Arafat headed the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) which was a terrorist organization, at least by US and Israeli standards (though the Palestinians might have used Ronald Reagan's line "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" as a reply, not that I would agree with that in this case). I think we were willing to deal with Arafat though because he gave at least lip service in renouncing Palestinian violence against Israel, though I don't believe he ever had the power to bring Palestinian terrorism to justice.
The Palestinian citizens may not accept anarchy, however, what about a government that declares that Israel has long been the root of all Palestinian problems, and now is the time for all countrymen to gather arms against them? One might consider this a far-fetched and certainly worst-case scenario, but it isn't impossible. It would be unlikely to succeed if fought by military standards, as the Israeli armed forces contain some of the best trained troops in the world, and the Mossad is still one of the better intelligence organizations. In theory though (I'm just playing this out as a "War Room" situation) it could become a nasty guerilla war. What if Palestine were to gain the sympathy of Iran, or perhaps Syria as well?. An ugly nightmare of a scenario. The geopolitical situation in Irelandwas problematic, but IMO this has the potential to be worse, and that's not eveing going into the potential US and UN involvement in such a situation.
I'm of course being doom-and-gloomish about this, and my statements are very premature. I sincerely hope that the new Palestinian ruling body is made up of "men of reason", who value peace more than pride. That's what I'm praying for.
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