The following are excerpts from an interview by Al-Quds Al-Arabi
Editor-in-Chief Abd Al-Bari Atwan, aired on ANB TV on February 16, 2006.
*Clip # 1046 - Al-Quds Al-Arabi Editor-in-Chief Abd Al-Bari Atwan: Arafat
Told Me He Would Turn the Oslo Accords into a Curse for Israel
Abd Al-Bari Atwan: When the Oslo Accords were signed, I went to visit
[Arafat] in Tunis. It was around July, before he went to Gaza. I said to
him: We disagree. I do not support this agreement. It will harm us, the
Palestinians, distort our image, and uproot us from our Arab origins. This
agreement will not get us what we want, because these Israelis are
He took me outside and told me: By Allah, I will drive them crazy. By Allah,
I will turn this agreement into a curse for them. By Allah, perhaps not in
my lifetime, but you will live to see the Israelis flee from Palestine. Have
a little patience. I entrust this with you. Don't mention this to anyone.
Always remember this. Sometimes, when I would criticize him strongly, he
would say to me: Do you remember the promise I made, Abd Al-Bari?
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