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Bill Clinton’s Oslo War – The Second Intifada

While the media is pondering the subject of Bill Clinton’s foreign policy accomplishments while President, we should note that the end of September marks the 6th anniversary of the so-called "Al-Aqsa Intifada."

Just to refresh our memories, Wikipedia describes this, the Second Intifada thusly:

Al-Aqsa Intifada

The al-Aqsa Intifada is the wave of violence that began in September 2000 between Palestinian Arabs and Israelis; it is also called the Second Intifada. "Intifada" is an Arabic word for "uprising" (literally translated as "shaking off"). Many Palestinians consider the intifada to be a war of national liberation against foreign occupation, whereas many Israelis consider it to be a terrorist campaign…

It is also called the Oslo War by those who consider it a result of concessions made by Israel following the Oslo Accords, and Arafat’s War, after the late Palestinian leader whom Israelis blame for starting it…

The death toll both military and civilians of the entire conflict in 2000-2006 is estimated to be 3,651 Palestinians and 1007 Israelis,  although this number is criticized by some sources for not differentiating between combatants and civilians…

Prior events

By signing the Oslo Accords, the Palestine Liberation Organization committed to curbing violence in exchange for phased withdrawal of Israeli forces from parts of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and Palestinian self-government within those areas through the creation of the Palestinian National Authority. However, both sides ended up deeply disappointed in the results of the Oslo Accords.

In the immediate five years following the Oslo signing, 405 Palestinians were killed; 256 Israelis were killed, more than the amount slain in the previous fifteen years (216, 172 of which were slain during the First Intifada)…

Tactics

…The tactic which the Palestinians have become most infamous for is the suicide bombing. Conducted as a single or double bombing, suicide bombings are generally conducted against "soft" targets (civilians) or "lightly hardened" targets (such as checkpoints) to try to raise the cost of the war to Israelis and demoralize the Israeli society. Most suicide bombing attacks (although not all) are targeted against civilians, and conducted on crowded places in Israeli cities, such as public transportation (buses), restaurants and markets. Contrary to popular belief, most suicide bombers are not uneducated, nor are they from the most destitute sections of the population – they generally are relatively well off and well educated…

The anniversary of this heroic movement of suicide bombers is being celebrated throughout the Arab world:

But there is a revealing quote from Ziyad Abu’Ein of Fatah during an interview on Alam TV July 4, 2006, courtesy of MEMRI:

Ziyad Abu ‘Ein, Member of Fatah Leadership: If Not for the Oslo Accords, There Would Have Been No Intifada

7/4/2006 Clip No. 1205

Following are excerpts from an interview with Ziyad Abu ‘Ein, member of the Fatah leadership, which aired on Al-Alam TV on July 4, 2006:

"The Oslo Accords were not what the Palestinian people dreamt of. The dream of the Palestinian people is the return, self-determination, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, and the liberation of its land.

However, there would have been no resistance in Palestine if not for Oslo. It was Oslo that strongly embraced the Palestinian resistance. All the occupied territories – and I was one of the activists in the first and second Intifadas, and I was arrested by Israel several times… If not for Oslo, there would have been no resistance.

Throughout the occupied territories, we could not move a single pistol from one place to another. If not for Oslo, the weapons we got through Oslo, and if not for the "A" areas [now controlled by] the Palestinian Authority, if not for the training, the camps, the protection provided by Oslo, and if not for the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners through Oslo – this Palestinian resistance could not have carried out this great Palestinian Intifada, with which we confronted the Israeli occupation."

And, lest we forget, it was none other than Bill Clinton who pushed through the Olso Accords. Indeed, it was the high point of his foreign policy "successes."

Alas.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 29th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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