Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on David’s Tent, a ministry of Israeli believers Avner and Rachel Boskey. The Boskey’s have ministered at Tabernacle of David, and we consider them trustworthy and Biblically sound.
- Therefore, the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a Sanhedrin meeting, and they were saying, “What are we doing in regard to the fact that this man is performing many signs? If we let Him go on like this, all the people will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take over both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor are you taking into account that it is in your best interest that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish instead” (John 11:47-50).
This meeting described in the Gospel of John was called by the Sanhedrin to manage the ‘crisis situation’ of Messiah Yeshua’s growing popularity. The Chief Priests were the main diplomatic connection between the occupying Roman power and the Jewish people and, like most politicians, one of their primary interests was to preserve their own office and their hold on power. Yeshua was definitely not their choice to be Israel’s Messiah. Caiaphas’ counsel that evening was based on what is called ‘Realpolitik’ (a German term meaning ‘practical, actual or realistic politics’): better that Yeshua die than that the priestly power structure lose control and that, as a result, the Romans potentially crush the Jewish people.
Such Realpolitik political philosophy guides nearly every national strategic think-tank today. Here are some of its main points:
- deciding on diplomatic or political policies based on considerations of given circumstances and factors, instead of following ideology or moral-ethical premises
- “To bring down the walls of Jericho, the Realpolitiker knows the simple pickaxe is more useful than the mightiest trumpet” (August Ludwig von Rochau; ‘Grundsätze der Realpolitik, angewendet auf die staatlichen Zustände Deutschlands’ [‘Practical Politics: an Application of its Principles to the Situation of the German States’], 1853).
- the exercise of policies that are considered ‘political realism.’ Policies are based on the pursuit, possession and application of power
Realpolitik is the opposite of having strong moral or ideological foundations. It does not follow a biblical set of rules. Realpolitik is oriented toward achieving specific goals, limited only by ‘how to get things done.’ It usually involves compromising on ideological principles.
Did the God of Jacob instruct Jewish kings to follow realpolitik?
Moses lays out clear guidelines to the Jewish people as to how Jewish kings are to rule, and what is to be the foundational basis for their diplomatic and political policies:
“When you enter the land which YHVH your God is giving you, and you take possession of it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will appoint a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’ you shall in fact appoint a king over you whom YHVH your God chooses. One from among your countrymen you shall appoint as king over yourselves. You may not put a foreigner over yourselves, anyone who is not your countryman. In any case, he is not to acquire many horses for himself, nor shall he make the people return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since YHVH has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’ And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, so that his heart does not turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself. Now it shall come about, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this Teaching (Hebrew, Torah) on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, so that he will learn to fear YHVH his God, by carefully following all the words of this Teaching (i.e., the Mosaic Covenant) and these statutes, so that his heart will not be haughty toward his countrymen, and that he will not turn away from the commandment to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may live long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel” (Deuteronomy 17:14-20)
The ideal leader (in God’s sight) is a man who weighs matters, makes his decisions and implements them based on the word of God – the Scriptures. His heart must not be influenced by pursuit of power or wealth. Based on these guidelines, there are few godly leaders today across this planet.
Musical chairs in Gaza
The White House is clarifying the immediate U.S. endgame regarding the crowning of a new Arab leader to replace Hamas as the new potentate in Gaza: they are throwing their weight behind the Palestinian Authority:
- “There needs to be a Palestinian Authority. There needs to be a path to a Palestinian state” (POTUS Biden)
- “At some point, what would make the most sense is for an effective and revitalized Palestinian Authority to have governance and ultimately security responsibility for Gaza,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday October 31, 2023
Most thoughtful observers clearly understand that Hamas is no longer (and has never been) a suitable candidate. It’s a jihadi terrorist organization guilty of horrendous war crimes, responsible for the mass rape, torture, kidnapping and slaughter of over 1,400 babies, young children, teenagers, young adults, and pensioners on October 7, 2023. But since the Palestinian Authority is being pushed forward by the U.S. Administration, some helpful questions should be asked:
- What is the Palestinian Authority (PA)?
- Are they also involved in terrorist activities?
- What’s the historical connection between the PA/PLO and the U.S.A.?
