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Feb 19, 2002 at 10:31 PM

Iraq and Palestine: Two Fronts of the Same WarShared Vision 

There’s a connection between US war plans for Iraq and Israel’s war against the Palestinians. The symmetry of Israeli and US interests is openly talked about by top strategists in the Bush administration. The vision: US control of the Middle East with Israel as the strongest power in the region.

Shared Interests

The US wants control of the land, resources and people of the Middle East. After “liberating” Iraq, the US and its allies would want to be compensated for their efforts with oil revenues and contracts, cutting out their competition. By controlling the world’s second largest oil reserve they’d prevent Iraq, with or without Saddam Hussein, from rivaling Israel for regional domination....

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Dichter cancels U.K. trip over fears of 'war crimes' arrest
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent
Haaretz.
Dec. 6, 2007

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter canceled a trip to Britain over concerns he would be arrested due to his involvement in the decision to assassinate the head of Hamas' military wing in July 2002.

Fifteen people were killed in the bombing of Salah Shehade's house in Gaza, among them his wife and three children, when Dichter was head of the Shin Bet security service. He is the first minister to have to deal with a possible arrest.

Dichter was invited to take part in a conference by a British research institute on "the day after" Annapolis. He was supposed to give an address on the diplomatic process.
Dichter contacted the Foreign Ministry and sought an opinion on the matter, among other reasons because of previous cases in which complaints were filed in Britain and arrest warrants were issued on suspicion of war crimes by senior officers who served during the second intifada.

The Foreign Ministry wrote Dichter that it did not recommend he visit Britain because of a high probability that an extreme leftist organization there would file a complaint, which might lead to an arrest warrant. The ministry also wrote that because Dichter was not an official guest of the British government, he did not have immunity from arrest.

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