ستريت - 26/6/2007
بل كلينتون فعل ذلك. ياسر عرفات
وجورج بوش واسحق رابين وحسني
مبارك وأرييل شارون فعلوا ذلك
أيضاً, إضافة إلى الجزيرة و الـ بي بي سي.
إضافة إلى الكثير من المذنبين
failure with a thousand fathers.
June 26, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT
Clinton did it. Yasser Arafat did it. So did George W.
Bush, Yitzhak Rabin, Hosni Mubarak, Ariel Sharon,
Al-Jazeera and the BBC. The list of culprits in the
whodunit called "Who Killed Palestine?" is
neither short nor mutually exclusive. But since future
historians are bound to ask the question, let's get a
head start by suggesting some answers.
make no mistake: No matter how much diplomatic, military
and financial oxygen is pumped into Mahmoud Abbas's
Palestinian Authority, it's oxygen flowing to a corpse.
seizure of the Gaza Strip this month--and the consequent
division of the PA into two hostile, geographically
distinct camps--is only the latest in a chain of events
set in motion when Israel agreed, in September 1993, to
accept Arafat and the PLO as the sole legitimate
representative of the Palestinian people. An early
indicator of what lay ahead took place on
was determined to use Gaza and the West Bank as a
staging ground for attacks against Israel, and he said
so publicly and repeatedly: "O Haifa, O Jerusalem,
you are returning, you are returning" (1995);
"We will make life unbearable for Jews by
psychological warfare and population explosion"
(1996); "With blood and spirit we will redeem you,
Palestine" (1997). With equal determination, the
after the second intifada had erupted in all its
suicidal frenzy, former
global media also did their bit in Arafat's elevation.
Successive generations of
with individuals, nations generally benefit from
self-criticism, and sometimes from the criticism of
others. No people in modern history have been so immune
from both as the Palestinians. In 1999, Abdel Sattar
Kassem, a professor of political science in the
Palestinian city of
what served Arafat's interests well served Palestinian
interests poorly. Arafat learned from his experience
with Mr. Clinton that one could bamboozle an American
president and not pay a price. George W. Bush took a
different view and effectively shut the Palestinians out
of his agenda. Arafat learned from the
"international community" that no one would
look too closely at where its foreign aid was spent. But
a reputation for theft has been the undoing of Fatah.
Arafat thought he could harness the religious power of
"martyrdom" to his political ends. But at the
core of every suicide bombing is an act of
self-destruction, and a nation that celebrates the
former inevitably courts the latter.
all, Arafat equated territory with power. But what the
experience of an unoccupied Gaza Strip has shown is the
Palestinians' unfitness for political sovereignty. There
are no Jewish settlers to blame for
does this mean for the future? At yesterday's summit in
there might have been a better outcome is anyone's
guess. But the dream that was
Stephens is a member of The Wall Street Journal's
editorial board. His column appears in the Journal
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