- Why is America pushing for the PA/PLO to become the new dictatorship in Gaza?
The PLO – founded in Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem
On May 28, 1964 King Hussein of Jordan convened a Palestinian National Council in Jordanian-controlled Jerusalem, telling the 400 delegates: “The hearts of millions of Arabs yearn for the recovery of the plundered fatherland…there is no value and no meaning in Arabs living without Palestine” (Jerusalem Post, May 29, 1964). Committees were established to draft military and political plans for the conquering of Israel. It was at that conference that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was established. A PLO Charter was drawn up in 1964, and was later updated in July 1968. Here are some selected articles from the 1968 PLO Charter:
- Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This it is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase. The Palestinian Arab people assert their absolute determination and firm resolution to continue their armed struggle and to work for an armed popular revolution for the liberation of their country and their return to it.
- Article 10: Commando action constitutes the nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war. This requires its escalation, comprehensiveness, and the mobilization of all the Palestinian popular and educational efforts and their organization and involvement in the armed Palestinian revolution.
- Article 14: The destiny of the Arab nation, and indeed Arab existence itself, depend upon the destiny of the Palestine cause.
- Article 15: The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab viewpoint, is a national duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine.
- Article 19: The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal.
- Article 20: The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void. Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood. Judaism, being a religion, is not an independent nationality. Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.
- Article 22: Zionism is a political movement organically associated with international imperialism and antagonistic to all action for liberation and to progressive movements in the world. It is racist and fanatic in its nature, aggressive, expansionist, and colonial in its aims, and fascist in its methods. Israel is the instrument of the Zionist movement, and geographical base for world imperialism placed strategically in the midst of the Arab homeland to combat the hopes of the Arab nation for liberation, unity, and progress. Israel is a constant source of threat vis-a-vis peace in the Middle East and the whole world . . . The liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence and will contribute to the establishment of peace in the Middle East.
- Article 30: Fighters and carriers of arms in the war of liberation are the nucleus of the popular army which will be the protective force for the gains of the Palestinian Arab people.
The PLO’s largest faction was led by Yasser Arafat, who joined in 1968, becoming PLO Executive Committee Chairman. The Arabic name for PLO is Fatḥ or al-Fatah, a word meaning victory, breakthrough, opening or conquest. Fatḥ is an acronym using the inverted letters (i.e., spelled backwards) letters (HTF instead of FTH) of the Arabic name for the organization ‘Palestinian National Liberation Movement’ (Ḥarakat al-Taḥrīr al-Waṭanī l-Filasṭīnī). In Islam, Fatḥ reminds Muslims of Fatḥ al-Shām – the ‘conquering of the Levant,’ including Jerusalem – the jihadi conquest of Syria, Jordan and Israel in the time immediately after Mohammed’s death.
The 48th sura (chapter) of the Quran is named Al-Fatḥ, and it describes in detail the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. The Hudaybiyyah agreement (a ten-year pact established between Mohammad with the Arabian tribe of Quraysh) was broken by Mohammad after two years, when his jihadi forces – having re-armed during the peace pact – subjugated the Quraysh tribe and moved on to conquer Mecca. Arafat cited this Islamic precedent a number of times when he signed the Oslo Accords with the Jewish state, as justification for his supposed recognizing of Israel and renouncing of terrorist activities. The following quote from the newspaper al-Quds, May 10, 1998 illustrates Arafat’s strategy:
Question: “Do you feel sometimes that you made a mistake in agreeing to Oslo?”
Arafat: “No – no! Allah’s messenger Mohammad accepted the al-Hudaybiyyah peace treaty and Salah a-Din accepted the peace agreement with Richard the Lion-Hearted”
(N.B.: Salah a-Din was the Muslim leader who, after a cease-fire, declared a jihad against the Crusaders and captured Jerusalem)
Can a leopard change his spots? (Jeremiah 13:23)
In 1993, following the Oslo Accords, the PLO/al Fatah assumed leadership of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), known today as the Palestinian Authority (PA). In other words, the PA is another term for the PLO.
