By Efraim Karsh

Publish 12 months note: First released September thirtieth 2003
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Established in 1964 with the objective of “liberating Palestine in its entirety,” the Palestinian Liberation association has for years been fronted by means of one in all its such a lot outspoken and infamous individuals, Yasser Arafat. Born and raised in Cairo, Arafat has gone through a thorough transformation from a fugitive terrorist chief to a passionate and revered recommend for the construction of a Palestinian place of origin. Then why did Arafat reject a plan for Palestinian statehood in 2000, after crusading for this longstanding excellent for as regards to 40 years? used to be it a bargaining ploy, or a mirrored image of a deeper reluctance at the a part of the Palestinian management to really devote itself to peace with Israel?

Offering the 1st entire account of the cave in of the main promising peace strategy among Israel and the Palestinians, Historian Efraim Karsh argues that Arafat is much less with the liberation of the West financial institution and Gaza, or maybe with the institution of a Palestinian nation, than with the PLO’s old objective of Israel’s destruction. Karsh information Arafat’s efforts because the ancient Oslo Peace accords in development an intensive terrorist infrastructure, his failure to disarm the extremist teams Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and the Palestinian Authority’s systematic efforts to indoctrinate hate and contempt for the Israeli humans via rumor and spiritual zealotry. the result's a degree of violence unequalled in scope and depth given that 1948, a Palestinian crusade of terror that has integrated suicide bombings, drive-by shootings, stabbings, lynching, and stonings and ended in hundreds of thousands of casualties.

Arafat has irrevocably altered the center East’s political panorama, and whereas his position in background has but to be written, the continued Israeli—Palestinian clash will continuously be Arafat’s War.

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Instead, the mufti favored the appointment of his cousin, Abd al-Qadir alHusseini, the commander of the recently formed Palestinian force known as the Sacred Jihad. The Palestinian force, the mufti argued, was capable of undertaking responsibility for the war if adequately supplied. In order to resolve this impasse, the military committee opted for dividing the theater of war among the two armies, assigning northern Palestine (Galilee and Samaria) to the Salvation Army while giving central Palestine to the Sacred Jihad forces.

Continued interparty strife eventually alarmed the military, particularly Shishakly, who decided to come out from the shadows of power. In a blow to the government of the People’s Party, the Syrian strongman moved to incarcerate President Hashem al-Atassi and the entire cabinet. This took place on December 2, 1951, in what was referred to as Syria’s fourth coup. Fawzi Silo, a military man and Minister of Defense, was named head of state, while Shishekli became Prime Minister. By 1953 Silo was removed from office and Shishekli was elected president.

29 The government of Jameel Mardam Bayk faced additional crises and was forced to resign after news emerged that a shipment of arms had been diverted to the Zionists. At the center of this story was a military officer named Fu ad Mardam Bayk, who was a relative of the Prime Minister. Apparently a shipment of arms originating in Europe was diverted to an Israeli port instead of Latakia, causing an uproar and a demand for the Syrian officer’s imprisonment. The incident triggered public protests and disturbances leading to the fall of the Mardam Bayk cabinet.

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