Revolution in the Palestinian Authority?

The liberal media worldwide, the UN, the European Union and the Arab world want you to believe that Israel is more responsible than the Palestinian Authority in the failure of the 'peace process.'

 

Another of the same media's favorite expressions, 'cycle of violence,' equates Palestinian terrorists blowing up innocent children, women and men alike, just because they are Jews, to Israel's government conducting targeted military operations, aimed solely at getting rid of these terrorists.

 

But fortunately we have a President who does not think this way. During his major June 24, 2002 speech President Bush put the blame on PA's Chairman Arafat and called for a change of leadership inside the PA. The chaotic situation in Gaza since Friday might mark the beginning of the end for Arafat.

 

For the past ten years, Arafat has been ruling the PA like his own kingdom. He has installed a terror regime, which allows him to control every aspect of its 'territories.' Between the atrocious killings of 'collaborators' and constant threats on journalists and 'democrats,' Palestinians have been too afraid to rebel against the Arafat Kingdom (AK).

 

But things might be changing:  Friday's kidnappings of the security chief and five French social workers inside Gaza, plus Prime Minister Abu Ala's resignation, and the burning of PA offices might constitute the beginning of a revolt.

 

The corruption inside the PA has been so widely documented that it is impossible for ordinary Palestinians to trust the AK anymore.

 

As early as June 2002, in an article entitled 'Arafat bombs, Europe pays,' the German paper Die Zeit went deep into Arafat's misuse of European funds. For example, the Palestinian TV has been subsidized by the European Union for years. It is used by Arafat to convey messages of hatred like the destruction of Israel and the rewards of becoming a 'shahid' —— a martyr for Allah. Regardless of this, the EU has given 4.1 Billion Euros (around 5 Billion USD) to the AK, not including what each individual country donated.

 

Where has all this money gone?  For sure, it did not go to the people who needed it the most and to whom it was intended. The situation in Gaza and the West Bank has far worsened since Arafat took over. The per capita gross product went from $3,500 in 1993 to $900 in 2003. These funds were supposed to go for improving the situation of the Palestinians, such as getting rid of the refugee camps, building hospitals, roads and schools. None of this has happened. Instead, this money has been used for two distinctive purposes: increase Arafat's personal fortune and fund terrorism. Arafat is guilty, according to an IMF report of September 2003, of having diverted in the past few years $900 Million USD. Abu Mazen, the ex Palestinian Prime Minister, confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle that Arafat skimmed off 15 % in income taxes for his personal usage. Arafat's fortune is estimated between $300 million USD (very conservative estimate from the Forbes list of richest men) and $3 billion USD. Arafat is the same kind of kleptocrat Saddam was, because his people are starving while he gets richer by the day.

 

Another aspect of the AK is its major role in the terrorism campaign against Israel. In fact, according to a study by the National Security Studies Center of the University of Haifa, in the past three years, 41% of the terrorist acts have been perpetrated by Fatah, 40% by Hamas and 12.3% by Islamic Jihad.

 

So even if Hamas appears to many as the main obstacle to peace, it is actually Arafat's Fatah, which can claim the title of biggest terrorist organization. Contrary to common thinking, Arafat is not the only problem; he is only part of it. His kingdom, which includes all his Tunis gang, the old PLO elite who left with him in 1982 to Tunis, is the crux of the issue. Fatah controls the past, present and future of the Palestinians. Fatah, through their TV and educational books, is very much instilling hatred against Israel in the minds of the new generations. This incitement has to be stopped if we hope that one day peace will be victorious.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement plan for Gaza might have triggered this current rebellion, because some Palestinians do not want Arafat to rule Gaza in the future. Maybe Palestinians are now realizing that the corrupted and violent regime of the PA has to go for their own good. As long as the old guard from Fatah remains in power, no peace is reachable. Therefore, Palestinians need to be rid of Fatah in order to get their lives back.

 

But Arafat is not ready to relinquish his power; in an interview with As—Sharq al Awsat in May 2003, he said: ' I will not step down, but will die as a martyr.'

 

Thus, a necessary civil war might be in the offing between all the different factions. A defeat for Arafat at Palestinian hands has the potential to be very good for the future of the Palestinian people. As Middle East expert Daniel Pipes said: 'Palestinians need to be defeated more than Israel needs to defeat them.'

 

Possibly, a new elite of realists, accepting Israel's existence, can emerge after this cleansing process is completed. And we might then witness the birth of a Palestinian version of the late Egyptian President Sadat, who will understand that Israel cannot be defeated militarily and will choose the peace path and the cessation of terror.

