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What does the Trump administration mean for the Middle East?

With a gun on his hip, on November 13, 1974, PLO chief Yasser Arafat stood earlier than the UN Normal Meeting and made the West a proposal that it did not refuse.

On the finish of a protracted speech during which he rewrote historical past to erase all connection between the Jewish folks and the Land of Israel and criminalized the very notion of Jewish freedom, Arafat declared, “In the present day I’ve come bearing an olive department and a freedom fighter’s gun. Don’t let the olive department fall from my hand. I repeat: Don’t let the olive department fall from my hand.”

Arafat’s supply has served since that point as the muse of European relations with the Palestinians and the broader Islamic world. It has additionally been the idea of US-PLO relations for the higher a part of the previous 4 many years.

In case you stand with the PLO in its warfare to annihilate Israel and deny Jewish freedom, then PLO terrorists and our Arab state supporters will depart you alone.

In case you refuse to hitch our warfare towards the Jewish state, we’ll kill you.

In the present day, Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas, is reiterating Arafat’s supply.

Talking Saturday on the Vatican after the Holy See determined to acknowledge “Palestine,” Abbas mentioned that if US President-elect Donald Trump goes forward along with his plan to maneuver the US Embassy to Jerusalem, it can “gasoline extremism in our area, in addition to worldwide.”

Abbas’s spokesman was extra specific. Saturday night time, Osama Qawasmeh, spokesman for Abbas’s Fatah PLO faction and member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, mentioned that if the US strikes its embassy to Israel’s capital metropolis, “The gates of hell will probably be opened within the area and the world.”

Abbas and Qawasmeh additionally mentioned that the PLO expects that members of the worldwide group will make Trump see the sunshine and abandon his plan.

 

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