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.