Foreword

In the very beginning, I want to make it very clear that I have taken care to take into
account whatever has happened so far which related to this topic. The fact of Musharraf’s
open contacts with the Zionists was already with us when Benazir did the same. It is
perfectly logical; she did what she should have done. No doubt, these facts are reverses
for the peoples of Pakistan and the Muslim world. But then, it clearly shows that our
rulers, whether civil or military are American appointees. In other words, to be in any
responsible position in Pakistan, they have to get American clearance. Therefore,
whatever they tell to the peoples of Pakistan, in fact, means nothing and is meant only to
deceive and keep them hopeful.
And further I am painfully conscious of the recent reverses on the Palestinian Front.
Therefore naturally I have taken into account these reverses also. And to give you one
example, I want to share with you the following:
The Times cited senior Israeli military sources detailing an offensive involving 20,000
troops that will seek to destroy "much of Hamas’s military capability in days," probably
"triggered by Hamas rocket attacks against Israel or a resumption of suicide bombings."
Israel’s defence minister, Labour’s Ehud Barak, is said to have demanded detailed plans
to deploy two armoured divisions and an infantry division, accompanied by assault
drones and F-16 jets. A source close to Barak said, "The question is not if, but how and
when" an attack will be mounted. More ominous still are the constant references in the
media to a "clash of civilisations," linking support for Israeli efforts to crush Hamas with
demands for military action against Iran. . . .
The Western powers refused to recognise the result of a democratic ballot and imposed
sanctions with the aim of bringing down the government and installing one fully
controlled by Abbas. The calculations of Israel and the US always depended on forcing
Fatah and Abbas’s substantial security forces to take on Hamas. . . .
These developments have brought a definitive end to the promise contained in the 1993
Oslo Accords for the eventual creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel—the socalled "two-state solution" signed up to by Fatah under Yasser Arafat. Palestinians now
speak with bitterness of a "three-state solution."
More fundamentally, the split between Gaza and the West Bank represents the final
shipwreck of the nationalist perspective upon which the struggle of the Palestinians
against Israeli usurpation and repression has been based. There is an immensely tragic
dimension to the fratricidal conflict among the Palestinians, who have struggled for six
decades against expulsion and military occupation. . . . It is imperative that the political
lessons be drawn from the historic failure of Fatah and its transformation into a pliant
tool of Washington. . . . [1]

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Having settled this with my reader, I proceed with the opening lines of the ‘Foreword’ to
the first edition of this work: "‘Why Israel will not get Recognition?’ is in line with my
13-Point Programme for Pakistan. Its Point 10 is ‘To develop and maintain a national
policy and struggle accordingly for combating Jewish-Zionist ideology and its
consequences in whatever form they may exist until the ideology is defeated and its
consequences obliterated.’ What follows is to prepare you for this struggle."
I should add here that point no. 8, 9 and 11 of the 13-Point Programme are also fully or
partially Israel-specific. I need to tell you that the above-mentioned 13-Point Programme
was originally a part of my document Labbaik Allahhumma Labbaik
[www.newpakistan.org] which was completed on October 27, 2003 and subsequently
published. And the first edition of ‘Why Israel will not get Recognition?’
[www.newpakistan.org] was published during April, 2006.
I believe Zionism is now actively involved in Pakistan’s internal affairs like never before.
This underlines the fact that if you shut your eyes on the external front, there is hardly
anything substantial and lasting you can accomplish internally in Pakistan. Therefore
there is the need that intelligent Pakistanis give their minds to the issues. The level of
Pakistani politics is too simplistic. It is like a child’s play and far away from the realities
of the world. The sum total of this politics works as an impediment in the path of our
people when we are in the dire need to find a way out.
Where really do we stand? To understand and define and thus make it understandable to
many where really do we stand is our main task today. Without this we cannot even think
of any right political action in Pakistan.
