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Jewish World Review Nov. 16, 1999 /7 Kislev, 5760

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Israel's betrayal is
sealed with a kiss --
One is tempted to compare the kiss offered by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Araft's wife to the kiss Judas gave Jesus when he betrayed Him in the Garden of Gethsemane -- but the analogy breaks down because both Mrs. Clinton and Suha Arafat are betraying Israel.

In a statement nearly as outrageous as those made by Holocaust deniers, Suha Arafat claimed: "Our people (the Palestinians) have been submitted to the daily and intensive use of poisonous gas by the Israeli forces which have led to an increase in cancer cases among women and children.'' She also asserted that Israel has contaminated water sources with "chemical materials.'' Those Israelis are so clever. They can poison air and water in ways that affect only Palestinians, while Jews escape harm. Following an outcry by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and some Jewish leaders in the United States, Mrs. Clinton belatedly issued an objection to Mrs. Arafat's remarks. Too little, too late.

At this point in the so-called "peace process,'' it wouldn't matter if Yasser Arafat were captured on videotape acknowledging he has no intention of living up to any agreement and that his ultimate objective is to use the negotiations to weaken Israel to the point where it won't be able to withstand a final assault from armed Palestinians and Israel's Arab neighbors. Arafat, in fact, has made numerous statements in which he has strongly hinted at or openly stated these objectives, but the Europeans, Americans and the United Nations merely blink, since they want the issue to go away. They don't care if Israel disappears in the process. There are peace prizes to be awarded and legacies to be ensured.

Facts no longer matter. Newsweek reported last week that the National Security Agency learned it was Yasser Arafat who supplied the weapons for the 1983 bombing of the American Embassy in Beirut in which 241 U.S. Marines died. No matter. President Clinton lobbies for $400 million in aid to the PLO on top of an initial $500 million that has never been properly accounted for, amid reports that it was misspent.

Clergy appointed by Arafat at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem regularly preach sermons calling for the "liberation'' of all the land, pre-1967 Israel included, in a Jihad that is "the responsibility of all Muslims.'' Various media controlled by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) accuse Israel and the West of employing Nazi tactics against them, which is ironic given the Nazi-like rhetoric of many PLO leaders and Arab states against Jews and the West.

Showing her true colors?:
Hillary models Arab
clothing for Suha Arafat
Terrorists responsible for the deaths of innocent Israelis and visiting Jewish civilians are praised on PLO TV as saints and heroes. This year's Palestine Prize for Culture will go to Abu Daoud, mastermind of the 1972 Olympic bombing in Munich that killed 11 Israeli athletes.

This is not the behavior or language of people who want to make peace with their neighbors. This is the behavior and language of war, the objective of which is the complete annihilation of the Jews and eradication of the state of Israel. The only way "peace'' negotiators can continue with this sham is by ignoring the words and actions of those negotiating in bad faith. The PLO negotiators think they are carrying out Allah's will and that it is legitimate to lie about their intentions to the pagan and secular infidels on the Israeli and American side.

Islamic extremists are taking advantage of secularists in the Israeli and American governments and pragmatists like Bill Clinton who wants a "legacy'' in foreign affairs that he hopes will cover up his notorious domestic affairs. If the Jews have to die, who cares? They've died before. We'll just build them another museum.

We see Israeli soldiers yanking fellow Jews from "settlements'' and hear Barak speaking of a ghetto-type fence to keep Israel's enemies out. But neither evictions of Jews from land nor fences will protect Israel. Fences, in fact, have been used in the past to contain Jews in order to kill them more efficiently.

As for kissing the target for destruction, Judas wasn't the only one to employ the tactic. The Mafia has long done the same, kissing the one selected for death. With Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Arafat smooching each other, we have a new scenario. The one who is about to die is not present.

Her name is Israel.

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