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November 12, 2002

Arafat’s Road Map: More Killing

Either Arafat is unable to control his minions or he does not want to. In either case: boot him out!
The terrorists Yasser Arafat’s Fatah admitted sending to Kibbutz Metzer on the Israel-West Bank border carried out their killing rampage on Sunday, November 10, concurrently with the Fatah-Hamas conference taking place in Cairo under the European Union’s aegis.

Far from being mutually contradictory, the two events fit neatly together.

Sunday night, two or more Palestinians burst into an avowedly pacifist rural kibbutz, shot dead its secretary Yitzhak Dori, 44, and a visitor from Moshav Eliachin, Tirza Damari, 42. They then burst into a home and murdered Revital Ochayon and the two small sons, Matan 5 and Noam, 4, she sheltered with her body, before disappearing into the night. They struck hours after the Israeli military pullback from the Palestinian city of Jenin.

In Cairo, “External Hamas”, and Arafat’s Fatah representatives were charged by their European sponsors with discussing ways and means of ending terrorist and suicide attacks in Israel.

The Hamas is represented by its real bosses, the Damascus-based leaders, Khaled Mashal and Abu Marzuk, who tell Sheikh Ahmed Yasin and Abdul Aziz Rantissi in the Gaza Strip what to do. The conference is the fruit of tireless efforts by EU external affairs executive Javier Solana and his envoys, Miguel Moratinos and Alistair Crook. Their closest Israeli collaborators lead the Labor party that walked out of Ariel Sharon’s national unity last week. They include former ministers Shimon Peres and Binyamin Ben Eliezer and hopefuls Haim Ramon and Amram Mitzna. The Haifa Mayor, who hopes to topple Ben Eliezer as party leader, believes Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians “as if there is no terror” and fight terror “as if there were no negotiations”.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell is the wirepuller behind the EU initiative.