Musharraf’s open contacts with Zionists had prompted me to write ‘Why Israel will not
get Recognition?’ in the first place. When Musharraf established these contacts with the
Zionists on September 18, 2005, there was a history of about three years of covert
contacts as confessed by the Zionists who were involved in the negotiations with
Pakistani officials – this you will read below. I remember, I started writing Labbaik
Allahhumma Labbaik when America was preparing to attack Iraq or, in other words,
sometime during or before the beginning of 2003 as attack on Iraq began on March 20,
2003.
Before proceeding further, I want to bring to the notice of the reader here three points
which underline my earnestness and care for the relationship between my work and the
flow of history.
With deep consciousness and historical responsibility, I have struggled very hard to
remain relevant with reference to the better future of the peoples of Pakistan. If we are
truthful in this aim, our adherence to the principles of this struggle will inevitably and
ultimately aid the liberation of the Muslim world specifically and the world generally
from the evil forces of the world presently led by Americans and Zionists.

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My first point is that when Zionists/Israelis were initiating covert contacts, as claimed by
them, with Pakistan, I was about to begin writing my document Labbaik Allahhumma
Labbaik which had to have the 13-Point Programme of which four points, as mentioned
above, partially or wholly dealt with Israel. The second point is that there is the gap of
about two and half years between the writing of ‘Labbaik Allahhumma Labbaik’ and the
first edition of the document ‘Why Israel will not get Recognition?’. It means that the
basic understanding which made me write ‘Why Israel will not get Recognition?’ was
with me since earlier and therefore also when I wrote ‘Labbaik Allahhumma Labbaik’.
And my third point is that when I wrote the 13-Point Programme, Musharraf had not yet
met the Zionists in New York. Apart from other things, it means I was all along carrying
the burden of Zionist problem with me and which further means, I was awake. But there
was always the question of what to do about it in the Pakistani context? And at just the
appropriate time, I took up the challenge to clarify the issues so that they are integrated
into Pakistani politics.
The whole point in doing this explaining exercise is that we need very hard work and take
all factors into account which are affecting our future and that too at the right moments.
But our present political culture is totally oblivious of these and other issues and plays
within a very narrow band of non-issues.
Although American attack on Afghanistan was a part of the same larger design which is
known to all today, in fact its attack on Iraq on March 20, 2003 changed everything and
that too irreversibly. And consequently Zionism which used to be a far away problem for
us all of a sudden barged into Pakistan. This is how history has travelled during the last
few years. Now to live with it is our compulsion and to solve it is our duty. Zionism and
what the Israeli entity is doing are now very much Pakistan’s problems too. We must own
them with confidence and pledge to struggle and play first class on these issues wherever
we are needed.
And now when I was working on this second edition, Benazir met Zionists. Dawn
reported from New York on Aug 23, 2007 that the "former prime minister Benazir Bhutto
had an ‘unscheduled meeting’ with the Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations, Dan
Gillerman, at a dinner hosted by a common friend in New York the other day." When
asked about the meeting by Dawn, she responded: "We met at a dinner briefly".
"However", Dawn further reported that "Israeli sources at the United Nations told Dawn
that the meeting between Ms Bhutto and the Israeli envoy was pre-arranged and it went
on for over three hours. Ambassador Gillerman has met in the past Pakistani leaders and
officials including President Pervez Musharraf and Ambassador Munir Akram and
former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Jehangir Karamat. Two years ago the
powerful American Jewish lobby hosted a dinner for President Pervez Musharraf at a
local hotel, attended by several Pakistani cabinet ministers and officials."

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Leaving aside the wishes of the ruling classes of some more involved Christian countries
– America and Britain, for example – and Jewish/Christian ideologues and religious
extremists, there is hardly any responsible and informed person anywhere in the whole
world who can say with certainty that eventually Zionism will be victorious against its
opponents – the Palestinians, the Arabs, the Muslims and the enlightened sections of the
world. But this fact and that Israel is really a criminal and hence temporary project has
not been really told to the masses of the Muslim world so far. Just consider who could
have done that? How was it possible that Palestinians alone could have done everything
when the problem was of world proportions? So in this environment of a huge gap
between reality and perception which is confused about the future of Israel, Musharraf’s
and then Benazir’s open contacts with the Zionists naturally can have adverse effects on
some people in Pakistan, in particular, and all over the Muslim world generally which can
give advantage, although temporarily, to the Jewish entity – the state of Israel -- and its
supporters in the West.
