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"Arafat never loses an opportunity
to lose an opportunity" is mislead-
ailure to understand
ing.. Compromise undermines his
revolution. That explains why after
President Yasser Arafat as
accepting (temporarily) the terms of
a revolutionary terrorist
Oslo agreements, he and his entire
leader has misled many into naively
government" proceeded to ignore
thinking that he is-was interested in
them. Compliance was never his
peace. It has cost thousands of lives
on both sides and tens of thousands
Arafat turned the news media,
wounded. And it won't end until
schools and mosques into sources of
policy makers accept reality. There
hatred and violence. Anyone sus-
is only a military solution to end
pected or accused of "collaboration"
Arafat's reign of terrorism.
Arafat has two goals: first, to con- was murdered. He diverted fortunes
into his private accounts.
vince the world, especially
He smuggles vast quantities
Israelis, to accept the legiti-
of arms (the interceptions
macy of an independent,
of arms-laden ships like the
sovereign Palestinian state
Karine A are only the tip of
(which would eventually
the iceberg) and encourages
destroy and replace Israel);
and supports terrorism. It's
second, to revolutionize
his raison d'etre.
But Arafat's war was part
ness, not only in the West
of a larger picture. What
Bank and Gaza, but among
the Arab-Muslim world
Israeli Arabs as well. This
could not accomplish by
means a total transformation
of Palestinian society from
Palestinian terrorists could.
accommodation to resist-
They changed the battle-
field from open fields and
deserts to Israeli streets and stores.
Their goal was to create such fear
and desperation that Israel would
The greatest danger to achieving
capitulate. Each retreat and every
these goals is peace with Israel. If
compromise was evidence of Israeli
and when that happens, his revolu-
tion would be over and the cause to weakness. They wanted to demonize
and isolate Israel; in many ways,
which he has dedicated his life —
they have succeeded.
the destruction of Israel — lost.
Arafat's idea of "liberation" is not
These are the goals of every organi-
to create a little state for
zation with which he is associated
Palestinians, but to "free Palestine
from the Zionist oppressors" — all
Arafat needed to turn his people
of it! That's why he won't make
into a revolutionary fighting force
peace; he can't without giving up
that would actively oppose Israel's
what has made him a hero to his
existence. In many ways, he accom-
people: the world leader of Israel's
plished this. More and more Israeli
destruction. He is second only per-
Arabs actively aid terrorists. Israeli
to Osama bin Laden, the
Arab leaders proudly claim that
greatest terrorist in the world today.
they are Palestinian and openly call
Those who want Arafat and his
for Israel's defeat. Terrorism and
supporters to cut a deal refuse to
bomb factories flourish in
believe that he has a totally differ-
Palestinian towns; it has become
ent agenda than theirs. That's why
essential to their nationalism.
he keeps smiling. No matter what
That's why Abba Eban's quip that
he does, he can't lose. He continues
to receive diplomatic support, espe-
Moshe Dan, a former Detroiter, is a
cially from Europe and the United
writer and journalist living in Israel.
He's a former assistant professor of history Nations. The funds keep pouring
at City University of New York. His e- ' in.
Terrorism against Jews pays. ❑
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