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The Troubling Undercurrent

10 June 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Another Israeli military action is in process in Ramallah with a different type of siege on Arafat’s Mukata headquarters and the area hospitals.  This time the army wants to be sure no terrorists escape to find refuge in these areas.  The latest operation will most likely take about a week, so far 27 terrorists have been arrested including two future suicide/homicide bombers.  The Palestinians have put up almost no resistance. 

Supposedly reforms are taking place in the Palestinian Authority, but everyone is in agreement, including Israelis and Palestinians that Chairman Arafat has relinquished none of his powers, but rather has just down sized his cabinet to 20 instead of 31 members.  He has appointed an interior minister, a false delegation of power for dealing with the security forces.  The Islamicists and secular pro-Arafat Tanzim/Fatah have all made it clear they place no faith in any Arafat reforms.

But the soft spoken undercurrent in Israel is the most disturbing.  When will Arafat get the boot and how many Jews will have to die in bombings until Israel will have the green light from the West to throw him out and deal with a possibly new generation of Palestinian leadership?  It is said even US Sec. of State Powell and the Europeans would relent on an Israeli demand to deport Arafat should there be a large enough terror attack.

The number being tossed around is a mega attack with 200 killed.  The discussions are in whispers and all ‘unofficial.’  With Sharon in Washington at the moment the discussion has tapered off.  The whole situation in itself is absurd and an exercise in lunacy.  The liberal democratic West must see a massive victimization of the Israeli population before they will allow for the removal of the main protagonist and master terrorist Yasir Arafat, from the scene.  And only then can there be any possibility for true reforms. 

But first he must be successful at his greatest crime yet.  Logic, anyone?