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Oddly, while casting the Arabs under the PLO as Jesus, crucified for the sake of the land, the Weekly admitted openly that Arafat has had the ability to control anti-Israel violence. The paper asks, ?Why was Arafat able to maintain peace and impose complete respect for a ceasefire during Rabin's time? Why did he crack down on Hamas in Gaza? Why did he imprison Hamas and Jihad leaders, more successfully than the Israelis in 35 years of occupation? At the time, he claimed to be building a Palestinian "national project." The Palestinian people gave him this opportunity??
The Egyptian weekly did not necessarily see the political divisions in Israel between Left and Right as important. It pointed out that ?Peres refused to budge on redeployment from Hebron, after Rabin's assassination.? And that ?Netanyahu, in turn, insisted that only Israel could determine the extent and timing of redeployment? What it got was inhabited areas ? i.e. the towns, villages and camps Israel sought to get rid of after the first Intifada.? Finally, though, ?Barak was worse yet. He would not move an inch?? Accordingly, the al-Ahram Weekly claimed, ?His ?generous offer? was a hoax. The ?90 per cent? of the occupied territories that he purported to be delivering at Camp David excluded those areas of Greater Jerusalem that were annexed to Israel, the Dead Sea area, the banks of the Jordan River and the area along the 1967 lines. These, he considered part of Israel.?