Brigadier General Eival Giladi, the man appointed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to administer the forcible evacuation of the Jewish communities in Samaria and Katif,provided a briefing for the a packed press audience on Wednesday, June 29th,2005.

Giladi reported that his message was based on three premises:

  1. Security will bring peace, and not the opposite, which represented the approach of the Oslo Process.
  2. Better Relations with the Palestinians is not the goal. Strong borders remain the goal
  3. A new leadership of the Palestinian Arabs is needed.

Giladi stressed that the process is now completely unilateral, yet he also was proud to mention that cooperation with the PA is vital, and that the cooperation with the PA, especially with Muhammad Dahlan, was improving all the time. Giladi did not relate to the fact that Dahlan has been identified by Israeli security as the PLO official who directing the murder campaign against Israel which caused the lives of more than 1000 people murdered in cold blood, throughout the state of Israel, over a period of four years.

Giladi also proudly spoke of his efforts to help the PA establish a seaport, and that Israel’s goal was the all Arabs would be able to travel freely from Jenin to Hebron, without passing through a single check point, and how plans are underway for safe passage from Gaza to Judea and Samaria. Giladi did not relate to the fact that the PLO remains in an active, formal state of war with Israel and that. the PLO never ratified the PLO Covenant of War against Israel and never even ratified the Declaration of Principles which launched the Oslo process.

Why would anyone in Israeli intelligence favor a situation where an entity at war with the state of Israel would be assured freedom of movement and economic expansion?

Last week, I asked Giladi’s immediate boss, Attorney Dov Weisglass, who acts as the main advisor to Ariel Sharon, as to how the Israeli government could ignore the fact that the PLO never cancelled its covenant of war against the state of Israell, which was the most fundamental and basic PLO commitment to Israel at the outset of the Oslo process. Weisglass’s answer: “Did you ever see a Covenant kill anyone? I am much more concerned about their actions”.

At a time when many people think that the residents of the Katif district of Gaza are in denial for not owning up to the reality that faces them, as they are being asked to move to communities which will still be in rocket range of Gaza – the time has come to ask the question – Why does the government of Israel operate in a state of denial?


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.