17 September 2002
A training course for Palestinian Authority security officers got underway yesterday in Jericho. The course is being run by a team of security experts from the Central Intelligence Agency, Jordan and Egypt, and is taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Jericho. The session will be part of a training program with the goal of developing the capabilities of the security services as part of the reforms launched by the Palestinian Authority, head of West Bank preventive security, Zuheir Manasra, said on Sunday. The current course will last 20 days, after which, different groups will be trained. "Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat gave his approval to the training, despite the fact that, according to Palestinian sources, Israel prevented 100 Palestinian officers from taking part. "According to Israeli sources, this is a very 'preliminary' stage of a U.S. plan to implement reforms in the Palestinian Authority. The program was developed by a CIA team that spent several weeks in the region and met with senior Palestinian officials. Also involved in the plan were Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. "As part of the reforms within the Palestinian Authority, the foreign security experts are helping train Palestinian security services, which both Israel and the United States accuse of not doing enough to prevent terror attacks against Israel. Officers from the West Bank preventive security service, headed by Zuheir "Manasra, were present at yesterday's course, in addition to those of the Gaza Strip General Intelligence, headed by Amin al-Hindi. Palestinian policemen and firemen also took part. "According to Rashid Abu Shabak, head of preventive security in the Gaza Strip, the U.S. guaranteed the training program would be carried out as planned, but did not impose upon Israel to let everyone participate. The ban on letting officers take part in the course is not a personal one, but rather aimed at certain organizations, such as the West Bank General Intelligence, headed by Tawfik Tirawi. "While the Palestinian Authority position remains that Palestinians should be able to kill non-civilians for the time being, FM Peres praised the current training program run by the CIA, Egypt and others security services to improve the skills of PA security forces."
There you have it. Shimon Peres and CIA director George Tenet are once again buttressing the PLO and the victims of the training will be Yesha Jews. The plot of the scenario is to once again prove to Israelis and the world that the Jews of Judea and Samaria are violent, irresponsible criminals whose biblical and historical claims to their homeland is forfeited by their murderous behavior. This, the plotters believe, can be achieved by fabricating violent acts and blaming them on selected "settlers." That requires agents planted in the Yesha Council and local councils providing exact intelligence on potential patsies.