The Times of Israel: If the two-state solution fails, Palestinians will back a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with full rights for all citizens, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday.
In a pre-recorded speech broadcast on large screens in Gaza City as tens of thousands gathered to mark the death of PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Abbas, who has not visited Gaza since his allies were thrown out by Hamas in 2007, hailed his predecessor’s legacy.
“Our Palestinian people, who have always loved you as a great leader, still have that love, respect and loyalty,” he said.” more …
Opinion: Yasser Arafat, a darling of the progressive left, was described by Andrew McCarthy in the National Review 2004:
“About him, while there is much to say, there is little to
glean. He was a thug. One of the most cunning of all
time for sure, but quite simply a ruthless, thoroughly
corrupt, will-to-power thug.”
In our soon-to-be-published (revised) book Antichrist: The Search for Amalek, the chapter on Arafat received the most number of words. I chose this quote for the first page:
We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a
purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable
for Jews by psychological warfare and population
explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything,
including all of Jerusalem. —Yasser Arafat, 1996
We titled chapter 10, Arafat: Antichrist #8, since like his forefathers from the line of Amalek (Ex. 17:16), his #1 goal was not just to kill Jews but to wipe the slate clean of the memory of the Jewish people.
In August 13, 1993 Arafat used his cunning and ruthlessness to shake hands with Bill Clinton and Yitzhak Rabin and speak of peace one minute, then turn to his Arab audience and speak in Arabic calling for a jihad against Israel and a million martyrs to liberate Jerusalem the next. (Notice the expressions on the three men)
For their part in the handshake that began the failed 7 year land for peace deal called the Oslo Accords, two of the three men faced judgment under the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:3).
- On December 13, 1993, President Bill Clinton was faced with allegations that state troopers had arranged sexual relations for him while he was governor. One of the women mentioned was Paula Jones, a claim that persisted throughout his administration.
- On November 4, 1995, Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.
Arafat’s legacy can be summed up in three quotes:
- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak once referred to Arafat as “a son of a dog.”
- The Syrian defense minister Tlass called Arafat the “son of sixty-thousand whores.”
- Chief of Romanian intel, Constantine Munteanu, characterized the PLO leader as “so much cleverness, blood, and filth all together in one man.”
Arafat died from complications of AIDS on November 11, 2004.