By Bassam Abu Sharif
Abu Sharif used to be one of many world’s so much infamous and unsafe terrorists within the 60’s and 70’s, performing as “minister of propaganda” for the Popular entrance for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and as a recruiter for terrorists like Carlos the Jackal. In 1972, a bomb was once placed in a ebook and despatched to him, leaving him half-blind, deaf in a single ear, and virtually fingerless. ultimately leaving behind using violence as a method to accomplish his Palestinian nationalist aspirations, he aligned himself with Yasser Arafat, ultimately changing into one among his closest advisors.In this e-book, Abu Sharif, usually along Arafat, takes us backstage of all of the significant occasions within the center East over the past 30 years, from the key caves within the West financial institution the place Arafat concealed on his solution to Jerusalem in 1967 to the peace negotiations in Oslo in 1993. Arafat and the Dream of Palestine combines a deeply own account, educated by way of Abu Sharif’s shut courting with Arafat, with a gripping, profoundly human heritage of Palestine.
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In fact, I made sure the hostages were fed before I allowed my own fighters to eat. In the United States, President Richard Nixon was informed of the situation; King Hussein discussed what was happening with Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, who clearly saw the complications of national security and the risks of being attacked by Israel, all of which were arising from the situation. Nasser agreed with King Hussein that in order to avoid Israeli intervention, Jordan would have to carry out a limited military operation alongside Egyptian political efforts to negotiate with the PFLP.
But once he had made up his mind about what he needed to do, he spoke with decisiveness and determination. I will never forget his words: “We will confront them. This is our chance to change the morale of the entire Arab world. We must prove that a small group can stand up to a giant. ” He made it clear to all of us that it was immaterial whether we won or lost, for what we were about to do was going to provide a historical turning point in our region. Some of the fighters disagreed with him and chose to withdraw to the hills, leaving us even more outnumbered, but we remained steadfast.
Ali Salameh was to be responsible for guaranteeing Arafat’s safety on his journey to Cairo. Three Jordanian armored vehicles had been arranged to transport the committee and, unknown to the Jordanian soldiers driving the tanks, Arafat to the airport. Sheikh Sa’ad, Arafat, and Ali Salameh traveled together in one tank, and the other members of the committee divided up into the other two. The Jordanians had set up roadblocks and checkpoints everywhere along the way. I was told the roadblocks were randomly placed, so they might go along the road for ten minutes, then get stopped and searched; move another fifteen minutes, then get stopped and searched again.
Arafat and the Dream of Palestine: An Insider's Account by Bassam Abu Sharif