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Re: Test Arafat for poisoning: Abbas to Swiss experts

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Why would the Israelis want to off him anyway?
He had been relatively quiet for a long time plus after he was offed they would simply just bring another "leader" with similar ideas out of storage.


It is not like there was some great peacemaker or a friend of the Israelis waiting in the wings to take over. Mahmoud Abbas is/was just another out of the same mould as Arafat - both rumoured to have embezzled billions.
The Israelis for decades primarily acted against moderates and people "relatively quiet" as those people were bad for the "public relations" of Israel

Ahmed Abdel Rauf el-Qudwa (aka Yassir Arafat = Yassir being the name of his religion teacher in Alexandria and Arafat the mountain above Mekka) started el-Fatah in 1964 by investing some 30 millions of British Pounds. He kept the organisation alive by diverting elQudwa millions (Arab Bank in Jordan for example) into it. No, the P.A./PLO did not have billions around anyway neither had el-Fatah.

The rumours against Mahmoud Abbas, the man who, with approval of Arafat, started the Palestinian peace program seriously, were put up by some radicals like the Hamas and some western journalists

Back to Arafat. His father was a billionaire and business tycoon and had only TWO sons. So you can figure. HOWEVER, both Arafat and Abbas found it difficult to keep internal corruption at bay, particularily from members of the same clan. While it is clear that the el-Qudwa are part of the el-Hussein clan, I strongly suppose that the Abbas are "remote" members of the same clan, even if Mahmoud Abbas denies any such link

Mahmoud Abbas btw. was the one who in the 80ies got a "peace plan" in Arabic, English and German from chaps in the environment of the Zürich University, and used the plan. Willy Brandt and Shimon Perez chose the English language version (Europe compatible language) to proceed. Realities in Israel-mainland, East Jerusalem and the two Palestines very much base on this plan
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