And the crafty duplicitous Israeli/American Jewish left is even worse than the right -- they don't reeally believe this but it allows them to raise money, get on TV, support what's left of the Israeli 'left', and marginalize those who are really speaking out and advocating severe sanctions against today's Israel:
Tell Bush: Arafat Deportation or Assassination Perilous
Recently, the Israeli cabinet voted to "work to remove" Yasir Arafat. For years, Yasir Arafat has countenanced terrorism. For this reason, Israel, the United States, and others have pushed for a transfer of powers to alternative Palestinian leaders. In response, Arafat has recently undermined these efforts by delegitimizing the administration of former Prime Minister Abbas.
Nonetheless, Arafat's deportation would undermine Israeli security. It would damage current efforts to quell the violence and would make it more difficult for any alternative pragmatic Palestinian leadership to form a government, much less take the necessary steps to fight terrorism. Further, it is likely to increase Arafat's standing, at a time when the U.S. is engaged in an effort to shift authority to other Palestinian leaders, build international support for America's efforts in Iraq, and battle global terrorism.
While many analysts have interpreted the Israeli decision as a call for deportation, at least two Israeli ministers have pointed out that the decision does not specify which means may be employed for Arafat's removal, thus not ruling out an assassination. Assassinating Arafat would be a heinous act that would profoundly jeopardize American and Israeli interests.
Since the outbreak of the Intifada, peace efforts have repeatedly been destroyed by immoral acts of terrorists, squandered by the games-playing and brinksmanship of political leaders, or weakened by a lack of resolve on the part of its backers. Allowing Arafat's deportation or assassination would likely lead to a significant eruption of violence and further delay a peace process that is necessary for Israeli security as well as America's vital interests.
The United States, as the world's only superpower and as a result of its special relationship with Israel, has a unique ability and responsibility to persuade Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take actions that are consistent with a peaceful resolution to their conflict, and desist from actions that further aggravate the conflict and create new or more deeply entrenched grievances.
At this time, the United States should demonstrate its commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace by persuading the Palestinian leadership to make a 100% effort to fight terror, by taking specific anti-terrorist measures that are within its capacity and that will significantly improve the security environment. Similarly the United States should persuade Israel's leaders to take steps consistent with a political process towards a two-state solution, including ending any talk of, or action towards, deporting or assassinating Arafat.
Please contact President Bush. Tell him that harming Arafat is dangerous for American and Israeli interests. Urge him to take meaningful steps to persuade Palestinians to fight terror and Israel to stop working towards Arafat's deportation or assassination.
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