We have to fight it back. We have to turn the tide. And we will turn the tide because the
American-led West which includes Israelis/Zionists is on the wrong side of history. And
in the foreseeable future there is no likelihood that they can cross over to the right side,
which means aggression in one form or another against us will continue. We have to
resist this aggression and in the process continue to upgrade ourselves at every stage and
in every way. This is the path of our success. That is how we will be contributing our
share to the further building of collective human civilization on the earth. Such are the
arrangements of things in the world presently. Look, can we run away from this? When a
particular stage in history is set, in fact, no one can escape his, her or their destined role
in what has to follow inevitably.
Now let me focus on a report when Musharraf met with the Zionists openly for the first
time. I did not do this in the previous edition. By doing this now will clear many issues.
Masood Haider and Anwar Iqbal of Dawn reported from New York on Sept. 18, 2005:
In the first ever address to a Jewish congregation by a Pakistani head of state, President
Pervez Musharraf assured America’s powerful Jewish community that he would take
steps towards normalization of ties with Israel if the Middle East peace process moved
forward. Linking Pakistan’s recognition of Israel to the establishment of a Palestinian
state, the president said: "Peace process progresses towards the establishment of an
independent Palestinian state, we will take further steps towards normalization and
cooperation, looking to full diplomatic relations." In his speech to the American Jewish
Congress, which was punctuated by half a dozen standing ovations, Gen Musharraf
declared: "Pakistan has no direct conflict or dispute with Israel. We pose no threat to
Israel’s security. We trust that Israel poses no threat to Pakistan’s national security." . . .
Explaining how and why Pakistan decided to have direct talks with the Jewish state, the
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troops from the Gaza Strip that encouraged him to take that decision. . . . A peaceful
resolution of the Palestinian dispute, he said, would also revive the historical ties between
Islam and Judaism . . . Doing justice to the Palestinians, the president said, "will
extinguish the anger and frustration that motivates resort to violence and extremism". . . .
He then reminded the Jewish community that such an arrangement would also lead to
Israel’s recognition by Muslim states. "What better signal for peace could there be than
the opening of embassies in Israel by Islamic countries like Pakistan," asked the
president, earning a thunderous applause from the audience. The American Jewish
Congress, which was obviously pleased with the presence of the leader of one of the
world’s largest Muslim nations at its reception, had invited a galaxy of statesmen,
lawmakers, academics and businessmen. A spokesman told reporters that UN Secretary
General Kofi Annan, Congressman Tom Lantos, US Assistant Secretary of State
Christina Rocca and envoys of several Muslim states were among those who attended the
reception. . . . JEWISH CONGRESS: Earlier Jack Rosen, chairman of the American
Jewish Congress, told the gathering how he and other members of the group had been
working quietly since the last three years for establishing relations between Israel and
Pakistan. Tom Lantos, who in the past had been critical of Pakistan, said the Jewish
community realizes that the Pakistani leaders had taken "political and personal risks" for
attending the Jewish convention. "But you also proved that you are ready to take any risk
for the sake of peace," said Mr Lantos, adding that by reaching out to the Jewish
community, President Musharraf had started a process which would lead to peace not just
for the Muslims and Jews but for the whole world. . . . Addressing Pakistan media on
Sunday morning, Gen Musharraf said he could not say at what stage of the "roadmap" he
would recognize Israel and advised the media to begin a debate on this subject. "You
should act when you see the opportunity and should not regret after it has gone. I believe
in action not reacting," said the president while explaining how he would move ahead
with establishment of relations with Israel. Gen Musharraf said it was too early to start
importing goods from Israel. "If we do it today, people may attack the ship bringing the
goods." The president said that his address to the Jewish community was "certainly a
high point of his current visit to the United States". [2]
To deal with what Musharraf has done against Pakistan and Muslims, it will be
appropriate and helpful if we remember here and then do not forget a short and
fundamental lesson of history about Israel and its backers:
The creation of Israel through the expulsion of the Palestinians was a crime that has
determined its entire subsequent history and evolution. Viewed with enmity by its
neighbours, it has developed as a state founded on discrimination against non-Jews and
responsible for decades of brutality within the Occupied Territories and Lebanon.
