Terrorism or peace at any cost
It seems the world has come near to the edge of the cliff for now; the whole worlds eyes are on Israel. We are seeing the worst terrorist outbreak and fighting in 18 months and maybe in Israel’s history. And it has no means to stop until Arafat steps in calling it to stop, by curbing the suicide bombers and showing a willingness to negotiate for peace.
Unfortunately most people are no longer able to tell what is wrong or right in this situation. Arafat has signed a peace treaty which he violated almost every provision. Arafat has been found with plans to do terrorism in his compound, illegal weapons, he was counterfeiting money, and he has not tried to stop the terrorists and the world still loves and protects him. In 1994 Arafat received the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for his efforts to create peace in the Middle East. This is a man who won the peace prize! What a mockery, they should give out a terrorist prize and he can win that too.
The Palestinian terrorists have pushed Israel to react in the worst way and they know it. Arafat a year ago walked away from the peace plan that Ehud Barak offered him. Arafat was offered a state with 97 percent of the West Bank and Gaza, and a capital in East Jerusalem. It was rejected for the simple reason they were not offered the holy site and all of Jerusalem. Arafat’s goals have not changed since 1964 when he first founded the PLO, this was before Israel owned any of the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinian map does not have any mention of Israel on it; they have no plans to include them (it is reported there is no mention of a two state solution in the 60 new textbooks of the Palestinian Authority). They do not want to negotiate but want total control. A Palestinian state to them means an end to Israel, while Israel is looking to a peace plan that will have them co-exist with them side by side.
No one is not saying the Palestinians should have land and have a right to exist, what the argument is over is giving everything back and more, with Israel not having a right to exist. Considering that Israel made a desert wasteland into a productive fruitful land would it fair for the Palestinians to take this when they did not produce it? None of this is a simple matter of just giving back the territories Israel seized in ‘67 (or ’73) war when they were attacked by Arab armies.
In early January Israel captured the Palestinian vessel Karine, an arms smuggling ship with 50 tons of weapons going to Arafat from Iran. This shows Arafat does not want to have peace when he is arming for war, and he will not renounce terrorism, he is promoting it.Would we ask the Taliban to get rid of Al-Qaeda? Why would we ask Arafat to stop any violence from the Palestinians?
After the taking of Arafats headquarters in Ramallah, Israeli troops who went
through the files in Yasser Arafat’s personal accounting department in Ramallah
found an itemized bill signed by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades - Palestine, and
dated September 16, 2001, five days after the September 11 suicide attacks on the
Why is Israel blocking Arafat’s headquarters? It becomes obvious with the evidence, they are now unable to get money or weapons to continue their killing of innocent people; this is the reason for a blockade to stop more terrorism. Within his compound a few items discovered, a RPG launcher, RPG bombs, micro Kalashnikov rifles, sniper weapons, grenades, crates of all types of ammunition, telescopic sights and night-vision devices. For Israel to pull back now would give a green light for the terrorists to regroup and would allow them to do there bombing all over again.
Arafat has not been a peacemaker for the Palestinians. I don’t believe Israel has any intention of seeing Arafat to become a martyr and I certainly don’t think Arafat actually wants to be one either [even though he says so], he has been asking for intervention all along the way since this happened.
Several suicide attacks came and went without retaliation. The suicide attack at the Seder meal (The Passover Massacre) in Netanya that killed 20 and injured 170 was the last straw. In ratio of comparative populations, if this were in the United States the size would equal 1,200 deaths and 8,500 injuries. (There are 5.6 million Israelis compared to 280 million Americans) to get an idea how large of killing this is; the ratio is similar to a 9-11 attack.
“Woe is me, that I dwell in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war” (Psalm 120:5-7).
Israel has tried other means than what they are doing now to deal with the terrorism. Almost 10 years ago when Israel deported 400 Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza strip the leaders of the Intifada called upon the 2 million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza to wage a “10 days of rage” to protest the expulsions.
On April 4 (UPI) reported that Iraq has called on the United Nations to hold an international conference on defining terrorism and dealing with its roots. The Islamic nations adopted an agreement to condemn terrorism “in all its forms.” But they have not called the 9-11 attacks hirabah; by being silent about the suicide bombers in Israel, the terrorists continue to do their mission there and can spread around the world.
