Arafat's Final Ultimatum?

The "Quartet" consisting of the US, UN, EU and Russia, is singing the same tune called "Ultimatum", as they once again have told Yasser Arafat to reform his Palestinian Authority/Palestine Liberation Organization (PA/PLO) security services or risk losing international support.

Gary Fitleberg

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The "Quartet" consisting of the US, UN, EU and Russia, is singing the same tune called "Ultimatum", as they once again have told Yasser Arafat to reform his Palestinian Authority/Palestine Liberation Organization (PA/PLO) security services or risk losing international support.

"Arafat must reduce his dozen or so security forces to three, change all corrupt security bosses, change the interior minister and empower the prime minister," a Western diplomat told Reuters as representatives of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia met in Jerusalem earlier this month. "Everybody now is sick and tired of empty talk, and there is total disillusion with the Palestinian Authority," the diplomat said.

Famous last words. Sick and tired of empty talk? Be real. Give us a break.

Why did it take this long to reach disillusionment?

What will be constructively done with this disillusionment?

How will Arafat do any of the above when he is the boss and corrupt dictator, otherwise known as the "Chairman of Terror", of a complex organization, with his PA/PLO Fatah-led terrorist subsidiaries and sister organizations?

Why will he listen now, when for his entire career, he has been getting away with murder (both figuratively and literally)?

The four meddling mediators make up the "Quartet" overseeing the "Road Map" proposed peace plan. The group also has accused Israel of "poor faith" for failing to dismantle all "illegal settlement outposts" in the disputed territories of Gaza, Judea and Samaria (wrongly called "West Bank" by most of the world today, but belonging to Israel Biblically, historically, legally and politically).

Much media hype is made about the issue of "illegal settlement outposts", when in fact most of the Arabs living in Israel today are offspring of those who came to the area from their own native nations of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria during the 1920s for economic and political reasons. Hence, they are actually refugees from their homelands and they are the ones living in "illegal settlement outposts", which became especially overpopulated during the "occupation" by Egypt and Jordan for nineteen years from 1948 to 1967.

Furthermore, Jews have a Biblical "right of return" to the G-d-given Holy Land, Promised Land or Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel), which is clearly stated in the holy books of all three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam ? the Old Testament (also known as the Bible, Chumash, Five Books of Moses, Pentateuch, or Torah), the New Testament (combined with the "Old" original one, also called the Bible by Christians) and the Koran (the last one in the "trilogy").

All those "Arab" Jews expelled from the 22 Arab/Islamist nations also have a "right of return" to either their G-d given ancient biblical land of Israel or those places they lived prior to the "Forgotten Exodus" of 1948, when they were absorbed by the modern state of Israel (unlike the refugee problem created by Arabs, in which they failed to absorb their brethren and cousins, then blamed Israel).

We hear and see much media political propaganda about the "right of return", but never, ever in the proper Biblical and historically honest context.

Let's be completely honest with facts and truth. Let's not hide them with lies, myths and political propaganda ploys.

Arafat has faced ultimatums before and largely has ignored most, if not all, of them successfully, because the international community's bark is largely bigger than its bite.

If the "Quartet" is very serious and truthful about this ultimatum, it will impose diplomatic, economic and political sanctions on Arafat, the PA/PLO, as well as on the sister terrorist organizations Hamas, Hezbullah and Islamic Jihad. In order to win the international "War on Terror", the "Quartet" must send a very clear message that it is completely against terrorism and show its support for its only true-blue ally in the Middle East, this neighborhood of corrupt dictatorships, repressive ruthless regimes and tyrannies.

That means fighting terrorism on the frontlines, in Israel.

That means saying no to the likes of alleged allies, Saudi Arabia (the birthplace and cradle of extremist fanatical fundamentalism and perhaps the biggest state-supporter of terrorism), Jordan and Egypt (America's allies and Israel's peace partners?), as well as to those who may not be allies, such as Syria-Lebanon, Iran (two of the next biggest state-supporters of terrorism), Yemen, Libya, et. al. That means not allowing oil dollars to grease the wheels of terrorism. That means not allowing terrorism anywhere, anytime. Period.

The US can set an example by actually enforcing the law we might term "the Arafat Accountability Act", which was passed by Congress and formally signed into legislation by President George W. Bush. Actions speak louder than words. It is one thing to have a law on the books. But quite another to read and use the books when appropriate.

Empty ultimatums only perpetuate the problem forever rather than resolve the "War on Terrorism" efficiently, productively and quickly. Veiled threats are ignored completely and not taken as serious threats in the Arab/Islamist Middle East.

The "Quartet" must sing a new song and dance a different dance if its message is to be taken seriously in the American-led "War on Terrorism". If the world wants to truly preserve Western civilization, it must act now to support the only beacon of democracy and freedom in the entire Middle East ? Israel ? against all of the Arab/Islamist corrupt dictatorships, ruthless repressive regimes and tyrannies.

The "Quartet" has a vested interest in preserving Israel for its own safety and security. The sooner the international community begins to act in a completely honest, intelligent and moral manner, the better off the entire world will be from now on.

This is a message for the "Quartet" and the rest of the international crew. A final confrontation with Arafat and his PA/PLO is long overdue.