SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL SUMMED IT UP when he said, “Let’s be clear what brought it all to a halt: terrorism.” He was talking about the March peace initiative, but it is the cause of death and destruction in Israel. Yet, he stopped short of naming the biggest terrorist in Israel: Yasser Arafat.
The Israeli attack on Arafat’s Palestinian Headquarters compound clearly demonstrates that without Arafat the suicide bombers would have no support. According to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz Daily, “a great deal of the material found in the Arafat compound, the Muqata'a, includes weapons banned by the Oslo Accords, such as anti-armor weapons. The compound also yielded a large collection of documents that links the PA (Palestinian Authority) leadership with the terrorist attacks inside Israel.” The Associated Press reported that “the Israeli military on Saturday displayed dozens of automatic rifles, handguns and more than 30 rocket-propelled grenades that it said were seized from Arafat's compound.”
With each new headline screaming of death and injury to innocent civilians Yasser Arafat’s terrorism continues. The Associated Press (AP) story “Bombing Injures 32 in Tel Aviv Café” clearly reveals the linkage to Arafat in its lead paragraph. “The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement that identified the bomber as 22-year-old Mohannad Salahat from the village near the West Bank town of Jenin. The Al Aqsa militia is linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.”
Each additional atrocity makes it obvious that Arafat is masterminding the violence. Palestinian terrorists including the murderers of former Israeli Minister Rehavam Ze'evi are guests in his beseiged PA headquarters in Ramallah.
Unfortunately the United States still fails to acknowledge that Arafat is as much a terrorist as Osama bin Laden. What Arafat and his Al-Aqsa Brigades, Hamas, Hezbollah, and all the other Palestinian terrorist gangs have been doing in Israel is the equivalent of what bin Laden and al Qaeda did here on September 11. They don’t want peace they want to annihilate Israelis and push them into the Mediterranean Sea. Yet, the myth that the Palestinians truly want only to live in peace side by side with Israelis has been fostered by Palestinian sympathizers such as Bill Clinton, Arafat’s financial backers - the Arab states, and the United Nations.
Bill Clinton’s first international “success” was brokering the Oslo Peace Agreements between Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Yassar Arafat. These agreements made it possible for the PLO to transform itself in the eyes of the world from a terrorist gang to a recognized “national authority.” The Israelis came away with a promise of peace in our time and its Labor Party leaders brought home a shared Nobel Peace Prize. (The reality of the bad deal that Rabin and Peres brokered for their country is summarized in this web article on freeman.org written in 1996 three years after the accords were signed.)
For the entire eight years of the Clinton administration our foreign policy took a huge tilt in favor of Arafat. He was the foreign leader who visited the Clinton White House more times than any other. It’s hard to forget how Clinton snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visited the U.S., while welcoming Arafat with open arms.
It was only after Ehud Barak under the tutelage of James Carville, President Clinton’s aggressive political consultant, defeated Netanyahu that our administration again welcomed an Israeli Prime Minister properly. Yet, Clinton wasn’t finished with meddling in the Middle East. Seeking his own Nobel Peace Prize, he strong-armed Barak into concession after concession at the Camp David Peace talks. Unfortunately for Clinton his “friend” Arafat was not satisfied with achieving 95% of his goals and turned down every offer. Thus Clinton lost his Nobel Prize opportunity, while the Middle East has sunk into an ever-increasing spiral of violence - violence choreographed by Arafat and his terrorist thugs.
Yet, Barak is not alone in his willingness to put Israel in peril for “peace now.” When I was in Israel in 1982, I was amazed at the number of intellectuals who were eager to return land won in the Six Day War for a promise of peace. University professors, government officials, and the media were ecstatic that Israel was returning the Sinai back to Egypt and giving the Gaza strip over to the Palestinians. “Land for Peace” was a slogan then as now.
The U.S. must not undermine Israel’s sovereign right of self-defense. As Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said on February 25, 2002, “The only way to defend yourself (against terrorists) is by going after them where they are. Because otherwise, you change your whole way of life, you're no longer a free person. You're living in a cave and hiding, behind barricades…and not being able to go out in the morning.” Without the right to safeguard its country against Arafat and his terrorists, Israel will cease to exist. And that’s just what Arafat wants!