Saddam Hussain recently upped the payment of suicide bomber from $10,000 to $25,000, to families who have their children blow themselves up as suicide bombers (they call them freedom fighters). Since Iraq upped the suicide incentive, 12 Palestinian bombers have successfully blown themselves to hell inside Israel.
Nothing is said to condemn this by Arafat. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Saddam's payments inspire a “culture of political murder.” Safi and two others from the Arab Liberation Front visit families in the northern West Bank to make the payments. “We go to every family and give them a check,” he said, “We tell them that this is a gift from President Saddam and Iraq.” The mother of Jamal Nasser, a 23-year-old architecture student who died trying to ram an explosives-laden car into a bus carrying Jewish settlers, said she received a check for $10,000 from Iraq and another for $5,000 from Saudi Arabia. This is blood money, having no guilty conscience on why they got it. When innocent people who are minding their own business are attacked, that is terrorism. When women and children who are not participating in the war are aggressively blown up, that is terrorism. You can call it what you want, blame it on frustration, rationalize it, dismiss it, but the civilized world knows better. To keep sending in a continuous stream of suicide bombers and think that Israel is not going to react is ridiculous, they know how Israel will react and they do this to bring confusion to the issues, hoping that mounting pressure will be on Israel when they do react and make them look bad.
Militant Islamic suicidal children are not born this way, but are manufactured by their education process. These human sacrifices are taught that they can “open the door to Paradise” for themselves and their families. Their deaths become a celebration by Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and others who see this as the correct means for their goal.
The education process begins with the Palestinian Authority (PA) teaching the children a hatred for the Jews, and that Israel is occupying their land. The religious indoctrination is in the school curricula, TV programming and radio that portray Israelis as sub-human beings (pigs and monkeys) not worth living. They tell impressionable young people that by sacrificing them-self for the cause of freedom it is a way to evict them.
There have been Fifty-five Palestinians who have blown themselves up in attacks on Israeli civilians in the past 18 months of fighting. Why don’t they just lay the explosives there and walk away? Because they are promised heaven for this inhumane act, they want to die in the act of slaying an “infidel.” More accurately it is innocent peoples blood.
When people smuggle explosives in under little children in red-cross vehicles, does this send a message of peace.
There is something seriously wrong with people who want to fight like this for any cause they may think is worthy. It all becomes much more dangerous when God is put into the equation.
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, The United States has been waging a war on terrorism in Afghanistan from where the plot was hatched by al-Qaida terrorists and said that they are willing to go throughout the world to fight the new Natziism to prevent anymore attacks from taking place. Foreign Minister Naji Sabri attended a meeting in Malaysia of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, accused the United States of using the fighting of terrorism as a cover for aggression against other countries thus denying people the right to choose their own political systems. It seems that the message that is being conveyed is no country under attack is allowed to go after terrorists.
In a Friday sermon Yusuf Abu Sneineh, a preacher in the Al Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem (Oct. 26, 2001) called on Palestinians to support the Taliban in Afghanistan in its war against the U.S., and offered a prayer on behalf of the Taliban's victory against the “infidels and Crusaders.” Can peace be reached when this is going on?
The Arabic word describing terrorist acts is “hirabah.” Khaled Abou el Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at the University of California at Los Angeles, defines hirabah as the “killing by stealth and targeting a defenseless victim in a way intended to cause terror in society.” Hirabah long has been a part of Islamic law and is a crime that is supposed to be severely punished in Islam. Professor Roy Mottahedeh of Harvard, a specialist in Medieval Islamic history, has urged the worldwide Islamic community to indict Osama bin Laden and other top al-Qaida members for the many ways they are violating Islamic law (source WND on the net).
Arafat is not stopping the terrorism in his own backyard and has no intention of doing so; his silence on this speaks loud and clear. As far back as the 70’s Arafat has been saying, “The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromise” (Yasser Arafat, Washington Post, Mar. 29, 1970).
