James Petras: Deadly Embrace: Zion-power and War

Deadly Embrace: Zion-power and War (Part I)

If the official political and military justifications for the US colonial wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ring hollow and convince few, what of the other economic explanations for the war put forth mostly but not exclusively by critics of the Bush administration?

Deadly Embrace: Zion-power and War (Part II)

The Zionist Power Configuration, despite their wealth and current dominance over US Middle East policy, know that they represent less than 1% of the population.

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  • Dep of Public security is negotiating a pact with Israel

    ALAN FREEMAN, Globe and Mail, November 14

    OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day’s office yesterday confirmed that Canada is negotiating a non-binding co-operation agreement with the Israeli government covering counterterrorism and homeland-security matters.

    Hours after alleging that an Israeli government statement issued after talks between Mr. Day and Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Ari Dichter, was “inaccurate,” a spokeswoman for Mr. Day conceded that the details of the Israeli statement were accurate, although she insisted no agreement had actually been signed yet.

    According to a statement on the website of Israel’s Public Security Ministry, Mr. Dichter and Mr. Day agreed two weeks ago to speed up negotiations for “the signing of an arrangement paper” on co-operation between the two governments and had set up three joint working teams to promote talks on a range of security issues.

    According to the Oct. 30 statement, the aim of the meeting was to exchange updates on matters of mutual interest and to identify areas of bilateral co-operation. It said the two sides had agreed to maximize the exchange of information, technology and operational activity.

    “The two ministers agreed that by early November three work teams will be established in order to promote the co-operation between two ministries on the following subjects: counterterrorism and crime; emergency preparedness; and border-crossing security, focusing on biometric identification,” the Israelis said.

    Mr. Dichter referred to the declaration as a “joint statement,” but only the Israeli side issued it publicly.

    There was no information released by Mr. Day’s office at the time and no Canadian news media coverage of the actual meeting.

    When news of the talks was circulated yesterday in Ottawa by an Arab-Canadian group, Mr. Day’s director of communications, Melisa Leclerc, initially denied the veracity of the Israeli statement.

    “This is inaccurate. There is no joint statement. The minister didn’t sign anything,” said Ms. Leclerc.

    She initially said only that Mr. Day had met with Mr. Dichter in Toronto in late October and the two departments “are working on something,” but she insisted it is “at early, early, stages.”

    Hours later, she retracted the allegation of inaccuracy against the Israelis, saying that it was aimed at a report in The Jerusalem Post newspaper. She confirmed that the two ministers “enjoyed a productive discussion on issues of mutual interest” and that officials are “working on the negotiation of a non-binding Declaration of Intent to guide future co-operation between our respective departments.”

    The Jerusalem Post had reported that the two ministers signed an interim agreement that would lead to a further pact. The National Council of Canada-Arab Relations said it finds it disturbing that the Canadian government would be negotiating a mutual security agreement with Israel and keeping it secret.

    “We’re very, very concerned,” said Samah Sabawi, executive director of the council, who learned of the talks from The Jerusalem Post article. “We think that Canadians have a right to know. If the Israeli government is issuing announcements, why is the Canadian government being hush-hush about it?”

    “I think this government is not transparent. It is a shame that we would learn something as major as a security agreement from the foreign media,” she said.

    She also wondered how the Canadian-Palestinian community would feel about the Canadian government sharing security-related information with Israel.

    Israeli Foreign Affairs spokesman Mark Regev confirmed that Mr. Dichter had met with Mr. Day and “discussed the possibility of enhanced co-operation for homeland-security affairs.” But he added that no agreement had been signed.

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