The PLO/PA has publicly declared in two world forums that it has renounced terror:
- “As for terrorism, I announced it yesterday in no uncertain terms, and yet, I repeat for the record that we totally and absolutely renounce all forms of terrorism, including individual, group and state terrorism” (Geneva, December 14, 1988; Yasser Arafat, Press Conference Statement)
- “The PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators” (Letter from Yasser Arafat to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin; September 9, 1993)
Yet Arafat and the PLO and the Palestinian Authority continue to engage in terrorism, making them guilty of a basic breach of the Oslo Accords.
For a list and description of terror attacks carried out both by the PLO and also by Palestinian Authority forces (both before and after their signing of agreements to renounce terrorism), see the following articles:
Two especially brazen PLO/PA terror attacks which were foiled while in progress are:
- May 30, 1990 – Zikim Beach south of Tel Aviv – two PLO terror squads on Zodiac boats on way to attack Israeli beachgoers
- January 3, 2002 – The ‘MV Karine A,’ a Palestinian freighter carrying 50 tons of Iranian-supplied weapons, including Katyusha rockets, anti-tank missiles and high explosives, was boarded by IDF naval commandos. The head of the Palestinian Authority’s procurement department Adel Awadallah al-Mughrabi had purchased this 4,000-ton freighter in Lebanon with $400,000 provided by Fuad Shobaki, a Brigadier-General in the Palestinian Authority military. Shobaki was Arafat’s closest financial advisor. Two Palestinian Authority police officials, Fathi Razam and Omar Akawi, supervised the purchase. The background intelligence which became available showed that the PLO/PA was caught rend-handed – creating a host of problems for the U.S. State Department and its long-concealed policy of under-the-table cooperation with the PLO.
On February 13, 2002 the U.S. 107th Congress passed Bill H.R. 3743, which stated, inter alia:
The Congress makes the following findings:
- Yasser Arafat, in a letter sent to then Israeli Prime Minister Rabin on September 9, 1993, stated that the PLO “renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations, and discipline violators.”
- During the last 18 months of the ‘Intifada’ hundreds of Israelis have been killed in numerous terrorist attacks committed by terrorists belonging to Palestinian extremist organizations.
- The Department of State report of April 2001 on Palestinian compliance with the Oslo Accords details the involvement of the PLO’s Fatah faction and Tanzim militant units in terrorism and violent incitement, stating “Elements of Fatah, a PLO faction, and members of the PA’s [Palestinian Authority’s] security forces instigated and directly participated in anti-Israel violence. . .”
- According to the Israeli Government, more than 70 percent of terrorist attacks in Israel have been committed by the Fatah, Tanzim and its military brigades, and by Force 17, Yasser Arafat’s Presidential Guard.
- The PLO recently attempted to smuggle more than 50 tons of arms from Iran into PLO-controlled territory.
- President Bush said “Ordering up weapons that were intercepted on a boat headed for that part of the world is not part of fighting terror [. . .] That’s enhancing terror.”
The Congress finds that the PLO is in violation of the Oslo Accords under which the organization made a commitment to abandon and renounce terrorism.
In a February 2015 civil case, a US federal court found both the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization liable for the death and injuries of US citizens in a number of terrorist attacks in Israel from 2001 to 2004. Unfortunately, on August 31, 2016, the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan dismissed the lawsuit – but not because the PLO/PA had not overseen the terror acts – they had indeed been neck-deep involved in terror acts. The Court of Appeals threw out the decision on the grounds that US federal courts lacked overseas jurisdiction on civil cases.
- The leopard has not changed his spots.
A PLO/PA jihadi fighting under another name
The original members of the PLO have split into various groups and streams, though still remaining part of the PLO. These groups include the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command. These groups are openly involved in terrorism, but are still members in good standing of the PLO. The Palestinian Authority also makes no secret of its own financing of Palestinian terrorism.
One terror group (which is officially part of the Palestinian Authority) is the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. This organization remains actively involved in jihadi terror attacks. Here are links to their activities:
On December 18, 2003, al-Fatah asked the leaders of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to join the Fatah Council, recognizing it officially as part of the Fatah organization. The Fatah organization, we remember, is the largest contingent of the Palestinian Authority.
