Arafat Continues To Force War
Vol: 6 Issue: 29 Friday, March 29, 2002
We told you yesterday that Yasser Arafat intends to push the Israelis into mounting a military response so massive the surrounding Arab states will have an excuse to intervene militarily.
Since then, the Arab League unanimously approved the Saudi peace plan.
Although Israel has not seen the plan, and was neither consulted nor invited to discuss the plan at the summit, the summit resolution put Israel on the hot seat.
If Arafat had any genuine interest in obtaining what he claimed to want [a Palestinian state, Jerusalem and an Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 borders], it would have been prudent to let Israel squirm.
If Arafat had any genuine interest in peaceful coexistence with a Jewish state, he was offered a magic carpet in the summit resolution.
All he needed to do was — nothing. The UN, the US and the Arab world could have applied irresistible pressure on Israel to negotiate.
Instead, a member of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, a daughter organization of Arafat’s own Fatah movement, walked into a crowded supermarket and blew himself up. Like the previous attacks, there were no military targets. Arafat’s organization planned to kill women and children. In a departure from standard procedure, the attacker was a young woman.
She was chosen for the operation because she could penetrate the supermarket s security. Fatah was hoping to kill as many women and children as possible. There could have been no other possible target.
Proportionately, the loss ratio Israel is suffering works out to 5 Israelis=1000 US. Thus, the Passover Massacre represents to Israel as
great a loss as the September 11 attacks did to the USA.
Israeli losses since the beginning of the uprising has already caused a proportionate loss of life in that tiny country equal in numbers to the
loss of a half million Americans to domestic terror over the space of 18 months.
It appears Sharon is reacting exactly as Arafat anticipated. He announced an Israeli decision to isolate Arafat. Thirty tanks were deployed in a ring around Arafat’s Ramallah compound. Rounds are being fired into Arafat’s headquarters at the time of this writing.
Arafat took to the airwaves, telling al Jezeera that Israel is giving their answer to the Saudi peace plan. He made no mention of the grocery store attack. To the Arab world, Arafat is under unprovoked attack. “They want me under arrest or in exile or dead, but I am telling them, I prefer to be martyred,” Arafat said in a telephone interview with Al Jazeera, the Arab satellite television channel. “May God make us martyrs.”
While all this is going on in Israel, the Arab states drew their own line in the sand. A joint statement emanated from the Arab summit saying that an attack on Iraq is an attack on the Arab world . They called on the United States to first put an end to the killing in Israel before they would extend any cooperation regarding Iraq.
The slide toward global war continues. . .