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Saving Arafat By: David Bedein
Israel Resource News Agency | Wednesday, September 17, 2003

As the debate ensues between the U.S. and Israel as to whether or not Israel will capture, exile or kill Yasser Arafat, the credible Candian-based Middle East Newsline reported on Monday that the U.S. intervened to prevent the Israel Defence Forces  from capturing and neutralizing the Muqata'a headquarters of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Middle East News Line reported that the U.S. State Department issued a directive to Israel to suspend plans to capture Arafat's headquarters in  Ramallah over the weekend, even though Israel provided hundreds of captured documents to the U.S. that prove that the Muqata'a is where the terror campaign against Israel is being planned and directed.

Despite that, Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice telephoned  Israeli Prime Minister Ariel  Sharon to suspend  military plans against the Muqat'a.

An Israeli military force had captured a PA ministry about 300 meters from Arafat's headquarters and established a command post for the capture of the Muqata'a.

The significance of such a planned tactical move on the part of the IDF is that the Muqata'a is precisely where Arafat's terror campaign has been coordinated for the last three years.

It is at the Muqata'a where Arafat has coordinated the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and all the PLO Armed groups under one command since October 2000. That has resulted  in more than 20,000 Arab terror attacks and the cold blooded murder of almost 900 men, women and children throughout Israel.

A  rubric of U.S. foreign policy is that all of the Palestinian Arab security agencies need to work under one command. It would seem that Arafat's coordination of all security services at the Muqata'a fulfilled that U.S. policy directive, regardless of the consequences for Israeli citizens.

The U.S. has invested more than $100 million in the PA security agencies this year, under the premise that these funds would be allocated to forces loyal to former PA Prime Minister  Mahmoud Abbas and Security Affairs Minister Mohammed Dahlan, neither of whom are now in power; hence, these funds have been diverted to forces loyal to Yasser Arafat.

That leaves U.S. security personnel  in a position of training and advising PLO armed forces, who now coordinate terrorist attacks throughout Israel.

The question remains:  Is it too late to avoid an inevitable scenario where  an American "advisor" in the service of the PLO "security services" will be killed in a preemptive IDF attack on PLO terrorists?

David Bedein, author of the forthcoming book, "Swimming Against the Mainstream", has run the Israel Resource News Agency. www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com, since 1987, at the Beit Agron Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also heads the Center for Near East Policy Research and serves as the Middle East correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, www.thebulletin.us.

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