By Ryan Jones JNW Headlines News September 28th, 2005
The Palestinian Arabs Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of their current terrorist campaign against Israel, commonly known as the Oslo War or Al Aqsa Intifada.
A third intifada, or uprising, far more intense in scope is on the horizon, they said, blowing away Western assertions that the region is gaining momentum towards peace in the wake of Israel’s â€œdisengagementâ€ from Gaza and northern Samaria.
On October 28, 2000, then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon led a small delegation of Likud Party Members of Knesset atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to mark the Jewish holy day of Rosh Hashanah.
The event was utilized by the â€œPalestiniansâ€ and their Israeli Arab allies to justify what is now known to have been pre-planned hostilities. While Sharon and his delegation were rescued from the Temple Mount that day without injury, the PA-controlled territories erupted in an orgy of violence that soon spilled over to the Israeli Arab community.
Since that day, 1,064 Israelis have been murdered and another 7,500 maimed and wounded in thousands of acts of terrorist brutality. Over 4,000 â€œPalestiniansâ€ have died in that same time, a large percentage of them while engaging in anti-Jewish violence.
â€œPalestinianâ€ officials told Ynet the large death toll was acceptable due to the fact the violence had led to Israel’s surrender of the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria. Analysts say the pullout has whetted their appetite for more.
â€œIsrael withdrew from Gaza and accepted the Road Map, so everyone should realize that this intifada achievedâ€ great results for the Arabs, Palestinian Legislative Council member and senior Fatah faction leader Mohammed Ranaim said.
Abu Araj, a Jenin-area commander in Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, concurred.
â€œHow can I say this wasn’t worth it when Israel withdrew from Gaza and took away settlements in the Jenin area. It’s because of the blows that Palestinian organizations landed on Israel’s head and on the heads of the settlers.â€
Next the â€œPalestiniansâ€ intend to use the issue of Israel’s â€œWest Bankâ€ security fence to escalate the fighting even further.
Israel started building the fence as a result of the unrelenting terrorism and the Palestinian Authority’s failure to curb it. The â€œPalestiniansâ€ claim it is an attempt by Israel to unilaterally set unfavorable final borders.
The â€œthird intifada, which would be much more severe than its predecessor…will be the intifada against the fence,â€ Ranaim said.
Araj told Ynet that from the perspective of his people, â€œthe third intifada is almost here, and it will be much worse.â€
He also said it would not be only about the fence, but also â€œthe liberation of Jerusalem and the rest of the land.â€