politics, history and the war on terror
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Under Pressure 

Yassar Arafat is feeling the pressure of the Israeli offensive directed at the terror leadership:

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat early Thursday expelled 21 Fatah Tanzim fugitives from his Mukata headquarters in Ramallah, fearing that the IDF was about to raid the compound and arrest the wanted men. The fugitives, all members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, have been hiding in the compound these past three months. Israel has repeatedly demanded they be kicked out.

The rifts between the Palestinian Authority and leadership of the numerous Palestinian terror groups are beginning to show.

Among those expelled was Ali Barghouti, nephew of imprisoned West Bank Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who expressed outrage at Arafat's decision. "Arafat has deserted the Fatah activists," he said, adding that the expulsion was a crime, because the men "needed protection."

Chairman Arafat risks making some very dangerous enemies playing his double game of legitimate leader of the Palestinian people and supporter of terror. He cannot do this indefinitely. It is unlikely Chairman Arafat renounces terror after all of these years, nor is it likely he openly sides with Hamas and company. This leads to half measures that satisfies neither the Israelis or the terrorists, and likely enrages both. If the Israelis do not finish him off, the task is left to one of the monsters he has nurtured for all of these years.

Posted by bill roggio @ 12:48 PM

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