CNN's Wolf Blitzer joins his CNN anchors in misstating the facts
so they jibe with the story being put out by a President who,
as always, is quite comfortable with bending the truth. Blitzer:
"Palestinian leaders and factions are gathered here at Shawwa
Center to vote on canceling the PLO Covenant." The lady anchor
announces: "The President is visiting 'Palestine' today."
Walter Rogers says: A Palestinian taxi driver said: "We used
to burn these [American flags]." Rogers said with emphasis:
"The implications are tremendous. I talked to a Western Diplomat
intimately connected with the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process.
President Clinton's visit here moves US to within inches of recognition
of a Palestinian State. Clinton and Albright deny this visit is
to encourage a Palestinian State but the symbolism is enormous."....according
The fact is that the socalled leaders who packed the Shawwa Auditorium
cannot legally cancel the Covenant and they are not leaders in
any sense. Their orders come from one man: Yassir Arafat. They
will do as they are told. Clinton knows this, as does Netanyahu.
These socalled Palestinian leaders will be told to raise their
hands to ratify a letter approved by the Palestinian Executive
Committee affirming that some paragraphs in the PLO Covenant have
been canceled. This is not a legal vote, therefore, the
PLO Covenant calling for Israel's destruction is still operative,
binding and still incites Arabs to murder Jews.
The week before Clinton and the American delegation arrived, over
500 members of various terrorist and PLOsanctioned groups did
meet in Gaza regarding the Charter. Members of Hamas, Islamic
Jihad, PFLP. DFLP and other groups declared their opposition to
the Wye River Accord with Israel and the ratification of the amendments
to the Palestinian National Charter. (AP, JERUSALEM POST,
The original Covenant was voted into existence in 1964 (before
the 1967 Six Days War) by 500 Arabs, many of whom were considered
leaders in the Arab world. Religious Muslims voted the equivalent
of a religious "Fatwa" which calls for Israel's destruction.
(Think about the unremitting nature of the "Fatwa" issued
against Salman Rushdie by Iran's Ayatollahs who still refuse to
rescind this officially sanctioned death sentence despite pleas
from England, America and other nations..)
Clause 33 of the Covenant says it can only be changed or canceled
by a by majority vote of the full 500 man body of the Palestinian
National Council. Only 23 members of the Palestinian National
Council applied for visas to come to Gaza. And in their own words:
The people gathered in the Shawwa Auditorium on December
14 have been instructed to raise their hand, providing a wellplanned
show for the Clinton and the Western media.
Regrettably, there is no substance to the pledge to cancel this
deadly Covenant. If one studies Koranic law, you will find passages
that allow even command a Muslim to lie or trick any infidel
with pledges of a peace treaty until they have sufficient strength
to come back in force to kill the enemy. Yassir Arafat, speaking
in Arabic, often calms his audience by telling them to be patient
because he is following the example of Mohammed's Treaty of
Hudaibiya with the Koreish tribe. Here Mohammed made a peace
agreement with the Jewish Koreish tribe of Mecca in 628 CE who
refused to accept his leadership and convert to Islam. In 2 years
he returned with a strong army and slaughtered the Koreishi tribe
and conquered Mecca. Arafat first revealed his obeisance to this
Islamic principle in Johannesburg, May 10, 1994 when he said:
"I'm not considering it [Oslo] more than the agreement
which has been signed in 628 CE between the prophet Mohammed and
the tribe of Koreish."
So, when Arafat tells his fellow Muslims that they are not
to worry about his agreements with Israel...everyone understands
except the Jews.
As for canceling the Covenant, it is now irrelevant. The Covenant
was a teaching outline for every terrorist group, every terrorist
nation. It is the equivalent to a Bible in every Muslim home.
In fact, Arafat has said that he will cancel the Covenant when
the Jews cancel their Torah. Even if everyone in this hall raises
his hand even if Israel accepts this as a sufficient legal method
of canceling the Covenant it is not so. Regrettably, Israeli
Jews wallow in delusion, even as a corrupt President and an International
Terrorist promise better days. Scrapping the Covenant will not
eliminate what has already been taught and absorbed as a mark
of Arab culture. That hatred has permeated every corner of the
Arab world and it no longer needs a scrap of paper called the
Shabby theatrics put on with instigation of Clinton's State
Department and Arafat's planners were intended to offer the illusion
that the Palestinian's will no longer follow the dictates of the
Covenant calling for the destruction of Israel. That illusion
will be shattered by more killings and denials by the authorities
who first signed the Covenant and then refused to return to cancel
it. Sadly, the Israelis have simply stopped thinking for themselves,
as they surrender their sovereignty.
Emanuel A. Winston is a Middle East Analyst & Commentator
and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies.