Fisk says Yasser Arafat's real problem was that he was too trusting of Israel and America
In a sense, veteran anti-Israel journalist/activist Robert Fisk is too easy a target. But as an illustration of his delusional mindset, this is priceless
In the shape of columnist Robert Fisk, Britain's liberal-Left Independent -- poor relation to The Guardian -- can still claim to have in its possession one of the star performers in recent decades among the massed ranks of the country's demonisers of Israel.
The trouble with Fisk, like all such characters, is that once you've tried everything to discredit the Jewish state, where do you go next? In his latest article, Fisk gives us an answer: the real reason for the failure of a peace was that Yasser Arafat, the Godfather of modern terrorism, was just too generous and trusting:
"He made so many concessions to Israel – because he was growing old and wanted to go to “Palestine” before he died – that his political descendants are still paying for them. Arafat had never seen a Jewish colony on occupied land when he accepted the Oslo agreement. He trusted the Americans. He trusted the Israelis. He trusted anyone who appeared to say the right things."
Well he certainly trusted in the thousands of terrorists he unleashed against Israeli men, women and children in a blood thirsty second Intifada that came as he bluntly rejected two-state solution agreements brokered by President Clinton in 2000 and early 2001. But that doesn't get a mention, of course.
Fisk's delusion is actually the same as the delusion that has dogged the Palestinians for decades -- the delusion of eternal victimhood.
As far back as 1947, there could have been a two state solution under the United Nations Partition Plan. The Jewish/Israeli side accepted it; the Arab/Palestinian side rejected it and opted for violence and war. And that rejectionism has continued ever since.
Fisk's piece pegs off the latest round of accusations that Arafat was poisoned by Israel. He's unimpressed, and has a more important poison to deal with: "...his legacy of vain trust has destroyed any hope of a Palestinian state. That is the poison we should be studying."
No Robert, it just isn't.
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