Economically unviable, it functions to this day as a garrison state, a military bastion of
the US, dominated politically by right-wing and ultra-religious tendencies. [3]

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Now we all know why Musharraf met with the Zionists. He has an endless appetite for
power. Like an addict who will even go to the extent of beating his mother and wife to
get money from them and will ultimately sell whatever he can lay his hands on in the
house, he is selling Pakistan’s assets – material and moral – to satisfy his addiction to
power. Those who support him from abroad naturally demand its price in return. And
whose fixation of this price will prevail: of the experienced Jews/Zionists/Americans
working institutionally and practically representing the sole super power or of our ‘poor
small-minded Musharraf’ who has stolen Pakistan’s political power and thinks that
nobody has seen him? With his zero moral credit in the eyes of the peoples of Pakistan,
his becoming reactionary against them will not be unnatural. In such a state of mind he
will sell anything to remain in power. Remember what he did in Karachi on May 12,
2007. Clearly he had become vindictive against the peoples of Pakistan. Karachi killings
on that day must have given him great satisfaction!
Look what reason he gave to justify his initiating open contacts with the Zionist? He did
it for Palestinians! But then why will he stay neutral when Americans/Zionists bomb
Iran? It is very painful, indeed. Another careerist tries to promote his career on the
misfortunes of Palestinians! As "Peace process progresses towards the establishment of
an independent Palestinian state, we will take further steps towards normalization and
cooperation, looking to full diplomatic relations." What else a traitor will say except
deceiving. He will pretend to be taking difficult decisions in the ‘national interest’, but
will actually do just what keeps him in power.
A genuine leader will never do that. If it was in the interest of Palestinians, did he consult
anyone of them? And, by the way, with whom could he have consultations in the present
circumstances? But there were other hundred and one things one could do for the
Palestinians in their unending hour of trial. So a straight question to Musharraf is: what
did he do for Palestinians since he became all powerful ruler of Pakistan?
He said "Pakistan has no direct conflict or dispute with Israel. We pose no threat to
Israel’s security. We trust that Israel poses no threat to Pakistan’s national security." He
is not sure about Israel’s intentions. Therefore he "trusts" Israel!
Pakistan is a nuclear power. Israelis/Zionists are trying their best to manipulate America
that it attacks Iran and their stated reason is that sometime in the future when Iran will
have nuclear weapons, Israel will be in danger. If they can be so much apprehensive
about Iran which has no nuclear weapon, it is unbelievable that they are sitting idle about
Pakistan which they know is an unstable country and whose population is bitterly antiAmerican. Therefore Musharraf must have agreed with the Western-Israeli line that in
such a situation Pakistan did not need atom bomb and when it was finally on track for
peace with India. Logically Benazir too must have been asked to follow this line.
There can be another scenario. Suppose in the future, when the ‘wise’ Musharraf is no
more in the saddle, Pakistan finds itself differing with America and Israel on some issue.

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What will be the scene then? They will have always the excuse to feel endangered by
Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. My question to Musharraf who claims to be a visionary is:
what policy is in place for this eventuality or his successors? If you cannot differ with
America and Israel on real issues, where is the freedom and independence? And has
Pakistan not, in this way, already become hostage to its own nuclear weapons? He should
tell us what he did during all these years that Pakistan could have avoided such blind
alleys?
"Explaining how and why Pakistan decided to have direct talks with the Jewish state, the
president said it was Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s ‘bold step’ of withdrawing
troops from the Gaza Strip that encouraged him to take that decision."
It is really disgusting. There is so much information available to anyone to conclude that
Musharraf is saying such things just to fill in the blank spaces of an already prepared
Zionist design. There can be no truth in what he says. He went to the Zionists for his own
sake and had to say something ‘good’ which should have pleased his audience and so he
said what he said. He simply is a liar. What Gaza and what withdrawal?
