Yitzhak Rabin, like Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu, was a warrior who wanted peace. On the other side, Yasser Arafat, like Mahmoud Abbas, was a con man who used the Oslo Accords to gain an advantage in the plan to eliminate the Jewish state.
The Oslo talks were launched by Shimon Peres behind Rabin’s back. Rabin, trapped by Peres and Clinton, signed the Accords with the man who rose to fame by terrorism and who started civil wars in Jordan and Lebanon. Rabin wasn’t so naïve as to think Arafat had changed. Arafat took the land and the money and refused to implement even the first step, which was to stop incitement to violence.
Rabin’s murderer did not derail the peace effort. In 2000, the Clinton-Barak-Arafat peace talks gave Arafat everything he claimed to want, but he would not sign an “end of conflict” statement. Instead he launched suicide bombers against innocent Israeli civilians, Jews and Arabs on buses and in hotels, restaurants and clubs. His intifada terrorized Israelis, hurt their economy, destroyed the economy in the disputed territories and ended the relaxed co-existence between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs.
Had Rabin lived, he would likely have called out Arafat for the fraud he was. Perhaps, with Clinton’s support, Arafat’s PLO/PA could have been replaced with a leadership that wanted peace.
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Len Bennett, Deerfield Beach