Yasser Arafat
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IDF forces today (Tuesday) bulldozed a monument to former PLO leader and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat in Tulkarm in Judea and Samaria.

No reason was given for the decision to remove the monument.

IDF forces operated in Tulkarm for 15 hours, at the end of which seven terrorists were eliminated. During the operation, engineering units uncovered dozens of ready-to-use charges that had been planted under and on the side of the roads in an attempt to harm IDF soldiers.

In addition, a senior terrorist, the commander of the 'Tulkarm Battalion,' was arrested.

Yasser Arafat had a chance to pursue peace with Israel and found the first Palestinian Arab state in the 90s and early 2000s when the Palestinian Authority was created by the Oslo Accords, but instead chose to pursue terrorism against the State of Israel and engage in widespread anti-Jewish incitement at every level of PA society. In 2000, he rejected an offer for a Palestinian Arab state by then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and launched the terror war known as the Second Intifada.

Arafat's successor as chairman of the PA, Mahmoud Abbas, is deeply unpopular among the Arab population of Judea and Samaria and has not held elections in well over a decade. He remains in office despite his term having ended in 2010.