Is the Arafat poisoning story a provocation to incite a Third Intifada?
By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
July 7, 2012
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk from suspect sources both from within and outside Israel of an imminent Third Intifada. One year before 9/11 drew America into Israel’s “war on terror,” the September 2000 armed march to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount led by then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon provoked the Second Intifada. It’s worth considering whether the belated investigation into Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s 2004 death commissioned by the Israel-friendly Emir of Qatar’s Al Jazeera TV network might have been intended as the provocation to spark off a third Palestinian uprising.
With the Al Jazeera-enabled “Arab Spring” already having provided the alleged jihadist threat as a justification, Tel Aviv has been loudly preparing public opinion for “preemptive” military action across its borders with Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. An uprising in the Occupied Territories is all that’s required to provide the pretext to resolve its internal “demographic threat” once and for all. Notwithstanding its much-touted “fears” of global jihadism on its doorstep, the seemingly besieged Jewish state may be closer to realizing its dreams of a Greater Israel than ever.