by David Wilder

The Jewish Community of Hebron

June 17, 2002

The Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre describes itself as "established in 1988 by a group of Palestinian journalists and researchers to provide information on events in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip" whose goal is "obtaining reliable information on the Palestinian territory."

The latest JMCC public opinion poll [www.jmcc.org], conducted between 29 May to 2 June 2002 reports the following results: Over 65% of those polled oppose the Oslo Accords, 52.3% oppose negotiations with Israel, 78.9% support continuation of the "al-Aqsa intifada, " and 68.1% support suicide bombings.

And most importantly, 51.1% expect the "end result of the current intifada "to be the "liberation of all historic Palestine," i.e., the destruction of the State of Israel.

On June 24, 2001 the Egyptian daily "Al-Arabi," published an interview with late Palestinian leader Faisal Husseini. Referring to the Trojan horse he said: "Climb into the horse and don't question what type of material the horse is made of. Climb into the horse, and we shall transform your climbing into that horse into a beginning of a building era, rather than an era of the end of hope.Palestine in its entirety is an Arab land, the land of the Arab nation, a land no one can sell or buy, and it is impossible to remain silent while someone is stealing it, even if this requires time and even [if it means paying] a high price . If you are asking me, as a man who belongs to the Islamic faith, my answer is also "from the river to the sea," the entire land is an Islamic Waqf which can not be bought or sold, and it is impossible to remain silent while someone is stealing it..."

Between July 11 - July 24, 2000, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak met with Yassir Arafat and then President Bill Clinton at Camp David. Israel, in conjunction with the United States position agreed to cede 94% of the West Bank and Gazza to a newly declared Palestinian State, including sovereignty in large segments of north, east, and south Jerusalem. Arafat, on behalf of the Palestinian Authority rejected the proposal, causing cessation of the negotiations. Five weeks later, following a "friendly and informal" dinner meeting between Barak and Arafat and Barak's home, the Palestinian Authority declared war on the State of Israel.

On September 13, 1993, the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, together with Yassir Arafat and President Clinton, signed a Declaration of Principals, which stated, "that it is time to put an end to decades of confrontation and conflict, recognize their mutual legitimate and political rights, and strive to live in peaceful coexistence and mutual dignity and security and achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement and historic reconciliation through the agreed political process."

From September 12, 1993 to September 2000, three hundred and three Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorists. From September 27, 2000 to June 17, 2002, 526 Israelis have been killed, including over 350 civilians. Two hundred and nine people have been killed by suicide bombings. Four thousand and ninety nine people have been injured, including over 2,900 civilians.

The US administration has consistently attacked Yassir Arafat's leadership, leading to the conclusion that alternative leadership would produce more acceptable results, i.e. prevention of terror and violence. Possible successors to Arafat might include:

1. Muhammad Dahlan, until recently chief of Palestinian security in Gazza. According to Israeli intelligence forces, Dahlan was responsible for a bus bombing on November 20, 2000 which killed two and maimed three children of the same family. The CIA reportedly has tapes of Dahlan ordering this attack. He has taken an active role in production of mortars fired at Israeli communities, both in Gazza and in Israel proper.

2. Jibril Rajoub, until recently chief of Palestinian security in Judea and Samaria. Rajoub was incarcerated by Israel between 1968 and 1986 for terrorist activities. Maariv newspaper reported that Rajoub was responsible for the murder of 15 Israeli soldiers in September 1996. In 1995 Bassam Eid, a researcher at B'tselem, an Israeli left-wing human rights group said, "I define him as the Saddam of the territories."

The newly appointed head of Palestinian Authority security is Abdel-Razzaq al-Yahya. According to the acclaimed Debka website, "Al-Yahya who lives permanently in Amman is very close to the heads of Iraqi military intelligence in Baghdad and hobnobs frequently with Iraqi agents based in the Jordanian capital. Al-Yahya's appointment will therefore strengthen the pro-Baghdad faction in the Palestinian leadership."

President George W. Bush is reportedly considering creation of a provisional Palestinian State on which the Palestinians could "pin their hopes and dreams." This, despite skepticism expressed by Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Collin Powell, concerning Arafat's commitment to reform. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, quoted on June 15 said, "Frankly, the Palestinian Authority, which is corrupt and cavorts with terror . . . is not the basis for a Palestinian state moving forward."

Between the years 1993 and 2002, the Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of Arafat, Dahlan, Rajoub and many others, has proven itself to be at the forefront of terrorism, which has claimed the lives of close to a thousand Israelis. Arafat supported Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. Palestinians danced in the streets following the September 11 World Trade Center catastrophe. Palestinians have stoned to death Israeli children and have dismembered Israeli soldiers. And a majority of Palestinians continue to support such actions.

The Palestinian Authority, despite a pledge to end violence, has violated all its obligations undertaken by the Oslo Accords. An overwhelming majority of Palestinians today reject Oslo as a framework for peace with Israel. Its 'moderate' leadership referred to Oslo as a Trojan horse.

President Bush, following the September 11 attacks, declared war on terrorism. Why should the United States aid and support creation of an additional terrorist state?

And why should the State of Israel agree to creation of an internationally accepted Palestinian state, a state that will undoubtedly continue to utilize terror to achieve its primary goal: 'the liberation of all historic Palestine' and the destruction of Israel?

With blessings from Hebron.

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