The liberal media worldwide, the UN, the European Union and the Arab world want you to believe that Israel is more responsible than the Palestinian Authority in the failure of the 'peace process.'

 

Another of the same media's favorite expressions, 'cycle of violence,' equates Palestinian terrorists blowing up innocent children, women and men alike, just because they are Jews, to Israel's government conducting targeted military operations, aimed solely at getting rid of these terrorists.

 

But fortunately we have a President who does not think this way. During his major June 24, 2002 speech President Bush put the blame on PA's Chairman Arafat and called for a change of leadership inside the PA. The chaotic situation in Gaza since Friday might mark the beginning of the end for Arafat.

 

For the past ten years, Arafat has been ruling the PA like his own kingdom. He has installed a terror regime, which allows him to control every aspect of its 'territories.' Between the atrocious killings of 'collaborators' and constant threats on journalists and 'democrats,' Palestinians have been too afraid to rebel against the Arafat Kingdom (AK).

 

But things might be changing:  Friday's kidnappings of the security chief and five French social workers inside Gaza, plus Prime Minister Abu Ala's resignation, and the burning of PA offices might constitute the beginning of a revolt.

 

The corruption inside the PA has been so widely documented that it is impossible for ordinary Palestinians to trust the AK anymore.

 

As early as June 2002, in an article entitled 'Arafat bombs, Europe pays,' the German paper Die Zeit went deep into Arafat's misuse of European funds. For example, the Palestinian TV has been subsidized by the European Union for years. It is used by Arafat to convey messages of hatred like the destruction of Israel and the rewards of becoming a 'shahid' —— a martyr for Allah. Regardless of this, the EU has given 4.1 Billion Euros (around 5 Billion USD) to the AK, not including what each individual country donated.

 

Where has all this money gone?  For sure, it did not go to the people who needed it the most and to whom it was intended. The situation in Gaza and the West Bank has far worsened since Arafat took over. The per capita gross product went from $3,500 in 1993 to $900 in 2003. These funds were supposed to go for improving the situation of the Palestinians, such as getting rid of the refugee camps, building hospitals, roads and schools. None of this has happened. Instead, this money has been used for two distinctive purposes: increase Arafat's personal fortune and fund terrorism. Arafat is guilty, according to an IMF report of September 2003, of having diverted in the past few years $900 Million USD. Abu Mazen, the ex Palestinian Prime Minister, confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle that Arafat skimmed off 15 % in income taxes for his personal usage. Arafat's fortune is estimated between $300 million USD (very conservative estimate from the Forbes list of richest men) and $3 billion USD. Arafat is the same kind of kleptocrat Saddam was, because his people are starving while he gets richer by the day.

 

Another aspect of the AK is its major role in the terrorism campaign against Israel. In fact, according to a study by the National Security Studies Center of the University of Haifa, in the past three years, 41% of the terrorist acts have been perpetrated by Fatah, 40% by Hamas and 12.3% by Islamic Jihad.

 

So even if Hamas appears to many as the main obstacle to peace, it is actually Arafat's Fatah, which can claim the title of biggest terrorist organization. Contrary to common thinking, Arafat is not the only problem; he is only part of it. His kingdom, which includes all his Tunis gang, the old PLO elite who left with him in 1982 to Tunis, is the crux of the issue. Fatah controls the past, present and future of the Palestinians. Fatah, through their TV and educational books, is very much instilling hatred against Israel in the minds of the new generations. This incitement has to be stopped if we hope that one day peace will be victorious.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement plan for Gaza might have triggered this current rebellion, because some Palestinians do not want Arafat to rule Gaza in the future. Maybe Palestinians are now realizing that the corrupted and violent regime of the PA has to go for their own good. As long as the old guard from Fatah remains in power, no peace is reachable. Therefore, Palestinians need to be rid of Fatah in order to get their lives back.

 

But Arafat is not ready to relinquish his power; in an interview with As—Sharq al Awsat in May 2003, he said: ' I will not step down, but will die as a martyr.'

 

Thus, a necessary civil war might be in the offing between all the different factions. A defeat for Arafat at Palestinian hands has the potential to be very good for the future of the Palestinian people. As Middle East expert Daniel Pipes said: 'Palestinians need to be defeated more than Israel needs to defeat them.'

 

Possibly, a new elite of realists, accepting Israel's existence, can emerge after this cleansing process is completed. And we might then witness the birth of a Palestinian version of the late Egyptian President Sadat, who will understand that Israel cannot be defeated militarily and will choose the peace path and the cessation of terror.