He interprets a peace plan as “Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations” Yasser Arafat (El Mundo, Caracas, Venezuela, February 11, 1980)
And his dream has come true, as he has trained a whole young generation willing to give up their lives for nothing short than the goal of the land being in their hands only. But it will never happen, because the land was promised by Yahweh to Israel, their only option for peace is to live alongside them.
Yasser Arafat early in 1994, in a speech at a Johannesburg mosque, called for continuing jihad by the Arabs to retake Jerusalem. Arafat left mad it clear of the meaning: “This agreement [between the PLO and Israel], I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our Prophet Mohammed and Kuraish:” After Mohammad signed a “peace treaty” with his own tribe, the Kuraish, he broke it on a pretext, killed the Kuraish leaders and went on to conquer Mecca. So what is Arafat saying? The PLO's agreement with Israel is only a step toward her conquest and is intended to be broken. Arafat has promised to remove from the PLO charter the call for Israel's destruction, but has yet to do so.
“Holy war is our path. My death will be martyrdom. I will knock on the gates of Paradise with the skulls of the sons of Zion.” (Ayman Radi, a traffic policeman in the P.L.O. police force, in a written note to his family before he carried out a suicide bombing in Jerusalem that wounded 13 Israelis (The New York Times, Dec. 26, 1994)
So what do they want? Jerusalem, considered the 3rd holiest site in Islam. However it is the first holiest site of Israel who occupied it and built a temple there 2,700 years ago. But they even deny that there was ever a temple built there.
Arafat has said, “The Israelis are mistaken if they think we do not have an alternative to negotiations. By Allah I swear they are wrong. The Palestinian people are prepared to sacrifice the last boy and the last girl so that the Palestinian flag will be flown over the walls, the churches and the mosques of Jerusalem.”(Yasser Arafat, in a speech given on August 6, 1995 at a party to celebrate the birth of his daughter (Haaretz, September 6, 1995; The Jerusalem Post, September 7, 1995)
“The commitment still stands and the oath is still valid: that we will continue this long jihad, this difficult jihad... via deaths, via sacrifices.” (P.L.O. Chairman Yasser Arafat, in a speech given at Al-Azhar University in Gaza on June 19, 1995 (The Jerusalem Post, August 3, 1995)
“Let no one think that they can scare us with their stronger weapons, for we have a mightier weapon - the weapon of faith, the weapon of martyrdom, the weapon of holy war” (Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the P.L.O., at a funeral for 3 P.L.O. policemen who were killed in a gun battle with Israeli soldiers (The New York Times, January 4,1995).
“We are going to continue the Palestinian revolution until the last martyr to create a Palestinian state.” (Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the P.L.O., in a speech in Gaza City marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah faction of the P.L.O. (Agence France Presse, January 1, 1995)
“When we stopped the Intifada we did not stop the Jihad [Islamic holy war] to establish Palestine with Jerusalem as our capital.... We know only one word: Jihad, Jihad, Jihad.... We are at conflict with the Zionist movement....”
Yasser Arafat, in a speech at the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem, October 22, 1996 (Yediot Aharonot, October 23, 1996)
“War! War! Continue the struggle!” Yasser Arafat, in a speech at the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem (October 22, 1996 (Arutz-7 Radio, October 23, 1996) “We sacrifice our blood and ourselves for Palestine!”Response chanted by the Palestinian crowd to Arafat's above call for war (ibid.)
“Our guns are ready to defend the rights of Palestinians in (eastern) Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state.” Yasser Arafat, at a Fatah gathering in Ramallah, November 15th, 1998) “We will declare our independent state on May 4, 1999 with Jerusalem as its capital, yes, Jerusalem, the eternal capital of our state, whether they like it or not. Now we are on our land, and we are regaining this Holy Land inch by inch until we set up our state in 1999.” (Yasser Arafat, in Shechem, November 14, 1998)
Ruhi Fatuh, Secretary General of the Palestinian Legislative Council and member of the Revolutionary Council of Fatah, Yasser Arafat's mainstream faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Fatuh said the return to armed struggle should take place if a Palestinian state is not established by 5 May 1999, when the Israel-PLO accords expire (Al-Ayyam, June 12, 1998. Translation courtesy of Middle East Media and Research Institute).
