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  8/20/2013, Elul 14, 5773

Arafat Symbolized Terror but Could Deliver the Goods


Dalia Rabin, the daughter of assassinated prime minister Yitzchak Rabin, said, Tuesday that neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority (PA) is ripe for the peace process because Israel is not ready to conceive territory and the PA is not ready to waive its ideology, including the right of return for Arabs who left when the modern Jewish state arose in 1948.

Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio ahead of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords by her father and Chairman Yasser Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), she said, "It's impossible to say unequivocally that things would not have been handled differently if Rabin had not been murdered." She added, "Arafat was, in his eyes, a symbol of terror and a symbol of an abominable thing but he came to the conclusion, later, that Arafat could deliver the goods and bring about a breakthrough because all the leaders in the field received instructions from Tunis [PLO headquarters before the establishment of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority -ed.]."