In June 2004, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei said the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades gunmen are entitled to play a role in the Palestinian future: “We have clearly declared that the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are part of Fatah,” Qurei said in an interview with the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. “We are committed to them and Fatah bears full responsibility for the group.” PM Qurei added that his top priority would be to safeguard the security of these gunmen who are wanted by Israel. He said they would be integrated into Fatah’s institutions and would be paid salaries.
The following two articles show how the Palestinian Authority promotes, honors and glorifies Hamas and al-Aqsa terrorists, and how Hamas and Fatah compete in boasting who is murdering more Jewish Israelis:
In the days immediately after the October 7, 2023 Hamas jihadi terror pogrom which massacred, raped, tortured and kidnapped thousands of Israeli citizens, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades released declarations and videos trumpeting that Fatah/al-Aqsa also participated in those Hamas attacks:
- https://palwatch.org/page/34720 Fatah brags it took part in October 7 slaughter
- https://palwatch.org/page/34685 Fatah applauds Hamas murderers and rapists: “A source of pride, heroism, and honor”
- https://palwatch.org/page/34635 Fatah: “Strike the sons of apes of pigs . . . Slaughter everyone who is Israeli”
- https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/378593 “Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade: We’re fighting alongside Hamas”
In light of the abovementioned facts, the recent statements by President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken – when they speak of the ‘logic and viability’ of having the Palestinian Authority/PLO/al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades be put in charge of running Gaza (with US State Department approval) – are revealed to be dangerously duplicitous.
U.S. policy seems bent of replacing one terrorist government with another:
- “There needs to be a Palestinian Authority. There needs to be a path to a Palestinian state”
- “At some point, what would make the most sense is for an effective and revitalized Palestinian Authority to have governance and ultimately security responsibility for Gaza,” Blinken told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday October 31, 2023
Dancing with the devil
Many are not aware that the U.S. intelligence community has had backdoor connections and a significant working relationship with the PLO since 1969, at the height of its involvement in Middle East and world terrorism.
In November 1969, CIA case officer Robert Ames entered the Strand Café in Rue Hamra, West Beirut to meet Ali Hassan Salameh, a 27-year-old Palestinian confidant of Yasser Arafat. Salameh was a member of PLO/Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and Revolutionary Security Apparatus, which he developed into Force 17 (Arafat’s personal security force and counterintelligence unit).
Ali Hassan Salameh’s father was Ḥasan Salāmah, a commander in the Arab Revolt (1936-1939) against the British Mandate forces and the local Jewish population. Some interesting history here: In 1941 Salāmah fled with the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini and Fawzi al-Qawuqji to Nazi Germany where he served as the Mufti’s senior aide. In October 1944 he parachuted from a Nazi Luftwaffe Heinkel into Wadi Qelt in the Judean Desert along with three German Templar commandos. Their weaponry included explosives, submachine guns, dynamite, radio equipment and poison intended to destroy Tel Aviv’s drinking water. In January 1945 he commanded forty Waffen S.S. 13th Handžar (’Knife’) Bosnian Muslim Nazi troops, whose numbers eventually swelled to 500. In 1948 Salāmah commanded the Palestinian Holy War Army (Jaysh al-Jihad al-Muqaddas) along with Abdul Qadir al-Husseini. He was killed fighting Israeli Irgun forces at Rosh Ha’ayin in June 1948.
Ḥasan Salāmah’s son Ali Hassan Salameh was raised to champion his father’s cause – the annihilation of the Jewish state. In his youth he spent time in Germany and Lebanon, and in 1968 he received training from Egyptian military intelligence. After his 1969 Beirut meeting, Salameh was given the CIA operative crypt (cryptonym or codename) MJS/TRUST2. Ali Hassan was not a paid agent under CIA control, but was an intelligence asset – an all-important ‘back channel’ between the U.S. government and Arafat. Robert Ames told Salameh at their meeting, “Arafat has friends in high places and so does his cause.” He told Salameh that President Richard Nixon himself had authorized Ames to “explore the possibility of contact between the USA and the PLO.” Ames said he was acting on the authority of the American National Security Council. The message to Arafat was: “You Arabs claim your views are not heard in Washington. Here is your chance. The President of the United States is listening.”
