Debkafile: Cairo has tacitly accepted Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. An Egyptian intelligence officer Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi is recorded in four audios of telephone calls to Arab media as asking: “How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?”
Palestinians should content themselves with Ramallah, he said. “Like all our Arab brothers, Egypt would denounce in public” President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but strife with Israel is not in Egypt’s interest and the Arabs must accept it. more …
Opinion: Ramallah was also chosen by Yasser Arafat as headquarters for the terror group Fatah, making it the ideal capital of the successor terror organization the Palestinian Authority.
From Ramallah, Arafat planned and conducted some of the most vile terror attacks of the 20th century.
The First Intifada:
On December 6, 1985, an Israeli citizen was stabbed to death while shopping in the Gaza Strip, which had been under Israeli control since the 1967 war. One day later, four Arab youths were killed in a car accident in Jabalya (northern Gaza).
Rumors spread that the accident was a revenge killing, and three days later an Arab youth was killed by an Israeli soldier after throwing a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli army patrol.
After four years of violence, including 3,600 Molotov cocktails, 100 hand grenades, and 600 assaults, the death toll reached 1,100 Arabs, 1,400 Israeli citizens, and 1,700 Israeli soldiers.
The Second Intifada
It began because of prime minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in 2000, and the bloodshed continued until 2005.
The PLO and Palestinian Authority (PA) have long denied that Arafat was behind the violence, instead calling the second intifada a spontaneous uprising.
That story began to fall apart for good in 2010, when Hamas leader and co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar stated that “President Arafat instructed Hamas to carry out a number of military operations in the heart of the Jewish state after he felt that his negotiations with the Israeli government then had failed.”
In 2013 an additional source, Arafat’s widow, Suha confirmed in an interview on Dubai TV that Arafat intended to start the intifada.
In the time-span of five years (2000-2005) the Arab-Palestinian death toll was 1,137 Israelis dead and 8,341 wounded. Of the wounded, 5,676 were civilians while 2,665 were security forces. The majority of casualties, including women and children were caused by suicide bombers from the terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Arafat’s headquarters points to an Edomite connection:
In the 6th century BC the Edomites were forced out of their ancestral home of Mt. Seir (modern-day Petra). Not wanting to go due east and confront the more powerful Egyptians, the Edomites settled in the lush pasture lands of Judea (West Bank), while the Jews were in captivity in Babylon.
How fitting that the headquarters of the father of modern-day terrorism would become the capital of a Palestinian state.
Esau, would be so proud.