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Arafat Will Undermine Abu Mazen

24 April 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Yasir Arafat is still the undisputed leader of the Palestinians even if Abu Mazen forms a government, having come up with a compromise to allow former Gaza security chief Mohammed Dahlan to serve in his cabinet.  It took massive pressure by the Americans, British PM Tony Blair and several continental EU countries to get Arafat to agree to a compromise cabinet deal where Dahlan will serve but not as interior minister.

But titles matter little.  As of this morning there were sixty terror attack warnings reverberating throughout Israel and an early morning homicide/suicide bombing at the Kfar Saba train station (killing one and injuring ten according to the Voice of Israel Radio).  Most important is whether the Palestinian Authority will fight terrorism as a first step in the ‘Road Map’.  With staunch support for continued terror activities among the Palestinian populace and threats by the Hamas leadership not to take action against them any Palestinian attempts to stop terror look limited at best.

Add to this Arafat’s proven record of terror support one can expect him to undermine any attempts by Abu Mazen, Dahlan or anyone else to defeat the scourge.  Based on his previous behavior Arafat has every intention of obstructing all efforts to bring about a two state solution.

At least Washington knows who they are dealing with.  But do the Europeans, the UN and Russians, who are the other three members of the Quartet peace - makers?  One can rest assured they know him for the terrorist he is, but will chose to ignore his bloody activities.  If there is to be peace Yasir Arafat must be removed since he is the best guarantee of Abu Mazen’s failure.  One can expect these three Quartet members to allow Arafat to continue his terror activities as long as he can provide them with lies and excuses to cover up his murders. 

Unfortunately any serious moves towards peace will have to wait until Arafat is gone and that may take a good decade if not more.