By January 1970 the Head of the CIA (DCI) Richard Helms was encouraging Ames to pursue the Agency’s connections with the PLO, and within a few months he informed Kissinger and Nixon of these backdoor channels. The average perspective of CIA agents at that time can be summed up in two quotes from Salameh’s CIA connection, Robert Ames:
- In the spring of 1972, Ames was writing, “Although I do not agree with all of them [terror activities], I can sympathize with his organization’s feeling that they must carry them out.”
- When asked about the Christians in Lebanon, Ames claimed they wanted to create “their own state, protected by the US, just like Israel. We don’t need another Israel in the area.”
In September 1970 the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s King Hussein was nearly overthrown by the PLO. The king’s army waged pitched battles with the PLO, and in the end expelled them from Jordan to Lebanon. Arafat’s PLO created a new ‘anonymous’ terrorist wing called ‘Black September,’ headed up by Amin al-Hindi (later intelligence chief of the Palestinian Authority), Mohammad Daoud Oudeh (Abu Daoud) – one of the founders of al-Fatah and the mastermind of the 1972 Munich massacre, and Salah Mesbah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) – deputy chief and head of intelligence for the PLO and the second most senior official of Fatah after Yasser Arafat. Ali Hassan Salameh was a key operative in Black September. Here is an article presenting the CIA perspective during that period, written by 30-year veteran Bruce Riedel. Here is a video from Sam Wyman, former senior CIA Operations Officer, remembering Salameh’s relationship with the CIA.
In the 1970s, Salameh was the liaison with the German terrorist organization Baader-Meinhof Group (co-perpetrators of the Entebbe hijacking). As a backdoor channel between the U.S. and the P.L.O., Salameh furnished senior American diplomats, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, with tips about assassination plots planned by other radical Palestinian terrorist groups. He is also said to have supplied similar information to security organizations in West Germany, Italy and Japan ‘to demonstrate that Al Fatah was no longer a terrorist organization’ – though the documented truth shows the exact opposite.
Murder most foul
In late February 1973, the U.S. National Security Agency listening-post in Cyprus picked up radio traffic between PLO Chairman Arafat, al-Fatah’s co-founder Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) and others signaling that a PLO terror operation was about to be conducted in Khartoum, Sudan. A ‘flash’ message of warning was immediately sent out, but a State Department watch officer unaccountably downgraded the message for routine transmission.
In the early evening of March 1, eight Black September Organization terrorists seized the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum during a diplomatic reception. The terrorists took U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission George C. Moore, the Belgian and Jordanian Chargés d’affaires and the Saudi Ambassador hostage. The PLO terrorists demanded the release of a Black September leader held in Jordan, several members of the terrorist Baader-Meinhof Gang held in Germany, etc. When the terrorists’ demands were not be met, coded instructions were sent by Abu Iyad (Arafat’s closest Fatah associate in the PLO) and re-confirmed by PLO Chairman Arafat himself on a separate coded transmission, directing them to murder Noel, Moore, and Eid. At 9:00 P.M. that very night, the Black September operatives marched Noel, Moore, and Eid to the Embassy basement and murdered them with forty rounds from Kalashnikov weapons, fired from the feet to the head in order to inflict maximum suffering on the victims.
An intelligence brief co-prepared by the U.S. State department and the CIA states: “The Black September Organization (BSO) is a cover term for Fatah’s terrorist operations executed by Fatah’s intelligence organization . . . Fatah funds, facilities, and personnel are used in these operations . . . For all intents and purposes no significant distinction now can be made between the BSO and Fatah . . . Fatah leader Yasser Arafat has now been described in recent intelligence as having given approval to the Khartoum operation prior to its inception.”
“From the first moment of the deadly operation, which took place in Khartoum on March 1, 1973, the U.S. State Department possessed direct evidence of Arafat’s responsibility, yet neither the State Department nor any other government agency made public its knowledge. Indeed, as recently as the summer of 2002, the State Department denied that such evidence existed.” Only in June 2006, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, did the State Department’s Office of the Historian post an official summary based on CIA and NSA signals intelligence intercepted communications. It clearly stated: “The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasser Arafat.”
