.
Palestinian leaders were also given permission to meet with Arafat, holed up in his West Bank offices of Ramallah since the campaign began. It was not immediately clear if the meeting would still be allowed to go ahead. ___
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From David Cohen
I wonder how many Americans realize how little Bush is doing (being allowed to do) to stop Israel? Is he going to Congress to demand a cutoff of the $8 billion US taxpayer dollars given to Israel every year? (which is obviously paying for the Israeli invasion and Jenin 'massacre' - as Shimon Peres termed it today). No, Bush is doing essentially nothing. He even delayed Powell's arrival to give Sharon time to 'finish up'...but Sharon needs more time and is not about to be hurried in his attempts to kill off Palestinians, as he makes clear in the above news story.
And what of the Arab world? Not a single country has even gone as far as cutting off diplomatic relations with Israel. This points to just how much control the NWO has over many/most Arab countries. It should be patently obvious now that the Bush administration is either: 1. a de facto partner with Sharon in the continuing invasion, or 2. utterly powerless to influence Sharon's policies.
And let's not forget: Israel is the world's #3 or #4 nuclear super power...

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