It was about two years before Musharraf met the Zionists that in my document Labbaik
Allahhumma Labbaik mentioned above, I quoted the following:
If the Palestinians do not stamp out "terrorism", they would become the next targets in
the world's campaign against terror, Peres warned. "I say to the Palestinians: you do not
have much time left for terrorism. In the 21st century there is a war against terrorism. If
you continue with terrorism, you will be the next target for the world." Mr. Peres said
(22-9-2003) in the closing speech of two-day celebrations marking his 80th birthday. The
elderly statesman and leader of Israel's opposition Labour Party also had word of warning
for right-wing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: "Arik, you know that we have no future in
the Gaza Strip - it is impossible," said Shimon Peres, addressing the Israeli premier by his
nickname. "What good will those settlements do us," Mr. Peres asked. "Why should we
sit in Gaza with two battalions of soldiers protecting (the settlement of) Netzarim? Let us
get rid of what we have to get rid of … you make the decision and we will support you.
The delay is catastrophic for us and for the Palestinians," he warned. "How long do you
want us to sit in the waiting room of history?" he asked Mr. Sharon. [4]
The observation that Gaza pullout paves way for further West Bank land grab fits into the
overall scenario. This observation had been made about the same time when Musharraf
met the Zionists. Was not it his duty to know such observations and act on his own in
favour of the Palestinians?
Hardly had the last of the 8,000 or so Israeli settlers left Gaza than Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon announced that Israel would expand the settlements on the West Bank. Israel’s
"unilateral disengagement" from Gaza—the closure and demolition of the 14 settlements
and the dismantling of military installations securing them—together with the removal of
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by the imperialist powers. The international press has re-branded a proven war criminal
as a "peacemaker" and lauded the pullout as an important first step towards alleviating
the suffering of the Palestinian people, normalising relations between Israel and
Palestine, and creating an independent Palestinian state. . . . But the withdrawal from
Gaza is nothing more than a smokescreen to mask Israel’s consolidation of a far more
significant land grab of the West Bank, land it has brutally occupied for nearly 40 years
in breach of international law and in defiance of countless United Nations resolutions. . . .
[5]
And when a UN envoy cries and says Israel has turned Gaza into a prison, was not
Musharraf’s duty to ask Israelis – his new friends – and the West and act appropriately in
favour of the Palestinians? Did he do anything? It was reported [09.26.06] that the
United Nations Human rights envoy to the Palestinian territories John Dugard has
published a report Tuesday where he does not shy away from sharply criticizing Israel
and the West for the situation in Gaza. "Israel has turned the Gaza Strip into a prison for
Palestinians and have thrown away the key," he said, adding that "in other countries this
process might be described as ethnic cleansing." In the report handed to the UN Human
Rights Council Dugard wrote that "life in Gaza has turned to be intolerable, appalling and
tragic." According to him, 75 percent of Gaza's population is dependant on food aid for
survival, and the destruction left from Israeli bombings is "intolerable." . . . To many
residents of Gaza, this month of Ramadan is the poorest and saddest holiday since 1967.
According to them, the economic situation has never been worse and the holiday feasts
have never been as lacking as this year. [6]
An Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery’s article appeared on, as recently as, 27-9-2007 in
the Opinion column of a Pakistani daily ‘Daily Times’. He wrote:
"Everything significant that is happening nowadays is a part of the Israeli effort to take
over the West Bank and to turn it into a part of the State of Israel. All else is but foam on
the water. The pathetic Condoleezza Rice keeps coming and going. Ehud Olmert is
formulating a document without content in order to create the illusion of progress
towards the creation of a Palestinian state next to Israel. Israeli airplanes bombard a
Syrian area in order to eliminate a threat of ‘weapons of mass destruction’. Israel
prepares to bomb or not to bomb nuclear installations in Iran. President Bush is calling
for an ‘international meeting’ at an unknown date, with unknown participants for an
unknown purpose. All this is imagined reality. The real reality is unfolding on the
ground, every day, every hour: nightly incursions in West Bank towns, frantic building in
the settlements, enlargement of the ‘Israelis only’ road network, further additions to the
600 or so existing roadblocks, worsening of the living conditions in the Palestinian
ghettos in the West Bank and turning life in the Gaza Strip into hell. This is the real war:
the war for ‘the whole of the Land of Israel’ — a war that has disappeared from public
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20 minutes drive from there. The Palestinians are fighting with their meager means but
with dogged obduracy."