“Peace is not our only option. We have chosen peace because it is the best option, but if Israel does not fulfill its obligations, we will have to consider other options.” (Feisal Husseini, senior PA official, to a gathering of Fatah representatives in Ramallah, Nov. 18, 1998 (after Wye river negotiations).
Ha'aretz news Service, December 6, 2000 Palestinian Minister for Jerusalem Faisal Husseini has said the Palestinians are waging a war of independence that will end only when the last Israeli settler leaves the territories, and that when Palestinians become a majority in the Holy Land, they will decide whether to allow the Jews to have a state (reported by Israel Radio December 5). Are we listening to what they are saying?
On October 2000, a telephone conversation took place between Arafat and Barghouti, in which the Palestinian leader told the militia chief, “Kill - kill as many Jews as you can.”
Consider the same spirit that Hitler spoke with “I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work. [Adolph Hitler, Speech, Reichstag, 1936].
What can be expected when broadcasts continually convince people “The Jews are the seed of Satan and the devils.” (Religious program broadcast on official Palestinian Authority television on November 3, 1998)
“We know but one word: struggle, struggle. Jihad, Jihad, Jihad. When we stop our intifada, when we stop our revolution, we go to the greater Jihad, the Jihad of the independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem.” (The Philadelphia Trumpet, Vol. 12, No. 7, August 2001, p. 5. Published by Philadelphia Church of God, Edmond, OK.)
Honolulu Advertiser carried this article “In this sermon by Arafat appointed and Arafat financed Ahmad Abu Halaeiya broadcast live on official Palestinian authority television early in the Infatada the subject is “the Jews” [not the Israelis but the Jews] “they must be butchered and killed, as Allah the almighty said: fight them; Allah will torture them at your hands…have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them” (Honolulu Advertiser Tues. April 2, 2,002 Charles Krauthammer member of the Washington Post).
Arafat’s appointee Abu seems to be quoting the Koran where it says in several places this type of war. Sura 9:5 “kill those who join other gods with God wherever ye shall find them; and seize them, besiege them, and lay wait for them with every kind of ambush” 4:89: But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of God (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks”4:91 “if they withdraw not from you nor give you (guarantees) of peace besides restraining their hands, seize them and slay them wherever ye get them.”
The official television station of Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian authority recently broadcast the following instructions to all Arabs. “All weapons must be aimed at the Jews … whom the Koran describes as monkeys and pigs …We will enter Jerusalem as conquerors… Blessings to he who shot a bullet into the head of a Jew.” (Article by George Will received via fax, August 18, 2001.)
After 31 years, the FBI has opened an investigation into the involvement of Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat in the murders of two U.S. diplomats in Sudan in 1973, WorldNetDaily has learned.
FBI agents are now gathering evidence about Arafat's culpability in a March 1, 1973, operation in which eight members of the Black September terrorist organization, part of Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO, stormed the Saudi embassy in Khartoum, reportedly on Arafat's orders, taking U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel, diplomat Charge d'Affaires George Curtis Moore and others hostage, and one day later, killing Noel, Moore and Belgian diplomat Guy Eid.
Arafat is only following what they believe Mohammed said, “The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them.” (Mishkat Al Masabih Sh.M. Ashraf pp.147, 721, 810-11, 1130)
Palestinian broadcasts such statements as “first we go after the Saturday people then the Sunday people” show the animosity of what they think of anyone else’s religion.
Obviously Israel is not making all good decisions, but no country would be making a good decision for its own people if they just sat there while innocent people die in war they are not involved fighting in. What does the world expect Israel to do just get up and move? If Israel backs down it will confirm that this is the way to get something done, by terrorism, we wouldn’t put up with here in America, in Australia or Europe why should we think they should in their own land.
There will be no peace with Arafat because he knows only the way of war. If the Palestinians are serious about peace that can be done by co-operation, they need to reconsider their ways
One of the wisest men who ever lived said: “Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good” (Eccl. 9:16-18).
We can learn the future from the past.