I do not understand why so many people refuse to admit that Yasser Arafat is not interested in concluding a peace deal with Israel. EVER!
It should be as clear as the nose on your face that Arafat’s goal is the destruction of Israel. If there was ever any doubt about that, consider his rejection of Ehud Barak’s offer in 2000.
Ehud Barak, the Prime Minister of Israel, offered Arafat what was considered to be a very generous offer, one that apparently met something like 97% of Palestinian demands.
Instead of coming up with a counter-offer, Arafat rejected Barak and started up his terror machine. If Arafat really wanted to negotiate a deal, wouldn’t he have tendered a counter-offer representing, say, 100% of Palestinian demands? Since he didn’t, could he have smelled a rat?
Was he being set up? What if Israel accepted his counter-offer? After all, if the Israelis offered 97%, they might very well accept a 100% counter-offer. Then, what would Arafat do? Retract his counter-offer and really undermine his international credibility?
Let’s face it, Arafat could not take the risk of an Israeli acceptance. Hence, there was no counter-offer. Seems obvious to me.
SPECIAL NOTE BY HOWARD GALGANOV: As you might be aware, a large demonstration expressing solidarity with Israel’s right to survive and defend itself against terrorism will be staged this coming Wednesday, April 17th at Phillip’s Square across from the Bay in downtown Montreal.
The organizers are hoping for as many as 5,000 people. I am hoping for at least twice that number. Please join the demonstration and lend your voice in support of Israel’s right to exist.