Arafat Greatest Threat to Mideast Peace

Repost from Jakeneck.com

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas will resign from office if his government doesn’t start backing him up, he says, rather than deferring power to Yasser Arafat and his Fatah faction. The Palestinian Parliament has responded by saying, “Leave us out of this!”

Abbas, who is seen by moderates as Palestine’s best chance for peace, has been consistently undermined by Arafat since he took office 100 days ago, with Arafat most recently taking control of Palestinian military forces, and going as so far as to call Abbas a traitor for merely meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

In the meantime, Arafat has declared the road map “dead,” blaming Israel for killing it with its attacks on Islamic militants. The attacks came after a suicide bombing in Jerusalem which killed 20 Israeli civillians. Israel retaliated by going after the head of Hamas, the militant faction which claimed responsibility for the attack, effectively ending the cease-fire called by Islamic militant groups two months prior. Since the cease-fire (or “hudna”) had been declared, however, five Israeli civilians had been killed and 28 others injured in a spate of over 180 Palestinian-led attacks.

Hudna has a distinct meaning to Islamic fundamentalists, well-versed in their history: The prophet Mohammad struck a legendary, ten-year hudna with the Quraysh tribe that controlled Mecca in the seventh century. Over the following two years, Mohammad rearmed and took advantage of a minor Quraysh infraction to break the hudna and launch the full conquest of Mecca, the holiest city in Islam.

When Yassir Arafat infamously invoked Mohammad’s hudna in 1994 to describe his own Oslo commitments “on the road to Jerusalem,” the implication was clear. As Mideast expert Daniel Pipes explained, Arafat was asserting to his Islamic brethren that he will, “when his circumstances change for the better, take advantage of some technicality to tear up existing accords and launch a military assault on Israel.” Indeed, this is precisely what occurred in Sept. 2000 when Arafat & Co. launched a terror assault upon Israeli citizens.

As suspected, Palestinian militants used this hudna as an opportunity to regroup, and to improve their long-range weapons capabilities.

So, uh, Yasser, who was it that killed the road map there buddy? Huh? Huh?

One thought on “Arafat Greatest Threat to Mideast Peace

  1. IT always amazes me that Jews can see this issue so clearly and still align themselves with the Israel/Jew hating Left and its surrogates in the Democrat party.

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