Arafat: Hizbollah didn't Drive out Israeli Army
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat dismissed the idea that the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon would make the Palestinians think violence is the best way to get concessions from Israel, reported the Jerusalem Post Monday.
Arafat said in a television interview Friday that Hizbollah did not drive out the occupation troops.
"Do you want to tell me that [Prime Minister Ehud] Barak gave the instruction to withdraw because of Hizbollah?" the Israeli daily quoted Arafat as asking sarcastically, after being asked by Channel 2 whether the PA did not think Hizbollah, by compromising, had gotten a better deal than the Palestinians can hope for.
Arafat went on to argue that Barak had redeployed not because of pressure from within Lebanon, but because of international pressure. "He did it to implement UN Resolution 425, as we agreed upon at the Madrid conference."
Arafat said he hopes to see UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 also implemented in the near future.
"We are very happy that UN Resolution 425 was implemented... We are very happy - Palestinians, Lebanese, Israelis, Arabs," said Arafat – Albawaba.com
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