Bad Palestinians and Good Palestinians
It has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between
the political leadership of the Palestinian people and the
wild terrorists. All of the senior leaders -- Bargouti,
Dahlan, Rajoub and the others -- are deeply involved in the
daily terror. Even Yasser Arafat himself, the immediate
commander of Force 17, is apparently sending out murder
squads to shoot and bomb indiscriminately. Everyone wants
peace, but the attempt of some politicians to distinguish
between a political leadership of the Palestinians that
desires peace (good Palestinians) and with whom we can build
a new Middle East, and the commanders and operators of
terror cells (bad Palestinians) who must be stopped, seems
An interesting case in point is that of Dr. Tabeth Tabeth of
Tul Karm, the head of the local Tanzim organization. The
distinguished doctor was on his way to work one day several
months ago when he was felled by the bullet of an Israeli
sharpshooter. The anger and dismay at the news of his death
was felt by both the Palestinians and the Israeli Left.
According to the reports that filled the Israeli media
afterwards, Dr. Tabeth had extensive contacts in the Israeli
peace movement. He was a tireless worker for peace among the
peoples. A reporter who interviewed the widow came back
impressed, amazed and sorrowed after hearing from her about
her late husband's deep love for peace and his abiding faith
in a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Israel and
In short, it seemed like the IDF made a serious mistake.
They apparently killed the wrong man. It happens but there
is now precious little that can be done to rectify it.
Then, a few days ago, the GSS published at least part of its
side of the story in the form of partial transcripts of the
interrogation of Aval Karim Abu Rabiya, a Fatah activist in
Tul Karm and part of the special security services of the
Palestinian Authority. Abu Rabiya knew Dr. Tabeth
professionally very well and gave a very clear picture of
Dr. Tabeth's role in terror. According to Abu Rabiya, Dr.
Tabeth funded, equipped and commanded several terror cells
that were active against Israeli targets, that is soldiers
and innocent civilians. Interestingly enough, several months
ago the IDF commander in the area sent a message to Dr.
Tabeth asking him not to shoot at the IDF from within built-
up areas, to avoid civilian Palestinian casualties. Dr.
Tabeth completely rejected the request.
The Palestinian man of peace, the darling of the Israeli
peace movement, was also an integral part of the murder and
terror apparatus of the Palestinian Authority.
Sometimes the meetings that take place between the heads of
the Israeli security services and their Palestinian
counterparts seem to have an air of the absurd. The talks
are always said to be about renewing the cooperation on
security matters, attempts to reach an agreement to resume
the relationship that used to exist whereby there were
regular meetings, exchanges of information and common
efforts to stop and capture terrorists. These days, there is
no need to resume coordination between the Israeli and
Palestinian security services in order to stop the terror --
all it would take is an order from the commanders to stop
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