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Arafat A Dead Man If He Accepts Peace?  
User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 998 times:

I just came across an idea which struck me. Somebody told me the reason that Arafat doesn't accept peace with the Israeli's is that he knows he'll be a dead man if he does. A Hamas assassin will be the first to kill him if he does this.

Agree/disagree?


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Possibly. But also he does not wish for peace because that would mean compromise and the abandonment of his lifelong ambition of the destruction of Israel and Jews in general.
The loss of power (and possibly his life) is a minor annoyance compared to that, power can be regained and on death he must surely go to paradise after being responsible for killing so many of his enemies.



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User currently offlineKrushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 967 times:

His assessination has been tried many times (by Israelis or by rival Palestinian groups), I do not think this will change whether he accepts peace or not. He knows how to protect himself. Anyway he is an old and sick man, he will not be around much longer.
But you are right this is some kind of ME tradition, murdering leaders who sign peace accords (Sadat, Rabin).


User currently offlineADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 941 times:

If that were true he wouldn't be fighting against the Israelis who have been trying to kill him for quite a while. Hence it most likely isnt' true.

Everyone dies sometime.




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User currently offlineSAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 941 times:

Arafat has publicly stated on many, many occasions that he fully accepts the right of Israel to exist. He is not fighting for the destruction of Israel and all the Jews as Jwenting claims ... rather, for the removal of a brutal oppressor and for an independent nation state rather than an apartheid-style bantustan as presently exists.

User currently offlineAvi From Israel, joined Sep 2001, 943 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 943 times:

But you are right this is some kind of ME tradition, murdering leaders who sign peace accords (Sadat, Rabin).

You can add to that list the Lebanon president in 1983 (?) Bashir Jomael who declared he want peace with Israel and shortly after was murdered in a car bomb explosion (the Syrian intelligence was behind it).




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User currently offlineAvi From Israel, joined Sep 2001, 943 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 936 times:

Arafat has publicly stated on many, many occasions that he fully accepts the right of Israel to exist. He is not fighting for the destruction of Israel and all the Jews as Jwenting claims ...

I don’t think there is one leader in the world who care what Arafat says anymore. Only his actions are taking into a count and he doesn’t get any points here.



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