He’s lived a life which many people, including Ariel Sharon envy him for, despite the fact that he is hated by a plenty of his internal and external opponents. Even Islamic Republic of Iran widely-considered as the protector of the Muslims’ (particularly Palestinians’) rights turned his back to him and accused him of betraying the Palestinian interests.
However, Yasir Arafat during 75 years of his life proved himself as a most charismatic Palestinian figure and all other promoters of the Palestinian case tend to be seen in his shadow, rather than independent on him. Since only Arafat is the most popular figure who came in the known on the wave of the Palestinian resistance, occupied its leadership and as it seems now, he will stay in that position until his last breath. This is happening against American and Israeli wills, who have tried to overshadow him as much as they could, by promoting other Palestinian personalities, but in vain.
However, at the moment Arafat’s extreme popularity may have uneasy consequences for his successor. Nobody knows if he has pre-designated anyone for that post. And the weight of his popularity might be too heavy for his successor.
According to the Palestinian Authority’s constitution, Arafat would be succeeded by the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmed Korei. But still, we are talking about a Constitution which has yet to be fully ratified.
Arafat’s death used to be considered as a pink dream of the Israeli government. And I believe still it is. But Sharon’s administration is trying to act more humanly by allowing Arafat to leave his compound if he needed. The angry dying Arab has denied the offer.
Nevertheless the offer was renewed and Arafat was allowed to make a 4-minute-journey to Ramallah hospital and to go back to his compound straight away, before his Israeli rulers would lose their temper and would speed up his death. Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz even showed more humanity by permitting Jordanian doctors to examine him. God bless you!
But it’s the same person Israel accuses of fomenting violence in the Palestinian territories. The same Yasir Arafat confined to his compound by the Israeli army since 2001. A man who believes exactly the contrary of Israeli accusations and convinced that he is trying to free his own nation from the oppression of the occupiers.
Certainly, his role was not effective enough in attempts to calm down the intifada and this point served as a pretext for Israelis and Americans to sideline him. But his apparent effortlessness was not and is not worse than Israeli plenteous efforts to deepen the conflict. I can’t even believe in truthfulness of the Tuesday’s decision to dismantle the Jewish settlements in Gaza Strip. It is just incredible given Israeli records. Something else should happen…
And it will happen with no Yasir Arafat as the main Palestinian leader to regard and no other figure to substitute him fully in a short period.
While they are closest bloody brothers! They speak in 2 very close Semitic languages. The words for “hello”, “father”, “land”, “five”, “house” in Arabic and Hebrew sound very similar and give up their close kinship: “as-salaam 'aleykom” – “shalom aleykhem”, “abbun” – “abaa”, “arz’” – “ezr”, “khamsa” – “khamsha”, “bait” – “bet”… Even the words of “ebri” (Hebrew) and “arab” (Arab) derived from the same root with the same meaning: Bedouin (nomad).
Thus, remember your common ancestors and lay down your bloody guns, Semites! And let us live a life without the angst of seeing your pains. Ahura-Mazda will forgive you, if you will forgive each other…
It seems my sixth predecessor, who I don’t know, was a good preacher… but whatever I said, was from the bottom of my heart.