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May 10, 2002

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The Involvement of Arafat and PA Officials in Terrorism -- An Official Report
    In January 2002, Fatah Secretary-General Marwan Barghouti wrote in his own handwriting to Yasser Arafat requesting payment of "a thousand dollars for each of the fighter brethren." Israel has verified that the 12 "fighter brethren" on Barghouti's list were Fatah operatives from Tulkarm involved in lethal attacks against Israelis. Arafat cut Barghouti's request to $350 for each terrorist, and then put his signature in Arabic on the Barghouti document approving payment. Thus, Arafat indisputably knew that he was financing terrorist attacks.
    For the entire report prepared by a team headed by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Dani Naveh, click here.

Arafat - A Democratically Elected Leader?
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, writing recently in the New York Times, referred to Yasser Arafat as the democratically elected leader of the Palestinians. On January 21, 1996, Arafat was elected President of the Palestinian Authority with 88 percent of the vote, defeating Samiha Khalil, a 72-year-old grandmother.
    What is less known is that Arafat's term of office expired three years ago, and he has never stood for reelection.
    The Oslo II Accord specifies in Ch. 1, Art. III, Para. 4: "The Council and the Ra'ees [President] of the Executive Authority of the Council shall be elected for a transitional period not exceeding five years from the signing of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement on May 4, 1994."

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  • Why the Siege of Arafat was Lifted - Ze'ev Schiff
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  • On Hating Israel - Victor Davis Hanson
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  • Bush's Diplomatic Quagmire - Jed Babbin
    President Bush has been receiving a lot of bad advice, but none worse than the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved before the war on terror can proceed to its next target, Iraq. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an artificial one, manufactured by nations such as Iran, Syria, Iraq and others who are our enemies in the war on terror. It's time to put the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the back burner where it belongs. (Washington Times)
  • Deconstructing Yasser - Amir Oren
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  • How Arafat Fits Into the Arab World - Lisa Anderson
    Since the moment of his election as the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Arafat has given every indication of wanting to join the ranks of the Arab rulers. He shows no aspirations to be an institutional innovator. For better or worse, he seems to have taken the negligent despotism of his colleagues among the Arab regimes as his model. (New York Times)
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  • Why the Saudis Cheated on America - Jamie Glazov
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  • Talking Points: The Gaza Terrorist Center

  • Headquarters for Hamas and its leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
  • Base for arms manufacturing, including bombs, mines, mortars, and rockets
  • Port of entry for extensive arms smuggling such as the Karine A weapons ship
  • Extensive smuggling of weapons and drugs from Egypt via tunnels
  • Daily attempts by terrorists to infiltrate Jewish settlements
  • Launching pad for mortar and rocket attacks on Israeli communities
  • Daily attacks on Israeli border outposts and border crossings