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s memoirs observe a total news blackout regarding Arafat’s responsibility for the Khartoum operation. No mention is made there of Arafat, Fatah, or the PLO. For 33 years, seven successive American administrations covered up Arafat’s murder of American diplomats while placing the PLO/PA at the center of U.S. Middle East policy. “In contravention of U.S. law, the State Department has been denying that Fatah, the PLO and the Palestinian Authority are terrorist organizations, and has been actively funding them with U.S. taxpayer dollars.”
Why the silence?
- America’s response to Khartoum was twofold: first, conceal at all costs the PLO’s murderous involvement; and second, pay off the PLO with operational immunity, provided that Arafat would not attack Americans. This allowed the U.S.A. to ‘build a new order in the Middle East,’ based on a PLO/PA terrorist foundation.
In September 1973, six months after Khartoum, CIA case officer Ames sent Salameh a message, using a simple code for the CIA, the PLO and Israel: “My company is still interested in getting together with Ali’s company. The southern company [Israel] has investigated. I’ve seen a lot of their files, and they know about our contacts.” In the Fall of 1973 and early 1974, Kissinger authorized the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Vernon Walters to attend the first meetings between an American diplomat and the PLO. Walters reported in secret diplomatic cable to Kissinger: “I said I would ask him no questions about Khartoum.”
Kissinger obliquely refers to these goals in his memoir’s report of the U.S.–PLO encounter: “Walters’s meeting achieved its immediate purpose: to gain time and to prevent radical assaults on the early peace process. After it, attacks on Americans – at least by Arafat’s faction of the PLO – ceased.” A joke making the rounds at Beirut CIA Station was, “It pays to live in the same building as American diplomats because the PLO security is so good.” One CIA individual who was present at Walters’ meeting said this: “Arafat and his Fatah wing of the PLO would seek to halt international terrorist operations outside Israel, with the understanding that Arafat couldn’t be held responsible for the actions of every Palestinian. In exchange, the United States said it was prepared to recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinians.”
- This policy understanding baldly stated that, as long as the PLO continued to murder Jews (but only in Israel), the U.S. would help the PLO establish its own terror state on the West Bank.
Given the fact that Arafat’s right-hand man (Mahmoud Abbas/Abu Mazen) is the current President of the Palestinian Authority, these matters are essential to grasp what is happening behind the scenes. Former NSA analyst Jim Welsh (the man who had intercepted Arafat’s order to kill the U.S. Ambassador in Sudan) commented in a 2003 interview: “There are limits to which foreign policy issues should require a man to lower himself. Shaking the hand of a murderer of a U.S. Ambassador is such a case. Any peace based upon that hand is a delusion.”
During the Kissinger years, CIA cable traffic issuing out of the Beirut Embassy indicated that they thought that Arafat could help stabilize Lebanon: “There seems to me no, repeat, no way around the central role which Yasser Arafat can and will play in determining the future state of security here . . . Arafat is a major key to stability and security in Lebanon.”
In 1976, the CIA Director George H.W. Bush, sent an official invitation to Salameh, via Ames, to visit Langley – which visit took place in January 1977 – four years after PLO’s Black September had massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. CIA case officer Ames arranged for the Agency to bring Salameh and his mistress, a former Miss Universe, on an all-expense-paid honeymoon tour of Disneyland, New Orleans and Hawaii.
After Salameh’s death, the head of the CIA station in Beirut, Frank Anderson, wrote Salameh’s son a condolence letter, stating, “Today, I lost a friend whom I respected more than other men. I promise to honor your father’s memory – and to stand ready to be your friend.” Former CIA Beirut Station Chief William Buckley (who was later tortured to death by Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards) stated that “Salameh played a large part in winning the hearts and minds of the U.S. for the PLO” (‘Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad;’ Gordon Thomas).
Investigative journalist Lee Smith comments: “The Americans weren’t stupid or naive. When Arafat sent Salameh to meet with them, he was telling them who he was, his methods, and his goals. When the Americans agreed to meet with Salameh, they essentially signed off on Arafat. Terrorism, from their perspective, wasn’t in itself an insurmountable obstacle. After all, Washington was engaged in a life-and-death struggle with another nuclear superpower. Compared to a nuclear exchange wiping out large American, Soviet, and European population centers, Arab terrorism was small potatoes.”
