IT'S FINAL: ARAFAT PAID FOR TERRORISM
As if this comes as a big surprise. According to Israel's National News, Arafat is really at the root of all terrorist operations. Thanks to the information "volunteered" by Arafat's lieutenants, we now know that Arafat always has been and still is the biggest obstacle to a resolution of the immediate crisis. Let's give him another Nobel Prize.
The fact that Yasser Arafat personally approved terrorist funding for Fatah has now become "unequivocally clear." So announced the Prime Minister's Office today, based on the questioning of senior Fatah terrorists in Israeli custody, including Marwan Barghouti. It has also been learned that explosive charges used by the terrorists were supplied from the Palestinian Authority's own weapons depots.
Israeli investigators have learned that Fatah head Marwan Barghouti, who maintained direct communications with Arafat, transferred money to Fatah operatives specifically for attacks targeting and killing many Israeli civilians. "These disclosures render absurd the public and international debate over whether Arafat is 'doing everything possible to prevent terrorism," the Prime Minister's Office stated, explaining that it is now clear that he indeed did 'everything possible' to promote, not prevent, terrorism.
Barghouti, who admitted to directing terrorist attacks that resulted in the killing and injuring of scores of Israeli civilians, described in detail the transfer of funds to the terrorist operatives. He was responsible for providing the funding for weapons acquisition and armed operations, and said that every terrorist request for funds was accompanied by a detailed requisition request. Barghouti would add his recommendation and signature, and then relay the request to PA Chairman Arafat. Barghouti stressed that every expense, no matter how small, required Arafat's personal approval. The funds were then transferred to the operatives according to the instructions of Hakem Bil'awi, the Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee.
Nasser Aweis, head of the Fatah infrastructure in Samaria, was responsible for the recruiting, arming and handling of terrorist cells. He confirmed that he and other Tanzim terrorist operatives under his command received funding directly approved by Yasser Arafat. Aweis admitted to having been behind numerous terrorist bombings and shootings in Israel, including the murder of six Bat Mitzvah celebrants in Hadera, as well as several shooting attacks in Jerusalem and elsewhere that killed eight Israelis.
Nasser Abu Hamid, a commander and founder of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and who was also arrested during Operation Defensive Shield, revealed during questioning that he and his men received funding and weapons from Marwan Barghouti, through the latter's aide Ahmed Barghouti. Abu Hamid stated that Marwan knew the details of every operation carried out by himself and his men, was involved in the decision regarding the procurement of weapons for the terrorist cells, and even provided the payment approval for these weapons. Abu Hamid and his men were responsible for numerous shooting attacks, explosive charges and suicide bombings, resulting in the deaths of at least six Israelis - including the Kahane couple.
He also revealed that his men received the explosive devices needed for their terrorist operations from Arafat's Force 17 Presidential Guard weapons depots, and that Force 17 members would regularly assemble explosive devices and give them to Fatah terrorists.
The Prime Minister's Office notes that the details of this terrorist connection, as described by the senior Fatah/Tanzim figures themselves, were corroborated by many documents captured in various Palestinian Authority security organ offices during Operation Defensive Shield.