What to Do About Arafat: Three Alternatives
By Prof. Paul Eidelberg
The First Alternative: To begin to restore the sense of justice in
Israel, Yasser Arafat should, if possible, be taken captive and tried as a
Making public the evidence of Arafat’s phased strategy for the
destruction of Israel, his complicity in the murder of Jews and
Americans, his use of American and European financial aid for private and
terrorist purposes, his connections with Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, will
be the most effective “hasbara” for Israel and the entire democratic
The Second Alternative: If Arafat cannot be taken captive, he should be
executed. His execution should be followed by a televised address by
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Mr. Sharon should vividly portray the crimes
of Yasser Arafat and how the elimination of this arch-murderer is
consistent with international law as well as with the war against global
The demise of Arafat will destabilize the PLO-Palestinian Authority and
facilitate its disintegration. Arafat’s removal should be followed by the
elimination of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Tanzim, and the entire terrorist
network in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria.
But now, let’s get serious. Remember, we’re in a black hole called the
“State of Israel,” from which no light is about to emerge under its
The Third Alternative: Expel Arafat—unsurprisingly, the official
position of Israel’s government. Let’s examine it.
Suppose the expelled Arafat were allowed to adopt the United States as his
domicile. Can you imagine how many television moguls and mandarins would
compete for his appearance? Can you imagine the scope of his lecture
circuit in colleges and universities, especially those where gays and
lesbians flourish? Think of the full-page ads announcing his forthcoming
presence at Harvard or Yale or Berkeley. Think of how many curious
nitwits and nihilists will flock to his performances!
Even if this kleptocratic arch-murderer and did not have five billion
bucks stashed away in Swiss Banks, within a few months in the American El
Dorado he would become a multi-millionaire, winning converts to his cause.
Yes, go ahead, Mr. Sharon, expel the “irrelevant” Yasser Arafat. A
thousand mosques in the United States will vie for his presence. What a
financial bonanza! Countless Muslims will flock to his banner. He will
lead a million believers to march on Washington in a demonstration calling
for the establishment of a Palestinian state and the return of four
million Muslims to “Palestine.”
Think of all the American leftists and bleeding heart liberals who will
lionize this villain. He will embrace Barbara Streisand to prove he is
not a Jew-hater. How delicious!
Don’t be surprised if this Nobel Peace Laureate receives honorary
degrees at various universities (after he establishes five-million
dollar “chairs” on international terrorism. A bevy of American Middle
East specialists will jump on his bandwagon and defend his homicidal
cause. Yes, he will make his mark as well as a fortune in the United
States of America—where entertainment is all.
So go ahead, Mr. Sharon, and expel this villain. And do not concern
yourself about Israel’s further degradation, since you and people of
your ilk have already made the State of Israel a black hole.
from the October 2003 Edition of the Jewish Magazine