An Eichmann trial for Arafat
What's all this debate about expelling or not expelling Arafat? Have we all gone mad? How will expelling him solve the problem (him)? As I recall, Arafat was in 'exile' till 1993 - and from exile he was able to lead a terrorist organization and plan attacks on Jews, Israelis, and others, around the world and in Israel. Oh yes, he also managed to hobnob with the rich, famous, and powerful, lobbying for a 'Palestinian State' in his spare time. Can someone tell me what expelling Arafat will accomplish other than turning him into a 'victim' again? A roll he plays so well.
The debate shouldn't be about expelling or not expelling him - either way we're still stuck with his 'leadership' of the Palestinians. The real debate that has yet to begin in earnest, in Israel, is over trying him for crimes against humanity, i.e. the Jewish People and others. The only decent question for decent people to debate is whether he should receive life in prison, or the death penalty.
I believe an Eichmann-like trial would educate a generation here in Israel and abroad to his murderous criminal activities. It would teach the world how to deal lawfully with terrorism and how not to appease it. Some might say that Arafat, as a head of state, is immune to prosecution. Well, guess what? He's not the head of any state yet. Besides, that didn't seem to stop Belgium when they contemplated prosecuting Ariel Sharon.
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