Since the start of the Second Intifada in September 2000 Israel has been blamed for provoking the uprising. The common narrative was that Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem triggered the Palestinian terror war against Israeli citizens.
The facts are that the Palestinian Authority waited for an occasion that could be used to blame Israel for the outbreak of the violence and the collapse of the peace process.
That occasion came when then opposition leader Ariel Sharon announced that he wanted to visit the Temple Mount. The visit was coordinated by the Israeli minister of Foreign Affairs Shlomo Ben Ami with Jabril Rajoub who was responsible for internal security matters in the PA.
The evening before Sharon’s visit Margan Barghouti, the leader of the Fatah Tanzim militia appeared on Palestinian TV and called upon the public to start the uprising.,
This is the Israeli narrative which has been known for years but was ignored by the international media.
Now Arafat’s widow Suha, in an interview which was aired on Dubai TV on December 16, 2012 confirmed the Israeli narrative and said that Arafat had told her in July 2000 that he was going to launch the Second Intifada.
See video below.
| Following are excerpts from an interview with Suha Arafat, widow of Yasser Arafat, which was aired on Dubai TV on December 16, 2012:
Suha Arafat: Yasser Arafat had made a decision to launch the Intifada. Immediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return, in July 2001 [sic]. Camp David has failed, and he said to me: “You should remain in Paris.” I asked him why, and he said: “Because I am going to start an Intifada. They want me to betray the Palestinian cause. They want me to give up on our principles, and I will not do so. I do not want Zahwa’s friends in the future to say that Yasser Arafat abandoned the Palestinian cause and principles. I might be martyred, but I shall bequeath our historical heritage to Zahwa and to the children of Palestine.”