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Israeli September 11th, a Year Later

11 September 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Today is September 11th and whatever anyone could thing of concerning the great American tragedy in the face of Islamic fundamentalist terror has already been written.  Americans and the world think back to a year ago, as do Israelis.

Last year a special cabinet meeting was being held to discuss how to handle Palestinian terror.  One of the suggestions was to forcibly exile Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat, but before the specific issue of his removal came up for debate the WTC was attacked, ending the meeting.  It should be remembered that the American State Department opposed any Arafat exile.

Since then hundreds of Israelis have been killed and thousands wounded in Palestinian terror attacks.  Arafat has approved them all and been a direct accomplice to many.  And he is still the recognized Palestinian leader, despite his limitations.

Just this morning the Voice of Israel radio reported that 25 ‘wanted’ Palestinian terrorists ‘with blood on their hands’ are still hiding out in the Mukata, Arafat’s official residence in Ramallah. 

Arafat remains a terrorist, he has the support of the Moslem/Arab world, the Europeans refuse to fully support Israel’s battle against terrorism (or America’s for that matter) but Washington understands the Israeli position somewhat better.  Arafat is surrounded and Prime Minister Sharon is waiting for the right minute to deal with him.

And as for Saddam Hussein, George Bush may not be waiting any longer.