- But Washington overlooked Arafat’s terror in order to win (so it perceived) at the bigger game – the Cold War. Kissinger was more concerned about Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf’s vast energy resources. Frustrating and blocking Soviet influence was the key to controlling that arena. The PLO could help America achieve her realpolitik goals.
And how did the Jewish state view this covenant between America and the PLO? A WikiLeaks cable from January 15, 1976 quotes from a meeting between America’s Ambassador to Israel and then Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres: Peres “again confirmed Israel’s refusal to deal with PLO or accept a Palestinian state on the West Bank. He repeated [the] usual litany that bringing the PLO into the negotiations would relieve an immediate pain but would create longer range problems, and posed [a] rhetorical question, ‘Why introduce a tragedy just for good public relations?’”
Cutting a deal with the Palestinian Godfather
Two recent articles (2016 and 2018) reveal that the U.S.A. was not the only country that cut secret deals with the PLO/PA, saying “Leave our citizens alone and you will have our protection and immunity while you kill Jews!”
In March 2016, Carlos the Jackal, the Marxist guerrilla who became a symbol of Cold War anti-imperialism, stated that he was able to move freely through Switzerland in the 1970s because of a ‘non-aggression pact’ between the Swiss government and the PLO. He told the Neue Zürcher Zeitung that PLO terrorists knew that they would not be arrested in Switzerland as long as they refrained for terror activities in that country. He told the paper it had been common knowledge among PLO militants that they would not be arrested in Switzerland, on condition was that they refrained from making trouble. “Of course, we stuck to that,” he said.
A similar deal was exposed in 2008 by former Italian President Francesco Cossigo, who stated that PM Aldo Moro had concluded a PLO-Italy pact. Yasser Arafat noted in his own diaries (released by Israel in 2018) that a deal had been reached where the PLO would not carry out on attacks in Italy, and in exchange Palestinian terrorists from the PLO, PFLP and other factions could have free movement throughout the country. “Italy is a Palestinian shore of the Mediterranean,” Arafat wrote.
- The policies of the U.S.A., Switzerland and Italy gave free reign to the PLO/PA to murder Jews in Israel and elsewhere, as long as they left those three countries alone.
Learning nothing from history?
Realpolitik is the gasoline in the internal combustion engine of most Western democracies. As intelligence reporter David Ignatius concludes, “the collection of intelligence can’t really be separated from America’s larger role in the world. That doesn’t mean sympathizing with the terrorists or endorsing their demands. But to win a war, you need allies.”
The German philosopher Georg Hegel once said: “The only thing that we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.”
- This newsletter has exposed the continuing essentially terrorist nature of both the PLO and the Palestinian Authority; of America’s cooperation with the PLO/PA even as it continued (and continues) to do terrorist attacks on Jews and Israelis; of the ear-piercing danger of U.S. pressure on Israel to hand over a jihadi Hamas-controlled terror organization in Gaza to a PLO/Palestinian Authority terror organization in Gaza and the West Bank.
How should we then pray?
- Pray for clarity, moral courage, discernment and strategies for Israel’s leadership at all levels regarding the Hamas-PLO-PA threat
- Pray for clarity, moral courage, discernment and strategies for the U.S. government at all levels regarding its decades-long partnership with PLO/PA terrorist goals and strategies – that America might finally break free from deception and compromise and stand with God’s heart and purposes for the Jewish people and their state
- Pray for Israel’s leaders to withstand international pressure so that Hamas can finally be removed from its cruel terror dictatorship in Gaza
- Pray for minimal loss of life on Israel’s side and for those Gazans who are truly innocent
- Pray for the physical rescue of the 239 Israelis (including babies) kidnapped by Hamas
- Pray that the outstretched arm of YHVH will not return before it brings justice to God’s enemies
- Pray for the raising up of Ezekiel’s prophetic Jewish army throughout the earth
Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.
In Messiah Yeshua,
Donations can be sent to:
FINAL FRONTIER MINISTRIES
BOX 121971 NASHVILLE TN 37212-1971 USA
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