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Diplomatic Support for Palestinian Terrorism

19 May 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Almost everything has been written about Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat’s support and participation in terrorism over the years.  He is a criminal and a murderer, undermining his own administration’s efforts to begin conflict resolution with Israel.  Israeli PM Sharon hoped to make him “irrelevant” by asking foreign leaders not to meet him.  Arafat’s only relevancy is in terrorism.  To stop terrorism and make peace, accepting a two-state solution, would undermine his legacy removing him from center stage of world attention.

Sharon and Israeli leaders thought revelations of Arafat’s latest terror activities would deter world leaders from the pilgrimage to the Muqata’a in Ramallah.  They were wrong.  His new prime minister, Abu Mazen is looked down upon with scorn by most Palestinians, accused of being an American lackey.  His meeting with Sharon Saturday night just seemed to emphasize the point.

Instead of developing Abu Mazen as an alternative to Arafat, European, UN and Japanese diplomats are doing their best to rehabilitate and inspire the terrorist Arafat to continue in his murderous ways at the expense of any moderate forces.  It is as if they prefer terrorism to peace. 

Such an absurdity may be the key.  Terrorism against Israel may be seen as a fair and justifiable outlet for Arab – Islamic anger and hatred of the west, especially in light of the American victory in Iraq.  Everyone wants to deflect terrorism from themselves and many are willing to make compromises at someone else’s expense.

Israel is the cheapest victim.  Nations compromising with terrorism will do it through support of Arafat in the guise of peace making.  Arafat will become “relevant” once again because the nations represented by those who meet him need the Palestinian leader’s stamp of approval and maybe their countries can escape terror attacks a bit longer.  And if Israel suffers a few more bus bombings, so be it.

Anyone meeting with Arafat encourages him and is a terrorist collaborator himself, not even an apathetic bystander in the conflict.  The Israeli government announced it will hold no meetings with anyone making the trek to Ramallah in search of the terrorist guru, hoping foreign diplomats will refuse to meet Arafat and prefer talking to Israeli representatives and Abu Mazen instead.

Sharon may find himself under sanction in favor of Arafat or most likely everyone will send two sets of diplomats.  But they will relish contact with the terrorist leader, needing an alliance with him in the hope of avoiding terrorism in their own countries.

In the meantime Israel will be the sacrifice until terrorism does hit their homelands and then such narrow interests may be reconsidered.  Or not.