Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat, (born August 24, 1929-died November 11, 2004), better known as Yasser Arafat, , was the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization or PLO. He was a terrorist leader. He was then President of the Palestinian National Authority or PNA, and then called PA, and leader of the Fatah political party and former paramilitary group, which he founded in 1959. He was born in Egypt and opposed to Israel's existence. In 1988 he modified his position when he accepted the UN Security Council Resolution 242. Fatah operated from several Arab countries. They were in a civil war with Jordan and were forced out of there and into Lebanon.
By 1991 he started to be in on a series of negotiations with Israel to supposedly end the conflict with the PLO. This was the Madrid Conference of 1991 and the 1993 Oslo Accords and then the 2000 Camp David Summit. In 2003, Arafat ceded his post as Prime Minister to Mahmoud Abbas because of pressure by the USA.
Others denounced him for being corrupt or too submissive in his concessions to the Israeli. It had paid off for him, though. In 1994 he received the Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres for the work at Oslo which is now defunct.In 2004 he was confined to his Ramallah compound for over 2 years by the IDF. Also, in 2004, President Bush said Arafat was not a negotiating partner anymore because he had failed as a leader and accused him of undercutting Abbas when he was prime minister. Abbas had resigned the same year he was given the position.
He became ill, fell into a coma and died on November 11, 2004 at age 75. Many accuse him of mass corruption and secretly amassing a personal wealth to be $1.3 billion dollars by 2002 even though the Palestinian people were suffering from degrading economic conditions. His widow is worth millions now.
Mahmoud Abbas, born March 26, 1935, alias Abu Mazen, is the present Chairman of the PLO and has been since Arafat died. He has also been the President of the State of Palestine since January 15, 2005. He is a member of Fatah Party/terrorists. He was elected to have this position until January 9, 2009, but due to the internal conflicts of the party, he extended his term for another year and another till today. He's also the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority and has been since March to October 2003. One of his chief negotiators is Saeb Erekat.
Now, many realize that Hamas, who had kicked out Abbas and the Fatah members from Gaza, must go and Egypt and others wish to replace the power with Abbas's Fatah. They did once recognize Israel, yet they do everything to teach hatred for this state and hatred for Jews. They teach it in their school system and in their outdoor functions where they celebrate killers of Israelis.
Everyone is in denial of who they have been and are today. They were terrorists just like Hamas only not as ferocious. It's like being given the choice of the devil or the deep blue sea. We now have a need to like the PA. We have to use them, yet they have been so insidious in their hatred of Jews. We can't forget that they united with Hamas, accepting their charter which was to destroy Israel and to kill Jews. How are they ever going to overcome Hamas when they failed before?
The people of Gaza have suffered from Hamas rule. Yet they've been like sheep taking orders of staying put when Israel gave multiple warnings to leave an area that was to be bombed. They were human shields that didn't shield anything but had their lives taken instead. They're the ones who cheered during 9/11 when 3,000 Americans were killed. They cheer and pass out candy and party when they hear of an Israeli killed. They've been so brainwashed that even Abbas will have his hands full in trying to direct them or get them to respond to him after electing Hamas violent terrorists. It's like asking the rooster to guard the hen house from the foxes. Both Hamas and Fatah are 3 generations bred on hatred for Israel. This is not like asking Canada to step in and become the governor for Gaza.
Already there are rumors that TASI (Terrorist Assassins of Syria and Iraq) - aka IS, aka ISIS, has been inside Gaza adding their talents to the minds of these local terrorists. They're probably drumming up members for their group of murderers and thieves. In order to trust the PA, they're going to have to change again and undo their connection with Hamas and follow Israel's request of ridding Gaza of tunnels, ammunition, rockets, missiles and mortars and live peacefully with Israel. Then, and only then can they plan on opening up to the world and learning some economic facts that Israel tried to help them with in 1967 after the Six Day War. They wouldn't listen then, too bent on destroying Israel. Forty-seven years later, maybe there's hope for peace.
Yet the problem remains with Judea and Samaria, Israel's ancient lands that Abbas's Fatah want for their "Palestine." It is impossible for Israel to be surrounded with a hateful nation on either side of them to the left and to the right. No other country in the world has to put up with this. Palestine is to be Judenrein, free of all Jews. How delightful considering Israel is made up of 1.7 million Arabs whose ancestors did not run away to return later planning on taking over all the Jewish homes on the command of their leaders when they attacked Israel in 1948. They stayed along with the Jews, and they have been rewarded with full citizenship in the new state. Abbas's Fatah, the leader of Palestine, is not doing this out of religious reasoning like Saudi Arabia who doesn't allow Jews to step on their soil, g-d forbid, but out of spite and narrow minded thinking. It comes from the 3 NOs sworn by the Arabs in 1967 right after they all lost the war against Israel. That has to be changed.
It's amazing to me that Germany and Japan were our 2 enemies in WWII and now they are our good friends. If the Far East and West can do it, why can't the Arabs of the Middle East do it? Change your attitude, think out of your confined mental boxes and accept Israel. My gosh, this is the year 2014. We can go to the moon, saves lives we couldn't 2,000 years ago, watch action on TV, press a button and have instant information, but we haven't learned to live in peace and respect each other and their property.