How could he disregard such information, in this case published in Pakistan? But, why
should he apply his mind in the interest of Pakistan when he is not Pakistan’s man?
Musharraf said it was Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s "bold step" of withdrawing
troops from the Gaza Strip that encouraged him to take that decision. And in which way
will Musharraf be ‘encouraged’ now when Israel is making the lives of those who live in
Gaza impossible? What can I say? The stage is such that words no more suffice:
Declaring the Gaza Strip as a "hostile entity" and limiting its supply of fuel and
electricity is an act of collective punishment by Israel. The . . . government has also said
it will further restrict the transfer of goods and people in and out of Gaza. The moves are
part of an escalating offensive against Gaza’s one-and-a-half million residents that could
culminate in an armed attack. The pretext used by the security cabinet for taking these
measures was provided by cross-border rocket attacks, one of which hit an army base last
week, injuring 69 soldiers. Israel has blamed the Hamas-led authority deposed with the
support of the western powers by President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah, based in the West
Bank. This is despite reports by Israel Radio that the deposed Palestinian Prime Minister
Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas has met with Islamic Jihad leaders to try and halt the rocket
fire. The Israeli government considered cutting off electricity totally in response to every
rocket, but decided instead to reduce the amount of megawattage provided to the Strip . . .
The government also decided to cut off all fuel, with the exception of that needed by
hospitals and other functions deemed to have a "humanitarian" purpose. Diesel will be
allowed in to fuel ambulances, sewage pumps, generators and garbage trucks, but
gasoline will be restricted. . . . Gaza’s people are already on the brink of starvation, with
more than 1.1 million totally reliant on food from the United Nations. Israel supplies
almost two thirds of its electricity. Cutting power for even a matter of days will halt water
supplies to the apartment blocks in which most people live. . . . Israel, as the occupying
power, is responsible for the well-being of Gaza’s civilian population. Declaring Gaza a
"hostile entity" alters nothing regarding international law. . . . [7]
These and other facts and the history behind them, therefore, make it very clear to the
concerned and thinking people all over the world that whatever be the language of any
American and Israeli agenda for Palestinians, it cannot be anything but a demand on them
for total surrender. Everything else is and will be cosmetics.
But on the other side, the state of affairs of the world today is such, as you will read in the
following pages, that American and Israeli wishes will remain wishes. The sacrifices of
so many for so long cannot go waste. There is logic in the process. Therefore the
direction of this state of affairs of the world points toward ever increasing American and
Israeli impotence in the future. So where fits ‘recognition’ of Israel by Pakistan?

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And again, the fact is that even if Musharraf opens Pakistan’s embassy in Israel
tomorrow and Israel does the same in Pakistan the day after, the direction of the historical
process cannot change. These will be too small events to affect any change in the
dynamics of that process which is very big encompassing at least the Christian and
Muslim worlds if not the whole of humanity. History is preparing and setting its stage
when their combined civilizational thrust will make Zionism and so Israel which is an
outpost of evil collapse from within. I believe that moment is not very far off.
Therefore now the question is that within this or such an overall scenario, what is the
least if not more that Pakistan can do in the meantime? As all this evidence clearly
demands -- and there is even more in what you can read in the following pages and
elsewhere – that Pakistan should take a U-turn, this time for the right cause, and come
back to the point when and where it had no covert contacts with Israel. If the rulers do not
listen they will be putting more obstacles in the path of the peoples of Pakistan and the
Muslim world deserving in return the loss of their rule and an appropriate punishment for
themselves and/or their subsequent generations. This is the inevitability of the historical
process none of us can escape.
December 31,2007
Lahore

Manzoor Ahmad Manzoor