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Submitted by Arlinda DeAngelis (United States), Nov 9, 2004 at 17:15

I agree completely with Dr. Pipes' analysis and commentary with one caveat.

Considering the endless sums of money connected with the head of the PLO, it would seem to me that anyone achieving such a position would not want to end the terrorist war on Israel. It would be in his economic interest to pursue the terrorism.

There should be no separate state of Palestine from which terrorism has a home base and the mere fact that we give credence to a people whose identity only exists to annihilate Israel is absolutely untenable. In 1971 Arafat said that there are no such people as the Palestinians. When we achieve statehood we will annex ourselve to Jordan and annihilate Israel. It may have been the only moment of honesty in Arafat's otherwise dispicable life. To believe that they would denounce terrorism, their only raison d'etre, would to expect that "to be or not to be" is one and same condition.

There should never be a state for a people who exist only to annihilate another people ... their neighbors. That is no reason for legitimizing anything.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Arafat and the U.S. [35 words]Muhammad SiddiquiNov 17, 2004 02:1418415
2Lasting threat [83 words]Dan KatcherNov 16, 2004 09:0418382
After Arafat [81 words]Charles A. Lawson, IINov 11, 2004 15:2018241
1Demand a Complete Destruction of Terror from Palestinians [193 words]Ross StevensNov 10, 2004 22:3518219
Saving things [158 words]Ilona MelstradsNov 10, 2004 21:0318215
Arafat's death [60 words]BobNov 10, 2004 18:0518207
It's not what Bush should do or say. [76 words]Tom PensylNov 10, 2004 13:2018195
False treaties of Hubidaya [41 words]denniswNov 10, 2004 11:4818190
Your article is full of wisdom and knowledge [71 words]Vincent MeijerNov 10, 2004 04:5218178
Consistency? [75 words]Yale ZussmanNov 10, 2004 01:4818176
Arafat is dead. Now, let's kill his myths [114 words]Salomon BenzimraNov 10, 2004 01:4018175
1The Arabs in Palestine [183 words]Arlinda DeAngelisNov 9, 2004 17:1518172
2Your article is exactly on target. [56 words]Frances SchwartzwaldNov 9, 2004 17:1418171
East & West Palestine [113 words]Hulegu KhanNov 9, 2004 16:3118169
Bush is vulnerable to his own vanity [113 words]Ray DavidsonNov 9, 2004 15:4518168
No Peace [44 words]Joseph ProsiseNov 9, 2004 14:4618166
1Fairy Land [180 words]Brian LuxNov 9, 2004 13:5718163
Ominous Development [14 words]Sol ShalitNov 9, 2004 13:3618162
1Everyone has missed the boat [172 words]Stephen BermanNov 9, 2004 13:3318161
The First Rule of Peace... [167 words]IsraelNov 9, 2004 12:5718160
Islam is the "fly in the ointment." [50 words]John BergNov 9, 2004 12:3718158
85PLO leader: There is no Palestinian nation; it is an invention to destroy Israel! [208 words]Michael GreenNov 9, 2004 11:2818157
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Good points [44 words]AngelNov 30, 2012 22:0718157
2Históricamente Israel es el verdadero dueño de esas tierras, según Génesis, primer libro de La Bilblia. [98 words]Bernardo Samuel Oviol ParraFeb 27, 2017 08:2018157
Time to Push for the Jordanian Option [72 words]Michael GreenNov 9, 2004 10:4218154
Arafat was just a part of the problem [292 words]Kenneth S. BesigNov 9, 2004 10:1018153
1Jordan [50 words]Jonathan UsherNov 9, 2004 09:0118151
2"Palestinian Arabs" [50 words]Ruth D. ShapiroNov 9, 2004 08:4318150
1Myth of Palestinian Arabs [170 words]SpadecallerApr 10, 2013 00:1718150
A Scary Thought [165 words]Peter J. HerzNov 9, 2004 08:2618148

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