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Diplomacy, Security and Terrorism

05 August 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Foreign Minister Peres makes his real feelings known in private while playing the diplomat in public.  There are confidential leaked conversations from private talks where of course, he denies the content attributed to him.  Late last week the French magazine L’Express reported a Peres statement that Palestinian Authority Chairman Arafat should be shot dead, but not by Israel.  He denies the quote even though the statement represents the vast majority opinion of Jews in Israel.

Arafat is a major obstacle to peace and any reforms planned in the PA.  President Bush wants him removed and even the Europeans quietly concur as massive financial scandals and corruption are surfacing in regards to funds they gave for PA development and humanitarian aid.  Notice the Europeans have toned their knee jerk criticisms of Israel over the past few weeks.

Public European diplomatic condemnations of Israel are not going to end, but they are being tempered by security service evaluations made concerning world terrorism and the direct link between Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Palestinian terror organizations.  Although technically considered a civilian administrative body the PA by its own admittance, is subservient to the Fatah/Tanzim terrorists.  As exposed in the London Times, not a particularly pro-Israel newspaper, Saddam Hussein intends to supply biological terror weapons to the Palestinians for use against Israel and the US.  The British know they are next in line.

In addition to the British Isles, continental Europe is petrified by the possibility of a terror attack, the French with a Moslem population of 6 – 7 million in particular.  Europe is in denial, but they face the same terror danger as Jerusalem and Washington, its just a matter of time.  The European Union enthrallment with the PA has come to an end.

Since Israel captured Palestinian documents during the Defensive Shield operation everyone, including the Egyptians and Jordanians, knows Arafat is a major player in terrorism.   ‘Unofficial’ reports claim Cairo and Amman want Arafat to disappear, along with Saddam Hussein since both threaten the stability of those two regimes.  But it must be done quickly, cleanly and efficiently, with no reverberations possibly leading to the overthrow of President Mubarak and King Abdullah.

The Bush administration is planning the demise of Saddam Hussein while Israeli PM Sharon is doing the same concerning Arafat.  Bush can speak out loud, Sharon cannot.  Peres has set the general direction (although someone else must do it) but is obligated to deny he said it.  He also knows that whoever does in Arafat, Israel will be blamed. 

Conclusions anyone?