Arafat's Widow: 2000 Terror Campaign Premeditated

Arafat's Widow: 2000 Terror Campaign Premeditated

In an interview earlier this month, Suha Arafat admitted in a televised interview that the 2000 Palestinian terror attacks were premeditated and not a spontaneous intifada as is widely claimed.

“Yasser Arafat had made a decision to launch the intifada,” she announced on Dubai TV earlier this month, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“Immediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return. … Camp David has failed, and he said to me: ‘You should remain in Paris.’ I asked him why, and he said: ‘Because I am going to start an intifada. They want me to betray the Palestinian cause. They want me to give up on our principles, and I will not do so.'”

In 2000, Arafat rejected an offer by then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. The offer was quite generous, and included the creation of a Palestinian state consisting of 97 percent of the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi Ambassador at the time reportedly told Arafat it would be a crime against his people not to accept such an offer. Shortly after the those Camp David accords, the “spontaneous” intifada began. At the time, many blamed Ariel Sharon for visiting the Temple Mount, a provocative move in the eyes of Muslims who consider the site to be the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

There were serious consequences of Arafat’s orchestrated uprising: more than 1000 Israeli’s were killed by terror groups and more than 3000 Palestinians died in the effort to stop the Palestinian terror attacks.