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Yasser Arafat’s widow admits Palestinian terror campaign in 2000 was premeditated

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

But Suha Arafat’s interview backs up those who have argued that the terror campaign was not the result of some spontaneous uprising triggered by Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount, but a premeditated terror campaign orchestrated by Yasser Arafat himself.

“‘I do not want Zahwa’s friends in the future to say that Yasser Arafat abandoned the Palestinian cause and principles,’” Suha Arafat said her husband told her. Zahwa is the couple’s only child.

“‘I might be martyred, but I shall bequeath our historical heritage to Zahwa and to the children of Palestine,’” he supposedly added.

As a result of the four-year terror campaign, more than 1,000 Israelis were killed by Palestinian terror groups, while more than 3,000 Palestinians, including terrorists, died as result of Israel’s efforts to stop the violence.

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